Travel Information

Getting to the Cape

Traveling by Air:

Visitors can fly into Logan International Airport (Boston, MA) or T. F. Green Airport (Warwick/Providence, RI).

  • Each airport is ~90 miles (~2 hours by car) from the conference location in Brewster, MA.

Visitors can also fly into one of Cape Cod's local airports via CapeAir or JetBlue.

  • Direct flights to Barnstable Municipal Airport (Hyannis, MA) are offered from both Logan (Boston, MA) and JFK (New York, NY). This airport is ~15 miles (~30 minutes by car) from the conference location in Brewster, MA.

  • Direct flights to Provincetown Municipal Airport (Provincetown, MA) are offered from Logan (Boston, MA). Provincetown is ~35 miles (~50 minutes by car) from the conference location in Brewster, MA.

 

Travel to the United States

A foreign national or alien entering the U.S. is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, or are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or  a citizen of Canada.

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows foreign nationals from certain countries to be admitted to the U.S. under limited conditions and for a limited time without obtaining a visa. The foreign national must arrive on an approved carrier (if coming by air or sea), staying no more than 90 days, for pleasure/medical purposes/business, and be able to prove they are not inadmissible. The foreign national is still required to have a passport. The foreign national who has not obtained approval through Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) should expect to be denied boarding on any air, land, or sea carrier bound for the United States.

To obtain a list of countries eligible and VWP passport requirements for the Visa Waiver Program, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program-requirements.

 

Citizens of Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda

Citizens of Canada traveling to the United States do not require a nonimmigrant visa if they are traveling directly from Canada for the purposes of visiting, tourism, and temporary business travel purposes. However, all Canadians entering the United States by air are required to have a valid passport. Canadians entering the United States by land or sea must have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant travel document. Additional resources for Canadian visitors to the United States can be found on the United States Embassy and Consulates in Canada, website

Citizens and permanent residents of Mexico, including children, are required to present a passport with a nonimmigrant visa or border crossing card, known as a "laser visa" to cross the United States border. The Border Crossing Card, Form DSP-150 is a biometric, machine readable card that is a combined visitor B1-B2 visa/Border Crossing Card. This requirement applies to SENTRI program members as well.

Citizens of Bermuda traveling to the United States do not require a nonimmigrant visa for travel up to 180 days. Additionally, these citizens do not require a visa unless they are ineligible for a visa under U.S. immigration law, or have previously violated the terms of their immigration status in the United States.

For more information on entry and visa requirements for citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, visit the DOS Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port of entry have the authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.

For complete information on requirements to enter the United States, go to: https://www.usa.gov/enter-us.

 

Obtaining a Visa

After identifying that a visa is needed, foreign travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in their country to determine visa processing time frames. For up-to-date information, access the DOS website.

The Society recommends the following guidelines for obtaining a visa for entry into the United States:

  • Request a letter of invitation to attend the 2019 SARMAC meeting from the SARMAC Society, approximately four months prior to the meeting.

  • Apply early. The visa application process takes three to four months to complete.

  • Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of visa application.

  • If completion of travel plans is contingent upon early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.

  • Provide proof of scientific status.

  • Provide meeting website URL and letter of invitation.

  • Provide evidence that you intend to return to your country of residence; applicants should provide proof of "binding," or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. This may include documentation of:

  • Family ties in home country or country of legal permanent residence

  • Property ownership

  • Bank accounts

  • An employment contract or statement from an employer stating that the position continues after the meeting.

 

Ground Transportation

Each airport offers a number of transportation options.

  • Logan International Airport (Boston, MA): find more information here.

  • T. F. Green Airport (Providence, RI): find more information here.

  • Barnstable Municipal Airport (Hyannis, MA): find more information here.

  • Provincetown Municipal Airport (Provincetown, MA): find more information here.

Peter Pan Bus Lines: Serves Cape Cod & Islands from Logan International Airport, Boston, New York City and other major cities and towns throughout the Northeast corridor, including Providence, Philadelphia, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. Find more information here.

