Graylyn Estate News 

Mar/Apr 2013     Vol. 10.07
Graylyn International Conference Center



Ever wonder where the plastic water bottles go that drink every day? That's right, landfills.  

The Sierra Club estimates that Americans send 38 billion plastic water bottles to the landfill every year.

Plastic water bottles may be a more convenient way to get water, but they are a terrible polutant.  Try buying a reusable stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottle. In the long run it is cheaper and way better for the earth.


Sunday March 24th
Sunday April 28th
 4:30pm to 6:00pm

$20.00 per person
Includes a guided tour, two glasses of Graylyn wine and a fruit and cheese reception.

Tour dates will take place on select Sundays and will be posted each month at

After the tour, we would love for you to stay and enjoy Graylyn Dining, a tempting four-course experience created for our guests by our award-winning culinary staff.

For more information, to book a tour, or to make a reservation, please call 336.758.2425 or visit

Your Journey Awaits.


Don't forget. Graylyn dining is available every night. Celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or whatever the occasion.

Call 336.758.2425 or complete a reservation request online.
Motivate Your Team!
6 Reasons Why Team Building Can Benefit Your Company


Creating and managing effective teams in the workplace calls for consistency and perseverance on the part of management. Every great supervisor knows and understands that no one individual can achieve the objectives and goals of an organization no matter what their education, skill sets, intelligence or experience are. In order to get things done you must operate within the confines of a team. And what better way to motivate and challenge your team than engaging in stimulation team building events.

Here are 6 reasons why team building can (and will) benefit your company:

1. Brings colleagues together - In large corporations it is entirely possible for people to have worked with each other for years, but have never actually met in the flesh. Because these corporations may have offices in different places all over the world, it may be difficult to interact face-to-face. Team building events are a great way to bring together colleagues while sharing ideas and working practices.

2. Can be treated as a reward - Meeting this month's sales quota or just saying thank you for your hard work can be any reason to give your employees a day of team building. Using team building events as a reward can boost morale in the work place and add incentive to work harder.

Team building events don't have to be all about business, it can be a way for colleagues to socialize while inadvertantly improving skills such as communication, leadership and motivation.  

3. A fun add-on to another corporate event - Sitting in a conference room from 8am to 5pm may not be the most ideal atmosphere for brain stimulating business meetings. If you’ve brought all of your employees together for a corporate event, it makes sense to also use this time to focus on improving vital skills such as communication, time management, decision making and creativity. They can only help your company going forward.

4. Improve Inter-departmental relationships - Large corporations may often have issues with various departments tending to put their own needs first and disregarding the deadlines and pressures faced by other departments. Bringing together different parts of the business is a great way to improve communication and start to build up trust and mutual respect.

5. Change of management - In today’s busy business world, there are often mergers, takeovers and acquisitions which result in complete company restructures.  Team building events are an excellent opportunity to unite people who may have previously been working for rival companies, so they can start to work together within the new dynamics of the company.

6. New manager or new additions to an existing team - For smaller teams, a new management or a change of personnel can often bring about a period of mistrust and uncertainty.  Bringing the new team together for a team building event will help to break down these walls and start to put into practice good working relationships in the new set up.

Here at Graylyn we strive to maintain an effective and energizing business meeting atmosphere. With several team building and ice breaker activities such as Tour De Graylyn, Chili Cook Off and Pirates of the Piedmont Graylyn is sure to put a positive spin on what may seem to be a dull corporate business meeting.

For more information on Graylyn's team building activities, visit



Hip Hop Hooray Easter's On Its Way!

Celebrate Easter at Graylyn with brunch and a traditional Easter egg hunt for the children! The Easter bunny will be available for candid photos throughout brunch and the Easter egg hunt.

Sunday, March 31, 2013
11 A.M. to 2 P.M.

$31.95* per person
$14.95 for children 12 and under
Children 4 and under free

Easter egg hunt  will take place at the following times:
11:30 A.M., 12:30 P.M., and 1:30 P.M.

For more information or to request a reservation visit us at

Chef's Springtime Favorite:
 Baby Spinach, Strawberry & Orange Salad
with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 25 minutes        Cook Time: 0 minutes         Serves: 4


1 bag of baby spinach  1 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
1 pint of strawberries, sliced  1/2 tsp. chopped shallots
1 whole orange, peeled and cut into segments  1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 c. honey  1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
1 pinch of salt & pepper  1 c. of canola and salad oil blend
1 tbsp. sunflower seeds  


In a large bowl, mix the spinach, strawberries and orange segments. In a blender, place the honey, mustard, chopped garlic, chopped shallots, salt, pepper and vinegar. Blend and drizzle oil until smooth. Pour over the spinach salad and toss, garnish with sunflower seeds.

*Salad can also be topped with goat cheese, bleu cheese or toasted pecans


Graylyn's Signature Martini:
Graylyn Orange Blossom

A Taste of Gray History...

Aboard an ocean liner was the preferred mode of travel for Mr. and Mrs. Gray. Their passion for traveling and exploring the world heightened during the Roaring ‘20s as an effort to escape Prohibition. Like many Americans, the Grays often took to the seas heading for Europe aboard
foreign-flagged ocean liners.

A common practice for this era was to have a martini before boarding to counteract the perils of transatlantic voyage. This martini can be consumed early in the day or in the evening. Orange juice was the chief juice found during this time period and used as a mixer with gin or vodka.

*To watch our Assistant Food & Beverage Manager Jeffrey Sykes make this drink click the link below:

2oz Stoli Ohranj Vodka
1oz Cointreau
1 oz Orange Juice
2 dashes of orange bitters topped with
Champagne garnished with orange zest



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