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.
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