During Memorial Day weekend, we look for good deals, enjoy the long break from work, and honor the fallen soldiers. In Ellicott City, Maryland, Turf Valley Resort does all three. With affordable Memorial Day packages, Turf Valley Resort has a private golf course, three tennis courts, two pools, a volleyball court, and more to help you relax, while being conveniently located to Washington DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis. You can also dine at the delicious Alexandra’s American Fusion Restaurant, which has a special table set up to honor the fallen soldiers.
Quick Weekend Getaway On The East Coast
If you are looking for an East Coast Memorial Day Weekend Getaway, you’re in the right place. Located in beautiful Howard County, Maryland, Turf Valley Resort is a relaxing destination. Whether you visit the pools, go golfing, or play tennis, the resort offers activities the whole family can enjoy.
Memorial Day 2017 Special Deal
For a weekend getaway, Turf Valley Resort invited my family to check out the resort’s Memorial Day 2017 hotel package. In the package, you get a two night stay with breakfast. My children couldn’t wait to check out the room. To accommodate our family of four, we stayed in the spacious King Executive Suite.
With the package, we received vouchers for the All American Breakfast at Alexandra’s American Fusion Restaurant. The first day we stayed, this included a buffet with waffles, fresh fruit, sausage, potatoes, a custom-made omelet station and more.
Looking out at the patio, our breakfast was a relaxing experience. Everyone enjoyed the all you can eat aspect. Not only was my freshly made omelet delicious, but the window view helped us unwind during our meal.
When the buffet isn’t out, the restaurant serves a meal called the All-American Breakfast. On my second morning, I ordered the All-American Breakfast meal, and I enjoyed it. You can check out my live Facebook video from the patio, where I went after breakfast to talk about some reasons to visit the resort.
Fun Weekend Getaway For The Children
After breakfast, the first place the children wanted to visit was the playground. I liked that the children had a simple activity to do that didn’t involve a lot of preparation. Without grabbing our tennis rackets or changing into swimsuits, my daughters had a lot of fun.
Another advantage of the playground is that it is next to the outdoor swimming pool, the tennis courts and the volleyball court. Your family can do different activities, while staying in the same area.
An Active Stay For The Whole Family
Below, you can see the outdoor pool area with the adjacent playground in the upper right hand corner. I liked the size of the pool, which was much less busy than the indoor pool because of the chilly weather. If you want affordable food during your swim, order at the snack bar. You can get snowballs, hot dogs, and more. For nicer food, you can also request take out food from Alexandra’s American Fusion Restaurant to be delivered to the pool.
One of my favorite parts of the resort was the tennis courts. With three tennis courts, you can always find one empty. During our stay, we visited during a busy time, but we always found space to play tennis.
The far tennis court was especially tranquil. You can only hear birds chirping and your family’s chatter, with no additional distractions. Since no one was waiting to use our tennis court, we could play as long as we wanted.
Another way to stay active during your visit is to stop by the gym. You can find many treadmills and weightlifting equipment.
What To Do In The Area
Looking for ideas of what you can do in the area? In Turf Valley Towne Square, you can find plenty to do, and it’s all a long walk from the resort (or a short drive). You can spend an evening painting at Pinot’s Palette. Get your essentials at the nearby supermarket and go out to eat at the nice nearby restaurants. Throughout the summer, you can go to the Thursday Night Summer Concert Series.
In Howard County, you can check out Larriland Farm, Clark’s Elioak Farm, and Patapsco Valley State Park. The resort isn’t far from The Snowball Stand in Woodstock, Maryland, but you can also get snowballs at the pool. Other local attractions include the B&O Railroad, Centennial Park Columbia Lakefront, the Merriweather Post Pavilion, and the Howard County Conservancy.
Relax Away From Your Busy City Life
Although you can find plenty to do in the area, staying at the resort is a relaxing experience. Check out my quick video that highlights all there is to do here.
You can also check out all the spa has to offer. Although I didn’t visit the spa during this stay, I have before, and I had an excellent experience.
With two golf courses that offer 36 holes of championship golf, the hotel is perfect for golf enthusiasts. With beautiful scenery, the 1000 acre golf course is very private.
Whether or not you play, the view of the golf course is gorgeous. Families can enjoy the view of the golf course from the restaurant patio. If you are looking to escape your busy life and take a weekend getaway from New York City or another busy East Coast town, Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland offers relaxation for the entire family.
Dinner At Alexandra’s American Fusion Restaurant
During our visit, we ate dinner at Alexandra’s American Fusion Restaurant. Choosing from the delicious restaurant selections was the most difficult part of our visit. From the classic crab cake to the delicious macaroni, the food is all well worth ordering during your visit.
Premium Wagyu Hamburger
Although you can find some exquisite dishes for a date night out, our family friendly weekend getaway called for affordable food choices that any family could enjoy. One of our favorite choices is the hamburger, which has a classic, delicious flavor. Not only is the Wagyu beef made with good quality meat, but the sauce and toasted brioche bun are also good.
Fish and Chips
Since Maryland is known for its seaside views, I ordered the fish and chips. My whole family was excited to try some. For a smaller meal, you can order the tasting plate, but to have enough to share (and have leftovers), I ordered to full-sized plate. Crispy on the outside, the fish tasted incredible dipped in the sauce. The french fries were perfect after our active day playing tennis and swimming.
Chocolate Turtle Lava Cake
For dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Turtle Lava Cake. My daughter was so certain she could eat a whole one that she called herself a Lava Cake Viking. With salted caramel ice cream and praline caramel on the side, the chocolatey dessert was almost too good to share, but I ended up taking a few bites. All of the flavors came together to make a rich and incredible flavor.
Another nice part about dining at Alexandra’s is that you can listen to live music. During Memorial Day weekend, many people came out to listen to Don Bellew and his classic acoustic tunes. You can also catch live music during the Sunday brunch.
Turf Valley Resort Upcoming Specials
While the Memorial Day weekend getaway special was a great deal for a family, you can find some other good packages for the summer. For a special weekend away without the children, check out the Couple’s Golf & Spa Overnight Getaway. Military families get a special deal with the Military Appreciation Package.
From June 12 to June 16, Alexandra’s American Fusion Restaurant offers special deals during its Teacher Appreciation Week. You can get half priced appetizers and half priced tasting plates all day! Simply show your teacher ID.
Enjoy An East Coast Memorial Day Weekend Getaway
All in all, we had a wonderful weekend getaway at Turf Valley Resort. With plenty of outdoor space, pools, and great food to enjoy, the whole family was happy. You can learn more about Turf Valley Resort on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page.
If you live on the East Coast, what is your favorite weekend getaway? Share in the comments!