Steve Wheat

Steve Wheat is the Marketing Manager at Airlie. He has 25 years of experience as a creative professional with a diverse background, including graphic design, advertising, web development, photography, and publishing. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his equally creative wife, Carina, and two sons.

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Raising the Bar at Harry’s: Taylor Malinowski pours creativity into every cocktail she serves

Like an artist in her studio, Taylor Malinowski is in her element behind the bar, where she loves to create flavorful compositions. Taylor’s palette of ingredients includes much of what you’d expect — rum, vodka, grenadine, etc. — but also some less expected choices. 

“I’d love to get my hands on some fresh lavender, or hibiscus,” she said. “There’s so much I can do with those two ingredients.”

Fortunately, spring is just around the corner and she’ll soon have a wide variety of herbs and other ingedients from Airlie’s organic garden to choose from. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Read on to learn more about Taylor.

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Stephanie Dee turns her passions for photography, travel and weddings into a rewarding career

There has hardly been a period of Stephanie Dee’s life not spent behind the lens of a camera. Starting out with disposable cameras in elementary school, photography developed into more than just a creative outlet for her, it became a passion. She also discovered a passion for travel. And a love for weddings. So it’s only natural she ended up starting a wedding photography business. And, with 136 weddings under her belt so far, a very busy wedding photography business at that.

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Rosanna Smith squirrels away vintage furniture and decor to create beautiful vignettes at weddings and events

As a child, Rosanna Smith figured she would grow up to be a businesswoman. And she did. But she had no clue her business would involve styling vignettes with vintage furniture and decor for weddings and events. Of course, her business Bella Villa Antiques & Vintage Rentals is much more complicated than styling events. She’s also busy responding to inquiries, drafting proposals, meeting with clients, coordinating deliveries, managing inventory, and many other tasks. 

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Fall foliage and an abundance of autumnal activities make October an opportune time to visit the scenic Virginia countryside

Autumn at Airlie is one of our favorite seasons. At this time of year, Virginia truly offers the best of both worlds with beautiful color, and comfortably warm temperatures. All the more reason to venture out and have "fun in the sun" during your stay.  

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IT Technician Noah Gigliotti’s passion for technology, helping others, and superheroes earns him the moniker “Iron Man” at Airlie

Even thought Noah Gigliotti is one of Airlie’s newest employees, he is already a familiar face around the property. As an IT Technician, he has helped just about everyone with phone, computer, or networking issues. He’s a good fit for the job not only for his valuable technical skills, but also his desire to help. Noah has a history of helping others. In fact, his first career was as a mental health counselor. After 11 years, he made a career change to IT and continues to help others, just in a different way.

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Airlie’s namesake, a medieval castle in Scotland, has a fascinating history

Many of our guests are surprised to learn our historic hotel gets its name from Airlie Castle in Scotland, which dates back to 1432. Harry Connelly Groome, who founded Airlie in 1899, visited the castle during a golf trip to nearby St. Andrews and noted strong similarities in the rolling terrain to his own property in Warrenton, Virginia.

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