2020 IWLA National Convention

Cambridge, Maryland ● July 19-22, 2020


Travel and Lodging

  

HOTEL AND MEETING LOCATION

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort
100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Room rate: From $165+/night

Book your room(s) online 
or call the 24-hour Reservations Hotline toll free at (800) 233-1234 and reference “Izaak Walton League” to receive our Group Rate. The rate is good for 3 days before and 3 days after the convention as long as space is available.

Display Tables: There is a one-time charge of $15 per table for your division/chapter displays. Please email meetings@iwla.org to reserve yours.

GETTING THERE

We hope you’ll take some time to enjoy all the amenities the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort has to offer. Our special room rate (about half the seasonal rate for this hotel!) is good for three days before and three days after convention as long as rooms are available. Book early to ensure you don’t miss this deal!

To ensure smooth sailing in July, we have a few tips on getting there.

By Car

Plan around peak travel times. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a popular summer destination for people throughout the Washington, DC, region, and traffic is especially busy on the weekends. Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday morning are peak travel times going east. Sunday morning/afternoon are peak drive times coming back west.

To avoid the weekend rush, consider driving toward the beaches Thursday night (after rush hour), Friday morning, or Saturday night. Sunday morning should also have less traffic headed east, although you’ll still have company on the roads from people with Sunday-to-Sunday beach rentals.

Paying the toll: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has long been a chokepoint for east-bound beach traffic. Good news! The Maryland Department of Transportation is implementing cashless tolling. Tolls will be collected electronically through an E-ZPass ($2.50 per car) or video tolling (a camera snaps a photo of your license plate and you receive a bill in the mail for $6.00). By this summer, cars will no longer have to stop before the bridge span to pay the toll, which should go a long way toward easing traffic congestion.

Coming home: After convention, you’ll be fine heading back west Thursday and Friday. Saturday will have some traffic heading home from weekly rentals, but Sunday is the heaviest travel day home for folks who spend the weekend at the beach. Traffic generally loosens up after you cross the Bay Bridge, and there’s no toll for the return trip.

Crossing the bridge: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge offers a spectacular view of the bay and surrounding shores. But if you’re nervous about driving the 4-mile-long span, assistance is available. The local police department offers driver assistance for personal vehicles (no trailers or campers) for people with a fear of heights or bridges. You must make arrangements in advance for an escort: (757) 331-2960. Because these are police personal, you can expect delays if other events require police assistance.

The Kentland Express Shuttle is a paid service that will drive your car (and you!) over the Bay Bridge. Call one hour before you expect to reach the bridge.

The northern route: Avoid DC-area congestion by taking the (slightly longer) northern route toward Wilmington, Delaware. TIP FROM LOCALS: Take US 40 through Elkton, Maryland. You’ll save time and money by avoiding Delaware toll plazas.

By Plane

If you’re arriving by plane and heading straight to convention (rather than taking in the sights, like Washington, DC), you definitely want to fly into Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) – it is much closer to the convention hotel than the other regional airports.

From there, you have a few options for getting to Cambridge:

  • Rental car: Multiple car rental companies operate out of BWI. You do need to take a free shuttle to car rental facility.
  • Bay Runner Shuttle: This shuttle stops right at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, making it simple for you to get from BWI to the convention hotel. A one-way fare is $72, but per-person rates decrease dramatically when you have more than one passenger in your reservation.

Camping

If you’re driving an RV, the closest campground is 30 miles from the convention hotel: Taylors Island Family Campground.

Outdoor pool at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Courtyard at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay