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Turf Valley takes pride in supporting our environment and doing everything we can to continue as an environmentally-friendly hotel and resort. As part of our recent hotel renovation, both energy- and water-efficient elements were implemented to reduce our impact on the environment. From the moment you check in at the Front Desk to the moment you lie down for the night, you have been a part of the green Turf Valley experience.
Recycling is the most common practice both businesses and households use to take care of our environment. To support this initiative, “Mixed Recyclables” bins were placed in every hotel room, allowing guests to recycle a variety of materials, including aluminum cans, newspapers, glass and electronics. In addition to providing our guests with recycling opportunities, we use recycled materials in standard operation. Room service tray liners were replaced with a product made from recycled material. Also, informational materials in hotel rooms are printed on post-consumer recycled content paper.
Our Housekeeping Department offers guests a linen and towel reuse option. Each guest has the option to reuse their towels and bed linens. On average, this program saves about 72,000 gallons of water per year. We have also minimized our use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals to reduce water pollution and negative impacts on wildlife and use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. In continuing our water-efficient efforts, water-saving faucet aerators were installed in hotel room sinks, and 75 percent of our hotel rooms are now equipped with water-saving shower head models.
Turf Valley, a golf and spa resort in Ellicott City, Maryland, is honored to be a Maryland Green Travel Partner and a member of the National Audubon Society. We consistently seek new eco-friendly initiatives to be an advocate and industry leader for energy conservation and environmental practices. Read more about our green practices and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
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Alexandra’s Restaurant recently hosted a Beer Dinner featuring brews from New Belgium. Over 30 people joined us on the patio for the six-course meal and New Belgium beers. Executive Chef Russell Svoboda displayed his creativity and passion for food through each course, as it was carefully planned and presented to complement New Belgium brews.
Notes by Alexandra’s Restaurant Executive Chef Russell Svoboda
The New Belgium beers have amazing characteristics and bold flavors, making it easy on the imagination. When I tasted the beers they almost asked for the components in these dishes. I might have tasted the beer and written a menu, but I imagined it as if the brew master tried my dishes and drafted up the beer components and procedures.
Foie gras is one of my favorite delicacies in the kitchen. The Monte Cristo is an interesting way to display the duck liver by using the rich brioche and the tart huckleberry as an accompaniment.
First Course complemented by Abbey – Belgian Style Ale
The pretzel is a play on the yeastiness of the beer while the light roasted malt flavors match nicely with the roasted meat. I used the beer in the light barbeque to reinforce the match.
Second Course complemented by Pumpkick - Seasonal
The pumpkin and spice in the ale is easily matched to the pumpkin soup with similar spice accents. The blue cheese adds to the richness while the toasted walnuts are the earthy component.
Third Course complemented by Lips of Faith
I took the apricot component of the beer and built the salad around it. The tropical hints present in the beer make for a perfect match of the chili in the Thai crackers. The goat cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds are the counterbalance to the sweetness and acidity of the dish.
Fourth Course complemented by Rampant – Imperial IPA
The malt’s sweetness and dryness make for a nice match to the venison. The piney note in the beer screamed for the juniper and rosemary accent to the dish. The corn, green chili, quinoa and truffle are my own layers of flavor that I feel pair nicely to the backdrop of bitterness provided by the hops.
Dessert featuring Starbucks Coffee
I tried to bring us back to the simplistic nature of a beer dinner by providing a light-natured, almost humorous dessert. You will leave certainly feeling as though this was not the typical, stuffy, over-complicated menu as you work your spoon through the double fudge brownie and creamy mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Don’t miss this month’s beer dinner featuring and paired with brews from Samuel Adams! Call 410.480.2400 for reservations. Connect with Alexandra’s Restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, and its blog for food recipes, events, and more.
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When it comes to your next corporate retreat, you have a choice. You can make it the same old event that employees dread and that doesn’t accomplish much. Alternatively, you can plan an event that everyone is going to walk away from feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and recommitted to making your business boom. Turf Valley in Baltimore is the perfect hotel venue for conferences and corporate retreats. From our convention facilities to our spa, our resort and hotel conference venue have everything you need for work and play. This infographic offers tips for making your next corporate retreat a success. Spread the word about making retreats productive by sharing this information.
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Fall wedding season is the most colorful of all wedding seasons. With nature providing the best scenery, brides and grooms allow their wedding attire and décor to complement nature’s beauty with simple, fun, and elegant themes. Here are our favorite Fall wedding trends of 2013.
Floral Wedding Gowns
Floral wedding gowns have a very soft and elegant texture. This top Fall wedding trend will continuously look beautiful throughout every season of the year.
Old Hollywood wedding themes are sophisticated and ideal for indoor weddings – a very fun theme that your wedding party and guests will love! Black and cream with lace are ideal for pulling off this theme.
The retro wedding phenomenon is still going strong, as brides and grooms are embracing the 1920s and 1930s.
Victorian-themed weddings set a graceful and classic tone. Victorian gowns will look gorgeous in your outdoor Fall wedding photographs.
Turf Valley is a premier venue for weddings and special events in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. Turf Valley offers fabulous wedding packages to make your wedding day memorable. Learn more by calling us at (443) 364-9022.
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Cranberries make for more than just an appetizing Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Like the pumpkin and pomegranate, cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C for healthy, glowing skin in chilly, Fall weather. Cranberries help exfoliate dead skin and are a mild astringent. Add cranberries to your DIY Fall spa treatments for smooth and soft skin!
DIY Cranberry Face Mask from Health.com
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup seedless red or green grapes
2 tsp lemon juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
Mix all ingredients for 20 seconds, until it becomes a paste. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and let sit for 10 minutes. Spread the cranberry mixture on clean, dry skin. Relax for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
For a more relaxing Fall experience, leave the pampering to us! This Autumn, we are offering three different Fall Spa Specials for a limited time. Receive all the benefits of cranberry with our Cranberry-Pomegranate Swedish Massage - a relaxing massage featuring our cranberry-pomegranate aromatherapy massage oil. This massage will help induce calmness and reduce stress, while sweetening the senses. Your feet will also be exfoliated with our cranberry-pomegranate sugar scrub to slough away Summer skin. 60 minutes/$85
Autumn spa special offers are valid Monday through Friday beginning September 9, 2013 through December 9, 2013 at the Spa at Turf Valley. Connect with Turf Valley on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more blog posts, spa tips and specials.