Natalie Glenn

Natalie Glenn is this summer’s Sales and Marketing intern. As a Junior at Virginia Tech, Natalie is studying Public Relations and the beauty of Blacksburg. Natalie has lived in Warrenton for most of her short life, and enjoys exploring the great outdoors or playing with dogs when she’s not working hard at Airlie.

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Life hacks from the Airlie staff

During my summer internship, I learned a lot about not only the hospitality business, but also the people who work here at Airlie. It takes a large team of passionate and hard-working individuals to run Airlie. As it turns out, many of them are also quite creative, so I asked if they could share with me some of the resourceful tips and tricks they use to make their jobs and personal lives easier (a.k.a. “life hacks”).

 

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Smart and hard-working, Bill and Duke help control geese at Airlie

This week, we wanted to introduce you to our goose dogs. We love them so much, we thought you might, too. Bill and Duke come from Flyaway Farm in Locust, North Carolina, where Rebecca Gibson and her team train Border Collies to control geese, deer, double-breasted cormorants, egrets and sandhill cranes. Like all of the working dogs from Flyaway Farm, Rebecca trained Airlie’s goose dogs to be well-socialized, using positive reinforcement techniques to ensure a hard worker with a great attitude.

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Q&A with Shiloh Wolfrey, Catering Sales Manager

As one of Airlie’s Catering Sales Managers, Shiloh Wolfrey is responsible for helping the bride and groom plan one of the most memorable days of their lives. From finding the perfect venue to the finishing touches, Shiloh creates weddings that feel like fairytales. Having started at Airlie as a banquet server, Shiloh knows everything that goes into the big day, down to the smallest detail.

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Our summer intern’s guide to the most popular selfie spots at Airlie

Airlie’s picturesque setting in the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains makes it a perfect place for your next Instagram post. Whether it’s a group photo, romantic couple shot, or a quick selfie, we invite you to pick your favorite spot and tag us (@airlieva) to document your visit. 

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From civil engineer to pastry chef: Lora Vennettilli Gookin switches careers and builds a successful bakery business — with plans to grow

A former civil engineer, Lora Vennettilli Gookin turned a hobby into an entrepreneurship when she started making cakes. It all started with her daughter’s first birthday cake. 

Even then, baking was still simply a hobby. Eventually, Lora’s hobby brought her to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Arizona.  She then opened her business, Gâteau, in Arizona in 2008 and has been operating in Virginia since 2011. To date, Lora has created over 900 cakes, and is excited to open a bakery/café in Warrenton, Virginia later this summer.

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Q&A with Diana Crowley, Airlie’s Meeting and Special Events Manager

Diana Crowley, Airlie’s Meeting and Special Events Manager, helps to plan all the meetings, conferences and retreats at Airlie. Diana spends her days communicating with her clients and preparing for their stay, writing event orders to aid staff in events, and oversees the day to day operations of the catering and planning staff.

“The best part of my day is when guests arrive on property,” Diana said. “It gives me an opportunity to walk the grounds and interact with our guests.”

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Ella O’Donnell sculpts unique works of art with a delicate medium

Horticulture has been a lifelong passion for Ella O’Donnell. Growing up on a working farm in South Carolina, Ella enjoyed tending an heirloom rose garden with her grandmother. Through the years, her love and knowledge of horticulture and floristry grew. She became an active member of local garden clubs and worked as the lead bridal consultant and designer for one of the most preeminent commercial florists in northern Virginia.

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During your visit, take time to explore all three of Airlie’s gardens

At Airlie, we are fortunate to have not just one, but three different gardens, each with its own purpose and unique characteristics. Guests are welcome to visit all of them and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells they discover as they explore.

 

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Airlie founder Harry Connelly Groome was a turn-of-the-century polymath and an active member of the community

Harry Connelly Groome was more than just a wealthy man from Philadelphia who built Airlie House after moving here in 1899 with his wife Mary. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments, including sportsman, soldier, author, farmer, historian, and an active citizen of Fauquier County, Virginia.

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