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Local Arrangements for 2017 Conference

This page will be updated periodically as NEPCA is still working with local vendors on price breaks and other such details).


(listed in order of proximity to UMass)


Hotel UMass

Campus Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Rates: $135/night for conference attendees

Reservation code: NAC17C ; special conference rate held until September 28


University Lodge

345 N. Pleasant St., Amherst 01002

.2 miles from campus

Rates/dates: $75/Thursday; $150/Friday & Saturday; two night minimum, must include Sat night

Rates held through September 25

Code: New England Pop Culture Association


Lord Jeffery Inn

30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst MA 01002


.8 miles from campus

Limited number of rooms blocked for conference

Rates: Double room: $245/Thursday; $360/Friday & Saturday; Queen room: $245/Thursday, $335/Friday & Saturday

Must reserve by September 14 to lock in rates

Code: Popultu


Black Walnut Inn, Bed & Breakfast

1184 North Pleasant St, Amherst 01002

2 miles from campus

Limited number of rooms, rates starting at $196/night


Courtyard Marriott

423 Russell Rd, Hadley 01035

2.5 miles from campus

Rates: King/Queen: $160/Thursday; $230/Friday & Saturday (King); $250/Friday & Saturday (Queens); two night minimum, must include Sat night

Special rate held through September 25

Code: New England Pop Culture Association


Holiday Inn Express

400 Russell St, Hadley 01035

2.5 miles from campus

Rates/dates: King/Queen rooms: $138/Thursday, $204/Friday & Saturday; two night minimum, must include Sat night

Reservations must be made by September 25 to receive special rate

Code: New England Pop Culture Association


Econo Lodge

329 Russell St., Hadley 01035

3 miles from campus

Rates/dates: King/Double room: $75/Thursday, $155/Friday & Saturday; two night minimum, must include Sat night

Reservations must be made by September 25 to receive special rate

Code: New England Pop Culture Association


Howard Johnson

401 Russell St, Hadley 01035

3 miles from campus

Rates: Kings/Queen, $76/Thursday; $150/Friday & Saturday; two night minimum, must include Sat night

Reservation must be made by September 25 to receive special rate

Code: New England Pop Culture Association


Comfort Inn

237 Russell St, Hadley 01035

4 miles from campus

Rates: 2 double beds: $84-$153/night

No special rates or reserved rooms


Hampton Inn Hadley

24 Bay Rd, Hadley 01035

6 miles from campus

Rates/dates: weekday rate = $139; weekend rate = $169/night; includes breakfast, parking and wifi

Code: UNE

Reservation must be made by Sept 26 to lock in special weekend rates


Hotel Northampton

36 King St, Northampton 01060

8 miles from campus

Rates/dates: weekday rate = $155.99; weekend rate = 215.99

Code: NE Popular Culture Conference

Reserve by Sept 17 to receive special rate


Fairfield Inn, Northampton

15A Conz Street, Northampton, MA 01060


9.5 miles from campus

Rates: weekday rate = $135/night; weekend rate = $175 (king), $185 (2 queens)

Code: NE Popular Culture Conference

Reserve by Sept 17 to receive special rate


Non-hotel options in Amherst area:


Food & activities




$ (approx. $10 per person)


UMass Campus Center

A variety of excellent options are available at the UMass Campus Center in the lobby of the facility in which the NEPCA conference will be held. In July, Princeton Review ranked UMass dining and food services #1 in the nation for the second year in a row. This is definitely not the food from your undergraduate days! For details on the various food options at the Campus Center see:


Bueno Y Sano (Northampton & Amherst locations)

Fast, fresh Mexican featuring burritos, bowls, quesadillas, tacos, and salads, plus a salsa bar

Amherst location: 1 Boltwood Walk; 413-253-4000

Northampton location: 134 Main Street; 413-586-7311


La Veracruzana (Northampton & Amherst locations)

Authentic, fast Mexican food, including burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and a salsa bar; beer at both Northampton and Amherst locations, variety of tequilas at Amherst location

