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Meeting &
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A guide to
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A message
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Welcome to the 2010 edition of the Virginia
Business MeetingВ & Conference Planner.В Whether you are planning a large convention
or a small off-site retreat, this guide is designed
to assist in finding an ideal location.В The commonwealth is home to many excellent facilitiesВ that canВ meet your individual or company
needs.В Virginia has many fineВ destinations
available toВ support your recreational, networking and team-building goals.
В If you are traveling within Virginia, the good
news is that everything you need for an excellent meeting can be found near home.В В If you
are considering meetings in Virginia from elsewhere, please come and experience firsthand
why Virginia is rated #1 by Forbes.com as a
business-friendly state.
 Virginia Business’ audience research indicates
that 43 percent of our readers’ companies will
be holding off-site meetings within the next 12
months.В Eighty-five percent of those holding
meetings will hold two or more off-site events in
the next year. In addition, our readers are heavy
travelers to locations within the state of Virginia.
Eighty-eight percent of them report taking a
trip in Virginia within the past 12 months, and
one out of three of these have taken five or
more trips within Virginia in the past year. This
meeting and travel planner is designed to do
one of the things that Virginia Business does
best — bring readers and advertisers together
toВ encourage business growth.
 We hope that you will enjoy reading this year’s
Meeting & Conference Planner.В As always, we
welcome your comments or suggestions on
how we might improve future editions.В In addition to the print version, additional information
and updates can be found at www.virginiabusiness.com.
 Here’s to successful meetings!
В Bernie Niemeier
President & Publisher
[email protected]
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Vi r g i n i a ’s d iv e r s e r e g i o n s o f f e r
a m p l e m e e t i n g o p p o r t u n i t i e s 26
Conference Guide
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Vi r g i n i a ’s d i s t r i c t r e g i o n s 30
Central
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Vi r g i n i a H a m p t o n Ro a d s - Pe n i n s u l a 34
H a m p t o n Ro a d s - S o u t h s i d e 40
N o r t h e r n Vi r g i n i a 46
S h e n a n d o a h Va l l e y 48
S o u t h e r n Vi r g i n i a 49
S o u t h we s t Vi r g i n i a 50
Pinehurst, N.C.
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From top: National Conference Center, Hilton Richmond Conference Center and Spa at Short Pump, Boar’s Head Inn, Virginia Beach
Convention Center, The Jefferson Hotel, Institute of Advanced Learning and Research
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An ideal setting
Virginia’s diverse regions offer ample meeting opportunities
W
hether you are seeking an
idyllic retreat or a site in the
center of it all, Virginia likely
offers the meeting facility you desire.
Virginia is fortunate to be rich in
natural beauty and history. Its diverse
geography lends itself to a variety of
picturesque settings, from breath-taking
mountain ranges and dense forests to
gleaming waterways and sandy beaches
along the Atlantic Ocean.
The state’s wide-ranging tourist attractions also make it easy to entertain
meeting participants. Virginia is home
to the site of the first permanent English
colony and numerous battlefields of the
Revolutionary and Civil wars. In addition, Virginia’s geography offers a variety
of outdoor activities to keep guests entertained.
This guide features some of Virginia’s
most prominent meeting facilities. From
large-scale conference centers to eloquent inns and lavish resorts, the guide
allows meeting planners to see the wide
range of facilities Virginia has to offer.
Whether you’re planning a small
business luncheon, multiday conference
or a major trade show, the details can be
stressful. Virginia’s convention and visitor’s bureaus and tourism offices can provide help with all details: from finding
the right event site, to selecting restaurants and organizing tours. They also can
help you find motivational speakers. For
more information, visit www.virginia.
org/meetings.
If you want your meeting to really
stand out, consider holding a “green”
event. For larger conferences and conventions, use social media to generate
buzz before, during and after the event.
Following are recommendations on
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Meeting “green”
Environmental awareness is becoming
increasingly
important.
Choosing to put on a “green” meeting can go a long way toward attracting participants. It can also help you
reduce waste…and may even save you
money.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality offers the following
tips on how event planners can put on
“green” meetings or conferences:
• Provide conference information
electronically (email or website).
• Use paper that is at least 30 percent from recycled paper. Print on
both sides of each page.
• Choose facilities that are located
close to transportation spots (such
as airports and major interstates).
• Allow electronic registration.
• Use reusable crates to transport
conference materials.
• Try to provide accurate attendance
figures to hotels and convention
centers to reduce food waste.
• Provide participants with information on using public transportation.
• Let your participants know that
you are holding a “green” event.
Environmental stewardship is a
major initiative for the Virginia tourism industry. That is why the Virginia
Tourism Corp., the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and
the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association have teamed up to recognize
tourist attractions, hotels and meeting
facilities that have environmentally
sound practices. As of July 2010, more
than 700 restaurants, hotels, convenADVERTISING SECTION
tions centers and tourist sites had receive the Virginia Green designation.
To qualify for the designation, convention and conference centers must
take steps to conserve water and energy, implement recycling programs,
reduce disposable/plastic foam waste
and offer “green” or “environmentally friendly” conference and meeting
packages.
Hotels and convention centers that
achieve these standards can display the
Virginia Green logo on their websites
and promotional materials.
Generate excitement
through social media
Social media is now a reality. The
variety of tools out there can be intimidating, but your conference will become more lively and engaging if you
use at least a few of them. Offer some
tools, and your conference goers will
be more engaged than ever.
First, use social media to generate
excitement for your event. Advertise
your events on multiple outlets. Consider posting your events on LinkedIn
(linkedin.com), EventBrite(eventbrite.
com), Facebook Events or Upcoming
(upcoming.org).
Set up Facebook pages and ask
your conference goers to “follow”
you on Twitter and become a “fan” on
Facebook. You could even collect this
information as people register. Use
these tools to promote news about the
event. For example, announce when
new speakers are confirmed or event
activities are added. You also can remind people about registration deadlines.
