What's New for Meetings in Virginia
AMTRAK Virginia– Passengers can enjoy a single-seat ride from Lynchburg, Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News — and Roanoke by fall 2017— 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.
A multimillion dollar renovation at the 45 room Morrison House was unveiled in April 2016 with a sophisticated new design and a stylish new 70-seat restaurant and bar. The hotel features a new 985 square foot ballroom fit for anything from corporate meetings to weddings of up to 80 guests.
Historic Old Town Alexandria is welcoming its first waterfront hotel, a Hotel Indigo, April 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.
The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Alexandria Fort Belvoir also recently opened as a new extended stay property along Richmond Highway. The property offers 93 rooms, is pet-friendly and is located just a half mile from Fort Belvoir.
Opening April 2017, Fairfield Inn & Suites Alexandria hotel will feature thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites with plenty of room to work and relax. Two event rooms with a total of 1,752 square feet of event space will also be available.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Falls Church opened its doors in June 2016. The 160-room hotel is located along Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, near Seven Corners. The hotel is a short metro ride into downtown Washington DC, and a ten-minute car ride to Tysons Corner Center for shopping and dining.
Set to open fall 2017, the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott – Gainesville will have 110 comfortable suites featuring separate living areas, pull-out sofas, flat-panel TVs and more. The property will have 1,750 square feet of meeting space and full-service bar. They will also have 400 square feet of pre-function space along with outside patio seating with a fire pit.
Greenhill Winery and Vineyards has been producing award-winning Virginia wines since their opening in 2013 and revealed their new Tasting Room & Production Facility in January 2017. The facility features a two-story, equestrian-themed, barn-style Tasting Room & Terrace, complete with outdoor seating and event space.
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
A 109-room, $11.2 million Hyatt Place hotel is planned for development and could open by 2018. The hotel will be the first Hyatt Place (Hyatt flagged) hotel on the Virginia Peninsula.
Opening April 2017, The Main is downtown Norfolk's newest world-class, $147 million, mixed-use entertainment, meeting, dining and hotel destination. It will feature a 300 room Hilton Hotel, an IACC Conference Center and three world class dining venues. The Exchange includes 42,000 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.
A $40 million overhaul and rebranding of Norfolk's iconic Waterside District will allow visitors to enjoy the best national and local brands and concepts in an atmosphere that integrate the downtown with its waterfront. The refurbished complex is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.
Opening in the summer of 2017, the 332,000-square-foot Norfolk Premium Outlets will feature 90 designer and name-brand stores that will serve the Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake & Hampton Roads areas. It will be centrally located at the major crossroads of I-64 and US 13, adjacent to nearby Norfolk International Airport.
The historic Cavalier Hotel is undergoing renovations and will reopen in summer 2017 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.
Hyatt House Virginia Beach Oceanfront is opening spring 2017 and includes well-equipped oceanfront guest rooms with some featuring full kitchens. Directly situated on the Atlantic Ocean and in close proximity to the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the hotel will have approximately 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Other amenities include: complimentary hot breakfast daily, on-site self-service laundry and an on-site fitness facility with an indoor swimming pool.
The 110 room Williamsburg Inn at Colonial Williamsburg has completed an extensive renovation. The colonial feel remains but updates include LED lighting, Flat-screen TVs and Bose radios. The Williamsburg Inn has 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
The new Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area is located just a few minutes from Busch Gardens, the College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg. They offer free hot breakfast, free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will be having their Grand Opening Celebration - March 23-April 4, 2017. The museum will feature an introductory film, timeline, immersive exhibition galleries and living-history experiences that show the epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage.
Coastal Virginia/Eastern Shore
Escape to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and relax on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at the newly renovated Sunset Beach Resort. The revamped resort offers amenities such as a coffee and ice cream shop, advanced wi-fi, two pools, on site restaurant, fitness center, market place, water sports and golf cart and bike rentals. Along with RV sites with full hook-ups, there is an on-site 72 room hotel with six suites.
Chincoteague Island's first boutique hotel, the Marina Bay Hotel & Suites, opened December 2016 and offers 176 comfortable yet luxurious guestrooms, four-star amenities and a beautiful sunset view off the Marina. Meeting and banquet facilities are available.
The Virginia Oyster Academy Program offers a Bay to Table experience through a morning excursion with an authentic working Virginia waterman, followed by lunch, and a culinary demonstration by an Executive Chef TV Flynn. Guests will learn about the native oyster’s past and present challenge for survival, the delicate ecosystem and aquaculture advancements in the Bay and its surrounding tributaries, then discover culinary tricks to enhance their oyster eating experience. This fall Virginia Oyster Country is offering three uniquely different Oyster Academies.
