Plan Your Trip


The conference begins the evening of Monday, November 6 with the AHEPPP Welcome Reception and concludes in the afternoon of Wednesday, November 8.

View the Educational Programs and plan your sessions.

Suggested arrival times: Pre-conference workshop attendees should plan to arrive Sunday, November 5. Workshops will begin the morning of Monday, November 6. General conference attendees should plan to arrive by the afternoon of Monday, November 6. The conference will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the AHEPPP Welcome Reception.

Conference Hotel

The 2023 Family Engagement in Higher Education Conference will take place in Baltimore (aka "Charm City) at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, located just steps away from the famous Inner Harbor, home to one of the most picturesque waterfronts in the country.  

AHEPPP has a negotiated rate of $165 (plus taxes and fees). Space is limited, so please reserve your room at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore early. Once the block is full, we cannot guarantee this rate or space at the event venue. 

Please utilize this link to the Royal Sonesta to reserve your accommodations.

The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Getting to Baltimore

For a quick car or Light Rail ride to the hotel, we suggest flying into Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).

BWI: The Baltimore Washington International Airport is 12.4 miles from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.

Other options include flying into one of two Washington D.C. airports and catching a ride by car or train to Baltimore, MD.

  • DCA: Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport is 48 miles from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.
  • IAD: Washington Dulles International Airport is 60 miles from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.
  • Penn Station (Amtrak) is located 2 miles from Baltimore's Inner Harbor at 1500 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-5815.

Getting to the Conference Hotel

Uber/Lyft/Taxis: Rates will vary depending on the time of day. At BWI Airport, conference attendees can catch a rideshare or a taxi from the designated pick-up zone. Please note: You will need to use the hotel address (550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) when designating your drop-off point, as inputting the hotel name leads to an incorrect location.

Light Rail: Baltimore offers the BWI Marshall Airport Light Rail. The station is located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E at BWI. The fare for an adult rider is $1.90 and a ticket can be purchased at the kiosk inside the airport terminal near the station. Attendees will want to ride northbound and get off at Camden Station/Camden Yards for a quick 2-block walk to the hotel (10 stops). Click here for more information about the light rail.

Hotel parking: The hotel offers a rate of $28 for self-parking or $42 for valet (plus taxes and fees).



Baltimore in November is described at moderately chilly with an average high temperature of 57° F (13°C), and an average low temperature of 42°F (5°C). Please remember we will be located near the Inner Harbor which often feels a bit chillier.

Excursions & Special Events

More details about walking tour excursions and dinners out with other AHEPPP members coming soon.

Places to eat

There are hundreds of delicious restaurants and bars in the Baltimore area for you to try. The conference hotel is located within walking distance of Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Little Italy and Downtown. Check out this map for some of the restaurants we already have our eyes on!

Tourist Attractions in and Around the Inner Harbor

Beyond walking the beautiful Inner Harbor, there is tons to do in Baltimore. Check out this list and more on this map.

For more information about things to see and do in Baltimore, check out Visit Baltimore, the official travel website for Baltimore, Maryland.

Local Colleges/Universities

  • John Hopkins University
  • Loyola University, Maryland
  • Notre Dame of Maryland
  • Coppin State University
  • Morgan State University
  • University of Baltimore, Maryland
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Towson University
  • Goucher College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Baltimore City Community College
  • St. John’s College