The conference takes place at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College, in the Green Mountains of Vermont and under the shadow of Bread Loaf Mountain.
Participants will be inspired by the breathtaking 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. Most rooms are doubles. Bathrooms are shared by floor including 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 “Apple Cellar” housed in the Davison Memorial Library 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
See address above. The campus is a 2.5 hour drive from Montreal, about 4 hours from both Boston and Hartford, 5 hours from New York City, and 6.5 hours from Philadelphia.
The nearest airport is located in Burlington, Vermont (BTV), about an hour and twenty minutes from the Bread Loaf campus. Shared taxis will be available to transport people from the airport to campus.
Each summer we work with a transportation service that arranges shared rides for attendees for a fee paid directly to the service. To help with your planning, we can note that in 2019 fees ranged from $25 to $145 one-way, depending on the number of people sharing the ride. Please contact the Bread Loaf office for more information.
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. Details regarding how to make taxi arrangements are included with acceptance materials.
Plan to arrive in Essex, Vermont, if you can. The station is called Burlington-Essex. You will have a better chance of sharing a taxi with other Bread Loafers. If you choose to arrive in Rutland, Vermont, or Port Henry, New York, a taxi is possible, but you will likely be on your own and the fee will be more expensive.
Greyhound provides bus service to Burlington, Vermont, from Montreal, Boston, Albany, and NYC. Arrival in Middlebury, Vermont, is also an option. Details regarding how to make taxi arrangements to go from the bus stops to the Bread Loaf campus are included with acceptance materials.