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AMTRAK Virginia – Passengers can enjoy a single-seat ride from Lynchburg,
Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News — and soon Roanoke — to Washington, DC , as far
north as Boston or across the Commonwealth. Check www.AmtrakVirginia.com for stop off and stop over
Washington, DC area Metro subway’s new Silver Line Phase 1 with service to Reston, Virginia is now open.
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
AlexandriaHistoric Old Town Alexandria is
breaking ground on its first waterfront hotel, a Hotel Indigo, opening in 2017. The new
property will add to the bustling development of
Alexandria’s riverfront district, which includes a new Waterfront Market and a new water taxi service
linking Alexandria to the monuments and museums of DC’s National Mall.
ArlingtonWestin Crystal City has completed a $16 million dollar
refurbishment to ensure guests will enjoy a whole new experience while
conveniently located one mile from the Ronald Reagan National airport and next
to the Crystal City Metro Station. The renovation includes a complete
rejuvenation to the hotel’s 220 guest rooms, lobby, 16,000 square feet of
meeting facilities, and additional public spaces.
FairfaxFairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks recently underwent a complete renovation,
including adding a new restaurant. The renovations included an addition of six
guest rooms, an indoor patio area with fireplace, and the new dining spot, 703
bar + kitchen. The renovation featured a newly-redesigned 5,000 sq. ft. atrium
and a vastly expanded concierge lounge. Updates were made to all of the
existing guest rooms and public space, as well as to the 9,000 sq. ft. of
banquet and meeting space.
HumeThe new Marriott Ranch Farmhouse opening spring 2016 will feature five
bedrooms with private baths, a living room, kitchen and boardroom. The Inn at
Fairfield Farm is an historic bed & breakfast with seven guest rooms. The
Farmhouse will bring the total to twelve guest rooms in the center of the
Marriott Ranch's 4,200 acre working cattle ranch. The Marriott Ranch also
serves as a premier Northern Virginia outdoor event site hosting company
picnics, executive meetings and retreats, weddings and other social events.Leesburg
The 296-room Lansdowne Resort is embarking on a multimillion-dollar renovation to celebrate its 25th
anniversary. The project at the 476-acre property will redesign all the guest
rooms using an earth-toned palette, to be completed spring 2016. The décor will
reference the resort's proximity to Northern Virginia's wine country and will
bring a modern, refined look to the property. Among the property's offerings
are 45 holes of championship golf, a full-service spa, five pools, a
state-of-the-art health-and-fitness center and several dining options. For
groups, there is 55,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a
9,525-square-foot grand ballroom, a 3,293-square-foot terrace ballroom and a
Museum of the Marine Corps has launched a seven-year
$100-million project to document the service’s history from the end of fighting
in Vietnam to this generation’s conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The
facility will grow from 112,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet by
2020. The expansion will come in stages and feature the addition of an
IMAX-style movie theater, Marine Sports Hall of Fame, refurbished aircraft and combat
vehicles along with a host of new exhibits.
Tysons CornerThe all new Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center hotel opened April 2015. It is connected via covered walkway to the
300+ stores and restaurants of Tysons Corner Center and close to the new
Metrorail Silver line connecting Fairfax County with everything that the National
Capital Area has to offer.
Coastal Virginia/Hampton Roads
Newport NewsIn a nod to the Battle of the Hampton Roads, the Ironclad
Distillery is Newport
News’ first and only operating distillery. Founded in 2015, Ironclad distills,
ages and bottles small batch bourbon out of a century-old former dry goods
warehouse near the site of the famous battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (also known as the Merrimack). Tours are available
now but currently offering no tastings as the Ironclad Bourbon is aging inside
charred oak barrels until fall 2016.
Main is downtown
Norfolk's newest world-class, $147 million, mixed-use entertainment, meeting,
dining and hotel destination coming in 2017. It will feature a Hilton Hotel, an
IACC Conference Center and three world class dining venues. The
Exchange includes 50,000 square
feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, centers for leadership and tiered
conference rooms. There will also be two ballrooms in the Hilton, the largest
will accommodate groups of up to 1,500.
The historic Cavalier Hotel is
undergoing renovations and will reopen in 2017 as a 5-star member of Marriott’s
distinguished Autograph Collection with 90 guest rooms, an onsite bourbon
distillery, a ballroom for events and a world class restaurant. The Cavalier's sister hotel on the oceanfront
will be rebuilt and open in 2017 as the Oceanfront Marriott Hotel. The next
door Cavalier Beach Club will undergo a $4 million facelift.
