Posts Tagged ‘Gramercy Mansion’

The 2014 Tomato War is on!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

tomato seedsIt’s that time of year again… the 2014 Tomato Wars have officially begun between  Bill, our executive innkeeper, and owner Anne!  We’ve leveled the playing field this year and both Anne and Bill are growing the same variety steakhouse hybrid from seed.

Bill holds the record with last season’s 3.2 lb jumbo tomato. While he won’t reveal his growing secrets, we here at Gramercy Mansion think it may have something to do with his four-legged children – Huck, Finn and Riley! ;-)

But don’t count Anne out… she has secret plans of her own.  Stay tuned as we continue our quest for the largest, juiciest, most delicious tomato in Maryland!  If you want to put your green thumb to the test and join the competition, send us updates and pics of your tomato plants at Facebook.com/GramercyMansion.

Open House Fun at 1840s Plaza

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The beautiful spring-like weather last weekend (I know, hard to remember beneath the blanket of snow this morning!) was the perfect setting for a gorgeous bridal open house at our sister property, 1840s Plaza.  Here at Gramercy Mansion, we were lucky enough to be at this popular open house along with other favorite Maryland wedding vendors.  We work with some of these vendors often including Francesca’s Bridal, a featured bridal salon at our upcoming bridal tea and beauty workshop, Dance Masters Entertainment, Kyle Bergner Photography, Kindly RSVP Designs and Antares Musicians.

We work with many Baltimore-area event professionals in addition to those above to make your wedding as delightful as possible.  Check out a complete list of our recommended vendors here.

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.

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

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.

The War Has Ended…But Not the Tomatoes!

Friday, 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

Saturday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

And We Have A Winner…

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bill Duffy standing proud with one of his many tomatoes

Congratulations to Bill Duffy, our Executive Innkeeper, for winning the tomato wars this season!

Anne promises next year to deliver a victorious win and gain her title back as “Tomato Queen.”

Can anyone out there in the Bed and Breakfast business or with a culinary garden beat out Bill’s 2.3 lb tomato? We would love to hear from you.

Last night's pick of Bill's tomatoes