Our Host: Beautiful Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts

The 13th International Herb Symposium

June 9th – 11, 2017

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts

Wheaton College has been the home of The International Herb Symposium since 1992. The warm and friendly staff and lovely campus has been a perfect fit for the event. Founded in 1834, Wheaton College is set on a picturesque New England campus that includes an adjoining 200 acre woodland (perfect for herb forays!). The Campus itself is endowed with a variety of beautiful old specimen trees. Wheaton is located in the small rural town of Norton, Mass ideally situated between Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island allowing easy access from airports, train station, and highways.

View the interactive campus map here.

Wheaton College

Travel Information

The International Herb Symposium is held at Wheaton College, 26 East Main St., Norton, Massachusetts, 02766

 Further information on travel to Wheaton College provided by the college

Wheaton College is approximately 40 minutes from both Logan International Airport, Boston, Ma and T.F. Green Airport, Providence R.I. We suggest flying into T.F. Green as it is a smaller airport and less hectic. But you will have a much better choice of flights and ground transportation if flying into Logan (Try to avoid Rush Hour Traffic from 4-7). Wheaton College is approximately 30 minutes from Amtrak stations in both Providence, RI and Boston, MA. The MBTA operates rapid transit service from the airport to South Station, connecting to commuter rail service with stops near the Wheaton Campus.

Airport Options

Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (visit)
T.F. Green Airport, Providence RI

Shuttle Service Options

If arranging van and shuttle service (see below), try to arrange pick-ups with other participants to save money. Be sure to make your reservations EARLY with the companies listed below, so they can coordinate pick up service with other participants to keep your costs lower. If you wish to travel alone, single passenger service is also provided.

The Shuttle; this is the least expensive service we found for participants. $50 one way/$80 round trip for the first person and $10 each additional person.  Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance w/flight schedule. 888-515-5512; 508-543-2657;

info@aipTheShuttle.com; www.aiptheshuttle.com/

508.884.8282; 401.861.5466;
reallyrobins@yahoo.com; www.reallyrobins.com/

Taxi Service Options
Foxfield Taxi: 800.585.8294; 508.339.2828
Limo Service Options
East Coast Limousine Service: 1-888-799-2994/508.543.3773; information@eastcoastLimousineinc.com and At Your Service Limo: ayslimo@aol.com; 508.238.5466; www.AtYourServiceLimo.com. Great service and reasonable rates if more than two or three people per trip.

Make a new friend and help take care of the planet – carpool! You can offer or find a ride here.

Lodging Options

The College provides inexpensive on-campus dormitory-style lodging. These basic rooms are inexpensive and provide an affordable lodging option for people of all income levels. For an additional fee, there are also nicer rooms in newer dorms that also have air conditioning. For those who prefer, there are several hotels and motels in the area and a lovely campground option.

I’d like to stay on campus, what are my lodging options?
  • Basic Dorm Lodging & Meal Package:  Friday and Saturday night lodging in classic older dorms & 6 meals, Friday dinner thru Sunday lunch.    $180 pp for double/triple occupancy or $200 per person single occupancy
  • NEW DORMS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT __ BE IN TOUCH IN CASE ANY BECOME AVAILABLE office@internationalherbsymposium.com     New Dorm Lodging & Meal Package:  Friday and Saturday night lodging in newer air-conditioned dorms & 6 meals, Friday dinner thru Sunday lunch. $240 per person for double occupancy or $270 per person for single occupancy
Do you have a list of hotels in the area?

Comfort Inn

Courtyard Marriott

  • (8 miles from campus) 35 Foxboro Boulevard Foxboro, MA 02035 508-543-5222

Holiday Inn Mansfield

  • (8 miles from campus) 31 Hampshire Street Mansfield, MA 02048 508-339-2200

Holiday Inn

  • (3.5 miles from campus) Myles Standish Boulevard Taunton, MA 02780 508-823-0430

Hawthorn Suites

Raynham Courtyard Marriott

  • (13 miles from campus) 37 Paramount Drive Raynham, MA 02767 508-822-8383

Residence Inn by Marriott

  • (8 miles from campus) 250 Foxborough Blvd. Foxborough, MA 02035 508-698-2800 http://www.residenceinn.com(Note: Pets welcome for additional charge.) 

Hampton Inn

What are my Bed & Breakfast Options?

Country Gardens Bed & Breakfast

  • 339 Tremont Street Rehoboth, MA 02769 800-413-9970 Innkeepers: Joan & Ralph Arguin www.countrygardens.com $80-100

Moonlite Inn

14 Tremont Street Rehoboth, MA 02769 508-252-4735 Innkeepers: Robyn & Stan

Gilbert’s Tree Farm Bed & Breakfast

  • 30 Spring Street Rehoboth, MA 02769 508-252-4735 Innkeeper: Jeanne Gilbert $60-95

Five Bridge Farm Bed & Breakfast

  • PO Box 462 Rehoboth, MA 02769 508-252-3190

Perryville Inn

  • Rehoboth, MA 02769 800-439-9239
I’d like to camp, are there any nearby campgrounds?

Normandy Farms


  • Middleboro, MA 508-947-6435

Massasoit State Park

  • East Taunton, MA 508-822-7405

Dining Information

The meals at Wheaton are excellent. As you can imagine at an event such as this, there are many food concerns, issues and expectations; i.e. vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, carnivores, and localvores! The Wheaton crew does an excellent job and serves a nice variety of healthy main courses, hearty soups, salad and sandwich bars that features local greens and veggies, and low sugar deserts.  The response on the food has been excellent. If you have any questions, you can email us at office@internationalherbsymposium.com.

Did you enjoy your meals while at the International Herb Symposium?

Even with my food allergies, I was able to find plenty to eat. Great tasting and very satisfying”

- Jenny

“The cooks did a great job providing a variety of satisfying meals. As a die hard vegetarian, I’m always a little skeptical about food at these events, but there were plenty of choices for me and they were all good. Thanks!”

- Marianne

“Actually, this was the best food I’ve ever had at a conference. Great choices and always quite delicious”

- John

“Whether it’s served on fine china or a paper plate, food brings us together and stimulates conversation. We feast to wed, mourn, celebrate, strengthen friendships, assert mana, and simply to be hospitable. Good eating is one of life’s great pleasures.”

— Unknown

Area Attractions

If coming from a distance, you might wish to stay and explore the area. There is so much to see and do in Southeastern Massachusetts and neighboring states. For plant related adventures, be sure to visit The Garden in the Woods in Framingham (about 1 1/2 hours north). It was the first wild flower garden in the U.S. and is very worth visiting. There is also an organic cranberry bog close to Wheaton College Campus. In the next town over is 7 Arrows Herb Gardens and Farm, a lovely herb garden/farm. Plymouth Plantation and Sturbridge Village offer the visitors a trip back in time; both feature period herb gardens. Of course, many visitors enjoy visiting Cape Cod and downtown Boston. There’s too much to do to mention here so please contact the Chamber of Commence and/or go on line for an endless list of pleasurable things to do and enjoy.


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