Valentine’s Day Adventures for Two

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.

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop

January 29th, 2014

Save the date for an exclusive

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop at Gramercy Mansion!

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Join us for Francesca’s Bridal designer gowns, advice for choosing the perfect wedding dress for your body type, wedding day make-up and hair demonstrations by Up Do’s For I Do’s, and an elegant 4-course afternoon tea by Sascha’s Catering.  Bring your bridal party, best friends, family and future in-laws for a fun and informative afternoon!

Feel free to stick around after tea for tours of the Mansion and Carriage House.  Our innkeepers are happy to answer questions about the wedding and special event venues and check availability.

$50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

$40 per person plus tax and gratuity for groups of 6 or more!

By reservation only, payment required in advance. For reservations, call 410-486-2405.

Valentine Afternoon Tea

January 22nd, 2014

Gramercy Mansion

Sunday, February 16, 2014

1-3 p.m.

$40 per person

plus tax & gratuity

Call 410-486-2405 for reservations.

Surprise your sweetie or share a fun afternoon with your favorite ladies!  A delicious four-course afternoon tea, delightful conversation, crackling fireplaces…

what better way to spend a day.

First Course

Leek and Onion Tart

Dried Cherry Scones served with lemon curd, raspberry jam and clotted cream

Second Course

Caviar and Egg Salad Tartlets

Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Smoked Salmon with Dill on Pumpernickel

Third Course

Goat Cheese and Pesto Torte served with Flatbreads

Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins

Fresh Strawberries with Sweetened Creme Fraiche

Fourth Course

Lemon Squares

Miniature Cheesecakes

Chocolate Squares

Served with

A variety of English and herbal teas

Tea menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering

and presented by the innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

Holiday Happenings

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 releeparkrp@baltimorecountymd.gov 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 www.towsonchamber.com 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

Free

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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

Visit Website

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.

Holiday Gift Sale!

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…

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.

The War Has Ended…But Not the Tomatoes!

October 18th, 2013

Can you believe?  It really is a chess game.  Bill’s three tomato plants are still producing. But Anne promises retaliation for 2014.  A new section previously used for grass cutting and fall leaves has been plowed and shows good rich top soil.

Festive Holiday Afternoon Tea

October 5th, 2013

Join us for a festive holiday afternoon tea! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal served with a selection of hot teas followed by tours of our beautifully-decorated home for the holidays. Browse gift shop items available for last-minute shoppers.


December 15th & 29th, 2013
1 – 3 p.m.

$40 per person, plus tax & service
Payment required at time of reservation. Space is limited.
Call 410-486-2405 for reservations!

Tea Menu

Tea menu prepared by Rouge Catering and presented by the innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion

First Course:

Chocolate Chip Scones

Blueberry Scones

Served with Lemon Curd, Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream

Lorraine Quiche

Spinach, Caramelized Onion, Bacon & Gruyere

Second Course:

Classic Deviled Eggs

Smoked Paprika and Fried Capers

Insalata Caprese Skewer

Cherry tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella garnished with Fresh Basil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Shrimp Salad Sandwich

served on a croissant

Classic Chicken Salad

served on a mini French Bread Roll

Third Course

Fresh Fruit Skewer

Drizzled with Coconut Rum

Giant Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Lemon Blueberry Crumble Pie


A variety of English and herbal teas will be served

Holiday Party Planning Checklist

October 1st, 2013

Holidays at Gramercy

If planning the perfect office holiday bash has you scratching your head and wondering where to begin, start with our handy check list.  Planning now eliminates stress come December when you’d much rather be wrapping gifts, guzzling egg nog and humming along to holiday tunes.

  • Choose a venue and book a date. Be it the office lunch room, a local restaurant or private event venue, find a location that suits your budget and comfortably accommodates your guest list.  Most importantly, reserve it as soon as possible before the best dates are taken.
  • Plan the menu. If you’re using a venue, you may have to separately contract a caterer.  Make sure you know the details (onsite caterer, approved list or open to outside caterers) before you book.  If you’re planning at a restaurant, discuss menu options based on the time of day – cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, buffet luncheon.  Or research restaurants and caterers who will deliver to the office.  Keep your office’s general food preferences in mind and include vegetarian options when possible.  Decide if you’ll offer alcohol as well.  And don’t forget about non-alcoholic beverages, too.
  • Send out a save the date. It’s the busiest time of the year so be sure to e-mail a save the date to all employees once the when and where are finalized (preferably at least a month before the party to ensure a good turn out).  As party time approaches, you can send updates including any details for a gift exchange or charity donation, special entertainment to look forward to (a great band, photo booth, casino games, etc.), or a preview of what’s on the menu.
  • Set the scene. If your venue won’t be decked out for the holidays, start thinking about some festive decor to put party goers in the mood for fun.  Twinkle lights, evergreen wreaths and garlands, candles in hurricane glasses, wooden nutcracker centerpieces, poinsettias… pick up items at craft stores now before the mad rush.  Give centerpieces away as door prizes to minimize clean up.  Pick up plastic bins with lids to store items that can be reused for next year’s party – be sure to clearly label.
  • Crank up the holiday tunes. Whether downloading a playlist to your iPod, hiring a d.j. to get the party started on the dance floor or a jazz band for fun and classy entertainment, nothing creates a celebratory vibe like music.
  • Give a perfect gift. Recognize stand out employees with something special.  Gift certificates for lunch at a favorite restaurant, fruit and snack gift baskets, gourmet chocolates, local wines.  Consider reaching out to businesses your company partners with throughout the year to see if they would be willing to donate a door prize for your holiday event.  If your group enjoys exchanging gifts, arrange a “Secret Santa” ahead of time.  Or set up a table to collect donations for a local charity or food drive.
  • Enjoy! You did a great job so relax, chat with colleagues, indulge in an extra dessert, boogie on the dance floor, pose for group photos and enjoy yourself.

Baltimore County Events This Weekend

September 6th, 2013

As the summer days come to an end, we celebrate the beginning of September as the kick off to Fall. Baltimore County has an abundant number of events taking place through September. Here are a few taking place this weekend, September 6- 8th.

  • Defenders Day: Battle of North Point Reenactment, September 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fort Howard Park. Come commemorate the Battle of North Point in 1812 with war reenactments, history, children’s games, theatrical productions, refreshments and more. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit http://www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.
  • Feet on Street on Allegheny Ave in Towson tonight, Friday September 6th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Enjoy live music, children’s moon bounces, activities and vendors. Food and wine available for purchase. Remember your beach chair for your evening under the stars!
  • The Reisterstown Festival is ready to celebrate their last week of summer with another year of family fun. September 7th and 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. take joy in live music, car  and motorcycle show, a parade, local vendors, children’s area and fireworks. http://www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.