Part of northern Virginia, the city of Sterling includes Dulles International Airport and its technology corridor near the nation's capital; and in Sterling's backyard is verdant Loudoun County, which is Washington, DC's wine region, as well as being part of Virginia's beautiful horse country. Thus, convening at Sterling event venues can satisfy accessibility and provide a feast for the senses.
With part of Washington Dulles International Airport, which offers an extensive list of domestic and international flights, actually in Sterling, all the city's meeting hotels are within easy reach of that facility.
As part of the Dulles Technology Corridor near the airport, hotel venues in Sterling include the 297-room Holiday Inn Washington Dulles International Airport, which can host a meeting for up to 400 people in the largest of its five function rooms. It is adjacent to the Executive Conference & Training Center, which has 10,000 square feet of meeting space (and no guest rooms). In addition are such properties as the 171-room DoubleTree by Hilton Sterling, which can handle up to 350 participants for a meeting; the 158-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott Dulles, with space for up to 100; and the 134-room Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles – North, which can accommodate up to 130.
On the fringe of Sterling are two of Loudoun County's top meetings resorts: The 296-room Lansdowne Resort (now part of Destination Hotels & Resorts' portfolio of IAAC-certified properties) can accommodate a meeting of up to 1,000 people in its 33 meeting rooms, which include a newly renovated ballroom; while the area's newest property, the 167-room Salamander Resort & Spa, features 12,000 square feet of meeting space and is one of the first LEED-certified resorts in the nation.
For special event venues in Sterling proper, some adrenaline-pumping venue options range from two laser tag facilities and a rock climbing center to Rebounderz, a 26,000-square-foot indoor trampoline arena. For more low-key events, just a few minutes away are the 1870s-era barn at Sunset Hills Vineyard, with 3,000 square feet of function space; and Oatlands Plantation, a 350-acre estate that is a National Trust Site and features a carriage house that can host an event of up to 250 people.
The flavors of Sterling offer the same interesting blend as the city itself. At Mokomandy, the menu is a collaboration of Korean and Cajun foods, while at Sweetwater Tavern, American favorites mix with a variety of hickory-fired meats and seafood and the restaurant's award-winning hand-crafted beers. At O'Malley's Pub, the comfy neighborhood feel is part of the establishment's attraction, along with its signature Flat Iron Steaks.
This city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is home to the 357-acre Claude Moore Park. Within that park are miles of hiking trails, two fishing ponds, and an elaborate sportsplex as well as some distinctive historic elements. Running through the park is the last known undeveloped section of the historic Vestal's Gap Road, a trail once frequented by George Washington on his travels from Mount Vernon to the western frontier.