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Sustainability: Moving from Common Sense to Common Practice
2016 International Conference
Leesburg, VA - Located at the National Conference Center
September 18th - 21st

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Historic Sites and Homes in Loudoun County, Virginia

Aldie Mill Historic Park. Escape to another era and soak up the ambiance of yesterday at an array of Loudoun historic sites and homes. Visit a 200 year old historic mill, which survives today as Virginia’s only known grist mill powered by twin waterwheels. Admire the architecture of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Retreat to stately mansions with exquisite gardens. Touch a piece of America’s history and character at one of Loudoun County’s historic attractions. Click Here for more Information.

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park.This park preserves 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. No restrooms. Click Here for more information.

Claude Moore Park, Lanesville Heritage Area, Gilford Signal Station. Visit the park's Historic District for a self-guided tour and witness layers of park history including the French and Indian War and the Civil War. Walk the road that George Washington frequented. Tour the Lanesville House during a pre-scheduled open house. Visit the Guilford Signal Station telegraph/flag site and learn about its role in the Civil War. Join us for a history hike or a reenactment. Check our special event listings on our website for event information. Click Here for more information.

George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor. Dodona Manor, the home of General George C. Marshall from 1941-1959, is newly restored. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency. The home's 4 acres of land is under garden restoration and will be completed within two years. The center offers tours and hosts annual teacher workshops. Gen. Marshall is best known as the author of the Marshall plan which laid the groundwork for post World War II European recovery. Click Here for more information.

Goose Creek Bridge. This four arch stone bridge was built in 1802 as part of Ashby's Gap Turnpike, and is believed to be the oldest and longest in Virginia. It is one of the few remaining in Virginia, and was the scene of a cavalry and artillery duel on June 21, 1863. A Civil War Trails marker and interpretation is available. The bridge was bypassed by the relocation of Route 50 in 1957. Click Here for more information.

Heritage Farm Museum of Loudoun County. Experience 300 years of agricultural history and rural life in Loudoun County through exhibits, hands-on activities, and special events. Permanent exhibits include "The Country People", "Claude Moore Children's Farm", and the Waxpool General Store. Interactive children's play area. Programs meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. Located in Claude Moore Park, home of historic Vestal's Gap Road and the Lanesville Heritage Area. A gift shop sells farm and historical collectibles, handmade art and crafts, children's educational toys and puzzles, and goods produced by Virginia farmers. Click Here for more information.

The Loudoun Museum interprets the county's cultural history with permanent and changing exhibits, a 1820s Children's Discovery Room, and a Children's Colonial Garden. Click Here for more information.

The Mosby Heritage Area is a unique region of the Virginia Piedmont named for Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby who harried Union troops during the Civil War. The Mosby Heritage Area Association produces self-guided historic driving tours (brochures, CDs, and tapes) and a map that details over 300 years of history. Each is an introduction to quaint villages, stone-fenced farms, tree-lined byways, and magnificent vistas. The association also produces annual interpretive programs, lectures, and a Civil War Conference. Click Here for more information.

Morven Park. Home of Westmoreland Davis, progressive farmer and governor of Virginia from 1918-1922, this 1,000-acre property includes his Greek Revival style mansion, boxwood gardens, replica Confederate log huts, and Equestrian & Event Center. Two museums are also located at Morven Park. The Museum of Hounds and Hunting, which houses art, artifacts, and memorabilia of the centuries-old sporting tradition of foxhunting. The Winmill Carriage Museum is a collection of more than 50 restored 19th century horse-drawn carriages, including Tom Thumb's coach. Click Here for More information.

Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church. During the Civil War, this 1851 church served as a rendezvous site for Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby's men, a barracks, prison, hospital, and burial ground for Confederate and Union soldiers. Interior closed for restoration. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours: Grounds open during the day.Tour information: Inside private church tours and guided cemetery tours are available; call for reservations. Click Here for more information.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Oatlands, a National Trust site, encompasses 360 acres in scenic easements and features a Greek Revival mansion, circa 1804, rare 19th century brick dependencies including America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810, and a magnificent four acre English terraced garden. Oatlands offers guided tours of the mansion, grounds, and gardens. Oatlands also offers two gift shops featuring unique gift and gardening items. It is the perfect site for elegant weddings, social gatherings, special events, and corporate meetings. Click Here for more information.

Union Cemetery. Established in 1855 as a public cemetery open to people of all faiths, his cemetery contains several notable monuments including a Confederate War memorial. Click Here for more information.

Thomas Balch Library. A history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. Collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. Click Here for more information.

