Plan Your Trip


The conference begins the evening of Monday, November 4 with a Welcome Reception and concludes the evening of Wednesday, November 6 with an Awards Dinner. 

The full conference schedule is available in the AHEPPP app (sponsored by Legit Apps) on both Apple and Android devices. For a PDF version, please click here


Located in the heart of Portland’s business and entertainment district and one block from the MAX Light Rail system, the Hilton Portland Downtown hotel offers easy access to top attractions and restaurants. Relax in one of their newly redesigned rooms featuring 65-inch HDTVs and spectacular views of downtown Portland. (Please note that rooms may not be equipped with a refrigerator.)

AHEPPP has reserved a limited block of rooms for conference attendees. Please reserve your room at your earliest convenience:

Located around the corner from the Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel are a few additional hotel options:

Flight suggestions

PDX: The Portland International Airport is a 22 minute drive or a 45 minute MAX Light Rail Service from the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Suggested arrival times: AHEPPP Institute attendees should plan to arrive on Sunday, November 3, in the afternoon/evening. The AHEPPP Institute will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Conference attendees should plan to arrive on Monday, November 4, in the late morning/afternoon. The opening reception will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Suggested departure times: All conference attendees should plan to depart on Thursday, November 8.


MAX Light Rail Service: Conference attendees who are flying into the PDX airport can catch the MAX Light Rail Service from the airport to 6th street for $2.50. The trip takes around 45 minutes and drops you off at Pioneer Square, a block from the Hilton Downtown Portland.

Uber/Lyft: Rates will vary depending on the time of day. At PDX airport, conference attendees can catch a rideshare from the designated pick-up zone in Island 2.

Shuttle: Blue Star Transportation provides shuttle service from the PDX airport to the Hilton Downtown for $14 one-way. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes, with stops at other hotels, including the Marriott Downtown, Marriott City Center, and The Benson Hotel.

Hotel parking: The Hilton Portland Downtown provides valet parking for $50.00/day for hotel guests and conference attendees.

Additional parking: Additional parking may be found in city parking garages near the hotel; the parking garage in Fox tower has a daily rate of $14 (rates may vary based on day) and is a 3 minute walk to the Hilton Portland Downtown.


November typically brings winter weather to Portland, Oregon. This is usually the first month with frost and steady rain. Though we are hoping for beautiful fall weather, please come prepared for cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain.

Excursions & Special Events

While there will be some down time throughout the conference to adventure around Portland on your own, we invite you to join us for one of our scheduled group excursions on Monday, November 4, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Choose your own adventure, based on your personal interests, from the three options below. Each option will allow you to experience a different hallmark of the city and includes an opportunity for dinner.

Please note the following:

  • Each excursion participant is responsible for their own food/other purchases.

  • With fall weather in Portland being unpredictable, and with each excursion option requiring walking, we encourage everyone to wear rain gear and comfortable shoes.

Please sign up for the excursion of your choice by filling out one of the designated Google Forms below. The form will ask for a contact number; please use a cell number so that you can be added to an AHEPPP Excursion GroupMe closer to the time of the conference. GroupMe is a free group messaging app that allows larger groups to communicate with one another. We will use this as the main source of communication. If you would like to opt out of the AHEPPP Excursion GroupMe, please let us know on the document. For more information on how to download and use the GroupMe app, visit

Option 1: Portland Hipster Haven
Sign up here

Live out your Portland hipster dreams by joining us for a walk around downtown with the following stops:

  • Ace Hotel Portland: Drink a cup of Stumptown Coffee while you hang out in the hip hotel lobby and snap a picture in the photo-booth with your new AHEPPP bestie. (Approx. cost: $5/coffee and $5/photo-booth)
  • Powell’s City of Books: With a cup of coffee in hand to keep us warm, we’ll make our way to the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. With a bookstore the size of a full city block, you’re bound to find an old favorite or a new read for your flight home. (Approx. cost: $10 - $?/book depending on if you want to buy something)
  • Lardo or Grassa: On our way back to the hotel, we'll stop to grab dinner with multiple choices to match your culinary desires. What started out as a food cart in Portland is now one of the best sandwich shops in town. If meaty sandwiches, hand-cut fries, and craft beer aren't your thing, hop next door to sister restaurant Grassa for handcrafted pasta, seasonal salads, and tasty cocktails. (Approximate cost: $10 - $20/meal depending on what you order.)

Approximate total walking distance: About 1.2 miles
Meet in the Hilton Lobby at 4:00 p.m.

Option 2: Foodie Fun
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Last year Portland was named "Best Foodie City in America". Come hungry for this food focused excursion with the following stops:

  • Voodoo Doughnuts: It wouldn't be a trip to Portland without a doughnut. Make new AHEPPP friends while waiting in line to try one of Voodoo's wacky and unique doughnut flavors! (Approximate cost: $2 - $5/doughnut)
  • Pine Street Market: Resist the urge to fill up on doughnuts, because just a block away is Portland's bustling and delicious food hall that includes some of "Portland's best chefs and purveyors, all under one roof." Try everything from ramen, to pizza, to Spanish tapas while you eat in the communal space. (Approximate cost: $10 and up/meal depending on what you order.)

