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 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 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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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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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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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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The ever-evolving Airlie returns to its roots as one of Fauquier County’s working farms with a continued committment to sustainable practices

Here at Airlie, we like to think we are not like most hotel properties. With the expansion of our very own Airlie farm happening right now, we are definitely blazing a very special trail. From fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and even livestock, our farm is growing rapidly. I interviewed Airlie’s executive director, Chuck Smith, to get the inside scoop about the new and exciting stuff happening.

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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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