FEB 2014

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With its history and politics, sophistication and fortitude, the Greater D.C. region, including Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland, have a natural aptitude for meetings. Itʼs a conver- gence region where the South meets the North, and the nationʼs capital works to unite the country. Along with the merging cultures and ideas, the region is being increasingly connected by a growing transportation system. ■ ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA D.C. Region I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E By T. Wayne Waters Situated just across the Potomac River from D.C., Fairfax County's treasures include George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Great Falls National Park. It's also home to Washington Dulles International Airport and to Tyson's Corner shopping malls, known as "The Rodeo Drive of the East Coast" for its 500+ up- scale stores located within one square mile. The big news, according to Visit Fairfax Destination Marketing Specialist Ali Morris, is the new Silver Line Metrorail stations open this year, including four in Tysons Corner and one in Reston. "This will give planners immediate Metro access to 10 meeting hotels with more than 5,000 square feet of space, as well as approximately seven additional hotels perfect for smaller meetings," Morris said. The county offers 105 hotels and some 18,000 guest rooms with 21 properties considered meeting hotels with at least 5,000 square feet of event space. Along with hotels, numerous conference/expo centers dot the county, including two Executive Conference and Training Centers in McLean and Sterling. Morris said groups will find the Space Shuttle Discovery is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center and a new winery, The Winery at Bull Run, has opened. The new Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center is slated to open by year's end with 300 guest rooms and 15,500 square feet of meeting space. The 450-room Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and now sports a new lobby, wine bar and pub, and 47,000 square feet of meeting space. Its ballroom has nearly 11,000 square feet with 29-foot-high ceilings. Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly has access to the signature Westfields Golf Club by Fred Couples and features 40,000 square feet of meeting space. The 518-room Hyatt Regency Reston is located at the Reston Town Center with more than 50 retail stores, 30 restaurants, and a movie theater. Its meeting space spans 32,000 square feet and includes a 12,300-square- foot ballroom. ■ Make A Toast In Fairfax's Wine Country Wineries are a great way to unwind with friends or family, and make great destinations for events. Fairfax County is home to two his- toric and beautiful wineries: Paradise Springs Winery and The Winery at Bull Run. Considered by many to be the "Gateway of Virginia Wine Country," these wineries are the closest to Washington, D.C. and are home to a selection of some wonderful, award-winning Virginia wines. Recently, Paradise Springs unveiled a brand new tasting room and outdoor space that can accommodate more guests and offer a relaxed, picturesque atmosphere. Tastings are offered every day. The Winery at Bull Run, conveniently located approxi- mately 20 miles from Washington, DC, lies on a 21-acre property adjacent to the Manassas National Battlefield. There are also many other great Virginia wineries within a short driving distance of Fairfax County. ■ Northern Virginia: New Metro Line Connects Fairfax County To Hot Spots w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m Visit Fairfax V i s i t F a i r f a x George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 42 27-52 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 5:12 PM Page 42

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