Meet Bryce Leazer, Conference Operations team member, Fauquier High School sophomore, and athlete. Earlier this month, Bryce competed in the Virginia High School League Golf Championship, a Class 4 State Tournament. Reaching the tournament was a milestone in and of itself, as a Fauquier High student hadn't earned a championship spot in 8 years. Naturally, we wanted to learn more about Bryce's passion for golf, his goals, and what he does for fun.
We know the drill. Some days we see a beautiful blue Lake Stanley and other days we see the floating masses of green particles against a backdrop of brownish water and think, “yuck.” But we should really be thinking “yay,” because what we’re witnessing is an important part of the pond ecosystem: algae.
While certain types of algae can be bad for ponds and lakes, what we have at Airlie is a beneficial type called planktonic algae.
Labor Day 2017 was one for the books as we celebrated one year with American University. Over the past 12 months we’ve perfected the mantra “if you're going to do a thing, do it right and do it big.” So, we took that to heart and invited top-10 country artist Midland to perform a set for 400 of our closest friends. Not too shabby!
At Airlie, we are in the people business. Our main charge each day is to serve all with gracious welcoming and a kind spirit. We know it as hospitality, defined as “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.”
At Airlie, we’re always adding to our menu of fresh, seasonal cocktails. Between the local distilleries and our on-grounds garden, each drink is uniquely Virginian. While our culinary team gathers inspiration here in our corner of the world, they also gain influence by extralocal experiences.
Keeping that in mind, we decided to check out what some of our fellow historic hotels were serving up for the summer months. We were excited to try our hand at mixing these (and tasting), as well as sharing some of our own new recipes.