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For your convenience, we have arranged for participants’ lodging at the Fairfield Inn and Suites at Homer’s Wharf in downtown New Bedford, a new Marriott hotel located across the street from New Bedford’s harbor and working waterfront, within easy walking distance of the venues where the NEH Workshop will hold most of its sessions. All rooms are air-conditioned and include two double beds, one bathroom, complimentary wired and wireless Internet, flat screen TVs and a desk.

The approximate cost per person is $102 per night (special NEH Workshop rate) with hot buffet breakfast included each day for six days, for a total of $594.00 (plus Massachusetts state room tax) (single occupancy). Alternately, rooms can be shared with one roommate for $51 per night for five nights for a total of $255.00 (plus room tax) per person (double occupancy). Lunch and dinner costs are “on your own.” There are many moderately priced cafes and restaurants within walking and shuttle distance to the hotel.


By car, New Bedford is located approximately one hour south of Boston, MA and 35 minutes east of Providence, RI. The nearest airports are in Providence and Boston. New Bedford is served by bus links to Providence and Boston. There is no direct railway link to New Bedford.

Transportation from airports

Royal Coachman Transportation Service
24 hour service from Logan and T.F. Green Airports
Phone: 508.995.7552
Toll free: 866.995.7552
Approximate cost: Logan, $110.00; T.F. Green, $90.00

Town Car Travel
Phone: 508.379.9088

Peter Pan Bus Line
Limited service from Logan and T.F. Green Airports
Phone: 800.343.9999
Approximate cost: Logan (call for information); T.F. Green, $53.00

Transportation Links

Phone: 800.229.4879

Southeastern Regional Transit Authority
Phone: 508-999-5211

T.F. Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island
Phone: 888-268-7222 or 401-737-8222

Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts
Phone: 1-800-23-LOGAN

New England Fast Ferry
Passenger-only ferry service from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard (1 hour trip)

Massachusetts Steamship Authority
Passenger ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard
Phone: 508-997-1688 

Climate/weather for summer in New Bedford

Weather conditions in Massachusetts change quickly, especially along the coastal areas, which enjoy more moderate temperatures in summer. The South Coast (New Bedford area) and Cape Cod are kept cooler in the summer months by ocean breezes. Summers are usually comfortably mild, though some hot days in July/August are possible. The statewide average high temperature in July approaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Average July temperature in New Bedford is 74 degrees; low temperature in July is 65 degrees. July is also the least rainy month in New Bedford, with just a few rainy days, typically.

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