Get Married on 12/13/14

November 10th, 2014

December 13th, 2014 is quickly becoming the most popular wedding date of the year, especially since it falls on a Saturday and because this will be the last sequential date for years.  It will be 20 years before 1/2/34 occurs and 89 years before it is 1/2/03.

Wedding bookings always tend to soar on sequential dates, considered to be lucky. Why not add some extra luck to your nuptials with a wedding ceremony on this unforgettable date?  According to the New York Post, thousands of couples are planning to get hitched on this date because of their desire for a “cool” wedding date.  Also, according to a David’s Bridal poll, over 20,000 couples plan to marry on 12/13/14, compared to only 7,200 couples marrying on the same date in 2013.  Read more about this year’s hottest wedding date.

It’s not too late to plan your intimate winter wedding ceremony on 12/13/14. Here at Gramercy Mansion, we are available for wedding ceremonies throughout the day on 12/13/14 so you too can hold your wedding on this lucky date.  Reserve the Mansion’s breathtaking atrium for a private exchange of vows for just the two of you, an intimate ceremony with close family and friends or as many as 150 guests.  One-hour time slots are still available but booking fast!  For more information about our elopement packages, please call 410-486-2405.

Join us for a Festive Holiday Tea

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

Scones

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

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.

Driving tours in the Greenspring area

October 13th, 2014

Fall is a wonderful time of year to take a picturesque driving tour of the Greenspring area in Maryland.  The area is a perfect, smaller scale representation of Baltimore city and the Mid-Atlantic region.  There are several destinations near Gramercy Mansion to discover, including local shops, gardens, churches, and historic mansions. Our suggested driving tour of the Greenspring area includes something for everyone.  If you are interested in history, stop by Fort Garrison, which is where Captain Oldton established Maryland’s first garrison with his group of men in the 18th century.

Cloisters Mansion

If you are interested in grand buildings and the Renaissance era, visit Cloisters Mansion.  Built in the 1930’s, this beautiful mansion features Tudor architecture and stone on the exterior and spiral staircases and large fireplaces on the interior.  The exterior is open for viewing Tuesday-Saturday and the interior can be viewed by appointment.  Some other mansions to visit nearby include Villa Place and the Baptist Home.  Visit the following website for more information on Cloisters Mansion: Cloisters Mansion

St. Thomas Church

For those drawn to religious history, St. Thomas’ Church is a great place to visit.  Built in 1745, this was the first real location in the area for people to attend church.  This lovely building features brick structure, a gallery that used to be for slaves and indentured servants, and even a stained-glass window that is dedicated to Alexander J. Cassatt Stewart, a child from Gramercy.  For more details, visit the following website: St. Thomas Church.

There are several scenic byways near the Greenspring area as well.  One of these is located on Falls Road in Baltimore.  This driving tour provides scenic views of rural landscapes, rolling green countryside, historic attractions, luxury homes, and the Baltimore cityscape.  Some attractions include the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Charm City Cakes, and the Oregon Ridge Nature Center.  Click here for details

The Horses and Hounds scenic byway is another popular choice.  Located in Cockeysville where fox hunts and steeplechases continue to be popular activities, this driving tour is perfect for those who want a relaxing, slow-paced adventure.  Some attractions include steeplechase courts, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ladew Topiary Gardens, and the Gunpowder Falls State Park, where one can engage in activities such as hiking and bird watching.  Click here for details

Margot Amelia, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism, stated, “Driving tours are extremely popular among visitors to Maryland, especially in the fall when Mother Nature puts on a colorful show.”  During your stay at Gramercy, take advantage of one of these driving tours during the gorgeous fall season!

Fabulous Fall Wedding Inspiration

October 2nd, 2014

Fall is a stunning time for weddings and Autumn weddings in Maryland are particularly breathtaking.

Fall wedding at Gramercy Mansion

Guests enjoy mild and comfortable temperatures ideal for outdoor garden ceremonies.  The rich reds, oranges and marigold yellows of changing leaves and seasonal gardens can be incorporated into your color scheme and the backdrop of fall foliage makes for great pictures. Or surprise guests with a non-traditional yet elegant and complementary color palette of Wedgewood blue, peach, cranberry, red and ivory.

For indoor ceremonies and receptions, incorporate natural touches to bring the outdoors in.   Fall-themed centerpieces showcase nature’s bounty with harvest fruits and vegetables like mini pears, persimmons, kumquats, crab apples, heirloom pumpkins and figs. For a rustic country theme, decorate tables with hand-tied wheat, wild flowers or herbs.   Vibrant bouquets feature dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, dusty miller and hypericum berries.

Creative chefs and caterers infuse menus with the fresh flavors of Autumn’s harvest.  From roasted butternut squash and carrots to apples for every course (hot apple cider, apple fig compote, hand-dipped caramel apples) and a dessert table of mini apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, fall flavors delight the taste buds and warm the soul.

