Nestled in the rolling hills of central Maryland, Turf Valley is a premier destination for both corporate meetings and leisure retreats. Book your stay today!

Green Initiatives Hotel

As part of Turf Valley's commitment to helping the environment, Turf Valley has taken many steps to ensure our hotel rooms and guests are conserving energy, and we are even the first hotel in Howard County to be listed in Maryland Green Travel! Some changes we’ve completed include:

Hotel Rooms

  • Converted 126 rooms to “green showerheads” thus far

  • Linen/towel reuse options for guests

  • Added “Please recycle” labels to one trash can in each hotel room to give our guests a chance to recycle in the rooms

  • Eliminated shower caps in every guest room. They are available at the front desk upon request

  • Installed new water-saving faucet aerators in hotel room sinks

  • Converted in-room amenities to Green Natura line, which are more environmentally friendly. The bottles are made from post-consumer recycled material and are 100% biodegradable.



  • LED lights installed at Gazebo and Pavilion, as well as motion sensors added to Fitness Center to control lights

  • Public space lamps in the hotel lobby converted to fluorescent bulbs

  • Tinting added to the South Wing elevator glass and on windows in the area that connect the third floors of the hotel to reduce heat and to save on HVAC/electricity

  • Replaced hotel boilers with new high-efficiency boilers, reducing carbon emissions

  • Laundry water heater and holding tanks replaced with high-efficiency equipment

  • Covered South and West facing windows in the summer in hotel rooms

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Indoor/Outdoor Pools

  • Lowered temperature in the indoor pools and hot tub at the recommendation of the American Red Cross to save energy.

  • Developed policy of turning off indoor pool lights at 9 pm – previously ran 24/7

  • Added a Recycle-Only container to the outdoor pool deck

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Public Restrooms

  • Converted to Dyson air blade hand dryers in public rest rooms

  • Added motion sensors to Waterford Ballroom rest rooms


  • Two guest elevators have been equipped with high-efficiency LED lighting that shuts off automatically when car is idle

Turf Valley remains committed to being an eco-friendly property. To stay up-to-date on what we’re doing, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Fall Weddings at Turf Valley

Fall is a breathtaking time of year in Maryland. Within minutes a sunset sky changes from blues and oranges to lavender, purple and pink. Pair this with the fall foliage in reds, golds, and oranges and you have a rainbow of color as a backdrop to your special day. Turf Valley’s Catering Director, Jenny Betlejewski, loves fall weddings at Turf Valley, and has many tips for brides planning an autumn wedding.

Fall is still a time to consider having an outdoor ceremony – but be ready with a fur wrap to take the chill off and pay attention to sunset times when scheduling your outdoor ceremony to ensure you still have time to take photos post-ceremony if you wish!

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Photo Credit: Anna Grace Photography

Take a cue from the colors of the sky, trees and fields for your décor. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween – they make a great vessel for flowers on the tables. Paint them and use them as signs, carve them and use for lanterns (a power drill with a variety of bits does this in no time), or perhaps use some small ones to paint your table number for guest tables. Mums and pansies abound, but you might consider some dried flowers and gatherings – dried hydrangeas turn a lovely shade of pale green and ruby red and lighted twigs and branches make a great statement in bunches on guest tables, patios, and flanking doorways.

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Use wine barrels for a display set-up – perhaps some Seasonal Beers (there are beers that have pumpkin, pecan and maple syrup flavors!), Black and Tans, Warm Spicy Apple Cider or a Jack-O’Lantern made with OJ, Cognac, Ginger Ale and Grand Marnier. Have Roasted Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds in bowls throughout the cocktail area for guests to munch on.

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Photo Credit: Google Images

Fall is harvest time – a time of plenty. To illustrate the bounty of the season, incorporate a cornucopia into displays full of fresh fruit or vegetable crudités. Choose seasonal hors d’oeuvres such as sweet potato puffs, baked brie encrusted with nuts and honey served with rosemary raisin crostini. Interject a soup course of roasted red pepper soup in addition to a fall salad of mixed greens, toasted walnuts, black seedless grapes, feta cheese, and thinly sliced red onion with a Dijon vinaigrette. Filet Mignon with rosemary herb butter, butternut squash risotto and roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta makes a fabulous entrée.

