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We think you’ll love Newport as much as previous attendees have; it lies on a point of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, with miles of beautiful shore and a rich history. But it is not close to transportation hubs, so here are your best bets:
By Train:Amtrak’s northeastern corridor trains stop in Providence and Kingston, RI. Kingston is closer to Newport, but fewer trains stop there.
Ocean Drive in Newport is beautiful, as is much of the south-coastal trip up I-95. Valet or self-parking is free at the hotel. GPS address is 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI. Note: There is a toll of up to $4 (reduced for E-Z Pass) crossing the Newport Bridge (from the west/ southwest or points south).
The last leg to Newport is a bit more complicated…
RIPTA bus lines are available from downtown Providence (Rt 60), PVD airport (Rt 14), and the Kingston train station (Rt 64); requires a walk of a few blocks from airport or Providence train station (ripta.com). Newport Gateway Visitor Center is the last stop; call the hotel for the free shuttle (401-298-2460). Note that bus service on Sundays is severely limited.
Limo and taxi service are available but can be costly (up to $150 for a car of 6 people). Lyft and Uber cost approximately $40 (up to 4 people) and are available at all sites; airport pickups require a 2-block walk.
A range of rental cars is available at the PVD airport; see “by auto,” above.
Gurney’s is located on Goat Island, adjoining downtown Newport, jutting out in the bay (https://www.gurneysresorts.com/newport). A 24-hour shuttle to downtown Newport is available on request, although the walk is also nice (albeit brisk in winter!). The reservation link is here and is also available via the AWP 2019 conference site on www.awpsych.org or through the hotel’s reservations office at 401-851-3332 or -3366 (specify “AWP ROOMS”).
Reservations must be received by Thursday, February 7, 2019, to get the conference rate of $139.00 plus taxes (13%) on standard rooms. For disability access, please register early directly with the hotel. A limited number of rooms with two queen beds must be reserved through the hotel’s reservations office by phone. Upgraded rooms with water views or suites are available for an additional charge.
Breakfast and receptions are provided with your registration for the conference. The hotel offers a small take-out café with breakfast goodies, sandwiches and salads, and drinks, as well as a medium+ priced breakfast/lunch restaurant and a more expensive (but very good!) Italian meal at Scarpetta.