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    Tips for Staying Connected to Family When You Are Travelling On Business

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to stay connected to your family—even when you are all in the same town. Staying connected can be even more trying when you are travelling for business, but advances in modern technology have made it much easier. Spouses can connect with each other through quick text messages or emails during busy days, followed by more in-depth phone calls or video chats in the evening. If you have children, visual connection is especially important for both you and your child. Most new laptops have cameras you can use to see your kids and their art projects, letting you feel like you are still a part of what’s happening.

    It’s easy to stay connected to your family when you stay at Turf Valley, where we offer complimentary wireless internet access to all of our guests. Book your stay with us by calling (410) 465-1500, or plan your next business conference at our Ellicott City hotel.

    Great Ideas from Savor Sip Style: Made in Maryland

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Love local and buy local. This year, Savor Sip Style featured several gourmet food and wine vendors with products made in Maryland. Support local businesses and purchase fresher foods when you stock your kitchen with Made in Maryland foods.

    Salazon Chocolate Co., a Maryland-based company, is a line of 100% organic, single-origin, salted dark chocolate bars. Chocolate lovers, prepare for some of the best chocolate you’ve ever tasted.  Their salted chocolate is crafted in small batches and each bar is hand-sprinkled with their signature touch of natural sea salt. Certified Organic and Kosher, each of Salazon’s five Organic Dark Chocolate flavors – Natural Sea Salt, Sea Salt & A Touch of Organic Caramel, Sea Salt & Crushed Organic Coffee, Sea Salt & Organic Turbinado Cane Sugar, and Sea Salt & Organic Cracked Black Pepper are amazing. Salazon Chocolate is available online and at Wegmans, Whole Foods Markets, MOM’s Organic Markets, Roots Markets, and several other retail stores.

    Popsations Popcorn says gourmet popcorn is their passion; and with features in Baltimore Magazine, The Urbanite, and even an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, this is undeniable.  Their very flavorful popcorn is made in small batches with artisan recipes and is mixed by hand to get just the right taste. Flavors include Classical Caramel, Crabby Caramel seasoned with a hint of Maryland crab seasoning, Milk Chocolate Caramel, White Chocolate Caramel, Classic Cheddar, and Classic Mix – a sweet and salty mix of Classic Caramel and Classic Cheddar. Popsations makes for a tasty treat for yourself or an amazing gift for someone else. You can purchase this deliciously gourmet popcorn at Wegmans, Baltimore Coffee & Tea, among other shops in Maryland, and on the Popsations Popcorn website.

    The Wild Pea Hummous is made in Baltimore and owned locally by Blake Wollmman.  Every batch is made by Blake with help from his family and a small team to be served in local farmers markets and several retailers.  Fresh and local ingredients, along with Blake’s creative techniques are the source of The Wild Pea Hummous’ wild and zesty taste. With over 50 sweet and savory flavors, including Asian Fire, Cinnamon Raisin, and Old Bay, there is a flavor for everyone. The Wild Pea Hummous, featured on The Food Network and in the Baltimore Sun, is available in and around Maryland at local farmers markets, Whole Foods, Wegmans, and other retailers. 

    “Made in Maryland” is the first of this year’s “Great Ideas from Savor Sip Style” blog series. Connect with Turf Valley on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and stay tuned for more ideas! For a list of vendors that participated in our annual home show event, visit

    The Benefits of Choosing a Hotel with Conference Facilities

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are planning a business conference that is too large to be held in the office, having the conference at a hotel is an excellent choice. With large venues, a wide assortment of amenities, and delicious dining options, a hotel with conference facilities is a perfect match to your needs. Read on to learn about the advantages of choosing a hotel for your conference.

    To ensure optimal comfort, the meeting venue should provide adequate space for all attendees. There needs to be enough seating and table space for each person, as well as enough space for attendees to store their electronics, bags, and paperwork.

    A hotel will provide a convenient, central location for your business conference or meeting. With plenty of parking space at a hotel, your guests won’t have to search for a space in a tightly packed lot.

    If you hold your conference at a hotel, you will give your attendees the convenience of being able to walk to the conference in the morning. Even if you reserve a conference facility without any hotel rooms, you’ll still benefit from being able to consult the hotel concierge for your needs.

    Dining Options
    Hotels can easily provide your attendees with breakfast, lunch, dinner, hors d'oeuvres, or snacks during the conference. And even if you do not provide food, guests will enjoy being able to eat at the hotel restaurant before or after the conference.

    A/V Capabilities
    If you need to setup a slideshow, video presentation, or microphone/audio system, a hotel conference facility has what you need. A nicer hotel can supply wireless Internet, power outlets, and even a professional A/V technician to help out.

    To find out more about the benefits of choosing a hotel with conference facilities for your business conference or meeting, contact Turf Valley Resort. Located near Baltimore and Washington, D.C., we have all of the resources you need for a productive and comfortable conference. Check out our 27 event and meeting rooms on our website, and call us at (410) 465-1500 for more information.

    A Guide to Exercising in Your Hotel Room

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When you travel, it’s normal to feel tired or fatigued as you are out of your normal routine. Exercise can help boost your energy, and is easy to do even without any equipment in your hotel room. Watch this video to learn more.

    There are many body weight exercises you can do in your hotel room. Push-ups help strengthen your chest and shoulders, and are excellent for working your core stability. Burpees, which are essentially a squat thrust with a push-up, will get your heart rate going in no time. Squats work your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and overall strength, and sit-ups can get you closer to your goal of flat abs.

    Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to be, too. Work out in your hotel room at Turf Valley, or utilize our fitness room to stay on top of your exercise goals. Call us at (410) 465-1500 to learn more about staying at our Ellicott City resort.

    Amenities to Look For When Booking a Hotel Room

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As any seasoned traveler can tell you, not all hotels are created equal. Whether you are traveling to a business conference or simply looking to relax and play golf, a hotel with a variety of amenities can make your time away from home much more pleasant. Prioritizing the amenities that are important to you can make your decision of where to stay at bit easier. Keep reading to learn a few of the amenities you should look for when you’re booking a hotel room.

    Wireless Internet
    In today’s fast-paced business world, not having access to the internet can mean the difference between success and failure. Look for a hotel that has wireless internet access, and be sure to find out whether it is complimentary or is only included with an additional fee. Wireless access is important for travelers not just because of work-related issues, but also to stay in touch with friends and family back home. Savvy internet users can also use wireless access to watch movies and their favorite television shows from the comfort of their own hotel rooms.

    In-Room Entertainment
    Sometimes, all you want to do at the end of a day of travelling is kick back and watch the news, sports, or your favorite sitcom. Find out if your hotel offers flat screen televisions with pay-per-view movies so you can relax on your evenings in.

    While some people may take a hotel’s cleanliness for granted, anyone who has had a grim encounter with a dirty hotel bathroom can tell you that cleanliness is most definitely an amenity to look for. You can inquire when you reserve your room about how often housekeepers visit each room; the answer, of course, should be that they are cleaned at least on a daily basis.

    Turf Valley is central Maryland’s top choice when it comes to resort hotels with all of the best amenities. We offer everything you need to be comfortable in your room, plus all the extras that will make you a return guest with us. Give us a call at (410) 465-1500 to make your reservation.

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