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Hotels Buy Local, Guests Drink Local

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Ed Felker

In the hospitality and meetings industry, green travel is becoming a new statement. Even in hotel lounges, cocktails that are made locally are becoming a trend. Hotels and conference centers are purchasing domestic wines, spirits and more. It’s no longer impressive to clients if the wine is from Italy and more impressive to eat and drink food grown locally.  As the CEO of Loews Hotel said, “Gourmet is going green” (Hotels Embrace “Buy Local” Mandate). On property, our own lounges serve locally made drinks such as Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery. We’ve included 3 hot toddies recipes from our January client tasting with Catoctin Creek. Warm up to these locally made drinks this Valentine’s Day Weekend (and enjoy being green):

Classic Tom Collins with Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

2 oz of Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1/2 lemon
1 tsp of simple syrup
Soda water

Use a high ball glass. Squeeze in lemon and simple syrup. Add ice to fill glass. Add Gin. Add soda. Stir.

Hot Toddy with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 lemon
1 cup hot water
1 green tea bag

Coat bottom of mug with honey. Separately boil hot water and place green tea bag in separate mug. Add Rye and squeeze in lemon into mug with honey. Pour in hot green tea into mug with honey, Rye and lemon. Stir.

Classic Martini with Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit
1.5 oz of Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit
0.25 oz of Vermouth
Lemon twist

Combine Mosby’s Spirit and vermouth with ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Enjoy and drink responsibly! To learn more about Catoctin Creek visit their website.

QR Codes – Are they the new green?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The National Conference Center has been searching for a way to celebrate their green initiatives with guests for quite some time. Pamphlets weren’t a green solution, display TVs might go unnoticed, and signs wouldn’t do the job either. Nothing seemed to be the “right fit” until the idea of QR codes came to our Marketing Department.

QR Codes – they’re cutting edge, have the social media aspect, and are the greenest method to express our eco-friendly initiatives. At NCC, you’ll notice 12 QR codes posted around the property. Each stop represents sustainable efforts in the particular department from the kitchen, to guest rooms, to meeting space and break stations. The best part? If information changes, we can simply log-on to change it with out printing more paper. Sounds green to me!

Do you have any experience with conference centers using QR Codes? Is this the new green for the hospitality industry?

Here’s the first stop on the Green Tour of QR Codes:

Tour NCC’s Underground Ice Field

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Follow Charlie Carson, Director of Facilities to our underground thermal energy storage also known as an ice field. The area maintains ice in a storage unit which is then used to cool air for our HVAC system. This eliminates the continuous use of mechanical conditioning systems, saves energy, resources and money.

View our other YouTube videos at: NCCmeetings Youtube.

Conference Center Named 2010 Green Business of The Year

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

From farm-to-table recipes to tips on being green, The National Conference Center (NCC) is at the forefront of being green in the travel industry. Located in Loudoun County also known as DC’s Wine Country, the entire county takes pride in maintaining a sustainable environment and promoting green initiatives among their companies.

The Loudoun County Green Business Challenge is an annual search to find the “greenest” company of them all. The challenge rates companies based on their size and a point system and the more “green” a company is, the more points. At the 2010 Green Business Challenge, The National Conference Center was named Green Medium Business Winner and Green Platinum Business of the Year.

We’re honored to be one of the greenest companies in the county and are focused on continuing to advance our green initiatives in 2011 and years to come. Here’s are a few words from Kurt Krause, the General Manager at The National Conference Center -

The National Conference Center has been a “Green Seal” Certified Property since 2005.