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Turf Valley Resort Resort Receives BBB award
Turf Valley Resort Resort Receives BBB award
Baltimore, MD - September 30, 2009 - Better Business Bureau recently honored Turf Valley Resort Resort, a family owned, Howard County business with a 2009 BBB Greater Maryland Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence.
 
The Torch Award pays tribute to businesses that exhibit extraordinarily high standards of honesty and integrity toward customers, employees, shareholders and their community.
 
"Since 1978, Turf Valley Resort Resort has created an atmosphere that ensures a memorable experience for their guests by encouraging teamwork and mutual respect for and among employees," said Angie Barnett, president & CEO, BBB | Greater Maryland. "At a time when trust is so fragile, the Torch Awards pays homage to a handful of Greater Maryland businesses that have not just talked the talk, but walked the walk on tough business decisions. Those are just the decisions that earn them the respect of their employees, vendors and customers," added Barnett.
 
Turf Valley Resort Resort was selected to receive the award by a panel of judges including past BBB | Greater MD Torch Award winners and other BBB Accredited Businesses. General Manager, Pete Mangione, accepted the award at a reception sponsored by BBB's Educational Foundation before a crowd of 200 Maryland business executives.
 
"We are honored to receive such a prestigious award," says Mangione. "Turf Valley Resort's staff has worked hard over the last 30 years, to develop a high level of trust among our guests and exceed their expectations in every aspect of our business of hospitality. We value our employees and are proud of the strong work ethic of our entire team that made this award possible."
 
BBB's Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to enhance consumer confidence through education and information. BBB with help from its Educational Foundation issues Reliability Reports on businesses in the Greater MD service area online at www.bbb.org and publishes a free consumer enewsletter, Consumer Club, with alerts on scams and tips. The charity is funded through tax-deductible consumer and business donations.
 

Media Contact

Regina Ford, Director of Marketing
Phone: 410.423.0811
Email: rford@turfvalley.com
Turf Valley Resort Resort and Toys for Tots Partner to Benefit the Community and the Donors
Turf Valley Resort Resort and Toys for Tots Partner to Benefit the Community and the Donors
November 17, 2009 - With the holiday season just around the corner, Turf Valley Resort Resort is proud to announce its first-time partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.
 
Turf Valley ResortResort would like to encourage consumers to donate toys or cash to the holiday program, beginning November 15th and ending on December 15th. By donating to the program, local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be able to purchase and distribute toys for needy and disadvantaged children in the community. As a thank you for making the holidays brighter for local children, those donating a toy will receive the following discounts at Turf Valley Resort Resort:
 
  • 20% off your hotel room rate, for one night, at The Hotel at Turf Valley Resort Resort
  • One Complimentary Appetizer or Dessert at Alexandra's at Turf Valley Resort Resort
  • 20% off any Single Service or 20% off the Couple's Massage at The Spa at Turf Valley Resort Resort
  • 10% off any single item in the Pro Shop
"With our longstanding position in the community, it just made sense for Turf Valley Resort Resort to partner with Toys for Tots. We're accessible to the public and open 24 hours a day, making Turf Valley Resort Resort a convenient drop-off location," says Cassandra Rashad, Revenue Manager for Turf Valley Resort Resort, and also Turf Valley Resort's Toys for Tots program coordinator. "No child should be without a gift at Christmas."
 

Important Information

  • Turf Valley Resort Resort will be accepting donations for the Toys for Tots program November 15th through December 15th.
  • Toy donations must be New, Unwrapped Toys, ages 3 and up preferred. All discount offers valid Nov. 15th through Dec. 15th and cannot be applied to the purchase of gift cards.
Turf Valley Resort Resort to Host Three-Day Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
Turf Valley Resort Resort to Host Three-Day Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
sponsored by The Bob Lucido Team REMAX Advantage
 
April 28, 2010 - Turf Valley Resort Resort will once again light up the skies with a jubilant festival to honor the Preakness® Celebration tradition. Turf Valley Resort Resort has been exclusively chosen to celebrate the annual hot air balloon portion of the Preakness festivities.
 
The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by The Bob Lucido Team REMAX Advantage will be the feature location for the breathtaking Preakness® Celebration Balloon Glow at dusk on both Thursday and Friday, May 13th and 14th, 2010.
 
The Preakness® Celebration is a week-long tradition of festivities held throughout Maryland to prepare for the running of the 135th Preakness® Stakes. One of the many special events held during the week is the captivating Hot Air Balloon Festival. Approximately twenty hot air balloons, in a unique variety of shapes and colors, will participate in Turf Valley Resort Resort's Balloon Glow. Before the Glow, weather permitting, patrons will have the option to join the pilots in their balloons and take a full flight, or for those less daring, try out a tethered balloon ride. Upon dusk, when all the balloons have returned back to Turf Valley Resort Resort, they will tether and illuminate the night with the "Balloon Glow".
 
The two-day event will include fun activities for people of all ages, including young children and those young at heart. There will be various children's activities and entertainment throughout the event where children can participate in friendly competitions and creative crafts. *On Saturday, May 15th, the Balloon Festival will culminate in the launching of the balloons at 6:30 A.M., weather permitting.
 
The Festival is open to the public, and free admission. Tethered balloon rides, Balloon Walk-Thrus and Full Flights are available for a fee. Food and drinks will also be available in the Festival areas. All parking for the event will be held offsite at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with shuttle service.
Turf Valley Resort Resort Installs Cellular Repeaters throughout the property to Boost Wireless Acccess
Turf Valley Resort Resort Installs Cellular Repeaters throughout the property to Boost Wireless Acccess
October 11, 2010 - Mangione Enterprises LLC, owners of Turf Valley Resort Resort announced on Monday that the property has installed a comprehensive network of cellular repeaters, or wireless cellular signal boosters throughout the 1,000 acre compound.
 
Repeaters are a type of bi-directional amplifier (BDA) commonly named in the wireless telecommunications industry, as a device used for boosting the cell phone reception to the local area by the usage of a reception antenna, a signal amplifier and an internal rebroadcast antenna. These are similar to the cellular broadcast towers used for broadcasting by the network providers, but are much smaller, usually intended for use in one or more buildings.
 
