The latest news and happenings at Airlie

group selfie in butterfly garden

Our summer intern’s guide to the most popular selfie spots at Airlie

Airlie’s picturesque setting in the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains makes it a perfect place for your next Instagram post. Whether it’s a group photo, romantic couple shot, or a quick selfie, we invite you to pick your favorite spot and tag us (@airlieva) to document your visit. Based on the photos we’ve seen so far, it is clear our guests have some favorite backdrops, which we’ve listed below. The method we used to calculate the most popular spots is not highly technical, so these are not in any particular order. Formal Gardens Now, this may seem like…
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airlie spotlight vendor lora

From civil engineer to pastry chef: Lora Vennettilli Gookin switches careers and builds a successful bakery business — with plans to grow

A former civil engineer, Lora Vennettilli Gookin turned a hobby into an entrepreneurship when she started making cakes. It all started with her daughter’s first birthday cake. Even then, baking was still simply a hobby. Eventually, Lora’s hobby brought her to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Arizona. She then opened her business, Gâteau, in Arizona in 2008 and has been operating in Virginia since 2011. To date, Lora has created over 900 cakes, and is excited to open a bakery/café in Warrenton, Virginia later this summer. Her cakes are all made bake-to-order from scratch, without shortening, using…
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The ever-evolving Airlie returns to its roots as one of Fauquier County’s working farms with a continued commitment to sustainable practices

Here at Airlie, we like to think we are not like most hotel properties. With the expansion of our very own Airlie farm happening right now, we are definitely blazing a very special trail. From fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and even livestock, our farm is growing rapidly. I interviewed Airlie’s executive director, Chuck Smith, to get the inside scoop about the new and exciting stuff happening. Having joined the Airlie team last summer as a college intern, I barely recognized the property when I came back this year to meet with Chuck and tour the new production farm and see…
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airlie founder harry connelly groome

Airlie founder Harry Connelly Groome was a turn-of-the-century polymath and an active member of the community

Harry Connelly Groome was more than just a wealthy man from Philadelphia who built Airlie House after moving here in 1899 with his wife Mary. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments, including sportsman, soldier, author, farmer, historian, and an active citizen of Fauquier County, Virginia. As a sportsman, Groome was an avid golfer, served as delegate for the first polo club in Virginia (the Fauquier County Polo Club), and frequently hosted the Warrenton Hunt on his property. His wide-ranging literary accomplishments include a history of the colonization of Fauquier County, a military handbook for the First Brigade…
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