Hit Your Meeting Out of the Park With The Largest Conference Center’s Spring Training Package

The National Conference Center is one of the largest training and development facilities in the nation, and it’s celebrating the opening day of baseball by announcing its Spring Training Package.  Offering a unique bundling of services, the National is the expert at providing the perfect meeting place for experiential learning, meetings and teambuilding.Spring Training

“With Spring finally here, it’s time to refresh and rejuvenate with new ideas and goals for companies and associations. We work with each of our clients to advise and meet their goals with each meeting held at our facility,” says Juan Garcia, Executive Director of Sales.

The National is one of the leaders in developing the Complete Meeting Package (CMP), which is an inclusive per person charge for meetings. The National’s Spring Training Packages for day meetings includes:Savings Spring Training

  • One general session room
  • Two breakout rooms
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Unlimited refreshment breaks
  • A technology package
  • Complimentary covered parking
  • Complimentary wi-fi

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Big and Small Facilities
Depending on the size and flavor of your meeting, The National offers unique, individualized meeting space with conference rooms, outdoor space and rooms with natural light. With 265,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, offering 250 purpose-built conference rooms, breakout rooms and general session rooms, we offer flexibility in a big way. Recently, The National has created small, intimate meeting space. The outdoor courtyard with Pergola and fire pits are used almost daily, along with a modern Living Room space and a “speakeasy” room aptly named The National Secret. The finished room is down a hallway around the corner from the active Black Olive Bar & Grill with no other entrance.

The Food Experience:  Hyper-Local
The National’s food and beverage program continues to grow and evolve under the direction of Todd Goldian, Executive Chef. We focus on local farm-to-table cuisine incorporating over 60 local products to the daily menus that serve as many as 1,200 guests per day. The newest partnership is with a local farmer, CEA Farms, who has been farming in Loudoun County since 1797. Farmer Virts provides all the tomatoes, lettuces and specialty greens for our guess. For day meetings and events that take place in the adjacent West Belmont Place, guests enjoy the same food quality for a banquet or luncheon as guests in the Dining Room and Black Olive.

The National Challenge Course
Experiential learning has been touted as an exceptional method in creating memorable learning experiences with high recall. The Challenge Course includes action-based learning components such as the high ropes course and other elements designed for problem solving and leadership development. The new course features nine unique elements strategically placed within the 65-acre campus and each element provides multiple challenges.

For more information or to book a Spring Training Package at The National Conference Center, contact the sales office at sales@conferencecenter.com.

3 Loudoun County Side Trips to add to your Meeting Agenda

Meeting planners often are looking for activities off property to enhance their attendees’ experience. Check out these three Loudoun County side trips that can be added to any meeting agenda.

Sometimes you just need to get attendees moving and out of the classroom or meeting room. In beautiful Loudoun County, known for its historic, equestrian and agricultural landscapes, there are many attractions that can be added to your meeting agenda.

The National is part of a vibrant community in Loudoun County, with its award-winning, revitalized downtown, entertainment, sports, arts, shopping, dining and agriculture including wineries, breweries and distilleries. The surrounding Loudoun area offers everything from fishing, hiking and boating to golf, antiquing and exploring historic sites.

We’ve put together three side trips that we think would add value to any meeting, training or conference. These trips can be used as teambuilding add-ons or just a fun way for attendees to spend time together, an important part of any meeting.

Challenge Your Team

Team Building at NCCIf teambuilding events are planned and executed well, people feel good about themselves and about their colleagues. This trip starts right here at The National’s Challenge Rope Course.

Low Elements -permanent weight bearing structures constructed outdoors of wood and cables and High Elements-outdoor challenges constructed of wood and cable that allow participants to be as high as 40’.  All participants are in climbing gear and are protected by belayers.

The Rope Course could take place in the morning; then break for lunch with a Southern-style BBQ in the courtyard; then off to Pev’s Paintball or Top Golf. Paintball is fast paced, high-tension game that brings people together with a little pressure and competition. In order to win a game of paintball, your team must work together, communicate, and be willing to take risks. Our team can create a customized team-building program or your group can simply learn to play the game and have a recreational event.

Top Golf Dulles , now open in Loudoun County, features 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars and a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away! Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring pros to those who’ve never walked 18 holes. All you have to do is swing a club and try to hit your microchipped balls into dartboard-like targets. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s always better with a big group! There are many different packages available with food and beverage included.