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Ellicott City Valley, the property had experienced spotty cellular service in some of its interior locations. "We listened to the feedback regarding poor signal strength from some of our guests and felt the need to address this," said Pete Mangione, owner and General Manager of Turf Valley Resort Resort. "The cellular repeater amplifiers rebroadcast the signals inside the buildings, which is then transmitted to a unit that amplifies the signal, and retransmits it locally, providing significantly improved signal strength for both cellular phone and 3G networking services."
 
The market for cellular repeaters is expected to grow rapidly over the coming years, particularly in the USA. This is due to the combination of the poor network coverage in some areas, and the large scale departure from the land-line system. The CTIA - The Wireless Association (formerly the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association) had predicted that by 2010 50% of phone users in the US would be mobile only - more than 80 million lines. This combined with the low population density (compared with Europe and Japan) means that many people will have to use some method to improve their home signal.
 
Other advantages of cellular repeaters include an increase in the cell phone's battery life and a lower level of radiation emitted by the handset - both caused by the lower power required to broadcast the signal to the local bi-directional amplifier, due to its proximity to the phone.
 
Turf Valley Resort Resort is a 1,000 acre property that boasts over 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 171 guestrooms and suites, 26 spacious two & three bedroom villas, 36 holes of championship golf, a luxurious spa, swimming pools, tennis courts and two restaurants. Visit Turf Valley Resort Resort on the web at www.turfvalley.com.
 
Turf Valley Resort Resort Driving to Beat Last Year's Toys for Tots Contribution
Turf Valley Resort Resort Driving to Beat Last Year's Toys for Tots Contribution
October 12, 2010- Turf Valley Resort Resort officials announced on Tuesday that the property will again team up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots™ Foundation. The program will begin on October 25th, lasting through December 17, 2010.
 
"We wanted to get an earlier start this year, so that we could beat last year's contribution by a large margin!" said Cassandra Rashad, Revenue Manager and Turf Valley Resort Resort's Toys for Tots program coordinator. "It's all about the kids and we're challenging our business partners, members and clients to contribute more this year. No child should be without a gift at Christmas."
 
As a thank you for making the holidays brighter for local children, those donating will receive their choice of one of the following discounts at Turf Valley Resort Resort:
 
  • 20% off your hotel room rate for the first night of your stay
  • 20% off any Single Spa Service
  • 10% off any single item in the Golf Shop
  • One Complimentary Appetizer or Dessert in Alexandra's at Turf Valley Resort Resort
 
By donating to the program, local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be able to purchase and distribute toys for needy and disadvantaged children in the community. Toy donations must be New, Unwrapped Toys, ages 3 and up preferred. All discounts offers valid October 25th through Dec. 17th.
 
For questions or more information about the Toys for Tots™ program at Turf Valley Resort Resort, please contact Cassandra Rashad at 410-423-0800.
 
Turf Valley Resort Resort is a 1,000 acre property that boasts over 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 171 guestrooms and suites, 26 spacious two & three bedroom villas, 36 holes of championship golf, a luxurious spa, swimming pools, tennis courts and two restaurants. Visit Turf Valley Resort Resort's website at www.turfvalley.com.
Turf Valley Resort Resory to Host Sixth Kidz Konvention Benefiting Autism Speaks
Turf Valley Resort Resory to Host Sixth Kidz Konvention Benefiting Autism Speaks
January 28, 2011 - Turf Valley Resort Resort will be hosting the sixth Kidz Konvention on March 6, 2011 to benefit Autism Speaks®. The event is open to the public, and will feature local schools, camps, live entertainment, educational services, and a special appearance by WPOC's Bob Delmont. Maryland Family Magazine, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, Clear Channel Communications' WPOC and Kidstreet News will sponsor the event.
 
Kidz Konvention is a family-friendly expo welcoming Maryland families and children of all ages. Various activities and entertainment will be provided throughout the day, where children can participate in friendly competitions and creative crafts. Entertainment includes: face and hair painting, inflated moon bounce, a special appearance from the Howard County K9 Unit, and a "Doctor Is In" Booth by the Howard County Hospital to answer questions for parents. Jason Levinson & Co., an entertainment group from Columbia, will be performing throughout the event. Levinson specializes in a variety of children's entertainment, everything from Magicians to Jugglers to Unicyclists.
 
Informative Seminars will be available to parents about Child-Bullying from Janet Quirk, an Elementary School student counselor, and Autism from Michelle Landrum, Outreach coordinator for the EARLI autism pregnancy study at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health. Michelle Landrum will give a presentation entitled "Searching for Autism Answers: A Personal and Professional Perspective." Motivated by her younger son's Autism Spectrum Disorder, Michelle Landrum changed careers to work with autism researchers looking for ASD risk factors. A former journalist, Landrum now works at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology (CADDE) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "When my child was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I was frustrated by the lack of good answers about what caused his disability, how it could be treated, and what his future would look like. Working with autism research gives me a front-row view as scientists consider these complex issues. With its emphasis on education and research, Autism Speaks® helps a huge number of families like mine."
 
Autism Speaks® is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. For more information about autism and Autism Speaks®, please visit www.autismspeaks.org or contact the local office at 202.955.3111 or nationalcapitalarea@autismspeaks.org.
 
Bob Delmont is Baltimore's Workday companion. He has been with WPOC for over 10 years and keeps his midday listeners entertained with his upbeat delivery and friendly interaction with his audience. Bob has been nominated for the highly coveted Country Music Association's Major Market Personality of the Year three times and counting!
 
Admittance to Kidz Konvention is a donation to Autism Speaks®, $5 for adults and $2 per child. On-site parking for the event is complimentary.
 
For more information on Turf Valley Resort Resort, please contact Regina Ford, Director of Marketing, at 410-423-0811, Nicole Hock, Event Coordinator, at 410-480-2427, or visit www.turfvalley.com. Media Sponsors: Maryland Family Magazine, Kidstreet News, WPOC 93.1
 

Important Information

  • The Sixth Kidz Konvention will benefit Autism Speaks®.
  • The event is open to the public; 11:00AM-4:00 PM.
  • Admittance is a donation to Autism Speaks®; $5 for Adults and $2 for Children.
  • Turf Valley Resort Resort will have over 30 vendors and artisans to display their products and services.
  • Children's activities and entertainment are throughout the entire event on Sunday, March 6, 2011.
Turf Valley Resort Resort Rises to the Occasion with Annual Three-Day Preakness Hot Air Balloon Festival
Turf Valley Resort Resort Rises to the Occasion with Annual Three-Day Preakness Hot Air Balloon Festival
Presented by The Bob Lucido Team RE/MAX Advantage, May 19th - 21st, 2011
 
April 25, 2011 - Turf Valley Resort Resort is excited to once again host the annual hot air balloon portion of the Preakness® Celebration festivities on May 19th -21st.
 
