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The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is in the southwest part of Gainesville, Florida and just two blocks from an I-75 exit for those of you driving to the conference.

Hotel Reservations
Hotel Booking Code: VACVACB Cut off Date: March 9, 2019

You can call the hotel or make your reservation online. Here are the 3 ways to reserve your room at the hotel:

  • Call the hotel at 352-745-7777 and mention that you are attending the Vibrational Astrology Conference. You will get the room rate given below.
  • Call Marriott Central Reservations at 888-236-2427 and request the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Gainesville, Florida and say that the group name is Vibrational Astrology
  • Click here to book your group rate for Vibrational Astrology Conference 2019 (group code VACVACB)

Room Rate and Accommodations

$129 special rate for Friday night and Saturday night, and $99 for Sunday night. Call and state that you are attending the Vibrational Astrology Conference to get this rate. This rate is for a room with 2 queen beds. There are also larger suites with options for more people and one option for up to 6 people (2 queen beds and a convertible couch). Ask the hotel about these options if you are interested.

Transportation

Nearest Airport
Gainesville, FL (GNV)

Arrival and departure times
If you arrive about mid day on Friday you will have time to get settled in the hotel and have dinner before the opening event at 7 PM on Friday evening. If you are flying into Gainesville airport on Friday, you can drive in with others who also arrive on the same flight (see "Transportation from the hotel to Gainesville airport" below). The conference ends at 5:15 PM on Sunday. Some attendees will leave Sunday after 5:15 PM and some will stay until Monday. Staying until Monday gives another evening to meet with friends and colleagues over dinner Sunday evening and have more time to leave the following day.

There is a small airport in Gainesville with flights from Atlanta, Charlotte and Miami so you will fly into one of these cities and transfer to a flight to Gainesville. There is also an airport in Jacksonville, FL (about 1 1/2 hours from Gainesville), Orlando (about 2 hours from Gainesville) and Tampa (about 3 hour drive from Gainesville). The Gainesville airport is most convenient.

Transportation to and from Gainesville airport and the hotel
The hotel does not have a shuttle service. To save money we strongly recommend Uber instead of a taxi. The cost will be half or even cosiderably less than half than using a taxi. The Uber price is about $20 for one person and about $30 for 2 to 6 people (maximum for larger Uber vehicles may be only about 5 people because of luggage). The more people that take the same ride together, the less expensive it is.

There will be a Facebook page where people can share which flight they are arriving on and can arrange to take the same Uber ride to the hotel. We expect that most people will arive around late morning to early afternoon on Friday and will be leaving either on a late flight Sunday evening or on Monday morning.

Driving to the Conference
Exit I-75 at Exit # 384, Archer Road. After exiting I-75 head east about only 2 blocks to SW 37th Blvd and you will the hotel on your left after you turn on to SW 37th Blvd.

Restaurants

There are about a dozen restaurants and Trader Joe's and a Publix Supermarket within a 15 minute walk and a 4-minute drive from the hotel. There is also Whole Foods Market also nearby. For vegetarians and vegans Zoe’s is a very good choice for a restaurant. The hotel serves a free continental breakfast. There is a small refrigerator in the hotel rooms. There will also be snacks in the lecture room. There are also a few snacks and water available in the hotel lobby. For lunch breaks we will car pool or walk to the nearby restaurants. See "Attending the Conference on a Budget" for more ideas.

Attending the Conference on a Budget

Some tips for saving money

  • If flying in, arrange with a few other attendees to take Uber to and from the hotel. You can post your interest in this on the Facebook VA Conference page.
  • Arrive early enough on Friday to go to Trader Joe's (or a bit longer walk or drive to Whole Foods Market) and stock up on things for Friday dinner, and Saturday and Sunday lunch. You can go back to your room for lunch or bring it down and meet with people while having lunch.

Fresh Air And Exercise

During the 45-minute breaks between classes stroll out to the pool area or even out the front door if you do not like being indoors all day. There is also a small exercise room. If you enjoy a morning outdoor jog, you can head out the front door and towards the residential area and away from Archer Road where the restaurants, etc. are to have a pleasant jog. The weather in early April in north Florida is typically very pleasant. It sometimes gets a bit chilly or hot and it may rain, but usually is pleasant.

Things to Do in Gainesville

If you stay in Gainesville longer, then some of the spots often visited are the Butterfly Museum, the Art Museum, downtown Gainesville, several Springs just north of Gainesville in High Springs and other towns, Kanapaha Gardens, the town of Micanopy just south of Florida, and there are often concerts, shows, sporting events, etc. throughout the year. There are some new age centers, such as Temple of the Universe which is about a 20 minutes drive north of Gainesville. St Augustine is east of Gainesville and is a big tourist area and Orlando is about 1 1/2 hours South and the Tampa/St Petersburg area about 2 hours south on the west coast. These are major travel destinations. No doubt there are other things I am neglecting to mention. Gainesville is best known as the home of the University of Florida so if you see lots of orange and blue and "Gators" everywhere that is why! Many people enjoy Gainesville because of the southern friendliness, high levels of education and creativity, diversity, and lots of green spaces with large oak trees, etc.

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