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Airlie’s Formal Gardens: A Historical Treasure

When I set out to write this blog, the idea was to focus on Boxwood care. After a little bit of research, I was able to find a digitized copy (thanks Google!) of House & Garden Magazine from 1907 which featured Airlie… and down the rabbit hole of history I went. I was entranced by the fact that what started as Harry Connelly Groome’s private residence has now evolved into a beautiful, thriving property for so many to enjoy. Can you imagine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walking through the Boxwood hedges while working on ‘I Have a Dream,’ or…
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Working the Fun Factor: Company Picnic 101

We’ve talked a lot about team building and the importance of bonding activities in an off-site meeting. However, we see the company picnic as an essential element which is simply about fun. While the annual holiday party is a celebration of the company, the annual picnic is a celebration of the employee; a thank you for the continued hard work and effort put forth each and every day. As such, there are a variety of ways to plan and execute a successful event for your team. Venue Variety As a full-service conference venue, we understand the importance of choosing your…
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Stephanie Dee turns her passions for photography, travel and weddings into a rewarding career

There has hardly been a period of Stephanie Dee’s life not spent behind the lens of a camera. Starting out with disposable cameras in elementary school, photography developed into more than just a creative outlet for her, it became a passion. She also discovered a passion for travel. And a love for weddings. So it’s only natural she ended up starting a wedding photography business. And, with 136 weddings under her belt so far, a very busy wedding photography business at that. She stays busy not only because of her phenomenal photography skills, but also because she works tirelessly at…
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2018 Meeting Trend Report

2018 is well underway and we are in the midst of assisting planners with their upcoming off-site meetings at Airlie. This process always invites reflection and thought regarding how the impetus has changed in both the short and long term. What are the long-term reasons for hosting an off-site? What program elements are planners focusing on? How has the global climate affected the planning focus or concerns of the organization? Read on to learn more about the trends and themes we’re seeing through the eyes of our planners. Teambuilding; 2018 Style While teambuilding continues to be a focus for planners,…
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