Washington DC Tours and Sites

The White House. Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request. Click Here for more information

U.S. Capitol. Guided tours of the historic Capitol begin at one of the Capitol Visitor Center’s orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through our country's struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses our Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, visitors will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. All tours begin and end at the Capitol Visitor Center. Click Here for more information.

Library of Congress. Daily Monday Through Saturday. Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Thomas Jefferson building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library, America’s oldest cultural institution: its history, collections, and services for Congress and the nation. Click Here for more information.

Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Building was designed by Cass Gilbert and built from 1931 to 1935. The Court first sat in the building on Monday, October 7, 1935. The building, majestic in size and rich in ornamentation, serves as both home to the Court and the manifest symbol of its importance as a coequal, independent branch of government. Architectural information describing many of the building's sculptural elements may be obtained from the Visitor Desk on the ground floor. Although the Supreme Court does not offer guided walking tours, visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own and take advantage of a variety of educational programs including Courtroom Lectures, a visitors’ film, and court-related exhibitions. Click Here for more information,

The National Mall. Seeing the Washington Monument rise majestically to the sky, surrounded by the stately U.S. Capitol Building at one end and the dignified Lincoln Memorial at the other, it’s hard not to think of America’s history. Explore the swath of land nicknamed "America’s front yard” and you’ll find inspiring monuments and memorials, museums and family fun.The National Mall is America’s most visited national park, where the past, present and future come together. The monuments and memorials in this park honor American forefathers and heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country. From the "I Have a Dream” speech to the AIDS Quilt, the Mall is the national stage where movements and celebrations take place, where people gather to have their voices heard. Click Here for more information.

The National Zoological Park, commonly known as the National Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States, and as part of the Smithsonian Institution, does not charge admission. Founded in 1889, its mission is to provide leadership in animal care, science, education, es. The first is a 163-acre (66 ha) urban park located in northwest Washington, D.C. Click Here for more information.

Washington National Cathedral. The National Cathedral, completed in 1990, is the culmination of a two-century-long plan for a majestic Gothic style cathedral. This richly decorated cathedral is located on a landscaped 57 acre plot of land on Mount Saint Albans in Northwest Washington, 400 feet above sea level. The top of the tower is the highest point in DC. Click Here for more information.

The Smithsonian. Explore and learn about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents with nearly 140 million objects, works of art and specimens to discover. The Smithsonian’s collection of knowledge centers serve as a treasure chest for visitors and a guide to the most fascinating aspects of our world. Admission is FREE. Click Here for more information.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. It also is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. Click Here for more information.

Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery welcomes visitors to explore the rich history found within the cemetery grounds. Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc., provides an interpretative tour bus service through Arlington with weekday stops at the Ord & Weitzel walking gate to see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, President John F. Kennedy gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial). Weekend service also includes stops near Section 55 and 60 and the Sept. 11 Memorial. Click Here for more information.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, is America's foremost memorial to our third president. As an original adaptation of Neoclassical architecture, it is a key landmark in the monumental core of Washington, DC The circular, colonnaded structure in the classic style was introduced to this country by Thomas Jefferson. Architect John Russell Pope used Jefferson's own architectural tastes in the design of the Memorial. The public may visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily and to provide interpretive programs throughout the day and upon request. Click Here for more information.