Victory Center will
welcome visitors in a brand-new 80,000-square-foot building, marking a major
milestone in the site’s transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The building
encompasses visitor amenities, classrooms, and a theater and exhibit
space. Work continues on development of permanent gallery exhibits, an introductory
film, and outdoor living history areas, all planned for completion by late
2016, when the name change takes effect.
Coastal Virginia/Eastern Shore
Construction is underway to transform the former Sunset Beach Inn & Grille
into anything but an ordinary destination on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The
existing hotel, RV campground and restaurant in Kiptopeke will open in summer
2016 as Sunset Beach Resort. The hotel will undergo a complete remodel with new
designs and furnishings for all 72 rooms and the lobby area. New amenities to
be included in the hotel are a fitness center and six “high end” suites with
Whirlpool bathtubs. The existing outdoor pool will also be upgraded. Beyond the
pool will be the Jackspot at Sunset Beach, the sister restaurant to the
Jackspot on Chincoteague, which opened in 2014.
Coastal Virginia/Eastern Shore & Chesapeake Bay
Commonwealth has created the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major
tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors,
raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia,
the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The
first portion of the trail opened in late 2015, giving Virginia visitors the
ideal way to experience the Virginia oyster in 2016.
RoanokeThe upscale Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke-Downtown is opening
in June 2016 is set in the heart of downtown with sweeping views of the
majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Only ten
minutes' drive from the airport, 1200 sq. ft. of conference space and steps away
from more than 60 restaurants and Elmwood Park - host to the cities' best
The new Roanoke
Pinball Museum is an
interactive museum, with over 45 machines with production dates ranging from
the 1950s to the 1990s, dedicated to the science and history of pinball.
Admission to the Roanoke Pinball Museum allows patrons to play at their
leisure, but also to learn. Pinball players, young and old, are introduced to
the history of pinball, the science behind the game, and have an opportunity to
appreciate the color, composition and overall design of the backglasses and
The recently-opened Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast in Clifton Forge, Virginia has 24 rooms on four
levels, with approximately 5,800 square feet of finished living space, a
40,000-gallon in-ground pool and beautiful gardens. All seven guest rooms offer
beautiful, private historic or spa retreat bathrooms, feather down pillow top
mattresses and fine luxury linens. A daily gourmet three- to five-course silver
service breakfast; afternoon wine, cheese and sweet service; and nightly
turn-down service with night cap and chocolates are included with every
AftonOpened in July 2015, the Rockfish Valley Inn is located in the heart of the Blue
Ridge Mountains just outside of Charlottesville and offers a total of 7 units
with 10 bedrooms. The rooms range in their options and amenities from king
beds, queen beds, day beds and pull out sofas, with extras such as a wet bar,
refrigerator, coffee maker, private patio or a gas fire place.
CharlottesvilleA brand new luxury hotel recently opened its doors on the property of Trump
Estate offers guests
the opportunity to stay at one of the most prestigious and architecturally
significant residences in history. Designed by world famous architect
David Easton, Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery is an impressive feat of
architecture and style.
The new Graduate
Hotel Charlottesville offers a unique experience to visitors,
bringing to mind the days of college life, but with a few treasured extras, you
probably couldn’t afford back then. Part of a small university town hotel
chain, Graduate pays tribute to the local college and its culture.
is a new beautiful boutique hotel located in the geographic heart of
Charlottesville in one of its most historic and prestigious residential
neighborhoods. The hotel features twenty-seven modern guest rooms, five
furnished apartments, a gourmet café and 750 square foot state-of-the-art
The stunning natural beauty
of Wild Wolf
Brewing Company provides a truly unforgettable destination
backdrop for your next event. Wild Wolf has multiple venue options: an enclosed
pavilion (seating for 74) and a new event hall (seating for 146) – providing
both indoor and outdoor seating.
