Whether you are a student or not, college towns make for enjoyable vacation destinations, said Ben Weprin, the chief executive and founder of Graduate Hotels, a collection of nine hotels in the United States in places with large universities (Graduate Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif., is one).
“College towns are rich with history and culture,” he said, “and offer lots of great activities, both on and off campus.” Here, Mr. Weprin shares his advice on how to get the most out of a college town vacation.
RELY ON THE UNIVERSITY TO HELP PLAN YOUR ITINERARY The college in the town you are visiting is the best source of information about local happenings. Visit the school’s website ahead of your trip to learn about the area’s attractions, which, Mr. Weprin said, many colleges list on their sites. He also suggested that travelers call the college’s main office to inquire about any notable events during the visit. Staff members there are usually happy to share such information.
GO TO A GAME There is no better way to feel the spirit of any college, Mr. Weprin said, than by watching one of its teams play a game. “You’re surrounded by students and their families, alumni, faculty and locals who are all cheering on the team,” he said. “Being part of that energy is exciting and fun.” Football tends to be a popular choice, but seeing other sports such as basketball, lacrosse or soccer is equally enjoyable.
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