Wineries and Tasting Rooms in Loudoun County, Virginia
Just 25 miles from our nation's capital, Loudoun, Virginia: DC's Wine Country features 27 award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, the most of any county in Virginia, and grouped into five clusters. Each cluster is an experience in itself, along winding roads and up mountainsides, past regal horse farms and historic estates, and beside miles of elegant stacked stone fence. We suggest you enhance your visit by spending the night and enjoy each cluster for two or more days. Learn more about the owners and winemakers, the history of the land and its structures, and what makes each winery in Loudoun unique. Sample the wines and make your own personal notes because, after all, wine tasting is as personal as winemaking. While you're breathing in the aroma of years of winemaking experience, stop to admire each winery's breathtaking scenery, many with vineyards set against beautiful rolling hills, painted with the colors of the season.
8 Chains North. Winemaker Ben Renshaw began his winemaking career in 1998 and began making wine under his 8 Chains North label at Fabbioli Cellars in Leesburg in 2007. In 2010, 8 Chains North found a permanent home in Waterford in a renovated barn that now houses the winery and tasting room. The light and airy tasting room features indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the vineyard. Click Here for more information.
Bluemont Vineyard. Bluemont Vineyard is nestled on an eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains just minutes from Leesburg, Middleburg and surrounding towns. While enjoying our exceptional wines, you can take in the spectacular panoramic views from our wine tasting room. Click Here for more information.
Beaux Vineyards. Breaux Vineyards overlooks the beautiful valley between the Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountains. The friendly and knowledgeable staff offers tours and tastings of our flagship wines. Click Here for more information.
Casanel Vineyards. Located just minutes from downtown Leesburg, Casanel Vineyards is proudly Loudoun County's newest winery. Over forty breathtaking acres surround our beautifully handcrafted tasting room. There are plenty of places on the vineyard to sit back and savor. Click Here for more information.
Chrysalis Vineyards. Located on 412 rolling acres outside the village of Middleburg in the beautiful Bull Run Mountains, Chrysalis Vineyards is becoming one of the finest estate wineries on the East Coast. Our mission is to "proudly restore Virginia wines to world renown, and celebrate the homecoming of Norton, the Real American Grape!®". Click Here for more information.
Corcoran Vineyards. Traditional methods and limited production are the foundation for our award-winning wines. Experience personalized attention in our 250-year-old farm house tasting room overlooking a beautiful pond. Click Here for more information.
Crushed Cellars. Crushed Cellars is a family owned and operated farm winery that is passionate about fine wine. The tasting room has a warm and fun atmosphere and features a patio overlooking a pond and vineyard. Hours: Sat 12-5pm or by appointment. Click Here for more information
Doukenie Winery. Beautiful views and twelve acres of vineyards on a 500-acre farm. Visit our tasting room located near the pond in the lee of Short Hill Mountain. Picnic, sip wine, or bird watch under the willows or on our deck. We offer Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Raspberry Merlot, Fume Blanc, Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, and other award winning wines. Click Here for more information.
Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery. Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery is snuggled into nine rolling acres just one mile outside historic Leesburg in a stable and barn that was once home to the horses and dogs of the Loudoun Hunt Club. Owners Dean and Nancy Vanhuss have carefully restored it, using nearly all of the original wood to keep the spirit of the stable intact and give the winery a distinct rustic feel. Exposed wood beams, a tin roof, sconces, and a fireplace give the winery an updated and warm feeling. Click Here for more information.
Fabiola Cellars. The focus of this earth friendly, boutique winery is to grow and make world class wines and share them in a comfortable, unpretentious, and educational setting. The goal is always quality. Click Here for more information.
Hidden Brook Winery. One of Virginia's newest wineries, Hidden Brook is located seven miles north of Historic Leesburg, off Rt 15. Come and enjoy fine American wine in our Early American-style log winery. Click Here for more information.
Hillsborough Vineyards. Hillsborough Vineyards, located in the heart of scenic Loudoun Valley is the premier destination for wine-lovers, offering award-winning wines, breathtaking views, and outstanding service. Click Here for more information.
Hunters Run Wine Tasting Barn. Owner Geri Nolan, along with the proprietors from Corcoran Vineyards, winemaker Lori Corcoran and her husband Jim, invite you to this wine tasting barn for a fun and casual wine tasting experience. Geri and her sister Anne Gleeson, both hailing from County Limerick, Ireland, can be found behind the large equestrian-themed bar serving a bevy of award-winning Corcoran wines. Click Here for more information.
Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery. Lost Creek offers a warm family atmosphere. Enjoy wine and light fare in the cozy tasting room or covered patio overlooking vineyards and horse country. Click Here for more information.
Loudoun Valley Vineyards. A premier estate winery featuring award winning wines. Our wines can be enjoyed from our large glass-walled tasting room and spacious wrap-around decks. Click Here for more information.
North Gate Vineyards. North Gate Vineyard is owned and operated by Mark and Vicki Fedor, who purchased 26 acres of land at the base of the Short Hill Mountains in 1997. They found themselves caring for a few neglected vines on the property, a seemingly small effort that led them on a much larger journey. Click Here for more information.
Notaviva Vineyards. Notaviva Vineyards, located just west of Hillsboro, is one of Loudoun's newest wineries. Enjoy the perfect blend of live music and fine wines in our custom hand-crafted timber frame tasting room. Click Here for more information.
Quattro Goomba's Winery. Enjoy the Spirit and Taste of Italy in Virginia! Quattro Goomba's Winery is a unique micro winery that produces Mediterranean style wine of the highest quality. We incorporate traditional old world methods passed on to us by our ancestors over many generations. Click Here for more information.
Sunset Hills Vineyard. Sunset Hills Vineyard produces award winning wines from a historic farm in western Loudoun County. Our winery is in a relaxing and pastoral setting with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountain ranges. Our Amish restored 130 year old barn with two story decks, spring house and corn crib offer a beautiful sunset view of the valley. Click Here for more information.
Swedenburg Estate Vineyard. This family winery on a working farm produces six classic European style wines. Enjoy the wine and beautiful countryside vistas. Click Here for more information.
Tarara Winery. Nestled in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains and on the bluffs of the Potomac River is Tarara, a 475-acre farm devoted to the art of producing fine wines. Uniquely located in a 6,000 square foot cave, our winery and gift shop are open year round to wine lovers everywhere. Experience our award-winning wines and stroll through our vineyards or along 6 miles of hiking trails. Let us host your special occasions, or time your visit to include one of our numerous events...from Blackberry and Apple festivals to Sunset Dinners on the deck high above the river. Click Here for more information.
The Boxwood Winery. Boxwood Winery produces red wines in three styles in the Bordeaux tradition from five varieties of grapes certified by the French government: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec. The winery will produce no more than 5,000 cases annually once the vineyard is fully established. The winery is open by appointment only but you may visit their satellite tasting room in Middleburg, The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop. Click Here for more information.
The Boxwood Tasting Room, Wine Bar & Shop. Set in historic Middleburg, the Boxwood Winery’s satellite tasting room is a modern oasis for wine lovers, featuring a contemporary design in tune with their wine service. Customers may enjoy a traditional wine tasting of Boxwood’s three Bordeaux style wines as well as 15 domestic and imported wines (particularly from Bordeaux) dispensed by a state-of-the-art Enomatic machine. The Enomatic allows customers to self-serve wine by the one, three, or five ounce pours, making it easy and fun to sample new wines or to compare Boxwood’s Bordeaux style wines with wines from the region which inspired them. The tasting room offers table service and light fare of assorted cheeses and charcuterie in their well-lit indoor space as well as on the patio, both offering great views of Main Street Middleburg. The Tasting Room sells all wine for purchase at the bar and to go. Click Here for more information.
Village Winery. This small farm winery with ten acres of vineyards is located just outside the village of Waterford. The winery is housed in a restored farm building next to a large, old bank barn. Our wines are crafted entirely by hand and are aged in French oak barrels. Click Here for more information.
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. Willowcroft is an internationally acclaimed winery producing small quantities of high quality wine. The vineyards at Willowcroft are located high atop the Catoctin Ridge, with panoramic views of the Loudoun Valley. Visitors are welcome for tours, and wine tastings. Click Here for more information.
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard. We are open by appointment for tasting or tours. We enjoy showing interested wine drinkers how we raise our grapes. Click Here for more information.

