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    The Advantages of Choosing Turf Valley for Your Government Travel Needs

    Last updated 9 months ago

    At Turf Valley of central Maryland we have years of experience working with a wide range of travelers. Some of them are vacationers, while others are businessmen on corporate travel schedules. Given Turf Valley’s close proximity to the heart of the Baltimore-Washington, DC corridor, we have also had the opportunity to serve a great deal of military personnel and government travelers. At Turf Valley we offer clearance-sensitive conference facilities such as the Cameo Ballroom, a room that is certified by the United States Department of Defense as a secure meeting space. We are less than 45 minutes from Fort Meade and Fort Detrick, and only 15 miles from the United States Social Security Administration Headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland. We also offer per diem rates and special packages such as extended-stay military housing needs.

    To learn more about why Turf Valley is the ideal place for your government travel needs, visit our website today. And to speak with a professional at our hotel, please give us a call at (410) 465-1500.

    Inspiration for Your Winter Wedding!

    Last updated 9 months ago

    A winter wedding is a wonderful way to commemorate your love for your significant other. And while many people love to incorporate winter wedding motifs such as pinecones, snowflakes, and holiday colors, there are a number of other, more dazzling ways to embrace the season. For winter wedding décor ideas, continue reading.

    Color and Flowers
    To avoid having an overly holiday-oriented wedding, go easy on the red and green. Silver and white add winter-themed elegance without being overpowering. Use satin ribbons, crystal accents, and phalaenopsis orchids for a beautiful winter ambience at your wedding. White hydrangas and ranunculuses are other full flowers that will look great.

    Cake
    Impress your guests at your wedding by choosing a creative cake design. Red and green ribbon is pretty, but if you want something more unique select a white, classic-style cake and have it topped with silver powder and a white sugar ribbon.

    Invitations and Favors
    Winter wedding receptions are typically held inside an elegant ballroom, rather than outdoors. To send out a formal invitation, use heavy cardstock printed with dark font and hand calligraphy. Use silver envelopes to incorporate a winter motif. For a more original favor than cookies or truffles, try chocolate-coated cranberries or roasted nuts.

    Centerpieces
    Impress your guests with ice-carved vases filled with white branches and hanging crystals. Use white table linens to top the tables, and frosted glassware for a classy touch. Surround the centerpiece with candles.

    Music and Cocktails
    A classical pianist is enjoyable, but if you want to add a touch that guests will be talking about for years to come, hire an a capella quartet to sing a collection of jazz and pop songs, or a cellist that can play classical tunes to set the mood at your wedding.

    At Turf Valley of central Maryland we have years of experience catering to winter weddings. We have some of the most exceptional wedding venues in Maryland, which can seat anywhere between 50 and 650 guests. Call us at (410) 465-1500 to learn more, and visit our website to see our wedding packages and venues.

    What to Do With Your Wedding Dress After Your Wedding

    Last updated 9 months ago

    “What should I do with my wedding dress now?” is a common question asked by brides after their big day. So we sat down with Chris, a specialist at Schroedl Custom Cleaners, to get the answer.

    Clean It and Preserve It

    Save your wedding dress for your daughter’s wedding or wear it again at your vow renewal by having your gown professionally cleaned and preserved before storing it.  Gowns are cleaned and preserved in a four-step process on-site at Schroedl Custom Cleaners, a Baltimore family-owned and operated business since 1861.  The gowns are first soaked in a solvent to remove any dirt, stains or discoloration.  They are then hand-cleaned to remove any remaining stains and hung in a special drying room.  After dry, the gown is placed on a mannequin and pressed. Finally, the wedding gown is preserved and placed in an acid-free box designed to keep out light, moisture and dust. Brides are always free to inspect their cleaned and pressed gown before preservation.  