If you want to allow people to be-
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come even more involved, let them
vote on topics or activities offered at
the conference through tools such
as Poll Daddy (www.polldaddy) or
TweetPoll (tweetpoll.codeplex.com).
You could even have them vote on
something as simple as what meals or
snacks will be served.
Video can be a fun way to get people excited about the conference. You
don’t need expensive equipment. Post
a promotional video on YouTube, in
Twitter or Facebook. The video could
include interviews with past participants or a message from your CEO.
Keep it short, and you could go a long
way.
During the event, continue to use
social media to keep up enthusiasm.
Create #hashtags (symbols that allow
twitterers to follow what people are
saying on a specific topic) on Twitter
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so you can follow “tweets” about your
event. Continue to tweet on your own
site and encourage followers to tweet
throughout the event.
You even could consider using
Twitter to promote contests and trivia
throughout the event. Encourage your
sponsors to become involved by offering prizes.
Create a Flickr (www.flickr.com)
page for the event. Again, you won’t
need a fancy camera. Share the site
with conference attendees and encourage them to take and upload photos.
If you have vendors at the conference, encourage them to participate
by uploading photos of their booths.
This will provide great exposure for
them and may help attendees discover
whose booths they want to be sure and
visit.
You can also use YouTube in the
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same way as Flickr during the event.
Interview attendees, speakers, sponsors and vendors and provide a link on
your website.
After the event, continue to follow
up with social media. This approach
can help you promote your convention
next year. Post links to video, photos
and presentations on your company
website. Consider providing transcripts of the tweets submitted about
the conference. Session Tweets (www.
sessiontweets.com) allows you to take
Twitter hashtags to create PDFs.
Does this all sound Greek to you?
Social media is simple to use. The
best way to start is to get into each
program and play around with it. If
you are still uncomfortable, find the
youngest person in your office and
put them in charge of social media at
your next conference.
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Conference Guide
Meeting facility
Location
Conference
space (in
square feet)
Banquet
capacity
Guest
rooms
Telephone
central virginia
The Boar’s Head
Charlottesville
22,000
450
170 (434) 972-2224
The Jefferson
Richmond
26,000
440
262 (804) 649-4612
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton
160,000
5,700
N/A (800) 487-8778
Newport News Marriott
at City Center
Newport News
25,000
1,000
256 (757) 873-9299
Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg
67,000
1,000
1,051 (800) 822-9127
Great Wolf Lodge
Williamsburg
14,500
350
405 (757) 229-9700
Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg
16,000
450
425 (800) 982-2892
Chesapeake Conference Center
Chesapeake
22,700
1,300
N/A (757) 382-2500
Norfolk Waterside
Convention Connection**
Norfolk
121,000
**
** (757) 622-6664
Suffolk Conference Center
Suffolk
14,000
500
150 (757) 514-4130
Virginia Beach Resort
Hotel & Conference Center
Virginia Beach
16,000
350
295 (757) 481-9000
The Founders Inn and Spa
Virginia Beach
25,000
1,000
240 (757) 366-5716
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach
210,000
9,400
N/A (757) 385-2000
hampton roads - peninsula
hampton roads - southside
** Varies at each property
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Banquet
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92,000
1,700
548-5555
N/A (540)
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Telephone
northern virginia
Fredericksburg Expo &
Conference Center
Fredericksburg
The National Conference Center
Leesburg
265,000
1,644
250 (877) 363-3108
Staunton
8,500
400
124 (540) 885-4848
Danville
25,000
550
N/A (434) 766-6700
Wytheville
12,000
500
N/A (276) 223-3416
North Carolina
60,000
800
220 (877) 689-3741
shenandoah valley
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
southern virginia
The Institute Conference Center
southwest virginia
Wytheville
NORTH CAROLINA
Pinehurst
*Includes multiple properties
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Counties: Charles City, James City, New Kent and York
Cities and towns: Hampton, Poquoson, Newport News
Williamsburg and Yorktown
Featured advertisers:
The Boar’s Head, Charlottesville
The Jefferson, Richmond
Hampton Roads - Southside
Region includes:
Counties: Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Hanover,
Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Chesterfield, Cumberland,
Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Henrico, Louisa,
Madison, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Powhatan, Prince Edward,
Prince George, Southampton and Sussex
Cities and towns: Ashland, Bedford, Blackstone, Charlottesville,
Colonial Heights, Farmville, Franklin, Hopewell, Lynchburg,
Petersburg, Richmond
Featured advertisers:
Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake
Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau
Suffolk Division of Tourism
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center,
Virginia Beach
The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach
Region includes:
Chesapeake Bay
Counties: Isle of Wight and Surry
Cities and towns: Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk,
Smithfield, Suffolk and Virginia Beach
Region includes:
Counties: Middlesex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond,
King William, King & Queen, Mathews, Westmoreland, Essex,
Gloucester and King George
Cities and towns: Kilmarnock, Warsaw, Urbanna, West Point,
Colonial Beach, Tappahannock, Gloucester, Irvington
Northern Virginia
Featured advertisers:
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Fredericksburg
The National Conference Center, Leesburg
Eastern Shore
Region includes:
Counties: Northampton and Accomack
Cities and towns: Accomac, Cape Charles, Chincoteague
Island, Exmore, Onancock, Tangier Island, Wachapreague
Hampton Roads - Peninsula
Featured advertisers:
Hampton Roads Convention and Visitors Bureau
Newport News Tourism
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg
Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg
Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg
Region includes:
Counties: Rappahannock, Fauquier, Stafford,
Spotsylvania, Caroline, Prince William, Fairfax,
Loudoun and Culpeper County
Cities and towns: Alexandria, Arlington,
Centreville, Culpeper, Dulles, Falls Church,
Fairfax City, Fredericksburg, Front Royal,
Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas Park,
Manassas, McLean, Occoquan, Reston,
Spotsylvania, Springfield, Triangle,
Vienna, Warrenton, Woodbridge,
Washington, VA,
Washington, D.C .