As Maryland residents gear up for the week long festivities leading up to the 136th running of the Preakness® Stakes, Turf Valley Resort Resort is preparing for two VIP Balloons at this year's Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by The Bob Lucido Team Re/Max Advantage. With the acceptance of two specialty shape hot air balloons to participate in this year's festival - Energizer's Hot Hare balloon and the Purple People Eater balloon - Turf Valley Resort is promising festival-goers a truly memorable experience.
 
Over twenty hot air balloons, in a unique variety of shapes and colors, will participate in Turf Valley Resort Resort's nightly Balloon Glow, including the Hot Hare Balloon and Purple People Eater balloon. The Energizer Bunny® Hot "Hare" Balloon is the tallest hot air balloon in the world, towering 15 feet over the Statue of Liberty. Flying for the past 17 years, it did appear at Turf Valley Resort Resort in 2008, and is being welcomed back for the 2011 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. Festival goers should keep an eye to the sky as the Purple People Eater will fly by with bulging eyes, spider-like limbs, large, pointed ears and a mischievous grin. Rest assured, he is a gentle giant with his only goal to bring smiles to all who see him. This magical combination of characters and balloons will be sure to delight all those in attendance.
 
The two-day vendor event will include fun activities for people of all ages, from young children to those young at heart. Shop local crafters and participate in various children's activities and entertainment throughout the event. Weather permitting, patrons will have the option to join the pilots in their balloons and take full flight or try out a tethered balloon ride. At dusk, when all the balloons have returned back to Turf Valley Resort Resort, the balloons will stand and illuminate the night with a "Balloon Glow". On Saturday, May 21st, the Balloon Festival will culminate in the launching of the balloons at 6:30 A.M.
 

Important Information

  • The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by The Bob Lucido Team RE/MAX Advantage.
  • Admission to the event is free.
  • Tethered Balloon Rides will be available for $15/adult, $8/child.
  • Walk Thru Balloon is available for $2/person.
  • All parking for events 3pm - 9pm will be off-site at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with handicap accessible shuttle service. There will be a $5 donation to the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association for parking.
  • Children's Activities, Entertainment & Balloon Glow on Thursday & Friday, May 19th - 20th, 2011
  • Morning Hot Air Balloon Launches* on Friday & Saturday, May 20-21, at 6:30 a.m.
 
*Parking for these activities will be onsite, at Turf Valley Resort Resort.
 
All event information, including schedule of events can be found at www.turfvalley.com.
 

Balloon Pilot Story Ideas

  • John Calvin - Pilot for the Purple People Eater Balloon John - 321-431-5542
  • The Energizer Bunny® Hot "Hare" Balloon Headquarters - 800-383-7323
  • Neil Blackwell flew over the Alps. Neil - 609-381-5766
  • Kevin Poeppleman won awards for significant accomplishments in Ballooning for over 30 years Kevin - 301-529-8663
  • Kathy Remley is a female pilot, with her husband who is also her crew chief. Kathy is an excellent source of information and human interest stories. Kathy - 215-820-1122
Turf Valley Resort Resort Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Turf Valley Resort Resort Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Honored as a Highly Rated Hotel as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's Largest Travel Site
 
September 1, 2011 - Turf Valley Resort Resort announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which honors top-rated lodging businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world's largest travel site*.
 
To qualify, these businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travelers. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
 
"Turf Valley Resort is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Pete Mangione, General Manager at Turf Valley Resort Resort. "We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor."
 
"The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence program gives exceptional businesses in a variety of different industries around the world the recognition they deserve," said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. "From top-rated restaurants in Boston to top-rated attractions in Barcelona, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.
 

About Turf Valley Resort Resort

Originally a thoroughbred horse farm, The Mangione family purchased Turf Valley Resort Country Club in 1978. Nurturing the business from a quaint country club, the Mangiones soon expanded the array of services provided, allowing Turf Valley Resort Resort to become the area's foremost catering establishment. In 1988, the family dream of building a luxury hotel amid the lush golf courses came to fruition. Now sprawling over 1,000 manicured acres, the multi-faceted retreat features two championship golf courses, pools, tennis courts, a spa and more than 40,000 square feet of versatile function space.
 

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with seamless links to booking tools.
 
TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors* across 18 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 45 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 29 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.
 
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TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).
 
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***Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2010
 
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Turf Valley Resort Resort Flies Up, Up, And Away With Their Annual Three-Day Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
Turf Valley Resort Resort Flies Up, Up, And Away With Their Annual Three-Day Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
Presented By The Bob Lucido Team Re/Max Advantage, May 10th - 12th, 2012
 
May 3, 2012 - Turf Valley Resort Resort will host the annual hot air balloon festival of the Preakness® Celebration festivities on May 10th -12th.
 
In addition to the 18 hot air balloons there will be two specialty shape hot air balloons to participate in this year's festival: Stinkey the Skunk balloon and the Purple People Eater balloon.
 
Twenty hot air balloons will participate in Turf Valley Resort Resort's nightly Balloon Glow, including the Stinkey the Skunk Balloon and Purple People Eater balloon. The two-day vendor event will include fun activities for people of all ages, from young children to those young at heart. Shop local crafters and participate in various children's activities and entertainment throughout the event. Weather permitting, patrons will have the option to join the pilots in their balloons and take full flight or try out a tethered balloon ride. At dusk, when all the balloons have returned back to Turf Valley Resort Resort, the balloons will stand and illuminate the night with a "Balloon Glow". On Saturday, May 12th, the Balloon Festival will culminate in the launching of the balloons at 6:30 A.M.
 

About Turf Valley Resort Resort

Located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor and features 40,000 square feet of event space, WiFi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, Spa and 36 holes of Championship Golf.
 

