Bread Loaf Conferences



For those who enjoy outdoor life, Bread Loaf is ideally located at the edge of the Green Mountain Forest in Ripton, Vermont. A junction with the Long Trail, which winds along the summit of the Green Mountains and extends from southern Vermont to the Canadian border, is a short hike up Route 125. The campus also offers many opportunities for recreation: volleyball and clay tennis courts, a softball and soccer playing field, and jogging and hiking trails. A beach at Lake Dunmore is twelve miles away, and Lake Pleiad is a quarter-mile down the Long Trail. In nearby Middlebury you can find a farmer's market, antique shops, a state crafts center, a fine museum, a movie theater, and riding and golf facilities. The elevation at Bread Loaf is 1500 feet above sea level.

Lodging and Meals

Bread Loafers are housed on the mountain campus of Middlebury College, in the Bread Loaf Inn and its cluster of cottages and buildings. Most rooms are doubles; baths are shared. We make every effort to ensure that roommates will be compatible, and in fact, many lifelong friendships have developed between Bread Loaf roommates.

All buildings are within walking distance of the center of the campus, but some are farther from that center than others. We ask admitted Bread Loafers if they plan to bring a car, so we can arrange accommodations suitably. A list of local rentals is available to those who prefer off-campus housing; we endorse neither those properties nor the terms of their rentals. Meals are served in the dining room of the Inn and include a salad bar and vegetarian and other options. Bread Loafers who live off-campus may pay for individual meals in the Inn.

Bread Loaf is a smoke-free campus. Vermont State Law prohibits smoking in any building on campus, including dormitories.

Library and Computer Lab

The Davison Memorial Library at Bread Loaf hosts a collection of literature, reference books, and reserve shelves. The downstairs "Apple Cellar" is a full-featured computer room (both Macintosh and IBM platforms), including printers and Internet connections for writing, research, and e-mail. Wireless access is available in some public areas.


The Bread Loaf campus is located in Ripton, Vermont, about twenty minutes 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.

In case you would like to use Mapquest for directions, here is an exact address very close to the Bread Loaf campus during the time of the Conference.  (Do not send any materials to the address noted here.  This is just an address that will allow you to use Mapquest.)

1192 Route 125
Ripton, VT  05766

The nearest airport is located in Burlington, Vermont (BTV), about an hour and ten minutes from the Bread Loaf campus.  The Burlington International Airport is served by American, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Northwest, United, and USAirways.

Shared taxis from the airport to campus are available. The College uses a luxury van service called Middlebury Transit. Details regarding how to make taxi arrangements are included with acceptance materials.

Vermont Transit provides bus service from Montreal, Boston, Albany, and NYC to Burlington, Vermont.  Shared taxis from the bus terminal to campus are available.  See details noted in paragraph above.