Travel Info

Travel Info

The 2017 SIPS meeting will be held at the Center for Open Science and the Omni hotel. COS is accessible from within the hotel.

Center for Open Science
210 Ridge McIntire Road
Suite 500
Charlottesville, VA 22903-5083

Omni Charlottesville Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Getting to Charlottesville

Check out the ride sharing info page on the conference OSF site.


Take exit 120 and follow 5th Street North 2 miles to the historic downtown. The Omni Hotel is located on the right.


Take Route 29 South to Route 250 Bypass East. Drive 2 miles East on 250 Bypass, and turn right onto McIntire Road. Go through the second stop light and the Omni Hotel  located on the left.


Take Route 29 North to Route 250 Bypass East (29 North turns into 250 Bypass East). Drive 2 miles East on 250 Bypass, and turn right onto McIntire Road. Go through the second stop light and the Omni Hotel is located on the left.

Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) – 20 minutes from COS

Richmond International Airport (RIC) – 1 hour 30 minutes from COS

Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 2 hours away from COS

Airport taxis and Uber are available for transit from all airports.

Charlottesville Amtrak Station (CVS) is a 10 minute walk to COS.

810 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charlottesville Greyhound is a 5 minute walk to COS.

310 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Local Attractions

The first thing to know is that the most visited spots near Charlottesville are Monticello #1, University of Virginia #2, and tied for 3rd and 4th are the vineyards and the Downtown Mall.*

Monticello – Monticello is an architectural masterpiece designed and inhabited by Thomas Jefferson, founding father and third US president, who spent 40 years building his dream home, finally completed in 1809. Today it is the only home in America designated a UN World Heritage site.**

Downtown – Be sure to check out the downtown mall! Friday evenings in the summer there is Fridays After Five, a free local concert! Saturday mornings, next to the downtown mall, is the Farmer’s market. Most people love checking out the mall in the mornings and then taking a tour out to the vineyards or breweries!*

Wineries and Breweries – It is almost impossible to not lose count of how many there are, every year it seems they add 5 to 10. If you are interested in a wine tour, check out this list with suggestions from Lonely Planet.*

Events while you are here – There is almost always something happening in this town. C-VILLE and Visit Charlottesville have the most updated events calendars.*

* adapted from STAY Charlottesville

** from Lonely Planet

Coffee Shops

Mudhouse – 213 West Main Street

Milli Joe – 400 Preston Ave, #150

Grit – 112 West Main Street #1

Shenandoah Joe – 945 Preston Ave

Restaurants and Bars

The Whiskey Jar – 227 West Main Street

– Southern comfort food (open 2:30p-10p)

Commonwealth Skybar – 422 East Main Street

– New American fare with a rooftop bar (open 5p-11p)

Downtown Grille – 201 West Main Street

– Steak & seafood (open 5p-11p)

Champion Brewing Company – 324 6th Street SE

– Pub fare (open 1p-11p)

South Street Brewery – 106 West South Street

– Pub fare (11a-1a)

Rapture – 303 East Main Street

Southern fare (open 11:30a-2a)

Citizen Burger Bar – 212 East Main Street

– Craft burgers & beer (open 11:30a-2a)

The Alley Light – 108 2nd Street SW

– French small plates & craft cocktails (open 5p-2a)

The Bebedero – 313 2nd Street SE

– Authentic Mexican fare (open 11a-2a)