Join us at Clayton Hall
May 3-4, 2024
John M. Clayton Hall is situated on the Newark Campus of the University of Delaware. Free parking is available on-site in the upper lot.
The workshop on May 3-4 will take place at this location.
Book your hotel room early.
We encourage workshop attendees to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott – University of Delaware, which is right beside the workshop venue. Rooms in the block at the conference rate are limited and may sell out quickly. The Courtyard Marriott is located near the University of Delaware main campus and is a 15-20 minute walk to Newark Main Street and the Disaster Research Center.
Workshop rate: $144/night plus taxes, for either the Deluxe Single King or Deluxe Double Queen. This offer rate will expire April 3, 2024. Please request the DRC 60th Anniversary Room Block
Other Nearby Hotels (transportation to the workshop will not be provided, although there are local buses and ride-share app that serve these locations)
Getting to Newark, Delaware (not Newark, NJ!)
Air: Guests can choose between arriving via Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) or Philadelphia International (PHL) airports, although Philadelphia is slightly more convenient and has no/limited tolls. PHL is approximately one hour north while BWI is about 80 minutes south of the I-95 exits to campus. Delaware Express offers a private car service which runs at a starting rate of $124 and should be booked in advance. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft start at approximately $60, and increase depending on time and demand. Flights that arrive late may require a wait time, and ride-shares to the airport should be booked in advance at requested times. Ample rental cars are available at the airport, although we recommend booking in advance for reduced rates.
Rail: Newark, DE Station. Served by SEPTA commuter rail from Philadelphia and Amtrak with limited departure and arrival times. Taxis are not generally available upon arrival. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft cost approximately $15 to the conference facility. The Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Wilmington Station is an approximately 20 minute drive to the conference facility. While taxis are available outside the station, it is more economical to take a ride share ($30 or higher). Busses 33, 10, and 2 leave from near the Wilmington Station to spots in and around the UD campus. Although much more economical, bus trips can take over an hour and may require walking to your hotel once you reach Newark. Those choosing this option should plan their travel carefully.
Car: From Philadelphia: Take I-95 South to Exit 1B, which becomes Route 896 North, follow 896 into Newark. Route 896 becomes South College Avenue. Follow South College Avenue to end, turn left onto Main Street and stay in the right lane. Go 1 block and at the fork, bear right over the railroad tracks. Proceed straight through the traffic light at Cleveland Avenue. Look for signs for University Delaware-Laird Campus, turn right.
From Baltimore: Take I-95 North to Exit 1B. Continue using directions above.
Local Transportation (Key for those attending events on Thursday)
The University of Delaware Shuttle offers free transportation between the Clayton Hall and the Courtyard Marriott to the Main Campus and to hotels such as Embassy and Homewood Suites and the Audion/STAR Campus (for the grad student workshop). This is the North/South Academy and the North/South College Routes. Please check the site for hours and frequency of buses. You can also use this site to live track the location of the next bus. Some hotels, such as the Courtyard Marriott, offer local shuttle service for guests with a little notice prior to departure.
Visit the University of Delaware
Newark is a quintessential college town and home to the University of Delaware. Nearby, you can find miles of trails and parkland. Main Street has a range of restaurants, ranging from quick bites to taverns to more formal dining options. While you are at the workshop, we encourage you to visit the University of Delaware campus. There are several museums and galleries associated with the University.The James E. Newton exhibit will be on display at Mechanical Hall – open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday – and is particularly recommended.
See Delaware’s Museums and Sites
Delaware’s largest city is Wilmington, a 20 minute drive from the workshop. Consider visiting Winterthur Museum, Hagley Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railway Byway, the Jack A. Markell Trail, the Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship of Delaware, museums overseen by the Delaware Historical Society, and the Nemours Estate. In nearby Historic New Castle – the landing spot for William Penn, enjoy great restaurants, historic sites such as Old Swedes Church, and Battery Park. There are many spots in and near Wilmington that are connected to the Delaware History Trail.
Explore Our Nature Trails and Enjoy Our Beaches
“The Beach” might not immediately come to mind when thinking about Delaware, but it draws Dave Grohl, President Joe Biden, and many of us who make Delaware our home. About 85 miles or a two hour drive from the workshop, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, and Bethany Beach have beautiful coastlines, abundant trails along the way, fantastic restaurants, and tax-free outlet discount shopping as a bonus.
Visit Philadelphia During Your Stay
If you are flying into or out of Philadelphia airport, consider a few nights in the City of Brotherly Lov. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are probably the most famous historical sites in the city, while the Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts the Rocky Steps. Don’t miss such spots as the Magic Gardens, Eastern State Penitentiary Museum, and the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as many other cultural and culinary adventures.
PLACES TO DINE
Main Street, Newark (including side streets)
- Deer Park
- The Peach Blossom Eatery
- Home Grown Cafe
- Grain Craft Bar and Kitchen
- Ramen Kumamoto
- Kakure Bistro
- Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Saloon
- Sinclair’s Cafe
- Ali Baba Mid Eastern Restaurant
- Santa Fe Mexican Grill
- Oishii Ocean Japanese and Cajun Seafood
- Chef Tan
- Oishii Sushi and Ramen
Quick Bites (all a short walk from DRC if you are attending the open house)
- Newark Deli & Bagel
- M20Burgers and Salads
- Snap Custom Pizza
- Colorful Yun Nan
- Indian Sizzler
- Playa Bowls
- Roots Natural Kitchen
- The Original Hot Bagel
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
- Five Guys Burgers and Fries
- Helen’s Sausage House
- Red Bowl
- Trabant Student Center Food Court
There are many other options, as well!
Outskirts of Campus
On the outskirts of Campus
Other restaurants: Worth the Short Drive
Chesapeake City, MD
- Prime 225 – Upscale
- Bayard House – Upscale Casual
- Schaefer’s Canal House – Casual
- Chesapeake Inn – Casual
- Le Cavalier at the Hotel Dupont – Upscale
- Walter’s Steakhouse – Upscale
- La Fia – Upscale
- Capers and Lemons – Upscale Casual
- Tonic Seafood and Steak – Upscale Casual
- Krazy Kats at the Inn at Montchanin Village – Upscale Casual
- Columbus Inn – Upscale Casual
- Banks Seafood – Upscale Casual
- Bardea – Upscale Casual
- Constitution Yards Beer Garden – Casual
- The House of William and Merry – Upscale Casual
Historic Old New Castle, DE
- Jessop’s Tavern – Casual Dining
Kennett Square, PA