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MAY 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 78 V I R G I N I A will be adding new culinary experiences this year. The LOCO Tasting Room will offer spirits and edibles produced locally. The re- sort's current gift shop will be transformed into C&R Market, with gifts inspired by Loudoun County. Fanny's Herb Garden, a new cocktail garden with drinks and small plates made with seasonings from the resort's herb garden, is also a great place for lawn games, and Potomac River fishing and kayaking will be available at the resort this summer. Lansdowne's con- ference facilities offer 55,000 square feet of meeting space in 37 meeting rooms, along with an amphitheater. In Middleburg, Fox Chase Farm opened The Middleburg Barn last summer for hosting wed- dings and other special events and meetings. The ballroom is about 7,500 square feet, the loft in the barn is 1,200 square feet. Fox Chase Farm also offers 5,400 square feet of meeting or event space in a converted horse stable and another 1,750 square feet of event space in a renovated hayloft space. Middleburg is also home to 168-room luxury property Salamander Resort & Spa located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sal- amander offers 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Beacon Hill Manor, located near historic Leesburg, is an 11,000-square-foot venue geared toward hosting small executive corpo- rate retreats. The manor house is situated with- in 55 acres of mature trees and there is space on the grounds for team-building activities, as well as three meeting spaces that can each accommodate 50-75 people. Overall, Loudoun County undeniably offers meeting planners a variety of facilities, lodg- ings and experiences from which to choose. "Home to Dulles International Airport and just 25 miles from the nation's capital, Loudoun County is a premier, highly acces- sible meetings destination," said Ann Hayes, Visit Loudoun director of sales for groups and meetings. "Meet at a vineyard and enjoy stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, host an intimate meeting at a historic estate or impress clients with an event at a luxury resort. Loudoun also offers a variety of team-building activities where attendees can do everything from blend wine with a winemaker or create a chocolate masterpiece with a celebrity chef to participate in indoor skydiving." Loudoun County Venues • National Conference Center: 265,000 square feet of event space in adjacent West Belmont Place event center; 16,552-square- foot ballroom; 250 meeting rooms; 917 guest rooms; 800-seat dining room • Salamander Resort & Spa: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 5,000-square-foot ballroom; 110,000-square-foot Grand Lawn Fredericksburg Fredericksburg and the surrounding area sit right in the midst of Virginia wine country, about halfway between Richmond and Alexandria. The small city's 40-block downtown historic district is filled with restaurants, shops and historic buildings. Both walking and trolley tours are available. A new meeting/event space opened downtown recently. The 718 Venue is in one of downtown's historic buildings, com- plete with exposed brick façade and tin ceiling. It can accommodate up to 90 people. The city's 98-room Courtyard Fredericks- burg Historic Downtown completed major renovations last year, as did the 122-room Hampton Inn & Suites at Celebrate Virginia. In addition to its remarkably large and well-preserved historic downtown, another Fredericksburg attraction is Shannon Airport, which holds the Shannon Collection of 12 airplanes, including the only known surviving Vultee V-1A, the Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket and others, along with memorabilia, original artifacts and artwork of the aircraft. Although not in Fredericksburg, George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm in Stafford is another area attraction. Victo- ria Matthews, tourism sales manager for the Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partnership, explained that the regional DMO works coop- eratively. "We understand meeting planners are doing more work with less resources," said Mat- thews. "We can help source meetings in the Fredericksburg region composed of Fredericks- Stafford has been rising on the tourism and meetings scene of late. Only 35 miles from Washing- ton, D.C., the county is adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico and the site of George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock River. Meeting spaces are beginning to pop up in Stafford. Two new breweries have opened in the past year. According to Lisa Logan, tourism manager of the Stafford Department of Economic Devel- opment & Tourism, meeting planners can reserve all of the new Highmark Brewery's indoor and outdoor facilities to accommo- date up to 120 people. Another brewery, 6 Bears & A Goat, has two meeting areas and the larger room can accommodate up to 112 people. Stafford's newest hotel, Home2 Suites, has a conference room that can accom- modate up to 20 people. The Holiday Inn Express Quantico - Stafford meanwhile, has undergone extensive remodeling and now offers two meeting rooms that can accom- modate up to 50 people in each space. "As more and more planners and travel- ers discover the great assets and relative af- fordability of Stafford, our meeting venues will continue to grow," said Logan. n Contact: www.tourstaffordva.com George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Stafford The George Washington Foundation & Eric Kuchar of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects

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