This page will be regularly updated with important information regarding the Celebration as the event approaches. Please find instructions and other details to help you arrange your trip below.
Please plan to arrive on the Wells College campus by 9 a.m. for check-in on Friday, March 2. Your travel to campus will be reimbursed according to the IRS-mandated rate for mileage. Distance will be calculated using the address we have on file for you.
Any Henry Wells Scholars who live outside driving distance from campus must contact Event Coordinator Judy Bailey at 315-364-3264 or through email to discuss travel plans on an individual basis.
Once you arrive in New York, Wells College will provide transportation from the airport to campus on Thursday, March 1 and back to your airport on Saturday, March 3. You will receive more information about where to meet the Wells College shuttle. Please be sure to be at this assigned location by the designated time to ensure timely departure.
The New York State Thruway (Interstate Route 90) is 25 miles to the north. Route 17 (the Southern Tier Expressway and the future I-86) is approximately 50 miles to the south. Route I-81 is 30 miles to the east.
From the New York State Thruway and traveling West
Exit at Weedsport (#40); make a right onto Route 34 south to Auburn; make a right onto Routes 5 & 20 west and a left onto Route 326 to the village of Union Springs; turn left on local Route 90 to Aurora.
From the New York State Thruway and traveling East
Exit at Waterloo (#41); turn right at the tollbooth and turn left again onto Route 318. Make a left onto Routes 5 & 20 east; then a right onto local Route 90 through the villages of Cayuga and Union Springs to Aurora.
From Route 17/ Interstate 86 and traveling West
Take I-81 to Homer exit (#12); make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 281 north; a left onto Route 90 (very soon after turning onto Route 281); take local 90 to Aurora (approximately 40 miles).
From Route 17/ Interstate 86 and traveling East
Exit at Route 13 (#54) north to Ithaca; exit off of Route 13 onto Route 34 north to Lansing; make a left onto Route 34B; make another left onto Route 90 in King Ferry; nine miles to Aurora.
Here is what you can expect durign the Celebration (check back soon for more details):
Below is a suggested list of items you should bring with you to the Celebration.
If you have guests accompanying you for the Celebration, there are a variety of accommodations available off-campus. Below are some options in Aurora, where Wells College is located, as well as neighboring towns such as King Ferry (8 miles away), Auburn (18 miles away), and Ithaca (25 miles away).
Annie's Guest House
Comfortable and convenient guest house on Main Street in Aurora
Freshly renovated, comfortable and convenient guest houses on Main Street in Aurora
Inns of Aurora
Elegant, historic lodgings offering four distinctive properties, each with its own character
Homer Wilson House
A converted Greek Revival style home in King Ferry that features three guest rooms, each with a private bath. The innkeepers are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America – they prepare fresh gourmet breakfast daily
Hilton Garden Inn
A modern hotel in downtown Auburn, minutes away from the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum or Waterloo Premium Outlets
Just off Routes 5 and 20 and near Owasco Lake, this Holiday Inn is conveniently located to local businesses and popular attractions in the Finger Lakes area. *Mention that you are visiting Wells College for an event to receive a discount!
Inn at the Finger Lakes
Near historical, cultural and recreational points of interest including Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Harriet Tubman House and William Seward House
Wicher Garden B&B
An artistically unique and comfortable getaway that offers four-course country breakfast