WYTHEVILLE
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
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Featured advertiser:
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton
Featured advertiser:
The Institute Conference Center, Danville
Region includes:
Counties: Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Henry, Halifax,
Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Pittsylvania
Cities and towns: Danville, Emporia, Martinsville, South
Boston and South Hill
Region includes:
Counties: Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Clarke, Craig,
Frederick, Highland, Page, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham,
Shenandoah, Warren
Cities and towns: Buena Vista, Clifton Forge, Covington,
Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Luray, Roanoke, Salem,
Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester
Southwest Virginia
Featured advertiser:
City of Wytheville
Region includes:
Counties: Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell,
Wise, Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson,
Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Smyth, Washington and Wythe
Cities and towns: Bluefield, Grundy, Norton, Tazewell,
Abingdon, Blacksburg, Bristol, Christiansburg, Damascus,
Galax, Marion, Pulaski , Rocky Mount, Radford and
Wytheville
LEESBURG
NORTHERN
VIRGINIA
FREDERICKSBURG
STAUNTON
CHARLOTTESVILLE
CHESAPEAKE
BAY
OAH
EASTERN
SHORE
RICHMOND
CENTRAL
VIRGINIA
WILLIAMSBURG
NEWPORT
NEWS
HAMPTON
HAMPTON
ROADS SOUTHSIDE
SOUTHERN VIRGINIA
HAMPTON
ROADS PENINSULA
NORFOLK
VIRGINIA
BEACH
CHESAPEAKE
SUFFOLK
DANVILLE
SOURCE: Virginia Tourism Corp.
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Central Virginia
The Boar’s head
Charlottesville
The Boar’s Head provides tranquil escape
At The Boar’s Head every meeting
is a breakout session with 573-acres
of endless views, walking paths and
lakes complimented by high-tech facilities.В Business as usual is cooking
classes held in the kitchen with our
chefs, cardboard regattas or donating
a day to build a Habitat House.В Hold
a regional sales meeting or roll out an
internal initiative on the veranda, on
our manicured lawns, poolside, or in
22,000 square feet of classic meeting
space uniquely suited to your needs.В Many of our private function rooms offer special features such as fireplaces
and other residential-style appointments.В Our catering managers help
plan and coordinate everything from
the preferred water you drink to even
the most complex privacy/security details.
The Boar’s Head offers 170-rooms
featuring poster beds; including 11
suites ideal for guests who appreciate
additional space and amenities.В The
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resort also offers balloon rides embarking out our front door and private
wine tours.В Spa services, public Audubon-certified golf course and a sports/
fitness center boasting 26 indoor and
outdoor tennis courts are also available on this Top 50 U.S. Tennis Resort.
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Forget the usual continental breakfast; cuisine at The Boar’s Head is
unforgettable. With inspired interpretations drawing on Virginia’s history,
our chefs design refreshing menu selections with impeccable flair unique
to your event, utilizing the freshest offerings of the Central Virginia region.В Enjoy cocktails in the Bistro, smoothies
at The CafГ© and extraordinary views
at Birdwood Grill.В Savor AAA FourDiamond dining in The Old Mill Room,
the only restaurant in Virginia to have
retained the coveted Four-Diamond
award for 23 consecutive years.
The Boar’s Head is the ideal
destination for successful, memorable
meetings and executive retreats at an
incomparable value.В From check-in
until we say “Thank you and please
come again,” our staff is anxious
to serve you.В Call our meeting
planners today at 434.972.2224 or
complete an RFP on our website at
www.BoarsHeadInn.com.
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THE JEFFERSON
Richmond
The Jefferson:
Modern amenities in a historic gem
Designed by Carrere and Hastings,
the leading New York architectural firm of
its day, and decorated with the finest furnishings, The Jefferson instantly became
the center of Richmond’s social, political
and business circles upon opening in
1895.
In 2010, meetings at The Jefferson
set the standard by which all other venues try to emulate. The beauty of the architecture featured in over 26,000 square
feet of space is enhanced by the versatility in size and dГ©cor of the 19 different,
distinct rooms. Although historic in look,
The Jefferson is on the leading edge of
meetings technology. Each space can be
equipped with the latest in sound, video
and lighting technology. The Jefferson
again sets the standard by offering the
equipment and bandwidth to provide a
seamless video conferencing experience.
Most notably, meeting guests will appreciate the attention to service and culi-
nary tradition of excellence for which this
Five Star/Five Diamond award winning
property is famous. Our experienced
Catering and Sales Managers lead each
planner through the process of booking
the finest meeting or event. From there
our professional Convention Services
Managers execute every detail in perfect
concert with our banquet and culinary
staff. If your attendees value fine food
with a nod to Southern traditions and European grace, The Jefferson won’t disappoint. While our menus are extensive, the
chef takes great pride in working directly
with our customers to tailor each dining or
event experience.
Perhaps our greatest achievement is
offering all of these amazing services and
in a way that supports our natural environment. The Jefferson was Richmond’s first
Green Lodging certified hotel.
We look forward to hosting your next
Jefferson experience!
Make a name for yourself with The Jefferson’s superior level of service and planning
expertise. Dedicated banquet managers, superb food, the latest technology
and attention to detail can ensure a productive and memorable meeting in
Richmond’s most unique meeting environment.
