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CFUnited Shuttle Schedule & Directions to Lansdowne Town Center

Hello Commuters!

See latest blog entry about the Shuttle schedule

Direction to Lansdowne Town Center:

The Lansdowne Town Center has various places to eat. If you have your own car, it is less than a mile away from the Resort. Start out: Lansdowne Resort, Turn RIGHT onto Woodridge Parkway, Turn LEFT at stop sign onto Lansdowne Boulevard, Turn RIGHT at the merge onto Riverside Parkway, Turn LEFT into shopping center.

Here are some of the Restaurants: Mariachi, Not Your Average Joes, Emelio's Pizza & Grill, Burapa Thai, Haagen Daas, The Dock, California Tortilla, Silk Road - Afghan Restaurant, Starbucks, and Panera Bread.

CFUnited Bar

Where is the best place to network after sessions? The Bar! Buy your new friend a drink and talk about the days lectures.

I have to admit that the Stonewalls Tavern was one of the features of this hotel that sold me. Its like the perfect bar. (Check out the virtual tour)

Worried about paying resort prices? CFUnited worked on getting Draft Beer prices that won't break the bank, mainly so you can buy your favorite speaker a nice cold beer and reward them for giving such an awesome presentation. ;-)


Stonewalls Tavern

Stonewalls casual setting is ideal for light fare and relaxation. Play some billiards and Nintendo Wii (1 control $5.00/hr), catch the game on our large-screen televisions, or just unwind by the fieldstone fireplace.


Monday - Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.


Complimentary No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Tournament. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. or dine prior to 6:30 and register early. We shuffle up and deal at 7:30.


Live Bands or DJ music beginning at 9:00 p.m.

No one under the age of 21 will be permitted inside Stonewalls Tavern without a parent or guardian. After 10:00 p.m. no one under the age of 21 will be permitted.

NOTE: Lansdowne Resort, including Stonewalls Tavern, is a smoke free Resort.

Want to familiarize yourself with the event venue?

I'm working on the attendee packet and one of the things I'll be explaining is the venue map. I showed this sample of the how the layout is divided a few months back.

More information about maps, shuttle schedules, lunch menus, nearby restaurants, travel info, and more will be included in the attendee packet.

Other Hotels for CFUnited Attendees

We have new information!

Unfortunately we could not provide group rates for overflow hotels. However, we are providing a FREE shuttle to 3 nearby hotels! And we've included price ranges for your convenience.

Holiday Inn Carrodoc Hall (3.58 miles; 5-10 Minutes Away)
As low as $105 per night
1500 East Market Street
Leesburg , VA 20176

Hampton Inn (6.43 miles; 10-15 Minutes Away)
As low as $135.15 per night
46331 McCellan Way
Sterling, VA 20165

Comfort Suites (5.38 miles; 10 Minutes Away)
As low as $125.99 per night
80 Prosperity Ave
Leesburg, VA, US, 20175

View Map of Hotel Shuttle Route. Shuttles will run often. Exact times will be announced on July 17th.

Lansdowne Resort 65% full

Just want to shoot a message to everyone that we have the number of rooms already booked as of last week. We are about 65% full at this point. If you plan on coming, book your hotel room before they go out. I'm not holding any extras this year so if you don't get a room you'll have to go to the overflow hotel about 3 miles down.

Denver Express Parking

Hello Denver folks, just an FYI that we got discounted parking at $7 at the Denver Athletic Club. The session will take place in the Petroleum Room.

I will be there as early as 8am setting up. Rob Rusher will be the first speaker at 9am, so please arrive early.

After the event is over I will be hanging out at the nearby Crowne Plaza in the hotel bar. Suggests for an out-of-towner would be great!

Denver Express

April 6th

$149 price expires today (3/31/09)

CFUnited Hotel Room price expires March 31st

The current price per night is $179 (+$15 resort fee)

After March 31st, the price will increase to $199 (+$15 resort fee)

The hotel will sell out. Over flows will be announced in mid-March.

Please book your arrangements as soon as possible.

The CFUnited Conference will be located this year at the Four-Diamond Award-Winning Lansdowne Resort, the capitol region's premier, full-service resort and executive conference facility in Leesburg Virginia. Lansdowne Resort's scenic location in Virginia's Wine Country is conveniently Located just eight (8) miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and under 45 minutes from Washington.

CFUnited Day Care Questions

Some people have been asking questions about day care for CFUnited 2009:

Q: Do you have to be a guest at the Lansdowne Resort?

A: Yes, you must be staying at this hotel to have free Day Care.

Q: What are the hours of day care services?

A: Hours currently are set for out event from 9am-9pm.

Q: How old do the children have to be?

A: They must be potty trained.

Q: How many children are accepted?

A: If you give us advanced notice we will have the appropriate number of day care staff on hand.

I'm glad that we have been able to accommodate this service to attendees this year. Thanks again for all your questions. -Liz

Which attendee was this? Your wish came true

I know this is going to sound funny...

During the last few events, I've heard people complain about chairs of all things. I know when I go to events my back is a wreck because of those awful chairs they use.

On one of the survey forms this past CFUnited someone wrote a detailed suggestion about having more comfortable chairs.

The conference gods have answered your prayers. I couldn't believe it when I walked into Lansdowne Conference Center and saw the room chairs. I asked if this was a joke because all the chairs are Ergonomic! I sat in one of them and thought to myself - this chair is better than the one I have a my home office!

See proof here:

I know to some people this doesn't make a difference. But to others having comfort while away from home is important.

So to whoever made that suggestion, thank you. I'm glad we could make one more attendee happy.

BTW, there are many more wishes we are granting this year. I hope its your wish, too! ;-)

Survey results have us thinking

The survey feedback about the CFUnited 2009 event was extremely helpful. We realize that attendees want something reasonably priced and near city atmosphere. Having a venue that is easy to get to and metro accessible was important to travelers. We also saw that at the top of the list were Wireless Internet, Newer sessions, Good food, and Free Stuff.

Some of the great feedback we heard:

"Better learning opportunities. Maybe longer sessions, or more in-depth sessions."

"Content that can not be had anywhere else but CFUnited, but with so many other events, I am not sure that is possible."

"Having it spaced out a little in time from [other events]...I like the idea of going in July or early August"

"Having the convention at the hotel we are staying at"

"I have enjoyed the conferences but maybe a few more hands on sessions would be beneficial."

"Lower overall cost, the hotels in DC were really expensive and were too far away from the conference center itself which made networking hard"

Thanks Everyone! Either way attendees want a newer venue and newer sessions. Everything else is being considered highly. The decision on venue is going to be very rough, and we will cater to everyone's preferences as much as possible. I hope you like our decision, which will be announced in next week's newsletter.

Sean Corfield mentioned on his blog recently "it looks like CFUNITED 2009 will be significantly improved over CFUNITED 2008 and very focused on "the preferences and the needs of the attendees". I shared one of the potential venues with him. It is a possibility that I just can't pass up this deal because of all the free stuff and amenities they are offering and at that price! Even though not all the preferences are being accomplished. I hope everyone feels the same way and likes the new venue!!!

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