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Welcoming fall in and around Gramercy

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Fall Foliage in MD

Summer is nearly over, which means the fall foliage in Stevenson, MD will soon be displayed in all its glory.  Late September through early November is a perfect time to come spend a long weekend at Gramercy Mansion and view the vibrant colors in our gorgeous fall gardens.  In addition, there are many fall themed events nearby for you to experience.

One ideal place for families to visit is Rodger’s Farm, which is located right down the road from our mansion.  The farm’s many events include a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and a petting zoo.  It is open from September 27th-November 9th on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  www.northrunfarm.com.  Another option for families is the Ar-BOO-retum event, located at the Cylburn Arboretum Association in Baltimore.  This event occurs on October 24th and features several Halloween-themed activities, including a haunted mansion, a costume parade, and a pumpkin carving contest.  The park is open Tuesdays-Sundays for guests to enjoy the gardens and trails as well.  http://cylburn.org/education-events/special-events/arbooretum/

The Westminster Fall Fest, occurring from September 25th-28th, is Carroll County’s largest community charity event.  There is something for everyone to enjoy at this event, including rides, food, craft vendors, and a parade.  http://www.westminsterfallfest.com/

The annual Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Timonium is perfect for anyone interested in arts and crafts.  Occurring between October 10th and 12th, this event features over 250 artisans showing and selling their work in areas such as photography, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry making.  www.sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/timon/fall

Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Oregon Ridge Park, and Ladew Topiary Gardens are great destinations if you are simply interested in viewing the fall foliage and gardens.  The parks have several activities on site as well, such as walking trails, fishing, and canoeing.

Patapsco Park: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/patapsco.aspx

Gunpowder Park: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/gunpowder.aspx

Oregon Ridge Park: http://oregonridgenaturecenter.org/

Ladew Topiary Gardens: http://www.ladewgardens.com/HOME.aspx

We welcome you to spend a few days at Gramercy Mansion as you appreciate the beauty that the fall season has to offer!

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.

Baltimore Vacation or Staycation

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The East Coast is home to some amazing cities bursting with history, culture, and regional cuisine.  Baltimore has made it’s mark as a mid-Atlantic destination for International travel while maintaining a charm and hometown feel that draws locals and visitors from nearby suburbs and neighbors from Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Hampden neighborhood

Whether visiting from far away or escaping the daily grind for a stay-cation just a few miles from your own backyard, here are a few less-touristy sites to explore in and around Baltimore this summer.

The Great Outdoors

Beat the Heat

Shopping

Dining & Nightlife

And don’t forget to book your bed & breakfast stay! Reserve a room at Gramercy Mansion for country serenity just a short drive from the fun and eclectic shopping and dining in Hampden, or book a suite at the 1840s Carrollton Inn, just a block from Little Italy and close to Fells Point and the many attractions of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Three Last-minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for awhile, but their hearts forever”

Celebrate Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 11th!  Our Mother’s Day tea at Gramercy Mansion is completely sold out but it’s not too late to plan a special day for a special woman.  Show your love and appreciation with time spent together.  Here are a few ideas to fill her day with fun and celebrate…

With Wine!

Plan a day at one of Maryland’s wineries to sip and savor time with mom.

Visit Dejon Vineyards in Hydes, Maryland for Mother’s Day afternoon with live Motown music and more by musical duo Love Story and a tasty menu by The Harp Restaurant of Perry Hall available a la carte.  Admission is $10 per person, ages 18 and over and free for guests 17 and under.  Reservations recommended.

Plan a visit to Linganore Winecellars any time during May and treat mom to a tasting of a variety of cheeses and chocolates paired perfectly with Linganore wines.  $10 per person; reservations recommended.

For more local wine events, visit www.marylandwine.com.

With Flowers!

46th Annual Market Day at Cylburn Aboretum is the perfect place to pick out pretty blooms for mom this Saturday.  Plants for sale include hanging baskets, herbs, perennials, annuals, rare and native plants.  Chat with local gardening experts for tips and advice.  Click here for details.

Tiptoe through the tulips at Ladew Gardens and take mom on a tour of the manor house, gardens and nature walk.  Enjoy lunch in the Ladew cafe with a special treat for mom (while supplies last).  Or purchase a family membership as a gift to enjoy the stunning gardens all season.  House, garden and nature walk tickets are $13 per adult, $7 children 2 – 12.

With Brunch!

Treat her to brunch at the always-fabulous Milton Inn, featuring a Spring fresh 3-course menu from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day.  $42 per person, $21 for children 12 and under (entree and dessert only).  Click here for details.

Feeling a little more casual?  Step out to a family-friendly brunch at Miss Shirley’s Cafe, featured in USA Today’s 10 best places for Mother’s Day brunch!  With homestyle favorites and deliciously decadent dishes as well (raspberry white chocolate waffles, anyone?), you can’t go wrong.  Locations in the Inner Harbor, Roland Park and Annapolis.

Hope you’re now inspired to make a plan for mom and treat her to a terrific weekend!

Join us for our Mother’s Day Tea!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SOLD OUT!  So sorry!  Check back for future events and teas.

