VAF 2024 Annual Meeting 

June 12-15, 2024
Houghton, Michigan/Keweenaw

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About the Conference     Conference Schedule   Lodging & Travel    Paper Sessions   Conference Costs    Registration

Conference Lodging

Hampton Inn & Suites Houghton

820 Sheldon Avenue

Houghton, Michigan 49931

phone: (906) 487-1700

Hampton Inn Houghton website

VAF has secured a block of rooms for Tuesday, June 11-Sunday, June 16. To make reservations please contact the hotel directly via phone, 1-906-487-1700. Use code word VAF to access our block of rooms. 

Hotel room rates quoted below are per room, per night, and subject to prevailing city, county, and state taxes, fees and assessments. Rates are guaranteed until TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024.  

Standard and Double rooms are $185 for waterside view and $165 for street view. There are a limited number of the $165 double rooms, so reserve early. 


Attendees may contact the hotel at 1-906-487-1700 between the hours of 9AM - 6PM and ask to speak with the reservations department. Please make sure to reference the group name (VAF) when making your reservations.

Check-in is at 4 pm and checkout is at 11 am.

Complimentary Breakfast is served between 6-10 am.

For a cheaper option, we recommend the Super 8 by Wyndham in Houghton, which is a short walk from the Hampton Inn and Michigan Tech campus. The Quality Inn & Suites in Houghton is also within walking distance.

For visitors looking for a boutique hotel experience, The Vault in downtown Houghton is in the historic Houghton National Bank Building.

Houghton has one Lyft driver and no Ubers. We have taxis but not too many. Unless you have your own transportation, please stay in one of the listed hotels, which are all within walking distance of the conference hotel and Michigan Tech’s campus.

Travel & Transportation

By Plane

Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) has two flights a day on United from Chicago O’Hare (ORD).  There is an Enterprise/Hertz rental office at the airport, but you will need to reserve early. 

CMX is an easy ten-minute drive by taxi from the conference hotel, but we will run van shuttles between the airport and downtown Houghton.  Drivers will have signs with VAF Keweenaw at Arrivals. Do not rely on taxi or Lyft service to and from CMX.  Conference organizers will provide transportation to and from the airport and hotel.

Below are the Arrival and Departure times but check the United Website for the most up to date times.

Chicago to Houghton:

UA5082Departs ORD 3:55pm CDT -> Arrives CMX 6:30pm EDT 

UA5140Departs ORD 6:52pm CDT -> Arrives CMX 9:27pm EDT

Houghton to Chicago:

UA5016Departs CMX 9:13am EDT -> Arrives ORD 9:48am CDT

UA5017Departs CMX 7:11pm EDT -> Arrives ORD 7:46pm CDT

NOTE: Houghton is in the Eastern Time Zone

Other airports 

Marquette, MI (MQT) — 110 miles away — American and Delta

Iron Mountain, MI — 120 miles — Delta

Rhinelander/Oneida County, WI (RHI) — 130 miles — Delta

Green Bay, WI — 220 miles — American, Delta, Sun Country, Frontier, United  

Duluth, MN — 230 miles — United, Delta, Sun Country

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN — 375 miles — many airlines…

Milwaukee, WI — 335 miles — many airlines…

By Car

Houghton is a 6-hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, or Madison; 8 hours from Chicago; 4 hours from Green Bay; 5 hours from Mackinac City; 6 hours from Traverse City; 10 hours from Detroit and Ann Arbor.  Visit the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association for other side trip ideas.

By Bus

Indian Trails runs an overnight bus from Milwaukee to Hancock, MI and Michigan Tech’s campus. 

Contact Michelle Jones, VAF Conference Coordinator with questions about the conference

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