I’m having a party! Are you coming? I hope so! Here’s everything you need to know about registering for the 2017 Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling. The Fling will be held from 6 pm Thursday, June 22 to 8 pm Sunday, June 25.
Registration is $300 and payable with all major credit cards. I’m using Eventbrite to manage our registration and there is a $17 processing fee. You also have the option to add-on a wine tasting at Stone Tower Winery. Only those who have purchased this prior to the Fling will be able to participate. We’ll be having lunch at Stone Tower and they’ll be setting up a special tasting just for us in the beautiful event space we’ve reserved. Wineries are busy places on summer weekends so purchasing this ahead of time guarantees you a chance to sample our amazing Virginia wines.
If you’d like to add the wine tasting, it’s available on the final ‘Pay Now’ page. You also have the opportunity to Opt-In to receive information from our sponsors. This is an excellent way to learn more about these wonderful companies. Only registrants who have Opted-In will have their email given to our sponsors.
HOW DO I REGISTER? Registration opens at 12 noon on Saturday, October 15. To register send an email to Tammy@capregiongardenbfling.com. In the email, include your name, a link to your blog, and how long you’ve been blogging. I’ll visit your blog to make sure it’s at least six months old and includes at least one post written on or after April 15. If there’s an issue, I’ll email you back. If not, you’ll receive an email from Eventbrite with an invitation to our private registration page. Early registration is not available unless you have previously sponsored a Fling.
CAN I REGISTER FOR OTHER PEOPLE? No. Registration has been set up to allow each blogger to only purchase one ticket at a time. If you write your blog with another person, they’ll need to register separately.
IS THIS FLING MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE OTHER FLINGS? No. While our registration is higher, we’ve been given an excellent room rate of $159 a night at the beautiful Hyatt at Reston Town Center, which is lower than previous Flings. The Hyatt also offers a free shuttle from Dulles International Airport, eliminating the extra expense of a cab. The Thursday night Welcome event will feature a full dinner instead of just appetizers, courtesy of the amazing folks at American Meadows and High Country Gardens. These savings reduce the cumulative cost of the Fling, making it the same as previous Flings.
WHEN CAN I BOOK MY HOTEL ROOM? Once your registration has been confirmed, I’ll send you an email with the link to the Fling-only Hyatt registration site. A code has been applied giving everyone a special rate. If you reserve your room before being given this code, you’ll pay a much higher rate. If you want to extend your stay, the Hyatt is offering the same rate on June 21st, 26th, and 27th based on availability so book the extra days as soon as possible to avoid paying the standard rate.