[Disclosure statement: As of the time of this writing, I have no direct affiliation with Zouk Heat other than being a loyal yearly attendee and Terrisa being a personal friend of mine. I have not been hired by Zouk Heat to promote that organization in any way, and everything you read is my objective advice. As of the time of this writing, I am not affiliated with nor have been hired by any other companies or organizations whose services I mention in this article – everything you read from me regarding these companies is my objective advice and is provided as is with no liability to #FrugalCongressLife or the author.]
The Zouk Heat Festival is a brand new weekend Brazilian Zouk event organized by former DC Zouk Festival co-organizer and DC-based zouk instructor Terrisa Widener, happening from April 12th-April 15th, 2019 at the Dulles Marriott (45020 Aviation Dr, Dulles, VA 20166) right next to Dulles Airport about an hour northwest of Washington DC, very close to the DC Zouk Festival’s longtime Dulles location.
You will be busy all weekend with workshops in the morning and afternoon and performances and socials at night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The lineup is a veritable who’s who of national and international zouk instructors, including the UK’s Pedrhino & Linda, Ry’el & Jessica of ZenZouk, Rick & Larissa, Ivo Vieira, Jules Bertrand, Bruno & Fae, and many more!
Zouk Heat is also a new #FrugalCongressLife standout for its affordability, with a competitively priced full pass and a hotel room block priced at only $109 per night, which is very affordable for a good event hotel in the DC area.
Zouk Heat is the move for fans of Brazilian Zouk on the east coast April 12th-April 15th, 2019! Today’s guide, the first of 2019, is all about this excellent new festival!
Hopefully you were able to get a $100 lot 1 early bird pass. If not, the price is $140 for a lot 4 pass at press time. Buy now before the price goes up again! It’s not every day Pedrinho & Linda are in the area, and $140 for a full weekend of workshops, socials, and performances with them and many others is a steal!
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Zouk Heat boasts some of the most affordable event-hotel lodging of any dance congress in the DC area. Terrisa has gone to great lengths to negotiate a block of hotel rooms at $109 per night at the Dulles Marriott, lower even than the AAA/CAA rate and lower than the vast majority of the area’s 3-star-and-up hotels. A four-person room-share will cost the budget-minded about $30-35 per night with taxes included, and roll-away beds are available at an extra cost of $25 per room (no one sleeps on the floor at the Dulles Marriott!)
If you do the offsite congress grind regularly, take a break from it at this festival and get yourself an affordable room right in the center of the action at the event hotel.
Book your room here.
The Dulles Marriot’s array of luxurious amenities include an airport shuttle with an up-to-the-minute tracker, a fitness center, a pool, complimentary standard WiFi or two different tiers of high-speed WiFi for $12.95 and $15.95 per day (obligatory PSA: always use a VPN on hotel WiFi or any other public WiFi to protect your personal data from hackers), breakfast buffets ($15-20 on average), tennis courts, on-site coin-op laundry, valet dry cleaning, bottled water, and individual climate control, among others.
As per usual, I won’t be discussing any other lodging options unless the Dulles Marriott fully sells out (both the room block and all other rooms outside the block). You’re on your own if it’s offsite options you seek.
Driving or ride-sharing is the preferred option if possible for this hotel as there is abundant free parking around the hotel. Be advised that the fastest road to Dulles from DC and points east is a toll road, charging anywhere from $2.50 for a 2-axel vehicle up to $8.75 for a 6+-axel vehicle in tolls to go from the DC area to Dulles, but if you have some extra time to spare and set your GPS to avoid toll roads, you can get around the toll road by using parallel local roads instead. Prepare to add an extra 30-65 minutes on average to your trip if you go this route.
This goes without saying, but try to fly into Dulles International Airport (IAD) if you can. The hotel is located right next to Dulles Airport and has a free shuttle going there, and the other two airports are too far away from this particular venue to be practical.
IAD is also at the time of this writing the only airport to not be served directly by a DC Metro station.
Any money you may save by taking Spirit or any other airline to BWI or DCA will be offset at least somewhat by the cost of transporting yourself there, particularly from BWI.
Once you land at IAD, the Dulles Marriott has a free shuttle that will transport you from the airport to the hotel.
From DCA, take the DC Metro blue line (make sure you are on a blue line train as the yellow line will add extra time and transfers) toward Largo Town Center to Rosslyn, then transfer to the Silver line toward Wiehle-Reston East and take an UBER to the Dulles Marriott from there.
If you must come from BWI, try to get there during the day so you can take the MARC train to Union Station. Once at Union Station, take the Metro red line toward Shady Grove to Metro Center, then transfer to the Silver line toward Wiehle-Reston East and take an UBER to the Dulles Marriott from there.
Take any bus or train line to Union Station in DC and follow the above Metro directions for BWI from there.
See my DCBX Survival Guide for detailed info on both MARC and the DC Metro.
Information on the DC Metro system can be found here: http://www.wmata.com
A map of the DC Metro system can be found here: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/maps/upload/2017-System-Map.pdf
There are some food options close by and others within a reasonable driving distance.
For your frugal grocery shopping, Walmart Supercenter is located about about 15 minutes up route 28, at 45415 Dulles Crossing Plaza. A Giant (1228 Elden Street, Herndon, VA), Harris Teeter (12960 Highland Crossing Dr, Herndon), and Safeway (413 Elden St, Herndon) are all located within a 15 minute drive of the hotel.
Whole Foods is located about 20 minutes east (no tolls but the toll road is faster) at 11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston, VA.
The Marriott’s restaurant is Aviate Bar & Grille, a modern comfort food restaurant featuring a breakfast buffet and a bistro. Most of your other immediate food options for your daily meal out are located in the airport, and include a Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Smashburger, District Chophouse, Wendy’s, Au Bon Pain, Bar Symon, Pei Wei (Chinese), Chef Geoff’s, and two different Subways.
A 15 minute or so drive into the nearby town of Reston, VA yields several other options, including Pollo Peru, a casual Peruvian-style chicken place (1675 Reston Parkway), Hibiscus Thai Cuisine, a Thai eatery (11790 Baron Cameron Avenue), and a Silver Diner (11951 Killingsworth Avenue). Also to be found in Reston is Midtown Kabob (11990 Explorer Street), Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge (11927 Democracy Drive), Big Bowl (11915 Democracy Drive), and sweetgreen (11935 Democracy Drive), among others.
Parking is a little tighter at Reston Town Center, but there are several parking garages located directly nearby that are all free after 5pm on Friday and all weekend. Info here: https://restontowncenter.com/parking/parking-rates/
That’s all for this entry. Hit the comments if you got anything to add and I’ll see you all at the Dulles Marriott in April!