After a quick trip to Chattanooga to see first-hand the venues for this summer’s iFLT extravaganza, I am getting more and more excited for the summer get-together.
Here are a few observations that might be helpful.
- The Chattanooga Airport is very nice. It’s small and compact and easy to maneuver. From the airport there are taxis and car rentals. For more info and phone numbers click here. It is only 10 mile
s to downtown.
- If traveling from Atlanta airport the Sales Manager at the Marriott recommended Groome Transportation. Atlanta is 125 miles to downtown Chattanooga.
- The city is beautiful. They have a free shuttle service that goes in a loop around the downtown area. There is history, nightlife, arts and culture, shopping, and, of course, eating. There will be lots more information ready for you when you arrive.
- The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) is a beautiful century old brick school. The classrooms have large windows with lots of light. Some have beautiful views of the mountains. There is an elevator if you need it, otherwise bring your Fitbit. There are air conditioners in each room. If you tend to get chilled, it would be good to bring an extra layer each day.
I was given a very warm welcome by the World Language and other Staff members and the Local Coordinator Jennifer Raulston. They are very excited about iFLT in their building. They will do all in their power to make this a great conference. Lunches will be served there each day. (We can accommodate vegetarian, but not any other food needs/preferences. Please plan accordingly.)
- There are two hotels reserved for us (there are still rooms, but they are booking up fast, as of 4/20/16.)
- The Read House Hotel was originally opened in 1872 and rebuilt in 1926. The Read House is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places and has hosted cultural icons such as Winston Churchill, Gary Cooper, Oprah Winfrey and Al Capone. It is beautiful. They have only king rooms available. The rooms are big. The beds are comfy.
- Chattanooga Marriott has double rooms reserved for us. It is modern and sleek. It is located 2 very short blocks from the Read House, less than a 5 minute walk. They do have a shuttle which will take you to places in the downtown area and, for those who need assistance, it can take you to the Read House each morning.
- Breakfast, served at the Read House each morning from 6:30-8:00, is included in the price of these two hotels (not included with iFLT registration, however, if you are staying elsewhere). When you check in you should receive 2 breakfast vouchers for each room. Extras can be purchased onsite for $12.95 per person, per day. It is a hot buffet style breakfast.
- If you are part of the TPRS room block at the The Read House or at the Marriott, you will eat at The Read House. There is a restaurant at the Marriott, but breakfast there is not included, they will not accept the iFLT Breakfast vouchers.
- A bus will take you to the school from the Read House each morning and back each afternoon. It is a 1.5 mile walk if you wish to get some exercise. (It is hilly.)
- Don’t forget you can take a Fluency Fast Language class the weekend before the conference. Karen has offered special pricing if you are attending both.
If you have any other questions, let me know. I’ll try to answer or find someone who can. I look forward to seeing you in July.
Program Coordinator, iFLT 2016