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    How to Settle In To Your Hotel Room

    Last updated 10 months ago

    It's hard to relax when you’re arriving at a hotel, tired and strapped with bags. This is especially true if you know you have to wake up early the next morning for a business conference. Fortunately, you can be comfortable on your trip if you follow these tips for settling in to your hotel room.

    Inspect the Room
    First, make sure that you are getting the room you wanted. Check to see that it has the amenities you were expecting, such as a TV, heater or air conditioner, coffee maker, refrigerator, and so on. You may want to check the pillow of the bed to see if it is too soft or too firm. If you need a new pillow, you can call the front desk and request one.

    Decide Whether to Unpack or Not        
    Some travelers live out of a suitcase, while others prefer to unpack. If the trip is only a few days, you may find it easier to leave shoes, casual clothes, and toiletries packed in your suitcase. If you decide not to unpack, be sure to remove the suit so that you can hang it and keep it wrinkle-free.

    Call Your Family
    Once you have figured out whether to unpack or leave most things in your suitcase, give your family a call to let them know you have arrived safely. You can also share with them your plans for the trip.

    Take Advantage of the Hotel Amenities
    Some hotels have a lot to offer in terms of amenities, and most of them are included in the price of the hotel room. Check out the fitness center to burn some calories, or stop by the swimming pool to enjoy an invigorating swim. And head to the spa to unwind after a day of traveling or meetings.

    If you are looking for a nice hotel to stay in when you travel to the Baltimore or D.C. area, visit Turf Valley Resort online. Our resort has a business meeting facilities, a golf course, an airport shuttle service, and more. If you have any questions, call us at (410) 465-1500.

    Essential Suitcase Packing Tips

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Packing a suitcase and traveling light are both very important for reducing travel stress. Watch this video clip for tips on packing effectively for your next trip.

    Put the heaviest items in the suitcase first. If you are taking shoes, be sure to stuff them with socks first. Roll up your clothes for optimal space efficiency. Put liquids and accessories into plastic bags for easy access and organization. Sandwich your jackets and pants with plastic to protect them from becoming wrinkled. Place an identification card inside the suitcase, in case the card on the outside gets lost. Watch the video clip for more packing tips.

    If you are a frequent traveler in the Washington, D.C. or Baltimore area, Turf Valley Resort has the amenities you are looking for. Find out more about our spa, restaurant, golf course, and hotel by visiting our website. And for more information, call us at (410) 465-1500.

    What to Do After Attending a Wedding Show

    Last updated 10 months ago

    This past Friday, we hosted our 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza! Our sold-out wedding show featured over 85 top-notch wedding service vendors, a  full-course dinner, and runway fashion show with women’s, men’s, and children’s wear.  With the plethora of vendors and information you received, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information.  Here are some tips for what to after attending our wedding show!

    Wedding Email Address

    If you haven’t done this already, create a free email address to be used solely for wedding planning; Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail each provide free email accounts.  Use this new email address when contacting vendors to easily keep track of your wedding information, tasks, meetings, etc.


    Get help if you need to! Chances are, your goodie bag is full of pamphlets, business cards, and flyers.  Separate the information you received from wedding vendors into categories. Use Ziploc bags or folders to organize and store this information. Work on one category at a time, noting your favorite vendors.

    Contact Vendors Sooner than Later

    Contact your favorite wedding vendors as soon as possible – the earlier the better.  Check out their websites before emailing or calling them.  Websites will give you a feel of what to expect from the vendors, as they often have photographs on their sites.  After going through this, contact vendors you would love to help make your dream wedding possible.

    Write Everything Down

    This may be common-sense, but it’s so important! Write down your favorite vendors and when you contacted them, and keep record/notes of your discussions. This will ultimately keep your entire planning process organized and running smoothly.

    In case you missed anything, view our list of vendors at our 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza here. Happy wedding planning!

    Turf Valley, located in Ellicott City, MD, is a premiere venue for gorgeous destination weddings.  Visit our website to learn about the venues and services we offer, and call us at (410) 465-1500 for more information.  Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest for wedding tips, ideas, and photos!

    A Peek at the Wedding Extravaganza Fashion Show!

    Last updated 10 months ago

    About the Gown Shops

    Turf Valley is thrilled to host its 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza this Friday. With over 85 wedding vendors, a seated dinner, and fashion show, our wedding show is like no other.  This year, we are pleased to announce that two new bridal shops will be joining The Bridal Boutique of Columbia in our fashion show! Also providing clothing this year will be Francesca’s Bridal and Hitched Salon.  Men’s and children’s wear will be provided by Hyatt & Co. and Pied Piper.

    The Bridal Boutique in Columbia 

    The Bridal Boutique is proud of its 20 year history as a full-service bridal salon.  They have helped thousands of couples look and feel beautiful as they begin their journey into marriage.

    Francesca’s Bridal

    Francesca’s Bridal is a luxury salon providing dresses and accessories for the bride and her party, special occasion dresses, and tuxedos by Sarno & Sons. Francesca, along with her daughters and staff, has assisted brides and their families for 13 years. 

    Hitched Salon

    Hitched brings a fresh face to the DC bridal experience. Tailored to meet the desires and tastes of today’s brides, Hitched carries a unique selection of gowns for brides and bridesmaids as well as many accessories.

    Come see gorgeous bridal gowns, handsome tuxedos, honeymoon wear, and more  at Turf Valley’s 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza this Friday, January 24, 2014 from 4:30-10:30 pm. Purchase tickets online or call 410.423.0812 for tickets and overnight packages.

    Fitness Tips for Golfers

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Keeping up with fitness is an essential component of achieving if you want to improve the length of your golf swing. To learn about what you can do to build your fitness to enhance your golf swing, watch this video.

    The downswing pull, by cable or tubing, is a great exercise for golfers. Get into the golf swing position and do 12-15 for each side. It should work several golf-relevant muscles, including your triceps and latissimus dorsi. Watch the video to see a demonstration of more exercises that can improve your golf fitness.

    At Turf Valley Resort outside of Washington D.C. and Baltimore, we have the tools you need to become a better golfer. In addition to our two 18-hole golf courses, we have a golf school, a pro shop, and a fitness center. Call us at (410) 465-1500 or visit our website to learn more.

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