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Feeling Adventurous? The Great Virginia Outdoors Are Calling!

Spring is ready to burst here in Virginia. As the sunshine awakens nature, it also beckons us outside with renewed energy and often a strong desire for adventure. Virginia is the perfect place to dust off your hiking boots, get some wear on the tread on your new bike tires, or get up close and personal with the rapids on the New River. 

Don’t ignore the call to explore, instead grab your calendar and start planning a few adventures in Virginia!  

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Exciting Food Trends to Explore in 2021

In 2020, the foodservice industry was handed a tricky challenge and that challenge has been overcome with nothing short of genius and innovation. 

Food trends in 2021 have taken a definitive direction with a heavy emphasis on creativity, technology, experience, and health. As a result, serving the public through food has never been more personalized and experiential.

Preston’s and the other venues at The Inn at Virginia Tech have joined the fun by pushing the boundaries of foodservice to cater to the challenges by keeping customers happy and healthy. 

We’re excited to explore some of the food trends we’re looking forward to in the coming year. 

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Meet the Team at The Inn at Virginia Tech

If you’ve ever done business with the staff at The Inn at Virginia Tech, you know they are some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable around.

Here’s your chance to learn more about what makes the team tick, including how they learned to best serve the local community and a few “little known facts”.

We’re not giving away any trade secrets, just the inside scoop on our staff. Check it out! 

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Blacksburg, Virginia: The Perfect Small Town for a Weekend Getaway

If you had a full weekend to spend in Blacksburg, Virginia what would you do with your time? The town has so much to offer, how can you fit everything in? The truth is, you can’t do it all, but you can maximize your 48 hours in town to experience many of the flavors and fun that are unique to Blacksburg.

From a local standpoint, here are some recommendations for things to do and see in our area. We’re excited about your visit! 


Looking Ahead: Meeting Trend Forecast for 2021

The face of business meetings changed dramatically in 2020. The pandemic was unexpected, forcing changes in how we work globally. Months later, many are still working remotely, meeting via video conferences, hybrid meetings, or in grand spaces where everyone can practice proper social distancing. 


Hybrid Meeting How-To: A Deep Dive Into Planning and Executing a Meeting That is Powerful and Effective

As we explored in our recent post, Changing the Way We Meet with Hybrid Meetings, a hybrid meeting is a meeting where a portion of the participants are on-site in a safe, socially distanced meeting room set while other attendees are connecting online virtually from around the country or world. 

Today, we’re going to explore why hybrid meetings are so important, the types of hybrid meetings to look forward to, and tips for executing a flawless event.


Micro Weddings, Social Distancing, and Making Your Day Special at The Inn at Virginia Tech

An Interview with Bianca Norton, Director of Catering

Bianca Norton

Today’s wedding challenges from social distancing to travel challenges have some couples fretting about how to make their day special. Bianca Norton, Director of Catering at The Inn at Virginia Tech sat down for a quick interview recently and had some timely wisdom to share. She gives insight from how to create an intimate setting while social distancing and how to include special guests who cannot attend your micro wedding in person. 

If you are planning a wedding this fall or anytime in the near future and are unsure how to make the day live up to your dreams, this is a must-read.