Herbal Conference FAQs

Map & Directions to the NCNM Campus

The NCNM campus is located just south of downtown Portland. The heart of the campus is a historic brick school building, the NCNM Academic Building, located on SW Porter St. near the west end of the Ross Island Bridge. The campus is easily accessible from Interstate 5. 

Map and directions to the campus.

Where to Stay

Attending the Traditional Roots Herbal Conference from out-of-town, these hotels offer discount rates for NCNM visitors.

Heathman Hotel

Hotel Modera

Paramount Hotel

Provenance Hotels

University Place Hotel – Ask about their remodeled rooms

In addition, Portland has two hostels just outside the downtown area.

Northwest Portland Hostel

Rates: $21 – $34 per night per person for dorm rooms, $68 per night for private rooms, single, $20 per additional person. These rates don’t include additional hotel tax of 12.5%.

The Northwest Portland Hostel is housed in two historic buildings and is centrally located in Portland’s active historic district with restaurants, coffee shops, and night life. They offer dorms and private rooms, kitchens, common areas, and outdoor courtyard and gardens. Features include 24 hour reception, free wifi, free city maps, off and on-street parking, and lots of information on things to see and do.

Portland Hostel Hawthorne District

Rates: $28 – $31 per night for dorm rooms, $62 – $65 per night for private rooms These rates don’t include additional hotel tax of 12.5%.

Hawthorne Hostel is Portland’s original hostel, located in the bohemian Hawthorne District of Southeast Portland. They have 34 beds including 2 private rooms, 2 co-ed dorm rooms with men and women together, as well as segregated women’s and men’s dorms.  They also have a full kitchen for guest use and welcoming common spaces. They pride ourselves on their sustainable business practices which include and green roof, rain water collection and more. This year we even received Gold Certification from Sustainability at Work.

Airbud is also a good resource for short-terms rentals in the Portland areas Places in near downtown, in the Corbett District and inner southeast Portland are good choices.

Getting Around Portland

The Portland metro area leads the country in light-rail development and boasts the best transit system in the nation.  MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) light-rail trains link downtown Portland with outlying areas and the Portland International Airport. TriMet, Portland’s public transportation provider, is committed to decreasing cars on the road and helping preserve the region’s environmental quality and quality of life in general.

Our transit system is a great complement to the bicycling revolution happening in Portland, and commuters have a range of options to consider; including buses, streetcars, old-time trolley cars and the MAX. For schedules and maps, visit TriMet or Portland Streetcar. If you are taking Tri-Met, buses 9, 17, 35, 36, 38, 45, 54, 55, 56 and 92 pass near the school.

Where to Dine

Portland has become an epicurean paradise. The city’s ever-diverse population is giving rise to a wide range of restaurants from one end of the city to another. Here are some resources for finding places to dine.

Oregonian Diner – restaurant guide and reviews

Willamette Week’s Food & Drink Guide

Portland dining on CitySearch

Portland Monthly Magazine: Eat & Drink

OpenTable Portland Restaurants