Meetings, Retreats, Team Building in the Virginia Blue Ridge at Graves
Warm Winter Retreat with Fireplaces for a Cozy Country Meeting by Shenandoah Park in Blue Ridge
Where Are We?
Syria, VA. In heart of Blue Ridge, right next to Shenandoah National Park on Rose River.
. . . Washington DC - 2 hrs, 92 miles
. . . Charlottesville - 1 hr, 38 miles
. . . Richmond - 2 hrs, 95 miles
. . . Charleston WV, Raleigh -Chapel Hill-Durham 4.25 hrs
What Are We Like?
1100 Acres of Blue Ridge Forest and Meadows - a working farm and orchards
3 Lodges with meeting spaces
- as many deer, foxes, turkies, bear, cattle, and apple trees as you can find
In Rose Valley by the Blue Ridge, - nearest town (very small) is 10 miles, yet we are near Washington DC for meetings and retreats.
Quasi Disconnected with Limited cell - only available through Internet to Cell/Cell to Internet connection (not hard to set up and usually automated through phone settings.
Modest - not fancy
Country style. We are not luxury. No spa or golf course here. Rather hiking, fishing, riding, monopoly, camp-fires, s'mores, local music, and front porch rocking chair life.
Accommodations, again modest, not fancy
- 55 Lodge Rooms with 36 double queens and 17 kings or two twins
- 16 Cabins - log cabins to farmhouses - from 1 bedroom to 8
Meeting Spaces - 17
14 Indoor Total SF 9500 - boardrooms. Break out and general
2 Outdoor/Indoor SF - 8000 picnic pavilions and surround along the river
1 Outdoor "special event site" 40,000 SF plus parking for 2000 cars in adjoining fields
Team Building by Andy Nichols
Indoor and/or outdoor training locations.
Andy will build exactly to the group's goals, time allotment, and budget.
Types Of Meeting Packages that we have
- Day Meeting Package
- Overnight Meeting Package
- Build Your Own Meeting
with our team's assistance
- Shannon Minton, Director of Sales
- Missy Graves - Sales and Detailer
- Barbara Waga - Sales and Detailer
- Gail - Catering & Conference Services
Food and Beverage Services
In Main Lodge restaurant spaces - public or private room
Family style southern fare, large communal tables
Catered meals in the meeting spaces
Cook-outs by fire-pit or horse ride and hay wagon trip to 1 mile distant chuck-wagon cook-out. Horse rides before and after dinner.
Meal and wine tasting, off premise at our neighbor DuCard Vineyard.
All there is to do
Hikes - led or self-directed
Nature hike or show & tell around the fire
Scavenger hunt - nature based
Horse-back Trail rides
Fishing on own or with guide mentorship
Rods and Reel to borrow.
Fly fishing workshop
Catfish - fishing at the pond - after dinner with bon-fire.
Rose Valley Music night with local talent around the fireplace or fire-pit with s'mores
Vineyard trip - just 2 1/2 miles over the ridge. Tour of vineyard and vats with wine-makers, in season can do a work period in the vines, taste the vintages.
Outdoor seasonal pool - a huge one, Jr Olympic.
In-doors activities - we are old school. Just people interacting.
Jig-saw puzzle tournament
Wine tasting while creating your own landscape watercolor
Wine tasting - with DuCard Vineyards
Beer tasting with Beer Hound craft brewers
Proximity to Northern VA, DC, MD, Much of VA, Northern WV
Map location in VA/DC/WV area for Graves Mountain Farm & Lodges
Giving Back to Our Communities
We donate to and provide training support for Girl and Boy Scouts - the "Scouts", youth sports in Madison and Culpeper, Future Farmers of America - local chapters and East Central Regions Coast, Virginia Soil and Water Conservation, The Farm Bureau, Camp Unakite with Boys and Girls Club of Madison, Tour de Madison bike races, and University of Virginia Baseball and Basketball Teams.