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Romantic Proposal Inspiration

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

There’s something about this time of year that inspires romance and engagements.  Perhaps it’s the mistletoe, warm fireplace cuddles, or just spending time with loved ones during the holidays.  Maybe a sparkly gift is already wrapped beneath the Christmas tree or a memorable moment is in the works for the strike of 12 on New Year’s Eve. Or, maybe a few hints have been dropped but the how and when has yet to be determined.  No worries… here are few romantic marriage proposal scenarios that promise an ecstatic yes!

Putting on the ring (closer) Tudor Gazebo ++++

1.   Swept Away.  Make all of the arrangements for a night or a weekend escape – call the sitter, pack the bags, and sweep them away for a surprise getaway.  Arrange to have favorite flowers in the room along with a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider.  Ask if the hotel or B&B offers a romance package including rose petals and candles.  If not, bring your own to create the perfect ambiance.

2.  Winter Wonderland.  Be inspired by the romance of the season, from ice skating under the stars in the Inner Harbor, to a private carriage ride along a quiet country road or a a walk along a snow-dusted path leading to a candlelit gazebo with your proposal written in the snow or spelled out with votive candles.

3.  Techie Proposals.  If you have the know how, set up a smart phone scavenger hunt and have clues pop up as they dash to and from spots around town with special significance, ending of course with you on your knee and a ring.  Create your own website or a video of your proposal and post to YouTube.  Send a text, tweet, Facebook year in review ending with a proposal while you’re with your partner and when they see it, pop the question in person.

If you’re still looking for proposal inspiration, let the Gramercy girls help!  We’re happy to be your personal proposal concierge.  We’ll help you come up with a scenario that best suits you and your partner and arrange the details.  Or visit our Pinterest board for proposal inspiration.

Countdown to New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

champagne toast

It’s not too late to plan your perfect New Year’s Eve celebration in Baltimore, whether an intimate evening for two or an extravagant night on the town!

Dinner for two and a little romance for dessert…

The Oregon Grille – A “Sparkling New Year” – Make reservations for dinner at this elegant stone farmhouse just a few miles north of Gramercy Mansion in Hunt Valley and you may walk away with a gorgeous blue topaz and diamond pendant from Radcliffe Jewelers!  Order from the regular dinner menu (always amazing) and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.  Click here for details and reservations.

Milton Inn – A Spectacular New Year’s Eve Dinner – Dine at this highly-renowned and romantic restaurant in nearby Sparks, featuring a prix fixe three-course menu at $100 per person.  Click here for the New Year’s Eve menu.

Flashy, Fun and Festive!

New Year’s Eve Spectacular – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for an evening of live entertainment and a fireworks and light show at midnight.  Details here.

Charm City Countdown – An all-inclusive evening of food, drink, and entertainment set to the theme of Moulin Rouge!  Just minutes away in Timonium, this huge soiree with over 2,000 party-goers promises to big one of the biggest bashes north of Baltimore!  Click here for details and tickets.

 Wrap it up with a romantic stay…

Chocolate cheers NYE package

After your private dinner or night on the town, retreat to a luxury guest room or suite at Gramercy Mansion or our sister B&B near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 1840s Carrollton Inn.  Curl up by a fireplace, soak your dancing feet in a whirlpool tub, share a sparkling toast.  Sleep in and enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared to order on New Year’s Day.  What a way to start 2015!

Add our Chocolate Cheers package to your New Year’s Eve stay at Gramercy Mansion for just $55 including a festive box of Belgium chocolates, a split of sparkling champagne and two signature champagne flutes!  Available only on New Year’s Eve.  Call 410-486-2405 or click here to reserve your guest room and package today!