Celebrate spring with the special women in your life. Join us for a high tea while the beautiful gardens are in bloom, in honor of mothers everywhere!

Sunday, May 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$35 per person plus tax & gratuity

Gramercy Mansion
1400 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, MD  211153

Tea Menu:
Enjoy an elegantly presented afternoon tea in the atrium surrounded by breathtaking spring gardens.

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
Plantation Mint, Earl Grey Herbal Tea
Tea Menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering and presented by the Innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

$35 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 info@gramercymansion.com 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.

Happy Girl Scout Week!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Happy Girl Scout Week!  Our owner Anne Pomykala has been a huge supporter of the Girl Scouts, creating and leading the Washington DC area’s largest senior troop in the 1970′s and earning the Girl Scout’s highest volunteer award.  Check out these fun photos of her troop after a caving adventure in the mid-70′s!  #Throwback Thursday #tbt

Winter Restaurant Week is Here!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Oregon Grille

The Oregon Grille

The tastiest week of winter has arrived!  If the snow kept you tucked in last week, celebrate with your Valentine this week at one of Baltimore’s best restaurants.  Three-course restaurant week dinner menus are available at $20 and $30 and two-course lunch and brunch menus at $10 and $15.  You can’t beat a deal like that!  Visit AbsolutelyFebulous.com for a list of all participating restaurants.

Baltimore is truly a culinary mecca boasting a wide variety of local and International cuisine.  Whether you’re a foodie or planning a special occasion dinner, you’re sure to find something to please your palate.  Check out a few of Gramercy Mansion‘s innkeepers’ favorite Baltimore restaurants on the Restaurant Week radar this week.

The Oregon Grille - It’s unanimous around here… this is the place to go for a romantic dinner in our neck of the woods (just a 10-minute drive north of Gramercy Mansion in Maryland’s scenic horse country).  Dry-aged steaks, fine grilled fare and an extensive wine list – all served in an elegant historic stone farm house.  Visit again in the spring and dine al fresco in the charming garden courtyard.

Sascha’s Café – Located in the fun and eclectic Mt. Vernon neighborhood footsteps from Center Stage Theatre, Sascha’s menu features creative American cuisine infused with global inspiration.  Bill’s favorite is the fried chicken and Amanda likes the chopped salad.  Enjoy a tasty dinner then take in a show for a fun night out.

The Food Market – On the Avenue in Hampden, this contemporary hot spot features decadent comfort food with flair.  Dinner is served nightly and brunch on weekends and free valet parking is available – a major plus for this busy neighborhood.  While we have not yet dined here, we’ve heard amazing things and it’s on our must-try list… so add two to your reservation, please! Or let us know about your visit.

Valentine’s Day Adventures for Two

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is always surrounded with hype and high standards when you have that special someone in your life. Here are some fun ideas for you and your love this Valentine’s Day weekend.

  • Lunch/Dinner Cruise (Spirit Cruises) - Spend your day or evening out on the water with champagne, roses and a meal. Reservations for 2/14-2/16 can be made online at http://www.spiritcruisesbaltimore.com/Baltimore/valentinesday or you can call 1-866-312-2469.
  • Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) - Enjoy a beautiful performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” with your sweetie on Feb 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available. More information can be found at http://www.bsomusic.org/main.taf?p=1,1,1,3&PerfNo=11747.
  • Dinner for Two (The Milton Inn) - A four-course meal, which can include anything from filet Chesapeake or seafood martini, is what The Milton Inn offers for Valentine’s Day Weekend (2/14-2/15). $90 per person, which includes dessert, as well. Reservations can be made at http://www.opentable.com/milton-inn-reservations-sparks?rid=5313&restref=5313.
  • Ice Skating (Reisterstown Sportsplex) - Spend a romantic evening with your love ice-skating, holding hands and reminiscing at the Reisterstown Sportsplex. Public skating prices are $8 for nights, weekends and holidays and $4 for skate rental. Hours can be found at http://www.rtownsports.com/public_skating.htm.
  • Fishing for Love (Baltimore Aquarium) - On Feb. 15, the Baltimore Aquarium is holding a “Fishing for Love” event specifically for adults (21 and older), which includes live music, an open bar, exhibits free of crowds, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Tickets are $69 for member couples and $99 for non-member couples. You can buy tickets and find out more information at http://aqua.org/love.
  • Couples Massage (Spa Lounge) - Relax and enjoy a night of massages, snacks and wine with your special someone with the “You and Me=The Best” event at Spa Lounge. Call 410-427-9556 or email spalounge12@gmail.com to book this special evening. Find out more information at http://www.spa-lounge.org/Valentines-Day.html.
  • Couples Owl Prowl (Carrie Murray Nature Center) - A unique experience for any couple who loves the outdoors. Enjoy a night hike learning about owls with marshmallow roasting and hot chocolate on Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are just $10 per couple. More information can be found by calling 410-396-0808 or by visiting the website: http://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/.

Although Gramercy Mansion is booked for Valentine’s Day weekend, you don’t need a holiday to celebrate your love! Take advantage of our winter rates and surprise your sweetie with a mid-week escape or an extended stay over President’s day weekend to Gramercy Mansion. Every day is Valentine’s Day for those in love.