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Tomorrow brings the first day of August and the last month of summer vacation! Enjoy your month at Turf Valley with one of our upcoming events. We have something for everyone – beer lovers, families, and soon-to-be newlyweds.
New Belgium Beer Tasting
Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us in Fairway Lounge for a complimentary tasting featuring beer from New Belgium Brewery Co. The August tasting will prepare your palate for September’s six-course New Belgium Beer Dinner. Call 410.480.2400 for more information.
Heavy Seas Beer Dinner
Experience well-balanced, full-bodied beers crafted in Maryland at our Heavy Seas Beer Dinner. A six-course dinner featuring and paired with beers from Heavy Seas Brewery will be served in Alexandra's Restaurant. Reservations required; please call 410.480.2400.
Back to School Brunch
Sunday, August 25, 2013 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us in Alexandra's Restaurant for our Annual Back to School Brunch, featuring all of your traditional brunch favorites and more. Don't forget to bring a school supply donation for a local school in need! Reservations are recommended; call 410.480.2400.
Turf Valley is conveniently located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore to give you access to a relaxing spa, amazing dining, comfortable rooms, and beautiful hotel halls. To learn more about our upcoming events or to make reservations, please call 410-465-1500.
Last updated 8 months ago
Howard County Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks begin today! Eat local this summer at Alexandra’s Restaurant, located in the heart of Turf Valley, from July 17-August 5, 2013. We are serving up 20 days of savings and sensational farm-to-table freshness.
Why eat local food? In addition to supporting the local economy and environment, eating locally grown food offers many benefits. Local food is full of flavor because crops are often picked at their peak of ripeness, taste, and freshness. Locally grown food also offers more nutrients than imported food from distant states and countries. Alexandra’s Restaurant will be offering American Fusion lunch and dinner menus featuring food from local farms in Maryland, including from Howard County, Virginia, and New Jersey. Take a look at our special, local lunch and dinner items!
Starters choose one
Roasted Corn Chowder – Local white corn from Clark’s Elioak Farm, new potatoes, Nuskie’s apple-wood smoked bacon, ancho chili (lunch, dinner)
Maryland Crab Soup – Traditional Chesapeake summer recipe featuring crab from the Chesapeake Bay area (lunch)
Grilled Flatbread – Housemade mozzarella, teardrop tomatoes from Hummingbird Farms, pesto, and white truffle essence (dinner)
Entrées choose one
Roseda Farms Cheese Steak – Grilled premium Angus strip from Roseda Farms, toasted baguette, horseradish, cheddar, and Thousand Island dressing (lunch, dinner)
Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich – Traditional Chesapeake recipe featuring crab from the Chesapeake Bay area, toasted Kaiser, and housemade tarter (lunch, dinner)
Smoked Beef Short Rib – Short ribs from Roseda Farms, touched by applewood smoke, blue cheese potato tart, bacon lardons, spinach, and natural jus (dinner)
Local Pan-Roasted Rockfish –Rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay area, lobster chowder sauce, tart green apple, pancetta, whipped potatoes, and nutmeg (dinner)
Dessert choose one
Blueberry Crème Brûlée – Blueberries from Sunny Ridge Farm; Star anise and maple-soaked pound cake (lunch, dinner)
Peach Crisp – Peaches from Crown Orchard; Pecan-toffee crumble and cinnamon gelato (lunch, dinner)
Lunch $25.13 | Dinner $35.13
Support the local economy, eat flavorful and nutrient-filled food, and help the environment by ordering from our Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks menu! Reservations are recommended; call 410.480.2400. Get social with Alexandra’s Restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for delicious food photos, restaurant updates, and special offers!
Last updated 8 months ago
July is National Blueberry Month, declared by the US Department of Agriculture in 2003. Blueberries are a native North American fruit grown in 35 states and are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and disease-fighting antioxidants, so it’s an excellent idea to celebrate this month with your family. Nothing says summer more than blueberries.
Go Blueberry Picking
Where: Visiting local farms and Farmers’ Markets are a great first step to celebrating National Blueberry Month, while supporting local farming and the economy. In Howard County, the Farmer’s Market is held Thursday-Monday at various locations. Vendors selling blueberries are Lewis Orchards, Unger’s Fruit Farm, MacBride & Gill Falcon Ridge Farm, LLC, Valencia’s Produce, and Pleitez Produce. Locate a farmers market in your area using the Maryland Farmers Market Directory Map. Stop by Larriland Farm in Western Howard County to pick your own blueberries and other fruits.
