Travel to the Conference
Participants traveling from out of town should plan to arrive at the Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena by 3:45 p.m. Sunday for check-in and orientation. Activities wrap up by 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Evans Airport Service runs from the San Francisco and Oakland airports to Napa and Yountville. Call (707) 255-1559 for schedules. The shuttle runs north only as far as Yountville, about 10 miles south of St. Helena. Participants can arrange for rides from the airport or the Evans terminal through the participant email discussion group.
Transportation during conference week
Our conference takes place at several venues spread around the Napa Valley, which is rural and not well served by public transportation. Additionally, if you’re from out of town, your housing or lodging is likely to be at least a mile from campus. You will spend less time worrying about how to get to and from events and more time benefiting from the conference if you have ready access to wheels.
We strongly recommend that you bring your own vehicle, or consider sharing the costs of a rental with fellow attendees. While we encourage carpooling as much as possible, we don’t want a handful of participants to feel put-upon as constant chauffeurs, so we hope the group can find a happy medium where the burden of driving is shared.
You may make carpooling and rental plans with other participants via our Google Group, to which you’ll receive an invitation upon confirmation of attendance. If you are traveling to the conference by plane, we urge you to hop online as soon as possible to connect with attendees and coordinate transportation options.
We provide breakfast and lunch on campus. On Sunday night we have an informal reception with light supper, wine and other beverages, and we host a picnic on Thursday.
On the other nights, you can plan to dine anywhere you’d like. The Napa Valley is home to some of the finest restaurants in the country, so plan to splurge at least one night (the participant handbook received upon acceptance includes a list of recommended restaurants). There is a wide variety available, both in expense and cuisine.