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6 Meaningful Ways Companies Can Give Back This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here! It’s a season for cheer, parties, and giving. During the holiday season, it’s fun to shop for gifts and celebrate with family but what about giving back to the community as a company? 

As a business in your community, you have greater influence and the opportunity to make a bigger impact than just an individual. Use that leverage to impact your community in a way that will last beyond the holiday season with these corporate charity ideas.

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Decorating is Underway! Fashions For Evergreens at The Inn

It’s that time again – Our 16th annual Fashions for Evergreens contest is underway! Voting is Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, December 12.

Fashions For Evergreens 2021

This much-anticipated tree decorating contest fills our foyer and entrance area with trees that are decorated at a designer level by local businesses and organizations. 

“We’ve loved being able to host this event for 16 years and seeing how it’s grown,” says Teresa Hughes, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Inn. “It’s so fun to see designers come back year after year and watch their creations just get better and better.” 

The designers’ hard work does not go unnoticed by the public. Thousands of people come to view the trees in person each year and they receive more than 20,000 views on Facebook. Many families have even made the competition part of their family traditions by taking yearly photos in the foyer. This is an incredibly popular event that we are proud to sponsor each year. 

To make the contest even more interactive, everyone has the opportunity to vote on their favorite evergreen after walking through using a QR code while at the hotel. Can’t make it to see the trees live? No big deal! You can also vote for your favorite on social media. There are also professional judges who cast their votes as well. 

“We’re thankful for the designers that make the holidays come to life at The Inn,” says Isaac Rife, Marketing Manager and Fashions for Evergreens Coordinator. “By having multiple ways to vote and promoting the competition on our social media, we’re able to offer extra exposure to the designers’ business or organization.”

This year, 15 trees are available for public viewing and voting from Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, December 12. Winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony for designers. The trees will be on display through Sunday, January 2. 

Our foyer’s creatively designed trees present awe-inspiring decorating ideas in an extraordinary display. After you take in all of the dazzling trees, be sure to cast a vote for your favorite.

Visit The Inn at Virginia Tech to participate in this wonderful event!

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10 Ways Alumni Can Support Their Alma Mater

Being a college alumnus plays an important role in life. Whether you were the first person in your family to go to college or are preparing for your child’s graduation, it’s never too late to give back and be a part of the next generation of success stories.

We are inspired by our strong alumni relations here at Virginia Tech! Our Hokie Nation is a dedicated group that fosters great relationships with their alma mater.


7 Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Holiday Event This Year

This holiday season, you can celebrate with your colleagues and friends in an unforgettable way. Whether you’re planning a corporate holiday party, office get-together, or community event, it’s the perfect time of year for a celebration. 

A holiday party can be a great way to show appreciation for everyone’s hard work this past year or honor those in the community. But with so many options out there, where do you start?  

We have compiled some helpful tips on how to plan an unforgettable event that will keep your team motivated and excited about finishing 2021 and starting 2022.

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The Colors and Flavors of Fall are Abundant in Blacksburg, VA

It’s hard to say which is more glorious, the flavors or the colors of fall in Virginia. So don’t let this season pass you by without taking the time to allow it to wow your senses. 

Whether you have time for brunch, a weekend getaway, or a week basking in the glory of fall, we’ve got some pretty fantastic food recommendations for you to enjoy while you take in the scenery. 


7 Reasons You Should Plan a Face-to-Face Meeting With Your Team

Even in today’s technologically advanced world, a meeting with your team face-to-face far outweighs a video conference.  While utilizing technological advancements is a wonderful solution for those who may be unable to attend an event, it’s not a replacement for in-person gatherings. 

Getting your team together in-person will benefit your staff and improve your bottom line. Here are a few reasons why.

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Back to School Like a Hokie: Fall Events Around Virginia Tech You Won’t Want To Miss

The fall semester is in full swing at Virginia Tech, and there are many opportunities for students, parents, faculty, and staff to get involved with upcoming events on and around campus. 

Just because summer has flown by and it’s time to settle back into the school routine, that doesn’t mean life has to get mundane. From Hokie football games to a good old-fashioned jamboree, here are a few not-to-miss activities to get to know the area, and make some new friends along the way. 


Seven Fun and Creative Ways to Break the Ice at Your Next Corporate Meeting

After a year of Zoom meetings and hybrid events, your team may be ready to get back together for full in-person events, or maybe you’re already there. If you’re in the throes of planning your next corporate meeting, you may want to kick start the conference with some excitement and laughter to really warm things up.

We recommend starting it off with a fun and interactive corporate meeting ice breaker!


17 Types of Events We Love To Host At The Inn at Virginia Tech

What do birthday parties, weddings, and corporate meetings have in common? They are all events that require a venue. Sometimes you can host these events in your home, at the local library, or your corporate offices, but when you need something different, how do you choose the best venue? At The Inn at Virginia Tech, we have hosted just about every type of event imaginable.