Important Information

  • The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by The Bob Lucido Team RE/MAX Advantage.
  • Admission to the event is free.
  • Tethered Balloon Rides will be available for $15/adult, $8/child.
  • Walk Thru Balloon is available for $2/person.
  • All parking for events 4pm - 9pm will be off-site at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with handicap accessible shuttle service. There will be a $5 donation to the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association for parking.
  • Children's Activities, Entertainment & Balloon Glow on Thursday & Friday, May 10th - 12th, 2012
  • Morning Hot Air Balloon Launches* on Friday & Saturday, May 11-12, at 6:30 a.m.
  • *Parking for these activities will be onsite, at Turf Valley Resort Resort.
 
All event information, including schedule of events can be found at www.turfvalley.com.
Turf Valley Resort Resort Earns 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Turf Valley Resort Resort Earns 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Honored as a Highly Rated Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's largest Travel Site
 
June 13,2012 - Turf Valley Resort Resort, featuring 40,000 sq ft of meeting and conference space, two championship golf courses and The Spa at Turf Valley Resort Resort, announced that it has received, for the second year in a row, a Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence Award.
 
The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on Trip Advisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on Trip Advisor receive this prestigious award.
 
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on Trip Advisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
 
"Turf Valley Resort Resort is pleased to receive a Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence", said Pete Mangione, General Manager of Turf Valley Resort Resort. "This is very good news and very important for Turf Valley Resort because in today's world everyone relies on individual reviews before they consider staying at a property. This is a total Turf Valley Resort Resort team effort - it is not just hotel guests. Reviewers also consider our two championship golf courses, Alexandra's Restaurant, banquets and the Spa when they are here. Every area and outlet of our business has to be in line to create a positive experience for our guests and fortunately our efforts have been recognized!"
 
"Trip Advisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on our site," said Christine Peter, President of Trip Advisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering Trip Advisor travelers a great customer experience."
 
Turf Valley Resort Resort attributes its warmth and charm to being family owned and operated. Nick and Mary Mangione purchased Turf Valley Resort, originally a horse farm, in 1978 and nurtured it from a private golf club to the premiere resort it is today. From Farm to Fairways and beyond, Turf Valley Resort Resort has grown to include 26 extended stay villas, with more to come. Encore Assisted Living is the first addition of the planned golf community, which will include condominiums, townhomes and single family homes. The anchor of the new Turf Valley Resort Town Center will be a Harris Teeter grocery store, scheduled to open in the Spring of 2013, followed by restaurants, and other exciting retailers in keeping with a luxury lifestyle.
Turf Valley Resort Resort's Third Annual Toys for Tots Campaign
Turf Valley Resort Resort's Third Annual Toys for Tots Campaign
November 8, 2012 - To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Turf Valley Resort Resort will be participating in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive for its third year.
 
Turf Valley Resort Resort would like to encourage the public to make a donation of one unwrapped, new, desirable toy for children ages three and up at Alexandra's Restaurant. In return, participants will receive one free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of a meal in the restaurant. Donations accepted and offer valid November 8 through December 17.
 
"We've had such a great success with Toys for Tots here at Turf Valley Resort. It's so nice to see the community and staff get involved with such a great cause, especially around the holidays," said Victoria Mangione, Alexandra's Private Events Coordinator. "We're excited to be a Toys for Tots drop-off location again this year, and look forward to helping underprivileged local children."
 

Important Information

Toys accepted November 8- December 17
Donations should be desirable, new, unwrapped and for ages 3+
No stuffed animals please
Free dessert or appetizer offer valid through December 17
For more information on Toys for Tots at Turf Valley Resort Resort contact Nicole Stafford, Marketing Assistant, at 410-480-2427
Turf Valley Resort Resort Awarded TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Status
Turf Valley Resort Resort Awarded TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Status
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. For a complete list, visit www.turfvalley.com/Discover.
 
"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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Three-Day Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns to Turf Valley Resort
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. For a complete list, visit www.turfvalley.com/Discover.
 
"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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Turf Valley Resort Teams Up With National Guard, Bob Lucido to Honor Veterans
Turf Valley Resort Teams Up With National Guard, Bob Lucido to Honor Veterans
Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Celebrates Armed Forces Day
 
Ellicott City, MD (May 5, 2014) - Turf Valley Resort is joining forces with the Maryland Army National Guard and The Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Select Realtors to honor veterans and wounded warriors during its three-day Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. The annual festival will be held at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD from Thursday, May 15 - Saturday, May 17, 2014, concluding on Armed Forces Day.
 
Hot Air Balloon Festival activities on Thursday and Friday will include tethered balloon rides, children's crafts, food and retail vendors, and live entertainment, as well as other family-friendly activities. The Maryland Army National Guard is bringing added excitement to the festival with their rock climbing wall, several armored vehicles, and helicopter to be on display.
 
The Preakness® Celebration festival will also feature over 20 hot air balloons, including special-shaped Armed Forces balloon "Eddie & Rickenbacker," flown by Pilot Andy Cayton and sponsored by The Bob Lucido Team. Saturday morning's Balloon Launch and Armed Forces Day presentation will conclude the three-day event as several wounded warriors take flight in Eddie & Rickenbacker, following a color guard presentation and small band performance.
 
"I flew in the Army for 22 years in Special Operations, and I've been flying balloons professionally for 15 years since I retired," said Eddie & Rickenbacker Pilot and Retired Army Aviator Andy Cayton. "I wanted to combine the two, so I designed the Eddie & Rickenbacker hot air balloon. It's designed to be a fun balloon for the kids, and being named after Eddie Rickenbacker, America's first ace in World War I, it also promotes the history of Army aviation. It's all about family values, and it's a great family sport."
 
In addition to his accomplishments and service in the United States Army, Cayton holds three world records in hot air ballooning and has been on the United States World Cup team for seven years. He also made the world's longest solo hot air balloon flight in history.
 
