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    A Survivor's Inspirational Journey

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The fight against breast cancer is very close to Turf Valley. Cheery, outgoing, and charismatic, it’s hard to believe that not too many years ago Bethe Brekke, Account Executive at Turf Valley, faced the battle of her life. 

    Shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2007, Bethe began an unforgettable and difficult journey.  Friendships and relationships with family, friends and co-workers were both tested and strengthened as she found herself completely surrounded by love and support. “Even though miles separated some of us, they were with me all of the time,” Bethe said.

    Bethe underwent surgery in July 2007, which she marks as the beginning of her journey, and continued her fight in August with eight chemotherapy treatments. While undergoing treatment at St. Agnes Hospital, Bethe really appreciated her family and friends for their encouragement, love and kindness. She also found support at the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital and even remembers Bonnie helping her with her first wig.

    Seeing some women going through treatments alone, Bethe says she was lucky to have such a wonderful support system of family, new and old friends, and co-workers. She built great friendships, and has since been able to help other women going through their battles with cancer.

    Less than one year after her journey began – a­­­­fter chemotherapy was over and her hair began to slowly grow back – Bethe was invited to participate in the fashion show at the 2008 Pretty in Pink Champagne Ladies Luncheon.  She vividly remembers having short, spiky hair, and exuding confidence on the runway without wearing her wig. Bethe was honored as a breast cancer survivor and was presented with a Cherry Blossom Tree, which she planted in North Carolina.

    Pretty in Pink is more than just a luncheon and fashion show. Each year Bethe struts down the runway, she celebrates her body, her battle, and other women who have faced cancer. Bethe thinks there is no better way to celebrate “than with fabulous people.”

    This year will mark the seventh year of Bethe’s journey. “As a survivor, you can celebrate your wounds, healings, and this part of the journey – because it is still part of the journey… There is life after treatments.”

    Account Executive Bethe Brekke has been with Turf Valley since October 2012 and works with education, government, Maryland and regional associations, and Maryland non-profit organizations. Originally from Montana, she moved to Maryland in 1975 when she was stationed in the US Army at Fort Meade, MD. 

    Turf Valley’s Annual Pretty in Pink Champagne Ladies’ Luncheon supports breast cancer awareness and benefits Blossoms of Hope and the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 11am-3pm. Tickets are still available; call 410.423.0812.

    Tips for Your Spa Experience

    Last updated 7 months ago

    A day in the spa helps you escape the stress of daily life and find a way to pamper yourself. If you plan to attend a spa, you want to make the most out of your experience.

    Avoid drinking liquids before your treatment but remember to hydrate after. Arrive early for your appointment and leave your cell phone and tablet at home. Take off your jewelry before your treatment. Do not forget to tip the spa staff after they give you the luxurious services you want. Learn more about making the most of the experience in this video.

    Make an appointment at Turf Valley’s spa today to ensure that you can enjoy our treatments during your stay. Our beautiful rooms, property, and hotel spa are just what you need to get away. To learn more, visit us online or call (410) 465-1500.

    Upcoming Events in the City of Baltimore!

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Baltimore is a vibrant city with a full calendar of events. No matter what you like to do, there is always something going on to keep you entertained. If you are planning to be in Central Maryland, make some time to check out the following events:

    Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War
    Learn more about the history of this popular city at this event that is open all day. The Maryland Historical Society’s Museum opened this exhibit in April of 2011 and it is still a well-visited attraction. “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War” tells the personal story of how the War Between the States affected the people of this part of the country. Whether you are from the area or just love history, this exhibit is a must-see.

    Fell’s Point Haunted PubWalk
    Add some fun to your history lesson on the Fell’s Point Haunted PubWalk. From March 1 until November 29, this attraction takes you on a tour of some of the most notoriously haunted pubs of the area. Starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays until September and at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September until November, this PubWalk offers a unique and fun experience for everyone in your group.

    ‘The Foreigner’ at the Vagabond Theater
    Starting April 18 and running through May 17, Vagabond Players, Inc. will put on ‘The Foreigner.’ With plenty of comedy, suspense, and an entertaining cast, this play is the perfect way to enjoy a night out in Baltimore.