CapeFLYER Train: From Boston's South Station, visitors can take the new seasonal CapeFLYER train service from Boston to Cape Cod's Hyannis. Service begins Memorial Day Weekend (last Monday of May) and is limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Amenities include onboard concessions, free Wi-Fi, wheelchair accessibility and passengers can bring their bikes at no charge. Find more information here.

Ferry Service: From Boston, visitors can take a ferry to Provicetown, MA via Boston Harbor Cruises or Bay State Cruise Company. Visitors arriving at Boston's Logan International Aiport can get to these ferry docks via taxi, bus, or water taxi.

 

Getting Around the Cape

The Hyannis Transportation Center (HTC): This is the central transportation "hub" on the Cape. Bus service from Logan (Boston, MA) or Green (Providence, RI) will take you here. This center houses the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA). Once at the HTC, you may hail a taxi or hop on a CCRTA bus to get you to the conference location (Brewster, MA).

  • If using the CCRTA:

    • The H20 Hyannis-Orleans route will take you to a FLEX route connection in Harwich.

    • Take the FLEX from Harwich to Brewster. There is a scheduled FLEX stop on Main St. about one mile from the venue, however you can make requests for additional on-route stops.

    • Find more information, including route schedules here.

Cape Cod Public Transportation: Once on Cape Cod, visitors can travel to all major destinations on Cape Cod RTA buses. The RTA serves Barnstable, Hyannis, Falmouth, Woods Hole, and Orleans, as well as points in between. From any point along the route, you may wave to a bus driver to pick you up. All vehicles have bicycle racks and are accessible to people with disabilities.

Modes of Transportation around Cape Cod and Brewster, MA:

  • Bicycle rental ($20/day for resort guests)

  • Taxi service (while more expensive and with longer wait times than in urban areas, Uber and Lyft are available)

  • Bus service

  • Personal automobile

  • Some hotels and inns offer complimentary shuttle service

Getting around the Resort. Of particular interest to those guests staying in “The Villages”, there is a free property shuttle which operates daily from 6:00am-1:00am. Shuttles stops are designated with a resort sign and are located at: 

  • Front of the Mansion

  • Britterige

  • Beach House Spa

  • Fletcher Pool

  • Golf Pro Shop

  • Arbor Village

  • Beach Path

  • Fletcher Tennis/Bayside Pool


Recommended Accommodation Options

The Ocean Edge Resort Accommodation

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The Ocean Edge Resort has blocked 120 one-bedroom villas for June 5th-8th 2019 and we need to fill these rooms. All events will be held at the Resort and it is relatively isolated.

Rooms are available at a special rate of 235USD per villa per night (for single or double occupancy). There is an additional service/resort fee of 20USD per villa per night (plus tax at 11.7%). Note that the typical service/resort fee is 25USD per villa per night.

To reserve a room at this rate, please call the resort directly at 1-508-896-9000 (toll free at 1-800-343-6074) or email the Reservations Department at stay@oceanedge.com.
It is important that you contact the resort by May 6th 2019 and state that you are reserving a room for the SARMAC conference. Please also provide your name, requested type of room, requested bed type (i.e. king, double, queen, twin, or suites), and check-in and check-out dates.

On a Budget?  One-bedroom villa's are able to accommodate up to four people. The bed is a queen size, and all villas have a pull-out sleeper sofa. Villas have a full kitchen, and small groceries are in walking distance of the property. One bedroom villas are like little apartments, such that it is fully self-contained. Interested in finding fellow students to share rooms with during this year's conference? Check back here for more information as the conference approaches.

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Other accommodation options in the area

Old Sea Pine Inn (0.7 miles):
24 rooms, 19 with bath, 5 suites
Rates: Sept—June $125-$150, July—August $150—175

Skaket Beach Motel (3.1 miles):
46 rooms
Rates: Sept—June $68-$347, July-August $151-$525


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Student room sharing

Organised by the SARMAC Student Caucus

As students ourselves, we know that conferences can be financially straining. Therefore, the SARMAC Student Board will be organizing student room shares for Cape Cod, 2019. Please fill in the following form so that we can match you with the most appropriate room-share. Once we find an appropriate person or group, we will send you an email with their contact details and the rest will be up to you.