Fall wedding centerpiece by Flowers and Fancies

Fall is a fabulous season for weddings.  Creative decor from rustic to elegant, fresh menus featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, and the stunning backdrop provided by Mother Nature herself are perfect complements to your special day.

We would love to meet with you and learn about your vision for your fabulous wedding (fall, winter, spring or summer!).  Call 410-486-2405 to schedule a visit and private tour of Gramercy Mansion and Carriage House with the fall gardens in full bloom.  Now’s the time to reserve a date for your Fall 2015 wedding!

Top 5 Holiday Party Questions Answered

September 25th, 2014

holiday party date on calendar

‘Tis the season to plan corporate holiday events, from client appreciation to employee celebration!  When planners visit us, many of the same questions pop up.  Following are a few answers to help with logistics and venue details so you can move on to more important things… like choosing a signature cocktail sure to kick-start the festivities!

1.  Will the venue be decorated for the holidays? We love the holiday season and embrace it with tons of festive decorations that go up the weekend after Thanksgiving and come down around the second week in January.  The exterior of the Mansion is decked with classic wreaths and white lights along with whimsical touches including Santa in his sleigh pulled by lighted reindeer.  Indoors, guests are greeted warmly by cozy fireplaces, mantles decorated with holly and holiday collectibles on display, several holiday trees, poinsettias, velvet ribbons and bows.  The Carriage House is also decorated for the holidays on a smaller scale with holiday trees and wreaths.

2.  Is catering included? Basic site rental of our venues is for reservation of the space only.  We work exclusively with three full-service caterers (Chef’s Expressions, Linwoods and Sascha’s) who are happy to discuss menu options and provide proposals including everything you need for your catered holiday event.

3.  Do you offer a discounted rate for non-profit organizations? Not specifically, but special rates are available for events scheduled less than three months in advance.  Several added-value and cost-savings incentives are now available for 2014 holiday events.  Call 410-486-2405 to inquire.  We’re also happy to support non-profit partners hosting events at our venues with donations for auctions and fundraising activities during the event.  Just ask!

4.  What about parking?  And do you offer coat check? Ample free parking is available onsite.  Parking is self service unless you choose to hire a valet company.  An unattended coat room is available for your guests on the first floor.  You may certainly contract a service for coat check if you prefer.  Visit our event resource page for recommended valet and coat check companies.

5.  Do I need to hire a d.j./musicians/entertainment service? This is entirely at your discretion and depends on your budget and the type of event you’re planning.  If it’s a casual luncheon, a holiday playlist from your iPod may be just the ticket.  You can even plug into our dock connected to a few small speakers in the Mansion’s atrium.  If you’re looking to kick things up a notch, a professional entertainment service has access to countless talented entertainers and experience creating unforgettable events.  The sky’s the limit.

Lucky you… you were nominated for the task of planning your company holiday party!  So make your list and check it twice.  Hope we’ve ticked off a few answers to your initial party planning questions.

Haven’t booked a venue yet?  No worries. Join us for a Holiday Preview Party featuring Chef’s Expressions at Gramercy Mansion on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres, a sneak peek at the holiday decor and special savings and added value promotions for holiday bookings!  RSVP to Amanda@GramercyMansion.com or 410-486-2405.

Fall at Gramercy Mansion

September 24th, 2014

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

Welcoming fall in and around Gramercy

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!

Tomato & Zucchini Tart Recipe

September 3rd, 2014

Our friends at Linwoods Restaurant and Catering have been kind enough to share this delicious recipe with us.  Anne’s garden has exploded with huge, juicy tomatoes of all shapes and sizes during the past few weeks.  Stop by to pick some up or enjoy them during breakfast at Gramercy.  Nothing says summer like fresh garden tomatoes!

Tomato & Zucchini Tart, courtesy of Linwoods

First you will need to make the tart shell.

Tart Ingredients:

4 oz butter-cold/cut into cubes

1 ¼ cups of flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2-3 tablespoons of ice water

  • Combine: butter, flour & salt
  • Slowly, add ice water.
  • Roll into ball
  • Chill in fridge
  • Roll it out
  • Make into whatever tart shape you’d like it to be.
  • Bake at 325° until golden brown.

Slice 3 large beefsteak tomatoes ½” thick

Slice 3 large zucchini ½” thick

Grate 2 cups gruyere cheese

1 cup of champagne mustard

  • Spread the mustard on chilled and cooked tart shell.
  • Spread cheese over shell.
  • Alternate slices of tomato & zucchini to fill shell.
  • Sprinkle with some kosher salt and dried oregano.
  • Cook at 350° for 10-12 minutes.

Cut, Serve and Enjoy!

Planning a wedding or special event at Gramercy Mansion?  Be sure to check out Linwoods off-premise catering services.  The professional event team, consistently delicious cuisine and elegant presentation rank them among the best caterers in Baltimore and we are happy to recommend them as one of our three approved caterers at Gramercy.

Star-Spangled Summer Events in Baltimore

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.