COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Lodging & Logistics

The conference will take place at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College, nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont and under the shadow of Bread Loaf Mountain. Participants will be inspired by the breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains, the hundreds of miles of trails surrounding the campus, the remarkable original Bread Loaf Inn, and the stillness of the surrounding forest.

Participants are housed in historic buildings on the campus which provide simple but comfortable lodging that can be described as dorm style. While most rooms are doubles, some single rooms are available. Bathrooms shared by floor include some floors that offer a gender neutral bathroom option. Some of the shared bathrooms can be locked for individual use. We invite you to contact a Bread Loaf staff member to talk about housing in more detail, if you wish; please email or call 802-443-5286.

All buildings are within walking distance of the center of the campus, but some are farther from that center than others. We ask those accepted if they plan to bring a car, so we can arrange accommodations suitably. For those who prefer off-campus housing, a list of hotels and other accommodations can be found at the Addison County Chamber of Commerce website. Please note that any of the off-campus lodging available will require a vehicle in order to commute to the Bread Loaf campus location.

Resources and Accessibility
The Middlebury College Disability Resource Center is available to assist participants. The Bread Loaf campus includes options for accessible lodging, dining, and classroom and meeting spaces, and the College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified participants with disabilities as required by law. Qualifying disabilities can include, for example, visual impairments, hearing or mobility impairments, psychological and medical conditions, and learning disabilities which substantially limit one or more of a person's major life activities and may necessitate modifications to the facilities, programs, or services of the College. Upon acceptance into the conference, participants seeking accommodation submit an Accommodation Request Form. For more information or to contact an ADA Coordinator please visit the Disability Resource Center webpage.

Meals are catered by Middlebury College Dining Services, which incorporates locally-sourced food from over fifty Vermont companies into its menus and is ranked in the top 20 college dining services by Princeton Review. Meals are served in the Dining Room of the Bread Loaf Inn and include a salad bar. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals are available.

Library and Computer Room
The Davison Memorial Library on the Bread Loaf campus hosts a collection of literature, reference books, and a special reserve shelf featuring books by faculty and guests. The downstairs "Apple Cellar" is a fully equipped computer lab with printers. Wi-Fi access is available in all common areas and most participant housing. Please note that cell phone service is available in the Bread Loaf Inn and the Barn on the Bread Loaf campus but access is intermittent depending upon the provider; at this time Verizon and AT&T tend to work on the Bread Loaf campus, while other providers do not.

On arrival day, participants go to the Bread Loaf Inn on the Bread Loaf campus to get their housing information and registration materials.

Bread Loaf Inn
4229 Route 125
Ripton, Vermont 05766 

The Bread Loaf campus, located in Ripton, is a twenty minute drive from Middlebury. The campus is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Montreal, about 4 hours from both Boston and Hartford, 5 hours from New York City, and 6 1/2 hours from Philadelphia.

Plan to arrive at the Burlington International Airport (BTV).  The Airport is about an hour and ten minutes from campus and is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Jet Blue, Porter, and United. (Some Bread Loafers who are flying in from CA or overseas choose to arrive one day early and stay in a Burlington hotel overnight.  In this case, you would go back to the Burlington Airport the next day to meet up with the shared taxi service to the Bread Loaf campus.)

To get to the Bread Loaf campus from the airport participants schedule a shared taxi with Middlebury Transit. Middlebury Transit staff create a shared schedule of rides based on the traveler’s arrival and departure details. Fees payable to Middlebury Transit can range from $25 to $145, depending on the number of people in the shuttle. If you find that Middlebury Transit is unable to accommodate special travel needs, please contact the Bread Loaf office for additional options.

Plan to arrive in Essex Junction, VT, if you can. You will have a better chance of sharing a taxi with other Bread Loafers if you arrive in Essex Junction. If you choose to arrive in Rutland, VT, or Port Henry, NY, a taxi will be possible, but you will likely end up taking it on your own, so the fee will be more expensive. See the Middlebury Transit details in the Planes section above.

Greyhound provides bus service from Montreal, Boston, Albany, and NYC to Burlington, Vermont. Visit for more information or call 1-800-231-2222.  A taxi from the bus terminal in Burlington is available.  See the Middlebury Transit details noted in the Planes section above.

Greyhound also provides bus service to Middlebury, VT.  Participants arriving at the Greyhound bus stop in Middlebury are able to arrange a ride free of charge to go from Middlebury to the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton. More details are provided upon acceptance.


Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences
204 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802-443-5286
Fax: 802-443-2087