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Marie — Earth Rights on Oct 6, 2010 said:

“I'm not sure that words can really express what the Mansion means to me. That's something that goes beyond thoughts or feelings, for which there may be words. But I don't think it's just a matter of the inadequacy of words. If I were tech-savvy enough to own and know how to use a digital camera or video recorder, I don't think the sights and sounds that could be electronically recorded and shared would prove any more adequate... Still, when I saw what seemed like a challenge of self-discovery - a seemingly simple question begging to be answered: What does the Mansion mean to you? - I couldn't resist. I'd heard about the Mansion before, but these references fell in the category of things that people tell you about, which make you think "Oh, that's interesting...", but you really don't understanding what it was they were really describing until you experience it for yourself (for example, like Cirque du Soleil). I'd heard The Mansion was an alternative hotel, or a great place to go for a Sunday brunch, so I stored this information in the back of my head for future reference... I didn't 'discover' what The Mansion really is (to the extent I've scratched that surface) until I was looking for a place for my organization to have an office retreat. I wanted to find some place to match the passion we feel towards our mission (to protect human rights and the environment), and the hotel conference rooms I was finding just weren't going to cut it. I found a few places that might have been OK (said with a resigned sigh) ... but somehow or other The Mansion reached out and found me, without me even really realizing I was looking for it, just when I really needed it. I don't remember how that happened. All I remember was that I had a rapidly growing understanding that it was going to be The Place I was looking for as soon as I started to make contact (via the website - What a treat!! - and then with the people who facilitate the Mansion's magic). When I showed up to check out the place in person it was not at a normal hour, and so I entered through the d! ownstairs door. It felt like I was entering through some special portal. I was instantly hooked. Magic indeed! I almost felt guilty asking for a full tour, as I knew from those very first few seconds I'd found what I was looking for, but I suddenly was greedy for more. I wanted to see it all. I was grinning from ear to ear as I entered each room, saw each angel, walked down each narrow passage way leading on to the next discovery, could almost hear the music coming out of each guitar... I was enchanted! I couldn't wait until my colleagues would see it as well. It was a space that was even more outside than outside the box. When it came time for the retreat it was like we were transported to a different planet. We spent a couple days exploring The Mansion while we explored our own mission, and prepared our strategic plan, in a space where the creative energy was almost bristling. The space, the books, the art, the food. It all enriched our mind, bodies, and souls. There could not have been a more perfect place for us! Since then I've come back - always bringing someone else along, knowing that they too will be charmed, and will marvel at this total-being experience of stepping from what seems like an ordinary street in Washington DC into a magical kingdom (not of the mickey mouse variety). To enter in to The Mansion is to enter in to a state of mind that makes you feel blessed, and as special as the place itself is. Thank you for creating this space and opening it up to the rest of us!”


Marie on Oct 6, 2010 said:

