Logistics Information for the VOCALS Meeting, March 21-23, 2011.

The meeting will be held at the U of M Newman Alumni Center on the main Coral Gables campus
(1507 Levante Ave., corner with San Amaro Dr.,  ĽA' on map below, ~ 8 miles south of the airport).

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Two hotels are within walking distance (0.4 mile) of the Alumni Center:

1. Hotel group rates have been arranged at the Holiday Inn, 1350 S. Dixie Hwy (US 1). (Room rate is $139 +13% tax)
When making the reservation, you need to indicate the Group Code (UCA).

 1-800-HOLIDAY (toll-free) or 1-305-667-5611

Local Hotel Contact: Ninoska Mendoza: nmendoza AT soundhospitality.com

  You must make your reservation by March 8th, 2011 in order to receive the group rate.
These rates have been negotiated for March 22- 26 (follow on meetings). The rate will be honored for March 20th and 21st as long as availability exists.

2. A 25 minute walk from the Alumni Center, also on US 1, is the The Gables Inn: smaller, individual rates are ~ $100/night.

Hotels along US 1 are served by a good Metrorail and could be another option. The Metrorail has a University of Miami stop along US 1 opposite the Holiday Inn,
a University shuttle bus can also take you from the Metrorail stop to the Alumni Center. Both the shuttle bus and Metrorail run frequently.

There is no need to drive, but should you drive, parking is available at $7/day in a parking garage near the entrance to the University (on Ponce de Leon, parallel to US1).

Places to eat:
South Miami, ~ one-half mile south on US 1 from the hotels has many restaurant options and a Whole Foods grocery.
A block from the Alumni Center is the Titanic Brewery and Restaurant. Nearby options exist along US 1 south of the hotels, e.g., Moon Thai (OK), Smoke't BBQ (recommended) and for breakfast: Bagel Emporium, Starbucks.
Miami is meat-centric but almost all restaurants have vegetarian options.

Further afield (short taxicab ride) excellent restaurants in varying price ranges can be found in Merrick Park Village along LeJeune Road (nearest), downtown Coral Gables, and downtown Coconut Grove.

Bike rentals are available nearby the hotels on US 1. The university campus and nearby neighborhoods are excellent for jogging and walking.