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    Spotlight on the Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway Overnight Package

    Last updated 1 month ago

    An overnight trip with your best friend could be just what you need to de-stress and enjoy some quality bonding time. With the Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway Overnight Package at Turf Valley, you and your friend can enjoy the following:

    You will stay in a room overlooking our luscious golf course with two queen beds for two nights. With a bottle of our best house wine and a cheese tray that comes to your room as soon as you arrive, you and your friend can instantly start to relax. You can also enjoy room service and two hour-long spa services. Eat your lunch in the spa, dinner at Alexandra’s, and sip some cocktails in the Fairway Lounge.

    At Turf Valley, we want you to feel completely pampered at all times. With our notable spa and our convenient location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., we provide the ultimate getaway space. To learn more or to book your overnight stay, call (443) 364-9022.

    Planning Your Summer Staycation in Howard County

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A staycation is a combination of staying at home and vacation time. It’s a great alternative to conventional vacations, and living in Howard County, your local staycation will be the perfect Summer “getaway.” Take a break from your everyday routine and unwind right at home.

    Take a Walking Tour

    Experience the essence of Howard County by taking a walking tour during your staycation. Several organizations offer Howard County tours that explore historic towns embracing our county’s rich history, and some even take you through haunted areas. Check out available walking tours on the Visit Howard County website.

    Visit Museums

    Howard County is home to several museums that embrace African American history, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the history of Howard County. Use your staycation as an opportunity to learn more about the county you live in – something you don’t get to do every day! The Howard County Historical Society Museum, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, and African Art Museum all offer something to explore.

    Taste the Local Eats of Howard County

    The “eat local” phenomenon is huge. Support local restaurants in Howard County while on your summer staycation for new and interesting dining experiences. Alexandra’s American Fusion offers seasonal menus featuring fresh ingredients, and the new Turf Valley Towne Square features diverse restaurants. If you don’t know where to start, check out local blogs, such as The Bare Midriff and 2 Dudes Who Love Food, for reviews on some of Howard County’s many restaurants.

    Relax and Unwind at the Spa

    Treating yourself to a relaxing day at your favorite spa during your staycation can go without explanation. Vacations and staycations are meant to be relaxing getaways. Perfect for Summer, The Spa at Turf Valley offers a Sweet Orange and Citrus Pick Me Up using raw sugars combined with freshly-squeezed citrus blends to detoxify, energize and strengthen your body.

    Enjoy Nature and the Outdoors

    Patapsco Valley State Park is a great adventurous activity for your summer staycation. Activities include hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, jogging trails, tubing and more.  Its waterfalls and exciting moments spent here will surely make your Howard County staycation one to remember.

    With all of the activities, sights, and history that Howard County has to offer, planning your summer staycation will be as exciting as a traditional vacation. Spend time with your family, friends during your time away from the routine of your everyday life. Happy staycation planning!

    Photo Recap: 2014 Preakness®Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Turf Valley hosted the Preakness®Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Thursday, May 15-Saturday, May 17, 2014. Here's a quick look at some of our favorite photos from this year's festival.

    View more photos from the Hot Air Balloon Festival on our Facebook page!

    Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more special events, photos, and more.

    Hot Air Balloon Festival Contest Winners

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Turf Valley is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Photo Contest.

    We asked festival attendees to submit their photos capturing the Dusk Balloon Glow, Glow of Dawn, Turf Valley Aloft, and Festival Favorite.  One winner from each category, selected by a panel of judges, will receive a canvas of their winning photograph, a $25 iTunes Gift Card, and a Limited Edition 2014 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Pin.

    And the winners are…

    Dusk Balloon Glow - Jinal Contractor

    Glow of Dawn – Paul Denbow

    Festival Favorite - Philip Reely

    Turf Valley Aloft – Twitter User @lkp773

    Congratulations to our winners! To claim your prize, please send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

    Thank you to those who shared and submitted their Hot Air Balloon Festival photos with us on Facebook and Twitter. Check out our official 2014 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival album on Facebook! 

    Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Turf Valley’s annual Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival, to be held May 15-17, 2014 (weather permitting) is perfect for children and those young at heart. Enjoy hot air balloon launches, craft and food vendors and live entertainment!

