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    Last Minute Mother's Day DIY Gifts

    Last updated 11 months ago

    With Mother’s Day only a few days away, finding the perfect gift to show Mom how much you care is down to the wire. But, we have you covered! Give your mom a handmade gift this year that she’ll cherish. Here are some of our favorite do-it-yourself Mother’s Day gift ideas that Mom is sure to love.

    [Gardening Gift Basket | Vanilla Rose Sugar Scrub | Homemade Cookies in a Mason JarHomemade Tea with Custom Made Tea Tags | Teacup Candles]

    Be sure to craft your handmade gift with love! For more DIY holiday gift ideas and crafts, be sure to follow Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter!

    May Events at Turf Valley

    Last updated 12 months ago

    It’s hard to believe that May is just a day away! We are excited about each of our upcoming events this Spring. From celebrating Preakness® with hot air balloons to fun with painting and wine, there is something for everyone at Turf Valley to keep you entertained.

    Party on the Patio | Every Friday, Beginning May 2nd | 5:00pm - 9:00 pm

    Party on the patio every Friday at Alexandra's Restaurant!  Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, food and drink specials, and live music. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Call 410.480.2400 for more information.

    Mother's Day Buffet – Cameo Ballroom| Sunday, May 11th | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Join us in the Cameo Ballroom for a Mother's Day to remember! Enjoy all this buffet has to offer, from traditional breakfast favorites to the elaborate display of dessert. Show Mom how much you care!

    Reservations are required; please call 410.423.0813. View menu

    Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival | Thursday, May 15th through Saturday, May 17th

    • Thursday, May 15th | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Balloon Launch at 6:30 pm)
    • Friday, May 16th | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Balloon Launches at 6:30 am & 6:30 pm)
    • Saturday, May 17th | Balloon Launch at 6:30 am

     Enjoy our annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, perfect for young children and those young at heart. There will be family activities, handmade crafts, retail and food vendors, and live entertainment. Balloon-related activities will include tethered hot air balloon rides, a walk-through of an inflated hot air balloon, pilot demonstrations, balloon launches and the nightly Balloon Glow at dusk.

    On Saturday, May 17th, the Balloon Festival will culminate with a special Armed Forces Day Presentation and the launching of the balloons at 6:30 am.

    Admission to the Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival is free and open to the public. Balloon rides and flights will be fee-based. All public parking will be off-site at Howard County Fairgrounds. $10 per car, to be paid in cash upon arrival. Payment will be collected by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association.

    Call 410-465-1500 ext. 2874 for more information and event-day updates. View flyer

    Black Ankle Wine Dinner | Saturday, May 24th | 6:30 pm

    Enjoy wines of complexity, subtlety and nuance at our Black Ankle Wine Dinner. Experience Chef Russell Svoboda's five-course menu featuring and paired with wines from Frederick County's Black Ankle Vineyards. Reservations required; please call 410.480.2400.

    Wine & Canvas at Alexandra’s | Wednesday, May 28th | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Join us in Alexandra's Restaurant and Wine and Canvas will bring the party to you! Making painting easy and exciting, their talented artists will instruct you step-by-step through re-creating the featured painting of the day. At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that you created.

    Advance registration and payment is required. Visit the Wine and Canvas Event Calendar and select "Exotic Sunset" on May 28th to sign up.

    This event is managed through an outside party. Please contact Wine and Canvas directly with any questions at 443.255.9986 or

    Stay connected with Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter for more special events and posts!

    DIY Spring Spa Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Treat yourself to fresh Spring skin without stepping foot from your home.  Spring is a time for rejuvenation and renewal, and this do-it-yourself Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat to refresh your skin.

    Body scrubs are important to exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin cells. Using natural oils allows your scrub to dually act as an exfoliant and moisturizer. Here’s all you need to make your own Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub, from

    • 2 1/2 cups sugar in the raw
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 4-5 tablespoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup almond oil

    After mixing the ingredients, apply a small amount to a washcloth and scrub gently in a circular motion.  Be careful not to apply too much pressure, which may cause skin irritation and scratches.  After applying, rinse off and apply your favorite moisturizer. 

    This body scrub will also make an excellent homemade gift! Package in a mason jar and wrap with ribbon or twine.

    The Spa at Turf Valley, located in Ellicott City, MD, offers a variety of relaxing spa treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments.  If you’re in need of a spa day away from home, call 410.203.2755. Stay connected with Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter for more spa treats!

    DIY Easter Crafts

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Surprise your children or Easter Dinner guests with these crafty, handmade Easter decorations and treats. You can even make these DIY crafts a fun family project!

    [ Easter Egg Wreath | Burlap Bunny Table Runner | Doily Stenciled Eggs | DIY Bunny Art Bunny Bait Place Cards | Bunny Napkins ]

    Happy DIYing and Happy Easter! For more holiday crafts, recipes, and blog posts, stay connected with Turf Valley on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

    Spa Review: "Wonderful Weekday Retreat"

    Last updated 1 year ago

    • on TripAdvisor
    • I took three of my girls friends to the spa on a Thr. morning. We were celebrating a friend's impending weekend wedding. We each enjoyed the "Marvelous Mini Day" pkg. The mgr. (Jessie) helped me pick out the services. She greeted us upon our late arrival. I was sure we would be rushed, but we were not. After undressing and... More


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