VAF 2019 Annual Meeting: Landscapes of Succession

May 29-June 1, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

To view pertinent information directly, use the following links:

Conference Overview Registration Costs Registration Form

Conference Lodging

Homewood Suites University City

4109 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


On the edge of campus, Homewood Suites is an easy 10-15 walk to Meyerson and Houston Halls on the University of Pennsylvania's campus. Cafes, restaurants, and used bookstores abound. VAF has reserved a block of rooms between $189 to $199/night. This conference rate is amazingly low for this area at this time of year and only 60 rooms are available at this rate. Complimentary breakfast seven days a week, complimentary dinner (M-Th), complimentary shuttle throughout University City. These rates are also available to guests three days before and three days after the conference.

The parking fee for the garage is $39.00/day.

You may call the number above and use the code VAF to book your room or click here to go to the website.

If you find that there are no double rooms at Homewood, there are additional double rooms at:

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

3549 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel is close to campus and less than half a mile from the conference sites on the Penn campus.  It is 5 blocks from the Homewood Suites where registration will occur.

You may call the number above and use the code VAF to book your room or click here to go to the website.


Philadelphia is located 10 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport. In addition, it is served by Amtrak, and for VAFs many east-coast members, it is easily accessible by automobile.


Uber from Philadelphia International Airport ranges between $15-20.

Taxis from Philadelphia International Airport will cost about $25.00.

It is also an option to take a 16 minute Septa train from the airport to the University of Pennsylvania. Take the Purple Airport Line to the University City stop.  You can then walk 10 minutes up Spruce Street to campus or get a taxi/uber. See SEPTA section below for details.


Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is located at 30th and Market Streets.  It is an easy walk to Penn’s campus if you are traveling lightly.

Travelers can also ride Septa’s Trolley service from 30th Street Station.  Exit the Amtrak station and go into the SEPTA portal at 30th and Market. Travel to Penn’s campus, getting off at either the 36th or 37th street stops.

Uber from the Amtrak station ranges between $6-8.

Taxis from the Amtrak station are about $10.


Trolley and Train Service are available from the airport and train station to downtown and Penn’s campus. Use for exact route and fare information. A one-day Septa pass is provided as part of Friday's Center City Self-Guided Tours.

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