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Samantha Whitaker, Corporate Event Sales

Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Samantha joined the Fearrington House team in 2007 after earning a degree in Psychology from James Madison University. Samantha worked in Inn Reception before moving into Corporate Sales in 2008. View her blog.

Summer Alterations Ready for Fall

Ever since the start of the season, our General Manager and staff have been busy as ever updating each one of our 32 Inn Rooms down to the last detail!  Each one more gorgeous than the last, the modernized colors and fabrics have all been a hit with our Inn guests.  In between some of the overnight room madness, we have also been able to update a couple of the meeting rooms as well!  Check out the fresh looks below and be sure check out our updated meeting home page! Full Post >

Meet until you’re Beat!

Known as the “ultimate global travel community event,” Virtuoso Travel Week is one not to miss!  Over 4,000+ Virtuoso travel agents gather together in Las Vegas each year to meet & greet with hoteliers from all over the world.  Similar to speed dating each hotelier is given just 4 minutes to present the travel agent with as much information about their property as possible before time is up and they move on to the next agent.  Now imagine doing this 100 times a day for 4 days... Full Post >

Meet. Eat. Swim!

For those who are not local let me start by saying it has been in the high 80’s for the past two weeks!  With temperatures on the rise, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our outdoor pool.  This facility opened for the season in May and will remain open until the end of September.  As an Inn guest, it’s as easy as grabbing a complimentary bike (or catch a ride in our golf cart) and presenting your room key when you enter. The Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club offers lap... Full Post >

Prepare for take-off…

Ever questioned what would “elevate” your next meeting or event?  For those that are tired of the normal meet and greet or would like to add in a fun activity before dinner, we have an exciting offer!  Richard Parr from Mystic Ventures in Pittsboro owns and operates his own hot air balloon rides available in the local area.  Great for a special occasions or onsite events (he even offers a champagne flight for 2!), Richard can accommodate up to 3 people per ride and can go up either at... Full Post >

After Hours

The nice weather has got us Fearrington employees longing to lounge outside amongst the beautiful gardens or take a quick walk to check in on our Beltie friends!  When the weekend comes around we have also been taking full advantage of our beer garden Roost which offers a nice selection of beer, wine, small plates (Capps’ Pizza on Friday nights!) and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Whether unwinding after a long meeting day, meeting up with clients or enjoying an evening... Full Post >

Plan a day for your Administrative Staff!

Wednesday, April 24th is Administrative Professionals Day and what better way to thank your staff then treating them with lunch at the Fearrington Granary, spirits at our outdoor beer garden Roost or even a gift card to indulge themselves in the future!  Reservations for lunch and dinner can be made at 919.542.2121 or on  Gift cards are available in any denomination for all of our shops, including McIntyre’s Bookstore, Dovecote, Haven and the Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant... Full Post >

Add some Pep to your PM Step!

Ever need a mid-afternoon sweet treat to pick you up and get you through the rest of the day?  In all of our meeting rooms at each place setting we use small chocolates to do just that!  Inspired by nature, NewTree offers a variety of products from chocolates to spreads with flavors such as Blackcurrant, Milk Chocolate with Lavender or with Cinnamon to awaken your senses.  Geared towards making delectable and sustainable goods, some of NewTree’s chocolates are now also organic!  It’s... Full Post >

The “New” Old Laundry Room

By now most of our guests have seen the updated Fearrington House Restaurant (renovations were complete in 2012), however, what some might not realize is that around the same time, The Old Laundry – one of our meeting rooms/private dining spaces – was also redecorated.  Perfect for a group of 35, the Old Laundry seats guests at round tables in a completely private location.  Dinner is provided by the Fearrington House and can be enjoyed as a plated meal or even as a buffet style.  It is... Full Post >

Come Dine with Us

There is a show in England called "Come Dine With Us" that shows four strangers meeting for the first time to compete in a dinner “cook-off.”  Each participant plans and coordinates a dinner event for the other three guests, including the cooking of the meal, hosting that evening and selecting entertainment for the night.  While we don’t ask groups to plan an entire evening for each other, our Ready Steady Cook Challenge does require groups to create an appetizer and main entrée... Full Post >