MJ Arquette

As a Digital Marketing Specialist for Airlie, MJ provides content for its website, blog and social channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In addition, she assists with overall marketing strategy, photo shoots, and graphic design. Her passion for marketing and the hospitality industry make her a valued member of Airlie's collaborative marketing team. Outside of work, MJ enjoys family time with her husband and three kids, traveling, and is usually in the midst of a household project (or five).

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Duane DuPrey brings creativity and passion to the table at Harry's

 

A native Texan, Chef Duane DuPrey got his start in Grandma's kitchen. Since then he has travelled the world over, honing his craft in Maryland, Pennyslvania, and Washington, D.C., in addition to his home state. Landing at Harry's, Duane is excited to pair fresh garden produce and proteins from Airlie Berkshire Farm with the bold flavors of his repertoire. The menu will continuously evolve, based on what's fresh and seasonal - and where Duane's style leads him. Follow Harry's on Facebook for the latest, and learn more about Duane below.

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Airlie's Formal Gardens: A Historical Treasure

 

When I set out to write this blog, the idea was to focus on Boxwood care. After a little bit of research, I was able to find a digitized copy (thanks Google!) of House & Garden Magazine from 1907 which featured Airlie... and down the rabbit hole of history I went. I was entranced by the fact that what started as Harry Connelly Groome's private residence has now evolved into a beautiful, thriving property for so many to enjoy. Can you imagine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walking through the Boxwood hedges while working on 'I Have a Dream,' or Senator Gaylord Nelson taking a stroll after presenting the initial concept of Earth Day?

And for so many couples, it has served as their path to the altar - full of emotion, joy, and love. Oh, if those stems could talk. But I digress - and quote the great Lewis Carroll, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" So history it is, with a few tips for all the Boxwood owners out there. Read on to learn more about the past, present, and future of Airlie's treasured landscape - the formal gardens.

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The significance of herbs in Airlie’s organic garden continues to grow

 

At Airlie we have been cultivating produce, flowers, and herbs in our on-site organic garden for 20 years. Founded in 1998 as our most delicious commitment to the environment, the garden has been providing the best possible ingredients for our kitchens long before the phrase “farm-to-table” became restaurateur canon.

Season after season, the garden has become about so much more than food. Our community garden plots are buzzing with area neighbors, we’ve welcomed new animals (and bees!), hosted events, and utilized every opportunity to educate our guests and visitors about the importance of sustainable agriculture.

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Quaid Coxsey: wedding and event planner, style guru, equestrian enthusiast

Coco Chanel once said: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Enter Quaid Coxsey, Airlie wedding and event planner extraordinaire, and (if we do say so ourselves) the perfect combination of style, sophistication and sass. While consistently abreast of what’s trending, Quaid’s keen sense of time-honored, classic style is a bonus for both our wedding couples and event hosts alike. His prior experience in both the equestrian and floral industries left him with exceptional time management skills, diligence, and process. The result? A distinct and personalized experience for our clients. Read on to learn more about Quaid.

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FHS sophomore Bryce Leazer excels on the golf course and at Airlie

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.

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It’s not easy being green: Algae at Airlie

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.

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Airlie celebrates one year with American University

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!

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L-O-V-E

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.”

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Five cocktails from historic hotels you need to try this summer

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.

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