In looking for a venue, we were aware that to bring into being the event we were envisioning, we needed a very special place. We needed beauty, comfort, natural light, connection to nature, a place that inspires, paths to walk, healthy food including vegetarian offerings, fair labor practices, a “green” orientation – a place we could retreat to and that would help us to embody a sense of our value and importance as professionals.
We found all of this in Warrenton, Virginia, at Airlie Center, an hour outside of Washington, DC near Dulles Airport. Located on a secluded 1,200-acre campus, Airlie has an ongoing commitment to sustainable, green initiatives and fair labor practices. Known for 50 years as an “Island of Thought”, Airlie provides a natural setting, meeting rooms flooded with natural light, and is a leading conference destination for non-profit, private and government events. The Center places an emphasis on local, sustainable and organic foods, serving vegetables and herbs year-round from Airlie’s 4-acre organic culinary garden, and working with a network of more than 30 local farms.
Each of the rooms, some single, some double with two beds, is equipped with private bath and high-speed internet. All accommodations are located in close proximity to Airlie House, the Center’s hub, with easy walking from any of the seven lodging buildings to anywhere on campus. “Loaner bicycles” are available to guests. Take a look at http://www.airlie.com.