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    Explore the City of Baltimore with These Great Walking Tours

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Venture away from your hotel on your next trip to spend some time exploring the great city of Baltimore. Check out one of the following walking tours to enjoy a day learning something new and making the most of your time in central Maryland:

    Charm City Food Tours
    The only thing that can add to an already amazing tour full of culture, history, and architecture is a tour that includes some of the best food in the city. The Charm City Food Tours takes you through some of the city’s top neighborhoods so you can sample local flavors while checking out beautiful architecture and learning about the area’s history. Since the tour lasts for three hours, you should make sure to come hungry.

    The Baltimore Heritage Walk
    Enjoy stretching your legs on this 3.2-mile walking tour that takes you through four of Baltimore’s most popular neighborhoods. As you stroll through the city, you can explore Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Historic Jonestown, and the City Center as you learn more about the history and how it factors into the city’s modern culture.

    The Fell’s Point African American History Tour
    Travel through Fell’s Point with an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide who can teach you about Baltimore’s role in the slave trade. The guides will teach you about false decks and other elements of how slaves lived and were treated in Maryland before they gained their freedom.

    When you stay in the beautiful Turf Valley, you are close enough to take advantage of tours and other cultural attractions in both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With a huge selection of comfortable rooms and suites and the convenience of hotel meeting facilities, we are the perfect location for business and pleasure. To learn more about our amenities or to make a reservation, visit us online or call (410) 465-1500.

    Tips for Attending a Business Convention

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Business conventions bring people together from all aspects of the corporate spectrum. These gatherings provide the ideal opportunity to learn something new about your business and make a name for yourself among your colleagues. Make the most of your time in the hotel conference room with the following tips on how to attend a convention:

    Prepare Before the Convention
    The best way to take advantage of your time in the hotel meeting facility is to start preparing before you even get there. Do some researchers on the speakers, spend some time reading up on the topics on the agenda, and utilize resources to help you make connections with other convention-goers.

    Stock Up on Helpful Supplies
    Help prepare yourself for anything that might happen at the convention with a bag of supplies that can be used for a variety of purposes. You should always bring a huge stack of business cards to pass out. A notebooks or tablet makes it easy to take notes on topics you find interesting. Bring a sample of your current projects so you have examples for anyone who is interested. You should also dress appropriately for the tone of the convention.

    Make an Effort to Talk to People
    Listening to speakers is informative, but it does not give you the hands-on experience that you can get from one-on-one conversations. Make an effort to mingle during social hours and free time at the convention so you can expand your business circles. You never know how these connections will benefit your career in the future.

    The hotel conference rooms at Turf Valley provide the ideal location for your upcoming convention. We provide the only conference center resort located conveniently between Baltimore and Washington D.C. to make it easy to attend your business convention. With 27 meeting rooms, we have all of the space you need to accommodate your many convention guests. To learn more about our hotel halls, visit us online or call (410) 465-1500.

    A Survivor's Inspirational Journey

    Last updated 10 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 10 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 10 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.

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