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Are you traveling this summer? Don’t leave home without reading our top travel tips for your vacation.
1. Pack light. Don’t pack more than you carry! Also, pack an extra bag for souvenirs or other new buys.
2. To keep your clothes smelling fresh, place a dryer sheet in your suitcase.
3. If flying, pack all valuable items in your carry-on bag. Also, pack your toothbrush, any medications, an empty water bottle (to fill after passing security), and a pair of clothes (in case your luggage is lost or delayed) in your carry-on.
4. Wear slip on shoes to the airport. It saves a lot of time going through security. Easy on, easy off!
5. Live like a local! Check out what’s being talked about in local blogs. Eat local food and visit local spots.
6. Localize your phone before leaving. Add the city as a Favorite on your weather app, download the local newspaper’s app, and add the correct time zone.
7. Appreciate the moment. Taking photographs is a wonderful way to capture your experience forever, but try not to obsess with taking photos of everything and enjoy your travels!
Are you looking for a relaxing vacation? If so, contact Turf Valley today. You are sure to have a great time when you stay at our Ellicott City resort, featuring spa services, high-speed internet, golf courses, wonderful dining, and more. Check out our website or call us at (443) 364-9022 to learn more.
Last updated 4 months ago
Now that you've booked the hotel conference facilities that will serve as your wedding reception venue, it's time to start arranging the many events that will take place over the course of the reception. From cutting the cake to sharing your first dance, determining how and when each ceremonial event occurs will ensure a smoother and more enjoyable experience for both you and your spouse-to-be. Here is a basic wedding reception timeline:
Cocktail hours are becoming a regular occurrence these days as they provides guests with the opportunity to get to know one another while also giving the bridal party a chance to catch their breaths before the reception. Cocktail hours should take place before the reception in a room separate from the hotel hall hosting the reception.
Presentation of the Wedding Party and the Couple
After the cocktail hour has wrapped up, it's time for you, your partner, and your bridal party to enter the hotel convention room to welcome the wedding guests. You can either play a fun song for the introductions or simply have your DJ announce each person's name as he or she enters.
The First Dance
After the presentation, you and your sweetheart can take to the dance floor to share your very first dance together as a married couple. Some couples choose to do the first dance after the salad course has been served, which is also an option for you to consider.
Speeches, Dining, and the Cake Cutting
As soon as the main course is served, prompt your best man, maid of honor, and father of the bride to deliver their speeches. After you've eaten, danced your hearts out, and wiped away some tears, it's time to cut the cake. This will signal that the party is wrapping up and that it's okay for guests to start heading home.
If you're searching for the perfect venue for your wedding reception, then come visit Turf Valley outside of Baltimore. We are known throughout the region as one of the most memorable places to host a signature wedding. To learn more about our amenities and wedding planning services, call (443) 364-9022.
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From the fabulous weather to the unique clothing options, there are plenty of reasons why getting married in the summer is a great idea. Summer weather offers the perfect opportunity for brides and grooms to host their event outdoors or to split the evening between an indoor and outdoor venue. Higher temperatures also means that the couple can play around with out-of-the-box attire options such as a looser, lighter dress or a linen suit that allows the groom and his groomsmen to breathe a little easier.
Another great bonus of throwing a memorable wedding in the summertime is cheaper prices, as vendors often offer better deals during this season when compared to the rest of the year. For a closer look at the benefits of getting married in the summer, check out this video!
If you're thinking about planning a summer wedding, then contact the wedding planner at Turf Valley by calling us at (443) 364-9022. We offer comprehensive wedding reception services including catering and assistance choosing outside vendors.
Last updated 3 months ago
Tomorrow brings the first day of August and the last month of summer vacation! Enjoy your month at Turf Valley with one of our upcoming events. We have something for everyone – beer lovers, families, and soon-to-be newlyweds.
New Belgium Beer Tasting
Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us in Fairway Lounge for a complimentary tasting featuring beer from New Belgium Brewery Co. The August tasting will prepare your palate for September’s six-course New Belgium Beer Dinner. Call 410.480.2400 for more information.
Heavy Seas Beer Dinner
Experience well-balanced, full-bodied beers crafted in Maryland at our Heavy Seas Beer Dinner. A six-course dinner featuring and paired with beers from Heavy Seas Brewery will be served in Alexandra's Restaurant. Reservations required; please call 410.480.2400.
Back to School Brunch
Sunday, August 25, 2013 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us in Alexandra's Restaurant for our Annual Back to School Brunch, featuring all of your traditional brunch favorites and more. Don't forget to bring a school supply donation for a local school in need! Reservations are recommended; call 410.480.2400.
Turf Valley is conveniently located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore to give you access to a relaxing spa, amazing dining, comfortable rooms, and beautiful hotel halls. To learn more about our upcoming events or to make reservations, please call 410-465-1500.
Last updated 4 months ago
Howard County Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks begin today! Eat local this summer at Alexandra’s Restaurant, located in the heart of Turf Valley, from July 17-August 5, 2013. We are serving up 20 days of savings and sensational farm-to-table freshness.
Why eat local food? In addition to supporting the local economy and environment, eating locally grown food offers many benefits. Local food is full of flavor because crops are often picked at their peak of ripeness, taste, and freshness. Locally grown food also offers more nutrients than imported food from distant states and countries. Alexandra’s Restaurant will be offering American Fusion lunch and dinner menus featuring food from local farms in Maryland, including from Howard County, Virginia, and New Jersey. Take a look at our special, local lunch and dinner items!
Starters choose one
Roasted Corn Chowder – Local white corn from Clark’s Elioak Farm, new potatoes, Nuskie’s apple-wood smoked bacon, ancho chili (lunch, dinner)
Maryland Crab Soup – Traditional Chesapeake summer recipe featuring crab from the Chesapeake Bay area (lunch)
Grilled Flatbread – Housemade mozzarella, teardrop tomatoes from Hummingbird Farms, pesto, and white truffle essence (dinner)
Entrées choose one
Roseda Farms Cheese Steak – Grilled premium Angus strip from Roseda Farms, toasted baguette, horseradish, cheddar, and Thousand Island dressing (lunch, dinner)
Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich – Traditional Chesapeake recipe featuring crab from the Chesapeake Bay area, toasted Kaiser, and housemade tarter (lunch, dinner)
Smoked Beef Short Rib – Short ribs from Roseda Farms, touched by applewood smoke, blue cheese potato tart, bacon lardons, spinach, and natural jus (dinner)
Local Pan-Roasted Rockfish –Rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay area, lobster chowder sauce, tart green apple, pancetta, whipped potatoes, and nutmeg (dinner)
Dessert choose one
Blueberry Crème Brûlée – Blueberries from Sunny Ridge Farm; Star anise and maple-soaked pound cake (lunch, dinner)
Peach Crisp – Peaches from Crown Orchard; Pecan-toffee crumble and cinnamon gelato (lunch, dinner)
Lunch $25.13 | Dinner $35.13
Support the local economy, eat flavorful and nutrient-filled food, and help the environment by ordering from our Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks menu! Reservations are recommended; call 410.480.2400. Get social with Alexandra’s Restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for delicious food photos, restaurant updates, and special offers!