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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.

Celebrating Earth Day at Gramercy

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Have you ever thought about how much the Earth gives us? With the blooming flowers and beautiful spring weather, it is only natural to want to spend time outside in the fresh air. In order for us to enjoy our green surroundings, we have to protect the environment. Earth Day is an International environmental movement celebrated every year on April 22 that helps us appreciate and protect our environment.

Here at Gramercy Mansion, our gardens are a prominent element of the mansion, providing a breathtaking backdrop for any event, big or small. From a stroll in the gardens to a gorgeous garden wedding, the flowers never fail to create memories and smiles. Planting flowers around the 45-acre property has many environmental benefits, as well. Planting flowers conserves the land that they grow on, and conservation is just one of the many goals of Earth Day. The flowers are also an important food source for a variety of insects including butterflies and bumblebees. Another significant result of planting flowers is the reduction of carbon in our environment. Not only do flowers create a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, but they also help our environment in immeasurable ways. Click here to explore our garden photo gallery.

Organic farming is yet another way that Gramercy Mansion contributes to the protection of the environment, a prime reason to celebrate this Earth Day. Koinoia Farm is the oldest organic farm in Maryland, not only providing the bed and breakfast with fresh herbs, but also providing them to local supermarkets. Organic farming relies on biological diversity and crop rotation to manage pests and maintain soil fertility, all without the use of harsh chemicals. This healthy way of farming keeps the soil healthy for future generations to come. It also provides nutritious and safe crops for the community.

Our staff makes up just a few of the one billion people participating in Earth Day activities. Even though it may seem small, our gardens and Koinoia Farm help protect the environment through conserving land, reducing carbon, providing food sources, and maintaining soil fertility. What are you doing this Earth Day to join in this environmental movement?

Visit for a bed and breakfast stay this spring and take home one of Anne’s plants from the many varieties now in bloom to begin or add to your own garden.

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

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

Save The Date…

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Gramercy Mansion’s Winter Bridal Open House

Saturday, January 11, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153

*Our Winter Bridal Open House is absolutely free to attend but we do ask that you RSVP to amanda@gramercymansion.com or 410-486-2405 by January 4 , 2014.

Sample some tasty tidbits from Linwoods, Chef’s Expressions and Sascha’s Catering.

Music by Dance Masters Entertainment

Meet Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography.

Try tasty treats from Flavor Cupcakery .

View the beautiful creations by Radebaugh Florist.

Beautiful table linen by Gala Cloths.

Espresso, Cappuccino and Coffee Bar by Travelling Bean.

Bridal Hair and Airbrush Makeup by Ariel.

Live music by Antares Musicians.

Have fun with Your Moment Photo Booth.

Designer Bridal gowns by Francesca’s Bridal Salon.

Check back for a complete list of participating vendors.

Let The Tomato Wars Begin!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

At Gramercy, our executive innkeeper, Bill Duffy, is a tomato connoisseur and he and Anne have a running tomato war.  This year, Anne with Gramercy’s kitchen garden won round one with the first picked ripe tomato.  But Bill had a resounding comeback today bringing in five  4 to 5 inch fully ripened fruits with a ten on the flavor side.  Try Gramercy’s breakfasts which include Bill’s tomatoes (and home baked breakfast cakes) as well as the heirlooms Cherokee Purple, Bandywine,  Soldaki and old favorites like yellow pears and other organic herbs and vegetables from our kitchen garden.

Taking a step back in history

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

From 1950 to 1985, Gramercy Mansion was occupied by the Koinonia Foundation. One of the founders was Frank C. Laubach, internationally known for his work in spreading literacy in under developed parts of the world. Born in the small Pennsylvannia community of Benton, Frank was influenced by church & family to always give the best he had. His year at Perkiomen was a deciding factor in his lifelong commitment to missionary work. From being the fullback on the local football team, to winning the Maclean Prize at Princeton University (awarded by Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton) for his oratory “The Passing of War,” Frank developed the skills for success.

From high school days, Frank had been interested in bringing Christianity and education to the warlike Moros in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. His first efforts were unsuccessful. But, when he realized that the Moros also had something to teach and give, that he was not their superior by education or birth, he made friends. Realizing they had no written language, he developed the tools for writing down their language and teaching literacy. A newspaper was published and epic poems were written down. The desire to learn spread like wildfire through the Moros and the Literacy Movement began along with an interest in the faith that Frank had. A chieftain started the idea of “Each one, teach one.”

From this beginning in 1930, Frank Laubach’s methods have been used throughout the world. He has been honored by governments, recognized as an authority on prayer, a Christian mystic, and a challenger of the world’s complacency for the uneducated majority.

In his seventies, he realized that an institution to train people in his methods of literacy, would insure the continuation of his programs. Thus the Koinonia Foundation with the help of other Christian leaders was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. Also taught at Koinonia were communication skills and organic farming. Today, we still have the original building where his classes were held, a white frame house (originally and still called Literacy.) Below are pictures from that era:

Dr. Laubach with Mae Ellen Ruddell. The Ruddells were the first trainee family to reach its foreign post after Koinonia training.

