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Mann, Valerie on Dec 3, 2013 said:

“Wonderful & unique experience. It was my second visit and I brought two friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. She loved it! Valerie Mann ? ”


Ford, (Ms.) Regan on Dec 3, 2013 said:

“Loved it!!!!! I am definitely coming back. ? ”


Diehl, (Mrs.) Jessica on Dec 3, 2013 said:

“This was my first drag show ? ”


Bohman Treasure Hunt Tour guest on Nov 30, 2013 said:

“Everything was great. We especially appreciated the gentleman who told us to find the wine cellar. ? ”


Lipton, (Ms.) Leanne on Nov 29, 2013 said:

“Enjoyable, unique experience. Very appreciative if your friendly, helpful staff. ? ”


Goldman, (Mr.) Steve on Nov 29, 2013 said:

“Our whole family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day at the Mansion, one of Washington's most under-publicized gems. You have such a friendly and fun place, and with every visit we find new delights and surprises. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing us such a treasure for the city, the arts ... and always, for your members and patrons. Steve and Carol Goldman ? ”


Neuman, Eric on Nov 29, 2013 said:

“very friendly staff and great personal attention. Haven't seen a meal like that since my last function at the Mansion.Eric Neuman ? ”


Happy Hours guest on Nov 26, 2013 said:

“The Mansion (which could probably also justfiably be called "The Museum" because of all the artifacts it has) is a really cool and unique place in DC. The maze of rooms was highly stimulating and entertaining. The numbers of rooms is pretty amazing. I wasn't at a loss for words as I discovered room after room. As a big music fan (especially of classic rock), I was very pleasantly surprised to discover this most impressive collection of classic rock paraphenila. I will make a strong recommendation to all my musician friends to visit. I particularly enjoyed the basement and some of the outrageous bathrooms (all over the house). The only signficant thing that I didn't like is that the cigarette smoke spread throughout the house. This place would be awesome for a private or company party. Absolutely no wait at the bar (perfect) and complementary munchies were nice touches.? ”


Rakestraw, Don on Nov 25, 2013 said:

“It was another fantastic experience having breakfast at the Mansion. My friends, who had never been there before, were totally impressed with everything and will definitely return for more. The food was great as always and the hospitality and personal touch makes one feel like they are with family. We all loved seeing the different rooms, the décor and the secret doorways. It was a thrilling experience for all.Can't wait to come back.Warm regards,Don Rakestraw ? ”


Belf, Teri-E on Nov 25, 2013 said:

“Gosh because I always offer positive comments I racked my brain to find something, anything, that wasn't superb. I got it! My stomach was not large enough to eat all the luscious pastries and array of cheeses I would have liked.Oh well, I tried!Thank you Mansion on O.Teri-E ? ”


Lash, Jay on Nov 25, 2013 said:

“At first we were a bit taken back. As two people who live with a high-level of design esthetic and domestic integrity we usually don't enjoy "clutter" or a mixed decor. That said by the time our event began our whole attitude and appreciation changed dramatically. We started to see the trees through the forest and were enthralled. The art and the history hidden in every corner along the the stories told by the staff brought the Mansion alive. The event was handled flawlessly. The food and service, impeccable. The entertainment was at a level on par with the intimate venue this mansion had now become. Even in the morning we saw new treasures, heard new stories and met new and interesting people. Ted and H. were personas that added a whole other dimension to this day. We even had to purchase her books and a South American Cane that became part of my soul during the night. It was a fantastic experience. As we packed our bags and got into our car one of the fantastic staff helped us out and we told him we really enjoyed our time at the Mansion and looked forward to returning. He responded in sincerity, "We enjoyed having you and can't wait to see us come back". I think he meant it too. Thank you all. ”


Haq, Aassia on Nov 25, 2013 said:

“My husband and I enjoyed every minute of visiting the Mansion. It's in a beautiful location right off DuPont Circle, and Embassy Row. And, the quirky decor was quite different from anything we've seen before. It was a great experience. We'll be back. ? ”


SRO: Higgins guest on Nov 23, 2013 said:

“Fantastic magical experienced. We loved being a guest of the hotel and exploring around like kids. The concert was perfect and we are still talking about it.The Gannons ? ”


guest on Nov 21, 2013 said:

“The Mansion always leaves me feeling like I'm a family member that's come home. ? ”


Denice L. Moultrie on Nov 20, 2013 said:

“I had a wonderful time at my Association's event. I had never been to the Mansion and was amazed at the ingenuity of all the rooms, the uniqueness of the interior design and everything that was for sale! I would also like to send a special shout out to the young lady who was coordinating our event; she did an exceptional job at keeping the event organized and on track, getting all of our members fed in a timely manner and taking special care of each guest in attendance. Bravo to all of the Staff at The Mansion! ? ”


Bryon Moore on Nov 19, 2013 said:

“HAPPY THANKSGIVUKKAH.....I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TIME SPENT AT YOUR WONDERFUL MANSION. ? ”


Schnipper, Harry on Nov 18, 2013 said:

“I had a wonderful time... the whole environment couldn't be better as the staff. ? ”


Community Associations Institute guest on Nov 18, 2013 said:

“Our group loved the mansion and appreciated us for bringing them there for their team building and idea sharing activities. The food of course was awesome and the scavenger hunt was a hit! Thanks for your hospitality! ? ”


Tisi Wedding on Nov 12, 2013 said:

“What a great idea. The wedding was perfect. Everything was exactly as I wanted it to be. We'll come back on a Monday for a viewing party! Andrea ”


guest on Nov 11, 2013 said:

“Great rooms and super staff. Especially enjoyed the music provided by owners Saturday night in the main reception library. ? ”


Halloween Party guest on Nov 10, 2013 said:

“I love the Mansion on O Street and I had a great time on Halloween night. Thank you so much! ? ”


Clemans Wine Cellar Dinner guest on Nov 9, 2013 said:

“very nice that the wait staff know which sides to serve and take from, and to wait until all finished a course before clearing plates. not many do this anymore ? ”


Clemans Wine Cellar Dinner guest on Nov 9, 2013 said:

“very nice that the wait staff know which sides to serve and take from, and to wait until all finished a course before clearing plates. not many do this anymore ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Nov 8, 2013 said:

“It was definitely different. A wonderful experience, I recommend the Drag Show to anyone. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Nov 8, 2013 said:

“Show was FABULOUS - as always!!! ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Nov 8, 2013 said:

“The drag show was absolutely, fantastic.. ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Nov 8, 2013 said:

“I needed a map to find the secret doors! I know that is lazy but at the same time I was brought up to not touch things that are historical so was too afraid to push or pull on items that I later found out I should have been exploring. Fantastic other than that! ;) ? ”


Breakfast guest on Nov 6, 2013 said:

“I went with my (adult) niece to view the mansion for a corporate event and never expected to have such a great experience! The breakfast was tasty and although brand new to the Mansion, our waiter was as helpful as he could be; it's hard to be attentive without being intrusive but he did it very well. Our omelette was perfected cooked and the waffles (yes, plural - we shared and one simply wasn't enough!) were really good - especially when we paired it with the apples in brandy which was incredibly good. ? ”


Grushecky, Joe on Nov 5, 2013 said:

“World's Coolest Hotel ? ”


Sullivan, (Ms.) Kim on Nov 4, 2013 said:

“Too much to say! COming tonight-maybe I can get my thoughts together after a second visit. But I will say I am HOOKED! Kim sullivan ? ”


Mansion Member Wendy on Oct 31, 2013 said:

“I have been coming here since 1993. Over these 20 years I have come for lunch, brunch, dinner with friend's and family. We had our daughter's Bat Mitzvah here, m y father's 70th birthday where 12 of us stayed over including dinner and brunch. I celebrated my 50th birthday here where we announced our engagement in 2008. And in 2011 when when our son got married we came with guests the day after the wedding. In 2018 I will be 60. No small thing since I have leukemia. I would think O Street will play a part in this special celebration year since it has in so m any of our families milestones. Thank you H for sharing your vision! ? ”


Breakfast guest on Oct 28, 2013 said:

“The Mansion is one of the favorite places in DC and I love to take people there. I've been several times and still find new rooms and secret doorways. ? ”


Greiner Self-Guided Tour guest on Oct 28, 2013 said:

“My husband and I spent the day exploring all of the rooms. We had such a fun time!! Although we only found four of the secret doors, it was well worth it! Looking forward to coming back to find more! ? ”


Morrissey Self-Guided Tour guest on Oct 28, 2013 said:

“Out of all of the sights to see and museums to visit, this was definitely the best. My girlfriend and I have never experienced something like this and we will not only suggest this to all of our friends, but will visit back as soon as we can! ? ”


Tuxedo and Burlesque guest on Oct 25, 2013 said:

“Great evening, friendly staff, gorgeous background for glamour shots! ? ”


Breakfast guest on Oct 22, 2013 said:

“As always, the O Mansion was a hit! The food was delicious and the pleasantness of the staff is always impeccable...we will be returning soon...and contemplating having a wedding there!Thanks again! ? ”


Randall, John on Oct 21, 2013 said:

“As always, I enjoyed staying at the Mansion, my home away from home in DC. Eric took very good care of me, providing good directions to several nearby destinations. I forgot to bring back the two wonderful books of poetry by H to have her sign them, something that I will remedy when I come back. See you next time, John Randall ? ”


Namerow, (Ms.) Joanne on Oct 21, 2013 said:

“The food was excellent and the service was friendly. Exploring the Mansion was a lot of fun! ? ”


Mansion Member on Oct 20, 2013 said:

“This summer... I had a moment, while swimming in The Mansion's pool that I felt so much joy and privilege to be alive and in DC -- in your swimming pool. I thought about those who I longed to share that moment with and realized I was totally alone. So I took another gulp of air. Utterly embracing that in that moment life and what life really is meant to be had just revealed to me itself in vesica mandorla. Aqua blue, from a satellite view and comically juxtaposed between the bizarre and scientific, and then me. So I'm taking this moment to look back and thank The Mansion. For the path you've laid in flight by your own calling and grace of footsteps fallen. You build beautiful rooms, stairwells, bookshelves, collections and secret doors. Not to mention THE best kept swimming pool in Washington DC. Thank you dearly for having me. ? ”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on Oct 20, 2013 said:

“Thank you for your huge vision, clarity of purpose and boundless Heartfulness! You have made a great difference in our lives and the lives of the rest of this world! Keep up the great mission. I bow to your sincere graciousness! The very best to you and your great family! May we meet again. Thank you Dear One. ? ”


Joseph, (Mr.) Praveen on Oct 15, 2013 said:

“It was a hoot and a holler. 3 of us landed up at the Mansion for a Monday night HH, little did we anticipate the madness and adventure that followed. From the hunting loft to the cellar rooms, secrets and quirks abound and no better way to explore the enigma than with a couple of glasses of Cava to drink smoothly as you wander around this amazingly cavernous adventure zone! ? ”


Harris, (Ms.) Holly on Oct 14, 2013 said:

“Our wedding experience at the Mansion on O street was beyond anything we could even have dreamt. More than the outrageously wonderful accommodations, the food that everyone raved to us about, even the magnificent experience of the Mansion as a physical place, we remain stunned by the kindness, the gentleness, the expertise, and the professionalism of the people who truly ARE the Mansion.I wish I could put my words into an eloquent stream, but how often does anyone truly get to experience a perfect event? A PERFECT event! From start to finish, from check-in to wedded bliss, to dazzling reception, to haven that was our amazing personal retreat after the festivities, it was perfection.Every expectation was not only exceeded, but blown out of the water. I could not have imagined a day like the one that H and T gave us. Our family and friends will never forget this day, and we are similarly fixed by the magic we experienced there. It is not just a venue. It is not just an organization. The Mansion is an adventure - a fantasy made real.We are so thankful, so overwhelmed. Thank you H. Thank you T. You gave us the gift of starting a life together marked by wonderment. You made us feel so special, so chosen, so very lucky to know you and be able to live in your world for those beautiful moments. Trusting you and your wonderful team (we so appreciated Amanda and Sally and truly every person who participated in our event) was the best decision we ever could have made. Our gorgeous and delicious surprise pagoda wedding cake was but one proof of many that leaving it in your hands is a guarantor of success and happiness. I don't know how we will ever be able to show our appreciation, but we shall find a way. ? ”


Huey, Dick on Oct 14, 2013 said:

“We had a wonderful trip. Relaxing, fun, a great place to decompress for an evening. Looking forward to the next trip back! ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Oct 10, 2013 said:

“It was great. The treasure hunt and the shops was amazing. I had a great time. ? ”


Mihalak, (Mr.) Edward on Oct 10, 2013 said:

“- Breakfast was fabulous. Quite a selection to chose from. Service staff was professional, attentive, and helpful. Made you feel welcome. Chef was terrific.- Mansion tour was awesome. Really enjoyed trying to find all the hidden places. We found quite a few but could have used some more hints. Each room had so many items to look at, many being antiques was just amazing. The Mansion is an unknown Washington treasure that is unique. It was a great way to spend 3-4 hours. ? ”


Lewis, (Mr.) Todd on Oct 9, 2013 said:

“The mansion is so full of mystery and magic--if you are open to it, the experience can be truly one of a kind!!! ? ”


Afternoon Tea - Guest on Oct 9, 2013 said:

“This was one of the best family experiences we have had. My grandchildren, ages 5 and 15, thought it was great. My daughters, one who has been at several HIGH TEAS said that this surpassed everything she had been to. The boys want to bring their father back for brunch so we will certainly be back. Found thirteen doors, looking forward to finding more next time. By the way your service was wonderful and the young blond woman who greeted us and gave us some history on the Mansion was charming, warm and wonderful. She certainly is a great asset to your organization. Really enjoyed the afternoon and have told all my friends about this wonderful place. Thank you so much for a wonderful day. ? ”


Redmiles, (Ms.) Elissa on Oct 7, 2013 said:

“The scavenger tour was great! We had a wonderful time at the mansion. ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Oct 7, 2013 said:

“Fun, fun, fun! ? ”


Mustache Mondays guest on Oct 1, 2013 said:

“I went with my husband and a friend, and we absolutely loved the scavenger hunt. We'd been to the mansion before but the mustaches, drinks and free food made it even more fun. The scavenger hunt list was a bit easier this time around too, and we got most things on the list, although we were a little confused about whether we had to stick to one floor of the mansion. We explored every floor and found five secret doors, which made it feel like the most epic scavenger hunt ever. The staff was friendly, the drinks were good, and the mansion is an adventure. We'll definitely do it again! ? ”


Burgerman, Susan on Oct 1, 2013 said:

“Dear H, Ted, and Amanda,Thank you *so much* for hosting us in the Rosa Parks room. We were only a couple of miles from home, but I felt like we were on vacation in an enchanted house a thousand miles away. I hope to return whenever I need a sanctuary or a peaceful writer's retreat.All love,Susan Burgerman (and Andrew Baxley) ? ”


Company Retreat on Sep 28, 2013 said:

“Excellent service. Everything was executed perfectly and exactly as I had requested. During the set-up phase, my emails were always answered immediately and Amanda was delightful to work with. The food was delicious and included even MORE choices than I had selected! During the course of the meeting, I did not have to take time away from the discussion to worry about event details. I felt our group had total privacy, but it seemed the staff was always aware if we needed another chair, more water, etc. I look forward to many successful events at The Mansion in the future and would certainly recommend the venue to friends and colleagues! ? ”


SRO: Bridger guest on Sep 28, 2013 said:

“It was a great venue and provided an intimate setting for Bobby Bridger. Everything was great! ? ”


Showstoppers guest on Sep 27, 2013 said:

“I had a great time and can not wait to return for more! ? ”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on Sep 24, 2013 said:

“Dear H & Ted, Michael and I visited your home (The words hotel or mansion does not relay the warmth and uniqueness of your space or you) this weekend and fell in love. Well, I must admit for Michael it was love at first sight and for me it took some time to see things through his eyes. Michael sees the world as it should be and I like being along for the ride for 33 years now. Your passion for what you do and more importantly, how you do it is special to be around. I read many reviews on line. The positive reviews were expected. The few negative reviews revealed far more about the author than your home. I was actually sad for those reviewers who did not "get" what the Mansion offers: freedom to explore your world, to learn something about ourselves, and to see things from a different perspective. While exploring with our daughter (visiting Ms. Park's room, the log cabin suite, viewing the most expensive treasures to the seemingly mundane) I was taken to places in my childhood both good and bad and shared wonderful memories with her. ? ”


Baskins, Roberta on Sep 24, 2013 said:

“The surprise shower exemplified Mansion Magic. Everyone raved about the good karma and Mansion-style hospitality. I can't wait to come over and play again. Your fan base continues to swell. Thanks for all the bliss you spread in DC and beyond...? ”


Fecteau, (Ms.) Genevieve on Sep 24, 2013 said:

“SO MUCH FUN!!!!The whole evening was very entertaining. I loved getting to explore the mansion, and the performers were very personable and engaging. All-around great time! THANKS! ? ”


Belf, (Ms.) Teri-E on Sep 23, 2013 said:

“My smile wrinkles are becoming more pronounced and the Mansion is at fault. When I think of my experience at the The Mansion, drive to the Mansion, eat at the Mansion, roam around the Mansion and relive the memory of the Mansion, I smile. The service is exceptional, food beautifully prepared and yummy, environs a museum to behold. I love it there.Thank you for adding to my smile wrinkles this week.Teri-E Belf ?”