Post-Thanksgiving Deals

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Big box retailers aren’t your only option for amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.  Skip the traffic and long lines and give the gift of a bed and breakfast getaway this holiday season. Purchase Gramercy Mansion gift cards at an exclusive discounted rate – $40 for $50 gift cards or $80 for $100 gift cards - valid for orders placed on Friday, Nov. 29 and Monday, Dec. 1 only.  Click here to order gift certificates online and enter promo code HOLLY14 in the notes section of the order form.  With incredible savings on winter B&B rates starting at $95 from December – March, a thoughtful gift card goes a long way toward the cost of an unforgettable winter getaway experience.Gramercy breakfast with mug

Dress that gift card up and present it inside a handcrafted pottery mug, with a plush bathrobe or alongside a treasure or collectible from Gramercy’s gift shop.  Visit us on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. to browse the eclectic gifts throughout the Mansion and save 20% on your entire purchase! From antique china and porcelain tea sets to framed artwork, sculpture, home decor and furnishings, and Gramercy branded gift items, you’re sure to discover the perfect something for someone on your gift list.

Join us for a Festive Holiday Tea

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Join us for a Festive Holiday Tea, featuring a four-course menu served with a selection of hot teas.  After tea, enjoy a special tour of Gramercy Mansion, beautifully decorated for the holiday season.  Treat someone special as a perfect holiday gift idea or gather a group of friends and share a new holiday tradition.  We look forward to welcoming you!

Sunday, December 14th and 21st, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Gramercy Mansion

$40 per person plus tax and service

Reserve early – our holiday teas sell out quickly!

Call 410-486-2405 for reservations.

Afternoon Tea Menu

Mini Quiche Florentine

Classic Deviled Eggs

Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Chicken Salad Served on Biscuits

Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins with Cranberry Chutney

Fresh Fruit Skewer

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Miniature Chocolate Brownie with Peppermint Sprinkle

Lemon Squares


Cinnamon Pecan

Dried Cherry

Served with Lemon Curd, Raspberry Jam, Honey Créme Fraiche

Tea Menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering and presented by the Innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion

Holiday Mansion Tours in December

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Join our innkeeper Maria for a guided tour of the historic rooms and suites at Gramercy Mansion on Tuesdays in December at 11 a.m.  Your visit includes lunch as well as an exclusive look at our holiday decorations that provide a beautiful backdrop for  holiday parties and events.  Also, the tour is a great opportunity to browse through owner Anne’s array of gift shop treasures that will make perfect holiday gifts for your family and friends.  Maria couldn’t be more delighted to present our gorgeous mansion in all its holiday glory and she invites you to join her on Tuesday mornings.

December 2, 16, 23, and 30

$20 per person (includes lunch and tour)

Call 410-486-2405 or email by the Monday before to reserve.

Fall at Gramercy Mansion

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Fall is finally here!  Enjoy these photos of the beautiful fall season at Gramercy Mansion.

Star-Spangled Summer Events in Baltimore

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Tall ship in Baltimore Inner Harbor

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem at its birth place this summer. Visit Baltimore for the free Star-Spangled Spectacular Festival, September 10 – 16, 2014, featuring Tall ships, Navy ships, Blue Angels, history demonstrations, concerts, regional food and drink, and an amazing fireworks display over Fort McHenry!

The excitement doesn’t stop in the city… our neighbors at Stevenson University are hosting a Star-Spangled Salute on Wednesday, Sept 10.

1:30 p.m. – Screening of Anthem, a documentary about the people and events that shaped the Star-Spangled Banner by Maryland independent filmmaker Mark Hildebrand.
7:30 p.m. – An American Salute: Music of our Nation, Baltimore county’s musical tribute to the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Check out a few of our favorite patriotic places around town:

We hope you’ll spend a star-spangled weekend in Baltimore this September!  Gorgeous, historic rooms and suites available throughout the month at Gramercy Mansion and 1840s Carrollton Inn.  Check out our room of the month specials and last-minute discounts.

From our gardens to yours… A September Tea

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Join us for a refreshing afternoon tea featuring herbs from the garden!

*New Date*

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
12 – 3 p.m.
Gramercy Mansion

$40 per person plus tax and service

Call 410-486-2405 to reserve by 9/21/14.