Amherst location: 63 South Pleasant Street; 413-253-6900

Northampton location: 31 Main Street; 413-586-7181


Share Coffee

Fair-trade coffee, tea, and pastries

17 Kellogg Ave, Amherst, MA 01002


Antonio’s Pizza

Creative pizza by slice, open late

31 North Pleasant St. Amherst; 413-253-0808



Mexican chain, featuring burritos, tacos, and bowls

334 Russell St., Hadley; 413-587-9888


The Works

Sandwiches, bagels, salads

48 North Pleasant St., Amherst, 413-835-0561


$$ ($10-20 per person)


High Horse

Gastropub with rotating selection of microbrews

24 North Pleasant St, Amherst; 413-230-3034


Mi Tierra

Authentic Mexican cuisine, made with homemade tortillas

8 Russell St., Hadley; 413-587-9820


Texas Road House

Steakhouse chain with a variety of cuts of meat

280 Russell St., Hadley; 413-584-0100



Bar and grill chain

426 Russell St., Hadley; 413-253-4008



Bar & grill chain

100 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, 413-253-5799


Ginger Garden

Extensive Chinese menu, plus sushi

351 Northampton Rd. (Rt. 9), Amherst; 413-256-6666



Sushi and hibachi

7 Old South Street, Northampton; 413-587-9548


Dirty Truth

Gourmet bar food plus extraordinary selection of craft beers

29 Main St, Northampton; 413-585-5999


Wildwood BBQ

Extensive bbq, plus gluten free and vegetarian options

235 Russell St. (Rte. 9) Hadley; 413-584-4227


Bub’s BBQ

Extensive bbq menu

676 Amherst Rd. (Rte 116), Sunderland; 413-548-9630


Miss Saigon

Creative Vietnamese, including hot pot, banh mi, and pho; BYOB

96 N Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-253-9988



Fair-trade coffee and tea, plus full lunch, dinner, and brunch menu, including salads, sandwiches and pastries

99 Russell St. (Rte 9), Hadley; 413-585-1515




11 N Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-253-1070



Standard Italian

51 East Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-549-1900


Black Sheep Deli

Creative sandwiches, soups, and salads

79 Main St, Amherst; 413-253-3442


Pasta E Basta


26 Main St., Amherst; 413-256-3550


The Pub

Bar food

15 East Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-549-1200


Fresh Side

Tea house and Asian-inspired dishes

39 S Pleasant St, Amherst; 413-256-0296


$$$ ($20-30 per person)



Extensive American fare, known for their popovers

51 North Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-253-3491


Bistro 63

Creative café food

63 North Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-259-1600


Mission Cantina

Authentic Mexican

485 West St, Amherst; 413-230-3580


Johnny’s Tavern

Creative American

30 Boltwood Walk, Amherst; 413-230-3818



Creative Italian

96 Russell St. (Rte 9), Hadley; 413-584-8000


$$$$ (fine dining)


Chez Albert


178 North Pleasant St., Amherst; 413-253-3811


Blue Heron


112 North Main St. (Rte 47), Sunderland; 413-665-2102


30 Boltwood

30 Boltwood Ave., (at the Lord Jeffery Inn), Amherst; 413-835-2011


University Club

243 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst; 413-545-2551


Local Attractions:


UMass Fine Arts Center


Emily Dickinson Museum

280 Main St., Amherst; 413-542-8161

Admission: adults $15, Seniors $13, Students: $10, Five-College students: Free; 17 & under: free


Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Rd., Amherst; 413-559-6300

Admission: Adult $9; Students, Seniors, Teachers: $6


Smith College Museum of Art

20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton; 413-585-2760

Admission: Adults $5; Seniors $4; Five-College Students, age 18 and under: free


Beneski Museum of Natural History

11 Barrett Hill Dr., Amherst

Admission: free


Mead Art Museum

41 Quadrangle Dr., Amherst; 413-542-2335

Admission: free


Amherst Historical Society & Museum

67 Amity St., Amherst; 413-256-0678

Open Fri-Sat, 12pm-4pm

Admission: free; donations accepted


Mount Holyoke Range State Park

1500 West St, Amherst; 413-253-2883


Amethyst Brook Conservation Area


National Yiddish Book Center

1021 West St., Amherst; 413-256-4900

Open Sun-Fri, 10am-4pm

Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; free for members, children, and students


Hitchcock Center for the Environment

845 West St., Amherst; 413-256-6006

Open Tues-Thurs, 9am-5.30pm; Fri, 9am-5pm

Admission: free

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