Meet and Eat

Meet and EatStart the day off with a bus tour to Leesburg Farmer’s markets sponsored by EatLoco. Loudoun County is filled with rolling hills and farmland studded with orchards, vineyards, Christmas tree farms, and much more. From the eco-ganic vegetables at Potomac Vegetable Farm and the certified-humane heritage breed meats and organic produce at Ayrshire Farm to the county’s hand crafted beer, wine, and spirits, Loudoun brings the farm to your table. Visit the local farmers market with Executive Chef Todd Goldian as you plan for a custom Chef’s Table that night. That’s right, you’ll pick the produce, cook the dinner with chef in the kitchen and then visit a winery or brewery the next day. We know the value of food to meetings. Research shows that food plays an important role in ensuring meetings are more efficient and more productive when attendees are eating food that effectively fuels their minds.

Our Chief Wine Officer Mary Watson will host a winery or brewery tour with you to learn how to taste wine, what to look for when pairing wine with food and explain the Loudoun County terroir. See the full list of wineries and breweries just a few miles from the National.

Backyard History

Morven ParkStart the day with a visit to the regional park, which was the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. This October 21, 1861 clash was the second largest to take place in the county during the Civil War. It took place along the banks of the Potomac River, where the Union fell backward into the river in a defeat that merited a congressional investigation. The national cemetery here is one of the smallest in the country. A one mile hiking trail offers interpretive signs.

A visit and tour of Morven Park will not disappoint. The movie, “Fighting & Frolicking”, brings to life Confederate soldiers in camp early in the Civil War. The living history program features historical interpreters portraying Civil War soldiers who lived at Morven Park in the winter of 1861-62, as well as civilians.

If time permits, a driver could take your group through the Mosby Heritage Area or you could do a Middleburg Walking Tour.

End the day with a historically researched dinner prepared by the culinary team, along with a teambuilding exercise: Civil War Trivia Night in the Black Olive Bar & Grill.

Whichever you choose, each of these side trips complement  teambuilding activities or could be used as networking opportunities. Ask your conference planner for a private tour of our rope course or to help set up the culinary or historic tours. We look forward to working with you.

To Yourself Be True

Q&A with the National’s sales guru, Juan Garcia, offering insight on how the National attracts business from around the globe

Seal the deal: What’s your pitch for the National?

My team has developed a ‘laser focus’ policy which means we learn about our prospects and customers, their industries, their timelines, so we know what’s important to them. When we work with our clients, we are working with relevant information that helps them do their job better. More often than not, it’s about Learning and Development. It’s not about a pitch, it’s the National owning Learning and Development, which just happens to be the hot topic for lots of organizations, lots of companies.

How does the National compare to some of the other big conference hotels you’ve worked with in the past?

The National is unique because our priority is providing the ideal environment for learning and development, peer-to-peer learning, training, networking, team building, and more. Our facility is designed and built for it. Our location is ideal for it. Our technology is right for it. We’re not trying to be to everything to everyone, we’re simply in the right place for those organizations and corporations that need what we offer.

What’s the big deal about Learning and Development?

Organizations find that delivering valuable Learning & Development (L&D), higher education, and training creates tremendous value to employees or members while growing the strength of the organization itself. This recirculating ROI makes L&D a priority for top performing organizations and corporations. In addition, planners have to create a learning experience that embraces millennials to baby boomers in their workforce. For example, in dining, they have to satisfy vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and those eating sugar-free. They have to accommodate the techies and the tech-less. They come to The National because we have all of those needs covered – flexible classrooms, team building, a world-class dining program, IT, and award-winning service.

There’s a lot happening in Loudoun. Is that part of the appeal?

This community is ripe with business, ripe with talent and bursting with places to go and things to do. Interestingly, when organizations are here for a week, we give them lots of reasons to stay on campus in the evenings. They’re networking with each other over a great dinner, taking in some fun in the Black Olive, partaking in a wine tasting, or spending quality time around our fire pits. When they do venture out to enjoy a winery tour or First Friday in Leesburg, they are wowed by all that this area has to offer. In addition to the value of our location to our customers, I’ve been able to hire great local talent who want the opportunity to work at a world-class facility, without the commute to DC.