Approximate total walking distance: 1.3 miles.
Meet in the Pavilion Foyer on the Plaza Level at 4:00p.m.

Option 3: Portland Brews & Bites
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  • Experience a taste of Portland “Beervana” by sampling beer at the following stops:
  • Backwoods Brewing Company: Backwoods Brewing Company recently opened their Pearl District location and features such favorites like their flagship Logyard IPA or their seasonal Pecan Pie Porter.(Approx. cost: $10/tasting flight)
  • Deschutes Brewery: An Oregon staple, Deschute’s Portland brew pub features +20 taps with both mainstays and experimental brews. (Approx. cost: $14-$16/tasting flight)
  • Lardo or Grassa: On our way back to the hotel, we'll stop to grab dinner with multiple choices to match your culinary desires. What started out as a food cart in Portland is now one of the best sandwich shops in town. If meaty sandwiches, hand-cut fries, and craft beer aren't your thing, hop next door to sister restaurant Grassa for handcrafted pasta, seasonal salads, and tasty cocktails. (Approximate cost: $10 - $20/meal depending on what you order.)

Approximate total walking distance: 1.5 miles 
Meet at the Hopcity Tavern in the Hilton Lobby at 4:00 p.m.

Places to eat

There are hundreds of delicious restaurants and bars in Portland for you to try. Check out this interactive map of Portland to find the best spots in the city. Below are also a few places that we recommend based on personal experience, recommendations from locals, and location to the hotel. Please be aware that Portland restaurant prices may be a little higher than in previous conference cities.

Conference chair recommendations:

Imperial - Great place to share small plates with new colleagues!

Portland City Grill - Amazing views of the city!

Q Restaurant & Bar - Delicious local and seasonal food!

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House - Fun Portland bar experience!

Swank Restaurant and Swine Bar - Quiet, relaxing venue - nice place to catch up with a friend.

Blue Star Donuts - Fun Portland-esk flavors! I recommend the Blueberry Bourbon Basil.

Recommendations made by locals:

10 Barrel Brewing Portland

Backwoods Brewing Company

The Rookery at Raven & Rose

Rock Bottom Brewery

Kell’s Irish Bar


Tasty n Alder

Thai Peacock

Fried Egg I’m In Love Downtown Food Cart

Departure Restaurant and Lounge

Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

Oven and Shaker Pizza

Pine Street Market

Lardo Sandwiches

Grassa Handcrafted Pasta

Heart Coffee Roasters

Case Study Coffee Roasters

Voodoo Donuts

Coco Donuts

Ruby Jewel Ice Cream

Food cart locations (please note that these locations can change):

Corner of SE 6th Avenue and SW Taylor Street

Corner of SW 10th Avenue and SW Alder Street

Corner of SW 3rd Avenue and SW Washington Street

Corner of SW 5th Avenue and SW Oak Street

Places to visit

There are so many fun and exciting things to see and places to visit in Portland. Check out to learn more about Portland neighborhoods and nearby attractions.

If you are extending your trip before or after the conference, you may be interested in checking out some of these Portland favorites:

  • Drive through the Columbia River Gorge to seeMultnomah Falls (the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest) with a meal/drinks before or after atEdgefield.

  • Check out the 4T Loop Hike or any of the many other walking and hiking trails that Forest Park has to offer. Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the U.S.

  • Check out the Portland beer scene! While outsiders flock to spots like Deschutes, 10 Barrel, and Rogue, new and exciting breweries are popping up all the time in “Beervana”. Check out this recent list of Portland favorites.

  • It wouldn’t be a trip to Portland without a visit to Powell’s City of Books. Powell’s is the largest used and new bookstore in the world and the perfect place for bookworms to get lost in on a cold and rainy Portland day.

  • With Portland being known for its art scene, why not spend an afternoon at the Portland Art Museum. Or pop over to the eastside of the river for a tour of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), which is one of the nation's leading science centers.

  • Portland is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Spend an afternoon checking out both the Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Gardenwhere you can soak in the beauty of mother nature.

  • Interested in a cozy afternoon with delicious food, drinks, and entertainment? Look no further than one of the many McMenamins locations around Portland. McMenamins is a family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs in the Pacific Northwest. Local favorites include the Crystal Ballroom and Kennedy School.

  • Doughnuts...say no more. Portland is home to some of the most delicious (and unique) donut shops. Voodoo, Blue Star, Coco Donuts, and Pip’s Donuts are some of the spots that have put Portland on the map as a donut destination.

  • While Salt & Straw has now expanded to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, they got their start in Portland and are a must stop for any ice cream lover. They wow the masses with their out of the box flavors, so be sure to check out one of their five different locations around the city.