Internet2 guest on Sep 19, 2013 said:

“We loved it! My team of executives were like kids let loose at a theme park. They gave me a round of applause for selecting the venue. ? ”


Mustache Mondays guest on Sep 17, 2013 said:

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Tea guest on Sep 13, 2013 said:

“It was very well done! The food was delicious and the experience was one to remember!Thank you! ? ”


Szegedy-Maszak Book Dinner on Sep 10, 2013 said:

“Sometimes when one has an event there is the inevitable second guessing: wouldn't the food/the ambiance/the service/the vibe of another place possible have been better?? But NOT A BAT squeak of those thoughts occurred before, during or after the spectacular book party you hosted for me last Saturday. Everything looked so beautiful, the food was divine, everyone who worked the party was elegant, thoughtful, polite without being smarmy, and engaged in a way that felt beautifully personal. I could not have been more grateful for what you did. Thank you H, and Ted and one and all. ? ”


Goldberg Self-Guided Tour guest on Sep 9, 2013 said:

“Enjoyed bringing a friend as part of her birthday celebration. Enjoyed chatting with staff, received immediate response in request to pricing several unmarked items. — ”


Watkins, (Mr.) Steve on Sep 3, 2013 said:

“Fantastic experience! The house is fascinating and the scavenger hunt a fun challenge. I wish I had arrived promptly at 5:30 when it started — ”


Namiot Penthouse Tour guest on Sep 3, 2013 said:

“We came to the Mansion as a suggestion of one of my former students. Not knowing what to expect, we booked a penthouse tour. My family and I stayed for hours! We were all enthralled - adults and children! My son was eager to see the next room and find the next door as fast as possible, while the rest of wanted to poke around and just look with wonder. One visit was not enough. It was our favorite part of our dc vacation! You asked what was my favorite room and I answered the wine cellar. In hindsight, that was a total fib. My favorite room was downstairs the room with comic books and games. That room felt the most comfortable to me. We are actually giving my sister a night at the Mansion as her christmas/birthday present. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonder place with us!! — ”


Hardin, Dave on Aug 29, 2013 said:

“Just that you are both very special people and I can't think of any space I'd rather be in. It's beautiful and private and it cleanses the spirit while at the same time rejuvenating the soul. He'll......we love you guys.Dave Hardin — ”


Hardin, Dave on Aug 29, 2013 said:

“Staying at the Mansion is like visiting an old friend. You always feel welcome. The atmosphere and experiences can't be found elsewhere. If you're a music fan this is your place. I'll always come back anytime I'm in DC. Ted and H are the ultimate hosts! — ”


Mustache Mondays guest on Aug 27, 2013 said:

“We had a fabulous time! The hours just slipped away while we were gazing around. It was especially nice that you provided a few munchies with our drinks, since we burned a lot of calories running up and down the stairs! Thanks for a fun experience! — ”


Tuxedo and Burlesque guest on Aug 26, 2013 said:

“It was so much fun! We really enjoyed the Tuxedo and Burlesque Masquerade Ball! We met so many interesting people and can't wait to do it again!! — ”


Doering, Donna on Aug 26, 2013 said:

“The Blues jam was an extraordinary experience and I'm not even a big fan of the Blues. Everyone was real friendly and I didn't feel discouraged by my lack of musical talents. — ”


Duryee Treasure Hunt Tour guest on Aug 26, 2013 said:

“The staff was incredibly helpful and kind!!! We had a great time exploring and we absolutely loved it!! The only issue we had was completely our fault - we should have used the valet services. Other than the issue that was our fault, it was an amazing time!!! Thanks for everything!!! — ”


Tuxedo and Burlesque guest on Aug 24, 2013 said:

“The masquerade ball you hosted was charming; I enjoyed the decor, the food was yummy — ”


Lehmann, Steve on Aug 23, 2013 said:

“Always the best place to stay in Washington (or anywhere else, for that matter). Loved the Fireplace Suite. My new favorite room. — ”


Mustache Mondays guest on Aug 22, 2013 said:

“I loved everything and definitely want to stay in one of the cool rooms! — ”


Gonzalez, Susan on Aug 21, 2013 said:

“We made reservations for mustache Monday and had such a wonderful time, especially since my husband won the contest for finding the hidden item and winning the T-shirt. It was his birthday, so that made it extra special. The young lady (forgot her name) at the front desk was extra nice. We enjoyed the mansion so much that on our next visit to DC we will go again. Loved the hidden rooms and all the objects for sale. It was super cool. Thank you for help in making my husbands birthday special. Absolutely loved it.Susan and Luis Gonzalez — ”


Davison Treasure Hunt Tour guest on Aug 20, 2013 said:

“OMG! I've lived in DC for 15 years and never knew about this museum. Now I will have to make up for lost time. This museum is a gem, nothing like it anywhere else in the U.S. You have to experience it, to understand what it offers. Young and old will enjoy it. The items will delight.....the architecture will amaze....the enormity of the mansion will awe. AND --the secret doors and passageway will tickle your creative juices! My tween and teen daughters spent FIVE hours there on a scavenger hunt and we can't wait to return with friends. Just go. Don't even think about it. — ”


Brummitt, Nancy on Aug 16, 2013 said:

“What a hidden gem in the heart of DC!!! We could have spent days wandering through the museum and still have missed so much. We will make this a must stop on our future visits to the city. Thanks to our host and his charming daughter for the amazing inside stories and gracious hospitality. — ”


Happy Hours guest on Aug 13, 2013 said:

“I had a wonderful time at the mansion. It was so much fun exploring the rooms and searching for secret doors! It is truly a unique place to visit. — ”


McDevitt Treasure Hunt Tour on Aug 13, 2013 said:

“So much fun! I have been wanting to visit for years, and I'm glad to finally go. I really enjoyed the scavenger hunt, discovering little things here and there--what a thrill to see some Highlander the series books and a pound puppy--two of my favorite things from the past and such unexpected finds. I loved the diversity of items, from showy to cheap to valuable to priceless. I went with my Harry Potter group and it was lovely to see some Harry Potter items hidden in different rooms. Directions to get to the museum from the Metro were perfect and so useful. Thank you for having those on your website. The only con I have to report is that we were unable to find that darn cowboy and that specific bear with the subtle eyes and white background. I swear we looked everywhere! So where were they hiding? This is going to keep me up at night! lol Thanks for the incredibly enjoyable afternoon. Certainly worth waiting for :-) — ”


Lehman, Augusta on Aug 12, 2013 said:

“Great show! I love the intimate space and fun atmosphere to see a show. — ”


Georgia, Terry on Aug 10, 2013 said:

“Any visit to the Mansion on O is a special treat, but when the DesBerardos are singing in the house, it is a rare, fun and exceptionally wonderful time. The Mansion on O is always an adventure. Every nook and cranny, twist and turn is filled with awe-inpiring memorabilia, sensational decor and hospitality beyond your wildest imagination. And Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos are equally as memorable - every song, a musical joy ride. Two experiences not to be missed: The DesBerardos and the Mansion on O. Thank you for a memorable evening! — ”


Leffler Self-Guided Tour guest on Aug 9, 2013 said:

“We had a great time exploring. I'll be back with other grandchildren! — ”


Bonacki Self-Guided Tour guest on Aug 8, 2013 said:

“Super fun day......H was great....as was Mr. H. Enjoyed the mansion's many treasures and Great music! — ”


Knox Treasure Hunt Tour guest on Aug 7, 2013 said:

“We LOVED our visit to the O Street Museum and have recommended a tour to everyone who asks about our visit to DC! Thank you, O Street Museum, for your hospitality. We highly recommend visiting the O Street Museum as you will not be disappointed. The O Street Museum is the best kept secret!Larry, Lisa and Tyler — ”


Burgerman Memorial Service - Tea guest on Aug 6, 2013 said:

“Thank you. Many of our friends and family have contacted me since my brother's memorial to say how beautiful the event was, and what a perfect environment the Mansion provides to celebrate a life. I love you guys and am comforted to have found a place so full of magic, peace, and music. — ”


Foote, Mike on Aug 5, 2013 said:

“Wonderful tour as always. Fascinating place and we found a new secret door! — ”


Chen Self-Guided Tour guest on Aug 5, 2013 said:

“We really loved the mansion and thought the overall experience was just amazing. My husband is a natural inquisitive detective and he had a blast trying to find all the secret doors. Sadly, he was so disappointed he could only find 7! We will surely be visiting again sometime in the near future.Thank you! — ”


Tuxedo and Burlesque guest on Aug 1, 2013 said:

“very authentic place! I love the old-school and classy decorations in the mansion, full of surprise! — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jul 31, 2013 said:

“It was incredibly fun and I would definitely be back! — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jul 30, 2013 said:

“We absolutely loved Showstoppers and exploring the mansion! The show was first rate. The performers were all super talented and diva-ishly divine. I'm looking forward to the next Showstoppers and I'm arriving even earlier to explore more of the mansion. — ”


Patrick, (Ms.) Wanda on Jul 30, 2013 said:

“Simply wonderful! It was a fabulous event. I invited several friends. They enjoyed searching for secret doors, exploring rooms, finding treasures, meeting new people of all ages, and of course, the glitz, glamour and media interest in the Beatles, Fab 4, unveiling. We're planning to attend other events and tell more friends about the beautiful Mansion on O Street. — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jul 30, 2013 said:

“The show was the time of my life, and I will definitely be back to find the remaining secret doors! — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jul 30, 2013 said:

“It was great fun! Thanks:) — ”


Graham, Robert on Jul 29, 2013 said:

“Very fun. The facilitator did a great job spreading things around and engaging people. I plan to become a regular. — ”


Self-Guided Tour guest on Jul 29, 2013 said:

“This is a fascinating gem in the middle of DC. I am here in the city for a summer internship, and this was a great addition to the rush of museums and monuments. It is different from anything else that I saw. Hunting for secret doors and looking through the (well-priced) antiques was fun. I brought along a friend who is from DC and she had never heard of it, so was skeptical at first, but ended up loving it. There's also a nice bar and there was live music in the main entrance. As a place to spend an hour or two and explore, it is well worth the trip. — ”


Kaplan, (Ms.) Valerie on Jul 27, 2013 said:

“Delicious! It was my 2nd visit in the last two months, and a journey of discovery each time.At the Mansion, — ”


Dilella Penthouse Tour guest on Jul 26, 2013 said:

“An amazing and fantastic place. Looking forward to visiting again. — ”


Vanessa Lemme - Tour Guest on Jul 25, 2013 said:

“I am an avid museum goer. By far, this is the most interesting museum I've been to in many years. The combination of art, antiques, memorabilia and ingenious interior design of the bathrooms and flat screen tv's and kitchens makes the venue a must stay. and secret treasure of DC! I will definitely return soon to take part in another secret door hunt! I'm determined to find a lot ore.”


Beatles guest on Jul 24, 2013 said:

“A wonderfully unique event in one of Washington's best intimate settings for live music and celebrations! And, of course, great customer service. — ”


Samoylin, (Mrs.) Tatiana on Jul 24, 2013 said:

“It was an amazing experience! Great reception, excessive variety of drinks, excellent service, and a band playing Beatles' tunes what could be better! I felt like attending a wonderful party with all the friends around. — ”


Beatles guest on Jul 24, 2013 said:

“We really enjoyed the exhibits, facility, and hospitality, but we can't imagine where all the hidden doors are located, having found only four. Thanks for inviting us! — ”


Beatles guest on Jul 24, 2013 said:

“What a great way to spend a Monday night !!!! Food,drink , scavenger hunt ,live music and personal photo shoot with the Beatles (wax versions of course). I will be keeping an eye on future events at the Mansion. — ”


Treasure Hunt Guest on Jul 24, 2013 said:

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at the O Mansion for a wonderful time on July 20, 2013. I helped a good friend of mine celebrate part of her bridal shower at the O Mansion with the Treasure Hunt. This day was very important to the bride and me. The bride had a very difficult childhood and as a teenager had many obstacles to overcome. As an adult, she has made great accomplishments and has found someone who makes her very happy to marry. I wanted this bridal shower to be a special day for her. As soon as we entered the O Mansion we were greeted with very warm, courteous and professional people. The best part was meeting the owner/founder of the O Mansion. Prior to meeting her, I read about her and the O Mansion. So it was an absolute pleasure meeting her. I loved the fact that she greeted us with a beautiful smile and took the time to explain to us about the O Mansion and the Treasure Hunt. The experience of the O Mansion was sensational! Seeing the different decor of the rooms and all the interesting, beautiful and nostalgic art work that were on the walls and in the rooms, sent my sensory into over drive. Once again, I just wanted to say, "Thank You" to everyone at the O Mansion who helped to make that day a very special day, for a very deserving special bride. — ”


Beatles guest on Jul 24, 2013 said:

“Our group had a great time at the Beatles celebration. Looking for items for the treasure hunt was fun, but ultimately we kept the treasure hunt form as a souvenir. The Beatles looked like they were ready to talk to us, and we took pictures with them. The snacks were perfect since we didn't have time for dinner before the event. We also enjoyed the concert. It was hard to take pictures with the Beatles, since everyone wanted to do it at the same time, but that is not a complaint. — ”


Beatles guest on Jul 23, 2013 said:

“As a post work destresser, this was exactly what I was looking for. Having never been to the mansion before, I thought I had fallen into my dream scenario when I walked through the doors. The staff at the entrance were really nice and the scavenger hunt was a great way to explore the little ins and outs of the hotel without feeling like you were walking through a museum, not that I imagine anyone could feel that way anyway. I was completely intrigued and amazed be the architecture and decor of the old mansion. I loved the music and will definitely be back again soon!!! — ”


Neuman, (Mr.) Rick on Jul 23, 2013 said:

“really enjoyed the Beatles tribute--both the music and the food were great. Thanks. Rick Neuman — ”


Dominick, (Ms.) Lori on Jul 23, 2013 said:

“I think the Mansion is a wild, wonderful, fascinating, thought-provoking place. The entire team is gracious and helpful. I can't wait to come back and prowl around more and I would LOVE to stay overnight - I'm saving up for that! — ”


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Caldera, (Mr.) Jose on Jul 23, 2013 said:

“This was my first visit to The Mansion on O Street. I did not know this hotel existed in my neighborhood. The self guided tour of the hotel with my friends was eventful. Our pictures with the Fab Four are memorable. Thank you for opening up your hotel to the public with a themed event. I would definitely return to The Mansion for themed events. Thank you. Warm regards, Jose Caldera — ”


Burkholder, (Mr.) Randy on Jul 23, 2013 said:

“My fiancee and I had the time of our lives at the Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration! It was one of our best date nights to date! — ”


Markland, Susie on Jul 23, 2013 said:

“The O Mansion is a magical place. — ”


Tea guest on Jul 22, 2013 said:

“My friend and I came to celebrate her birthday at your dessert tea. I was expecting a few tea sandwiches, scones and clotted cream...and instead we found a "groaning board" of lovely and tasty desserts. What a decadent delight! The staff was friendly, helpful and down-to-earth...a refreshing change from other venues for tea. And then we explored the house... It was like being transported back to the turn of the last century with the bay windows, sparkling chandeliers, lavish woodwork and seemingly endless rooms. I plan to come back and take another tour...just to find more secret doors...spend time looking more closely at all the treasures...and thinking of a time long gone. Thank you for a lovely Sunday afternoon in July! - A Victorian Lady at Heart — ”


Tuxedo and Burlesque guest on Jul 21, 2013 said:

“It was so fascinating!!! The whole building has a lot to offer . — ”


Breakfast guest on Jul 18, 2013 said:

“The breakfast was great. Love the Chef. Enjoyed touring the rooms. The entire staff was friendly and attentive. I can't wait to play there again. Thank you! — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jul 17, 2013 said:

“I thought it was excellent. The staff was friendly and fun — ”


Anderson 30th Bday guest on Jul 16, 2013 said:

“The Mansion on O Street is a premier party venue. The ambience alone is worth the trip! I celebrated my 30th birthday there and every detail was beyond beautiful. The decoration is out of a novel fit for 19th century fantasy meets 21st century pop culture. The chairs are decorative and the tables are lined with lace. Chandeliers adorn the ceiling and you feel like you are a part of Washington history kept away. The food was amazing. The London broil option just melts in your mouth. I also appreciated the chef??s care in the dish, to not serve until it was perfectly cooked. The dessert delicacies were so pretty, that I didn??t want to eat them. Visually they are stunning. I truly enjoyed my function. After hosting several parties from 5 star hotels to small party spaces, the Mansion on O Street would be in my top 3 places to have a celebration in Washington, DC. — ”


Buco, Margaret on Jul 16, 2013 said:

“In the words of my eight year old granddaughter, Maddie, this was an "Awesome" visit! I had never been to the Mansion, so both of us were entering with eyes wide open. Wow! It seemed that we were the only touring guests during the time we were there, and H, Tracy, and Ted really made us feel super special. Maddie took her Treasure Hunt list very seriously, enjoyed the "milk and cookies", chose a recommended book, asked questions, and went bananas trying to find the hidden doors. She was extremely proud to locate three of them (thanks to some hints from our hosts!). — ”


Social Tour guest on Jul 16, 2013 said:

“I have been coming to the mansion since the '00's and it is always fun. My friends and I used to come for drinks and then just wander around looking through all of the fun rooms. We found a new secret room so, it was extra special! — ”


Kahan, (Mr.) Jeff on Jul 15, 2013 said:

“I really enjoyed breakfasting at the Mansion prior to the Classical Revolution DC Jammin! The food was wonderful and the staff very professional and helpful (ie. me and my need for lots of tea through the morning). I'm looking forward to the experience again next month! — ”


Jammin guest on Jul 15, 2013 said:

“I LOVED the mansion!! It was beautiful, the food was great, the staff were wonderful. I absolutely loved it and would go there again. — ”


Randall, John on Jul 13, 2013 said:

“Dear Ted and H, My stay at the Mansion was once again, magical. Eric took excellent care of me. I hadn't stayed in the Fireplace Suite before and really enjoyed the room. I purchased H's poetry books so that I don't have to come to the Mansion to enjoy them. Eric suggested that I bring them back for my next stay and get H to sign them, which I will do. Till next time, John Randall — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jul 13, 2013 said:

“Great show! We love the Mansion tour, walking through the rooms was a lot of fun. — ”


Dahlgren, (Mrs.) Jennifer on Jul 12, 2013 said:

“Last night was an incredibly AWESOME time!!! My first time going to a drag show!!!! LOVED IT!!!! The ladies really brought the house down!!!! I WILL be back again! — ”


Comcast Private Event on Jul 11, 2013 said:

“Our dinner meeting at The Mansion was perfect. The food was delicious, the tour of the Mansion was thrilling and the service was impecable. Thank you for a wonderful event. — ”


Showstoppers Guest on Jul 11, 2013 said:

“When I came to your show on 6/13 I had a really, really difficult week. On Monday 6/10 of that week I had quit a job that wasn't going well. On Tuesday 6/11 it marked a very sad "anniversary" for me. My oldest son Christopher died 9 years ago from a terminal illness, he would have been 10. Tuesday marked 9 years since he died, and I was so very sad that week. When you lose a child it is the most heartbreaking thing in the entire world, your pain never goes away. His "angel day" is always a day filled with so much sadness. When I came to your show I did something I don't do often. I laughed! I smiled! Than I laughed and smiled again, and touring that big mansion was transformative for me! I became happy again. I knew it was ok to become happy again. And than I laughed and smiled some more. It truly was, one of the best nights of my life. Somehow it let me know that everything in life was ok. I am so grateful to your wonderful mansion for that. I would love to come back to brunch sometime and bring my husband and kids for my birthday next month (something a little calmer!) and have a chance to revisit the Mansion again. I am absolutely in love with O Mansion now. It taught me how to smile again. Please forward this on to your owner. I want her to know how much her wonderful mansion brings happiness to people's lives. — ”


Cole Self-Guided Tour guest on Jul 8, 2013 said:

“We really enjoyed exploring the mansion on our self-directed tour. It was wonderful and we will be back and will recommend it to friends! — ”


Richa, Sally on Jul 8, 2013 said:

“O mansion is a very unique and relaxing place to stay and visit. I will definitely stay there again. Sally Richa — ”


Dennis, (Ms.) Jasmine on Jul 8, 2013 said:

“The Mansion was a unique and wonderful surprise in the middle of the city. We had family visiting from Florida with two children (ages 6 and 8) who fell in love with the place. The kids loved finding secret doors to run back and share with the rest of the group. The adults loved finding the bar so we could wander around, taking our time with a cocktail. The staff were great and added to our experience. We've put the Mansion on our — ”


Fourth guest on Jul 5, 2013 said:

“The mansion was absolutely amazing! Each room was so uniquely decorated in its own style with its own chachkies. Visiting every room and looking for the secret doors felt like an adventure. I will definately be back to explore the mansion again! — ”


Osterhaus Self-Guided Tour guest on Jul 2, 2013 said:

“I love bringing friends or family here and watch them being amazed. Grateful for the valet parking on a rainy day. We found only 5 secret doors! — ”


McAllister Self-Guided Tour on Jul 1, 2013 said:

“It's always fun to come and explore. And I love learning trivia about the mansion - like how the hat collection got started. Our docent on our most recent tour gave us some fun trivia. I love that the whole place is a huge store. Keep up the great work! We're fans for life!”


