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150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation – 2011-2015: From First Manassas, the Civil War's first major battle, to Appomattox, where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia has more Civil War sites than any other state. Re-enactments, special exhibits and events will take place throughout the 4 year commemoration. www.virginiacivilwar.org
AMTRAK is adding new passenger service from Norfolk beginning in December 2012. Passengers can enjoy daily roundtrip one-seat service from Norfolk to Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC and up the mid-Atlantic to Boston. Check www.AmtrakVirginia.com for stop off and stop over suggestions.
Middleburg Salamander Resort & Spa: The much anticipated 168 room luxury resort set on 340 acres of farmed horse country and lush vineyards is scheduled to open August 2013. The resort also has a stated goal of achieving the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings. The Salamander Resort & Spa features luxurious rooms and suites, a 23,000 square foot lavish spa and unique “tree house” treatment rooms, a full service equestrian center with a 22 stall stable and practice ring, Virginia Piedmont inspired dining, a dedicated cooking studio, wine bar and culinary garden. Salamander guests can also enjoy a Jack Nicklaus golf experience at nearby Creighton Farms Estates or Virginia’s emerging wine country at over 20 wineries within a 30 minute drive of the resort. The resort features 12,000 square feet of conference and event facilities, including a 5,000 square foot grand ballroom and a restored 100 year old Stallion Barn. Salamander Resort & Spa is already registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and the sales team is now accepting group bookings. www.salamanderhotels.com
AlexandriaThe SpringHill Suites Alexandria Tech Center: Opened in April 2011. The 155-suite hotel offers separate living, working and sleeping. Business travelers can take advantage of a large, well-lit desk with ergonomic chair, two phone lines and voice mail. Free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s lobby and high-speed Internet access in every suite allow guests to remain connected at all times. The hotel offers 500 square feet of meeting space, business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an extensive state-of-the-art fitness center and is within walking distance to the Eisenhower Metro Station. www.Marriott.com
Arlington The Renaissance Arlington Capital View and Residence Inn Arlington Capital View: The 300-room, LEED Silver Renaissance features a modern look with kinetic sculptures, glass-enclosed meeting spaces, open-air terraces and a green roof. More than 17,000 square feet of event space is outfitted with the latest event technology and audiovisual equipment, including flat screen panels that control AV, lighting and atmosphere. SOCCi, an Italian restaurant, and a full-service Illy cafe satisfy hungry meeting goers. The Residence Inn features 325 suites and 2 meeting rooms with 3,628 square feet of space.
FairfaxThe Sherwood Center: A beautiful, elegant new center ideally located in the heart of Northern Virginia. Perfect for events from smaller groups to larger wedding receptions, parties or meetings for up to 400 people. The Assistive Listening System is the most sophisticated system in Virginia and is available throughout the building. The Center has a state-of-the-art AV system for meetings and 15,000 sq. ft. of space.www.fairfaxva.gov
LortonWorkhouse Arts Center: The newly renovated Gallery Building and the Quad are available for hosting your special event. The Gallery building is a two-story structure ideal for reunions, receptions, parties, or meetings. The two floors can be rented out separately or together. The first floor can accommodate 160 people for a standing reception while, the second floor of the Gallery can accommodate up to 200 people for a standing reception or a seated dinner. www.workhousearts.org
WoodbridgePrince William Ice Center: Prince William Ice Center's new state of the art facility offers 1400 s/f meeting space for up to 200 people and up to 400 people on NHL and Olympic-sized rinks all year round. www.pwice.com
Loudoun CountyThe recently opened Executive Conference & Training Center (ECTC) in Dulles has launched Executive Rewards, a first-of-its-kind loyalty program for meeting planners, specifically designed for those who book meetings, conferences, and training sessions near Washington, D.C. The program leverages the ECTC’s relationship with its neighboring partner hotel brands and allows planners to earn points on their loyalty programs including Marriott Rewards, Hilton Honors, and IHG’s Priority Club. www.conferenceandtraining.com/rewards
Virginia BeachHilton Garden Inn- Opening May 2014
Virginia BeachCapt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventure: A pirate ship, the “Lost Pearl,” can be found cruising the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. www.virginiabeachpirateship.com
WilliamsburgJamestown Settlement: "The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World" special exhibition, developed by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, explores transition from the "old" world to a new globally connected world. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center offer guided tours and hands-on history educational programs for groups. The two museums also are distinctive locations for after-hours events. www.historyisfun.org
