interaction and self-discovery with horses
via the luxurious LEED-certified property’s
remarkable EquiSpective program (see
Zoom In, page 86).
Set on 340 acres in Northern Virginia’s
wine and horse country, versatile indoor
and outdoor spaces at this luxurious
LEED-certified (and pet-friendly) resort
range from the 4,500-square-foot Middleburg Ballroom to the 42,000-plus-square-
foot Great Lawn.
In addition, the resort’s nationally
acclaimed Equestrian Center includes 25
on-site acres dedicated to riding and a
Also in Loudoun County, 21-acre
Leesburg Animal Park features domestic
and exotic animals such as llamas, camels,
lemurs, gibbons and zebras.
Accommodating outdoor events on-site, the year-round park also takes its
residents to groups. The fully insured and
FDA-licensed Zoo-To-You program has
supplied countless corporate, school,
social and public events in the region for
Packages, all of which include at least
one trained handler, set-up and clean-
up, range from the four-animal indoor
Barnyard Zoo to the Full Zoo, featuring 15
animals in an outdoor enclosure.
Closer to D.C., where groups have the
event-capable Smithsonian-run National
Zoo, Roer’s Zoofari, formerly the Reston
Zoo, is a Fairfax County attraction offering
educational encounters and hands-on
interactions. The 30-acre venue features a
free-flight aviary, reptile house and petting
barn, and exotic creatures such as roaming
In Fairfax, group-capable Wolf Trap is
the only U.S. national park dedicated solely
to the performing arts. Established on 100
acres of farmland donated in 1930 by late
founder Catherine Filene Shouse, the campus features spring and summer programs
at the outdoor Filene Center and Wolf
Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, as
well as fall and winter performances at the
indoor The Barns at Wolf Trap. Borrowing
from early 17th century wolf trapping in
the area, the venue’s name carried on to
Shouse’s farm and a local creek.
Opened in 1895, The Jefferson in Richmond remains one of America’s classiest
hotels. Coming off a just-completed reconstruction project that transformed 262
rooms into 181 spacious new rooms, this
Beaux-Arts confection offers 26,000 square
feet of meeting and function space.
Up until 1948, the Jefferson also featured
live alligators, many reportedly “
enthusiastically” donated by guests and locals, in the
marble pools of its stunning Palm Court.
Unknowing guests got quite a surprise, to
say the least. Today, metal replicas preserve
Live alligators, meanwhile, endure
at another historic Richmond treasure,
Maymont. This beloved event-capable
1893 mansion-estate features hundreds of
animals in its Nature Center, Maymont Farm
and wildlife exhibit area, ranging from black
bears and birds of prey to otters and snakes.
Housing more than 190 global species,
including endangered cheetahs, orang-utans and rhinos, the conservation-fo-cused Metro Richmond Zoo flexibly hosts
walk-in groups, corporate events and other
pre-scheduled gatherings. Attractions
include daily keeper talks and penguin
Take your meeting to the next level.
Vibrant. Inspirational. Welcoming. With the dynamic Norfolk waterfront as
backdrop for your next meeting or event, it’s sure to be unforgettable.
Discover more at visitnorfolk.com.
KOMODO DRAGON, VIRGINIA AQUARIUM, VIRGINIA BEACH