Social Tour Guest on Jul 1, 2013 said:

“It's always so much fun to come tour around and everyone who works there is very friendly.”


Hotel guest on Jul 1, 2013 said:

“We love it there. It is very relaxed.. homey.. low key.. and so interesting.. and want to come back many times.. thanks very much for the hospitality.. appreciate it greatly.. joe — ”


Tea guest on Jul 1, 2013 said:

“Great Sunday afternoon. Good to see you again. — ”


Hotel guest on Jun 30, 2013 said:

“My husband and I had a lovely stay. We were welcomed to roam but left alone, and enjoyed exploring. The Mansion is a unique gem. — ”


guest on Jun 29, 2013 said:

“There's no other experience like it! Fabulous! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 26, 2013 said:

“I came for the Champagne tour with three friends on a Sunday afternoon. We had the best time so much to see! We are planning our next visit to continue exploring. — ”


Mustache Mondays guest on Jun 25, 2013 said:

“The O Street Mansion exceeded my expectations. My friend and I had participated in Mustache Monday, which included a treasure hunt around the building. It was so interesting going around the various rooms and secret doors. The main staff and the bartender were extremely friendly and personable as well. I would definitely go back again! — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 23, 2013 said:

“Loved the mansion tour, helpful staff, and show. — ”


guest on Jun 21, 2013 said:

“Just returned from another wonderful stay at the Mansion. I chose the Country room this time and was delighted. I love to roam around the hotel looking at the opulent rooms and finding secret doors. Everything is beautifully appointed and makes me feel very special to be there. It's hard to describe the uniqueness - you just have to experience it for yourself. Very highly recommended. - KH — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 20, 2013 said:

“What a place! The Mansion on O Street is chock-full of surprises and delights! Great place to explore with friends...or spend the night...or host an event. Our group found about 9 of the 70 secret doors. Make sure to ask about the wine cellar! Highly recommend. — ”


Social Tour Guest on Jun 19, 2013 said:

“AWESOME! Thank you for the opportunity to meet the illustrious founder and owner Mrs H.H. Leonard-Spero and President, Mr. Spero! For me that was as awesome as discovering each one of your beautiful and fascinating rooms. I so look forward to recommending you for fabulous and unique venues and returning again to complete the tour and buy one of those gorgeous hats! I know where to find one when I need i and will definitely come from Gainesville to get it! Thanks again!”


Cone, Chris on Jun 19, 2013 said:

“I was so amazed at EVERYTHING. the host and hostess have created a fun exciting envirnoment for anyone that comes to visit. a couple nites stay is a must and not in the same room. For tours you must set aside at least 2 hours plus and please EAT. the food is AMAZING. i can go on and on and on but you really do need to visit. i cant wait to go back with friends and family.chris coneccone@caionline.org — ”


Ritterband, Sara on Jun 18, 2013 said:

“Thank you so much for having us into your home. It was so wonderful to meet both of you. Thank you for your hospitality. Visiting the mansion really changed my outlook on a lot of things. Sara — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 18, 2013 said:

“Full of surprises and ideas.No one rushed me and I could enjoy each room peacefully.I only found a few doors so I guess I will have to return.I have already started making some changes here basedon what I saw. — ”


Father's Day Breakfast guest on Jun 17, 2013 said:

“The mansion was beautiful, as always, and we greatly enjoyed our Father's Day. — ”


Father's Day Brunch guest on Jun 17, 2013 said:

“Very nice. Food was tasty. Ted and Wife were very kind and patient in dealing with all the guests. Wonderful atmosphere. We will look forward to coming again. Thanks for a fun time. — ”


Hall, (Dr.) Nancy D on Jun 17, 2013 said:

“I went with a friend in Father's Day. My dad died three years ago — ”


Barrea, (Ms.) Nicole on Jun 16, 2013 said:

“A quirky, eclectic, and out-of-the-ordinary way to spend the day! Had a great time exploring! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 14, 2013 said:

“This was a really unique and fun experience. I especially liked the Janis Joplin and Rosa Parks rooms. The cozy atmosphere was nice as well. It was the perfect blend of consignment shop (which I love) and museum. I'll definitely be back! — ”


Oller, (Mrs.) Kristi on Jun 14, 2013 said:

“What a great experience ! Staff was friendly and helpful. Loved the Drag Show! I can't wait to go back and find more secret doors. — ”


Walko, (Ms.) Ann-Marie on Jun 13, 2013 said:

“Fascinating place! Only had an hour at lunch time to explore but will definitely come back to continue the hunt for more secret doors. Staff is so friendly and helpful, we felt right at home. Well, your average home crammed with more stuff than you'd find in half a dozen hotels! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 12, 2013 said:

“Awesome place! Definately couldn't see everything on first visit so will have to go back. It is a fun/different type of place to take visitors that are in town. I had heard so much about the place but finally got to experience it first-hand. Must see for everyone!!! — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 12, 2013 said:

“I had the best time I've had in a long time at the Mansion on O Street! Everybody was very nice and hospitable. I was concerned that the show would be overbearing and intrusive with people in the audience being — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 12, 2013 said:

“It was a great show and experience. The mansion is fantastic and the performers were very engaging. — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 12, 2013 said:

“I love the Mansion! A great price for the buffet and drinks were very reasonable for the show.... I would go back again. — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 12, 2013 said:

“We had a wonderful time, and the buffet was very good. — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 12, 2013 said:

“The drag show was great. I will highly recommend it. — ”


Onyekwere Numerology Tour guest on Jun 11, 2013 said:

“fun fun fun! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 11, 2013 said:

“We had a blast! We want to come back and play hide and go seek there some time. It felt like one of those huge haunted mansions that I used to read about as a kid, and then thought didn't exist when I grew up. But it does exist! So much fun, I can't wait to go back! — ”


McWilliams Self-Guided Champagne Tour guest on Jun 10, 2013 said:

“I loved Champagne tour and the museum. We had a wonderful experience. I can't wait to come back again to experience the Penthouse tour. — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 10, 2013 said:

“It was an awesome self guided tour! — ”


H-tea guest on Jun 10, 2013 said:

“We had an amazing time and Amanda gave us the best tour ever. We have been at the Mansion on O many times, but we learned so many things more. Her dog Lennon is an absolute riot. We miss the Monday Power lunches and Dinners and can't wait to see what will replace them! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 9, 2013 said:

“Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed the mansion experience. What a lovely Victorian mansion and museum, which we had no idea even existed.We certainly will be telling friends about our experience and hopefully they will be visiting in the not too distant future.Thank, again — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 9, 2013 said:

“We loved the tour! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 9, 2013 said:

“I am glad that we were able to attend this tour. We had such much fun trying to find the — ”


Krug, Doug on Jun 7, 2013 said:

“what do Hawaii and the Mansion have in common? never had a bad day either place... — ”


Showstoppers guest on Jun 7, 2013 said:

“I had a fabulous time! The show was awesome. — ”


Rosenthal, Lisa on Jun 7, 2013 said:

“Fabulous fabulous fabulous! — ”


Boston, (Ms.) Letarsha on Jun 7, 2013 said:

“My sister and I had an awesome time! The performers were amazing and we loved every minute of it. Thanks!!! — ”


Breakfast guest on Jun 6, 2013 said:

“Fantastic breakfast and friendly, efficient service in a unique environment. Thank you. — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 6, 2013 said:

“Our ladies group had a wonderful time. — ”


Mihok, (Ms.) Amanda on Jun 6, 2013 said:

“The show really was great! It was the first time my group of friends and I had been to a female impersonators show, and Showstoppers was amazing! I really loved that the — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 5, 2013 said:

“Our womens group loved the mansion, especialy the hats! — ”


SRO: Wilkins guest on Jun 4, 2013 said:

“Yes. There is something I'd like to tell you. :)We LOVE the Mansion! We love coming to see you, H — ”


Bean, David on Jun 4, 2013 said:

“How can you beat some great Texas music from relaxed musicians clearly having as much fun as we were? You can't! — ”


Knott Treasure Hunt Tour guest on Jun 4, 2013 said:

“Great time! Friendly staff! Very kid-friendly too! — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 4, 2013 said:

“had a blast exploring and looking for secret doors. also found a couple of unique items that we purchased. would definitely come back again!! — ”


Mustache Mondays guest on Jun 4, 2013 said:

“This was the perfect place for my mom and me to have a great time on the last night of her visit to DC. The staff, the treasure hunt, the happy hour, and the live music were so great! We had such a fun evening together. Thank you! — ”


Bozarth, Stephanie on Jun 3, 2013 said:

“We hosted our 4th Mad Hatter Tea to Benefit Morquio (MPS IV) Syndrome Research at the Mansion and it was over-the-top awesome! Our BEST fundraiser ever! All our guests were in awe as the entered this enchanting and whimsical place. It set the perfect tone for a happy event to raise money for such a critically important cause to save lives of children with MPS. Our daughter was diagnosed with this rare degenerative disease as a baby and raising money for research has been a top priority since her diagnosis. We know that is the only way to save her. Although it has been a very difficult road for our young daughter we are determined to stay focused and get to a cure. We are so deeply grateful to the O Mansion owners and staff for generously sponsoring and hosting our Mad Hatter event in this fantastic venue. — ”


Social Tour guest on Jun 3, 2013 said:

“My friend and I were looking for something new to do rather than the same old dinner and drinks and found this tour on living social and thought it sounded like a great daytime activity. And we were right! We loved exploring this massive mansion and it's unique rooms, decor and items throughout the house. We had so much fun trying to find the secret rooms!! We will definitely be going back with a larger group. — ”


Jannotta Self-Guided Tour guest on Jun 3, 2013 said:

“What a fun and quirky place! We all had a ball. Too much to see in one day, and now we want to share it with others.... so we will be back! — ”


Phillips, Jill on Jun 3, 2013 said:

“We just loved the Mansion on O Street! I took one of my close friends for a birthday breakfast - food was great, staff was so friendly, love the chef from France who made the wonderful omelets! — ”


Breakfast guest on Jun 3, 2013 said:

“This being my first time at The Mansion I was extremely satisfied with the service and ambience of the venue. It was very exciting to explore around the mansion and I am looking forward to returning back to partake in Brunch! — ”


Hope, Cynthia on May 31, 2013 said:

“Great adventure, fun to see all the stuff and look for hidden doors. A bit of sensory overload. Wish we had booked tea too. The dessert tray looked fabulous! — ”


Muto Birthday Celebration on May 30, 2013 said:

“Oh, thank you so so much for the wonderful tea party for our 7 year old daughter Claire! She and her friends had a great fun at the tea party with treasure hunt and searching for secret doors of the mansion! — ”


Anglarill, Marcia on May 29, 2013 said:

“The Mansion on O Street is a DC gem! I can't believe it took a Living Social deal for me to discover it, despite being a native Washingtonian. What an amazing place and fun experience! It made me want to book a weekend "secret" getaway in one of the wildly fascinating rooms. More people should know about this place and I plan to do my part telling people I know. My only recommendation would be to provide more hints on secret doors :-) — ”


Caponiti, (Mr.) Anthony on May 28, 2013 said:

“Both my wife and I enjoyed our visit to the O Street Mansion! We fond several secrete doors! We look forward to visiting again. — ”


Ballenger, (Ms.) Ashley on May 28, 2013 said:

“We had a great time at the show and loved touring the mansion. — ”


Social Tour guest on May 28, 2013 said:

“Found Mansion on O st through a livingsocial deal and went with my boyfriend, and we both loved it! We will definitely be going again to find the other secret doors! — ”


De Longchamp Ii, (Mr.) Harold on May 28, 2013 said:

“Amazing hospitality and the desserts were fabulous! — ”


Horvath, Mary on May 27, 2013 said:

“The house tour was totally not what I expected. I thought it would be a typical great tour of an old house - instead, it was an amazing experience. The details in the mansion are beautiful but all of the pictures, sculptures, books, chachkis were awesome! We especially loved looking for the secret doors and finding more treasures behind them. Our group had such a great time. LOVED it!!! — ”


Scarlata Treasure Hunt Tour guest on May 26, 2013 said:

“We loved our stay and were glad we were able to stay on a night when the hotel was not crowded. Overall, what a wonderful experience. The owner and her staff are fantastic and so hospitable. The experience of exploring the three inter-connected rowhouses through a series of secret passageways was incredible and a wonderful first anniversary present!! Thank you! — ”


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Social Tour guest on May 24, 2013 said:

“The O Mansion is unlike anything anyone can imagine. Friends visiting this past week from France and then Sweden asked to visit something "that tourists wouldn't know to visit in Washington." We knew just the place for them -- the Mansion on O Street. The geniality of the owners, Ted and H, and their willingness to sit down and chat about their 37 year project -- creating the Mansion from row houses -- sets the tone for the visit. As for the tour itself, Good Luck finding all the hidden doors! Ted pointed one out to us, and we still had difficulties figuring it out. Touring the house is definitely a puzzle, and really good fun! Definitely an experience not to be missed; truly unique. — ”


Vaughan Self-Guided Tour guest on May 24, 2013 said:

“We had a great time. I went with my 21 year old daughter and her two friends and all four of us enjoyed ourselves. There was such variety to keep us entertained. The girls especially enjoyed the different bathrooms and hunting for the secret doors, of course. I loved the memories so many of the items brought back to me. And we all enjoyed trying on the hats. — ”


Legare Chestnut Tree Tour on May 22, 2013 said:

“Absolutely amazing! Can't wait to go back and hunt for more doors. — ”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on May 22, 2013 said:

“The Museum is a wonderful, amazing place! I brought my best friend, who was visiting from Florida, and we had an hilarious time trying in hats as we explored ( I didn't know that she"loved" hats.) I'm glad that so many things from bygone eras have been preserved , and in such beautiful ways! I was inspired to go home , clean house, and turn the memorabilia that I can't bear to part with into a museum. ( Nothing wrong with keeping old stuff as long as it's kept clean and presentable.) And searching for hidden doors is so much fun! My next visit will be with a local friend ,who is architect, and our daughters, who are graduating from h.s. looking forward to it. Thank you for making it happen. — ”


Debbie - Social Tour Guest on May 22, 2013 said:

“We had a wonderful time wandering through the Mansion. We didn't find all 32 secret doors & 32 bathrooms, but it was amazing to see the many items displayed throughout the rooms. The rooms were wonderful and I can just imagine spending the night in one. It would be like a make believe night. We will definetly be returning to explore more. — ”


Angela - Showstoppers Guest on May 22, 2013 said:

“We had an awesome time at the Mansion! It was our first time there, my first drag show, and my husband's second time at a drag show. We had a blast! The emcee was throwing massive amounts of shade, but rightfully so because she WORKED IT! If you decide to go to Showstoppers, bring some bills. We felt so terrible that we didn't have any cash on us, but we plan to go back soon! My mom will be getting divorced sometime this year and I am definitely taking her to Showstoppers to celebrate! — ”


Kelly - Showstoppers Guest on May 22, 2013 said:

“The Museum is amazing...I can't wait to go back and explore more!! The show was phenomenal!!! The performers were engaging and extremely entertaining, their performances stellar!! The audience participation was something pleasantly unexpected and enjoyable. I'm telling all my friends about my experience and already planning my next visit! Thank you for a tremendously memorable evening!!! — ”


Potts, (Ms.) Jamese on May 21, 2013 said:

“I really enjoyed the show, the performers, and the atmosphere. I would definitely come back and recommend it to everyone to come to the O Mansion :) — ”


Nydea - Social Tour Guest on May 21, 2013 said:

“Shawn the bartender was super cool and very informative. We very much enjoyed walking around the mansion - champagne in hand: what a neat little adventure nestled in the heart of Dupont Circle! — ”


Social Tour guest on May 21, 2013 said:

“The Mansion is beautiful. We had a 2 hour self guided tour that lasted about 4 to 5 hours. There is sooooooo much to see in there and so many beautiful things to buy. Thank you for a great time. — ”


Lewis, (Ms.) Kischia on May 21, 2013 said:

“I loved the show and it was my first time at a drag show!!!!!! — ”


Toler, Tanikka on May 21, 2013 said:

“The show was great and lots of fun! The staff was very welcoming and helpful. Overall, I had an amazing 1st experience :) — ”


Tea guest on May 21, 2013 said:

“Afternoon tea with my friends was wonderful! The tea was delicious and the desserts were wonderful! Definitely going to return to the mansion! — ”


Bissiere-Grote Self-Guided Tour guest on May 20, 2013 said:

“It was a wonderfully eclectic museum, and we had a great time trying on all of the funky hats! — ”


Frey Self-Guided Tour guest on May 20, 2013 said:

“My second visit to the mansion... I loved it so much the first time, I decided to bring my 12-year old daughter with me the second time. She enjoyed exploring and also finding new things I had never seen. The unique guitars throughout the mansion were one of her favorite items. Thanks for another fabulous time and we will see you again soon! — ”


Maia Johnson - Showstoppers Guest on May 19, 2013 said:

“First off, I would just like to thank you for making the night truly memorable. One of my friends who came with me is one of the hardest people to embarrass/throw out of their comfort zone. You all managed to do that and it was the highlight of my night. I will definitely becoming back to check out all the hidden doors and explore the Mansion! — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 17, 2013 said:

“I bought tickets to this show as something fun to do to cheer up my friend going through a tough divorce. The show did not disappoint! We had never been to anything like this and it was one of the most fun things I have ever done. We are already planning our next trip in to DC to see a future show! — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 17, 2013 said:

“Thank the sweet baby Jesus for the Living Social offer that introduced me to the Showstoppers at the Mansion on O! My friends and I went to the show last evening and had a great time. The performers were excellent, the staff friendly, and the venue kitschy. My night at the Mansion was, hands down, the most fun I have had in D.C. in a while. And Annie Lennox with her riding crop? ME-OW! — ”


Ives, (Mrs.) Lindsay on May 16, 2013 said:

“The Mansion is so much more than you'd expect when walking in. With a plethora of artifacts to look through and so many rooms to explore, the atmosphere is excitingly overwhelming. It doesn't matter how many times you go, there is always something new to see and experience.Lindsay Ives — ”


Reyes, (Ms.) Ana on May 15, 2013 said:

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Showstoppers guest on May 15, 2013 said:

“We had a wonderful time and the food was excellent. I'd love to come again and bring my other friends for an evening of total fun! — ”


Treasure Hunt Guest on May 14, 2013 said:

“Wonderful, as ever. It is also impressive to see our hosts both there and working so hard on Mother's Day, as they have been on our last visits. Thank you for your creativity and dedication. — ”


Scott, (Ms.) Ivy on May 14, 2013 said:

“I absolutely LOVE this show, it was my second time attending. I brought my mom and grandmother and they thought it was one of the best shows ever. I will definitely be back. If you're looking for beautiful ambiance and a talented group of FABULOUS ladies, I highly recommend Showstoppers at Mansion on O! — ”


Social Tour guest on May 13, 2013 said:

“Great fun---even though we were not very good sleuths. We only found 4 hidden doors---guess we will have to come back....LG — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 12, 2013 said:

“The Mansion was amazing! The staff was nice — ”


Showstoppers Guest on May 11, 2013 said:

“The Drag Show was fabulous. The hostess was extremely good and talented. I planned the event for 13 co-workers and we ALL enjoyed it. Well done :) — ”


Carole Plato - Showstoppers Guest on May 11, 2013 said:

“Well done and a lot of fun. Hugs to Monet for being such a beautiful MC and an inspiration to everyone for her openess and courage. She is a class act as were the other performers. Kudos to the staff for a welcoming experience, awesome bartender and the food was terrific. Oh yeah, the mansion was pretty nice too (-:) Actually quite beautiful and an awesome space to explore. The John Lennon room was breathtaking. We'll be back again! — ”


Cunningham, (Ms.) Charlene on May 10, 2013 said:

“First visit to the Mansion and it was AMAZING! We enjoyed the Showstoppers show and the added "treasure hunt"! Our group of 4 had a blast searching through the rooms and exploring the many hidden passage ways. Your staff members were very polite as we searched and everyone we came upon greeted us warming. I will definitely recommend a visit to anyone in the area or visiting and I will be back on my next visit to DC. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience. — ”


Michael - Hotel Guest on May 10, 2013 said:

“It was such a joy to be back at The Mansion. I really love staying with you. Good for the soul — ”


Caroline Tipping on May 10, 2013 said:

“Saturday was a huge success. Everyone had a fantastic time and were really blown away with the room and mansion itself and to each little detail, especially the super blow pops! — ”


Van Pelt, (Mrs.) Jamie on May 10, 2013 said:

“AMAZING! — ”


American Dental Education Association guest on May 8, 2013 said:

“We had a great time celebrating a special event at the Mansion. Not only was the food great, we had a room to ourselves to enjoy the company and plenty to look at! There was never a dull moment. The staff took very good care of us and made sure we had a blast. — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 8, 2013 said:

“Fabulous. What a wonderful place to explore!!!!I could spend hours just reading all of the book titles!!! — ”


Purnell, (Ms.) Julie on May 8, 2013 said:

“We had the best time. — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 7, 2013 said:

“The mansion, drag show and staff are fun, funn-er and great! — ”


Clark, Charlemae on May 7, 2013 said:

“I had a great experience at the O Mansion. The show was fun and amazing. I'll definitely be back to discover all the hidden rooms and stop by for another performance. — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 7, 2013 said:

“We were there for a birthday and it was fantastic! We were surprised at how good the food was and how plentiful. As always the mansion itself is a joy. We will be back for sure. I loved speaking with Tracey and learning more about the mansion.Thank you for a great evening. — ”


Harris, (Ms.) Holly (Holly) on May 6, 2013 said:

“The Mansion is always a magical place for us and this visit was no exception! My fiance and I had a wonderful late breakfast with delicious food and champagne. We were honored by the attentive service, intrigued by the massively whimsical decor and treatments, and entertained by all of the festivities (live blue grass on one floor, fabulous hats and boas on another, so much to experience throughout!)...fantastic atmosphere made all the more fulfilling by the treasure hunt we embarked on after our meal (no matter what my fiance says, I won!). We also really enjoyed the opportunity to share our own creativity with the Mansion on the Treasure Hunt program. We left feeling so happy and with no idea what time it might be...Thank you again for a perfect day! — ”


Esher Self-Guided Tour guest on May 6, 2013 said:

“LOVE the O Mansion and love introducing friends to it, as well. — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 3, 2013 said:

“Awesome! I will be back when I have more time to get LOST! — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 3, 2013 said:

“We had an awesome time! Thank you. — ”


Showstoppers guest on May 3, 2013 said:

“Everything was great. I enjoyed the show it was truly a show stopper. — ”


guest on May 3, 2013 said:

“staff was great, friendly, low stress. i only met eric by name, but everyone was fantastic. i had the privacy i needed and the atmoshpere suited me. i was in the safari room, checked out a little late, and (no problem!). i ran out, forgot the key in my pocket, called in, and was told, 'no sweat' just get it here. i dropped it in the mail and i will follow up to make sure it arrived safely. i would like never to stay anywhere else again. you spoiled me. oh, and did i mention the show? and the hotel it self? it was an experience from start to finish. — ”


Turner, Crystal on Apr 30, 2013 said:

“I thought the DIVAS were fabolous. They definitely put on a great show and the Mansion on O street is amazing. I would love to come back and tour the mansion again. Apparently, I missed the last floor as well as the 5th floor. — ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 30, 2013 said:

“Everything was fantastic. From the food to the show! Loved roaming around the huge house with my friends. — ”


Long, (Mrs.) Lori on Apr 30, 2013 said:

“It was fantastic! Loved the drag show. — ”


Heymann, (Ms.) Terri on Apr 29, 2013 said:

“It was fantastic, I've never seen anything like it. Everyone should experience this lovely mansion at least once. Can't stop talking about it! — ”


Caulkins, (Mrs.) Anna Marie on Apr 29, 2013 said:

“We had a grand time poking about your huge establishment!! We only found 3 secret doors that we could actually go through but thoroughly enjoyed the hunt and looking at the decor of the rooms and all the stuff! — ”


Social Tour guest on Apr 28, 2013 said:

“Enjoyed the hunt for the secret doors. It was very interesting to look at all the memorabilia and furniture. Definitely an original! — ”


Social Tour guest on Apr 28, 2013 said:

“It was a very unique and fun place to visit, thanks to all the staff for making our champagne tour fantastic!! — ”


Morton, (Ms.) Joyce on Apr 26, 2013 said:

“I loved the Mansion's self guided tour. I couldn't wait to share my experience with my friends. I will visit again with some friends. My pictures came out great!!Thanks for the experience !!! — ”


Polinger, (Mr.) Charles on Apr 26, 2013 said:

“Very unusual tour, with so many fascinating items to see. I enjoyed seeing the designs of the different guest rooms. So many guitars signed by famous musicians! — ”


Poppe, (Mrs.) Denise on Apr 25, 2013 said:

“We had a lovely time touring the Mansion. It was exciting to find 10 hidden doors, and see so many unusual and beautiful things. Thank you for a fun adventure!!Fondly,Denise Poppe — ”


Tea guest on Apr 22, 2013 said:

“The dessert tea was lovely. So many delightful items to chose from. Too bad there are too many to have one of each. The service was excellent. And I discovered a place I had not seen on my first visit to the mansion, the wine cellar! — ”


Social Tour guest on Apr 22, 2013 said:

“It was great. Really cool. I wish I had found more secret passages. — ”


guest on Apr 19, 2013 said:

“A glimmering gem hidden deep in the heart of Washington! —”


guest on Apr 17, 2013 said:

“We had a great experience and will continue to recommend you to all of our friends. Thank you for helping us celebrate 12 years together! — ”


Barbara Tozzi - Hotel Guest on Apr 16, 2013 said:

“Everything was as one comes to expect-great. We were in the suite through a secret door and felt as though we were in our private home with people to wait on us. The food was great also. I can't think of anything I would change. ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 16, 2013 said:

“The ladies were absolutely amazing - beautiful, tons of fun, and talented! My friends and I had a great time! ”


Mimi - Social Tour Guest on Apr 16, 2013 said:

“We had a WONDERFUL experience. We will return for the tea or dinner or something! ”


Social Tour Guest on Apr 16, 2013 said:

“What an interesting gem in DC! I've lived around the corner for years and never knew the Mansion existed! Would recommend this to all my friends - in fact, WILL recommend to all my friends! ”


Rivers, (Ms.) Tracy on Apr 16, 2013 said:

“I had an awesome time. The show was amazing. I would definitely come again. — ”


Don - Mansion Member on Apr 15, 2013 said:

“The Mansion is such an Oasis of fun and enjoyment in Washington and there is nothing like it that I know of in the World. H and Ted are so blessed with their dedication and hard work to keep the Mansion every bit as good if not better than it was when I had my first thrill of experiencing the Mansion about 15 years ago. ”


Ann Marie - Sunday Champagne Brunch Guest on Apr 15, 2013 said:

“We just got back from a most fabulous Sunday brunch, the food was fabulous but only matched by the staff who were just as excited and enthusiastic as we were to be there however there is one other person that made our travels through your amazing home even more memorable and his name was 'Don', he is a member. He lives in Vienna and loves Peter Max art, he took us through the mansion and showed us hidden doors and little wonderful things about each of the rooms, we even went through the kitchen to the wine cellar and it was all just amazing. Thanks again for a wonderful day, can't wait to come back. ”


Cynthia Larkins - Easter Brunch Guest on Apr 15, 2013 said:

“I truly found the O Mansion intriguing, interesting and a pleasant experience. I pray I get another opportunity to come again. Thank you for keeping the nostalgia alive. ”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 15, 2013 said:

“Fun, adventurous, thought provoking....great way to spend a date and transport yourself to a private exciting world. Love, love, loved it! ”


Social Tour guest on Apr 15, 2013 said:

“a hidden gem in DC! ”


Intino, (Ms.) Kim on Apr 11, 2013 said:

“My friends and I had a wonderful time! The performers were so engaging and fun. We will be back! ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 10, 2013 said:

“I thought everyone was great. Very enthusiastic and very engaging with the entire audience. Very good at being raunchy but not tasteless. I thought the Q&A about living as a transgender and about impersonating a female was also really interesting. The host was much nicer than I would have been when asked very personal questions about her individual journey to where she is now. ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 10, 2013 said:

“I had the best time of my life. The back of my ears hurt so bad from laughing, smiling, singing and enjoying myself I will come back again and again. As I was called a double virgin so as a virgin this was the best 1st time experience ever! GREAT JOB and I love the mansion with awesome rooms and secret doors! You get a 10+ from me. ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 9, 2013 said:

“Can't tell you how much fun we had at the show; from the searching of the secret doors and rooms throughout the mansion, the friendly staff, great food, and most of all the fantastic show the girls put on! Everyone was super friendly and sweet to talk with after the show! Great night out! ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 9, 2013 said:

“The Drag Show was so much fun! It was lively, engaging, & very entertaining. Absolutely LOVED exploring the gorgeous mansion! ”


Meyer, (Ms.) Kathy on Apr 9, 2013 said:

“The O Mansion is such a fun place. The staff are all so welcoming and the Divas are phenomenal. This was my second time and I still haven't really explored the place to find the secret doors. Next time I'm wearing flats so I can roam the entire place. Kudos to to the chef because the salads were excellent and the desserts that I had were quite tasty. The eggplant was probably the best I have ever had ... would love to get the recipe. Thank you for a delightful evening. I will be back. ”


Suchocki Numerology Tour guest on Apr 6, 2013 said:

“It was a unique experience. I liked how we were able to tour and explore at our own pace. Finding the secret doors was fun, I can't wait to come back to find a few more! ”


De Freitas, (Mrs.) Colleen on Apr 5, 2013 said:

“My visit to the Mansion was another wonderful experience. My guests from the United Kingdom were charmed: the log cabin, the hidden doors, the wine cellar, etc., etc. We enjoyed the gastronomic experience, and for me the bread was simply the best.I look forward to return visits with my friends. ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 5, 2013 said:

“Tina turner and Reba were excellent! Very entertaining. Will be back for sure. ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 5, 2013 said:

“We had a GREAT time! Talk about entertainment. We recommend everybody should experience this at least once in their life time. We will definitely be going again. ”


Eastman, (Ms.) Kelsi on Apr 5, 2013 said:

“This was one of the best evenings I have had in a while!!!!!! We will DEFINATELY be back! :) ”


Showstoppers guest on Apr 5, 2013 said:

“The experience I had at the Mansion was AMAZING! Never seen anything like it. The rooms was different and very cultural. The entertainment was VERY entertaining. No, I didn't find a secret door, guess I have to come back and find at least one. ”


Martinson, (Mr.) John on Apr 4, 2013 said:

“Easter Brunch 2013 at The Mansion was outstanding! We are vegetarian and were very satisfied with the offering. The staff was professional without being stuffy. It felt like we were being served by family! Our kids (ages 10 and 12) had a ball on the treasure hunt and, admittedly, my wife and I too! Bravo!”


Bannister, (Dr.) Sharon on Apr 1, 2013 said:

“What a fun Easter! Next time we need to plan more time. My favorite secret door was in the kitchen...love the wine cellar room!”


Tony - Showstoppers Guest on Apr 1, 2013 said:

“The Mansion is so fun. Incredible food and staff. It is such a unique experience. I will absolutely go back, I am looking forward to exploring The Mansion and looking for secret doors.”


Banick, (Mr.) David on Apr 1, 2013 said:

“The tour of the Mansion on O Street was really fun and interesting...a great way to spend about an hour-and-a-half on a Saturday afternoon. The rooms are completely over-the-top in decor, kitsch, and tchotch. There are many secret doors to try to find that will take you from one room to the next (we found only about a third of them). The complimentary glass of champagne is a nice touch and you can purchase additional ones for $5 each, if you can find your way back to the bar!”


Lifshen, Michele on Mar 31, 2013 said:

“It was really fun to tour the house yesterday! We enjoyed sipping our champagne as we gamely searched for secret doors and admired the eclectic collections. The staff was so friendly and helpful and we also loved meeting and chatting with H. Looking forward to bringing our girls for Mother's Day tea! Thanks again for a really special experience! - Michele Lifshen and Christopher Odum”


Social Tour guest on Mar 30, 2013 said:

“This was so much fun, who knew there was a log cabin housed in a row house in the middle of D.C.? The one thing I would have liked was a map/floor plan, but I guess that'd give away some of the fun of finding the hidden passageways. My friend and I found several. I'd recommend the Mansion to anyone, especially those who have already seen the major tourist spots and want to spend their day doing something completely different.”


guest on Mar 28, 2013 said:

“I had a wonderful stay at the O Mansion. My room was lovely and the staff was wonderful and helpful!”


Tucker, (Ms.) Monique on Mar 23, 2013 said:

“The mansion was AMAZING!!! Over 100 rooms each with a very unique decor. Secret rooms hidden behind shelves, mirrors and portraits. Something to ooh and ahh about at every turn. The show was AWESOME!!! The entertainers really gave their all to please the audience. I would definitely go again.”


Social Tour guest on Mar 22, 2013 said:

“We LOVED our visit! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the mansion was fascinating. I can't believe I have lived in DC for over 20 years and this was my first visit! We were there for about 2 hours and could have easily stayed longer. My 2 nieces were completely focused on finding as many secret doors as possible. We enjoyed the champagne and the fact that we were free to roam the mansion at our own pace. There were many items I want to buy, so I plan to go back soon with my husband to decide on a couple of prints/paintings.”


Brunch guest on Mar 18, 2013 said:

“I was there on March 17th for a birthday brunch and the food was delicious! The staff truly has a personal touch that makes you feel very special. I ordered a special birthday key lime pie that was beautiful and tasted wonderful. I understand that the pastry chef is one of the top 10 in the country. I also ordered the 4 floor treasure hunt that is totally worth it! All four of us had fun trying to find the secret doors and other items on the list - the Mansion makes it's worth the search. Everything in the mansion is for sale so have fun trying to find that special something. Every room is different and many guest rooms that aren't booked are open so you can see the different themes in each room. We enjoyed it so much we are already planning a second visit.”


New Member on Mar 18, 2013 said:

“i enjoy the eclectic nature of the surroundings at the mansion on o st. i also like its philosophy. what particularly resonated with me was during the tour, the person told me "normal is not the way we doing things around here." i would like to become a member because i think music and art deserve a much more prominent place in all of our lives. and corporate complacency needs to become less of a part of our lives. i think to be truly successful, a person needs a balance of close family, strong friends, personal integrity, and a smidgen or more of quirkiness. plus an appreciation for good food and drink.”


Hotel Guest on Mar 18, 2013 said:

“Little Things that Mean a Lot My little man took a leap of faith in trusting me when I suggested a change of scenery might (always) be a good thing. He was locked into his world ... Rough scene for his early age over the past many years between his dad's struggles and Me leaving and his beloved cousin, dying ...amidst The Divorce and ... Wow... How does/can one so young and heartfelt deal ... And let's just add The Bullying to boot. But he anted up and said Yes to my request. Small Victories are The Hardest won, I think. And in this case The Most Important. He came to The Mansion with his fragile sense of self and yet he played along... Even though everything has been outside of his comfort zone for a good while now. And he won ....small victories but they all add up to So Much... He found secret doors he could open and found some seriously good people he could try to trust ... He came with me ...so fragilely...and now ...a few days later ...the bricks of self esteem are discernible ... I have had the incredible gift of Mansion Magic for a few years now ... If there is any one thing I want to hold onto in my life ... And to impart to my children... It's everything that you, H, have founded and that You and Ted further everyday ... The world you have created and maintain represents every ideal that is right and strong and true. Please share with Blake that he should know , what an incredible thing he just modeled for my son, just by being himself... And incredibly ... By having the generosity of spirit to just be cool with my kid. ... I could not ask for a better role model ... He has started to shine a bit again ... There is nothing more beautiful or precious to me than this ...he's got a bit of his spark back ... I am So Grateful <3”


Showstoppers guest on Mar 15, 2013 said:

“First time at the Mansion and we really enjoyed it! The Mansion was super interesting to walk around (try to find the secret doors) and look at all the stuff!The Showstoppers show was incredible! We had a great time! Definitely recommend!”


Social Tour guest on Mar 12, 2013 said:

“I didn't know what to expect. It was awesome! Everyone was so nice and friendly. I'm sure we missed some of the rooms. We only found a handful of the secret doors because we were too busy trying to look at everything! I would love to come back sometime for tea. What a great place!”


Tea guest on Mar 6, 2013 said:

“What a wonderful Sunday out with friends! We savored the tea and all of the delicious sweets, cheeses and fruit. Lots of creativity exhibited in each and every room. Thank you!”


La Cunza, Carmela on Mar 4, 2013 said:

“Amazing, unique and fun! My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience. We found 5 secret doors, and we're planning to come back to find them all. Get comfortable shoes on, lots of walking to do (and stairwells) . The staff was friendly and helpful.”


Tea guest on Mar 4, 2013 said:

“My friend introduced me to tea at the Mansion, so I took her there as a last girls' outing before she moves to CA. We had a wonderful time - we enjoyed the dessert tea (loved the coco truffle tea!) and then walked around the mansion afterwards. The service was friendly and efficient, the buffet had some lovely cakes and fresh fruit, and they even brought around a delicious gluten-free mousse cake for my gluten-intolerant friend. All in all, it was a really nice afternoon and I plan on bringing other friends to the Mansion. Thank you for a giving us a really nice way to celebrate our friendship!”


Social Tour guest on Mar 3, 2013 said:

“We loved it! We loved having free range to the mansion. Our favorite room was the wine cellar. We would love to come back and discover more secret passages! I think we only found six and we've been told that there are 60+ secret rooms/passages!”


Harris, (Mrs.) Lori on Mar 1, 2013 said:

“My husband and I had a great time at the Mansion. Loved wondering around and finding all the secret places! The staff is amazing and the service was wonderful. The Mansion on O is our new favorite place!!”


Cheston, (Ms.) Michelle on Feb 28, 2013 said:

“We went for the drag show and LOVED it! It was a LOT of fun, and we are no strangers to the drag experience. We also arrived early to tour the mansion and hunt for the secret passageways. We were impressed with ourselves when we located six of these doors, but got a bit deflated later when we learned there were more than 30 of them to discover. This only means we will have to come back! Highlights: The log cabin suite is crazy cool, and we almost didn't want to leave the cozy wine cellar. Thanks for a fun-filled Monday night!”


Social Tour guest on Feb 28, 2013 said:

“Took the self-guided champagne tour. Fascinating place - so much to see - will do it again!”


Moore, Deborah on Feb 22, 2013 said:

“I had a blast ! Everything about the mansion and tour was fascinating and beautiful. I haven't enjoyed something this much in a long time. A true treat that I recommend highly. I will be back!”


Nelson, (Mrs.) Liz Nelson on Feb 18, 2013 said:

“Dear H & Ted, Thank you again for such a wonderful experience .Tom & I enjoyed our Valentines sit down dinner.Your staff was friendly & attentive and made us feel like family.The menu was delectable..,the caviar bar was a exotic starter.....A favorite was the ahi tuna with the creamy braised leeks,....and of course we loved sharing the His & Hers Surf & turf with fingerling potato's ,& asparagus. Our meal was savory & sumptuous but that was just our meal. We love the Mansion,and yes it is magical.You certainly do feel like it is a magical mystery tour...The rooms are filled with eclectic,exotic pieces, such as Art, vintage decor, contemporary decor, Vintage hats of a bygone time,Jewelry, Pewter collections, Movie memorabilia, signed guitars and instruments by famous friends of the mansion....All donated to maintain this gem & to enable a arts in residence program.This wonderful, magical mansion is a museum,a luxury hotel, it has wine cellar with a ancient renaissance flair,a complete log cabin abode within its walls.....And John & Yoko stayed there,as well as many more famous friends,presidents & dignitaries.This is a home of 100 rooms with 32 secret doors that we did not even discover because of the many hours of treasure's we were immersed in. The Mansion On O is our little bit of heaven & we know we will be back again & again & again. Thanks H, Ted & staff for the memories & we hope you were happy with our donations.We will bring more the next time we visit. We know each experience will be unique & heavenly. Fondly, Liz & Tom Nelson”


Social Tour guest on Feb 18, 2013 said:

“What an amazing place, would love to stay for a night or two. Very good experience. We found 11 secret doors. What fun we had just meandering through all the rooms, and seeing the eclectic mix of everything.”


Social Tour guest on Feb 16, 2013 said:

“I need to visit again to find more of the secret doors :)”


SRO: Constanten guest on Feb 12, 2013 said:

“We had a very nice time at O Street Mansion Sunday, Feb 10. We enjoyed the treasure hunt because it "forced" us to wander the many, many rooms and floors, and we especially enjoyed the concert with Tom Constanten, John Kadlecik and Djesben. All the staff we encountered were gracious and helpful, and were rather tolerant of the type of event that night. Very nice! I'd love to do it again! ”


Breakfast guest on Feb 4, 2013 said:

“We loved it! The food, the service, and the treasure hunt!!! We also got the music treat, which was great! We look forward to another visit soon!”


Social Tour guest on Jan 31, 2013 said:

“My mom and I had a blast exploring the mansion! She found a couple items she simply had to purchase, and I loved getting lost in the secret passageways and hidden rooms. What a fun experience!”


Olsen, Donna on Jan 28, 2013 said:

“The food was fantastic (and very plentiful!) service was top-notch and your staff was warm and welcoming. I'd recommend attending a breakfast here to anyone.I did the treasure hunt and it was a total blast. I don't live in DC, but when I return I will definitely do another event here.Thanks so much for the wonderful time.”


Social Tour guest on Jan 23, 2013 said:

“We were looking for a little something different for date-night, and took a chance on The Mansion at O. We went from never having heard of the Mansion, to spreading the word of how amazing our experience was to all of our family and friends! We thoroughly enjoyed touring the Mansion and browsing through all of the collectibles and histories that fill it's many rooms and passages. We can't wait to come back and count secret doors next time - we had too much fun to pay attention this time around!”


LaVerne Palmer on Jan 15, 2013 said:

“I want to thank you again for hosting our group's Christmas dinner party. It was wonderful! The Mansion is quite enchanting and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves exploring the many rooms and secret doors until our delicious dinner was served. It was so much fun trying on hats and taking pictures in the very special vignettes. Our dinner was a wonderful upgrade from our original selection to sea bass, scallops and beef tenderloin. It was a delightful menu selection that we were told the chef created for our party. Quite a nice surprise! Because I live in Chicago, I took advantage a few days later and brought my family and their friends along for the adventure. What a pleasure the concert was! I will remember the Mansion in the future if I ever have an opportunity to host a party in (but not really in) Washington, DC. ”


Salazar, Oxana on Jan 14, 2013 said:

“The staff was really nice, friendly and helpful. It's great that the public can visit such a unique interesting space. The secret doors were the highlight of course.”


Flowers, (Mrs.) Vivian on Jan 14, 2013 said:

“I loved the tour , everything was absolutely awesome. I am a book lover, I was so surprised to see so many books, I was even more surprised to find out they could be purchased. I brought a few, next time I will buy more, and oh yes I will come back again.”


The Heritage Foundation guest on Jan 9, 2013 said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have our event at the Mansion on O Street. Every single staff member was friendly and helpful, and they made our event go smoothly. It was also a real treat to meet H and have her start our treasure hunt for us. The Mansion itself is amazing and I could spend hours in there exploring (and I plan on coming back to do so!). Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. Everything from start to finish was great. Our team has a dinner every year and this was the best year yet thanks to everyone at the Mansion! In summary: delicious food, friendly staff, wonderful environment.Thank you!”


Lion, Annie on Jan 8, 2013 said:

“We were blown away with this wondrous place! No improvements needed. We were so awestruck we never did the treasure hunt. Will go back ASAP.Thanks for stretching my mind! ”


Rosehart, (Ms.) Angela on Jan 7, 2013 said:

“My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Mansion, on the Champagne Self-Guided Tour. We felt like we were in the movie Clue, with all the secret doors! We had such a great time and would love to go again! ”


K. Carnes on Jan 7, 2013 said:

“We had THE BEST time on Friday night! Your staff were all so helpful and friendly! Tony took really good care of our room and Leslie gave a tour to some of the guests who lauded it as the highlight of their night. Thanks so much for all you and your staff did to make the night special...it was really a birthday to remember!”


Social Tour guest on Jan 7, 2013 said:

“Wonderful time! Grew up and lived in the DC area for 23 years and never knew of the Mansion until I moved away and came back as a tourist! Have already started telling all of my friends and family about this cool place.”


Elena - Wedding Guest on Jan 2, 2013 said:

“Thank You for a wonderful evening that you helped us organize to celebrate our marriage! It was truly a beautiful and memorable event and we and our guests enjoyed it very much. I received many comments how great the menu and the food were and how unique the Mansion was. Several guests said that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to! And we have you to thank for it!”


Ricci, (Mrs.) Maryjo - Dessert Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2012 said:

“Everyone had a wonderful time. We all enjoyed the cakes and cheeses, and the decor was wonderful. The tour of the house was fantastic.Thank you for a memorable day.”


Dec Tea guest on Dec 26, 2012 said:

“The tea at O Mansion was a wedding gift to us -- such a unique idea! It was a grey, chilly afternoon, and the Mansion was the perfect place to have tea and experience the delights of the maze of rooms. The cakes were lovely -- yummy tiramisu.”


Sunday Lunch Guest on Dec 24, 2012 said:

“What a fun place! And what a fine time. Loved all the decorations, the items for sale, the artwork, and the food. The lamb was especially good. It was such fun just to walk through the mansion and try to take in as much as possible. It will take several more visits to feel as though I've done the place justice. Loved the embellished guitars. What wonderful works of art. The Mansion on O Street is a well-kept secret, but now I've told several friends about it, and I look forward to returning.”


Dec Sunday Lunch guest on Dec 24, 2012 said:

“What a fun place! And what a fine time. Loved all the decorations, the items for sale, the artwork, and the food. The lamb was especially good. It was such fun just to walk through the mansion and try to take in as much as possible. It will take several more visits to feel as though I've done the place justice. Loved the embellished guitars. What wonderful works of art.The Mansion on O Street is a well-kept secret, but now I've told several friends about it, and I look forward to returning.”


Kathy Millier - Sunday Brunch Guest on Dec 24, 2012 said:

“My friend and I went to brunch at the Mansion on O street today. It was fabulous. The food was magnificent with offerings such as beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, roasted leg of lamb, sea bass and made-to-order omelets and all the sides you could want. The service was attentive refilling glasses and clearing plates just in time all the time. Beyond the amazing food, the wonderful environment and the fascinating self guided tour of this fascinating mansion was out of this world. This is a "must" outing in Washington, DC.”


Marriott, (Ms.) Tamara on Dec 22, 2012 said:

“The mansion was more then what I expected. There are so many rooms to explore. A lot of rooms had guests so didn't get a chance to explore all the rooms. I think I only found 5 secret doors so there is still so much more to return for. My favorite room was the wine cellar. I sat in there for about 30 minutes thinking of all the great parties that could be had in there.”


Melissa - National Multi Housing Council Private Party on Dec 21, 2012 said:

“Our event was a great success and exceeded all of our expectations. The food was amazing (everyone loved the chateaubriand in particular), the staff so nice and it was the perfect atmosphere. Our guests had a great time touring the mansion! Everyone enjoyed the party. Thank you for your help coordinating!”


Zemphria Baskin - December Tea Guest on Dec 18, 2012 said:

“Enjoyable experience, Dessert Tea for six (3 mothers and 3 daughters). A unique adventure exploring the mansion after an impressive dessert buffet with incredibile pastries, cheeses & fruit. We never did find all the secret doors! Would recommend it for any special occasion.”


Williams, (Mr.) David on Nov 27, 2012 said:

“We had a great time. The food was wonderful and the treasure hunt was a blast for my girls, my husband and me. The buffet room was a little crowded but I guess that is the price you pay for having 50 (or something like that) dessert options.”


guest on Nov 19, 2012 said:

“The mansion is gorgeous..my room was extremely clean and had some amazing memories..the books are an added bonus of intelligence that is seen throughout the whole mansion. My room was behind a mirror and hidden..the amnesia room is filled with guitars signed by rock stars, and the whole house has something for everybody. Their sunday brunch is wonderfully done and will return for that indefinetly! ”


Bebee Treasure Hunt Tour guest on Nov 19, 2012 said:

“The treasure hunt was amazingly fun.”


Holly H. - Bride To Be on Nov 15, 2012 said:

“It does my heart good to read what you've written about your own vision and mandate- and these words rang equally true when we met H and T at the Mansion last saturday. When I think about where life will take me, I know that it must be to places where I can help others in some way- where I can repay the debt of gratitude I feel toward the many kind souls who helped me make it through the tough times. My fiance, Michael and I SO want to make it official by getting married at the O Street Mansion, having a ridiculously wonderful time celebrating our love and the people we think are fabulous in our lives, and then hiding away together behind a secret door :)”


guest on Nov 12, 2012 said:

“Really enjoyed our stay and loved exploring the house, checking out all of the different rooms, decor, music, hidden doors, guitars, and other fun and unique furnishings. We were in the mood for something different from the usual hotels and this certainly fit the bill. Thanks!”


Anderson Self-Guided Tour guest on Nov 2, 2012 said:

“It was so much fun! I went with my boyfriend and we found about 10 doors. I do think it's a little lame that there are some doors that are secret, but that you can't go through.Thanks again for the fun, i'm sure we'll be back.”


Tea guest on Oct 26, 2012 said:

“The desserts were abundant and absolutely divine. The tea was fantastic as well and the atmosphere felt like something out of Alice in Wonderland. The log cabin room was very cool and my friend and I also enjoyed the pool table room. We had fun playing tunes on the jukebox. Definitely a great place for a special occasion and the house was so much fun to explore. ”


Tea guest on Oct 23, 2012 said:

“The desserts were abundant and absolutely divine. The tea was fantastic as well and the atmosphere felt like something out of Alice in Wonderland. The log cabin room was very cool and my friend and I also enjoyed the pool table room. We had fun playing tunes on the jukebox. Definitely a great place for a special occasion and the house was so much fun to explore. ”


Dr. Freddie Cross - Showstoppers Show on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“The entire experience was fabulous! We went on the treasure hunt and I'm glad we did. It encouraged us to focus more than we otherwise would have on all the oddiies that are in the house. We only found abound three or four of the secret doors but we did rather well on finding the treasure hunt items. The guest rooms were amazing especially the bathrooms. I'm going to come back and stay one night and do the treasure hunt again so I can find the elusive items we missed! The drag show was beyond my expectations. I had never been to one and will definitely go another. The staff was top notch. Everyone was intent on making sure the guests had a great time. I'm sorry the evening ended and I can't wait to go back.”


Treasure Hunt Tour Guest on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“Loved doing the treasure hunt .. very different hotel. the tour was a great gift for my sister who is very familiar with DC ..but had never been here.”


Fields Family and Dr. Ahern - Sunday Breakfast on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“The secret rooms were grand ,the fruit,waffles and omelets exceptionsl.Great to see the guitar signed by Janis Joplin and the John Lennon suite.A must see for Sunday breakfast”


Sugar Tour Guest on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“We had a great time! The treats were lovely and it was a blast getting lost in the mansion and finding the secret doors. There were so many interesting things to see. Just a unique experience - something fun and new to do.”


O'Kids Playdate on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“Our visit was lots of fun. We didn't plan to allow enough time so we want to come back to keep looking for the secret doors. It was a very unique experience!”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“Thoroughly enjoyed it as did the boys, ages 8 and 11. Not sure we found all the secret doors but they sure had fun trying!”


Laura Chapman — Illusions Guest on Sep 14, 2012 said:

“I had a great time and will most definitely return for a show, tour and shopping. Tina Turner rocked the mansion!!”


O'Kids Playdate Guest on Aug 29, 2012 said:

“We came as a family, and our 6 and 8 year olds loved everything the mansion had to offer. We did the treasure hunt after searching for secret passageways, and they even had fun going back through the same rooms to find cool items they hadn't noticed before (as did my husband and I). The employees were so very sweet and extremely curteous. They seemed as excited to tell us about it as we were to learn! And our favorite part about the mansion was the lack of traffic. Many locals know the dreadful tourist season, known as summer, when all the other DC museums are packed full to the brim with people. While we ran into a few people at the O Museum, it was never crowded and were able to say hi and share secret passageways info with passerbys and didn't feel overwhelmed. I told all my friends with older children that if you want something to do during the summer months without the overload of people, this is the place. Not only do the kids learns something new, but it is so much fun for them to think outside the box while trying to find passageways! And again, the parents will love it at the same time, and for different reasons, like seeing all the musicians that have stayed there, by reading the multiple signed guitars, that it's an all around win win!”


Jill Price — O'Kids Playdate on Aug 29, 2012 said:

“My 8 year old son had a great time hunting for hidden doors and hidden treasures! He can not wait to go back and look for secret doors! Thank you for such a great experience!”


O'Kids Playdate Guest on Aug 21, 2012 said:

“Visiting the mansion was truly a unique experience. There is so much to see and explore. The architecture, furnishings and fittings are fascinating, and the bathrooms are by turn whimsical, luxurious, or inventive. The two children (11 and 12 years old) loved looking for the hidden doors, and they found about 6! We all felt we were lost several times and were never sure we saw every room. It was so much fun, and we were frequently calling to others to "come see this." However, the old (grandparents) legs had enough after the first exploration. We all enjoyed the delicious cookies, but didn't have the energy to go through the mansions again to complete the treasure hunt.”


O'Kids Playdate on Aug 21, 2012 said:

“Awesome place to visit and even more fun to stay. It's like being inside a video game trying to find the secret way through the passages.”


Lloyd W. McChesney — Sunday Breakfast on Aug 21, 2012 said:

“I love the mansion. Ted and H always make us feel like it's our home away from home. For a few of our guests it was their first visit but it won't be the last. The O Mansion is the best kept secret in Washington, D.C. Thanks for all you do!”


Barbara Wallace - Self Guided Tour on Aug 21, 2012 said:

“Always intriguing! I think we found at least 11 of the secret doors. We has lots of fun looking at the eclectic decorations and other items, trying on hats, and even bought a few things to take home with us. What a fun adventure!”


Museum Guest — Sugar Tour on Aug 14, 2012 said:

“At first i was worried walking up to a brownstone in dupont, i thought this "mansion" tour was a bit embellished. However, you learn that they have many brownstones which are interconnected. I thought my self-guided tour was a lot of fun. i did wonder how many secret doors were hiding in rooms that guests were staying in as I didn't keep count of those that my party found. my favorite part was the wine cellar :)”


Gloria Canter — Sugar Tour on Aug 14, 2012 said:

“I have been there several times but this time I took a friend that had never been there. They loved it, but we missed going into the kitchen to find another secret.”


Tereza Jenkins — Showstoppers Drag Show on Aug 14, 2012 said:

“The all you can eat salad bar was awesome, not super big but the food was very tasty and filling! The salad bar layout was very classy and appealing. Loved the egg plant with the sweet sauce! The mansion was very nice, we didn't get to see all of it, and only found 2 of the 60 + secret doors, more reason to return! The drag show was very entertaining, the boys put on quite a show. The only down side and I hope the only time it happens is that the show was 40 minutes late in starting. The valet parking was excellent and fast, no waiting! P.S. love the hats! Kudos to all, job well done!”


Tour Guest — O'Kids Playdate on Aug 14, 2012 said:

“hello! I brought my nephew and niece (ages 9 and 5) for a fun adventure that was something different, and that's exactly what we got!! we all had a great time with the Treasure hunt! There are so many details to absorb throughout the mansion. We found only couple doors on our own, and a few with a little assistance. I would like to come back without the kids sometime to really search for more doors!!! thank you!”


Showstoppers Drag Show Guest on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“Loved the show. loved the self-guided tour. Got lost a couple of times, but found my way. My friend and I joind some other guests and had an absolute blast. I never had so much fun! The salad bar and the desrt bars are fantastic, even though at the end I couldn't eat a single piece of that scrumptious desert...well, we got all nicely hammered - reasonably :) and had so much fun molesting all your drag queens they had to restrain some of us :)”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“The O Street Mansion was a really fun, interesting and unique experience. After doing all of the museums and tourist attractions in the city, my friends and I were looking for something different to do. We did the self guided tour of the mansion and explored on our own. The people at the Mansion were friendly and the atmosphere was exciting and mysterious. I got to feel like Nancy Drew, searching through an old mansion, looking for secret rooms and hidden trap doors. I had a really great time and my friend and I plan on coming back. We want to find all of those secret rooms!As for the mansion being dirty, I didn't see it that way. There was stuff everywhere, sure, but that made it a more unique experience. If it was just like any old mansion then there would be no attraction. All in all, if you are looking for something really REALLY different to do, try the O Street Mansion.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“I loved exploring the mansion at my leisure. It was so much fun discovering the secret doors and all the little treasures. The rooms were incredible!! The themes were beautifully done, and it was amazing to walk into such unique spaces at every turn.”


Treasure Hunt Tour on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“My boyfriend and I had a great time at the O Mansion! We had no idea what to expect so went in with an open mind. We had a reservation for a treasure hunt tour and had a blast looking for the items and searching for hidden doors. We will definitely return and will recommend to friends and family.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“Our family had a wonderful time touring the mansion. We really appreciated the unique items on display and it was great that it was kid friendly as well. We definitely think it is one of Washington's best kept secrets.”


Treasure Hunt Tour on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“We had a wonderful time! What a unique experience...really enjoyed searching for the secret doors. You have an amazing collection.”


Hector — Long Term Hotel Guest on Jul 16, 2012 said:

“Thank you and your wife again for the friendly hospitality and helping me and my family in this time of transition in our lives. We truly enjoyed our stay at the Mansion and all it had to offer! We will definitely come back and visit the Mansion many times whether for brunch or a show!”


Sylvia Vriesendorp — Hotel Guest on Jun 19, 2012 said:

“Wonderful relaxed place. the scavenger hunt was an amazing experience. I love you leaving the unoccupied rooms open for exploration and, although I didn't get to taste it (would anyone dare?) your chocolate Capitol. the food was also fabulous. It was a great setting for a team retreat.”


Dennis Freezer — Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 19, 2012 said:

“Touring the Mansion is a fascinating experience. I ended up buying one book I found during our search for hidden doors etc., but my wife and I found five hidden doors and thoroughly enjoyed the hunt and the fascinating objects we found throughout the tour.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 19, 2012 said:

“Love the secret doors!”


Mary Meyer — Docent Led Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 19, 2012 said:

“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and find the museum an amazing place! Our tour was unique, fun and totally entertaining. I've already mentioned coming back to my daughter, daughter-in-law, friend and my wonderful granddaughter to enjoy tea.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“We had a fantastic time and are already planning when to come back for brunch and high tea. The hats were wonderful, but we need to find more secret doors...we only found four! LOL”


Secret Door &amp; Sugar Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“What a wonderful and delightful time we had yesterday afternoon! My boys (ages 11 & 13) were thrilled at even the thought of finding secret doors and compartments (they found 10!) and are already asking when we can go back to look for more! We spent hours of quality time as a family looking for doors and we are already planning our return trip!”


Brujita Murillo-Valdez — Treasure Hunt Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“My daughter wishes she had more time for the treasure hunt.”


Mr. John Hatfield — Illusions Show on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“We had a really incredible time. The show was great, and I think I'm still is awe of the 100 or so rooms (no, I don't think I saw all of them). The secret doors and passageways were fun to find (no, I didn't find all of them). We'll be back, with friends, on the last Monday of the month! :) A really enjoyable evening! Thank you!”


Sue Brown — Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“It could not have been better. It is a fun house for adults. esp. loved searching for secret doors.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“The staff were all very helpful and friendly! The mansion was a lot of fun to explore..both looking for secret passageways and admiring the unique rooms and memorabilia! Champagne is always fun too! I forgot to ask if cabinet-type openings count too if they're hidden, or just big door-type passageways?”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“We need to come again! We only found a few secret doors!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I took my mom on a self-guided tour as part of her Mother's Day celebration. We had such an amazing time! The mansion was simply beautiful and out of the 66 doors, I think we only found about 25. We are planning to take the guided tour next time to make sure we are able to see all of the hidden treasures. See you soon!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“love the secret doors and self-tour.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I surprised my sister with the Champagne Tour offered on Living Social and she absolutely loved it! We both did! And....better than average champagne! She is planning on returning in the near future with some out-of-town guests. A reallly fun time!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I loved the tour - I wish we had a map”


Kay O'Brien — Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“My husband and I had a fabulous time at the mansion. We loved the friendly feeling we got upon entering this special place. One could spend hours just wandering and taking it all in. The rooms are all so beautiful with such an eclectic collection of furniture, china, paintings, chandeliers and signed guitars! We were lucky enough to enter a secret doorway and be able to listen in on some of the musicians playing one of my favorite songs! It added an extra piece of enjoyment to our already special visit. We will be sure to return soon!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“We had such a great time on our Champagne Tour! There was not nearly enough time to see every nook and cranny ... let alone the secret doors! We only found about 5 or so before we gave up (this time around!). We can't WAIT to come back and tell all of our friends and family about this hidden treasure in DC!”


Courtney Alford — Illusions Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Wandering through the Mansion for the first time was absolutely magical! After searching for secret doors, exploring, and giving into my childlike curiosity, I realized I'd already found the most important secret door of them all, the front door. I thank you for letting me into your Wonderland. Sincerely, Alice”


Laura Hall on May 28, 2012 said:

“What a great alternative to the usual DC museums. Great fun exploring the rooms. It would have been kind of nice to have a few clues about the secret doors as some really didn't lead anywhere but it was still fun. Prices on things for sale were generally very reasonable. Having some sort of bags or even some newspaper and grocery bags would be helpful for people since a lot of what is for sale is breakable. I probably wouldn't buy anything in there if I hadn't had a vehicle with me with something to wrap my item in, so if you want to encourage sales you should make it more accessible. Other than than it was great fun.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“We had a wonderful time. The staff was extremely friendly, and the mansion itself is amazing. Didn't find more than 8 secret passages, but the place is full of amazing and amusing paraphernalia. The rooms were very tastefully decorated and the bathrooms were awesome! Our two hours passed real quickly.”


Linda Murphy, Champagne Tour Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“We thoroughly enjoyed our champagne and tour of the mansion. The chandeliers were amazing. Each bedroom had it's own personality. The bathrooms were beautiful and unusual. There was so much to see in the mansion. We enjoyed trying on all the hats. We had a lot of fun exploring the mansion with its many secret doors.”


Jim Ryan — Happy Hours on May 10, 2012 said:

“Blown away by the turn out on a Monday for the Drag show, wish I could have stayed to see the performances! As usual my VIP's from Las Vegas were enchanted with touring the mansion”


Maggie Bibb — Medmarc Insurance Group Corporate Event on May 10, 2012 said:

“Medmarc Insurance Group recently held an event at the Mansion which included cocktails, cheese/crackers, desserts and the treasure hunt "Above & Beyond". The desserts were well presented, lovely to look at and absolutely scrumptious. Everyone loved the Mansion and what it had to offer. In fact some people requested more info from me because they plan to take friends and/or family to the Mansion. What a big hit. The staff on duty that evening were very engaging and very customer oriented. They made our visit to the Mansion even more pleasureable. They were the GREATEST!!! The contact that I worked with to schedule the event was Katherine Johnson. Katherine was a pleasure to work with and met my every need in planning the event. Big Kudos to her. Thanks for making our event a truly unforgettable experience.”


Cicero Fain - Champagne Tour on May 10, 2012 said:

“A thoroughly enjoyable time! Wonderful kitsch, memorabilia, photographs, rooms, and art. We enthusiastically shared our experiences with friends that day and will definitely spread the word far and wide. And, will certainly buy gift certificates in the not too distant future. One suggestion: we would've liked a map or list upon completion of the tour to see which hidden doors we had missed!”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“The museum is a refreshing break from typical stuffy DC tourist experiences, and a nice break from the world for that matter!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“I attended the self-guided champagne tour and loved it! Definitely a unique experience that I'd recommend to friends should another groupon/living social deal come along.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“We had great fun this morning. We received the tour as a Christmas present. We would recommend it to anybody!”


Easter Tea Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“Second time. This was a blast, with both an Easter/Alice in Wonderland theme...perfectly adding to the whimsy of the scavenger experience...secret doors, lurking "characters", rabbit holes, OH MY! Brought a friend for her birthday. She was overwhelmed with enchantment. Scrumptous confectionaries and great staff, too! Thank you.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 4, 2012 said:

“The Mansion on O Street was an experience unlike any other I've had. A feast for the senses. My friends and I all enjoyed the tour. I recommend anyone see it at least once.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 29, 2012 said:

“We had a great time! The kids (10 & 12yrs old) had a wonderful time exploring and looking for secret doors. It was a perfect environment to get the imagination running wild. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. The only suggestion I could make would be to have healthier snacks in addition to the candy. Thanks for a great time.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 25, 2012 said:

“Great place for a unique and fun experience. Highly recommended, do the tour or for that matter try a hotel stay. All kinds of unique things to see and explore and in a great area.”


Rose &amp; Dan Lash on Apr 25, 2012 said:

“To Steve, our tour guide, and Ted. our sponsor, we cannot put into words our experience of such wonderment and total enjoyment! We could easily do promo work for you. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!”


Richard Miller — Self-Guided Tour on Apr 24, 2012 said:

“A really neat and interesting tour. So much to see we will have to go back. Personel were very friendly & helpful also.”


Toni Jette — Champagne Tour on Apr 23, 2012 said:

“I had never heard of O Mansion and had not looked it up before going on the tour with a Livingsocial voucher and was very pleasantly surprised!! Four of us went and had a great time looking through doorways, rooms, and looking for secret doors. What interesting items and collections to see and wonder why and how they got there. We did find 4 secret doors and think we missed some. We are not actually sure we saw the whole place! But had fun. The lady that met us and poured our glass of champagne was very pleasant and informative about the mansion.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 15, 2012 said:

“Loved trying to find all the secret doors- although the signs saying "this is a secret door" kind of gave some of them away...Also enjoyed that everything in the mansion was for sale. I would definitely recommend the O Mansion to friends and visiting family.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 13, 2012 said:

“The sugar tour at the Mansion on O was a crazy and wonderful time. We were lucky and found about 10 hidden doors. For people who like sleek, modern, sparse houses, this place may be a bit overwhelming, but it's also like sneaking around your rich, eccentric antiques collecting aunt's house. The neighborhood around the Mansion is beautiful and there are lots of great little eating spots just a street or two over. We had a wonderful time and have already suggested it to our friends who live in DC.”


Tour Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“What a great experience. Thank you for sharing an adventure with us. I will definitely be back for more secret passages and a great atmosphere.”


Sara Brown on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“interesting concept... I think a map with all the secret doors marked would be a great addition to the self-guided tour. I'm not even sure how much of the museum we never saw as we never knew what the layout was. Also, if there was an option for an audio guided tour, I missed that.”


Karen Carrabba on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“We went to the Monday Happy Hour for our anniversary. What a memorable experience! The staff at the O were attentive and helpful yet unobtrusive . The hostess took pictures of us and even picked out several unique handcrafted hats for me to pose in! We plan on going back to search for more secret doors when family comes to visit next week and we are looking into spending a night in one the theme rooms.”


Michelle Birkenstock on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“I could only find 5 secret doors, and two were given to us by the mansion...for the rest of the day, I have been thinking all doors, bookshelves and walls might lead to a secret room. I'm obsessed with find the doors, and am definitely coming back to try and find some more! Love the entire house, and all the kitchy stuff. Now I want to experience everything, brunch, tea, and even sleeping over! Can't believe I grew up in the NOVA area and never heard of the O Mansion! Will definitely bring friends and family and come back to visit!”


Mansion Member on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“I am a legal recruiter at a local law firm and have spent the last 4 1/2 years living in DC. I grew up in Florida and when I moved here is spent the firm few months roaming the city for the next big adventure. But I didn??t discover the Mansion until about a month ago while looking for event space and let me say from the moment I entered the row house I was in awe. I felt like a child as I was given a tour the space discovering new and exciting things. I spend 8 hours a day in an office where my job is to find new ways to recruit students to our firm and to help find a work, life balance with our current employees. That day I walked into the Mansion, my heart smiled because first I was surprised that I didn't know about this hidden treasure, just a few blocks from my office, with its secret passages, themed rooms and décor for sale, and second I felt at ease. It was a weird combination because I was so excited to see the next room but also wanted to take in the room I was currently standing in with its trinkets, books, portraits, guitars and more. I was overwhelmed in a good way! Last summer I planned the first artistic event the firm has done and a group went to a local art studio and painted portraits of the national mall, and for a person who has little to no artistic ability my canvas hangs proudly in my office. The feedback from that event was overwhelming; those who attended were so excited for a new outlet other than the mundane cocktail parties and socials. Also, people weren??t criticizing paintings but instead were giving complaints and tips to those not confident in their work, not the typical feedback in a work environment. A few weeks later we did a cupcake decorating class and the skeptics who attended reported after that there domestic and creative sides really shined thru with mixing flavors and colors and the best part was they could eat their goodies. These two events reminded us that it??s not all about working hard, it??s also about enjoying working together, giving advice outside of the office and remember there is more to thi! s life than the 9 to 5. Being a member of the Mansion would expand upon the types of events and outlets that I could plan to make our firm more fun, relaxed and creative. It would give us the opportunity step out of the box and explore a different side of ourselves, whether thru a planned event, lunch or a much needed mental break from the rigors of the corporate world. Our events help refocus what all this is really about, building a collegial environment that transcends the halls of the office and into our lives.”


Ester Turner on Mar 27, 2012 said:

“What an interesting tour! This mansion is so eclectic and fun with twists and turns. They have no shame in selling everything that you see in a room. While it was fun to venture on our own, it would have been nice if someone was taking you on a tour...at least to lead you to a central location on each floor, let you explore on your own and then regroup for questions & more of a history of that part of the house. A must see place in DC.”


Tour Guest on Mar 25, 2012 said:

“We did the self-guided tour and loved this crazy, quirky house! We were thrilled to have found 12 on our hour-plus wanderings. It was perfect for our mixed-age group of pre-teens, teens and adults - so much to see! For long-time DC residents, it's amazing we never knew about it, but we'll be telling everyone to come visit now!”


Lauren Armstrong on Mar 19, 2012 said:

“We really enjoyed wandering through the various rooms, searching for the secret doors and experiencing the different aspects of the Mansion. The staff members we met couldn't have been more helpful or pleasant. Thanks for a really wonderful afternoon!”


Janet Rodriguez on Mar 19, 2012 said:

“My middle school son and I are going through a stage where it is difficult for us to find things to do together that we both truly enjoy. We both had an absolute blast exploring your beautiful mansion and delighting in all the treasures and secret doors! Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon. We will be back and hopefully spend the night!”


Katie Kiraly on Mar 15, 2012 said:

“My boyfriend and I came for his 21st birthday, and we had a fantastic time! We found 5 (count 'em, FIVE!) secret doors and were very proud of ourselves. We hope someday to come back as hotel guests!”


Nuyiri Kasbarian on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“Of all the activities and events that my friends and I have attended. WE LOVED the Illusions show at the mansion on the O, THE BEST! Not only was the show FABULOUS, but the mansion itself was so much fun. You are free to roam and explore all of the rooms and everything is for sale. You can play and dress up in the props as you please and there are secret passages and doorways. Above all, the staff is EXTREMELY friendly and helpful and the food is DELICIOUS. THANK YOU for a WONDERFUL time.”


Tour Guest on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“The Mansion is one of the best kept secrets in DC, loved visiting. It is a must see while in DC! Take a camera because there are some amazing photo opps here! LOVED IT!”


Larry Frum on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“I was disappointed that I couldn't find all the secret doors! :) I will have to come back and search some more.”


Rob McCarthy on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“I had a great time exploring all of the areas of the mansion. I'm definitely going to have to go back because I was only able to find 5 secret doors so I obviously have a lot more to see. The mansion is awesome and is a ton of fun for all ages.”


Brittani Berry on Mar 10, 2012 said:

“I had a wonderful visit to the O Mansion during the Sugar Tour. This tour was self-guided which allowed us to visit rooms multiple times in search of new doors. It's a fun house for adults! And children too! ;-) I will definitely be visiting again in the near future. Thank you!”


D. Kocen on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“I had a wonderful stay and really appreciate the hospitality. I admire your work ethic and the attention to detail. You are amazing hosts. Between the 2 of you I'm not surprised you've created such a magical kingdom. I look forward to coming back in the future and spending more time forgetting the outside world at the mansion.”


Tour Guest on Mar 5, 2012 said:

“I flew in for the weekend to visit my daughter in DC and she recommended that we visit the Museum. My daughter and I had a fabulous time and plan on visiting again when I am back in town. Loads of fun and cannot wait to take the scavenger hunt next visit.”


Kevin Fagan on Mar 4, 2012 said:

“Yet again, a Mansion visit wowed my 'first time' guests and me, a multi-visit veteran. I get as much joy and pleasure from seeing the looks on people's faces as I get from discovering completely "new" rooms, and discovering another secret passage (I'm still far from uncovering ALL of them!). As always, the food is delicious, the selection is broad and the mix of people you bump into touring around is fascinating. Being the first of the month, I was impressed by the sizable congregation of musicians who showed up yesterday (3/4/2012) and everyone appeared to enjoy them. One of my guests went crazy after seeing all the desserts and ended up tasting quite a few, declared them the best desserts ever offered (particularly at a buffet setting) and rattled off a list of friends that would need to be introduced to The Mansion. I always tell friends that The Mansion is a great 'secret' to share with out-of-town visitors (locals as well) because, although the furnishings are always amazing, fun and changing, it's the 'spirit' of the house that never changes and is always exciting and "H" and Ted are the ultimate hosts. My only regret was that certain design 'miracles' that I had hoped to share with my guests were unavailable due to the occupancy of B&B guests. Oh well, it just means another visit!”


Jeffrey Litton on Mar 4, 2012 said:

“Awesome experience at The Mansion! It was our mothers 86th Birthday Brunch and we couldn't have picked a better place! The food was superb. Of course every square inch of the place is covered with interesting things to look at and to buy so we spent several hours going through the place. When we took items to the front to pay for them we found out that on your birthday you get a dollar credit for every year you've kept your body alive. My Mom took the 86 dollar credit and was delighted to walk out with a beautiful vase and salt and pepper shaker set! What fun to discover the hidden passages and secret doorways!”


Tour Guest on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“The mansion is really cool and definitely a unique place to visit in DC. There's a lot of fun kitschy things (like hats and guitars) throughout the place that make for cute props in photos. It was also fun trying to find the secret doors/passageways, though sometimes looking for them was frustrating (hence why I gave four stars instead of five). It would have been nice to have a handout with hints for finding them (my group only found about four doors). Also, the food and deserts smelled and looked REALLY yummy, but I didn't try any; I suggest you try them out!”


Illusions Guest on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“Drag show was fantastic. Had a lovely evening with my friends. Enjoyed touring the mansion before the show. Staff was very friendly. Great way to spend a Monday!”


Tour Guest on Feb 25, 2012 said:

“My mother and I had great time exploring the vast assortment of rooms--true eye candy and fascinating. Looking for the secret doors added a flair to the experience. Thanks for a great visit!”


