Travel Information

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 Coolidge Cup tournament! Below is travel-related information for debaters, parents, family members, and coaches.

Tournament Location

The Coolidge Cup is held at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, Vermont. This is also the Vermont office of the Coolidge Foundation. The historic site is located in the quiet, rural, picturesque little village where our 20th President Calvin Coolidge was born and raised. There are minimal stores and services at the debate site, limited Wi-Fi in the visitor center, and practically no cellular service on site.

Tournament Dates

The 2020 Coolidge Cup runs from July 1-5, 2020. July 1st (Wednesday) and July 5th (Sunday) are travel days. Debate rounds, in addition to other events (e.g., speakers, dinners, fireworks) are held on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). A draft 2020 Coolidge Cup Schedule will be posted here in the spring. A final schedule will be distributed to debaters in their welcome packets.

Traveling To and From Vermont

For the 2020 Coolidge Cup, July 1st and 5th will both be travel days for the debaters. Most debaters will find it optimal to travel by plane, train, or automobile:

  1. If flying makes the most sense for you, then please book your own round-trip flight to Boston Logan Airport (airport code BOS). When booking your flight, select the most reasonably priced flight option you can find. For most debaters, flights should be less than $500. If you find that the only viable flight options are more than $500, then please contact us before booking so we can review your situation and make sure you are doing it correctly. For your inbound flight into Boston on Wednesday July 1st, please choose a flight that arrives no later than 1:45pm. For your outbound flight out of Boston on Sunday July 5th, please choose a flight that departs no earlier than 12:30pm. You can go ahead and book your tickets now. Upon arriving at Boston Logan Airport, Coolidge staff members will be on hand to greet you in the baggage claim area of your respective terminal. After all the debaters have arrived, we will board a motor coach for the 2.5-hour drive to the hotel in Vermont.
  2. If you are coming from the NYC region, there is a really good train option that we HIGHLY encourage you to consider. The “Ethan Allen Express” on Amtrak departs Penn Station in NYC at 2:20pm and gets into Rutland, VT, at 7:52pm. From there, our shuttle will pick you up and drive you the roughly 30 minutes it takes to get to the hotel.
  3. If driving by car makes the most sense for you, then you have lots of freedom. Simply chart your course and plan to arrive at the hotel in Vermont between 4:30pm and 7pm. A Coolidge staff member will be there to welcome you. You are eligible for travel reimbursement, too, based on mileage. (Note: We mainly intend the mileage reimbursement for people who have to drive less than 500 miles. If you have to drive farther than that, then flying is likely more economical.)

After the tournament is over, we will send out a link to a form where you can fill out and upload your reimbursement information, including your receipts.

Cost

The Coolidge Foundation covers travel, lodging, and meals for competitors. Although parents, family members, and coaches are invited and encouraged to attend the Coolidge Cup, the Coolidge Foundation unfortunately cannot cover the costs of their attendance. Most debaters attend the tournament by themselves. To get your reimbursement of travel expenses, after the tournament is over please fill out the Reimbursement Form, attach any plane/train ticket receipts (or indicate the mileage at the rate of $0.58 per mile), and send it all to Rob Hammer (rhammer@coolidgefoundation.org).

Accommodations

All debaters will stay at The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill in Proctorsville, VT (2940 VT-103, Proctorsville, VT 05153). Debaters will share a room with one of their fellow competitors of the same gender and we will provide debaters the opportunity to choose their preferred roommate. Coolidge Foundation staff will be staying at the hotel to chaperone debaters who are not accompanied by a parent or coach. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site (3780 VT-100A, Plymouth, VT 05056) where the debate events will take place. The Coolidge Foundation will take debaters from the hotel to the Coolidge Historic Site and back each day via bus.

Families and Coaches

Parents and coaches are welcome and encouraged to attend the Coolidge Cup, however the Coolidge Foundation is unable to cover costs associated with their attendance. Parents and coaches who wish to ride the bus between the airport and the hotel, as well as from the hotel to the historic site each day may do so, but please indicate that this is your plan in the registration form. Parents and coaches who wish to have more freedom of mobility than that should consider renting a car for the week.

Since dining options at the tournament site are limited, families and coaches who are attending the Coolidge Cup with their debater can partake in the catered lunches and dinners, at a reasonable cost. To purchase meals, family members and coaches should use the Coolidge Cup Meal Purchase Form. (Remember, debaters are taken care of and do not need to use this form.)

We ask that parents who wish to share a room with their child cover half of the cost of the room ($50 per night) which also includes breakfast at the hotel. If you will be coming with multiple family members, we do have a few suite-style rooms available as well. If you are interested in booking a room at the hotel, please contact Jared Rhoads (jrhoads@coolidgefoundation.org). To avoid confusion please do not contact the hotel directly, they will not be able to extend our group rate to you over the phone. A light breakfast is included for those who purchase rooms from our block at the Best Western.

Recommended Packing List

We often get asked what kind of clothing and items debaters should bring. Here is a brief packing list that might help. Also, if you are wondering what the tournament site looks like, check out our photos from past tournaments.

We hope the information above helps to answer at least most of your travel-related questions about the tournament. If you have additional questions or encounter any difficulty in planning for the tournament, please reach out to Debate Director Jared Rhoads (jrhoads@coolidgefoundation.org) or call 802-672-3389.