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Hilton Washington Dulles Airport New Home to Two Honey Bee Hives
The Hotel's Director of Sales & Marketing, Matt Hurst, states, "The addition of the bee hives is part of our continued efforts to embrace sustainability and local food sourcing initiatives whenever possible. We were inspired to get involved in the preservation of Honey Bees due to their dramatic declines over the past few years. Although our Executive Chef, Craig Mason, does intend to use the artisanal honeycomb in many creative and exciting recipes, bee health, not honey production, remains the primary goal of housing the hives."
Todd Soós, President of the LBA, and member Bob Ragsdale, assisted with the move and are mentoring Hilton Dulles' team members on beekeeping. The LBA is dedicated to beekeeping by introducing, educating, and fostering sustainable beekeeping practices for its members. The club, at 250+ members, also promotes the importance of honey bees (and other pollinators)
The honey bee hives join the numerous sustainability initiatives already in place at Hilton Dulles, including Chef Mason's onsite vegetable and herb garden, their recycled cooking oil program, and the upcoming "Throwback Thursday" Oyster Nights at their new outdoor lounge, Fireside Patio, where they will support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's efforts to restore native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay by collecting and donating empty shells.
Some facts about the Hilton Dulles Bees:
* Each colony (hive) will be home to approximately 50,000 to 60,000 bees, and each hive is expected to produce approximately 40 to 60 lbs of honey each year.
* The bees are only active during the daylight hours.
* Honey harvest takes place in early June and late July.
* Hotel will utilize honey in a signature drink at the Cardinal Lounge and in menu items in both restaurants.
* Surplus honey will also be bottled and provided as gifts to VIP guests and clients.
The Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel is located just three miles from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and 30 minutes from Washington DC. Featuring 449 rooms & suites, 2 full service restaurants and over 40,000 square feet of event space, the hotel was designed with comfort and amenities in mind. All rooms offer sophisticated decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Executive rooms and suites provide access to the Executive Lounge's free breakfast and evening appetizers. There's a fashionable lounge, a grill, a bistro-style restaurant and a business center, plus over 40,000 sq ft of meeting space. Other amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a whirlpool and a fitness center. There's also free parking, plus a complimentary area shuttle.
Contact: For more information, please contact the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, VA 20171, at (703) 478-2900 ext. 1034 or visit www.dulleshilton.com
Matt Hurst, Director of Sales & Marketing