Please note that no bookings will be made on your behalf; you and your room share(s) will be responsible for booking the room. 


Baby Sitting and Childcare Services


Care for Kids
508-367-1241//www.careforkidsinc.com
Email: info@careforkidsinc.com
7 days a week

Brewster Day Camp
508-896-6555//www.brewsterdaycamp.com
3570 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Summer Sitters
508-237-8965 // SummerSitters.com
Summer Sitters, LLC is a fully licensed babysitting referral service serving Cape Cod and
Boston. We offer short-term, long-term, hotel and group services to local residents and
visitors. Our sitters have met all requirements to assure you have the most qualified
babysitter watching over your children.
3 hour minimum on all services: 1-3 children/$25 per hour, 4 children $30 per hour

 


Restaurants

Restaurants at Ocean Edge Resort:

  • Ocean Terrace: A stunning mix of old and new, Ocean Terrace features an impressive outdoor bar and dining area adjacent to the historic Nickerson Mansion, complete with breathtaking views of Cape Cod Bay

  • Bayzo’s Pub: An English-style tavern designed for casual dining and con-versation. The pub features large-screen televisions and extensive wine cellar. Bayzo’s Pub is located in the lower level of the Mansion offering lunch, dinner and appetizers

  • Linx Tavern: Located in the comfortable and elegant golf clubhouse on The Villages side at Ocean Edge, stop here for indoor or alfresco dining overlooking the 1st tee

Local Spots: 

Within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel, there are a number of places to eat, drink, caffeinate, and even do some yoga.

  • Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters. Coffee, espresso, tea, baked goods, and more.

  • Karma Foods. Dedicated gluten-free kitchen providing specialty food items designed for health and nutrition. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 9am-4pm. Closed Monday.

  • The Brewster Fish House. Open daily from 1130am-3pm for lunch and at 5pm for dinner. Bar is open for soup and drinks from 3-5pm.

  • JT's Seafood Restaurant. Open daily from 11am-930pm. Indoor and outdoor seating. Take out service of full menu is available.

  • Karma Wellness Studio. Karma Wellness offers yoga, meditation and physical fitness classes, workshops and programs for everyone and as part of individual health and wellness plans. Check website for class schedule.

  • Cumberland Farms. Convenience store chain with packaged snacks, cold drinks, prepared foods & more.

  • Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill. Located in the heart of downtown Orleans, Mahoney's Atlantic is a fashionable and upscale dining spot with its lively bar and cozy dining room.

  • The Beacon Room. Adorned with crisp linens, frilly curtains, and wood furnishings, this homey cottage bistro serves up a nice mix of seafood and meats enhanced with sophisticated and inventive flavors.

  • Captain Linnell House. Dine in the mansion that Captain Ebeneezer Linnell built for his bride in 1840.

  • Chillingsworth. Boston Magazine says Chillingsworth… "Is home to one of the most enchanting dining experiences in all of New England".


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Tourism

Exploring the region

Things to do and see in the area:

  • Whale watching in Provincetown

  • The Nauset Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Pick up the twenty-six mile Cape Cod Bike and Rail Trail at Ocean Edge and continue to the Cape Cod National Seashore all the way to Provincetown

  • Brewster beaches boast gentle surf, soft sand, warm water and a beach that changes dramatically every few hours

  • The Cape's Outer Beaches are worth checking out and, from Ocean Edge, are but a short drive or a half-day bike trip

  • Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are a short ferry ride away