Concert Guest on Feb 20, 2012 said:

“Great venue! Very intimate. Touring the home was an excellent way to spend time before the show.”


Mary Kirshbaum on Feb 20, 2012 said:

“a truly enjoyable afternoon tea from start to finish. Beautiful setting, amazing dessert & cheese spread, good service (pleasant & helpful with guidance for our tour of the mansion) will visit again.”


Jennifer Ritter on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“We had a good time at the mansion today, it was an unexpected surprise! It was nice to feel like a kid again exploring the various rooms and trying to find the secret doors. The rooms were quite bizarre, but that added to the fun of exploring, you never knew what you would find next! Thank you for the fun day, we will be back!”


Tour Guest on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“I really enjoy this hidden gem of DC. Anything kooky and quirky is right up my ally. I loved all the themed rooms and the log cabin was my favorite! I would definitely like to stay here as a guest some time! Thanks for opening your doors for my tour!”


Dinner Guest on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“Enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner and scavenger hunt. The staff were very pleasant, the food was good, and exploring the house was a lot of fun!”


Dave Hopkins on Jan 26, 2012 said:

“Having been to the mansion before I had predisposed feelings about the place. I have to say that those feelings were reinforced with last nights Champagne Tour. The mansion is a wonderfully eclectic and elegant facility, filled with fantastic kitsch and memorabilia from past & present eras. It screams DC to me, and I just love it. I've been coming here for over 18 years, and like any fine vintage, it's getting better with age. The staff is friendly, so very courteous, and simply loves the place; and that shows. When hanging around you feel very warm and welcomed. I would love to see or hear some more of the history of the facility, the story behind its inception, the original owners of the 5 houses, the legend of the sisters and more. Placards placed around like historical landmarks in a park may be one way. The only other thing I can think of at the moment is the primary signage for things like "This is not a secret door" and "Guests are staying in this room, please don't open the door". I would love to see these done in a more eccentric way, something more fitting to the house and her character. Try this. Take a brown paper shopping bag, cut it about the same size as a sheet of printer paper. Using a script or Olde English font, print the sign verbiage on to that paper. Then, tear and burn the edges of the paper to give it that aged look. Use a lighter to burn the edges, and an iron to tint the paper it self. Onion paper also works very well for this and is available at most craft shops. No matter what, please keep doing what you are doing, I just love coming here.”


Tour Guest on Jan 26, 2012 said:

“My favorite rooms were the log cabin, John Lennon, and country. I plan to return for tea and a scavnger hunt with my grandchildren! Beautiful! Oh, and I mention the wine cellar? Cool!”


Tour Guest on Jan 22, 2012 said:

“The self-guided tour was great as are the people at the mansion.”


Holly Sapp on Jan 21, 2012 said:

“I had my daughter's 12th birthday party at The Mansion. We decided to do a scavenger hunt and numerology. We were not disappointed. The Mansion is like no other place. Unique in every way. With all the secret doors and hidden stairwells, it's a GREAT place to spend an afternoon. Eclectic collections of guitars, art, vintage hats, purses, books, albums, you name it, it's here. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the only rooms off limits are the ones that have guests. It was really a treat and I look forward to our next visit, which will include a meal. Thank you so much for everything!”


Hugh Huettner on Jan 19, 2012 said:

“My husband and I did the champagne tour and didn't know what to expect. It was so much fun. Nothing like it anywhere else. The champagne may have kicked my enjoyment up a notch, making me go with the flow- which is definitely something you have to do in the mansion. It's strange in a very good way, like one of those "Clue" movies, where guests get lost in the big, old house with secret doors everywhere. The eclectic assortment of do-dads, books, clothes, accessories, furniture and art of every kind made exploring so much more fun. I found a warthog tusk, a beautiful, hand knitted shawl (only $20!), a great $10 purse and an impossible-to-find record I've been looking for years. It was like a treasure hunt. The assortment of things wasn't dusty or mildewy and it didn't smell like moth balls or "old"...and it wasn't set up like a store, it was just like a really interesting person's overstuffed house and you got free-range to look through closets and drawers and everything else...how cool is that?! The fanciful hats are high-dollar fashion, and for sale (at like $100-$200 a pop for some) but you're welcome to try them on. I'll definitely be bringing my friends. Fun afternoon! We took about 2 hours to soak it in.”


Tour Guest on Jan 16, 2012 said:

“Definitely an interesting experience and glad that I got to experience the Mansion! Next time will have to try the scavenger hunt.”


Tour Guest on Jan 16, 2012 said:

“We can't wait to go back and have brunch or dinner!!! We may even spend the night!!! What a great secret right here in DC!!!”


Tour Guest on Jan 16, 2012 said:

“Super! Very fun to go poke around, get lost, and explore, trying to find secret doors. Staff were very nice and helpful.”


Tea Guest on Jan 15, 2012 said:

“The ambiance in the tea area is delightful. Having the hats available was so much fun, especially for the boys when they were included as well. This was my second visit in two months and I am looking forward to another in the near future.”


Deborah Waggoner on Jan 14, 2012 said:

“Wish I had checked this place out sooner - such a fun place to bring those who visit me in DC! The only thing I would suggest is maybe giving a few more hints as to where some of the secret doors are. We only found 3 or 4 and that seemed to be what most others found as well...Overall, a must-do if you enjoy something out of the ordinary.”


Tour Guest on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“The O street mansion is truly a hidden gem in the heart of the city. It was such an amazing experience and I felt like Alice in wonderland. recommended to all - tourists and locals alike. It is a must see place. My personal favorite is the log cabin suite...truly authentic and unique!”


Tour Guest on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“So much fun! Beautiful home. Great shopping. And it was such a cool adventure to try and find the secret doors. My wife and I found 9. We're definitely coming back.”


Megan Burkhart on Jan 1, 2012 said:

“we loved the mansion!! it was a perfect + very fun way to ring in the new year. i had two very hungry guys in tow and they enjoyed the abundance of delicious foods + fun tour of the mansion - - even better, we didn't have to wait for any of it, since we made the reservation online! the only thing that could have been improved was the crepe/omelet station - i heard some grumblings about waiting a long time. but for me, the coffee was delicious, there were plenty of healthy items to choose from, and i happily enjoyed a sliver of delicious tiramisu at the end of the meal. thank you!!”


Michelle Moosher on Dec 29, 2011 said:

“That tour was so unique and interesting! A real treat for the eyes! I can't wait to try the brunch now”


Donna and Jeff on Dec 29, 2011 said:

“To say staying at the mansion was a pleasure is such an understatement. What an amazing place. It gives new meaning to the word, "cool." And thank you for the grand room. And the tour. Christmas Eve dinner was lovely. It was truly a wonderful birthday.”


Jeremy Rhoten on Dec 28, 2011 said:

“Really cool place, will be back to find more secret doors!”


Marsha Galicia on Dec 28, 2011 said:

“We had a fun time trying to look for secret doors!”


Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We loved the spread and exploring the mansion...fabulous..we will be back for sure! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will recommend as a DC must see......”


Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“I loved the experience. And would come again. As a disabled woman, I found everyone. To be helpful and truly caring. I want to mention the valet and sweet young lady from, --arkansas--. She was wonderful. The -treats were tasty. The decor was unexpected, but fun!!!! Thank you for a lovely experience.”


Courtney Birst on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“When my sister and her husband came to town to visit, I was looking for something different to do and touring the O Street Mansion was just the thing. We wandered around the mansion with a glass of champagne, searching for secret doors (we found 6!) and marveling at the sights within the mansion. We had a great time and they loved doing something different while in DC!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We had a lovely chat with the owner of the Mansion, Ted, who was charming and hospitable. The tour was a very unique experience and, while we were a bit overwhelmed by all of the trinkets and kitsch all over the place, we would definitely come back again, to do some additional shopping, and maybe for a special dinner in the wine cellar!”


Robin Crawley on Dec 25, 2011 said:

“Nice atmosphere for dining. The food was flavorful and quite delicious. The treasure hunt was a fun way to burn off a few calories after the meal. After reading several not so favorable reviews we were a little hesitant to try the Mansion. Glad we did because it was truly a great experience and worth the cost.”


T. Gaines on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“DC's best kept secret. We loved every bit of it.”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“We had a very pleasant self-led tour. Thank you! Can't wait to come back to find more of the secret doors!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“My mother and I wanted simple, yet interesting entertainment. We booked the tour through Living Social, saving it for a "rainy day". Well, we were not disappointed. We had a blast! We especially loved finding the secret passageways. We both commented that we would love to stay a night there sometime. And we're glad to know we can attend any assortment of events there. O Mansion, thank you so much for a great time!”


Linda Graniti on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Our visit to the Mansion was absolutely marvelous, as always, truly unique with lots of wonderful food and great service. Everyone is so friendly and it's so fun to be able to walk around and tour the amazing rooms and treasures. You can always find a treasure/gift for that special person that has everything! Thank you for a most special day and experience,”


Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Good tour guide. She didn't rush us and she answered our many questions.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“It was a very cool place that I enjoyed because of the "exclusive" feel. It was very fun to go hunting, but frustrating b/c we knew we were missing secret doors! Will definitely be coming back. The hunt is on.”


Tour Guest on Dec 10, 2011 said:

“A fun, unique way to spend a night on the town learning about history, laughing with new people you meet throughout the house and tunneling through to find secret passages. A great night and we plan to return again!”


hotel guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Loved it! Everyone so helpful and enthusiastic. Welcomed our daughters in for a tour. Fabulous experience and will be back! Thank you”


Museum Guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“I brought 6 kids for an 11-year old birthday party, and they had a blast on the treasure hunt.”


Tea Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“The Sunday tea was lovvely with delicious paries and cakes. Very friendly service also. The Mansion of course is amazing. Truly enjoyed it, thank you.”


Tea Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“It was truly a relaxing experience and the variety of music was great and also contributed to the relaxing atomosphere. We truly appreciated the variety of cheeses, sandwiches, and desserts. They were all just delightful. Also, we really appreciate the accommodation you made for us regarding the sandwiches. You can tell the chef that I added the apple/cheese selection to the beef (with one bread) and it was scrumptious. He might want to try it. The champagne was good, too. So, as you can see, we really had a delightful afternoon. To the chef and Dan, we extend many, many kudos.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“A group of five of us went on the self guided champagne tour. We had a lot of fun wandering through the mansion. We enjoyed trying to find the secret passages. Our favorite one led to the wine cellar off the kitchen. We would definitely recommend it to someone who's looking for something unique to do in DC.”


Kathryn Herty on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“This was a very cool tour, something unique to explore- especially cool when one finds secret doors! I look forward to returning!”


Sumita on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“We loved the mansion! My son is still talking about all the secret doors! Thank you so much for the experience.”


Jennifer Stratton on Oct 15, 2011 said:

“On any day you can make an impromptu detour to the O mansion and visit a bunch of old friends you haven't met yet. Most of my visits have been unplanned outings -- I went out to buy stamps and ended up at the mansion on O street. No matter how I got there, one tradition I indulge in each time I visit is to flip to a random page of a random book off a random shelf in a random room. Its the same trick they teach when you as a child -- letting a verse in the bible or quote instinctively find you. On a recent visit my page flip landed on the poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens. This wasn't my first time reading this poem-I'd come across it before through friends, school and even in song. However, at that moment it completely embodied the spirit of the place I was standing. Every verse describing a different way to look at a bird in much the same way 100 rooms, 32 secret doors each unlock different perspectives from which to look at ourselves a! nd each other. The O mansion reminds me that there are so many ways of looking at everything and as a result there will always be more in life to explore, discover and dream. This magical trajectory the O mansion's philosophy very much inspires has lead me here. Since the first time I visited the mansion, I've had a strong desire to share this unique place with my whole family. Before learning about this contest I made a short documentary of a friend taking their first journey through the mansion. I showed the film to my family and it was suggested that I send a copy to a staff member. While searching the website for contact information to do so I serendipitously stumbled upon this contest, which potentially may allow me to actually bring my entire family to the mansion. Either way I am happy to have a conduit for sharing my thoughts and feelings about the O mansion with the people that make it special. Je t'embrasse, Jennifer”


E. Coffey on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Having just left the Coffey/Smith wedding on 10/8 I want to express how much I enjoyed your site. The mansion is obviously amazing and your staff were delightful. Highlights included the beautiful wooden bath tubs and sinks,the adventure of looking for secret passages to kiss my husband in and the attentive service of Eric and Zoe.”


C. Jones on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Our friends from Florence Italy were delighted with their visit to the mansion. We spent 2 hours trying to find secret doors and only found 4! The 12 yr old's sheer joy could hardly be contained as he ran around frantically searching. His father was amazed at the collection of beautiful things. At times he was shaking his head, but he was smiling for the entire 2 hours. It was a great beginning of their trip to America. A complete blast for all of us.”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Really enjoyed our stay; appreciated the privacy and feeling like we were away from the city. We love this little area around Ost & Hopkins!”


Pam on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“We all enjoyed our stay and the unique fun environment.”


Museum Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“I came with a friend visiting from out of town. We both thought it was a really fun experience,a very pleasant change from the usual DC tourist sites.”


Carol Wyman on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“The O Street Mansion is one of my favorite places in DC -- eclectic, interesting and friendly. My elementary school aged kids had a great time finding and opening the secret doors and designing their dream bathrooms. The music lovers in our tour group loved all the signed guitars and the joining in the jam session in the music room.”


Eowana Jordan on Aug 19, 2011 said:

“I have been to THE Mansion several times: for tea, brunch, Christmas and Thanksgiving! It is the most unique place in Washington, D.C. and probably the entire east coast! Do not miss touring the upstairs rooms after your meal. Delightful, clever, charming, fun, yummy and more! I keep my wonderful black velvet hat with the curved feather I bought at the O on display in the guest bedroom. Oh, don't worry about parking, they have valet service. My dream is to go and spend the night. Maybe for my birthday? Oh, oh, O!”


Becky Hill. — Louisville, Ky on Aug 8, 2011 said:

“This was my very first stop while visiting Washington DC! I had the most wonderful afternoon exploring every nook and cranny of this unbelievable house/museum. I was greeted warmly and whisked through a series of mazes that enabled me to forget about the outside world and "check out" from the craziness of life in exchange for the craziness of this house. What a fun experience! I was encouraged several times to sit down, relax, kick my shoes off and read a book (which there were thousands of scattered all throughout the house!) I signed up for a scavenger hunt, but honestly I was busier "scavenging" through all the items, shopping, to really pay that much attention to what was on my sheet. Lol. After finding my way through several secret passageways, I would forget what floor I was even on! I made several trips down to the first floor where my pile of items to be purchased was being amassed on a couch. When they say everything is for sell, they mean EVERYTHING! I opened closets, armoires, trunks, desks, etc and "H" politely sold me anything I wanted (sometimes asking me where in the world I had found it!) All in all I ended up buying several old, obscure, and delightful books, a family board game from the 70's, CDs I hadn't seen in decades, several pieces of china, a lazy Susan, a beautiful handcarved sandstone nightlight, and several other items I couldn't live without. The only thing that makes me happier than finding great treasures is knowing that all the proceeds go back to charity. I spent 6 hours exploring all that the mansion on the o had to offer for a mere $20 donation. That was the best $20 I spent my entire time in DC. I will definitely be coming back very soon, and bringing my friends with me! Thank you "H"”


Maggie LeDuc on Aug 7, 2011 said:

“Hillary was a fun and energetic tour guide. She had a lot of knowledge and was very approachable both during and after the tour! We plan on coming back to the Mansion as often as possible!”


Ray &amp; Georgene Ammon on Aug 1, 2011 said:

“WE took our two older grandchildren and it was most interesting to see them go from room to room excited when the found one of the items on the list. Great place to enjoy one of the best kept secretes in Washington.”


Lisa Carter on Jul 28, 2011 said:

“I came to The Mansion Champagne Tour once. It was so great I have been back three times, and once by myself! I have been truly blessed and enchanted by your vision, peace and Harmony. Simply a Breathtaking Experience!”


Self- Guided Tour Guest on Jul 27, 2011 said:

“Loved it!!! Wish we would've taken the guided tour instead of doing it on our own. Had the feeling that we missed some stuff. Over all my family loved it from my husband to my 17 year old son!”


Tom on Jul 25, 2011 said:

“Thanks...it truly was a wonderful stay. (I am looking forward to the next time already--and even got a note from friends of mine who are trying out your Monday night dinner on my recommendation, so the fan club is expanding.)”


Steve Lehmann, NOAA on Jul 22, 2011 said:

“Last night I stayed at the Mansion (Octagon) on the advise of a good friend and work colleague, Debbie Payton (she is a current long term resident there). Speaking as a frequent government traveler for the past 25 years, I can easily say that your establishment is my favorite among all the places I've stayed throughout the world. It was as if I became privy to this secret in the middle of Washington, DC, this magical place that few have seen and fewer know well. I can't thank you enough for creating your hotel and permitting me a glimpse. At the end of August, we drop our only child off at the University of Delaware to begin his freshman year, thus ushering in a new era in our lives. I can think of no place better to spend our first night as "empty nesters" than at the Mansion. My wife, in particular, will require the fine distraction offered by such a hotel as she contemplates life without her son each day. Thank you again for your creativity and hospitality. The Mansion is an adventure through the looking glass for those lucky enough to find it.”


Champagne Tour on Jul 10, 2011 said:

“We had a fantastic time visiting the museum! It felt like there was so much to see and we all want to go back to try and find more secret doors and see more of the rooms. This has definitely become something I will recommend to DC visitors--so unique and fun.”


Self Guided Tour Guest on Jul 5, 2011 said:

“I took my boyfriend to the Mansion as a surprise date. Our visit was unique and worthwhile over all - the self-guided tour made it easy to explore on our own terms and take our time discovering hidden doors.”


Sandi B - Ridgewood, NJ on Jun 25, 2011 said:

“We were guests in the Rosa Parks Safe House and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room(s) were charming and comfortable. The location of the Mansion was very convenient, too. We will definitely come again!”


Pastushonak — Gives the Self Guided Tour 5 Stars! on Jun 11, 2011 said:

“I went to Mansion on a 3rd date with my boyfriend and it was an unforgettable adventurous experience. its a perfect place for a date, as you can look for secret doors together, get lost and all of a sudden find a way and be fascinated by interesting unique things. I have a friend visiting from Canada this weekend and am taking her to this amazing mysterious place!”


Luanne Stevenson on Jun 10, 2011 said:

“The mansion is a fabulous place life happens there at a slower pace So much to see at every turn You may even find a wonderful urn Signed guitars are everywhere From the great musicians that have visited there They serve you food from salad to quail And everything you see is also for sale The secret doors are very cool Stop and enjoy a game of pool It is the most unique place I have ever been And I cannot wait to go back again!”


Sue Bumpous on Jun 10, 2011 said:

“I love exploring all the rooms, secret passages, seeing the eclectic collection of "stuff." But the thing I return to over and over is the "Beatles jukebox". It reminds me of the first time I heard the Beatles on the radio, the nights watching them on the Ed Sullivan show, the first time I saw "A Hard Day's Night", singing "Yellow Submarine" with my daughter and teaching her the rest of the Beatles song catalogue. I would love to have this in my condo - I'd find room somewhere!”


