Fearrington Village with Retreat Resources
An Awesome Exhibit Show at Fearrington Village!
So have you ever been to Fearrington Village!?!? I’ve heard about it numerous times but had never had the privilege to visit the property. All of that changed last week when I joined my good friend, Christine Johnson of First Point Management Resources to attend the Retreats Resources 2013 Showcase Roadshow. Christine invited me because she knows that I have had experience in helping to plan Rotary District Conferences and Cary Chamber incentive trips over the past few years. The NC Triangle Event was held at Fearrington Village, located in Pittsboro, NC. I had a wonderful time at the event with Christine and the others from her office. The event started with a Welcome Social at The Roost where we enjoyed live music and a fresh array of local cured meats and local cheeses, plus sweet desserts. From there we moved to The Barn for the vendor & meeting planner showcase. I tagged along with Christine & her crew as we talked to different luxury hotels & travel destinations. A big part of Christine’s job (and First Point Resources) is to book travel & meeting conferences for their association clients.
My undergraduate degree from ECU was in Hospitality Management, so I also enjoy these events very much. There was a silent auction during the vendor expo and all of the proceeds were given to Water To Wine and go towards supporting their mission of providing clean water to people around the world. The next part of the evening event at Fearrington Village was my favorite…a HUGE & BEAUTIFUL hot air balloon was inflated on the farm and balloon rides (small ones) were offered to all attendees. I didn’t go up in the balloon, but I had a BLAST watching and taking pictures! During the balloon viewing/rides, I ran into my friend, Elaine Smith, Owner of E-Destinations. Elaine has been a friend through the Cary Chamber and has planned many of the Cary Chamber Membership Drive Reward Trips over the past few years. She’s an expert at group travel destinations!
Shortly after the balloon rides we were escorted to dinner at The Garden Terrace, a totally beautiful indoor/outdoor area at Fearrington Village. Dinner was BEYOND FANTASTIC! Grand Master Chef, Colin Bedford, created the menu that included: crab salad with Avocado Puree, Beef Wellington, Bacon Creamed Corn, Seared Halibut and MORE! I had the pleasure of meeting Juan Cure, who serves Fearrington Village as their Travel Industry Sales leader during the event. Juan and his team are very proud of the Fearrington Village Property and gladly answered all of our questions. We had a chance to see the Belties (the cows on the property) and even took a few pictures for their Facebook Beltie Social Media Contest (too bad I didn’t get my picture submitted in time! I think it was a winner!) I’d like to say THANK YOU to Suzanne Dawson from The Fairmont in Washington, DC as she was so friendly and very helpful with answering travel questions about DC & the surrounding area. I think a family trip to DC to see all of the museums is in our near future! Thanks also to Christine for inviting me to go and as always…to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet (located in downtown Cary & downtown Apex) for styling me in this unique Joseph Ribkoff dress. It was perfect for Fearrington Village! Mentioned Beccasblog.com at My Girlfriend’s Closet and get 10% off your total purchase!
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