We know that many of you are working out the logistics of travel, but once you arrive in New Haven, we want you to have the best possible time at the conference and in the city. Christine Mayor, MA, RDT, our Logistics Chair for the 2012 conference, has put together a fantastic selection of New Haven eateries, activities and sights to enjoy, and offers a sneak peek in advance of your arrival!
Do you salivate over the images of pretzel burger buns, gorgonzola fondue or Lithuanian coffee cake? Do you wonder about the mysteries of The Skull and Bones and other secret societies? Do you imagine taking a break from the conference and window shopping downtown, visiting one of the many (and often free) museums and art galleries, taking in the view of the city from the top of East Rock Park, or experiencing the diverse food options within a short walking distance? If so, this blog is for you.
In addition to this year’s exciting programming options, this conference features the accessibility and diversity of New Haven itself. New Haven has the amenities of a small city, but the feeling of a New England town. Having moved to New Haven only a short year ago, I was skeptical of the town’s slogan “It all happens here,” until I started to uncover the best spots, delicious treats and strange history of this area. It’s not simply a place to visit, but to really explore.
But since you only have a few days to investigate New Haven, we’ve created a cheat sheet for you. Look in your Hospitality Packets for additional information on places to eat, attractions, and nightlife possibilities. Below are just a few highlights.
The Cask Republic: With an amazing selection of microbrewery beers, delicious snacks and gorgonzola fondue, this is a great spot for winding down after a full day of conferencing. 179 Crown Street
Kudeta: Delicious Asian-fusion food and cool ambience, this is a spot not to be missed. Also, watch out for an opportunity to win a $60 gift certificate, available for one lucky conference attendee to indulge alone or share with friends. 27 Temple Street
Barcelona: Located right next to the Omni, this Spanish-themed restaurant offers a range of tapas and features ½ priced bottles of wine on Sundays. 155 Temple Street
Claire’s Corner Copia: Kosher restaurant with vegan and gluten-free options available, this chill eatery offers delicious meat-free meals that even the meat-eaters will enjoy. Check out their to-die-for Lithuanian Coffee Cake (also available gluten-free). 1000 Chapel Street
Karaoke Heroes: A superhero themed karaoke bar… need I say more? Sing the night away while in role. 212 Crown Street.
Yale Repertory Theatre: Innovative theatre productions just down the street from the conference, featuring Marie Antoinette October 26-November 17. Tickets can be purchased in person at 1120 Chapel Street or online.
BAR: In addition to their famous mashed potato pizza, this local eatery and bar hosts live music and deejays in their back room. 254 Crown Street
Crown Street: Chock-a-block full of bars and clubs for every taste, whether you are looking for live music (try Stella Blues), a chill lounge (Firehouse 12 or 116 Crown), a sports bar (Black Bear) or place to dance the night away (Gotham Citi or BAR), Crown Street is a great street to explore.
Yale Tours: Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history, architecture and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. Free on Mon–Fri 10:30am & 2pm; Sat–Sunday 1:30pm. 149 Elm Street
Frisbee on the Green: New Haven is the land of inventions, including the Frisbee! Stop by the NADTA Frisbee station (located near welcome desk) and pick up a disc to toss on the New Haven Green, located just around the corner from the Omni. Temple & Chapel Street
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library: Constructed with more than one hundred panels of translucent marble, the Beinecke is home to one of the world’s preeminent collections of rare materials, including the Gutenberg Bible. 121 Wall Street
East Rock Park: Drive or hike to the top of East Rock Park for a beautiful view of the city. Cold Springs Street & Orange Street (nature center)
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Read your Hospitality Packets cover to cover – we’ve put some great suggestions in there to make your experience of New Haven as memorable as possible.
Your New Haven Guide,
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT
Logistics Chair, NADTA Conference 2012