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    December Events at Turf Valley

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Enjoy the final month of 2013 with these upcoming events at Turf Valley perfect for celebrating the holidays.  Book a hotel room or suite and turn each event into a mini-getaway, with access to our spa, golf and more.

    Toys for Tots through Monday, December 16th

    Turf Valley is proud to once again partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. We encourage consumers to donate toys or cash to the holiday program, beginning October 28th and ending on December 16th. By donating to the program, the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be able to purchase and distribute toys for needy and disadvantaged children in the community.

    To thank you for your donation, receive your choice of a complimentary appetizer or dessert in Alexandra’s Restaurant. Please donate new, unwrapped toys, preferably for ages 3 and up; no stuffed animals, please. For more information, please call 410.423.0812.

    Sunday Santa Brunch Sundays, December 8th, 15th & 22nd | 11 am-4 pm

    Hand deliver your wish list to Santa at Alexandra's Restaurant and delight in a delicious brunch buffet including kid-friendly fare. You will also enjoy special holiday performances from Marriotts Ridge Women’s Chorus, Howard High Madrigals, and Long Reach HS Madrigals. Don't miss out on this holiday treat! Reservations are required; please call 410.480.2400.

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    Christmas Eve Dinner Tuesday, December 24th | 5 pm-10 pm

    Celebrate the holidays in Alexandra's Restaurant on Christmas Eve! Enjoy a delectable special dinner menu by Executive Chef Russell Svoboda, accompanied by live music by Franklin Weisberg. Reservations preferred; please call 410.480.2400.

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    New Year’s Eve Dinner Tuesday, December 31st | 5 pm-10 pm

    Spend New Year’s Eve with family and friends in Alexandra's Restaurant. Make your last meal of 2013 one to remember with a special American Fusion dinner and live music by Franklin Weisberg. For information & reservations, please call 410.480.2400.

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    New Year’s Eve Celebration Tuesday, December 31st | 9 pm-2 am

    Put on your party hats and bring out the noisemakers as we bid farewell to 2013. Sip on your favorite drinks from our premium top shelf open bar and forget last year's resolutions. Enjoy an Hors D'Oeuvres Buffet and Food Stations. Dance the night away with a live performance by The Klassix and welcome 2014 with a champagne toast at midnight, noisemakers, hats and a balloon drop.

    Availability is limited - don't wait! Tickets are available online or by calling 410.423.0813. Overnight packages are available by phone only; please call 410.423.0813 for availability and pricing.

    Happy December! We hope to see you this month at one of our special events!

    Turf Valley is conveniently located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore to give you access to amazing dining, comfortable rooms, and beautiful hotel halls.  To learn more about our upcoming events or to make reservations, please call 410-465-1500.

    Rockin' and Rollin' with The Fabulous Hubcaps

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The Fabulous Hubcaps took concert-goers on a nostalgic trip down memory lane last Friday at Turf Valley! Attendees brought their dancing shoes for an evening of dancing, and some even came in costume dressed for their favorite era of music.

    Turf Valley and The Fabulous Hubcaps held their first partnered concert 34 years ago and haven’t missed a year since.  Current members of the Classic Rock & Roll band are Dean Andrews, Lorraine Allen, Michael Shipley, Denny Cook, Tommy Dildy, Barry Holober, and Don “The Reedman” Mark. 

    This year, the band played their melodic renditions of Doo-Wop Group Harmony, Classic Rock & Roll, Rock-A-Billy, Motown, and R&B classics. They also took their musical selection beyond the 50s and 60s eras to include music from later years to now. New music included selections from Elton John, Billy Joel, and more!

    The Fabulous Hubcaps also celebrates its 40th Anniversary; a Hall of Fame induction, countless sold-out shows, and rave fan reviews, including praise from the White House. Lead singer Denny Cook is the only remaining original member and continues to help define the group’s legacy. 

    Thank you to The Fabulous Hubcaps for continuing to bring Rock & Roll to Turf Valley and all of our rockin’ concert-goers for coming to dance the night away!

    Keep up with The Fabulous Hubcaps at www.thehubcaps.com. For more events at Turf Valley, visit www.turfvalley.com/events. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We hope to see you at our next event!