Dr. Laubach placing the cornerstone on an eight unit apartment building (Still called Memorial) that housed members of the community.

Some of the early Board Members– Dr. Laubach, Rev. C. Richmond, Anthony Brayton, Dr. Glenn Clark, Mrs. C. P. Briggs, Morton Greenberg, Louise Eggleston, Glenn Harding (Executive Director)

Note that these pictures come from the book Champion of the Silent Billion, The Story of Frank C. Laubach, “Apostile of Literacy”.

Early Spring Gardens

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy Spring!  While the east coast’s most famous groundhog and notorious weather prognosticator “Punxsutawney Phil”  may have predicted an early spring this year, it looks like some chilly winter temperatures are sticking around through this first week of the season in the Baltimore area.  Not to worry, our daring daffodils are peeking out along the driveway and in the front garden beds and the fresh, lovely colors of more spring blooms are sure to follow soon!

Plan your April visit to Gramercy Mansion Bed & Breakfast and enjoy these lovely spring flowers in the gardens during your stay…

Magnolia tree at Gramercy Mansion

Blooming magnolia tree

Daffodils at Gramercy Mansion

Sunny daffodils welcoming spring

The shade garden boasts vinca vine, star magnolia, and daffodils lesser celandine

Garden border at Gramercy Mansion

Deputy Dawg guards the border

Upcoming Events at Gramercy Mansion

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

All American Comfort Wine Supper

Join Chef Expression’s for their monthly wine dinner here at Gramercy Mansion on November 16th at 6:30. Experience the euphoria of eating and drinking with Chef Jerry Edwards and his team as they present a twist on American classics paired with South American wines.

The cost is $99. 95 per person plus service. For reservations, please e-mail cheers@chefexpressions.com or call 410-561-2433(CHEF). For more information, visit Chef Expressions at http://chefsexpressions.com/our-events/wine-suppers.

Festive Holiday Tea & Tour

Gramercy Mansion presents our annual holiday high tea! Due to popular demand, we are offering two dates to choose from to experience the Mansion in all it’s holiday splendor as we celebrate the season with elegance and Old World charm.

Join us on Sunday, December 9th or Sunday, December 16th from 1- 3. For $29 per person plus tax and service, the innkeepers of Gramercy Mansion will be serving a three-course high tea menu, followed by guided tours of the historic mansion with a chance to peek into our B&B rooms.

Our tea is open to the public, but space is limited so make sure to make your reservations today! For reservations, please contact Maria at 410-486-2405.

Come celebrate the holidays with us at Gramercy! Check back for the complete high tea menu.

Days of Reflection

Aging from a Christian Standpoint, A Seminar Series by Sister Carol Clare Czyzewski

Join us for a series of reflection days aimed to deepen one’s faith through a focus on the later years of life. The third seminar in this series focuses on Simplicity and Loss and is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12th. Reserve your space today!

Participants will consider the scriptural, sacramental, and communal dimensions of aging.  Each day’s agenda will include the speaker’s presentation, prayer, silence, and group discussion based on the day’s theme.

Monday, Nov. 12th, 4 – 6 p.m.:  Simplicity and Loss

The virtue of simplicity centers believers on the truth that “all is grace, all is gift.”  How can this holy perspective inform our approach to illness or death?

Monday, Dec. 10th, 4 – 6 p.m.:  Love and Humility

The love of God, revealed in the incarnation and life of Jesus, identifies “who I am as a human person.”  How can this mystery clarify the virtue of humility that aging requires?

$15.00 per person, per seminar

For reservations, contact Sister Carol at

410-823-8585 x223 or carolfssj@gmail.com.


Fall High Tea & Garden Tour

Friday, August 31st, 2012

At Gramercy Mansion

Sunday, September 23rd

12:30—3:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon in the gardens at Gramercy! Enjoy a

delicious three-course afternoon tea followed by guided tours

of the Mansion and landscaped gardens. Our fall tea is open

to the public but space is limited so make your reservations now!

$35 per person plus tax and service.

Reservations and payment required in advance.

Contact Maria at 410-486-2405.

High Tea Menu

We are very pleased to announce a new and improved high tea menu from our new caterer, Rouge Fine Catering. The tea will be served by the Innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

Hors D’oeuvres

Deviled Eggs with Smoked Bacon and Grainy Mustard

Caprese Skewer

Tri-colored Tortellini and Sundried Tomato Skewer

Fresh Fruit Skewer with Crème Francaise

Tea Sandwiches

Grilled Summer Vegetable Mini Sandwich with Herbed Goat’s Cheese

Smoked Salmon & Dill Quark with Red Onion & Capers on Pumpernickel Bread

Curried Cucumber Sandwich with Mint

Roasted Chicken Salad with White Beans and Basil

Desserts

Assorted Mini Pastries

Chocolatine, Crossants, Cinnamon & Raisin Brioche, Cinnabuns

Mini Danish and Strawberry & Apple Turnovers

Variety of brewed Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Lemonade