Travel Information

We look forward to welcoming you to the Coolidge Cup tournament! Below is travel-related information for students, 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 30th President Calvin Coolidge was born and raised. Please be aware that there are minimal stores and services at the debate site, no onsite restaurant, limited Wi-Fi in the visitor center, and practically no cellular service.

Tournament Dates

The 2021 Coolidge Cup runs from July 2-4, 2021. Speech and debate rounds, in addition to other events (e.g., speakers, tours of the historic site) are held on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. July 1st and July 5th are travel days. A draft schedule will be posted here several weeks before the tournament. A final schedule will be distributed to debaters in their welcome packets.

Traveling To and From Vermont

For the 2021 Coolidge Cup, July 1st and 5th will be travel days for students. Most students will find it best to either  1) fly into Boston Logan airport and take our bus to the hotel in Vermont, or 2) drive directly to the hotel in Vermont themselves.

  1. If flying makes the most sense for you, then please book your own round-trip flight to Boston Logan Airport (airport code BOS). For your inbound flight into Boston on July 1st, please choose a flight that arrives no later than 2:00pm. For your outbound flight out of Boston on 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 everyone has arrived, we will board a motor coach for the 2.5-hour drive to the hotel in Vermont.
  2. 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 6pm. A Coolidge staff member will be there to welcome you.

Travel Assistance, Plus Full Coverage for Hotel + Meals

The Coolidge Foundation offers a travel stipend to assist with travel costs, and we fully cover lodging and meals for competitors during the week of competition. We will be providing travel assistance based on students’ home locations. The travel stipend may not cover your full travel cost, but it should cover most of your travel cost. This will save you the hassle of retaining and emailing us your receipts, and it will also enable us to process your stipend payment more quickly.

To see the travel stipend that you are eligible for, refer to the map below. Students traveling from within the green zone (New England and New York) will receive $100, regardless of the means they use to get to the tournament. Students within the blue zone (generally the eastern states) will receive $350. Students traveling from the red, purple, and yellow zones will receive $500, $600, and $700 respectively. If you are an international student who has earned an invitation to the Coolidge Cup, please contact us and we will work together to award you with a travel stipend that is appropriate for your situation. The travel stipend will be processed and distributed after the tournament is over.

 

 

Accommodations

All student competitors will stay at The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill in Proctorsville, VT (2940 Route 103, Proctorsville, VT 05153). Competitors do not need to call the hotel to reserve a room; the Coolidge Foundation will reserve a room for you. Competitors will share a room with one of their fellow competitors of the same gender and we will provide debaters the opportunity to indicate their preferred roommate in the registration form. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site (3780 Route 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.

A Tournament with a Camp-Like Feel

Most student competitors attend the Coolidge Cup by themselves, but parents/guardians or coaches are welcome to accompany their student if they desire. Coolidge Foundation staff will be staying at the hotel to supervise and chaperone students. A curfew will be in effect around 10pm each evening, and Coolidge Foundation staff also conduct room checks each evening.

Families and Coaches

Parents and coaches are welcome and encouraged to attend the Coolidge Cup, however the Coolidge Foundation is unable to offer a travel stipend or cover hotel costs for parents and coaches. 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 so we can plan accordingly. 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 competitor can partake in the catered lunches and dinners.

If families wish to have their competitor room with them, then we will cover half of the cost of the room ($50 per night), which also includes a grab-and-go style breakfast at the hotel. If you are interested in reserving 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.

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. One thing to note is that most of our debating spaces are outside, which means you’ll be walking through grass. Bring sensible and versatile footwear!

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.

2021 Coolidge Cup Travel Plans Form

Student competitors, please fill out this form with your travel information and submit it by Friday, June 11, 2021.

The travel form is now closed.