The Omni Homestead’s newest adventure, the Ridge Runner Zip Tour, is now open. During this three hour tour spanning more than 4,000 feet, fly through the treetops on eight zip lines and then descend 1,300 feet on the Red Tail Racer (opening early 2017) for an exhilarating experience with views of five mountains.
The upscale Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke-Downtown opened in June 2016 and is set in the heart of downtown with sweeping views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. A ten minute drive from the airport, the Hampton Inn has 1200 sq. ft. of conference space and is steps away from more than 60 restaurants and Elmwood Park - host to the cities' best special events.
The new Home2 Suites by Hilton Roanoke is currently accepting reservations for arrival April 15, 2017 and beyond. The hotel is across the street from Valley View Mall and surrounded by several popular restaurants. With convenient access to the Roanoke- Blacksburg Regional Airport, I-581, and I-81, getting in, out and around the Roanoke area from the hotel is easy. With 121 suites, Home2 Suites- Roanoke is an extended-stay hotel for every type of traveler.
Opening in fall 2017, the Fairfield Inn and Suites Salem will comprise of 113 total sleeping rooms. The property will also have a state of the art fitness center, indoor heated pool and a small Board Room. A great feature of this hotel is it's position located off the main Interstate but nestled in the great mountains of Roanoke.
The newly opened Country Inn & Suites, Charlottesville-UVA is perfectly positioned to host business meetings and social events. They have 87 contemporary rooms and the 700-square-foot Jefferson Meeting Room that accommodates up to 50.
The new Graduate Hotel Charlottesville offers a unique experience to visitors, paying tribute to the local college and its culture. Accommodating groups up to 170, their ballroom is the ideal space for conferences and business meetings. The rooftop bar, Heirloom, pays homage to Thomas Jefferson’s commitment to seed collecting and exchange to preserve homegrown varieties, keeping the table fresh.
Montfair Resort Farm is adding one more renovated vacation cabin to their accommodation offerings in April 2017 for a total of nine cabins and one house.
On track to be completed in time for the summer of 2017, The Virginian Hotel is being restored to appear how it looked when it first opened in 1913. Despite looking historically accurate to the period, it will have modern four- to five-star hotel amenities and 115 guest rooms.
A new luxury inn, The Monarch Inn, is planned for construction on Nelson County’s “Brew Ridge Trail.” The four-star inn will sit on 114 acres on Virginia 151 across from the Rockfish Valley Community Center with 45 rooms in a combination of inn rooms and cottages.
Opened in August 2016 and nestled between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Wintergreen Mountain, the Fenton Inn is a charming Bavarian village that combines the best of Old World craftsmanship and modern luxuries. The variety of different suites can accommodate romantic couples as well as the entire family. The 600 square foot ballroom offers many options for seating and gathering configurations.
The Jefferson Hotel’s three-year room reconstruction project will be completed in April/May 2017. The hotel began the project with 262 guestrooms and suites and will now have 181 guestrooms, including 15 luxury suites.
Pedego Richmond is now open and provides another unusual and exciting way for customers to experience the region. From the Virginia Capital Bike Trail which starts in Richmond and extends 50 miles to Jamestown, to all the exciting venues to ride such as Maymont, Hollywood Cemetery and Carytown and all the new and exciting bike trails RVA has to offer, Pedego electric bikes are, without question, a perfect fit.
Blue Ridge Highlands
Opening in May 2017, the brand new 80 room Fairfield Inn & Suites Abingdon will feature an indoor pool, fitness room, meeting room and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain Views.
The Sessions Hotel in Bristol, Virginia is slated to open late 2017 or early 2018. 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. Also expected to open in 2017 is the new Hotel Bristol.
After completing a $3 million renovation in May of 2016, the Highland Inn offers complete lodging, dining and conference packages for groups. They have also re-opened the Monterey Dining Room and Black Sheep Tavern at the Highland Inn, serving farm-to- table fare Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Construction of a Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites first and then a Tru by Hilton hotel, a completely new brand from Hilton Worldwide, is set to begin in the spring of 2017. The plans call for multiple food options, large retail, a gas station and possibly high-end office buildings.
Heart of Appalachia
The Western Front Hotel is a historic boutique hotel in downtown St. Paul. Situated between the Spearhead Trails and the Clinch River. Opening summer 2017.