Dating back to the
1890s, Richmond’s Leigh Street Armory housed the First Battalion Virginia
Volunteers — Virginia’s first African-American regiment. Now the armory is under renovations to become
the new home of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. A
$13 million project slated to open later this year, the museum's new location
will give it more room and opportunities for larger exhibits.
first-ever, design-driven, art-centric lodging property, Quirk Hotel, opened September 2015. Located in the historic J.B. Mosby & Co
building, the property has undergone a comprehensive transformation. Local art is showcased throughout the hotel,
including in individual rooms. The culinary experience at Quirk Hotel focuses
on artisan cuisine, sourced locally with an emphasis on regional culinary
traditions. Coming soon will be a rooftop bar/lounge.
Opened January 2016, the new Homewood
Suites by Hilton in downtown Richmond boasts a fantastic rooftop
lounge and restaurant, offering stunning views of the James River and both
indoor and outdoor seating. Energize in the contemporary fitness center, or
refresh in the heated rooftop swimming pool. Organize a seminar, conference,
training session or wedding with 7000 sq. ft. meeting space, including a 3000 sq.
ft. ballroom with ample pre-function space.
The new Hampton Inn
& Suites Richmond - Downtown opens February 2016 and offers
the perfect resting spot for business travelers and convention attendees. This
modern Downtown Richmond hotel shares the building and excellent on-site
amenities with the Homewood Suites.
The world’s premier collection of Confederate artifacts at
the Museum of the Confederacy and the region’s premier waterfront location at
the American Civil War Center will combine on the historic Tredegar grounds to
form the American
Civil War Museum in Richmond. The new museum is a $30 million
project set to begin construction in early 2016 and will have more than 39,000
square feet of space for exhibitions and an experiential theater.
The Cider Barn
at High View Farm offers remarkable indoor and/or outdoor
settings year-round for weddings, receptions, special events and private
functions situated in an incredibly scenic setting with panoramic mountain
views. The Cider Barn offers 4600 square feet of covered space (3200 inside and
1400 on the covered patio), plus plenty of outdoor space.
Backbone Brewing Company has added private event space indoors
and offers plenty of outdoor space surrounding the building for events.
Blue Ridge Highlands
DamascusThe Millsap-Baker Estate, a Historic Queen
Anne Victorian Manor House and grounds, has been completely renovated for
weddings and special events upscale meetings (up to 300 people) and bed and
breakfast accommodations (sleeps 4).
WythevilleThe 1927 historic Bolling Wilson Hotel has been renovated and put back into use as
a boutique hotel featuring 30 luxurious guest rooms, event space to accommodate
150, a restaurant featuring New Southern cuisine, outdoor dining and a rooftop
patio that provides a 360 degree view of the mountains.
Hotel in Bristol,
Virginia is slated to open in mid to late 2016 to early 2017. The owners have taken a grouping of historic
buildings and turned them into a boutique hotel just down the street from the
site of the landmark “Bristol Sessions” of 1927 and the new Bristol Birthplace
of Country Music Museum.
HarrisonburgThe historic Cassco Ice Plant complex is an original historic ice house
restored and renovated into Harrisonburg’s Ice House,
the latest entertainment zone featuring restaurants and coffee shops, a
brewery, a variety of offices and retail space as well as Hugo Kohl’s
Museum of American Jewelry Design. The museum is committed
to preserving and producing some of the most interesting jewelry designs ever
conceived and features a very broad collection (over 3,000 pieces) plus one of
the largest collections of antique jewelry making equipment in the world.
occupies two historic buildings on opposite sides of Main Street in Lexington,
Virginia, a special town steeped in history, in the heart of the beautiful
Shenandoah Valley. The Georges features 18 unique decorated guest rooms. Indoor
and outdoor meeting space for 20-80 people is also available in their Taps
Lobby Lounge, Garden Terrace and Courtyard.
Celebration on Parade at Shenandoah Caverns has been updated,
and can now accommodate large events and trade shows. With over 9000 square feet of open space, the
building can accommodate banquet seating for up to 600 people or theater
seating for up to 1000 people or 52 10-foot vendor/exhibit spaces. It's one of
the most unique event venues in Virginia with over 20 full-size parade floats
throughout the rest of the building.
Heart of Appalachia
WiseThe Inn at Wise is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of
southwest Virginia, just off The Crooked Road and a stone's throw from Big
Stone Gap. Step back in time in this 100-year-old landmark hotel featuring 49
newly-remodeled rooms, 8 luxury suites, on-site full service restaurant, tap
room and 50s diner.
Joni Johnson, CTP, TMPVirginia Tourism CorporationNational Sales Manager804-545-5544800-811-4296
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