Turf Valley Resort is proud to announce Donna Robbins, Human Resources Director, has been named a 2022 Manager of the Year by The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) in this year's Stars of the Industry. MHLA is a trade-based membership organization representing Maryland's billion dollar-lodging industry. Employee are nominated by hotels who are current MHLA members in good standing.
Winners were announced at the 32nd annual MHLA Stars of the Industry Awards, held April 26 in Towson. The awards event recognizes hotels and team members who have gone above and beyond to provide excellent service to their guests and communities. Nominations were submitted by MHLA members and winners were chosen in 11 categories, celebrating the contributions of every hotel department, including managers, general managers, and front-line staff.
"Donna Robbin is very deserving of this award as she is a huge advocate for every single employee working at Turf Valley Resort. Throughout the pandemic, she remained in constant communication with staff and managers about the ever-changing CDC guidelines. She ensured a safe environment for employees, as well as prevent exposures throughout the property. Donna has been in a director's role for 11 years and continues to challenge herself by taking on new responsibilities and always ensuring our employees work together as a cohesive, thoughtful team," said Pete Mangione, General Manager of Turf Valley Resort.
"This year's Stars of the Industry are all extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated their innovation, professionalism, and enthusiasm for their work," said Amy Rohrer, President & CEO, MHLA. "These are the people who make Maryland's hotel industry so special, and the reason we have persevered through the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These team members have risen to every challenge and remained committed to providing outstanding service to their guests, properties, and the community at large, and we are especially proud to celebrate their accomplishments."
(May 10, 2017) - Turf Valley Resort announces a multi-million-dollar renovation to their on-site hotel, which features 172 guest rooms and suites, as well as an American fusion restaurant, spa and two private golf courses.
Renovations to the property include:
"The guest room redesign brings a new element of boutique sophistication to the property, further establishing Turf Valley Resort as an ideal romantic getaway, wedding destination, or conference center," said Joanne Mangione, Turf Valley's Interior Designer.
First Finish, Inc. completed all general contracting work in time for the opening of Turf Valley's 2017 season. Turf Valley, privately-owned-and-operated by the Mangione Family, completed renovations just as the Mangione Family enters their 40th year of owning the property. Prior to their opening, Turf Valley once operated as a thoroughbred horse farm, and as part of the original Doughoregan Manor owned by Charles Carroll.
"We are excited to offer our guests updated and new features," said Jeff Zetlmeisl, Assistant General Manager of the resort. "With these renovations, we are securing our position as the premier destination meeting and event venue in the Mid-Atlantic Region."
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(August 19, 2016) - Turf Valley Resort is excited and proud to announce that we will be hosting some of the shops that have been displaced from the flooding on Main Street of Ellicott City. The shops have been invited to set up a store with the inventory that they have remaining from the storm, as well as additional inventory that they continue to receive, in an effort to recreate the atmosphere. They will be located on the lower level of the resort beginning Friday, August 26. They will be open to the public Friday (11am - 7pm), Saturday (11am - 7pm) and Sunday (10am - 4pm).
There are eleven shops that will be open at Turf Valley as of Friday, August 26, 2016, including Southwest Connection, Still Life Gallery, Boliwalou, Zebop, Simply Divine Boutique, The Vintage Vault and Gallery, Sue Langert, Matcha Time Café and Gift Shop, Syriana Gallery, Park Ridge Trading Co. and Attic Antiques.
Turf Valley Resort is offering this space to the tenants free of charge, in lieu of the flooding on Saturday, July 30. General Manager Pete Mangione and his family, who own Turf Valley Resort, feel that "giving back to the community and fellow business owners is the right thing to do. Having a gem like historic Ellicott City so close to the resort has certainly been a wonderful asset for Turf Valley guests to visit and explore and we want to do as much as we can to help the merchants who lost so much."
(March 28, 2016) - Turf Valley Resort Resort has recently invested more than $85,000 to improve and rebuild its wireless internet infrastructure for groups, villas and guest rooms.
Turf Valley Resort has used Ruckus Wireless, a leader in Wi-Fi technological advances, to create one integrated wireless system that allows guests to move throughout the property with seamless and uninterupted Wi-Fi access.
Other Improvements Made To Turf Valley Resort's Internet Infrastructure Include:
(March 21, 2016) - Turf Valley Resort is excited to announce the First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, will be modeling in the 9th Annual Pretty in Pink Ladies Luncheon on Friday, April 1st, 2016 at Turf Valley Resort Resort. Pretty in Pink is an annual Pink Champagne Ladies Luncheon held every spring to raise money and awareness for Blossoms of Hope and The Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at the Howard County General Hospital.
Mrs. Hogan will be modeling on behalf of her husband, Governor Larry Hogan, who completed chemotherapy treatment for stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma last fall. Pretty in Pink, Turf Valley Resort's Champagne Ladies Luncheon, features vendors supporting Blossoms of Hope, followed by a luncheon and fashion show. Most of the models in the fashion show are current or past patients at the Cancer Resource Center.
"This event is a beautiful way for women to bond throughout all stages of their treatment and recovery process," said Turf Valley Resort's Director of Public Relations and Board Member, Regina Ford. The runway fashion show features apparel from Octavia Boutique, Simply Divine Boutique of Ellicott City and Nordstrom. The runway fashion show will feature 25 models, the majority of whom are cancer survivors.
