Black Olive Block Party – Enter to Win

Black Olive Block Party – Enter to Win a Private Party in The National Secret!

Become a member of the Black Olive Club to win a private party in The National Secret for you and 11 friends! Our Chef Frank Estremera will create a menu to accompany the evening complete with a champagne toast!

The Black Olive at The National is located in the heart of Leesburg, right off Rt. 7. This neighborhood meeting spot has a club atmosphere with 200-seat sports and action bar, impressive columns and several outdoor patios with fire pits. The Black Olive Club membership, created especially for the local community, offers discounts on food, wine, and events. There is no fee to become a member and no monthly spending requirements. To find out more, click here or call 703-724-5147.

ENTER TO WIN TODAY to reserve your spot. No entry fee. $2 Tasting Tickets will be sold and $6 Food Portion Tickets will be sold.

Summer Camp Is Here

Reinvigorate your team’s creativity and productivity with an exciting retreat to The National. With our beautiful, 65-acre campus by the Potomac River, The National offers out-of-the-box solutions for indoor and outdoor venues that celebrate summertime. Take your program into the great outdoors, or completely reimagine what it means to be indoors with innovative set-ups and themed décor ideas from our creative planning experts. Top it all off with innovative teambuilding and networking programs that will leave your team reminiscing like school kids after summer camp. Our team can provide you with such memorable experiences as:

  • Themed Refreshment Breaks: Menu planning, props and activities during scheduled breaks
  • Outdoor Socials: Food, wine and more by the Pergola, Terrace, Courtyard or expansive West Lawn
  • Ice Breakers: Engaging sessions designed to break down barriers and get teams comfortable with one another
  • Team Building: Challenge Course, Black Olive Bar, and custom programs from wine tastings to offsite brewery tours
  • Food & Wine Pairings: Pairings in the Park with Executive Chef Frank Estremera and Chief Wine Officer Mary Watson DeLauder

Enjoy savings of up to 18% when you schedule your program during the weeks of July 8, August 9 or September 16. Special savings are available for two-, three-, and four-day programs.

Call us today for more information: 703.724.5111.

Put A Little Weekend In Your Meeting

Let The National team put the “weekend” in your weekend meeting or event. With 1.2 million square feet of space on a lush, 65-acre campus, The National has everything you want readily available – from 900 guest rooms to our award-winning Challenge Course to an expansive ballroom that seats 1,500. Choose from our Day or Complete Meeting Packages and our expert team of planners will work with you to select engaging teambuilding programs and craft your ideal learning environment, providing your group with an unforgettable experience that’s worthy of their weekend.

Day Meeting Package:

• Fully equipped conference room, break-out room and meeting setups
• Standard audiovisual package (some audio visual aids may be subject to additional fee)
• Lunch in the Dining Room
• Continuous refreshment breaks (coffee, soft drinks, snacks)
• Dedicated conference planner
• Use of fitness center
• Complimentary parking
• GSA Package priced per person, per day

Complete Meeting Package:

• Overnight accommodations
• Professional conference planning manager
• Fully equipped conference rooms, large meeting spaces and break-out room
• Standard audiovisual package
• Three meals daily in our 800-seat Dining Room
• Continuous refreshments and snacks
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms and guest rooms
• Use of fitness center and jogging trails
• Complimentary parking
• GSA Package priced per person, per day

Enjoy savings of up to 35% when you schedule your program on select weekends.
Call us today for more information: 703.724.5111.

Selecting the Right Venue for your Meeting

The most important step before selecting a location or venue is to understand the overall goals, objectives and outcomes desired at the end of your conference.  Is the purpose to incentivize or Sales Meeting Venuereward?  Is the goal to strategize and plan? Or, is the goal to educate and train?  The answer to these questions may assist your organization to select the right type of venue and location.  Though budget is always a factor; the desired outcomes should be the first consideration.

Cities and resort destinations are often the first locations considered for sales launches and incentive trips.  These destinations are convenient to attractions, dining and shopping.  If building a cohesive sales team is important to your organization, then perhaps other destinations and venue types should be explored.  Conference centers are often overlooked because they do not provide a traditional hotel experience.

Most conference centers are dedicated only to meetings.  Your attendees are not competing for attention with other leisure travelers and non-meeting guests.  If your conference center is a member of  IACC, the International Association for Conference Centers, then that conference center has implemented a set of benchmarks within their venue to reflect the highest standards, facilities, technology, and are modeled with strong corporate social responsibility in mind.  Conference centers simplify the buying process through offering a CMP, or Complete Meeting Package, to encompass meals, breaks, meeting room rentals, basic a/v and internet.  Many items such as executive board chairs often come standard.  Less add-on fees and fewer hidden charges are assessed.

Conference Centers provide an environment for learning, networking, and team building.  The open spaces and wide variety of meeting and event space provide near limitless opportunities for you to create a meeting that achieves your objectives while creating a memorable and meaningful program for your attendees.

About The National

The National Conference Center, located 40 minutes from Washington, DC and 12 miles from Dulles International Airport, is enjoying a renaissance of epic proportion.

Under new ownership and management and following a multi-Aerial view of The Nationalmillion dollar investment in the first two years of a three year plan, The National presents a beautiful 65 acre campus featuring newly renovated spaces and new venues, including the new lobby Living Room, the National Secret “speakeasy” and the National Challenge Course, as well as an innovative re-engineering of the entire culinary programming  to include “a la minute-style” food service at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the newly remodeled Dining Room.

With 917 guest rooms and 250 conference rooms, including Northern Virginia’s largest ballroom (16,552sf), The National is a hybrid of the best from conference centers, the size of a convention center and the flexibility of an independent venue devoted to productive meetings and events at the forefront of the learning and development marketplace.

Meetings, conferences and small conventions ranging from 12 persons to 1,200 are uniquely accommodated within the 55,000sf West Belmont Place and two purpose-built conference wings featuring five “pods” that enable a conference/hotel within a conference hotel concept for groups up to 200 participants.

In addition to the 1.2M square feet interior meeting space under one roof, The National Challenge Course features 14 elements within a beautifully designed six-acre circuit that enables Hi element rope courseexperiential learning for as many as 250 persons. A partnership with the Browne Center delivers facilitation for leadership development, team building and other learning and development opportunities.

Exciting additions, renovations and innovative products and services continue to enhance the total guest experience at The National Conference Center. If you have not recently visited The National, you do not know The “new” National.