Nestled in the rolling hills of central Maryland, Turf Valley is a premier destination for both corporate meetings and leisure retreats. Book your stay today!

Do-It-Yourself Chocolate Candy Cane Scrub

The Spa at Turf Valley’s December therapy of the month is the Chocolate Candy Cane Scrub. Deliciously scented, this 100% pure, natural cocoa scrub is high in antioxidants. The cocoa powder is combined with a raw sugar blend to gently exfoliate your skin while the peppermint will give you that pick-me-up you need during the holiday season!

If you loved the scrub and want to try your own version, or make it as a Christmas gift for someone else, follow Spa Director Krystal’s DIY Chocolate Candy Cane Scrub.

An optional tip for those who love the Chocolate Candy Cane Scrub – if you’d like to spice up the scrub, add shavings from Baker’s Chocolate and smashed candy canes! Adding sugar to the raw mix can be used for more exfoliation.

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A Day Trip to Old Ellicott City

While staying at Turf Valley, you cannot miss out on a day trip to the Ellicott City Historic District, located just six miles from Turf Valley Resort. With a mix of restaurants, retails, and even a few friendly ghosts, you won’t leave empty handed.

Upon arrival to historic Ellicott City, visit the eyes and ears of Howard County, the Howard County Tourism & Promotion Welcome Center, who can offer you many tips on what to do during your stay in Howard County.

Photo Credit: Scott Kramer

Retail

Main Street is a shopper’s paradise, with boutiques offering clothing, home décor, antiques, toys, and more! For the shopper, we suggest visiting Sweet Elizabeth Jane, a vintage-inspired lifestyle store, and Simply Divine Boutique, whose clothing you may have seen on the runway at Turf Valley’s Annual Wedding Extravaganza or Pretty in Pink Champagne Ladies Luncheon fashion show!

Photo Credit: Simply Divine

For the home designer, visit one of the many vintage or antique stores on Main Street, including A Journey from Junk, Antique Depot, Shoemaker Country, or Ellicott’s Country Store, who recently created a Downtown Abbey Home Décor line inspired by products of the show.

If you’re always a kid at heart, don’t forget to stop by All Time Toys and Forget-Me-Not Factory! On the weekends you can find Forget-Me-Not Factory’s Barry the Bubbleman outside entertaining children with his giant bubble demonstrations. A fun activity for the whole family!

Photo Credit: Cassidy Sterling

*And a secret tip: start at the top of Main Street! Historic Ellicott City is a hilly street and let’s face it - no one wants to climb Main Street with a handful of heavy shopping bags!

Eats

What’s a day of sightseeing without delicious food? There are more than 15 restaurants and cafes in Historic Ellicott City. For casual fare, visit Johnny’s Bistro, Bean Hollow, La Palapa Mexican Grill & Cantina, or River House Pizza Co. If you’re looking for a fancier setting, try one of the fine dining restaurants – Cacao Lane, Pure Wine Café, Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant, or Portalli’s, all of which offer great views of Main Street and even better cuisine. And make sure to try one of Maryland’s local brews at our Main Street pubs – Diamondback Tavern, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, or Phoenix Emporium to name a few!

Photo : Pure Wine Café

Additional Excursions

While Old Ellicott City is great for food and shopping, it is a historical town! Take advantage of its history and partake in a Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour or a visit to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. According to its official website, the Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America, and was the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country. A great excursion for those who share a love for trains or American history!

Photo Credit: Ellicottcity.net

Whether you’re visiting Turf Valley for a meeting, wedding, or simply a weekend getaway, a trip to Old Ellicott City is a must! To find out what’s happening at Turf Valley, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or visit our website!

Green Initiatives Hotel

As part of Turf Valley's commitment to helping the environment, Turf Valley has taken many steps to ensure our hotel rooms and guests are conserving energy, and we are even the first hotel in Howard County to be listed in Maryland Green Travel! Some changes we’ve completed include:

Hotel Rooms

  • Converted 126 rooms to “green showerheads” thus far

  • Linen/towel reuse options for guests

  • Added “Please recycle” labels to one trash can in each hotel room to give our guests a chance to recycle in the rooms

  • Eliminated shower caps in every guest room. They are available at the front desk upon request

  • Installed new water-saving faucet aerators in hotel room sinks

  • Converted in-room amenities to Green Natura line, which are more environmentally friendly. The bottles are made from post-consumer recycled material and are 100% biodegradable.

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Electricity

  • LED lights installed at Gazebo and Pavilion, as well as motion sensors added to Fitness Center to control lights

  • Public space lamps in the hotel lobby converted to fluorescent bulbs

  • Tinting added to the South Wing elevator glass and on windows in the area that connect the third floors of the hotel to reduce heat and to save on HVAC/electricity

  • Replaced hotel boilers with new high-efficiency boilers, reducing carbon emissions

  • Laundry water heater and holding tanks replaced with high-efficiency equipment

  • Covered South and West facing windows in the summer in hotel rooms

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Indoor/Outdoor Pools

  • Lowered temperature in the indoor pools and hot tub at the recommendation of the American Red Cross to save energy.

