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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 Virginia 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.
Washington, DC area Metro subway’s new Silver Line Phase 1 with service to Reston, Virginia is set to open in late summer 2014. Phase 2 will extend service all the way to Washington Dulles Airport and is expected to open 2018.
The Virginia Railway Express is planning a train stop between Rippon and Quantico to be completed by 2017.
Middleburg Salamander Resort & Spa: The much anticipated 168 room luxury resort set on 340 acres of farmed horse country and lush vineyards is now open. 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
Arlington Sheraton Crystal City (soon to be Westin) is in the process of a $16 million dollar refurbishment to ensure guests will enjoy a whole new experience in the heart of the Crystal City. The renovation includes a complete rejuvenation to the hotel’s 218 guest rooms, lobby, 16,000 square feet of meeting facilities, and additional public spaces. The guest rooms will feature the world-renowned Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath, enhanced with the Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and exclusive White Tea Aloe bath amenities. Each guest room will include a 42-inch flat screen TV and large work space. The new lobby design will feature elegant lighting, a new sophisticated restaurant and bar concept, which will implement all the Westin brand signature services and amenities designed to inspire wellbeing.
Fairfax - Tyson’s CornerThe Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner has recently undergone renovations to much of its public space. The front desk and lobby area has been upgraded to a more modern and open look and provides a more welcoming feel to guests. The business center was reconfigured and additional spaces created for guests to work and collaborate. The lighting was updated and a market near the front desk was added. In addition to the lobby and business center, the fitness center and first floor seating areas have been re-furnished and allow the Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner to more effectively provide their guests with first-class amenities. www.cptysonscorner.com/
Nearby, the Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner also recently completed a large-scale renovation of its fitness center, making it the largest fitness facility of any Tysons Corner, VA hotel. It boasts 1,500 square feet of space, four brand new treadmills and elliptical machines, a yoga area, a strength trainer, free weights and HD televisions on all the cardio equipment. The hotel also entered into a partnership with world-renowned fitness expert Lisa Reed, whereby Reed will be available to train guests in the brand new fitness center for a nominal fee. "The preservation of our guests' healthy lifestyle is important to us," Heather Hull, General Manager of the Courtyard Tysons said. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wastn-courtyard-tysons-corner-fairfax/
Virginia BeachThe brand new Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a modern upscale hotel ideal for both business and leisure travel. The hotel features 167 all oceanfront rooms and suites as well as an array of cutting-edge amenities and features. Two oceanfront restaurants, a luxurious indoor and outdoor pool, and 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space make this Virginia Beach hotel the ideal destination for an engaging meeting, a festive soiree, a productive business trip or a relaxing beach getaway. www.hiltongardeninnvirginiabeach.com/
Newport NewsThe Virginia Living Museum now offers a new option for adult groups visiting the Museum. Fill your belly and your brain with our “Taste of Virginia” series- an educational experience combined with the foods, wines & flavors of various regions of Virginia. These culinary tours are available all year long. In November & December VLM are also offering two “mini-tastes” which will be great add-ons to our popular “Star of Wonder” holiday planetarium show. They offer a wide range of meeting spaces that can accommodate 10 to 100 people as well as screens, Wi-Fi capability and flexible floor plans. www.thevlm.org
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
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/
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 and 200 for outdoor weddings and events. www.TheVirginiaHomeInn.com
Lexington 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
Winchester 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
Eagle Rock 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
RoanokeScience 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
Hot Springs The Omni Homestead: The Omni 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
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
RiceThe Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat tree top adventure park will challenge you to new heights. Recently added obstacles makes the park the largest high ropes course in central Virginia. 61 obstacles with 17 zip lines. Great for team building, tour of gardens and spending time outdoors. www.theoutdooradventurepark.com
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. www.westerrecc.com
RichmondThe Virginia War Memorial is planning an estimated $17 million expansion to honor Virginia’s service members who have died in the global war on terrorism. Plans for the new wing also call for building a 350-seat auditorium, a roughly 200-space parking deck, a new exhibit gallery and a classroom for long-distance learning. www.vawarmemorial.org
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
BedfordPeaks of Otter Lodge, located at mile 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and celebrating 50 years of service, now offers Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and guest rooms. Getting away from it all now means you can stay connected while enjoying the great outdoors attending a business meeting, special event or quick getaway. www.peaksofotter.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). www.millsapbaker.com
Meadows of DanPrimland Resort Tree House: The resort added three Tree Houses 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
PembrokeThe newly renovated historic Mountain Lake Lodge aims to reclaim the founder’s dream of connecting visitors with nature. Every guest room and cottage has been remodeled, a new restaurant features menus prepared by a trained chef, the new bar offers regional microbrews. The multi-million dollar overhaul includes repairing the slow leaking lake. www.mtnlakelodge.com
WythevilleBolling Wilson Hotel: The former George Wythe Hotel, a 1927 historic hotel, is being renovated and put back into use as a boutique hotel after more than 40 years of being used as a bank. And, paying homage to the history of Wytheville, it is getting a brand new name to go along with its creative interior design. The former George Wythe Hotel will open under its new name the Bolling Wilson Hotel in the fall of 2014. The hotel will feature 30 luxurious guest rooms; event space to accommodate 150; a soon to be named restaurant featuring New Southern cuisine; outdoor dining; and a rooftop patio that provides a 360 degree view of the mountains.
Joni Johnson, CTP, TMPVirginia Tourism CorporationNational Sales Manager804-545-5544800-811-4296
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