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For the wedding cake – perhaps just a one layer cake to cut into ceremoniously with a variety of pies – pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato and fried apple handpies served with luscious bowls of lightly sweetened whipped cream. Include favors of caramel and candy apples in the display for guests. And speaking of Halloween – what better time to have a candy bar with treat bags for your guests to take home!

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

For more wedding-related content, follow us on Facebook or Pinterest for tips for planning your wedding from our catering staff, wedding pictures at Turf Valley, and more!

Do-It-Yourself Pumpkin Body Scrub

The Spa at Turf Valley is in the spirit of fall with our popular spa therapy of the month, the Pumpkin Body Scrub! This treatment is only available during the month of October so don't miss out! If you are unable to try our scrub, or enjoy it so much you want to try it yourself, follow Spa Director Krystal Kroll’s do-it-yourself pumpkin body scrub!


· 1/2 cup Coconut Oil

· 1 cup White Sugar

· 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice

· 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

(half a can of pumpkin puree, optional!)


· Place 1/2 cup coconut oil in microwave safe dish, and microwave for 45 seconds, or until completely melted.

· Transfer melted Coconut Oil to small mixing bowl, and stir in 1 cup of White Sugar, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Cinnamon. Mix well.

· Transfer to mason jar, and you’re done!

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Not only are homemade sugar scrubs inexpensive but they are easy to make and have so many benefits for your skin. The sugar exfoliates dead skin away while cinnamon gets blood circulating and is an excellent natural treatment for eczema, and acne. Coconut oil is a great skin moisturizer and anti-aging agent. Add pumpkin puree to the mix for extra vitamin, mineral and antioxidant benefits!

Make an appointment for the Pumpkin Body Scrub in October and receive 25% off when booking Monday-Thursday. Call 410-203-255 to schedule an appointment.

To stay up-to-date with the Spa’s monthly specials, treatments, and more, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Choosing Wedding Attire

Your wedding attire should depend on a number of factors including the time of year and location of the wedding venue. Watch this video for tips on choosing wedding attire.

It is always wise to check the weather each day leading up to the wedding, especially if it will be held outdoors. Your attire may vary based on how formal the wedding is; your invitation might indicate the level of formality. It is typically in poor taste to wear white to a wedding because the bridge traditionally wears white. Wear comfortable shoes that will not sink into the ground at an outdoor wedding.

In addition to wedding venues near Baltimore, Turf Valley offers hotel conference facilities and spa packages. We are a popular choice for business travel and are always happy to serve you. If you would like more information about our services, please feel free to call us at (410) 465-1500 or visit our website.

What Are This Year's Biggest Spa Trends?

A spa can be an excellent place to relax and unwind both mentally and physically, which is why they tend to go hand-in-hand with conference facilities. Everybody has different preferences, but some spa trends have taken off. Continue on if you would like to find out what this year’s biggest spa trends are.

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A spa treatment can help you feel more generally comfortable, but nobody knows you like you know yourself. Modern spa trends are catering towards personalized treatments. This means that you choose what kind of aromas you would like to smell and direct your masseuse to the areas that need the most attention. If you want to bring some of these personalized elements home with you, you may be able to purchase some of the candles and oils you experienced after your treatment has concluded.

Quick Treatments
Seemingly everyone stresses about time in modern society, and spas are sensitive to this pressure. If you do not have much time to spare but need a mid-day boost, you should not have a problem finding express spa treatments in your area. Your spa may be able to afford you a full treatment in as little as half an hour. You can also make use of several different therapists at one time in order to expedite the process. This spa trend allows you to revitalize yourself and then get back to work.

People once considered the spa a place to go in order to temporarily unwind and relax. Modern spas, however, offer longer-lasting benefits. They do this by educating their clients about methods they can use in order to improve their well-being and live a healthier lifestyle. Spas that educate allow these people to turn their daily lives into spa treatments.

For more information about this year’s biggest spa trends, feel free to call Turf Valley at (410) 465-1500. We are happy to offer spa packages and conference facilities in the Baltimore area. If you would like to learn more about our hotel conference facilities, spas, or wedding venues, please do not hesitate to visit our website or stop in and see us.

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