"The Board of Directors of Blossoms of Hope discovered this year that one-third of those who use The Claudia Mayer/ Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center are men. In order to promote this new revelation, we thought that Governor Hogan would be a perfect representative. Governor Hogan was unable to attend due to his schedule, but Mrs. Hogan agreed to participate as a model, and we were delighted because she will look so much better in the ladies' formal wear!" said Ford.
The 2016 Maryland Cherry Blossom Princess, Amanda Misaki Buker, will also be in attendance representing the National Conference of State Societies, which sponsors the Cherry Blossom Princess Program in all 50 states.
If you are interested in attending Pretty in Pink, please contact Turf Valley Resort's Director of Marketing, Nicole Motsay, at 410-423-0812. Tickets are $50.00 per person. All media inquiries should be directed to Regina Ford at 410-423-0811.View PDF
Ellicott City Boy Scout Proposes Patch after Troop 944's Contribution to Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
Ellicott City, MD (March 26, 2015) - The Boy Scouts of America announced that a new Honor Guard Uniform Patch will be made available this spring for those who form Color Guards for community service.
The idea for an Honor Guard Patch was suggested by Troop 944 Senior Patrol Leader Dennis Howser-Doty, 16, of Ellicott City after the Scouts volunteered at Turf Valley Resort's Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival last May. The Scouts participated in Saturday's Armed Forces Day Ceremony in 2014, serving in the Color Guard Flag Presentation and escorting the Wounded Veterans to hot air balloons to thank them for their service.
Soon after the festival, Howser-Doty worked with Scoutmaster Chip Galloway to propose a patch be created to wear in formal procedures by Scout Units. After a six-month review by BSA Headquarters, Troop 944 was informed in November that the Honor Guard Patch was approved for Scouts taking part in community ceremonies.
The Honor Guard Patch is the first of its kind to ever be recommended by a troop member, and the first patch approved in over 50 years. The Honor Guard Patch is to be worn on the right sleeve of the uniform, and is only to be worn by Scouts trained and actively serving in Color Guards.
"Scouts in Troop 944 really understand the culture of service to others, not just ‘Doing a good turn daily' as the Scout Motto says. I couldn't be more pleased when they wanted to provide a formal method, including recognition, for Scouts to help the community. Assisting Wounded Warriors into hot air balloons at Turf Valley Resort in 2014 was a great way to start the concept," said Scoutmaster Chip Galloway.
Troop 944 was established 51 years ago, and consists of 72 boys between the ages of 11-17 in Howard County. Along with the Armed Forces Day Ceremony, the Scouts also help out around the Turf Valley Resort's Hot Air Balloon Festival by picking up trash, looking after children, helping guests enter a walk-in balloon, and assisting vendors with crowd control and promoting event activities. The Scouts will once again participate in this year's Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival, scheduled for May 14-16th, sporting their new Honor Guard Patches.
About Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
Turf Valley Resort has hosted the Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival for six years. Guests are invited to enjoy festivities geared towards young children and those young at heart. Turf Valley Resort will host 25 beautiful hot air balloons, with pilots from all over the East Coast. The festival portion of the event will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, 2015, from 4:00 until 9:00pm. The Armed Forces Day Ceremony and Balloon Launch will take place on Saturday, May 16th at 6:00am. Please call 410-465-1500 extension 2874 for more details, or visit www.ballooningusa.com/preakness.
About Turf Valley Resort
Turf Valley Resort is a family-owned-and-operated golf and spa resort located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor. The resort features 40,000 square feet of event space, on-site Alexandra's Restaurant, Spa and 36 holes of championship golf. The newest addition to the Turf Valley Resort community, Turf Valley Resort Towne Square, allows guests, visitors, and the community to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment.View PDF
October 30, 2013 - Turf Valley Resort was recently accepted as a Bronze level GreenLeader into the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S. Turf Valley Resort is the first hotel in Ellicott City awarded this status.
"We are honored that Turf Valley Resort's green efforts are acknowledged through our newly awarded GreenLeader status," said Turf Valley Resort General Manager Pete Mangione. "We have a dedicated Environmental Committee to implement green practices and raise awareness among both guests and employees. In an effort to protect our environment for generations to come, we hope to encourage other hotels and businesses in the area to continue seeking greener, more sustainable practices."
Turf Valley Resort has met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on Turf Valley Resort's listing on the TripAdvisor site. "Turf Valley Resort Management is proud to be recognized by TripAdvisor as a GreenLeader," said Turf Valley Resort Director of Operations and Environment Committee Chair Jeff Zetlmeisl. "Our Environmental Committee will continue to work toward reducing our carbon footprint, protecting our environment, educating our staff and guests on our initiatives, and enhancing the guest experience through our efforts."
Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of eco-friendly practices that they can expect at each location. Turf Valley Resort Green Initiatives include a property-wide recycling program, a linen and towel reuse option for guests, ENERGY STAR guest room appliances, and water-efficient faucets in guest bathrooms and public restrooms, among many other practices.
"TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint," said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. "We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers."
The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.
About Turf Valley Resort
Turf Valley Resort is located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor features an on-site Spa, Alexandra's American Fusion Restaurant, and 36 holes of Championship Golf. The golf and spa resort also has 40,000 square feet of meeting space and Wi-Fi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas. Turf Valley Resort - Your everyday getaway.
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