by Michael C. Lowe | April 01, 2012
Loudoun County
As of February, Destination Hotels & Resorts is managing the 296-room Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, a former Benchmark Hospitality property. The conference resort offers six food- and-beverage outlets, five swimming pools, three tennis courts, a 12,000-square-foot spa and 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Salamander Resort & Spa is scheduled to open in Loudoun in 2013 as a LEED-certified property. The resort will include 168 guest rooms, a spa, several dining options and 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space.

The Executive Conference and Training Center in Sterling recently completed a renovation and expansion that doubled its size. Meeting space at the center now totals approximately 10,000 square feet. The IACC-approved venue is about two miles from Dulles International Airport.
Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville is adding a tasting room that can accommodate up to 200 people. The 404-acre estate and its facilities are open to the public for tours and tastings and also can accommodate private events.

The Washington Dulles Airport Marriott recently completed a four-year, $9.3 million renovation of its 368 guest rooms, front desk and lobby area, as well as its ballroom and meeting spaces. Also new is the Aviate Bar and Grill restaurant, as well as a new 1,777-square-foot meeting room with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel features a total of 13,500 square feet of meeting space.

The National Conference Center in Leesburg recently expanded its farm-to-table menu options. The complex, with 917 guest rooms, entered a partnership  with two local farms to source ingredients for its menus.
Meeting Hotels
Among properties in Ashburn are the 154-room Embassy Suites Dulles-North, 136-room Aloft Dulles North and 135-room Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North.

In Leesburg are the 950-room National Conference Center, 296-room Lansdowne Resort, 126-room Holiday Inn Leesburg at Carradoc Hall, 101-room Hampton Inn & Suites Leesburg and 99-room Best Western Leesburg Hotel and Conference Center.

In Sterling are the 368-room Marriott Washington Dulles Airport, 297-room Holiday Inn Wash­ington Dulles, 171-room Doubletree Hotel Dulles Airport-Sterling, 170-room Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles International Airport and 162-room Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Air­port North.

Conference Center
The National Conference Center in Leesburg; exhibit space, 25,524 square feet and approximately 265,000 square feet of total meetings space; number of meeting rooms, 250; (703) 729-8000

Airport Transit 
Dulles International Airport in Wash­ington, D.C., about six miles south of Sterling, 10 miles south of Ashburn, 17 miles south of Leesburg and 26 miles southwest of Purcellville. Transfer cost by taxi to Sterling, $15; to Ashburn, $25; to Leesburg, $35; to Purcellville, $55

Transient occupancy tax, 5%; state tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms in Loudoun County, 10%

Group Venue
Groups can spend a pleasant few hours at the Sunset Hills Vineyard, which originally was built in the 1870s and sits on 50 acres of rolling farmland. The property's restored Amish barn is a quaint delight featuring 35-foot-high ceilings and a beautiful mahogany tasting bar that can accommodate up to 50 thirsty people. (540) 882-4560

Dining Out
The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg specializes in seasonal American bistro fare, including pork chops served with braised kale and bacon. (703) 777-9463

Visit Loudoun, (703) 771-2170 or (800) 752-6118