Enjoy teas created with fresh and dried herbs and flowers from Gramercy’s gardens and learn how to brew tea from the flowers and herbs growing in your own garden.  Tour the exquisite landscaped grounds with Anne and the historic mansion and bed & breakfast rooms with our knowledgeable innkeepers.

Afternoon Tea Menu

First Course
Cinnamon Pecan Scones and Blueberry Scones served with Lemon Curd, Raspberry Jam and Clotted Cream

Second Course
Mini Quiche Florentine
Classic Deviled Eggs
Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Third Course
Chicken Salad served on Mini Rolls
Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins
Open-Faced Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwiches served with Raspberries

Fourth Course
Seasonal Fruit Skewer
Lemon Squares
Raspberry Crumb Bars

Teas to be Served
To be determined… brewing up some great ideas with garden inspiration!

$40 per person plus tax and service.

By reservation only.
Call 410-486-2405 to reserve your space!
Non-refundable payment required in advance.
Special rates available for groups of 8 or more.
Limited availability.  Rain or Shine.

Tuesdays with Anne

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Join owner Anne Pomykala for a personal tour of Gramercy’s landscaped gardens followed by a picnic lunch on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. ($15 per person).

With vibrant color from April through November, the blooms are constantly changing throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Anne delights visitors with her insights, gardening tips and extensive knowledge of local flora.

Tuesdays with Anne

August 24th

September 2, 9, 23, & 30th

Check back for additional dates in October!

$15 per person including lunch!

Call 410-486-2405 or e-mail by the Monday before to reserve.

A path behind the Mansion winds from a shade garden complete with marble gazebo to a large oval wedding garden.  A heart-shaped garden showcases colorful tulips in early spring. An Edwardian-inspired front garden separates the Mansion and Carriage House.  Over-layered early and late blooming perennials and annuals add depth to borders boasting a continuous wave of color from February’s first snow drops through November.  Whimsical statues, benches, sculptures, sun dials and fountains add to the abounding charm of the property’s gardens.  On a beautiful day, or even a drizzly spring morning, you’ll find Anne tending her gardens.  The Pomykalas purchased the 45-acre estate in 1985 but with much restoration work required in the Mansion itself, the endeavor of creating gardens and landscape to compliment the historic home was not truly underway until ten years later. While much of the property is wooded and seven acres are dedicated to organic farming, about three acres surround the Mansion, Carriage House and cottages with landscaped gardens sprung from Anne’s creativity and passion for nature’s beauty.

Hundreds of couples have celebrated weddings in Gramercy’s gardens and countless B&B guests wander the meandering paths, spying hummingbirds over their morning coffee.  Anne couldn’t be more delighted to share her gardens and she invites you to join her on Tuesday mornings.

Holiday Happenings

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Planning a visit to our neck of the woods this holiday season?  There is so much fun to be had locally.

Check out some of our favorite festive spots…

Shops at Kenilworth – Visit this nearby neighborhood shopping center to enjoy the charming holiday train display, visit with Santa and shop a variety of boutiques with unqiue finds perfect for everyone on your list.

Fire Museum of Maryland – Watch antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past Baltimore neighborhoods, the Zoo, Gwyn Oaks Amusement Park and the Viaduct.  Open Saturdays, Nov. 30 – Dec. 21 and Dec. 26 — 29, 2013 10 – 4 pm.

Wine Country Christmas at Boordy Vineyards – Saturdays through 12/21/13

Celebration at the StationGreenspring Station – 12/14/13, 2 – 5 p.m.

A Modern Holiday Soiree will take place at Green Spring Station. Enjoy samples of holiday food while learning how to create your own ornaments. Children will surely be entertained with the help of Santa, a hot chocolate bar, and mini DIY crafts.

S’mores, Stars & the Winter Solstice – 12/13/13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Make a decorative wreath from natural materials such as pine, spruce, and holly. Inside the ranger station, we’ll have everything you need to make a masterpiece and brave the cold—including hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday tunes!  Ages 5 and up.