    Tethered hot air balloon rides, dawn and dusk balloon launches, pilot demonstrations, and a walkabout hot air balloon are just a few of this year’s activities.  There will also be plenty of kids’ activities, including the Roaming Railroad and sand art, handmade crafts, retail and food vendors, and live entertainment.  We’ll also a large variety of food vendors, including La Pearl Waffles, Keep It Smokin' BBQ, and Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies.

    New to this year’s Hot Air Balloon Festival is the participation of the Maryland Army National Guard, bringing a rock climbing wall, several armored vehicles, and a helicopter for display. In celebration of Armed Forces Day, the festival will culminate with a special color guard presentation, small band performance, and the flight of Wounded Warriors in the Army-dedicated Eddie & Rickenbacker hot air balloon on Saturday, May 17th at 6:30 am.

    For festival information and weather updates, call our Special Events Hotline at 410.465.1500 ext. 2874

    Admission and Parking

    Admission to the event is free; activities are available for purchase.

    • Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16, 2014, 4:00-9:00 pm Balloon Festival
    • Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May, 16, 2014, 6:30 pm Balloon Launch

    Parking will be provided at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with a $10 fee per car to benefit the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association.  Shuttle buses to Turf Valley begin at 3:30 p.m., and the last shuttle will depart Turf Valley at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

    • Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6:30 am Balloon Launch

    For the 6:30 a.m. balloon launches on Friday and Saturday, all parking will be at Turf Valley.

    Schedule of Events

    Thursday, May 15 (Park at Howard County Fairgrounds):

    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Vendor Exhibits Open (Food, Retail and Craft Vendors) 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Tethered Balloon Rides - Go up to 60-80 feet in a hot air balloon - $20 adults & $10 children under 12. 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Walkabout Balloon - Fun for kids, adults, & families of all ages - $2 fee
    • 6:30pm - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person
    • 8:30pm - Balloons Stand Up and Glow - 20 minutes

    Friday, May 16 

    Morning Activities (Park at Turf Valley)

    • 6:30am - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person 

    Afternoon Activities (Park at Howard County Fairgrounds)

    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Vendor Exhibits Open (Food, Retail and Craft Vendors) 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Tethered balloon Rides - Go up to 60-80 feet in a hot air balloon - $20 adults & $10 for kids 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Walkabout Balloon - Fun for kids, adults, & families of all ages - $2 fee
    • 6:30pm - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person
    • 8:30pm - Balloons Stand Up and Glow - 20 minutes

    Saturday, May 17 (Park at Turf Valley):

    Special activities celebrating Armed Forces Day

    • 6:30am - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person. Festival ends at 8:00AM

    Balloon-Related Activities

    • Walkabout Balloon - Available 4-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15th & Friday, May 16th  - $2 fee
    • Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides - Available 4-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15th & Friday, May 16th - $20 adults & $10 children under 12. 
    • Hot Air Balloon Flights - Available 6:30 p.m. on Thursday May 15th, 6:30 a.m. & 6:30 pm on Friday, May 16th, and 6:30 am on Saturday, May 17th - Book your flight at 410-442-5566 - $220 per person 

    Photo Contest

    Be sure to enter our Photo Contest! A lucky winner in each of our four categories will receive a canvas of their winning photograph, one $25 iTunes Gift Card, and a Limited Edition 2014 Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Pin. Snap, hashtag ?#‎TurfValley and win! Visit our Facebook page for more details.

     

    About Preakness® Celebration

    Preakness® Celebration, Inc. is an organization established in 1988 to produce events in and around Baltimore that celebrate horse racing’s famed Preakness® Stakes. Preakness® Celebration stages a series of events, including hot air balloon ascensions and glows, the Preakness® 5-K Run at Pimlico and other special festivities. Throughout its 25 year history, Preakness® Celebration has accomplished its mission "to create and promote a unique series of fun and diverse events that enhances the Preakness®, engages the community, entertains residents & visitors alike, and generates positive economic impact to the City, region and State."

    About Turf Valley

    Turf Valley is located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor and features 40,000 square feet of event space, guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas the Turf Valley Spa, and 36 holes of Championship Golf.

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