How: The second step in purchasing perfect blueberries is to know how to pick them. Select blueberries that are firm with smooth skin. Avoid buying blueberries that are soft or have “wrinkled” skin. Blueberries should be refrigerated or frozen immediately. Also, they shouldn’t be washed until you are ready to use them.
Blueberries for Breakfast
Blueberries will complement almost any breakfast and add a sweet, healthy touch. Pair your fresh berries with granola and yogurt, add to your favorite cereal or oatmeal, or fold them into your pancake or other batter. Follow the links to try one of the following blueberry recipes.
Banana Blueberry Bread is moist, tasty, and a delicious combination of two summer fruits.
Blueberry Blast Smoothie is a kid-friendly recipe and a quick morning booster. It requires only four ingredients and takes about five minutes to prepare.
Blueberry Pancakes are an all-American favorite. Try topping these fluffy pancakes with homemade blueberry sauce, cream cheese topping, or fresh fruits.
Add fresh (or frozen) blueberries to make your dessert sweeter. Cooking Light gathered 14 blueberry dessert recipes, including Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, Blueberry-Peach Ice Pops, and Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes. You should even opt for a blueberry dessert during your next fine dining experience.
If you aren’t able to purchase fresh blueberries, consider purchasing frozen blueberries and and making your own strawberry ice cream or smoothies. You can also celebrate National Blueberry Month with us! Alexandra’s Restaurant offers a delectable Blueberry Crème Brûlée on its Summer 2013 dessert menu. The house made dessert is paired with star anise and maple soaked pound cake. Get connected with Turf Valley on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more unexpected holidays, food recipes, and blog posts!
Last updated 8 months ago
Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun, DIY projects that will give your celebrations a very special patriotic touch!
1. Star Brimmed Basket
This star brimmed basket is great as a centerpiece, and you can even fill the basket with small American flags, pinwheels, and other patriotic-themed favors. Better Homes & Gardens
2. DIY Flag Painted Mason Jars
These flag painted mason jars are perfect as utensil holders. You can also use them for beverages and allow them to be taken home as party favors. It All Started with Paint
3. Red, White, and Blue Fans
The sun will be out, and your partygoers can cool off with red, white, and blue fans. These patriotic fans make for another great favor. Better Homes and Gardens
4. Burlap Flag Pillows
Add an American touch to your outdoor seating with Burlap Flag pillows. These pillows are fairly simple to make and also make excellent indoor pillows, adding a patriotic touch to your home. Simply Kierste
5. 4th of July Water Bottles
Add a very festive touch to this cookout essential. Purchase small American flags and just wrap them around the water bottles! Better Homes and Gardens
Happy DIYing and Happy 4th of July! For more holiday DIY projects follow Turf Valley on Pinterest and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for blog post updates. Turf Valley is a golf and spa resort conveniently located in the Baltimore-Washington, DC corridor. For more information about Turf Valley, call us at 410-465-1500.
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Red, white, and blue will be seen everywhere at cookouts, pools, beaches, and more for the 4th of July next week! While celebrating our country’s independence, be sure to practice general safety throughout your festivities.
Grilling Safety from the National Fire Protection Association
Propane and charcoal BBW grills are for outdoor use only
Keep the grill well away from the home, deck railings and any overhanging branches
Children and pets should remain at least three feet away from the grill area
Never leave your grill unattended
Keep your grill clean by removing buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill
Pool & Beach Safety from the American Red Cross
Keep children under active supervision at all times; stay in arm’s reach of young kids
Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a life jacket; always wear a life jacket if you go boating
Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “swim with a buddy,” and “walk please”
Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
Avoid alcohol use
Fireworks Safety from the Fireworks Alliance
Always carefully read the instructions before attempting to light fireworks
Do not throw burned out sparklers on the ground
Light fireworks outdoors and away from crowds and flammable materials
Keep your fireworks dry and in a cool place
Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish fires
Help keep your friends and family safe, and remember to have fun! For more holiday tips, connect with Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy your 4th of July with a visit to Turf Valley, convenient to Baltimore and D.C. Celebrate your holiday weekend with our award-winning spa, golf courses, and restaurant. Call us today at (443) 364-9022 to start planning your vacation!