Angela O'Brien on Jun 6, 2011 said:

Behind Secret Door #1 A Bachorette's Delight: A Story Told in Pictures - The Story begins as we all head downtown to Dupont Circle! On our way to The Mansion! - We arrive at the Mansion on O St! - Greeted by champagne, we check-in and explore! Champagne! - Each party member wrote a letter to the bride-to-be, Katie. We all found our favorite room in the mansion where we read our sentimental letters. sentimental letters - We had fun sorting through the fun hats, dresses and eclectic items around the mansion. sorting through hats and more! - Our tour lead us to the secret Champagne Room, where the Maid of Honor reads her special toast to her sister. The bridal party toasts! secret champagne room! - Onto a limo tour around the Monuments downtown! Limo around town! - The Limo drops us off at the Dirty Martini in Dupont for dinner. - Out to drinking and Dancing at Local 16! Dinner & Dancing! - Thankfully, the wedding party woke up to a wonderful Breakfast Buffet waiting for us! YUM! What a marvelous weekend we all had - the O St Mansion kept the secrets of an amazing Bachlorette Party. We love O St.!


V Chanthaphone on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Absolutely Beautiful, exciting and mysterious place. We have enjoyed our tour! Thank you!”


Barbara J. Schreiber - Executive Director, Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic on May 30, 2011 said:

“Thank you for an incredible event last Sunday with Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic. The event wasn't just a party; it was a cherished family memory. It meant that Sophie's dad could play pool for 15 minutes, knowing that the joy of his life is safe and happy and forgetting that she was ever sick with Neruoblastoma, it meant that Quinn, who has Spina Bifida and Vocal Cord Paralysis could help the musicians keep their beat with the maracas, it meant that families could share a happy day together. Between the incredibly accommodating staff, delicious breakfast, exciting treasure hunt, and wonderful musicians, the Mansion on O Street was instrumental in helping our families take a break from their stress of child's illness. Thank you again for hosting Treasures and Treats at the Mansion on O Street Great Escape. The real treasure was giving the children a day to just be kids and the families a chance to enjoy it.”


Rhonda Hendershot on May 29, 2011 said:

“The O Street Mansion needs to be on everyone's Bucket List! I got all dolled up for a Red Hat brunch and tea there one afternoon, and was totally unprepared for EXTREME sensory input! As an artist, I absolutely "got" the eclectic atmosphere - everywhere I turned there were unique artifacts, and ALL with sale tags, right down to the hand-made jewelry featured on every dining area table! I am plotting a return trip with my young adult daughters, who will be just as excited about this experience as I was. The exceptional brunch is as memorable as the tour through the startling suites filled with trinkets and objects d'art on every flat surface! The word "Dining" in this fabulous museum/shop/Victorian home does not begin to describe this fabulous experience. When we couldn't eat another bite, we toured the museum - up and down stairways, in and out of unexpected doorways, peeking in nooks and crannies to find surprizes at every turn! We vicariously shared the dream of a young bride as she posed with her family, creating memorable pictures while a lovely string trio playing softly in the background. You can not help but fall in love with the O Street Mansion. I drooled over every inch, wondering how I can stay there, not just in my dreams! I am crossing my fingers that I win the Grand Prize for me and my family!”


B-j Thompson Powell on Apr 15, 2011 said:

“It was Djani's 14th birthday and the breakfast celebration with my grandson and his Dad went off swimmingly; the repartee, in combination with wonderful food was delightful. I did have some initial speculation as to whether the planned "treasure hunt" would, in fact, be one that would be a hit with "all ages", especially since my grandson who reminded me, he was "?no longer a child?", once or twice was enamoured with video games whose sophistication had been proven to exceed my skill set. Nevertheless, we launched into the hunt: Everybody loved it! So much so that I ended up being the "voice of reason"-along with a bit of urging from my near stiletto-height heels-and convinced all in our small company of 3 that 1PM was a suitable time to graciously depart the mansion in order to give others quarter and access to space that we had occupied since the first stragglers for breakfast had appeared. My suggestion received reluctant acquiescence: Clearly, we loved the Mansion experience and will return! [P.S. I was the one who kept insisting that the secret door locations not be given away to inquiring newcomers; after all, half the fun was their discovery!] ”


Judith DuBowy on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“We have enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea and treasure hunt!”


Ellen Koh on Mar 25, 2011 said:

“O The mansion is a mystery! Lots of rooms and places to explore First, Darjeeling for two? And perhaps some scones? Yes, please. Now we're ready to find our treasure 100 rooms and 32 secret doors awaits O The mansion is full of history!”


Angela O'Brien on Mar 10, 2011 said:

Behind Secret Door #1 A Bachorette's Delight: A Story Told in Pictures. read below for full story (click to enlarge)


Victoria McLean on Mar 3, 2011 said:

“Along a secluded, dark street lies a secret door to paradise; A world of beauty, imagination, and magic lies within the mansion ; Come enjoy friendship, share love, and experience the charm; Get lost behind false doors and moving mirrors and feel the passion; With fancy jewels and glamorous hats, Timeless decor and famous memorabilia gleam; Delicious food and succulent drinks, The Mansion on O street is like a dream.”


Gwendolyn Hancock on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“A wide-eyed expression of pure joy Radiating from the face of my darling boy Experiencing the thrill of discovery first-hand As each secret door leads us to a new land The house's magic keeps worries of the outside world at bay At the mansion we are children together, if only for a day.”


Gwendolyn Hancock on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“A wide-eyed expression of pure joy Radiating from the face of my darling boy Experiencing the thrill of discovery first-hand As each secret door leads us to a new land The house's magic keeps worries of the outside world at bay At the mansion we are children together, if only for a day.”


Tom Wilhelm on Feb 27, 2011 said:

“The Bob Dylan guitar in the Garden Room is famously cool. But the bathroom with its own secret staircase and phone-booth shower is no less a marvel. And all this with the private dinner: well, it was the best stay in DC ever.”


Kim Rossmann on Feb 15, 2011 said:

“THE MUSEUM ON "O" STREET The Museum on "O" Street Is lots of fun to explore There's really no place better To find treasures galore All those who are kids at heart Wish they could play hide'n'seek Lost behind a secret door On the other side peek There are baubles and antiques No signs saying, "Don't touch this" Go upstairs and downstairs With your brother and sis You can stay overnight with Your husband, wife and children Take a tour or adventure With your guy or girlfriend Activities are aplenty In this interesting place Like tea, or a treasure hunt All your fears will be erased Hosts and hostesses friendly Time you spend here is thoughtful If it's peace you desire There's a room to indulge you It's a row of five houses Don't wait long to discover It's more than you bargained for Come soon to this wonder”


Mary Grace Finelli on Feb 7, 2011 said:

“It's probably been said before, but I found the Mansion to be a agical place, like falling through the rabbit hole. It's also the best concert venue I've ever been to. I feel I've found D.C.'s best kept secret spot. I'm bringing all my favorite people!! (click to enlarge image)”


B. Surles on Feb 7, 2011 said:

“I was at the Mansion on O Christmas Day for a dinner with the East Carolina University football team. I just wanted to say what an amazing experience this was! I am one of the team managers and my other co-workers as well as myself absolutely loved this experience! We had never heard of The Mansion, nor been to anything like this before. We had to rush through the house in order to catch our next scheduled tour events with the team, but we wished we had a lot more time to tour this beautiful place! I just wanted to say thanks for having us there for the dinner and this was definately a great place to experience. I hope to go back in the future and have the chance to tour again. Thanks so much!”


Erik N. on Jan 26, 2011 said:

“Thanks for the brand new shower in my room! Works great!!”


Deborah Kerwin on Jan 14, 2011 said:

“I lived through this accident 4 years ago. The car was flipped end over end twice and rolled twice down a hill. I was belted into the passenger seat, the driver was unbuckled. He was thrown from the car before it flipped and landed unharmed beside the highway, I was in the only area of the car that was undamaged, in fact it looked as if an energy halo had kept that part solid. The tow-guy said it was a top ten wreck for him, and the worst injury I sustained was a broken big toe. I was 38 and had one son who was due to graduate High School. 2 months after this crash, I fell pregnant! The man who was driving was my husband and our marriage didn't survive to the end of the pregnancy, but for whatever higher purpose God has in mind for me, He has a greater one in store for my son. I can't afford to do much "extra" these days, but am passionate and curious and excited by life. I'd love to be able to share your work with my family. there are many days when I think that I actually DID die in that accident, and that all of THIS life that I am percieving is actually a dream. In that vein, I take nothing for granted, and revel in the gift that is "being". I have alot of arty things, (went to art school as a matter of fact) but Im going to send you a few things, 1 is an essay I wrote after last years snowstorm, the other is a photo of the accident, and third is a picture of me and that baby. I'd love to get more involved. Deborah (oh and the treasure hunt on line is making me cookoo!) (Click to Enlarge Pictures)”


Cathlyn Lynch on Jan 11, 2011 said:

“I was looking for another Christmas present for my very picky mother- you the type- one gift is never enough and she already purchases everything she wants. So buying for her is difficult to say the least, but I know she loves to drink tea. Great, high tea, lots of places have high tea in the Washington area. Problem- she does not like typically high tea food. What to do? Well, after hours of searching the internet I come accros the O Mansion. You have tea and not just high tea, but desert tea as well, JACKPOT! I have hit the mother load, a present not only of good food and drinks but also of my time. What more could a mother want. We went on Sunday January 9, 2011 and we had the best time. Exploring the Mansion and sampleing way to many rich deserts, but worth a life time of memories it created for both of us. We found 5 of the secret doors and cannot wait to come back to find some more. Thank you O Mansion PS. I am now planning my 40th birthday at the Mansion.”


Deborah Kerwin on Jan 4, 2011 said:

“I lived through this accident 4 years ago. The car was flipped end over end twice and rolled twice down a hill. I was belted into the passenger seat, the driver was unbuckled. He was thrown from the car before it flipped and landed unharmed beside the highway, I was in the only area of the car that was undamaged, in fact it looked as if an energy halo had kept that part solid. The tow-guy said it was a top ten wreck for him, and the worst injury I sustained was a broken big toe. I was 38 and had one son who was due to graduate High School. 2 months after this crash, I fell pregnant! The man who was driving was my husband and our marriage didn't survive to the end of the pregnancy, but for whatever higher purpose God has in mind for me, He has a greater one in store for my son. I can't afford to do much "extra" these days, but am passionate and curious and excited by life. I'd love to be able to share your work with my family. there are many days when I think that I actually DID die in that accident, and that all of THIS life that I am percieving is actually a dream. In that vein, I take nothing for granted, and revel in the gift that is "being". I have alot of arty things, (went to art school as a matter of fact) but Im going to send you a few things, 1 is an essay I wrote after last years snowstorm, the other is a photo of the accident, and third is a picture of me and that baby. I'd love to get more involved. Deborah (oh and the treasure hunt on line is making me cookoo!) (Click to Enlarge Pictures)”


Shana Walsh on Dec 31, 2010 said:

“The Mansion on O Street was the first weekend away with my boyfriend, it was the first trip to our nation's capital, and it was our first Christmas together. Like the many monuments it is bordered by, the Mansion on O Street commemorates an event that has become important to me. I first learned of the Mansion in August 2009 during a weekend visit to DC. We were having a great weekend of touring and enjoying our surroundings, yet he kept reminding me that the best was yet to come. On our last morning in DC we walked to the Mansion in temperatures that must have reached 100 degrees. The Mansion served as a refreshing retreat as we were greeted by friendly faces and served a delicious brunch. After brunch we explored and ventured through secret doors and imaginative spaces. We picked our favorite rooms and learned of the Mansion's secrets. During our exploration of the Mansion my boyfriend came across a George Washington doll. As a George Washington University graduate, he not only has a special place in his heart for DC, but also for George Washington himself. He went back and forth about purchasing it, but ultimately we both left with different items. When we returned home I emailed the museum and had the doll shipped to Rhode Island. As hard as it was, I kept Mr. Washington a secret. On Christmas we exchanged gifts, and he was both surprised and delighted to see our first President in the gift box. It could not have been a better way to commemorate our first Christmas. The Mansion on O Street truly holds a special place in my heart. The magic and wonder of the Mansion itself are what made it the centerpiece of our trip to Washington. But the helpfulness, attentiveness, and caring of the staff are what helped to make it a centerpiece of our relationship. While I don't know when we'll have the opportunity to return to the O Mansion, I am confident that all of our return trips will be just as magical as our first. (click to enlarge)”


Shana Walsh on Dec 31, 2010 said:

“The Mansion on O Street was the first weekend away with my boyfriend, it was the first trip to our nation's capital, and it was our first Christmas together. Like the many monuments it is bordered by, the Mansion on O Street commemorates an event that has become important to me. I first learned of the Mansion in August 2009 during a weekend visit to DC. We were having a great weekend of touring and enjoying our surroundings, yet he kept reminding me that the best was yet to come. On our last morning in DC we walked to the Mansion in temperatures that must have reached 100 degrees. The Mansion served as a refreshing retreat as we were greeted by friendly faces and served a delicious brunch. After brunch we explored and ventured through secret doors and imaginative spaces. We picked our favorite rooms and learned of the Mansion's secrets. During our exploration of the Mansion my boyfriend came across a George Washington doll. As a George Washington University graduate, he not only has a special place in his heart for DC, but also for George Washington himself. He went back and forth about purchasing it, but ultimately we both left with different items. When we returned home I emailed the museum and had the doll shipped to Rhode Island. As hard as it was, I kept Mr. Washington a secret. On Christmas we exchanged gifts, and he was both surprised and delighted to see our first President in the gift box. It could not have been a better way to commemorate our first Christmas. The Mansion on O Street truly holds a special place in my heart. The magic and wonder of the Mansion itself are what made it the centerpiece of our trip to Washington. But the helpfulness, attentiveness, and caring of the staff are what helped to make it a centerpiece of our relationship. While I don't know when we'll have the opportunity to return to the O Mansion, I am confident that all of our return trips will be just as magical as our first. (click to enlarge)”


kevin and danica on Dec 31, 2010 said:

“What an absolute extravaganza at the Big 0!!! From the moment we entered and throughout our wonderful stay we felt as though we tripped and fell down a rabbit hole. The entire staff created an environment of wonderment from which we danced and giggled our way up and down, in and out with a few skips and jumps. A most majikal special place. So happy we stumbled into the Big 0!!! thank you So much, ~danica & kevin”


Anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 said:

“Fabulous!! will be back each time a new visitor comes to town. # of TV's should be a treasure hunt question.”


Frances de Wolff on Dec 19, 2010 said:

“My Favorite Christmas Gift Children grow up and leave the nest. They marry and start families of their own. After that, time accelerates for their parents. December pops up faster each year. This December finds me grappling with some especially challenging Christmas shopping. One particularly dear person on my list has me stymied. As I reflect on special Christmas gifts that I have received, one stands out above all the rest. Two years ago I was beginning to feel a little old for the first time. Both our daughters were grown and married. We had one grandson and another on the way. Life was good, but different now. In early December the girls announced that for our Christmas gift they wanted to take us to brunch at the O Street Mansion. My husband and I had never been there. A date and time were agreed on and the four of us set out together alone for the first time in years. We are blessed with terrific sons-in-law and awesome grandsons. We have great times together, but they are often busy making their own individual family memories. The Mansion at Christmas is a glorious place and we were soon caught up in the excitement of good cheer, excellent food and beautiful surroundings. The sisters talked and giggled more than they ate, just like they did as children. We reminisced and laughed at old family stories. Then we explored the mansion and admired the art and decorations. For a couple of hours that afternoon I was transported back in time to the days when the four of us went on adventures together. Our little girls were sharing an outing with their parents and showing them secret passages and fun. For a shining afternoon I was just the mother of those little girls again. It was magical. The most special gifts are inspired. They come from the heart. As I struggle to think of a special gift for my sister, I remember the special afternoon my daughters gave me and I'm getting an idea.”


Frances de Wolff on Dec 19, 2010 said:

“My Favorite Christmas Gift Children grow up and leave the nest. They marry and start families of their own. After that, time accelerates for their parents. December pops up faster each year. This December finds me grappling with some especially challenging Christmas shopping. One particularly dear person on my list has me stymied. As I reflect on special Christmas gifts that I have received, one stands out above all the rest. Two years ago I was beginning to feel a little old for the first time. Both our daughters were grown and married. We had one grandson and another on the way. Life was good, but different now. In early December the girls announced that for our Christmas gift they wanted to take us to brunch at the O Street Mansion. My husband and I had never been there. A date and time were agreed on and the four of us set out together alone for the first time in years. We are blessed with terrific sons-in-law and awesome grandsons. We have great times together, but they are often busy making their own individual family memories. The Mansion at Christmas is a glorious place and we were soon caught up in the excitement of good cheer, excellent food and beautiful surroundings. The sisters talked and giggled more than they ate, just like they did as children. We reminisced and laughed at old family stories. Then we explored the mansion and admired the art and decorations. For a couple of hours that afternoon I was transported back in time to the days when the four of us went on adventures together. Our little girls were sharing an outing with their parents and showing them secret passages and fun. For a shining afternoon I was just the mother of those little girls again. It was magical. The most special gifts are inspired. They come from the heart. As I struggle to think of a special gift for my sister, I remember the special afternoon my daughters gave me and I'm getting an idea.”


Amy Donahue on Dec 13, 2010 said:

“I really enjoyed my room and meeting all your house guests at breakfast, what a fun and amazing concept! Your Inn is second to none, the artwork, ambiance and aesthetics, make for an amazing experience, and I look forward to staying with you in the future.”


Karl Sanchack on Dec 13, 2010 said:

“Am a journalism major with an art history minor making ends meet like many another in a world of science. For many, many, moons, I have been a part of the universe of technology but I was recently a guest at a business event held at The Mansion. I was like a kid in the candy store with wide eyes and bright smiles. The world of science had intersected briefly with a world of art and style.... I cannot say for sure which of the many pieces of artwork, rock memorabilia or secret doors got my adrenaline flying the highest. I can say it was a truly memorable event. Imagine a charcoal grey, business-suited, 340 lb guy, hiking up and down the stairs and finding at least 10 of the secret doors in an hour-and-a-half. He breathlessly tells his VP about what he just found and marches off to his next adventure. The first act of this story ends when he manages to lock himself out on the balcony in December on one of the upper floors but the story will continue someday in a follow-up with friends and family. That is what I tell those same friends and family about the evening at The Mansion.”


Linda Surles on Dec 10, 2010 said:

“Hands down, the Mansion is the most creative place in the entire Washington metropolitan area. I have so many fun memories--Christmas parties, wedding receptions, high tea and scavenger hunts. But the main thing is the way the Mansion offers such an incredible place, a one-of-a-kind vibe, to share with friends. When I think of the Mansion I think not only of the great times I've had there, I think of Barbara, Geoffrey, Courtney, Brien....and so many others who were with me during some of the best times of my life.”

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