Virginia BeachThe Oceanaire Resort Hotel & Conference Center, scheduled for completion in 2012, will be the third phase of the highly successful Ocean Beach Club & Resort in Virginia Beach. This development will add more than 200 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space to the existing resort. www.vboceanbeachclub.com
In 2011, the Virginia Beach Convention Center became the first in the country to achieve certification as LEED® Gold for Existing Buildings. In addition, the VBCC has partnered with Virginia Energy Sense, the Commonwealth’s statewide consumer energy education and outreach program. Virginia Energy Sense is reaching out to consumers, businesses and other organizations to enlist them as “Energy Agents,” who will spread the word about the things they are doing to save energy. www.vbconventioncenter.com
Smithfield The 8,000-square foot Smithfield Center, one of the premier event and conference centers in coastal Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, has recently undergone a cosmetic renovation to both its interior and exterior. www.smithfieldcenter.com/
Cape Charles Bay Creek Railway:Bay Creek Resort and Club has an interesting approach to fine dining, and everyone is invited to climb on board. The Ride and Dine by Rail is the only restored Interurban Dining Service in operation today. A restored 1913 Interurban railcar operates round-trip dining excursions from Cape Charles. www.baycreek.net
Sunset Beach Resort: The newly renovated Sunset Beach Resort is your place for meetings, retreats, small conferences or weddings. Located just a short drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from Hampton Roads and offering year round accommodations in our 72-room hotel. We have a newly renovated meeting room with a capacity of 150 attendees. Our facilities include: · Wireless Internet connection · Waterfront Dining at the Sunset Grille with over 8,000 square feet of deck · Private Beach · Suites and Jacuzzi Suites are available · Full service restaurant · Surrounded by Nature Preserves · Southeast Expeditions on site for planning outdoor activities for your group. www.sunsetbeachresortva.com
FieldaleThe Virginia Home Inn: Built for Marshall Fields in 1920, The Virginia Home Inn is a 22-room home that has been restored as a Bed & Breakfast. It sits on almost 2-acres of gardens, lawn and woods and is a short walk from hiking, biking, paddling and fishing on the Smith River.Can accommodate 25 indoors for book clubs and small meetings and200 for outdoor weddings and events. www.TheVirginiaHomeInn.com
Heartstone Retreat & Lodge: Heartstone Retreat & Lodge is a Wholistic Retreat on 30 acres of scenic rolling farm land. The Lodge is a remodeled dairy barn perfect for business meetings, family reunions, seminars, receptions with1,800 sq.ft. There are two bedrooms/private baths upstairs. Adjacent to 220 acres of farm land for walking, viewing & cabin rentals. Max group size: 100 www.southriverhighlands.com
Aloft Winchester: Breeze into our aloft rooms: signature bed; a spa shower; custom amenities; plug'n play connectivity center w/ 42" LCD TV. Mingle with friends at our WXYZ bar; grab a snack from re:fuel, or play in re:mix lobby and stay connected with complimentary hotel-wide wireless internet access! Total Sq. Ft.: 610, Max group size: 15 www.alofthotels.com
Blue Ridge Vineyard: Group meetings, weddings, reunions, and celebrations are offered at Blue Ridge Vineyard, in our large barn, or outside anywhere on our 300 acre farm. www.blueridgevineyard.com
Science Museum of Western Virginia: Two 5th floor meeting rooms - 1 accommodates 50 people, other accommodates 35 people. The entire 4th floor for is available to rent for Special Events - food and beverages allowed. The Planetarium is also available for rent for shows or meetings. Can show powerpoint presentations-some equipment provided. www.smwv.org
The Homestead: The Homestead resort in Hot Springs is in the midst of a $25 million transformation including meeting and guest room improvements, a two-acre family water attraction, miniature golf, new Spa and Wellness Center and dining improvements. With 483 guest rooms and over 72,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting venues, the resort can accommodate groups from 10 to 1000. www.thehomestead.com
RichmondDoubleTree by Hilton and Shamin Hotels Inc. will be opening a DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian, a contemporary hotel situated just a short drive from downtown Richmond. Previously the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center, the building is nearing the completion of a $6.5 million renovation that includes upgrades throughout the hotel’s public spaces and 237 guest rooms by the end of 2013. The hotel features over 26,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that includes 19 total meeting rooms, the largest of which is 7,080 square feet, all equipped with the latest audio-visual capabilities. The attached conference center offers a variety of exhibit and gathering areas, including two stylish ballrooms that combined can comfortably seat up to 1,100 people.