"The Bob Lucido Team is committed to several Wounded Warriors Projects," said Bob Lucido of The Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Select Realtors. "We are very proud to give back to this noble cause and recognize those who have served us so fearlessly and unselfishly, making a better life and country for us all. This cause touches at the heartstrings of all Americans because of the sacrifices members of the military have made, and sponsoring this year's "Eddie & Rickenbacker" hot air balloon is just one way for us to show our appreciation and gratitude." Aside from its name, the Eddie & Rickenbacker hot air balloon is full of history, as symbol of Rickenbacker's squadron is on the tail of the airplane. Years and dates marking important periods of history also cover the Army-dedicated hot air balloon. The balloon has "Eddie" the dog piloting and "Rickenbacker" the cat in the rear gun turret. All festival parking will be available at The Howard County Fair Grounds with shuttles providing transportation to and from Turf Valley Resort. The cost of parking, to be paid in cash, is $10 per car and will be collected by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association. Sunrise Balloon Launch parking only, including Saturday's Armed Forces Day launch, will be available at Turf Valley Resort.
 
For event and schedule details, visit www.ballooningusa.com/preakness or call 410.465.1500 ext. 2874. Updates will also be posted on Twitter @TurfValley and Facebook.com/ TurfValley.

About Turf Valley Resort

Located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor, Turf Valley Resort features 40,000 square feet of event space, Wi-Fi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, Spa and 36 holes of Championship Golf.
 

About Preakness® Celebration

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Turf Valley Resort Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Turf Valley Resort Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Recognized as a Top Performing Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's Largest Travel Site
 
Ellicott City, MD (May 21, 2014) - Today Turf Valley Resort announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
 
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business' tenure and popularity ranking on the site. "Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Turf Valley Resort and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor," said Pete Mangione, General Manager at Turf Valley Resort. "There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one's customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence."
 
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence," said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most -their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience."
 

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, Wi-Fi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, 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.
 

About TripAdvisor

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Turf Valley Resort Wins Big in Howard Magazine's
Turf Valley Resort Wins Big in Howard Magazine's "Best of Howard County" Annual Issue
The Resort and Conference Center wins two "Best of" Categories and two Honorable Mentions
 
Ellicott City, MD (December 10, 2014) - Turf Valley Resort was voted Best Special Event Venue and Best Golf Course by the readers of Howard Magazine in the December 2014 "Best of Howard County" issue. In addition to the two best of placings, Turf Valley Resort received honorable mention for Best Annual Festival/Event for The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley Resort, and Best Day Spa for The Spa at Turf Valley Resort.
 
Turf Valley Resort has been hosting weddings for over 35 years and is one of the premier wedding venues in the state of Maryland. There are four ballrooms with a seating capacity for 50 to 650 guests. Turf Valley Resort has an on-site restaurant, Alexandra's American Fusion, which is well equipped to handle rehearsal dinners of all sizes, and Fairway Lounge the perfect spot for before and after ceremony get together. The many beautiful scenic views, the new outdoor wedding garden space, which is Turf Valley Resort's new outdoor space, and the fountain are major attractions to wedding couples. According to Director of Marketing, Regina Ford, "The minute you see a bride outside with the swans, you know it's Turf Valley Resort."
 
Turf Valley Resort has 36 holes of championship golf with two driving ranges, a real green short game practice facility, and four putting greens. "We're a very large property and there are very few 36-hole courses in the state, and with all the other facilities, it's just immense here," says Nick Spinnato, the Director of Golf at Turf Valley Resort.
 
The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley Resort is one of the centerpieces of Preakness® Week. The festival is in its eighth year at Turf Valley Resort and is fun for the whole family. The festival features over 25 hot air balloons, balloon rides, tethered rides, kids games and rides, and food and craft vendors. Admission is free and there is off-site parking at the fairgrounds. "When people see balloons take off, they can't help but smile and be happy," says Regina Ford.
 
The Spa at Turf Valley Resort is a luxurious day spa with monthly specials which highlight their many massage therapies, facials, and body treatments. The spa has many popular overnight packages available, with the "Girlfriends Getaway" being one of the most popular. "Everyone needs to take some time to pamper themselves and our Spa is the perfect place to do it," says Denise Neubauer, the Director of the Spa. "Our services and packages are developed with our clients in mind."
 

About Turf Valley Resort

Located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor, Turf Valley Resort features 40,000 square feet of event space, Wi-Fi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, Spa and 36 holes of Championship Golf.
 

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Is the lifestyle magazine of Howard County, Maryland. The magazine is published by the Baltimore Sun Media Group and has a circulation of over 40,000 subscribers.
 
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Turf Valley Resort Receives WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award
Turf Valley Resort Receives Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award
Ellicott City, MD (January 15, 2015) - WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, named Turf Valley Resort as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards for Best Ceremony and Reception Venue.
 
The 2015 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.
 
Turf Valley Resort, a premier wedding venue in the state of Maryland, has been hosting weddings for more than 50 years. There are four ballrooms with a seating capacity of 50-650 guests and up to 9,500 square feet of event space. There is also an outdoor garden pergola available for ceremonies that overlook the fountain, providing a memorable setting for weddings. Turf Valley Resort was proud to host more than 100 weddings in 2014, each and every one of them unique in their own way.
 
Turf Valley Resort previously won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for Best Ceremony and Reception Venue in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014.
 
"We are excited and honored to be recognized by our clients for both excellent attention to their needs, from detailed planning to the fruition of their wedding day! Our location at Turf Valley Resort provides atmosphere and ambiance both indoors and out. Couples find that our ballrooms that vary in size and décor along with our beautiful scenic grounds and vistas have a wide appeal creating a recipe for a great event," said Jenny Betlejewski, Director of Catering of Turf Valley Resort.
 
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Turf Valley Resort. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.
 
"It's always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Turf Valley Resort for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry."
 

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, Wi-Fi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, 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.
 

About WeddingWire

WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.
 
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Turf Valley Resort Awarded Gold Level of American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Program
Turf Valley Resort Awarded Gold Level of American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Program
Program commends employers that make health and wellness a priority
 
Ellicott City, MD (February 5, 2015) - Turf Valley Resort has been recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition Program. The Fit-Friendly program acknowledges employers who provide resources that benefit the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity, nutrition, and wellness in the workplace.
 
"We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. Initiative as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite," said Pete Mangione, General Manager of Turf Valley Resort. "Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities here at Turf Valley Resort and we encourage all of our employees to lead a healthy lifestyle, at work and at home."
 