“I'm not sure that words can really express what the Mansion means to me. That's something that goes beyond thoughts or feelings, for which there may be words. But I don't think it's just a matter of the inadequacy of words. If I were tech-savvy enough to own and know how to use a digital camera or video recorder, I don't think the sights and sounds that could be electronically recorded and shared would prove any more adequate... Still, when I saw what seemed like a challenge of self-discovery - a seemingly simple question begging to be answered: What does the Mansion mean to you? - I couldn't resist. I'd heard about the Mansion before, but these references fell in the category of things that people tell you about, which make you think "Oh, that's interesting...", but you really don't understanding what it was they were really describing until you experience it for yourself (for example, like Cirque du Soleil). I'd heard The Mansion was an alternative hotel, or a great place to go for a Sunday brunch, so I stored this information in the back of my head for future reference... I didn't 'discover' what The Mansion really is (to the extent I've scratched that surface) until I was looking for a place for my organization to have an office retreat. I wanted to find some place to match the passion we feel towards our mission (to protect human rights and the environment), and the hotel conference rooms I was finding just weren't going to cut it. I found a few places that might have been OK (said with a resigned sigh) ... but somehow or other The Mansion reached out and found me, without me even really realizing I was looking for it, just when I really needed it. I don't remember how that happened. All I remember was that I had a rapidly growing understanding that it was going to be The Place I was looking for as soon as I started to make contact (via the website - What a treat!! - and then with the people who facilitate the Mansion's magic). When I showed up to check out the place in person it was not at a normal hour, and so I entered through the d! ownstairs door. It felt like I was entering through some special portal. I was instantly hooked. Magic indeed! I almost felt guilty asking for a full tour, as I knew from those very first few seconds I'd found what I was looking for, but I suddenly was greedy for more. I wanted to see it all. I was grinning from ear to ear as I entered each room, saw each angel, walked down each narrow passage way leading on to the next discovery, could almost hear the music coming out of each guitar... I was enchanted! I couldn't wait until my colleagues would see it as well. It was a space that was even more outside than outside the box. When it came time for the retreat it was like we were transported to a different planet. We spent a couple days exploring The Mansion while we explored our own mission, and prepared our strategic plan, in a space where the creative energy was almost bristling. The space, the books, the art, the food. It all enriched our mind, bodies, and souls. There could not have been a more perfect place for us! Since then I've come back - always bringing someone else along, knowing that they too will be charmed, and will marvel at this total-being experience of stepping from what seems like an ordinary street in Washington DC into a magical kingdom (not of the mickey mouse variety). To enter in to The Mansion is to enter in to a state of mind that makes you feel blessed, and as special as the place itself is. Thank you for creating this space and opening it up to the rest of us!”


— Paul Williams, Singer/Songwriter, President & Chairman of the Board — ASCAP on Oct 4, 2010 said:

“?O' cats are spiritually adventurous and in extreme cases the enlightened begin to look alike.”


— Paul Williams, Singer/Songwriter, President & Chairman of the Board — ASCAP on Oct 4, 2010 said:

“'O' cats are spiritually adventurous and in extreme cases the enlightened begin to look alike.”


Marie Danch on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“If your ears were not burning Saturday afternoon they should have been; I was so pleased to hear so many compliments on the Mansion and the Brunch. It was definitely a winner. Our brunch at the Mansion, to start off our Embassy Tour was the highlight of the day.”


Jenny George on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Wanted to express my great appreciation for permitting my friend Kristin and I to take a Saturday afternoon peek at the mansion. We happened to be in the neighborhood, so of course I wanted her to catch a glimpse of the fascinating adventure that is the Mansion on O Street. I am certain we will be coming soon for brunch or another event.”


Amy McCulla on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Thank you. What a cool place I love the concept and it works. Cheers!”


Maria Esguerra on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Thank you! Marvelous treasure Hunt!”


The Spirtis on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Keep up the good work, H.H”


Emily Rogers on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Awesome concept”


Danielle Sleeper on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Lots of Fun! Thanks for opening this up to the public!”


Dave Miller on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“This place is the greatest house ever!”


Daniel Meagher on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“"I love the woodwork and all the built-in shelves in the nooks and crannies!"”


Linda & Tony Bucci on Sep 30, 2010 said:

“Our stay in the Penthouse was an unexpected and delightful surprise. Thank you for all your kindness -- see you in December!”


Jim Meltzer on Sep 29, 2010 said:

“You even exceeded my expectations. Everything was awesome. They are still in the wine cellar!”


Lori Allen Siegelman on Sep 28, 2010 said:

“Often, my trips to Washington, DC are to fight political battles. Other than suiting up, as a mask to conceal emotions, I am exposed to the public. What saves me, is staying at O Mansion. Here I am hidden, and feel protected, like in a cocoon. No one can harm me, here. Once inside, I become playful, like a child, curious and off on an adventure , discovering treasures as I weave in and out from room to room, from a ship to a log cabin, and beyond. Thank you for creating this wonderful haven for me! (Click to enlarge)”


Walt Wilkins — from the Mystiqueros on Sep 27, 2010 said:

“Being with you and ted was a wonderful highlight in a year full of cool places and spirits. thank you both for your hospitality, generosity and wild kindnesss.”


Becky on Sep 24, 2010 said:

“This place is GREAT! I'm looking for Sherazode and find the FIXX reality!”