For more information, call 804.649.4612
jeffersonhotel.com
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Hampton Roads- Peninsula
Hampton — A stellar location in the center of it all
Hampton, with spectacular waterfront vistas, a 400-year history, worldclass attractions and the 344,000-squarefoot Hampton Roads Convention Center,
has an array of meeting, athletic, and
performance venues fulfilling event planners’ specialized needs. Convening delegates benefit from Hampton’s location
in Southeastern Virginia’s geographic
center and the proximity of exceptional
shopping and dining at the Peninsula
Town Center, the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, charming Downtown Hampton, and historic Phoebus. Hampton’s legacy as home of Freedom’s Fortress, founding site of NASA,
and the center of early 20th-century seafood commerce is apparent in its special
events, water-recreation opportunities,
rich Civil War sites and African-American heritage. The Virginia Air & Space
Center with the Riverside 3D IMAX Theater is a dynamic attraction appealing
to all ages, but also serves as a unique
venue for special events. Waterfront
parks, The American Theatre, Hampton
University Museum, Fort Monroe, and
the Miss Hampton II harbor tour boat
are just a few of the other attractions that
double as event sites.
Hampton is also home to iconic
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton University Convocation Center, and the Boo
Williams Sportsplex — a specially designed venue with indoor floor space
to accommodate up to 8 simultaneous
basketball games and seating for up to
4,000. More than 3,000 hotel rooms are
close to the Hampton Roads Convention Center’s 35 flexible meeting spaces,
which include a 108,000-square-foot
exhibit hall and a grand ballroom seating 2,000. The center shares its campus with Embassy Suites Hotel and the
Hampton Coliseum.
Vibrant Peninsula Town Center, located within blocks of the convention
center, features department stores, specialty retailers, and culinary delights. A
lively town square is ideal for conference
and event ice-breakers. Nearby, NASCAR Sports Grille and Luckie’s Dueling
Pianos recently opened at the Power
Plant of Hampton Roads, flattering an
exciting palette of theme restaurants and
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
To stage your event, convention
or competition in Hampton, contact
Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau at
800-487-8778 or go to
www.visithampton.com for
additional destination information.
We built it and you came.
And you came back.
And you came back.
Thank you for giving our new convention center a chance to shine. Looking back on our first five years, we’re especially
grateful to our returning meeting planners. Thank you for your continued business.
www.thehrcc.com www.visithampton.com 800-487-8778
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Situated on the eastern edge of
the Virginia Peninsula, just a short drive
to Virginia Beach and the Historic Triangle, Newport News is an ideal meeting location. Our full-service hotels can
easily accommodate small to mid-size
conferences, meetings and reunions,
while our special venues will take your
meeting out of the ordinary. Newport
News has over 4,200 rooms and six fullservice hotels with more than 52,000
square feet of meeting space. The
largest single meeting space is 12,000
square feet.
Newport News, Where Great
Things Are Happening, is headquarters to more than 20 international firms
and two national laboratories and offers
excellent transportation access via car,
train and plane. Meeting attendees can
choose from two convenient airports:
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Norfolk International
Airport. Both offer taxi, shuttle or limousine services to Newport News hotels.
The Newport News Tourism De-
dining, shopping and group services.
Also available are our popular Meeting
Planners Checklist and Site Inspection
Handbook.
Additionally, Newport News offers a
fun and rewarding pre- or post-meeting
experience. Our nationally-known museums celebrate nature, the sea and
our nation’s military heritage and our
8,000-acre park is perfect for teambuilding. A lively entertainment calendar and hundreds of shopping and dining choices, including specialty stores
and chef-owned restaurants, complete
the picture.
newport news
Newport News: Big-city amenities in a small-city setting
velopment Office has several special
services designed to make a meeting
planner’s life a little easier. Our Convention Services Program offers complimentary welcome bags, name badges,
promotional materials and a coupon
book filled with discounts and free
coupons for city restaurants, services,
attractions and amenities.В A personal
welcome and greeting from city leaders
and tourism professionals can also be
arranged.
We also offer a complimentary welcome table during registration, staffed
by one of the Newport News Visitor
Center travel counselors. They can provide attendees with suggestions and
advice on local attractions, amenities,
services and directions, or simply answer questions.
Free meeting planner publications
include a Group Planner, with comprehensive information on accommodations, amenities, attractions, area
history, traditional meeting facilities
and special venues, transportation,
Newport News Tourism
Development Office
700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 926-1400 or (888) 493-7386
www.newport-news.org
Contact: Cheryl Morales,
Marketing Manager
[email protected]
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Our secret to successful events. Revealed.
Colonial Williamsburg has been
hosting successful events for years.
And we pride ourselves on exceeding
expectations. But the truth is,
sometimes we just have to say no. Like
no, we won’t skip a detail, even the
most minuscule one. Or no, we won’t
settle for mediocre, from the hightech services we provide to the mints
on our pillows. No, your event won’t
be just like last year’s, it will be better.
We confidently say no to average. To
inflexibility. To the same old routine.
Yes, that’s our secret to success.
Something we know quite well.
If square footage is just the
beginning, we make a grand entrance.
We offer over 67,000 square feet of
updated, flexible space — comfortable
and elegant and equipped with up-todate technology such as Wi-Fi and the
latest audiovisual equipment. From
over-the-top to quaint and intimate, we
have the space and budget flexibility
to make it happen. The Virginia
Ballroom is large enough to host fullscale concerts. The Williamsburg
Woodlands Conference Center can
handle large corporate events and
grand galas with ease. And the
Williamsburg Inn conference site’s
more intimate space has played a part
in many unforgettable events.
So you’ve just hosted the biggest
and best event ever, now what? Your
guests can literally walk to their rooms,
freshen up, and then take a nice
stroll to dinner. With our campus-like
setting, it really is that easy. And our
incredible variety of lodging options
make planning a breeze, too. The
Williamsburg Inn creates that home-
away-from-home experience in an
unparalleled luxury atmosphere. The
Inn’s guest rooms average 500 square
feet and feature English Regency-style
furnishings. The Williamsburg Lodge
surrounds guests in a cozy, Southern
family home ambience. It features Abby
Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museuminspired furnishings. The Williamsburg
Woodlands Hotel & Suites is another
great option, with suites that include a
comfortable lounging room.
