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|2018 Conference Central|
February 14–17, 2018 | Richmond, Virginia USA
The Academy is celebrating its 25th annual conference in 2018 in Richmond, Virginia from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 17.
In the heart of downtown, the newly-renovated Richmond Marriott offers a blend of luxury and Southern charm. The hotel offers a prime location that puts you just steps from its historical past. AHRD guests will be able to experience the city’s unique ambiance by taking the complimentary shuttle to a number of diverse dining and entertainment venues.
Richmond ranks NO. 7 on Travel + Leisure’s list of “AMERICA’S FAVORITE CITIES.” — travelandleisure.com, May 2016
The Richmond region is easy to get to with flights from all over landing at Richmond International Airport. Within half a day’s drive of half the population of the United States, getting to Richmond by car or bus is as easy as hopping on I-95. Amtrak trains follow the I-95 corridor as well with two Richmond region trains dropping off at Ashland, Staples Mill and Main Street Stations.
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"With the James River as an anchor, Richmond reveals a stark natural beauty, that no matter the season, offers a distinctive urban charm and vibrancy."
— The New York Times, "36 Hours in Richmond, Virginia"
"Virginia's capital city combines genteel southern manners with a northern sensibility in a conflux of culture that can't quite be pigeonholed by geography or at any one point in history...Richmond is a city always half a step ahead of the zeitgeist."
— Metrosource, "Out of the Cradle of the Confederacy, Richmond Shines Anew"
"...Richmond, Virginia: a complex, richly layered city - cultured and refined, yet hard-working and accessible..."
— Food & Wine's FWx.com, "48 Wild Hours in Richmond with the Rappahannock Boys"
"In Richmond, even what is old now feels cool."
"Virginia's capital has long been a destination for good grub,and in recent years, the dining scene has catapulted onto the national stage."
— USA Today, "Made in Virginia: Flavors Only Found in Richmond