Local Arrangements

NEPCA Conference at Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

October 19-20, 2018



For GPS directions, Worcester State's campus address is:


486 Chandler St.

Worcester, MA  01602


Note:  "Kelley Square" is a rite of passage for all Worcester drivers but is not for the faint of heart.  Multiple streets join together in a disorganized way and there are no stop lights or directional signs.  Your GPS will likely send you through Kelley Square to get to lots of places around the city.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you!  


From Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90): Take Exit 10 (Auburn) to I-290 East. (see from 290 East)

From I-495: Take Exit 25 to I- 290 West. (see from 290 West)

From Rt. 9 West: Follow Rt. 9 West into Worcester. (see from Highland Street)

From Rt. 146 North: Take Rt. 146 North to I-290 East. (see from 290 East)

From I-190 South: Take I-290 West. (see from 290 West)

From I- 290 West: Take Exit 18 (Rt. 9 West); turn right off exit ramp and stay in center lane, following directions for Rt. 9 West. Turn right onto Rt. 9 West, also known as Highland Street. (see from Highland Street)

From I-290 East: Take Exit 17 (Rt. 9). Turn left onto Rt. 9 West, which will turn into Highland Street at bottom of the hill. Proceed up the hill onto Highland Street. (see from Highland Street)

From Highland Street: While on Highland Street, stay in the right-hand lane. Stay on Highland Street for 1.5 miles. (past Elm Park and Doherty High School on the left). At the rotary, take the third right onto June Street. At the second traffic light, turn right onto May Street. The main entrance to Worcester State will be three blocks up on your left.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at two local hotels, both about 4 miles from the Worcester State campus.  Reservations must be made by September 19th, 2018 in order to take advantage of special pricing.


Hampton Inn

65 Prescott St.

Worcester, MA  01605

(508) 886-9005

Rate:  $136 plus tax.  $9 overnight parking fee.

3.5 miles (12 minutes to campus in regular traffic)


Courtyard - Marriott

72 Grove St.

Worcester, MA  01605

(508) 363-0300

Rate:  $136 plus tax.  $9 overnight parking fee.

3.5 miles (10 minutes to campus in regular traffic)


Additional hotels in the area include:


Hilton Garden Inn (3 miles from campus)

35 Major Taylor Boulevard

Worcester, MA  01608

Use the following booking link for a conference discount (please copy and paste the link in your browser):  https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/gi/reservation/book.htm?ctyhocn=BEDWOGI&corporateCode=2840001&from=lnrlink

3.1 miles (12 minutes to campus in regular traffic)

AC Hotel Worcester

125 Front St.

Worcester, MA  01608


$160 plus tax, $15 parking fee

3.0 miles (12 minutes to campus in regular traffic)


Air BnB also has several listings in Worcester.

Beechwood Hotel

363 Plantation St, Worcester, MA 01605

$170 plus tax.  Complimentary on site parking

508. 754. 5789

7.3 miles (20 minutes to campus  in regular traffic)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Worcester

1 Washington Square, Worcester, MA 01604

$140 plus tax, Complimentary on site parking


3.5 miles (15 minutes to campus in regular traffic)

Residence Inn, Worcester

503 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA

844. 631. 0595

$160 plus tax, Complimentary on site parking

5.2 miles (20 minutes to campus in regular traffic)

Holiday Inn Express, Downtown Worcester

110 Summer Street, Worcester, MA


$108 plus tax, complimentary on site parking

3.2 miles (20 minutes in regular traffic)


There is an airport in Worcester (ORH) with limited flights.


Airport Limousine Service:



Worcester is home to “That’s Entertainment,” 244 Park Ave., open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., which is a huge store devoted to popular culture – comics, video games, vinyl, movies, etc.  It’s worth a stop.


For three years Worcester has also hosted a large-scale art mural festival, "POW!  WOW! Worcester."  You may spy some of these in your travels around the city.


Canal Food Tours (Worcester, MA) will be providing a special tour for NEPCA attendees on Friday from 10-1 (approximately).  Space will be limited to 25 participants.  You will get enough food for a substantial lunch, experience range of food, meet some of the hard-working people in Worcester’s food industries, and learn some of the history of Worcester’s Canal District.  This is a fabulous introduction to Worcester.  Canal Food Tours is offering a special discount for NEPCA attendees, so the cost per person will be $40.  Register early to guarantee a spot but no later than Wednesday, October 10th.  You’ll be responsible for your own transportation to and from this event.  You can register through the following link:    https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/canalfoodtours/items/61511/availability/160045492/book/?full-items=yes

Enter Coupon Code for 20% off:  thankyoucft18


Worcester is in the middle of a food renaissance, so there’s a lot of options for great food.  NEPCA foodies might appreciate this post by Jane Jacobs in the WOO that has a list of a lot of great local restaurants.


Good restaurants near Worcester State and hotels include:

Great ethnic grocery stores/bakeries for picnics or stocking up:

Niche grocery stores:

  1. Trader Joe’s  77 Boston Turnpike,  Shrewsbury, MA
  2. Whole Foods Market  193 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA



Compiled by Charlotte Haller, Professor of History, Worcester State University, challer1@worcester.edu and Tanya Mears, Associate Professor of History, Worcester State University, tmears@worcester