    Sightseeing in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The Baltimore Inner Harbor has been a major seaport in the United States since the 18th century. In fact, the Baltimore Inner Harbor is one of the most frequently visited and most photographed areas of the city. If you are in the Baltimore area and are interested in learning more about sightseeing in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, read this article.

    World Trade Center Observation Level
    A great way to see panoramic views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is to pop into the World Trade Center and head to the 27th floor: the Observation Level. This building is the tallest pentagonal building in the world.

    Street Performances at the Waterfront
    If you want to enjoy spontaneous street performances, head to the waterfront of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Comedians, dancers, circus acts, and magicians have all performed in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for decades.

    Harborplace and The Gallery
    Harborplace and The Gallery on Pratt Street is a great place for shopping, entertainment, and unique dining experiences. While you explore this area of the Inner Harbor, you’ll enjoy excellent views of the waterfront.

    Cruise the Inner Harbor
    There are myriad companies that offer both day and night cruise tours of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. To cruise the bay, look for a 65-foot red boat, which includes a full service bar, air conditioning, and impressive views on the top deck. The Harbor Spirit offers lunch and dinner cruises, in addition to holiday and specialty cruises. If you want a short ride, simply hail a Baltimore Water Taxi. And if you want to check out a thrilling speedboat ride, look for Seadog Cruises.

    To learn more about what you can do in Baltimore, contact Turf Valley, a hotel and country club located in the rolling hills of central Maryland. We offer hotel accommodation, meeting and conference facilities, and wedding and special event services as well. Call us at (410) 465-1500 or visit us online to see what Baltimore and Maryland have to offer you.

     

    DIY Thanksgiving Decor

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner this year! You and your family will enjoy making these easy, affordable and fun do-it-yourself Thanksgiving crafts. 

    1. Thanksgiving Placemat

    • Brown parchment paper
    • Black permanent marker
    • Ruler

    Celebrate Thanksgiving with each guest writing their own “I am Thankful for” lists.  Invite each guest to take home their lists as a reminder to be thankful throughout the year.

    2. Apple Candles

    • Apples
    • Tealight candles
    • Craft knife

    These apple candles are a great touch to your décor and help provide a seasonal atmosphere. Remove the stem from each apple and cut out the candle holder shape in the top middle of the apple. Then, place the tealight candle in the hole. Light the candle after placing in the candle.  You can even use mini pumpkins instead of apples!

    3. Thanksgiving Leftovers Boxes

    • Small brown craft boxes
    • Ribbon
    • Printable stickers

    Share leftovers with your guests in these crafty to-go boxes.  Set up a station where each guest can make his own leftover box and seal it with a fun, seasonal sticker and ribbon.

    For more holiday decorations and DIY projects, follow Turf Valley on Pinterest!  Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more blog posts and updates.

    Tips to Help You Improve Your Golf Swing

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The game of golf is extremely challenging. Even the professionals need to constantly improve their game in order to stay competitive. Next time you’re at the golf course, whether it’s at home or out of town for meetings, try incorporating the following golf swing tips.

    Avoid Slicing
    The key to avoiding a slice is to maintain control over the clubface. A slice occurs whenever the clubface opens right before it makes impact with the ball. To ensure that the clubface is closed before impact, rotate your forearms during your downswing.

    Hooking Accurately
    Hitting the right side of the ball will cause it to hook left, and hitting the left will cause it to fly to the right. To ensure that your ball goes straight, focus on hitting the center of the ball. A good way to do this is to follow the advice from golf teacher Josh Zander, who says to pick a dimple on the inside part of the ball—in other words, the half closest to you—and try to hit that dimple with the center of your clubface.

    Toe and Heel Tips
    Hitting the ball with the heel of toe of the club can completely dismantle a good shot. To avoid a toe and heel shots, try practicing with three balls. After placing one ball down, place the second ball on the inside, closer to you than the ball you’re trying to hit. Then place the third ball just above the ball you’re trying to hit. The goal is to hit the first ball without hitting the other two.

    Shanking with the Wedge
    If you have a wedge it can be hard to avoid shanking, which is when you hit the ball with the heel of the club. To avoid a shank, you must increase your grip on the club, move further away from the ball, and try to square the clubface as much as possible.

    For the best golf in Maryland, come to Turf Valley, where we have 36 holes of championship golf. We are open to both members and guests of the hotel. Call us at (410) 465-1500 or visit our website to learn more about our golf course.

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