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Lodging and Transportation


Rooms will be reserved for conference participants at Drury Lodge (includes breakfast buffet), Auburn Place (includes breakfast buffet), and Pear Tree Inn (includes continental breakfast). When making reservations, ask for the conference rate for the Faulkner and Hurston Conference.

Rate for a room at the Drury Lodge is $83.00 if booked by September 22. Rate for a room at Auburn Place is $80.00 if booked by September 26. Rate for a room at the Pear Tree is $65.00, if booked by September 22. Here are the phone numbers for these and other Cape Girardeau motels:

  • Drury Lodge (800) 325-0720, (573) 334-7151
  • Pear Tree Inn (573) 334-3000
  • Auburn Place (800) 331-0445, (573) 651-4486
  • Budget Inn (573) 334-2828
  • Hampton Inn (573) 651-3000
  • Super 8 Motel (573) 339-0808
  • Victorian Inn (573) 651-4486
  • Holiday Inn Express (573) 334-4491
  • Candlewood Suites, (573) 334-6868
  • Comfort Suites, Jackson (573) 204-0014

Or, if you prefer to stay in historic downtown Cape Girardeau, you may contact one of the following Bed and Breakfast places:

  • Bellevue Bed and Breakfast (573) 335-3302
  • Rose Bed Inn (573) 332-7673
  • Neumeyer's Bed and Breakfast (888) 423-5184, (573) 335-0449
Shuttle Service from Motels

Participants staying in the Drury Lodge, Pear Tree Inn, and Auburn Place will be provided shuttle transportation from the motels to the University campus if needed. The pick-up time for the Thursday evening banquet will be 5:15 p.m. A van schedule for the remainder of the conference will be available at the registration desk.

Directions to Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau is located on the Mississippi River, roughly halfway between St. Louis and Memphis. Highway access is via Interstate 55 or Illinois State Highways 3 and 146. There is airline service from St. Louis (four flights daily by Cape Air) but not from Memphis. Taxi fare is available via the Yellow Cab Company, (573) 335-5533, from the Cape Girardeau airport to the local motels. We recommend flying into the Cape Girardeau airport (CGI) from St. Louis (though you will be on a small 8-10 seat plane).

Via rental car from the St. Louis airport, take I-70 east toward St. Louis and then take I-55 toward Memphis. Cape Girardeau is a two-hour drive from St. Louis. A local van service, BART (573) 335-0844, provides round-trip transportation from the St. Louis airport to Cape Girardeau.

Via rental car from the Memphis airport, take I-240 to I-55 north toward St. Louis. Cape Girardeau is a three-hour drive from Memphis. There is no shuttle service between Memphis and Cape Girardeau.

Directions to the Southeast Campus

From I-55, take Route K exit and travel east (Route K becomes William Street) to Pacific. Turn left on Pacific and travel to Normal Avenue. Turn left on Normal. The University Center is on the left at the next intersection (Normal and Henderson).

From Illinois 146, cross the river bridge and turn right on Pacific. Turn left on Normal. The University Center is on the left at the next intersection (Normal and Henderson).

Parking Permits

A parking permit, if requested in advance, will be included in the packet of materials made available to registrants at the registration desk. Lot 18, located on Henderson Avenue just across from the University Center, has been reserved for conferees. (Note to visitors: If you get a parking ticket in this lot or elsewhere on campus, turn it in to the registration desk.)

Contact Us

For more information contact the Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University by phone (573) 986-6155 or e-mail


(573) 651-2620
Kent Library 406
Center for Faulkner Studies
One University Plaza, MS 4600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701