New England Weavers' Seminar:  2021 Housing & Dining

On Campus Housing

The only on-campus housing option at Smith is dormitory-style accommodations in residential houses; the rooms are almost all single bedrooms with shared dorm bathrooms.  The bedrooms have standard height beds, a dresser, a closet, a desk, and a chair.  The rooms might be air-conditioned, if not, each room has a window that opens and a fan.  Linens (pillow, sheets, blanket, and fresh towels) will be provided. 


Once again, dorm accommodations will be available Tuesday evening for volunteers working on Wednesday.  Those who need to be on campus Thursday morning for the Beginning Weaving class, the tour, or volunteer activities can use the dorms beginning Wednesday evening.  Volunteers arriving early should contact the Seminar Registrar for a discount housing code.  

There are a limited number of dorm rooms available for the conference.  If you plan on staying in the dorm, please reserve early to guarantee your spot. 

There will be dorm rooms available for those with limited mobility or other special needs.  Please select this option when registering and indicate specific requirements in the space provided (wheelchair access, service animals, etc.).

Although most attendees are women, housing for men or  couples may be possible.  Please use the contact form to inquire.

Internet access will be available in every room. 


On-campus housing must be reserved by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 21, 2019.  You will not be able to obtain a room at the on-site registration desk.


Meals will be served cafeteria-style at Tyler House.  A shuttle bus will be available to facilitate access to the dining hall from other parts of the campus.


Vegetarian choices will be available at every meal. You may purchase a meal plan for each of the days desired.  You cannot purchase a partial day, such as breakfast and lunch only, due to the requirements of our arrangements with Smith College.


Dining hall meal plans must be purchased by 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2019.  On-site purchases are not available.


The meal plan is open to every registrant, whether or not you are staying in on-campus housing.  


The Campus Center Cafe, located in the same building as the registration desk and many of our exhibits, will be open for breakfast and lunch during the week and on Saturday.  The cafe offers salads, sandwiches, and hot food.  It will not be open on Sunday.  

Off Campus Housing

As an alternate to the on-campus housing, there are quite a few local hotels and motels, with varying degrees of finery and price.  We have booked blocks of rooms at:

The Autumn Inn, 259 Elm Street, Northampton.

(413) 584-7660; single or double occupancy. Two-night minimum required for Friday arrivals.  Walking distance to Smith campus, outdoor pool.  Deluxe continental breakfast included.  (0.4 miles from campus).

You can park on Smith campus either in the parking garage or in white-lined spaces in designated areas each morning and walk to the dining hall and/or classes.  You will receive a parking permit by email before arriving.

If you choose off-campus housing, you are responsible for making your own reservations.  To get the NEWS rate, mention NEWS when you make your reservations.  Feel free to check for better rates at other hotels/motels in the area if you have other memberships that may help (AAA, AARP, etc.)  These rooms will be held until May 17, 2019.  It is advisable to make your reservations as soon as possible, since Northampton hosts a number of conferences and sporting activities during the summer.

Other local hotels:

Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton. (413) 584-3100 (0.6 miles from campus).

Quality Inn & Suites, 117 Conz Street, Northampton.  (413) 341-1461 (1 mile from campus).

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 115A Conz Street, Northampton.  (413) 587-9800 (1 mile from campus).

Special Needs

The Smith College Campus is a walking campus.  There is handicapped parking available near the 'Quad', which is close to the buildings where most classes will be held.  There is also handicapped parking available at the special needs dorm.  If you require handicapped parking, you will need to have your handicapped sticker available at registration.  You may want to consider bring a rolling cart to transport items to and from classes.

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