Tours

  • The Whale Trail Ahoy matey! Follow the Whale Trail exhibit across Cape Cod and the Islands this summer. This free public art extravaganza finds over 50 creative, colorful, 6-foot long whale sculptures among the area’s landscape. Local artists have put their stamp on each with an auction slated for September to benefit local non-profit and charitable organizations. Each is its own unique work or art. Set your compass, jump in the car and follow the map to a whale of a fun time. 800.291.7720

  • Orleans Candlepin Bowling Center With 14 lanes, this is an all-candlepin bowling center. 508.255.0636

  • Whale Watching Tour Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises offers whale watch adventures as a platform for conservation and education to people of all ages. During your whale watching adventure, expert naturalists will share an intriguing look into the world of whales. They’ll also provide commentary on local ecology and history of this unique area. 888.942.5392

  • Deep Seas Sport Fishing (Orleans) Rock Harbor Charters has 18 fully-equipped charter boats available for daily 4 hour and 8 hour trips on beautiful Cape Cod Bay. 508.255.9757 Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Cruises & More Enjoy a day trip to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, sightseeing past the Kennedy Compound or through the Cape Cod Canal. 800.492.8082

  • Seal Cruises Come introduce yourself to Chatham's best known residents. 508.945.5450

  • Expedition Whydah (Provincetown) The only fully authenticated pirate shipwreck site ever discovered. The Whydah was the flagship of Captain Samuel Bellamy who captured over fifty prizes in a little over a year's time. The Whydah was wrecked off the coast of Cape Cod on April 26, 1717. 508.487.8899 Cape Cod Potato Chip Company (Hyannis) Take a free, self guided factory tour Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The tour includes viewing the process of chips being made while reading the informational signs. Visit the gift shop inside the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, where you'll be given a free sample bag of chips and the opportunity to purchase some of their other fine products. 508.775.3358

Museums

  • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum This museum is a multimedia exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod; days relaxing with family, days playing football with PT109 buddies and days spent sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn. 508.790.3077

  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster) Discover the nature of Cape Cod through interactive exhibits, live animals, fresh and saltwater aquaria, three nature trails, guided walks, lectures and a touch tank that gives you an up-close vantage point. 508.896.3867

  • Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts (Dennis) Be awed by the beauty of exhibits in 7 galleries. Stroll and relax in the sculpture garden. Treat the kids to special summer classes. Catch a movie in The Screening Room. Shop for unique gifts by local artists and artisans in the Museum Shop. 508.385.4477

  • Heritage Plantations Situated in Sandwich, the Plantations are a complex of museums devoted to early American life. The art museum contains antique toys and the largest collection of Currier and Ives lithographs in the country. A 1912 carousel is a favorite with children. A replica of a Shaker roundhouse contains antique cars. Antique firearms and uniforms are on display in the Military Museum. Charles Dexter, the original owner, spent years here planting and perfecting varieties of rhododendrons. 508.888.3300

Historic buildings

  • Highland Light (Cape Cod Light, North Truro) Originally built in 1797 and reconstructed in 1857, Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse is the oldest, highest and most important lighthouse on Cape Cod. 508.487.1121

  • Judah Baker Windmill (South Yarmouth) Situated along the banks of the Bass River at the end of Willow Street on River Street, this windmill was built in 1791 and is maintained by the Yarmouth Historical Society. 508.382.2231

  • Old Atwood House This 1752 house is run by the Chatham Historical Society and is quite possibly the only house in Chatham that is preserved in its original form. 508.945.2493

Theater

  • Cape Cod Repertory Theater Company The Cape's only outdoor theater. A beautiful venue among the pines across from Nickerson State Park in East Brewster. 508.896.1888

  • Monomoy Theatre This Chatham theater company is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students, enhanced by visiting professional, guest artists and teaching professionals. 508.945.1589

  • Wellfleet Drive-In Built in 1957, the Wellfleet Drive-In hosts a 100' x 44' screen and a state-of-the-art FM stereo sound system that decodes modern sound tracks. 508.349.7176

Walking, biking, kayaking, running

  • Cape Cod Walking Paths. Cape Cod Pathways is a growing network of trails linking Cape Cod's coastal areas, historic villages and open space overseen by the Cape Cod Commission. 508.362.3828

  • Cape Cod Rail Trail. The Rail Trail is a 28-mile paved bikeway that runs from South Dennis to Wellfleet. The terrain is mainly flat, with some minor grades at certain sections, specifically Orleans and Wellfleet. It offers the most variety in scenery and natural Cape landscapes available of all the regional bike routes and can be accessed from the Resort side of our property.