Just outside their doorstep, there
are 20 restaurants within walking
distance. You can plan for a large
catered dinner or guests can pick and
choose their own dining experiences.
And downtime is no different. There
are three award-winning golf courses
to play on, eight tennis courts, five
pools and a full-service spa known
for the most blissful massages on the
planet. For the shop-till-you-droppers,
we feature over 50 distinctive stores
and boutiques. And just when you
think you’ve got it all planned perfectly,
your guests will run into a fabulous live
street performance and happily miss
their afternoon activities altogether.
It happens. There are delightfully
unexpected surprises around every
corner. Yet another reason why Colonial
Williamsburg wins the event industry’s
most prestigious awards year after
year.
Not only is it easy to get around
once you’re here, it’s even easier to
get here. There are three international
airports nearby. And since Colonial
Williamsburg is located between
Richmond and Norfolk on I-64,
traveling by car is just as simple.
Flexible event space and budgets.
Lots of lodging options. Plenty of
incredible restaurants and worldclass attractions — all within walking
distance. And we’re easy to get to.
Your next event here will practically
plan itself.
Go to
colonialwilliamsburg.com/meetings or call
1-800-822-9127 or 1-757-220-7600
to begin your success story.
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Amaze meeting attendees at the Great Wolf Lodge
contests and dock
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Optimize business and fun.
Whatever your business meeting calls for,
Great Wolf LodgeВ® offers a conventional
meeting space in a setting that’s anything
but. We’ll make sure that you get exactly the
kind of meeting you need, with customizable
group menus, professional facilities and
meeting planners who understand how to
tailor the perfect event. Add in our incredible
on-site activities and you’ll have a meeting
that’s both productive and memorable.
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Focus. Food. Fun!
Great Wolf Lodge is proud to be the first—and only—hotel chain to
have all U.S. properties Green Seal™ Certified–Silver and meet the
Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties for waste
minimization, water, energy efficiency,
hazardous substances handling, and
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Kingsmill: Royal treatment along
the beautiful James River
Kingsmill Resort is situated on 2,900 protected acres along the James River in
historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Indulge in beautiful accommodations and great dining,
perfect your swing on a choice of three courses and treat yourself to decadent spa
services.
Kingsmill Resort reigns sovereign with meeting planners, offering 16,000 square
feet of state-of-the-art meeting, banquet and conference facilities. Sixteen meeting
rooms with soundproofing, adjustable lighting, individual climate controls and stateof-the-art audiovisual equipment put meeting planners in control of hosting the
perfect event. Two break rooms provide areas for smaller gatherings throughout the
day. Kingsmill’s two majestic ballrooms — the James River Grand Ballroom and the
Burwell Plantation Ballroom — feature more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and
event space.
To aid meeting planners, Kingsmill employs a dedicated and attentive conference
planning staff to serve not only as a resource for meeting planning information, but to
assist meeting planners throughout the implementation of their event. A Conference
Concierge remains on-site during events to assist with support services such as
photocopying, faxing and limited secretarial duties. Concierges can also assist with
planning recreational activities, on-property dinner reservations, tee times and spa
appointments.
Renowned as Virginia’s largest golf resort, Kingsmill boasts three 18-hole
championship golf courses available for play throughout the year and the nine-hole,
par-3 Bray Links perfect for business functions. And, with distinct, fine, and casual
restaurants, there’s an atmosphere and a menu for every mood and craving.
Meet with us. Your Kingdom Awaits. For more information call (800) 982-2892 or
visit www.kingsmill.com.
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Chesapeake
Top-quality service creates memorable events
Hold a conference or workshop at
the Chesapeake Conference Center
and you’ll ensure that your participants
have an unforgettable experience.
Equipped with flexible meeting space,
an attentive and experienced staff
and a prime location, the Chesapeake
Conference Center is an ideal place to
hold your next business event.
The
Chesapeake
Conference
Center, the only freestanding conference
and meeting center in Hampton Roads,
is easily accessible with 340 spaces of
free on-site parking. Its versatile 22,700
square feet of meeting and banquet
space can handle a variety of business
and recreational needs, ranging from
team-building workshops, business
conferences, weddings, reunions,
receptions and family gatherings. For
trade shows, the center can handle up
to 200 10-foot exhibit booths.
The nine-foot ceiling height meeting
rooms are equipped with a wide range
of audiovisual technology, WiFi access
with multi-room networking and dГ©cor
possibilities can be changed to match
the desired mood of your event.
The
Chesapeake
Conference
Center is known for its personal
attention to detail, and skilled staff. The
professional sales team can handle
Annual Meetings, Awards Dinners,
Sales Conferences, Seminars
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all the service and equipment needed
for events and act as a liaison to the
Center’s catering and audio-visual
departments. They can also help with
theВ critical aspects of event planning,
including transportation, registration,
accommodations, group tours and offsite events.
The Center’s gourmet culinary staff
ensures exceptional cuisine, whether
you plan an exquisite banquet or
inviting buffet.
The
Chesapeake
Conference
Center is located in an ideal site, just
15 minutes from Norfolk International
Airport and two minutes to Interstate
64. The Chesapeake Conference
CenterВ is also close to a variety of
tourist attractions and 650 affordable
hotel rooms within walking distance.
The region’s best shopping and
entertainment options are within a one
mile of the Center.
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Norfolk provides array of conventional
and unique meeting venues
While the seaport city of Norfolk,
Virginia, already boasts outstanding
meeting facilities, a series of unique,
offsite venues provide planners with
even more options. The city’s famed
cultural centers, historic theaters,
museums, zoo and river cruises
double as alternative meeting venues.
Additionally, for those meetings and
events that require a more traditional
space, the destination’s downtown
hotels and convention center offer the
ideal setting. Hotels in Norfolk provide
over 5,000 rooms and nearly 500,000
square feet of total meeting space,
complete with the latest in modern
audio and visual equipment.
