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    Your Guide to Visiting Baltimore's National Aquarium

    Last updated 5 days ago

    The National Aquarium of Baltimore allows guests to take an up-close and personal look at the amazing wildlife that occupies the world’s oceans, lakes, and wetlands in one of the largest aquarium settings in the nation. It may be difficult to experience the whole aquarium in a single visit, so you might follow this guide to be sure that you don’t miss out on the sights you want to see during your aquatic adventure.

    Best Times to Visit
    Weekdays tend to draw fewer visitors, especially in the morning hours, so it may be best to visit during this time. If you can’t make it on a weekday, try visiting on weekends after 3 p.m. when the early rush has died down.

    Exploring Unique Exhibits
    There are tons of exhibits at the National Aquarium—including the Atlantic Coral Reef, Jellies Invasion, Shark Alley, Blacktip Reef, and Animal Planet Australia. With the aquarium’s website, you can find the exhibits that strike your interests most and create a plan for your visit so that you don’t miss out on spotting the creatures you find most fascinating.

    Dining at the Aquarium
    Some guests prefer to put a culinary spin on their visit with a sustainable dining experience, which includes a three-course meal prepared with sustainable seafood, a professional chef demonstration, cocktails, and an after-hours look at the aquarium.

    Booking Immersion Tours
    If you aren’t into gourmet dining, you might book one of the other immersion tours at the aquarium such as the Dolphin Encounter, Gallery Tours, or Sharks! Behind the Scenes. These experiences offer an insider’s perspective that may capture the most imaginative and curious guests’ interests.

    For luxury accommodations to enjoy during your aquarium visit, book a room at Turf Valley, which is nestled in Maryland’s rolling hills just a short drive from Baltimore. You can see the beautiful rooms and indulgent amenities we offer on our website or call us for reservations at (888) 718-3370. 

    One Minute to a Better Golf Game

    Last updated 12 days ago

    With today’s modern drivers, it is easier to gain yardage to help you improve your game with longer drives down the fairway. Still, you will need to perfect your swing so that you can maximize the length of your drive and control the trajectory of the ball. This short video from Turf Valley Golf Pro, Chuck Doan, will offer the tips you need to increase the yardage of each drive for an overall better game.

    To play the course at Turf Valley, call (888) 718-3370 to book your tee time in the scenic rolling hills of Maryland. You can also visit us online to explore stay and play packages that will offer ultimate relaxation and luxury on and off the course. 

    Answers to Your Questions About Your Turf Valley Wedding

    Last updated 19 days ago

    If the romance and rustic appeal of the rolling hills of Maryland is the ideal setting for your magical wedding ceremony, Turf Valley offers several distinctive venues that may accommodate anywhere from 80 to 600 guests. Elegant ballroom features are showcased in each reception site with dramatic details that can make the day unforgettable for you and your guests. As you begin planning your special day, you may have a few questions about our wedding services. Here’s a look at some of the most frequently asked event questions to help you get on track with your planning.

    Can I Host the Ceremony On-Site?
    Turf Valley is happy to host wedding ceremonies in addition to full-service receptions. Couples may choose from an outdoor ceremony in the garden or an indoor ceremony appropriate for any season. The convenience of hosting your ceremony and reception at the same site will reduce stress on you and your guests so that you can enjoy the happiness that the day holds.

    What Will the Menu Look Like?
    Catering is all provided by Turf Valley with wedding cakes designed by The Cake Studio. You can customize your menu with the resort’s catering staff and provide options to meet any dietary restrictions you or your guests may have.

    How Long is the Reception?
    Receptions are four hours long with the first hour dedicated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the second hour reserved for dinner, and the last two hours for dancing and fun with the bouquet toss and cake cutting. You may extend your reception for an additional cost if there is availability with the event space and staff.

    Will my Guests Have a Discounted Hotel Rate?
    Your bridal suite is included in the price of your wedding package, but your guests may want to make accommodations of their own for the big day. They can receive a discounted rate, which will be arranged with your catering account executive. Room rates are based on availability, but you may contract rooms to guarantee availability at a special rate.

    If Turf Valley does seem like the wedding venue of your dreams, call us at (888) 718-3370 to get your planning started. You can also visit our website for a look at some event photos and venue details. 

    DIY Halloween Décor

    Last updated 25 days ago

    This year transform your warm and cozy home into a haunted house! These simple do-it-yourself décor ideas will make your home fit for a spooktacular Halloween season and the perfect Halloween party.

    [Haunted Silhouettes | Spooky Directional Signage | Bloody Pillar CandleDecrepit Spider Web Dwelling]

    Happy Halloween! For my DIY holiday décor ideas, follow Turf Valley on Pinterest and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Must-See Sights in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Regardless of on what type of business you find yourself in the Baltimore area, the Inner Harbor will have something for you. Whether you are on a family vacation or looking to enjoy the town with your friends, the Inner Harbor is full of entertainment and excitement.

    Dining
    Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the perfect area for people who are interested in trying new and delicious types of food. You can experience foods that have roots from every corner of the world as well as seafood that was obtained nearby in the Chesapeake Bay. Any kind of food you like, you will find a suitable restaurant in the Inner Harbor. One specific highlight of the Inner Harbor’s food scene is Power Plant Live!, where entertainment and food come together. After you finish your meal you can stand up and dance to the outdoor live music that often fills the plaza.

    Education
    Families who travel through Baltimore will love the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Featuring an array of exhibits across three floors, this educational facility is a great place for kids to learn in a fun and interactive setting. The museum is ideal for children between the ages of 2 and 10, but it can be fun for the entire family.

    Sports
    If you are a sports fan, the Inner Harbor is a hotspot that you will not want to miss. Whether you are a Baltimore Orioles fan or you simply love baseball, take advantage of the close proximity between the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. There you will find such exhibits as the Orioles Hall of Fame, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, and the Sports Legends Museum. The Inner Harbor is also a great spot for football fans; the Baltimore Ravens’ home stadium, M&T Bank, is nearby.

    For more must-see sights in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, contact Turf Valley or visit our website. We offer hotel meeting and conference facilities in the Baltimore area. If you would like to know more about our hotel services, please feel free to come in and meet with us or call us at (888) 718-3370 today.

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