IPMBA Annual Conference
Location and Logistics
26th Annual IPMBA Conference ~ April 23-30, 2016 ~ Asheville, North Carolina
Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, One Resort Drive, Asheville NC 28806
One Resort Drive, Asheville NC 28806
Rate* (not including 11% tax): $124 double/king/one-bedroom villa; $144 King Executive Suite; $234 two-bedroom villa
Call 800-733-3211 before midnight (Eastern Time) on March 30, 2016, and ask for Group Code IPM, or book online. Villas must be booked by phone. Rate includes parking, wireless internet access, use of the Asheville Racquet Club athletic facilities, and discounts on spa services and Zip Line adventures.
Note: Reservations must be made using the weblink or by calling the hotel directly. Because most of their rooms are being held for IPMBA, discount travel websites may show that the hotel is sold out over the conference dates. A portion of the room rate will be used to offset conference expenses.
The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) serves approximately 750,000 passengers per year. It offers non-stop flights and easy connections through the major US hubs of Atlanta (ATL), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), LaGuardia (LGA), and Charlotte (CLT), as well as service from Orlando (SFB), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Tampa Bay area) (PIE), Palm Beach (PBI), Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda (PGD). In season, with approximately 25 round trip flights per day, a non-stop flight or one connection can get you to Asheville from just about anywhere.
Located 10 miles (approximately 15 minutes) from downtown, AVL is served by major rental car companies as well as a host of other ground transportation providers.
Greenville-Spartanville International Airport, located approximately 60 miles from Asheville, is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest, United, and USAirways. Click here for the current flight schedule.
Shuttle service from Asheville Airport only will be provided by the host agency. Contact Officer Boyd McCaskill at IPMBATransport@AshevilleNC.gov or 828-768-1089 to book a shuttle. Leave your name, email address, phone number, airline, flight number, arrival date and time, and whether or not you will be traveling with your bicycle. If you do not receive confirmation within five business days, please assume your information was not received and resend it. There will be a reception area at the airport for arriving conference attendees in the baggage claim area. Sign up for departure shuttles at the IPMBA Command Center.
Asheville is an easy drive from most of the eastern United States. It is centrally located in the epicenter of numerous major cities and easily accessible from the following: I-26, I-40 and I-240; U.S. 19/23, 25, 25A, 70, and 74. It is 125 miles from Charlotte; 200 miles from Atlanta; within 300 miles of Charleston SC and WV, Raleigh-Durham, and Nashville; and within 500 miles of Memphis, Richmond, Louisville, Birmingham, Washington DC, and many places in between! Plentiful, free surface parking is available at the Crowne Plaza.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Considered the nation's most scenic highway, the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway winds along the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville and into the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Numerous overlooks, roadside exhibits and hiking trails make a trip along the Parkway a delight year-round. The Parkway intersects with Asheville at four points: US 25, US 70, US 74 and NC 191.
Contact: Phone: 828-707-4876; Email: TheFlow@KoloBikePark.com. You must make arrangements for shipping and other services in advance. Do not just ship your bike.
Package Includes: Storage, assembly and adjustment, delivery to and pick-up from conference site, disassembly, and packing. Return shipping is NOT included and will be calculated and charged when the return shipment is prepared. Printing a return label when scheduling your shipment via UPS or FEDEX or arranging shipping via Bike Flights is highly recommended.
Cost: $225, return shipping within continental U.S. only, and only using conventional bicycle boxes (8 x 34 x 56). Oversized boxes and hard cases may be subject to additional charges. Bicycles will be repacked in the packaging in which they arrive. Attach your name and contact information to the frame. Do not ship personal items with the bike.
Shipping Address: You must ship your bike at least fourteen business days prior to your date of arrival. Any bikes received three days or closer to the event may be subject to a rush fee of $50.
Ship to: [YOUR NAME]/26th Annual IPMBA Conference
c/o Kolo Bike Park
1 Resort Drive, Asheville NC 28806
Arrival Date: [DATE YOU WILL ARRIVE in Asheville so your bike build can be prioritized].
For more information about packing and shipping your bicycle, as well as to compare options for shipping and flying with your bike, visit www.bikeflights.com. (Wren Nealy writes, "I used this service last year and it was AWESOME and very affordable.")
Bicycle rentals are available through Kolo Bike Park. Rocky Mountain® brand bicycles range from $44/day or $308/week to $63/day or $441/week, depending on the model. Visit www.kolobikepark.com for more information. Please let the shop know you are attending the IPMBA Conference to receive 10% off single-day rental or 20% off weekly rental (discount available by phone only) and so the bikes can be transferred from the rental facility to the Bike Check.
ASHEVILLE: EDGY, ARTSY AND INVITING
Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.
A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville's historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved.
There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary and beer scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.
Asheville is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway.
For more information about all the fun things to see and do, visit Explore Asheville!