The dedicated professionals at
VisitNorfolk are ready to ensure that
your meeting or convention is the
best it can be.В Our award-winning
sales team is here to assist you in
any way possible, and VisitNorfolk’s
convention services team can assist
with conference registration, housing,
event
planning,
photographers,
caterers, requests to the Mayor’s
office and other local dignitaries,
and much more. VisitNorfolk also
provides meeting planner guides
and promotional materials for groups.В The public relations department at
VisitNorfolk offers assistance with
coordinating press releases and
local media coverage. Additionally,
VisitNorfolk can help groups find
unique off-site venues for convention
meetings and functions.
With 144 miles of beautiful
shoreline, Norfolk has become home
to a wide array of water sports and
boating excursions.В Whether by
private or public boat, sailboat or yacht,
sailing Norfolk’s Elizabeth River offers
spectacular downtown views. Multiple
river cruises are easily accessible from
downtown Norfolk’s Town Point Park,
conveniently located within walking
distance of many area hotels. Norfolk’s
bustling downtown district, including
more than 80 chef-owned restaurants,
reads like a culinary map of the world,
with stops in India, Greece, France,
Spain, among others, but certainly not
without overlooking Virginia’s beloved,
hometown fare.
For more information, please contact
VisitNorfolk
at www.visitnorfolktoday.com
or phone 1-800-368-3097.
So many points of view
to make your meeting a success.
See for yourself how easy and simple we can make meeting in Norfolk. In
fact, you’ll find the value you receive as attractive as the many amenities
you and your attendees will discover when you book a meeting in
Norfolk, the heart of the Virginia Waterfront.
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Influential people have been meeting here for over 400 years.
So, when can we expect you?
They all met here. The Nansemond Indians and Captain John Smith, the English
colonists, George Washington, the Continental and British armies, the North and the
South. And an Italian businessman, Amedeo
Obici, met with success when he founded
Planters Peanuts. Now, we are ready to welcome you.
Shop our downtown boutiques, explore
our museums, dine gourmet or any way you
like, or golf your way through five challenging courses.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors,
explore the history, mystery and lore of the
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. It once served as a route to freedom for
runaway slaves. Today, the 112,000-acre refuge is open to hiking, biking, photography,
wildlife observation, fishing and boating.
Our convenient and well-appointed accommodations and meeting facilities anticipate your every need, but it’s our hospitality
that will keep you coming back. So what’s
keeping you? Once you meet in Suffolk, the
rest is history.
Suffolk’s convenient, high-tech, lowstress meeting and conference centers:
The Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront and Suffolk Conference Center in historic downtown has 150 guest rooms and 14,000
square feet of meeting space, a 28-slip marina and 6-acre riverside park.
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts boasts a
500-seat auditorium, 3,860-square-foot ballroom and additional meeting space.
Hilton Garden Inn Chesapeake/Suffolk
in the Harbour View community offers 135
guest rooms and 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with many other amenities. It’s the perfect spot for a meeting or
conference with easy access to Suffolk’s
high-tech corridor.
Comfort Suites at BelleHarbour offers 116
guest rooms and meeting space to accommodate up to 200 people in a 100% smokefree facility.
Riverstone Chophouse, conveniently located off Interstate 664, offers a contemporary
setting with design touches that reveal the
influences of Frank Lloyd Wright with wood,
glass and stone. Private dining rooms for
meetings and events can accommodate up
to 250.
The First Lady, an elegantly restored Victorian Queen Anne home in historic downtown,
is the perfect venue for hosting weddings,
receptions, celebrations, corporate affairs,
meetings, reunions, retreats and more. The
8,000-square-foot facility was erected in
1907 as the home of the prominent Causey
family and boasts beautiful moldings, chandeliers and polished hardwoods. Event planners may use caterer of choice.
For more information on booking your next conference or meeting in Suffolk, contact
Suffolk Division of Tourism
866-SEE-SUFK
www.Suffolk-Fun.com
or e-mail: [email protected]
Come for the adventure. Stay for the hospitality.
Meet in Suffolk and fuse adventure with fine hospitality. Rally downtown at the Suffolk Conference Center.
Take a leap into the wild side of life in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Travel through
time on foot, by car or by tour bus. Take a swing at waterfront golf courses. Pick up the pace after dark with
big-name entertainment at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. We’re historically hip, eco-exciting and way
beyond “nuts.” The only missing piece is your group enjoying the fun. Call today and
watch it all come together in Suffolk.
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Virginia Beach
Treat your guests to an unforgettable meeting or conference
Meeting attendees will forget they’re
working at conferences held at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference
Center, where the Atlantic Ocean and
Chesapeake Bay meet. The resort offers
295 spacious suites, each with a view of
the bay and a private patio. The hotel offers both one- and two-bedroom suites
and luxurious penthouse suites. All
rooms are equipped with a microwave,
refrigerator, coffee maker, two cable televisions and Internet connection.
The hotel’s high-tech conference
center offers 16,000 square feet of meeting space in spacious rooms that are
able to handle a conference of any size.
The center includes the latest audiovisual equipment and a fully equipped
business center. Virginia Beach Resort
Hotel & Conference Center is a past winner of the coveted Meeting News Meeting Planners’ Choice Award in the Conference Center category.
The resort offers a variety of activities meeting attendees will enjoy in their
free time. Guests can relax on the hotel’s private beach, explore the area on
complimentary bicycles or hike on trails
through cypress trees at nearby First
Landing State Park. Guests can also enjoy 90 minutes of free tennis each day at
the award-winning Virginia Beach Tennis
and Country Club. The club offers 30
outdoor courts and six indoor courts. It
has been voted Member Organization of
the Year by the United States Tennis Association.
