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Holiday Gift Experiences

Monday, December 8th, 2014

As I sorted through bins of holiday decorations and assorted knick knacks over the weekend, I stumbled upon the ghosts of holiday gifts past.  Festive dish towels, countless holiday mugs and cookie tins, picture frames never taken out of their boxes, holiday cds still in their plastic wrap.  And I began to think that with all that so many of us already have, giving an experience as a holiday gift is a pretty terrific idea.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, it won’t be found buried in the bottom of a box next year, donated or re-gifted, and it will be remembered.

holiday gifts without the stuff

Following are a few experiences that could make a perfect gift for someone on your list:

Dinner certificates or a night out: Pick up a gift card for a favorite restaurant or purchase a certificate for a Chef’s Expressions Wine Supper at Gramercy Mansion.  These phenomenal evenings feature amazing wines paired with gourmet cuisine and are truly a culinary experience.  I’d be remiss not to mention our Gramercy Mansion B&B gift cards, perfect for an overnight stay following that fourth glass of wine!  If you’re gifting to parents with young children, don’t forget to include an evening of free babysitting.

Holiday tours & festivities: Whether joining us at Gramercy for a Tuesday tour followed by lunch during December, planning an afternoon of ice skating in the Inner Harbor, strolling along 34th Street in Hampden and sipping hot chocolate or taking in a show at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, be sure to snap a few photos of your experience.  Smiles and the memory of time spent together makes that picture frame worthy of display!

When all else fails, think of something you and your giftee like – movie tickets, happy hour, dance classes, a fishing trip – and pair it with a heartfelt note (maybe even a homemade card if you’re crafty) and a promise to enjoy some time together.  Just make sure you follow through, set a date and share an experience!  What’s better than a gift you can enjoy, too?

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.

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 info@gramercymansion.com by the Monday before to reserve.

Gramercy Gems & Fun Finds

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

If you’ve never visited as a bed and breakfast or party guest, you probably don’t know about the amazing treasures around every corner at Gramercy Mansion.  I never tire of coming to work… I always stumble upon something new, completely one-of-a-kind, or giggle-worthy to brighten my day.  And I love seeing the look on guests’ faces when they discover a jewel in the eclectic gift shop or ask me to snap a photo next to one of Anne’s treasures.

Many items throughout the Mansion are for sale as part of our gift shop while many others have found a permanent home here. You must visit to have a peek and find your own treasure to take home.  Book a B&B getaway (a few days might give you enough time to start exploring) or stop in for a look around.  Just be sure to call first to make sure there isn’t a private event taking place (410-486-2405).  Or join us for a garden tour on “Tuesdays with Anne” throughout the summer and take in the wonders of her garden sanctuary including charming statues, fanciful sculptures and elf houses, water features, artistic benches and more.

Here are a few of my favorite Gramercy gems captured by Anne’s grandson Justin and myself as we toured the house with fresh eyes today and appreciated all the little whimsical touches… enjoy!

Holiday Gift Sale!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Looking for a unique present for someone special this holiday season?  Visit the Past and Present Shop at Gramercy Mansion to browse Anne’s treasures.  This coming Saturday has been deemed “Small Business Saturday” and we’re excited to open our doors to the public from 12 – 4 p.m. for an exclusive holiday gift sale.  All sale items throughout the Mansion will be 10% off the sticker price.

  • Thomas Kinkade and Lenox holiday collectibles
  • Antique English Wedgewood
  • Chinese and Japanese porcelain
  • German steins
  • Madame Alexander dolls
  • Mexican pottery
  • Crystal punch bowls with serving cups
  • Tea sets
  • Contemporary sculptures
  • Framed art prints