    Sell It

    Earn extra money for your honeymoon or for you and your spouse’s first big purchase. There are countless outlets for those brides looking to sell their wedding gowns.  Some dedicated websites even have sections to sell bridesmaids, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses. Selling your wedding dress will not only help you earn extra cash, but it may also help another bride afford her dream wedding gown.  A used wedding dress can sell for around 50 percent of its retail value, and it’s best to sell right after your wedding – while the dress is still in-season and in-style. 

    Donate It

    Help make a bride’s dream come true by donating your wedding dress.  Many charities accept used wedding gowns, and there are even nonprofit organizations specifically focused on weddings.  Chris shared the story of a bride who recently used Schroedl Custom Cleaners to clean her wedding dress before donating to a charity for wives of military servicemen. Most organizations will request that you have your gown cleaned at home or professionally before making your tax-deductible donation.

    Whichever you decide, Chris highly suggests cleaning your wedding dress right after your wedding day.  Before honeymooning, it is common for a bride to task her maid of honor or mother with having the dress cleaned to keep any stains from setting. There’s nothing worse than finding your gown discolored and stained!  

    Schroedl Custom Cleaners specializes in restoring antique and vintage bridal gowns, stain and discoloration removal, and wedding gown preservation. Meet them at Turf Valley’s 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 4:30-10:30 pm. Purchase tickets online or call 410.423.0812 for tickets and overnight packages.

    Share your engagement story for the chance to attend Turf Valley’s 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza free!

    Get Your Golf Ball to Go Farther with These Tips

    Last updated 9 months ago

    While accuracy is a very important aspect of the golf swing, many people forget to also focus on distance. Learn more about how you can extend your shooting distance by watching this video clip.

    The factor with the most influence on the ball speed is not the power, or the arm speed of your swing—it is actually the club head speed, which is largely determined by how square the swing is. To improve your ability to hit the center of the ball with the middle of the club face, try practicing with club face tape. Watch the video clip for more tips on how to modify your swing for maximum distance.

    At Turf Valley in central Maryland we have two 18-hole golf courses for you to enjoy. Check out our website to learn about our hotel, golf courses, restaurant, spa, and event facilities in greater detail. And if you have any questions, give us a call at (410) 465-1500.

    Essential Advice for the Business Traveler

    Last updated 9 months ago

    As a business traveler you probably travel hundreds of thousands of miles each year. For some corporate travel is very stressful, while others use their time wisely and find it easier to adjust. To ensure that your travel experience is less stressful, follow the tips in the following article.

    Pack Light
    As a traveler, you never need more than one week’s worth of T-shirts, underwear, and socks. Take one pair of pants, one pair of shoes, one sweater, and one jacket. You won’t have to pack any of these, fortunately, because they can be worn on the flight. Hiking clothes are lightweight and versatile, making them ideal for business travel.

    Don’t Forget the Essentials
    Items that you should always have on you include toiletries, sunglasses, a hat, a swimsuit, and gloves. In terms of electronics, be sure to take a USB drive and an international power convertor. Bring a first-aid kit to be on the safe side.

    Adjust to the New Time Zone on the Plane
    Calculate the current time at your destination, and start preparing for the new time zone before you land. If the destination time is approaching your bedtime back home, go to sleep on the plane so that you can start adjusting to the new time zone.

    Use Video-Calling Software
    Connecting with friends, family, and colleagues is less expensive online than it is on the phone, and is much easier. Fortunately, Skype and Google Hangout are free for computer-to-computer communication, even if you are out of the country.

    Find an Empty Row on Your Flight
    If you’re on a long flight that’s not full and you aren’t sitting in business class, move to an empty row. The airline staff won’t have a problem with it, as long as you aren’t trying to move when the seatbelt sign is illuminated.

    If you are a business traveler seeking comfortable accommodation with close access to Baltimore and Washington, DC, come to Turf Valley of central Maryland. Call us at (410) 465-1500 or visit us online for more information about our business center, corporate meeting rooms, golf course, restaurant, and spa.

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