We encourage you to explore Harrisonburg over the course of the conference! The following information is intended to make your travels to and around Harrisonburg easy, enjoyable, and memorable.


The conference hotel is Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Newly opened in 2018, Hotel Madison is adjacent to the James Madison University campus.

MARAC has a block of rooms reserved for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 through Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Group room rate: $139
Last day to reserve at group rate: Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5PM/ET.

Guests can make reservations by calling the hotel at (540)-564-0200 or directly through THIS LINK.

Getting Around Town

Uber and Lyft operate in Harrisonburg, as well as electric scooter companies Bird and VeoRide. The Friendly City Pedicab also offers a particularly unique travel experience.

The Harrisonburg Department of Transportation provides a transit service with stops throughout the city.

The following taxi services can be contacted for travel around Harrisonburg, with most operating 24/7:

  • Friendly City Pedicab (540) 746-2856
  • ABC (540) 564-1214
  • Royal Cab (540) 438-7777
  • Green Taxi (540) 810-2074
  • Custom Transportation (540) 437-0600


Directions if arriving from I-81 heading South:
Take exit 245 and turn RIGHT onto Port Republic Rd. Continue  on Port Republic Rd. and turn RIGHT onto S. Main St. at the second stop light. Continue on S. Main St past the JMU Quad on the right. The Hotel entrance will be on the right after the stop light at Grace St. Pull into the driveway and feel free to check-in and unload your car.

Directions if arriving from I-81 heading North:
Take exit 245 and turn LEFT onto Port Republic Rd. Continue on Port Republic Rd. and turn RIGHT onto S. Main St. at the third stop light. Continue on S. Main St. past the JMU Quad on the right. The Hotel entrance will be on the right after the stop light at Grace St. Pull into the driveway and feel free to check in and unload your car.


To park in the parking deck (also called the Mason Street Parking Deck), turn RIGHT onto S. Main St., and then turn RIGHT at the stop light onto M.L.K. Jr. Way (Historic Cantrell Ave). The entrance to the Parking Deck is on the right side, BEFORE the next light. Please pull into the deck and use your room key to lift the gate. (If you have not checked in yet, please take a ticket and bring it to the Hotel upon check in.)

What if the Parking Lot is full? 
If the Hotel-allocated spaces in the Parking Deck are full it will be indicated on the digital sign outside of the Hotel Guest Parking Deck entrance. Please proceed to the stop light at S. Mason St and make a RIGHT. Enter the Parking Deck on the right, and continue past the JMU metered spaces. Please feel free to park in one of the Hotel Madison Valet spaces. If you choose to park in a JMU Metered Parking Spot and do not continually keep the meter current, you will receive a ticket from JMU Parking Services.

To enter the hotel from the Parking Deck
Please utilize either the stairs or elevator to return to the ground floor of the parking garage and follow the covered path to the Mezzanine Entrance of the hotel. The Front Desk is downstairs and can help you with any additional needs.


The nearest local airport is the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) located in Weyers Cave, Virginia, about 20 minutes (15.2)  miles from Hotel Madison. SHD offers daily connecting flughts to Washington Dulles (IAD). The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is about a one hour drive (46.2 miles) from Hotel Madison.

Buses and Shuttle Services

Virginia Breeze, an intercity coach bus with stops throughout the New River Valley, the Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia, stops at the Godwin Transit Center at James Madison University (0.6 mile walk from Hotel Madison). Stops include Blacksburg, Virginia; Lexington, Virginia; Washington Dulles International Airport; Union Station in Washington, D. C.; and more. The Virginia Breeze operates daily.

The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport operates the SHD Airport Shuttle, which provides shuttle services to the JMU campus. This service has to be booked 24 hours in advance. Call (540) 234-8304 ext. 5 for more details.