Turf Valley Resort offers various resources for their employees including

  • Free golf on Mondays
  • Access to pools twice a month during summer season
  • An outdoor walking path on property which employees have access to
  • Emails with information regarding nutrition, exercise, and health Wellness experts brought on property to conduct lunch and learn sessions on nutrition, stress management, and exercise
  • Annual health fair
  • Healthy options on employee menu from Alexandra's Restaurant
  • An annual Biggest Loser contest with incentives to be motivated and lose weight
 
Turf Valley Resort is also a supporter of the local chapter of the American Heart Association by hosting the Howard County Heart Ball every May, a black-tie celebration raising money for American Heart Association.
 

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, Wi-Fi High Speed Internet in guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, 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.
 
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Boy Scouts of America Announces New
Boy Scouts of America Announces New "Honor Guard Patch"
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.
 
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Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns to Turf Valley Resort
Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns to Turf Valley Resort
Ellicott City, MD - May 5, 2015 - Soar the skies with Turf Valley Resort as they welcome 24 hot air balloons to celebrate the 140th Annual Preakness Stakes, presented by The Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Select Realtors.
 
The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place Thursday, May 14th and Friday, May 15th from 4:00pm until 9:00pm. The festival will feature activities for both young children and those young-at-heart, with community vendors, live entertainment, family activities, handmade crafts, as well as food and retail vendors. Balloon festivities include 24 hot air balloons on display, a walk-through hot air balloon, a balloon glow on Thursday and Friday evening, tethered balloon rides, pilot demonstrations, and a chance to fly up, up, and away on a hot air balloon ride.
 
Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival will honor Wounded Warriors with an American Hero Celebration Friday evening and an Armed Forces Day Celebration Saturday morning. On Friday, Wounded Warriors and their family are invited to a special invitation-only reception where they will be able to enjoy delicious food and drinks, followed by a balloon glow at 8:30pm where Wounded Warriors can stand in balloon baskets and illuminate the balloon with fire burners. On Saturday morning, the Armed Forces Day Ceremony will begin at 6:00am with a presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop 944 of Ellicott City, Howard County Fire & Rescue, Police Honor Guard, and National Guard. Turf Valley Resort will then fly six wounded warriors and their caregiver in a special Operation Getaway Ceremony at dawn. The launch and ceremony ends at 8:00am.
 
The public is encouraged to nominate a wounded warrior to fly in Saturday's Operation Getaway Flight. If you know someone who has served in the military and would like to take part of the balloon flight, please email flights@ballooningusa.com
 
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. All parking will be available at Howard County Fairgrounds with shuttles providing transportation to and from Turf Valley Resort. The cost of parking is $10 per car and will collected by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association.
 
For event and schedule details, visit www.ballooningusa.com/preakness or call 410-465-1500 ext. 2874. Updates will also be posted on social media - Facebook.com/TurfValley and Twitter:@turfvalley
 

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.
 

About Preakness® Celebration

Preakness Celebration, Inc. is a 501C(3) organization established in 1988 to produce a series of events in and around Baltimore to celebrate horse racing's famed Triple Crown thoroughbred race, the Preakness Stakes.
FAST FACTS - 2015 PREAKNESSĀ® CELEBRATION HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL AT TURF VALLEY RESORT
Fast facts - 2015 preaknessĀ® celebration hot air balloon festival at turf valley resort
  • The Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by The Bob Lucido of Keller Williams Select Realtors, in honor of our Wounded Warriors
  • Event Dates: Thursday, May 15, 2015 - Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Admission to the event is free
  • Children's activities, entertainment & balloon glow on Thursday, May 14th & Friday, May 15th, 2015, 4:00-9:00pm
  • All parking for events, 4:00pm - 9:00pm., will be off-site at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with handicap accessible shuttle service. There will be a $10 fee to the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association for parking.
  • Tethered balloon rides will be available for $20/adult, $10/child. The three tethered balloons are Captain America, Rachel's Dream, and Goin Batty, 3.
  • Walk thru balloon is available for $2/person
  • Morning Hot Air Balloon Launches* on Friday & Saturday, May 15th & 16th, at 6:00am
  • American Hero Celebration Balloon Launch Friday, May 15, at 7:00pm, followed by Balloon Glow for Wounded Warriors at 8:30pm.
  • Special Armed Forces Day Presentation & Wounded Warriors Balloon Launch* on Saturday, May 16th at 6:00am with National Guard, Boy Scout Troop 944, Howard County Fire & Rescue, and Police Honor Guard
  • After last year's Armed Forces Day Ceremony, Boy Scout Troop 944 proposed a new Honor Guard Uniform Patch be awarded for those who form Color Guards for community service. It was approved in November and and is available in Boy Scout Shops this spring. This is the first time a patch has ever been suggested by a Scout and approved.
 
*Parking for these activities will be onsite, at Turf Valley Resort.
 

Hot air balloon facts

Pea-Nut the Elephant
Hot Air Balloon
  • Flown by pilots Tony Saxton and Dawn Chase
  • Pea-Nut is a 105 cu.ft. hot air balloon and weighs 433 pounds
  • The total height of the hot air balloon is 100 feet
  • Pea-Nut's body is 23 feet in diameter and her trunk is 49 feet long
  • The balloon's ears are 20 feet tall by 25 feet wide, larger than an average-sized master bedroom
 

Rachel's Dream

Hot Air Balloon
  • Handicap accessible. Includes an open door to allow guests to easily walk into balloon, instead of climbing over entrance.
  • Tethered Balloon
 

Puddy Cat & Yellow Bird

Hot Air Balloons
  • New Special Shapes This Year
 
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Maryland Public Television's Chesapeake Collectibles Returns to Turf Valley Resort
Maryland Public Television's Chesapeake Collectibles Returns to Turf Valley Resort
Ellicott City, MD (July 13, 2015) - Maryland Public Television will tape the sixth season of Chesapeake Collectibles at Turf Valley Resort for the second year in a row. The taping will occur Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th, and is open to the public. Patrons can register to have their antiques evaluated.
 
Expert appraisers on Chesapeake Collectibles will examine your personal items and unveil some of the most fascinating antiques and treasures found across our Chesapeake region. Guests are welcome to register by:
 
  • Making a pledge. Call 1-800-222-1292 or visit mpt.org/donate. Donation guarantees three items evaluated.
  • Submitting photos and descriptions for up to three items for possible admission. Photo submissions should include name, address, phone, email, and preferred evaluation day and times.
 