ChesterfieldHyatt Place Aboretum - Offers free breakfast and wi-fi, 42” TV’s in all rooms and is designed for the business traveler’s needs.
Charlottesville/Albemarle CountyBoars Head Inn: The newly renovated 573 acre resort off U.S. 250 now has 175 guestrooms and nine suits complete with upgrades such as new carpets, bathroom fixtures, furnishings, accessories and TV’s. The resort highlights the inn’s Jeffersonian connections by choosing custom designed fabrics to reflect the local landscape along with artwork and photos to highlight the ties to the University of Virginia. www.boarsheadinn.com
CharlottesvilleOld Metropolitan Hall: Scheduled to open early 2013 Old Metropolitan Hall located at First and Main streets will be a venue for private events that features two floors. An expansive upstairs dining space that can accommodate 150 people boasts aged wood floors, 14 foot ceilings adorned with their original antique tin tiles, and white-washed walls, with era-inspired glass chandeliers. The downstairs has black and white diamond flooring, a custom built-in bar, exposed beams, and enough room for a DJ or band. www.oldmetropolitanhall.com
AftonBlue Mountain Brewery: The beer hall and front patio, deck and porch can host up to 130 guests and is perfect for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, business events with its 1,520 sq.ft. of space.www.bluemountainbrewery.com
RichmondVirginia Museum of Fine Arts: The significantly expanded VMFA is among the top 10 comprehensive art museums in the nation and includes two restaurants, the VMFA Shop, an extensive art reference library and will be able to host events for 1,000 guests. A 600-car parking deck and 4 acre sculpture garden will complement VMFA's vibrant campus. www.vmfa.museum
Richmond/HenricoWesterre Conference Center is a brand new, state-of-the-art space featuring one large room that can seat up to 132, or can be divided into two smaller rooms, each with a large projection screen at one end. A variety of setups, with or without desks, is available. One computer training classroom with projection screen, 16 monitors, a Smart Board and space for 6 more laptops. Two conference rooms with conference tables that seat 12 have large-screen TV/monitors, video meeting capabilities. Warming kitchen with refrigerator, microwave oven and other features. Linens and other services are available. Fees are competitive with local hotels. Easy access to I-64. To find out more or arrange a tour, call (804) 237-7686, ext. 1210.
ScottsvilleHowardsville Canoe Livery: Enjoy a day on the James, Rockfish or Tye River. River adventures for the individual, family or group. Shuttle service available. Riverside camping opens Spring 2012. www.howardsvillecanoe.com
DamascusMillsap-Baker Estate - Historic Queen Anne Victorian Manor House and grounds completely renovated for weddings and special events upscale meetings (up to 300 people) and bed and breakfast accommodations (sleeps 4).
Meadows of DanPrimland Resort Tree House, The resort is adding a Tree House overlooking the Dan River Gorge for guests who want an escape with a difference; two nature trails for GEO-caching enthusiasts and a re-creation of six miles of the Old Appalachian Trail for hikers and mountain bikers in Primland now offers these and other great outdoor activities such as golf, hunting, fishing, ATV riding, horseback riding, tennis and hiking. Its great indoors, in The Lodge, offers an 1800 square foot spa, swimming pool, fitness center, recreation room, fine and casual dining, movie theater, meeting and Board rooms, a ballroom and an observatory. www.primland.com
Geocaching at Primland: Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which a GPS receiver is used to hide and seek containers. At Primland, there are 2 courses, one easy 1.3 miles course and another more challenging 2.5 mile course. Each trail contains caches that provide information on the history of the region and the plants and animals native to this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a great outdoor team building activity with customized courses that have been created for a game-like competitive team environment. www.primland.com
Joni Johnson, CTP, TMPVirginia Tourism CorporationNational Sales Manager804-545-5544800-811-4296
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