With so many healthful amenities,
a Virginia Beach vacation at the resort
offers the perfect opportunity to unwind
and reflect. The fully-equipped health
club features weight-training equipment,
stationery bikes, treadmills, sauna, whirlpool, HydroSonic Infrasound Relaxation
System and a professional massage
service. You’ll also want to enjoy our in-
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door/outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel &
Conference Center also offers its guests
a taste of paradise. Surrounded by warm
bay breezes, soft light of the setting sun
and the gentle lapping of the Chesapeake Bay waves, we pride ourselves
on attention to detail and culinary excellence. Executive chef John Maclure
offers a variety of catering menus with
exquisite cuisine. If you have something
different in mind, the hotel’s catering
manager will help design a personalized
menu for your event.
For an unparalleled vacation or business trip, choose the fine Virginia Beach
hotel that rivals the expensive Virginia
Beach resorts - Virginia Beach Resort
Hotel & Conference Center.
The resort is conveniently located
just 10 miles from the Norfolk International Airport. The hotel offers free shuttle service to the airport.
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The Founders Inn and Spa is one of the most advanced meeting facilities
in the mid-Atlantic region. With 25,000 square feet of flexible function space as
well as several scenic outdoor venues, this is a setting to both focus and inspire.
From the Conference Concierge and ergonomic seating to wireless Internet
access, enjoy the very best atmosphere for conducting business. Dedicated
conference planners, comprehensive meeting packages, team building
activities and a central location with easy access to Norfolk International Airport
and Interstate 64 make The Founders Inn and Spa anВ ideal destination for
meetings or conferences.
25,000В square feet of dedicated conferenceВ space
20 function rooms
Groups from 10 to 1,400
Conference Concierge
13,000 square-foot Ballroom & 78-seat Jefferson Amphitheater
Business Center
Wireless Internet in meeting space & public areas
Tackable wall surfaces with presentation rails
Ergonomic chairs, executive and hard surface conference tables
Dedicated conference planning managers
Compliant with standards of International Association of Conference
CentersВ (IACC)
Success Comes at a Price
Fortunately, it’s a good one.
A destination meeting can be comfortable and productive without
breaking the bank. At The Founders Inn, elegant, yet ergonomic
conference space facilitates focus, while well-appointed guest rooms
and comprehensive amenities allow the mind to refresh and recharge.
Find meeting success without
exceeding your budget with the
all-inclusive Benchmark Conference Plan.
Package includes:
• Deluxe Overnight Accommodations
• Meeting Room Set to Your Specifications
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Continuous Refreshment Breaks
• Audiovisual Equipment
• Professional Conference Planner
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Virginia Beach Convention Center
offers innovative meeting space
Just blocks from the beach and in the joy enticing views from the 147-foot glass
heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront resort tower, which hosts the Café, Executive
area, the Virginia Beach Convention Cen- Board Room, VIP Lounge and Observater (VBCC) is over 500,000 square feet of tion Deck.
state-of-the-art, stylish event space. As
From trade shows and meetings to
the Nation’s first and Virginia’s largest receptions and corporate holiday parties,
convention center to earn LEEDВ® Gold our coastal facility creates the perfect
certification from the U.S. Green Building atmosphere for every occasion. Your
Council, we are as committed to conserv- event needs are second-nature to our
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family attractions, golf courses, shopping us, the Virginia Beach Convention Center
and nightlife. We are within a day’s drive is a natural fit for your event needs.
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next meeting or event here will have minimal impact on the environment. From trade
shows and meetings to receptions and corporate holiday parties, the Virginia Beach
Convention Center is the LEEDing fit for your event needs. For more information,
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, is quickly becoming a premier meeting destination,
boasting rich historical attractions, unique dining, endless shopping and endless outdoor activities. Fredericksburg offers a variety of meeting sites, convenient accommodations, access to Interstate-95 and proximity to the Washington, D.C. and Richmond,
Va. markets. Located in the Celebrate Virginia retail, dining and entertainment complex, the
Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center is the largest meeting facility in the area.
Featuring state-of-the-art amenities, the facility is a multi-purpose expo and conference
center capable of hosting trade shows, consumer shows, receptions, banquets, meetings and conventions. Boasting nearly 110,000 square feet, the center includes an
80,000-square-foot exhibition hall, a 10,000 square foot grand ballroom, divisible into
six meeting rooms, plus an additional five meeting rooms and 1,200 parking spaces.
A variety of hotels located adjacent to the center also offer meeting facilities, as well as
comfortable accommodations.
For a more unique venue, head to Jepson Alumni Executive Center located on the
campus of the University of Mary Washington. The facility consists of a 3,400-squarefoot ballroom, one board room and two outdoor venues in the lush courtyards on campus.
After your meeting, enjoy award-winning golf courses, stroll through downtown
shops and enjoy a meal at a chef-owned restaurant. Walk in the footsteps of influential
historical figures or sip a vintage at one of the area’s four wineries. End the day with a
night at the theater.
For more information on planning your next meeting in Fredericksburg, Virginia,
contact Victoria Matthews at (800) 260-3646 or visit www.VisitFred.com.
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Leesburg
National Conference Center focuses exclusively on meetings
The National Conference Center is one of the nation’s largest and most
comprehensive conference facilities. Here the focus is exclusively on
meetings and training—so you can count on this dedicated, IACCapproved center to train your people to work faster, smarter and better.
For corporate, association and government clients, the National Conference Center advantage is clear:
A True Learning Environment
The 265,000-square-foot meeting facility accommodates large and small
groups in a setting free of the distractions typically found at a hotel or
resort. This business-focused atmosphere creates optimal learning for
your attendees.
