What's New for Meetings in Virginia
AMTRAK Virginia– Passengers can now enjoy a single-seat ride from Lynchburg, Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News and Roanoke to Washington, DC, as far north as Boston or across the Commonwealth. 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 now open. Phase 2 will extend service all the way to Washington Dulles Airport and is expected to open 2020.
In spring 2018, Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria completed a multimillion-dollar phased redesign to all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites, hallway corridors, public areas, adjacent restaurant BRABO, and its 5,600 square feet of meeting and event space, including two main function rooms accommodating up to 100 as well as the hotel’s signature outdoor suite terraces overlooking King Street.
The CEB Tower opened to the public June 2018. The 31-story building offers an outdoor terrace that gives visitors a truly spectacular view of the DC skyline. The 15,000-square-foot space will also be used as an exhibit space and feature a restaurant and bar.
Coming in 2020, the National Museum of the United States Army will celebrate over 240 years of Army history and honor our nation’s soldiers – past, present, and future - with interactive exhibits, meeting and event space, performance venues and more.
The National 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.
Coastal Virginia/Hampton Roads
Construction is underway for the Starwood Hotel and Resort's Element Hotel at Peninsula Town Center. The hotel will offer 120 guest rooms.
The Holiday Inn Newport News at City Center is opened May 2018 Formerly the Omni Hotel, the Holiday Inn will offer 183 guestrooms, a restaurant and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Glass Light Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection, will open in Norfolk's historic Rail District in May 2020. The hotel will be down the street from the nationally ranked Chrysler Museum of Art and its Glass Studio. It is expected to open during Norfolk's first Mural Rail Festival, which is likely to become an annual festival.
The Cavalier Hotel’s long-awaited extensive $75 million renovation is complete. The historic hotel reopened March 2018 as a 5-star member of Marriott’s distinguished Autograph Collection with 85 guest rooms, an onsite bourbon distillery, a ballroom for events, and a world class restaurant.
Mouth of Wilson
Tucked into the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Quiltville Inn Retreat Center will be a perfect destination for small meetings and retreats of up to 12 people. Expected opening in 2020.
The Draftsman, a vibrant upscale boutique hotel beautifully situated on W. Main Street in downtown Charlottesville, opened spring 2018. The hotel, a member of Marriott’s distinguished Autograph Collection, has four event spaces equaling 2,380 square feet with a maximum capacity of 214 in the largest event space.
Opened spring 2018, Hotel Weyanoke includes 70 rooms and four food and beverage venues: Sassafras, a bakery and market; Humble Pie, an artisanal pizza grill and market featuring locally sourced organic ingredients and family recipes; Campagna, an Italian trattoria and tasting room; and The Bridge, a rooftop refreshment retreat.
LynchburgOpened April 2018, The Virginian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton restored to appear how it looked when it first opened in 1913. Despite looking historically accurate to the period, it has modern four- to five-star hotel amenities, 115 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton & Executive Meeting Center has completed its multi-million dollar renovation that includes all guest suites, public areas, meeting and conference areas. One of two IACC-certified venues in the region, the Executive Meeting Center offers all-inclusive meeting packages in its specially designed conference space. Its self-contained center is dedicated conference space for 10-120, just under 10,000 square feet with a dedicated business center and dedicated Director and Conference planning team.
Blue Ridge Highlands
Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace, formerly known as Heartwood, has reopened with a refreshed look and renewed focus on telling the culturally authentic story of Southwest Virginia to residents and visitors alike. An expanded visitor center, new theater and exhibits, and a reinvented restaurant are just a few of the new features.
WytheThe APEX Center serves as Virginia’s premier exposition and civic center west of Roanoke, playing host to a multitude of community events as well as national shows and competitions. Rodeos, indoor soccer events, consumer shows, motocross, concerts, regional fairs, equine events and dozens of other regional and national events. The center includes a 150’ X 300’ indoor arena with seating for up to 4,000.
With its grand opening in fall 2018, The Bristol Hotel repurposes downtown Bristol’s notable Executive Plaza, which dates back to 1925 into a 65-room boutique hotel. It will feature a rooftop bar with scenic views and street-front dining serving farm-to-table style cuisine.
Kairos Wilderness Resort now has riverside primitive campgrounds and will begin construction on 23 treehouses and cottages in 2019.
HarrisonburgThe 230-room hotel, Hotel Madison, opened in downtown Harrisonburg in spring 2018. It will include 50 extended-stay rooms and one presidential suite. With over 21,000 square feet of event space, the Shenandoah Valley Conference Center will offer multiple breakout spaces and will have the flexibility to host groups of ten to 1,200.
Opened spring 2018, The Blackburn Inn was originally constructed in 1828, but is now a historic Virginia boutique hotel that exemplifies artful design and a modern, upscale, state-of-the-art experience. The 49-room Inn is set on a picturesque 80-acre campus in Staunton with stunning views at every turn. The Inn offers 2,500 square feet of distinct indoor space in their Penthouse Loft, complete with a rooftop patio overlooking downtown Staunton.
Heart of AppalachiaThe Western Front Hotel opened early 2018 and is a historic boutique hotel with 30 hotel rooms in downtown St. Paul situated between the Spearhead Trails and the Clinch River. The hotel features Milton's, an upscale Appalachian Cuisine restaurant. It also includes a rooftop bar, gift shop, Music Hall, outdoor lawn and stage for performances, and a billiards/pool room.
Opened September 2017, the new Holiday Inn and Suites South Hill features a total of 72 guest rooms, heated indoor pool and outdoor dining. A board room is available for meetings of up to 30 as well as a separate meeting room that accommodates up to 60.
Preservation Ale and Smokehouse is set to open late 2018 in the oldest tobacco prizery downtown. The restaurant and brewpub will serve up southern barbecue with some twists, incorporating Nashville-, Memphis- and Korean-style flavors.