Guests also have the option of making it into a Chesapeake Collectibles weekend getaway - sign up to mingle with an appraiser at an exclusive wine and cheese reception in Turf Valley Resort's cocktail lounge, followed by an overnight stay at Turf Valley Resort. The registration deadline is Sunday, July 19th. For questions, call 410-356-5600 or toll free 1-800-223-3678, or e-mail collectibles@mpt.org.
 

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.
 

About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). MPT's six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows. Beyond broadcast, MPT's commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through year-round instructional events and the super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 19 million page views annually. MPT's community engagement connects viewers with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.
 
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Alexandra's American Fusion Announces Chris Vocci as New Executive Chef
Alexandra's American Fusion Announces Chris Vocci as New Executive Chef
Alexandra's American Fusion has recently named Chris Vocci as the restaurant's new Executive Chef. Vocci brings ten years of culinary experience in both a restaurant and country club setting.
 
Vocci joins Alexandra's American Fusion from Ware House 518 in Mount Vernon in Baltimore, where he served as the executive chef, specializing in southern style Mason-Dixon cuisine. Previous to Ware House 518 he was the Executive Chef of Oyster Bay Grille, a seafood steakhouse and raw bar, in Towson. His country club experience stems from five years at Baltimore Country Club, where he served as the sous chef under mentor Frederick Daniel, C.E.C.
 
A mix of Italian, Pennsylvania Dutch, Scottish, and Dominican heritage shaped Vocci's palate from an early age. Into his teen years, he would spend several weeks a year in Puerto Rico, experiencing the destinations, culture, and food. "My fond memories of those times and places are evident in my plates, as I utilize ingredients from the Chesapeake's bounty and locally-sourced beef and pork, with nuances of Caribbean, Creole, and the American South in every bite," said Chef Vocci.
 
Vocci incorporates Caribbean and Chesapeake flare into Alexandra's summer menu, using locally-sourced products to create Louisiana Shrimp and Grits, Pan-Seared Chesapeake Rockfish, Bangkok Curry Mussels, Wagyu Sliders, Wagon Wheel Ranch Berkshire Pork Chops, and more.
 
Vocci graduated from Baltimore International College with a degree in Professional Cooking and Baking, and served as Captain of the Student Competition Team in the American Culinary Federation. He tests himself in ACF competitions, having earned two Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze medals in his endeavors. He is currently working toward completing Certified Executive Chef coursework, as well as competing in the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament for bragging rights as the region's best chef.
 
Chris lives in Towson, MD with his wife, Kyra, and sons Dominic and Jax.
 

About Alexandra's American Fusion

Alexandra's American Fusion is located in the heart of Turf Valley Resort, featuring mouthwatering menu selections, with inspired reinventions of dishes from around the country, as well as a variety of traditional favorites. From the atrium-style restaurant to private and semi-private event rooms to outdoor dining on the patio, Alexandra's can accommodate a wide array of diners. Alexandra's has daily specials, live music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evening, as well as the area's most popular Sunday Brunch.
 
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To Our Valued Turf Valley Resort Customers (March 11, 2016):
To Our Valued Turf Valley Resort Customers (March 11, 2016)
You may be aware of or been affected by the cancellation of several events in our banquet facility over the last several weeks. We want to update you on why these events were postponed or cancelled, and to share with you our current status.
 
In late February, we experienced reports of a cluster of flu-like illnesses among guests and employees at our resort. Immediately upon learning of the illnesses, we voluntarily closed our banquet facility and began working closely with the Howard County Health Department. Among other actions, we contacted everyone who attended banquet functions within a specified timeframe. We worked proactively with county and state health officials to carry out thorough cleaning and sanitizing protocols before resuming normal activities. A possible recurrence of illness in early March led us to again intensively clean and sanitize our entire banquet facility, using extensive measures, which included remediation. Although we have been given clearance to reopen by health officials, we have selectively rescheduled several events this weekend based on individual circumstances.
 
Though the investigation is still pending, county health officials and industrial hygiene consultants have indicated that the illnesses were very likely caused by a virus, and not from foodborne bacteria. At no time was it suggested that we close our hotel or Alexandra's, our on-site restaurant.
 
All of us here at Turf Valley Resort sincerely thank our guests and the community for their patience as we have worked diligently with health authorities to address this issue. Our first priority is - and will always be -- the health and well-being of our guests and employees. As hospitality professionals, we will continue to work hard every day to provide the high quality service and experience that you, our guests, have come to expect.
First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, to Model in Pretty in Pink Ladies Luncheon
First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, to Model in Pretty in Pink Ladies Luncheon
(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.
 
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Nicole Motsay Promoted to Director of Marketing of Turf Valley Resort
Nicole Motsay Promoted to Director of Marketing of Turf Valley Resort
(February 10, 2016) - Turf Valley Resort has announced Nicole Motsay has been promoted to Director of Marketing. As Director of Marketing, Motsay will compile Turf Valley Resort's annual advertising budget, promote Turf Valley Resort-organized events, maintain community relationships, and organize in-house marketing efforts. In addition, she will continue to coordinate Turf Valley Resort's annual special events.
 
Motsay joined Turf Valley Resort in 2010 as a Special Events Coordinator, then promoted to Marketing Coordinator and most recently, Marketing Manager. As Marketing Manager Motsay was responsible for planning Turf Valley Resort's Wedding Extravaganza, Pretty in Pink Champagne Ladies Luncheon, The Fabulous Hubcaps' biannual concert at Turf Valley Resort, and the Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. Motsay also designed marketing collateral for various segments of the resort, including Alexandra's American Fusion, Turf Valley Resort weddings, meetings, spa, hotel and golf.
 
"Nicole began at Turf Valley Resort as a college intern six years ago, and during this time has been an enthusiastic and industrious team member who enjoyed participating and excelled in every aspect of the duties she was assigned. Her many creative abilities were soon recognized as she helped to create original logos and many ad campaigns for Turf Valley Resort Resort, and other Mangione Family Enterprises. She is a key person and is depended on greatly to organize Turf Valley Resort's signature events throughout the year. Her organizing skills and attention to detail while working on these many events-some overlapping at the same time of year, is unsurpassed! She brings with her a fresh, up-to-date perspective based on the many new ways to reach consumers via digital media. Nicole has proven over time, with each new undertaking, that she is perfectly poised to lead Turf Valley Resort's marketing effort into the future for many years to come," said Regina Ford, Turf Valley Resort's Director of Public Relations.
 