Relax, rejuvenate, and restore your mind and body at our pampering Loudoun spas.
Begin your day with an invigorating massage. Hot stone or deep tissue – both are revitalizing choices. If you seek to recharge your batteries after a day of shopping or golf, indulge in a facial, mud bath, or foot scrub. You’ll find yourself restored and ready for dinner in one of Loudoun’s gourmet restaurants. Retreat to the pastoral beauty of Loudoun County and allow your stress to melt away with a soothing spa experience.
Amenity Day Spa.Amenity Day Spa is Ashburn, Virginia's premier day spa, featuring custom facials, massage therapy, hair and nail services for women and men. The word "amenity” is derived from the Latin word amoenus, meaning "pleasant” or "delightful.” Amenity Day Spa has expanded on this meaning by creating a very special getaway with a state-of-the-art facility and professional staff dedicated to providing the ultimate in beauty and relaxation. Click Here for more information.
Eclipse Salon & Day Spa. Eclipse Salon & Day Spa has been recommended by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "Top Salon & Spas" in the Washington DC area. Voted Best Salon by Northern Virginia Magazine. Full service salon & spa featuring complete hair, nail, body and skin service . Click Here for more information.
Hideaway Massage. Hideaway Massage offers a variety of bodywork including Reflexology, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Thai, Sports, Lymphatic Drainage, and Bella Nina Facelift massages. Shorter 30 minute massages focusing on hands, feet, and neck are also available. Click Here for more information.
The Medical Spa at Nova. Advanced skin care, therapeutic body treatments, nutrition, exercise, and stress management are major components of our services and are designed to bridge scientific research and advanced technologies with medical spa therapies originating from Europe and Asia. Click Here for more information.
Rouge Boutique & Spa. Beauty spa, and apothecary boutique. Located in the historic and quaint town of Leesburg, Rouge therapies will awaken, soothe, restore, and refresh you. Once you've surrendered to the pleasures of the senses, you may very well find it difficult to leave. Rouge Spa bestows your senses with our various atmospheric rooms ranging from earthy healing stones to more contemporary environments helping you to discover the sensation of inner-beauty. Click Here for more information.
Spa Minérale. A 12,000-square-foot destination spa featuring a variety of mesmerizing spa treatments for both mind and body. The spa will offer 13 treatment rooms including a couples' suite, private Spa Suite, and unique relaxation lounges and terraces. Featuring signature spa products inspired by Virginia's mineral-rich environment and indigenous botanicals. Click Here for more information.

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