You can attend the festival virtually through our web portal Somerset Online.
199 Smith Road, Parsippany NJ 07054
Conveniently located right off I-287, I-80 and close by Rt. 46
Phone: (888) 627-8148, say you want the room block for Somerset Harp Festival.
Our Room Block for the discounted at the $122/night rate at the Sheraton is valid from Jan. 1-June 17 or until the block is full.
Why you should stay at the Sheraton and get in our hotel room block:
The hotel does not have a shuttle that goes to any of the area airports. We suggest that you fly into Newark International Airport. If you're game to take Mass Transit there are a few options listed below. We have contacted State Shuttle which operates out of Newark (and JFK) and they have vans suitable for transporting you and your harp. They only need 24-hr notice on a reservation. Cost: $52 for a trip to the Sheraton Parsippany (includes tax & tip). 2 passengers, same trip: $65; 3 passengers $71. Call 1-800-427-3207 (if calling from outside the US, dial 973-347-3144). Drive time from Newark: about 30 minutes. Drive time from JFK: about 1 hour. See below for train/bus mass transit options. Uber and Lyft are also options.
Don't forget we have the harp loaner pool available to those for whom traveling with the harp would be a real nuisance. The website for New Jersey Transit is very helpful once you actually know what you're looking for. However, if you call them, you'll find a very friendly helpful person who will help you get to the Sheraton at 199 Smith Road, Parsippany, from various points in NY and NJ. That's how I got most of the information on this page--and then their website made more sense. NJ Transit toll-free number: 800-772-2287.
The Sheraton has a shuttle that does pick-ups within a 5-mile radius of the hotel, Monday-Friday 7am-10am and Monday-Thursday 5pm-8pm. This includes the Morris Plains Train Station but only after 5pm (sorry, this is a change from last year 7/18/18) and various points along Rt. 46. The hotel's main phone is (973) 515-2000. PLEASE CALL THEM TO CONFIRM PICK-UP LOCATIONS AND TIMES.
Trains from New York
From: Amtrak trains into New York City's Penn Station, take the NJ Transit Morris/Essex train from Penn Station to Morris Plains NJ (there is a transfer on some trains at Newark's Broad St. station). The Sheraton has a shuttle that picks up at the Morris Plains train station but only after 5pm (sorry, this is a change from last year 7/18/18). Call the Sheraton at (973) 515-2000 to arrange pick-up. The Morris Plains train station does not have an elevator or escalator, only stairs (if you're carrying a harp, it's a haul).
From Newark Airport
From the airport you can take NJ Transit trains to Morris Plains. Check the schedule because you'll have to transfer at Secaucus train station (a very short hop from the airport) to get the Morris/Essex train to Morris Plains (some of these trains also stop at Newark Broad Street station where you have to transfer again--so check it out). Morning trains express from Secaucus to Morris Plains take 80-90 minutes.
New Jersey Transit Buses
From Newark NJ
You can take the train from Newark Broad St to Morristown station then transfer to the MCM2 bus to t the Morris Plains train station.
Buses from Port Authority NYC
New Jersey is undeservedly the butt of a lot of cheap jokes. It's a lot more than funny accents (I guess that depends on who's listening), a throughway between Philadelphia and New York, oil refineries along the Jersey Turnpike and mobsters like Tony Soprano. If you can come for a few days before the festival or stay a few days afterwards there are plenty of wonderful sites and things to do in the surrounding area. If you're bringing a guest to the festival who will need something to do while you're in workshops all day, there are plenty of historic sites within a short distance of Parsippany. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is just 5 miles from the hotel. Check out these websites:
Get customized driving directions to the hotel
If you are flying or coming by train to the festival and can't bring a harp, we will have a small pool of loaner harps available. First come, first-served. Please indicate your need for a loaner harp on the Registration Form or email us so we know of your intentions to use the harp pool and can make plans to have enough harps available. Deadline for applying for a loaner harp: May 1 (the early-bird deadline).