Please call 410-887-4156 or email to register.

Fire & Ice at Night /Christmas Tree Judging - 12/13/13, 6 – 9 p.m.

View the ice sculptures located around Downtown Towson! There will also be street performers, free roasted chestnuts, Christmas tree judging and s’mores offered by area restaurants. See for a map of ice sculptures or just come to Downtown Towson! Rain Date is December 20th

Ladew Gardens: Christmas Through the Ages – 12/13 – 12/15

Charge: Members are Free; Adults $10; Seniors & Students $8; Children (12 & under) $2

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Ladew Gardens will celebrate Christmas in seasonal resplendence as local floral designers and Garden Clubs are invited to decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House, adorning the walls, tabletops and fireplace mantels in festive holiday splendor. Now in its 33rd year, Ladew’s Christmas Open House has been called “one of Maryland’s most memorable and decorative holiday events.” The weekend festivities feature live seasonal music performed by Maryland school children and other accomplished instrumentalists. Visitors to the Christmas Open House are also invited to enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies, as well as an exceptional Greens Sale featuring hand-crafted fresh holiday decorations — wreaths, table arrangements and decorations — lovingly created through the generosity of volunteers and design professionals.

Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery – 12/14 – 12/15

Charge: $20

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Christmas time is a very special time of year at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery and its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats. Tickets are $20 per person and include select wine tasting, brick oven pizza, treats, live music, and a premium Riedel glass to take home. Don’t miss Basignani’s newest Port wine – Sinistra. It will keep you warm this holiday season

Holidays at Hampton….a Yuletide Celebration 12/13 – 12/15/13


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Get into the holiday spirit early with “Holidays at Hampton” where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton National Historic Site. Visitors will experience two-centuries of holiday traditions at Towson’s only National Park – all of the festivities are free and open to the public. Special evening tours, antique cars, period crafts, musical & dance performances, African American storytelling and unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop are just part of the revelries taking place during the “Holidays at Hampton” Yuletide weekend of Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15, 2013.  This year, “Holidays at Hampton” highlights another one of the historic periods of this National Park: the Jazz-Age “Roaring Twenties” and 1930s.

Helicon’s 28th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts – 12/21/13,  3:30 PM

Charge: $20-$30 (group and children discounts)

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The Baltimore-based trio, Helicon (Chris Norman, Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock). Internationally renowned traditional folk musicians–Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira); Norman (wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, piano); Bullock (guitar, cittern, mandolin, piano)-play a unique blend of seasonal music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Canada, Europe, Africa & the Far East–a great way for families to kick off the holiday season with an extremely energetic performance.

Kolodner’s son, Brad, will join the fun as a guest on clawhammer banjo, fiddle & vocals (a recent winner of a national banjo contest, Strathmore Hall Artist in Residence, WAMU DJ).  Also special guests modern dancer Marlys Norman (Chris Norman’s daughter & Peabody faculty member), North American Irish step-dance champion Jonathan Srour , Scottish National Fiddle Champion Elke Baker & bassist Alex Lacquement (Eastman School of Music).  Helicon celebrates the release of Ken & Brad’s new recording “Skipping Rocks” and re-release of Helicon’s Winter Solstice CD.

Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery 12/14 – 12/15/13

Charge: $20

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Christmas time is a very special time of year at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery and its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats. Tickets are $20 per person and include select wine tasting, brick oven pizza, treats, live music, and a premium Riedel glass to take home. Don’t miss Basignani’s newest Port wine – Sinistra. It will keep you warm this holiday season!

Holiday Lights & Displays

34th Street, Hampden – A Baltimore tradition!  Visit this charming neighborhood to enjoy a true glimpse of Charm City’s holiday spirit.

Valley View Farms - Local garden center bedecked in spectacular fashion with thousands of unique ornaments and holiday decorations for sale.