  • Developed policy of turning off indoor pool lights at 9 pm – previously ran 24/7

  • Added a Recycle-Only container to the outdoor pool deck

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Public Restrooms

  • Converted to Dyson air blade hand dryers in public rest rooms

  • Added motion sensors to Waterford Ballroom rest rooms

Elevators

  • Two guest elevators have been equipped with high-efficiency LED lighting that shuts off automatically when car is idle

Turf Valley remains committed to being an eco-friendly property. To stay up-to-date on what we’re doing, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Fall Weddings at Turf Valley

Fall is a breathtaking time of year in Maryland. Within minutes a sunset sky changes from blues and oranges to lavender, purple and pink. Pair this with the fall foliage in reds, golds, and oranges and you have a rainbow of color as a backdrop to your special day. Turf Valley’s Catering Director, Jenny Betlejewski, loves fall weddings at Turf Valley, and has many tips for brides planning an autumn wedding.

Fall is still a time to consider having an outdoor ceremony – but be ready with a fur wrap to take the chill off and pay attention to sunset times when scheduling your outdoor ceremony to ensure you still have time to take photos post-ceremony if you wish!

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Photo Credit: Anna Grace Photography

Take a cue from the colors of the sky, trees and fields for your décor. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween – they make a great vessel for flowers on the tables. Paint them and use them as signs, carve them and use for lanterns (a power drill with a variety of bits does this in no time), or perhaps use some small ones to paint your table number for guest tables. Mums and pansies abound, but you might consider some dried flowers and gatherings – dried hydrangeas turn a lovely shade of pale green and ruby red and lighted twigs and branches make a great statement in bunches on guest tables, patios, and flanking doorways.

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Use wine barrels for a display set-up – perhaps some Seasonal Beers (there are beers that have pumpkin, pecan and maple syrup flavors!), Black and Tans, Warm Spicy Apple Cider or a Jack-O’Lantern made with OJ, Cognac, Ginger Ale and Grand Marnier. Have Roasted Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds in bowls throughout the cocktail area for guests to munch on.

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Fall is harvest time – a time of plenty. To illustrate the bounty of the season, incorporate a cornucopia into displays full of fresh fruit or vegetable crudités. Choose seasonal hors d’oeuvres such as sweet potato puffs, baked brie encrusted with nuts and honey served with rosemary raisin crostini. Interject a soup course of roasted red pepper soup in addition to a fall salad of mixed greens, toasted walnuts, black seedless grapes, feta cheese, and thinly sliced red onion with a Dijon vinaigrette. Filet Mignon with rosemary herb butter, butternut squash risotto and roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta makes a fabulous entrée.

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For the wedding cake – perhaps just a one layer cake to cut into ceremoniously with a variety of pies – pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato and fried apple handpies served with luscious bowls of lightly sweetened whipped cream. Include favors of caramel and candy apples in the display for guests. And speaking of Halloween – what better time to have a candy bar with treat bags for your guests to take home!

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

For more wedding-related content, follow us on Facebook or Pinterest for tips for planning your wedding from our catering staff, wedding pictures at Turf Valley, and more!

Do-It-Yourself Pumpkin Body Scrub

The Spa at Turf Valley is in the spirit of fall with our popular spa therapy of the month, the Pumpkin Body Scrub! This treatment is only available during the month of October so don't miss out! If you are unable to try our scrub, or enjoy it so much you want to try it yourself, follow Spa Director Krystal Kroll’s do-it-yourself pumpkin body scrub!

Ingredients

· 1/2 cup Coconut Oil

· 1 cup White Sugar

· 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice

· 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

(half a can of pumpkin puree, optional!)

Directions

· Place 1/2 cup coconut oil in microwave safe dish, and microwave for 45 seconds, or until completely melted.

· Transfer melted Coconut Oil to small mixing bowl, and stir in 1 cup of White Sugar, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Cinnamon. Mix well.

· Transfer to mason jar, and you’re done!

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Not only are homemade sugar scrubs inexpensive but they are easy to make and have so many benefits for your skin. The sugar exfoliates dead skin away while cinnamon gets blood circulating and is an excellent natural treatment for eczema, and acne. Coconut oil is a great skin moisturizer and anti-aging agent. Add pumpkin puree to the mix for extra vitamin, mineral and antioxidant benefits!

Make an appointment for the Pumpkin Body Scrub in October and receive 25% off when booking Monday-Thursday. Call 410-203-255 to schedule an appointment.

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