  • Kayak Tours. Kayak tours are available through either Osprey Sea Kayak (Orleans) 508.240.1211, or Jack’s (Brewster). 508.896.8556. Both companies offer rentals and tours at various nearby locations.

  • Dunes Tours. Imagine dunes stretching as far as you can see with beach grass, pine trees and red beach plums nestled in landscape of Provincetown’s National Seashore protected lands. See the "dune shacks" where famous artists and writers like Eugene O'Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. 508.487.1950

  • Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor's Center (Eastham). Approximately 27,000 acres of picture-perfect uplands of undeveloped beaches, salt marshes, bike trails, kettle ponds, ocean, protected bays and forest. The Cape Cod National Seashore is comprised of land from the Southern tip of Monomoy Island off Chatham to Provincetown.

  • Nickerson State Park. Cape Cod's largest park, featuring 1,955 acres of biking and hiking trails, crosscountry skiing (in season), canoeing, fishing areas and public swimming spots. 508.896.3491

Beaches and ponds

  • Cape Cod National Seashore In 1961 after years of work by Cape Codders, President John F. Kennedy signed the bill that created the Cape’s National Seashore. This tract of land, spreading from Chatham to the tip of Provincetown, comprises 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland including a 40-mile stretch of pristine sandy beach and dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds. A variety of historic structures are within the boundaries of the Seashore including lighthouses, a lifesaving station and numerous Cape Cod style houses. The Seashore offers 6 swimming beaches, 11 self-guided nature trails, a variety of picnic areas and scenic overlooks. Beach entrance fees are collected from late June through early September when lifeguards are on duty, as well as on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to late June and from Labor Day through Columbus Day. 508.349.3785

  • Brewster Town Beaches Parking passes that give access to all of the town’s beaches are available at Town Hall, 2198 Main Street. Stickers are required for beach access 9am-3pm daily in season. Passes are $15 per day; $50 per week; $125 for the season. The public beaches on Cape Cod Bay are: Crosby Landing, Linnell Landing, Ellis Landing, Point of Rocks Landing, Breakwater Beach, Saint’s Landing, Robbins Hill Beach, and Paines Creek Beach. These do not have lifeguards. There are portable toilets at all with the exception of Point of Rocks.

  • Brewster also has many freshwater ponds. Long Pond Beach is accessible from Crowell’s Bog Road. A lifeguard is on duty daily from early July to Labor Day weekend. Portable toilets are available. Sheeps Pond (accessible from Fisherman’s Landing) and Upper Mill Pond (accessible from Run Hill Road) have no lifeguards, but portable toilets are available.

  • Nauset Beach offers great surf, rest rooms and a snack bar.

  • Skaket Beach offers calmer waters, large tidal flats, beautiful sunsets, rest rooms and a snack shop that sells nets for catching butterflies or chasing minnow. Parking at both is limited and fills quickly so an early arrival is recommended. Pre- and post-season weekend and holiday daily parking fees are $5. In-season daily parking fees start June 18 and are $15. Weekly ($50) and seasonal ($150) passes are available at the Nauset Beach Administration Building. You will need your vehicle registration to obtain a sticker.

  • Chatham Beaches Harding’s Beach has lifeguards, food and rest rooms. Parking fills quickly on hot days so early arrival is suggested. Parking is $15 per day, $60 per week, $125 for the season and may be purchased at the beach. Rates, hours and days of operation subject to change. Please check with the Concierge for the latest brochure or information that they may have on file. They are also happy to help with directions. Dial extension 433.