    Staying at Turf Valley makes it easy to check out these and other events in the Baltimore area. With a stunning location in central Maryland, we have the location and the accommodations you need enjoy all of your social and business excursions. To learn more about our availability and our hotel conference rooms, visit us online or call (410) 465-1500.

    April Events at Turf Valley

    Last updated 8 months ago

    “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!” In April, we’ll be celebrating warm weather, gorgeous scenery, and great causes at Turf Valley and Alexandra’s American Fusion. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

    Pink Plate Specials | Entire Month of April

    During the blossoming season of Howard County's cherry trees each April, local restaurateurs think pink by adding Pink Plate Specials to their menus to help raise cancer awareness. For the fifth year, Alexandra's American Fusion will help create awareness for Blossoms of Hope and raise funds for the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center by dedicating a portion of their proceeds toward the effort. Call 410.480.2400 for more information.

    New Spa Therapy of the Month | Entire Month of April

    Treat yourself to Spring relaxation and renewal! With the beginning of each month, comes a new and rejuvenating Spa Therapy of the Month.  Enjoy 25 percent off any Day Spa package at the Spa at Turf Valley when you book your weekday April visit to the Spa.  Call 410.203.2755 to schedule your appointment.

    Pretty in Pink | Friday, April 4, 2014 | 11am-3pm

    Take the afternoon off for our Pretty in Pink Champagne Ladies’ Luncheon, an official Blossoms of Hope CHERRYBRATION DAYS event.  Enjoy retail therapy with over 40 vendors, a served luncheon, and a fashion show featuring several local boutiques. With unlimited pink champagne, you can drink, dine, and shop the afternoon away all for a good cause!

    You may also bring new or gently used handbags for your donation to Power of the Purse .  Pretty in Pink is sponsored by Blossoms of Hope, and proceeds from the event will be donated to the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center in Howard County.  Tickets are available by phone at 410.423.0812.

    Easter Buffet | Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 12pm-4pm

    Celebrate Easter with family and friends with a mouth-watering buffet in Turf Valley's Grand Ballroom. Enjoy Chef-carved prime rib, bourbon-glazed ham, baked tilapia and more, as well as traditional brunch favorites like a Chef-attended omelet station, pancakes and bacon. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Reservations are required; please call 410.423.0813.

    Flying Dog Beer Dinner | Saturday, April 24, 2014 | 6:30pm

    Flying Dog is one of Maryland’s best craft brewers, located right in Frederick. Join us in Alexandra's for an epic six-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Russell Svoboda, featuring and paired with Flying Dog brews. Reservations required; please call 410.480.2400.

    Turf Valley, located just outside of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, offers the perfect everyday getaway. Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more events, news, and specials!

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Spa Experience

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Treat yourself to a day of relaxation and luxury by making the most of your upcoming spa experience. Use the following tips to optimize the way you feel the next time you go to the spa:

    Choose the Right Spa
    From massage therapy to facials, most spas offer a basic list of treatments that can help you settle into relaxation. Just because they offer the same services does not mean that they offer the same experiences, though. If you want to have a memorable spa day, you must decide on the right location. Ask around to see which local spas have the best reputations within the community.

    Make an Appointment
    Spas are popular locations that are almost always busy. Guarantee your spot by calling ahead to make a reservation. If you know when you are scheduled to go to the spa, you have time to choose the treatments that will make your experience the best one yet.

    Speak Up
    The spa experience is designed to make you feel as relaxed and as comfortable as possible. If you are receiving a treatment that feels awkward, say something about it. The massage therapists and skin experts are there to ensure that you have a memorable experience. If the massage starts to hurt, ask the therapist to try a lighter touch. The staff at a quality spa will most-likely ask how you are feeling, but you should not be afraid to speak up if something does not feel right.

    Turf Valley is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Baltimore or Washington D.C. area. Whether you want to come enjoy a day at the spa or stay in one of our beautiful rooms, suites, or villas, we offer some of the best amenities in Central Maryland. We also have hotel conference facilities to help meet all of your business needs. Call (410) 465-1500 to learn more about our spa or hotel halls.

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