Outstanding Value
The center’s Complete Meeting Package saves time and money by including everything for your meeting in one low rate:
• Guest room
• Three meals daily
• Conference room(s), break-out rooms, meeting setups
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Built in 1924 and completely restored in 2005, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
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to the American Shakespeare Center theater and within walking distance to
restaurants, antique shops and art galleries. The Hotel is the perfect size for small
or mid-size meetings to take over the property as their own. The large lobby has
an adjacent bar and meeting space allowing attendees to mingle without being
too spread out. It is a designated Virginia Green hotel.
Staunton is at the junction of I-64 and I-85, two hours from DC, 90 minutes
from Richmond.
The Stonewall Jackson has 8,500 square feet of meeting space including
the 2,700-square-foot Colonnade Ballroom with historic glass chandeliers and
terrazzo flooring, the modern 4,453-square-foot Shenandoah Ballroom which
accommodates up to 400 banquet guests or 495 theater-style, an executive
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business center, attached indoor parking, wi-fi and 124 guest rooms and suites
accommodating up to 400 guests.
The Hotel offers customized meal packages and events. Groups can also
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The Institute Conference Center at
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As a member of IACC (International
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at the 45-acre Fort Chiswell Animal Park.
Nearby Pleasant Hill Farm offers over 50
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Located on a fourth generation
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with daily tasting and tours. For evening
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Wytheville – Your Ideal Meeting Location
With an array of attractions, new hotel properties and sophisticated meeting
space, Wytheville offers a small town location ideal for local, regional, and state
meetings and conferences.
Since opening in 2007, the Wytheville Meeting Center has developed
the reputation for exceeding customers’
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that offers spacious and sophisticated
meeting spaces for clients’ needs from
small, intimate meetings to large multiday conferences. With an emphasis on
technology, this facility offers seamless
meeting experiences with the hospitality and customer service that visitors to
this Southwest Virginia community have
come to expect.
A variety of attractions offer great
activities for meeting attendees and their
families. History buffs might tour one of
the area’s five museums, including the
Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace, home of
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designed by Ellis Maples, Tom Fazio and
Rees Jones. More championships have
been contested at Pinehurst than anywhere else in America. And, by 2014,
Pinehurst No. 2 will be the only course
in the world to have hosted all five major
USGA championships.
Not all play at Pinehurst requires a
tee time, however. Along with 144 holes
of some of the best golf in the country, you’ll find an award-winning spa
to soothe your body and awaken your
senses. This 31,000-square-foot oasis
features every indulgence, including his
and hers saunas,
steam and whirlpool
areas and climatecontrolled treatment
suites designed for
private couples-only
massage. And you
can choose from a
host of sensory therapies using natural
botanicals from the local landscape.
While your senses of touch and
smell are easily satisfied at the spa, you
can appease your sense of taste almost
anywhere at the resort. From the endless
Southern breakfast buffet at the Carolina
Dining Room to a casual lunch at the
Donald Ross Grill to cocktails and appetizers at the newly expanded Ryder
Cup Lounge, eight unique dining options
await you before you ever step off the resort campus.
Just a short walk away in the historic
Village of Pinehurst, you’ll find still more
charming pubs and eateries. Take a tour
of the Village on one of our complimentary guest bikes or hear some interesting
local lore on an enchanting horse-drawn
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Rock away the years
The easy warmth, natural beauty and
rich tradition of Pinehurst Resort have
drawn people here for more than one
hundred years. From the moment Boston soda magnate James Walker Tufts
created this New England-style retreat,
its fresh, pine scented air and unhurried
pace have been restoring souls and rejuvenating spirits.
Over the years, celebrities, dignitaries, business leaders, presidents and
legendary athletes from all over the world
have escaped to this quiet Southern respite. Bing Crosby, Will Rogers, Annie
Oakley, Amelia Earhart, Oprah Winfrey
and Barack Obama have assembled in
Pinehurst’s boardrooms, dined in its restaurants and danced in its ballrooms. And
the greatest golfers to ever play the game
— from Ben Hogan to Arnold Palmer to
Jack Nicklaus to Phil Mickelson — have
walked the lush fairways of its challenging courses.
With eight golf courses and more
than 100 years of tradition, Pinehurst is
considered the birthplace of golf in America. Legendary Scottish golf architect
Donald Ross made the Village of Pinehurst his home, designing course Nos.
1, 2, 3 and 4. Since then, the resort has
continued to grow with four more courses
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carriage ride. Browse through the many
shops and boutiques. If you prefer outdoor activities, try your hand at lawn
bowling or croquet on one of the immaculate greens. Or bring out your “inner Venus Williams” at the 24-court tennis center. Lounge by the pool as the kids splash
through the fountain on the West Lawn.
Or just rock away the afternoon under the
lazy ceiling fans on the veranda.
You’ll find accommodations to suit
everyone’s needs at Pinehurst. Listed on
the National Register of Historic Places,
the 220-room Carolina features all
the charm of last
century with all the
conveniences of
this one. The elegant Holly Inn is
a Four-Star, Four
Diamond
jewel
boasting 82 guest
rooms and period dГ©cor. The 45 rooms of
the charming Manor Inn offer the comfort
of a casual golfer’s lodge while spacious
Villas with shared parlor areas and private condominiums serve foursomes and
families alike.
Families, friends, colleagues and
competitors have been gathering at
Pinehurst for more than a century — to
rejuvenate their spirits, their games, their
businesses or their relationships. Let it rejuvenate you.
Contact:
Pinehurst Resort
80 Carolina Vista Drive,
Village of Pinehurst, NC 28374
877.689.3741
Pinehurst.com
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Our meeting facilities are as manicured as our fairways.
While you’ll never see a mower in our meeting spaces, you’ll find the same meticulous
attention to detail that’s made our golf courses famous for more than one hundred
years. Our extraordinary staff goes to great lengths to ensure your gathering is a
success - whether it’s a board meeting of ten or a conference of 1,000. So while we don’t
trim the carpet, the views indoors are every bit as inspiring as the ones on the course.
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