Motsay graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Studio Arts.
 
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Turf Valley Resort Resort Upgrades Wireless Internet Infrastructure
Turf Valley Resort Resort Upgrades Wireless Internet Infrastructure
(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

  • Numerous Wi-Fi hotspots added throughout the entire facility, including in the 24-hour fitness center, Spa at Turf Valley Resort, Hotel Lobby, Alexandra's American Fusion, and in all 172 guest rooms and villas.
  • Internet speed increased - Ruckus Wireless System is five times faster than previous system, allowing guests to stream music and videos without issue.
  • Eliminated the need for users to connect to one access point, then sign into different access point should they switch meeting rooms.
  • Previously, each access point could accommodate a maximum of 50 users. New access points can accommodate 500 users per access point, and property-wide over 2,000 concurrent users. This also reduces the need to add extra access points for large meetings, with people using multiple login codes depending on access point.
  • For groups who have mission-critical Wi-Fi needs for their meetings, such as dedicated guaranteed bandwidth, dedicated IP addresing, routable IP addressing, Turf Valley Resort will offer an Internet Gold Plan at a modest fee.
 
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To Our Valued Turf Valley Resort Resort customers (March 11, 2016 statement updated on April 8, 2016):
To Our Valued Turf Valley Resort Resort Customers
(April 8, 2016) - We would like to provide you with updated information from our March 11, 2016 notice (see below).
 
We appreciate the support of our guests, members, clients, employees, neighbors and county officials, as we worked through this most unfortunate situation which affected our community. The Howard County Health Department conducted thorough and extensive investigations into the occurrences at the end of February and beginning of March, and suggested the cluster of reported illnesses were caused by a virus. Since our banquet and conference facilities re-opened March 10, 2016, with full approval of the health department, we have held many events and served thousands of people at our facility, without incident.
 
To ensure we took the most aggressive measures possible to eradicate the virus, we voluntarily closed our banquet and conference facilities, consulted with an industrial hygienist, and aggressively sanitized kitchens and public spaces throughout the property. Additionally, we immediately reinforced internal training and cleaning protocols, including extensive staff awareness. Fortunately, our restaurant and hotel were not affected by the virus throughout the entirety, however the same vigilant measures were taken in those places as well.
 
We sincerely apologize for the unforeseen incidents causing events to be postponed or cancelled during the aforementioned timeframe, however the safety and well-being of all was our highest priority. Additionally, in an effort to explain the situation in full, our staff contacted groups with events scheduled to take place within a two week time frame after the occurrence, to address any questions or concerns they may have had.
 
We will remain vigilant and continue to provide an enjoyable experience and excellent service to all of our guests, members and customers.
Tracy Kreiter Named Director of Sales of Turf Valley Resort
Tracy Kreiter Named Director of Sales of Turf Valley Resort
(August 9, 2016) - Turf Valley Resort has announced Tracy Kreiter has been promoted to Director of Sales. As Director of Sales she will be responsible for all aspects of Hotel and Catering Sales for the resort.

"I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead a talented, hospitality - driven team of professionals. In so many ways we are like family. Everyone has been very supportive and I look forward to returning the favor in this new capacity," said Kreiter.

Kreiter began working at Turf Valley as the manager of Alexandra's Restaurant in April 2004. She then transferred to the sales department in 2008, where she worked as Sales Catering Manager, Meetings Express and Convention Services Manager, Corporate Account Executive, and Director of Group Sales before taking on the role as Director of Sales.

"Tracy has been with Turf Valley Resort for 12 years now, experiencing many facets of the property as well as many ebbs and flows throughout the business. She has been extremely successful in each department she has worked. Her passion for hospitality, sales, and quality service has been evident through her years of service here. I'm excited to continue watching her grow as she leads the team," said General Manager, Pete Mangione.

Aside from Director of Sales, Kreiter is also a founding member of the Turf Valley Green Committee, which meets monthly to discuss and implement environmental initiatives on property. She is also a member of the Safety Committee, working with Operations to guarantee ADA guidelines are met, take guest incident reports, and ensure the property is safe for both guests and employees alike.
Jeff Zetlmeisl Promoted to Assistant General Manager of Turf Valley Resort
Jeff Zetlmeisl Promoted to Assistant General Manager of Turf Valley Resort
(August 9, 2016) – Turf Valley Resort has announced Jeff Zetlmeisl has been promoted to Assistant General Manager.

As Assistant General Manager, Zetlmeisl will assist the General Manager in supervising all aspects of the resort’s daily operation including the supervision of all operational and administrative departments. He will oversee renovations and capital purchases, improve service levels and customer satisfaction, and ensure the facility is clean and safe for all guests and employees. Zetlmeisl will also assist the General Manager with increasing revenue for the property through effective sales and marketing as well as implementing cost - effective operational procedures.

Prior to his promotion, Zetlmeisl has served as Director of Operations at Turf Valley since 2005. He began at Turf Valley in 1983 at age 15, working part-time as a dishwasher, porter, busser and then receiving clerk. He joined Turf Valley full-time in 1992, working as a Banquet Manager, then Director of Catering Operations, then Director of Food and Beverage before being promoted to Director of Operations.

Zetlmeisl graduated from Towson University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications.
Turf Valley Resort To Host Displaced Main Street Ellicott City Shops
(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."
 
Turf Valley Resort Announces Completion of Hotel Renovation Project

(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:

  • Renovation of 128 hotel room restrooms, which include updated marble vanities with backlit electric mirrors, magnifying mirrors, and sliding shower enclosures
  • 40-inch flat-screen televisions in all guest rooms
  • Complete redesign of all hotel corridors, including hotel elevator landing areas
  • Updated kitchen and bathroom areas in all Hospitality Suites
  • Newly renovated ADA-compliant rooms, including roll-in ADA showers and increasing the number of accessible rooms
  • All renovations followed guidelines to our commitment to the environment and met commercial requirements
  • New entryway into "The Garden," Turf Valley's outdoor wedding ceremony space

 

"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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