In June 2016, the Global Traveler and Trazee Travel team hopped in cars, trains and airplanes to journey to Prince William and Manassas, Va., for our annual staff conference, with a side of fun and history, to boot.
In addition to discussing the state of the business and what’s to come for the magazine and websites in 2017, we sampled the best of the best on offer in the historic region. From our base at the centrally located and business traveler-friendly Courtyard Manassas Battlefield Park, we traversed the county.
For a dose of history, the group visited Manassas National Battlefield Park, the location of two Civil War battles at Bull Run. In 1862 the Confederates won a solid victory at the Battle of Second Manassas, bringing them to the height of their power. The park is also celebrating the year-long centennial of the National Park Service. Another fascinating peek into the past came courtesy of Ben Lomond Historic Site, a plantation converted into a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of First Manassas.
Two unique venues hosted us, providing ample space and accommodations for all our meeting needs as well as some tasty libations: Winery at La Grange, a high-quality winery in a restored 1790 manor house; and KO Distilling, a craft distillery that opened its doors to the public in September 2015.
Standouts among many great meals included a visit to locally owned Irish pub Grafton Street, located in the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center and offering a wide selection of beers, cocktails and wines, and freshly made dishes; and Jirani Coffee House, a truly one-of-a-kind community within a community where artists, bakers, businesses and more come together to meet and network while enjoying delicious food and drink.
For history, fun, culinary delights, golf, business and much more, look no further than Prince William and Manassas, Va.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.