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 by Hilton

University City

4109 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Limited rooms have been added to our block at a rate of $249 (still below market cost of $300.) Thursday bus tours will leave from the Homewood and there is shuttle service to the events on the Penn campus.

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


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.

There are rooms available from Wednesday, May 29-Sunday June 1.  Rooms for Tuesday, May 28 are sold out.

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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