Sophie Richard on Sep 24, 2010 said:

“Great Mansion. Amazing!! Good job. Keep it up!”


Monica Thompson on Sep 24, 2010 said:

“Phenomenal!!! I had wonderful stay. My room was spectacular. The food on Monday night superb. I can't wait to return.”


Gordon Titcomb on Sep 22, 2010 said:

“The Mansion is the CENTER of the creative Universe for me!! If you have not been there, you are missing out on one of the most awesome places on Earth....”


Bill, The Mystiqueros on Sep 22, 2010 said:

“Now that we're back in Texas I find that my thoughts often drift to our time at the Mansion. It seems like a long time ago already, although I'm pretty sure it was only August. I just wanted to say thank you once again for your amazing hospitality. I'm honored to be a small satellite occasionally orbiting the fabulous world you've created. From myself and all the Mystiqueros, once again, thank you.”


Deborah Ward on Sep 22, 2010 said:

“For my husband and me the mansion represents a charming, private, endearing potential -- a place to further the romance of our relationship. We talk about the mansion a lot and when we do, we imagine secret doors and staircases that invoke the mysteries of childhood. We become a girl and boy detective again, exploring this amazing place of ever changing, never ending intrigue - a place where joy abounds and food is abundant, where we leave our worldly cares behind for a few precious hours of happiness.”


Barry Everett on Sep 22, 2010 said:

“When I got unpacked in the Safari Room, I checked the CD player and found Warren Zevon loaded and ready to rock. I knew I was back at the "O", and all is well.”


Gordon Titcomb on Sep 22, 2010 said:

“Dear H & Ted, This song- thus the book, were written in their entirety while I was a guest at The Mansion on O Street. The creative energy flows like a palpable current at your sanctuary. I thank you both for your love & support! Love, Gordon Titcomb”


W. Reynolds on Sep 21, 2010 said:

“We are looking forward to seeing you guys and being spoiled rotten, per the norm.”


B. Griffin on Sep 20, 2010 said:

“I stayed in the Log Cabin. I have been all over the world (Europe, Israiel, etc.) This is by fart the most unique, dynamic and opulent lodging experience I have ever had.”


M. White on Sep 20, 2010 said:

“Enjoyed my Stay. Very private, no one bothered me.”


Cheryl —Northrop Grumman on Sep 20, 2010 said:

“Our event was magical!”


Frank Sanders on Sep 20, 2010 said:

“Super Time! I'll plan to come back.”


Jocov Wimisberg on Sep 20, 2010 said:

“your wonderful hospitality is something unusual. Thank you! See you!!”


Herb P. on Sep 14, 2010 said:

“Delightful, wonderful experience.”


Teri-E Belf on Sep 13, 2010 said:

“Oh, Oh, Oh and Ho Ho Ho: The Mansion on O By Teri-E Belf The Mansion on O Street is attached buildings, windows, walls, stairs and lights. A tucked away place of transformation With unique creations and delights. Click to read the rest of the poem with photos


Teri-E Belf on Sep 13, 2010 said:

“Oh, Oh, Oh and Ho Ho Ho: The Mansion on O By Teri-E Belf The Mansion on O Street is attached buildings, windows, walls, stairs and lights. A tucked away place of transformation With unique creations and delights. Click to read the rest of the poem with photos


Deirdre Cheek on Sep 10, 2010 said:

“A fabulous creative place to share good times with family, friends and colleagues.”


Virginia Hatmaker on Sep 9, 2010 said:

“Everyday I get up and turn on my computer. Unable to work anymore, I search through Facebook for my daily family and friend updates. I then look for my Mansion quote, riddle or thought. I usually am the first or second to reply. I spoke once of my potato chip cookies, instantly I received a response from a real person on this site. Ever since, I have been friends with the Mansion and even a sister of someone who works there through facebook. How wonderful to know there isn't a machine or teenager controlling the site. I have read everything about the Mansion and dream of having my first and only honeymoon there someday. We have been married 33 years and have never been able to take one or even have a vacation. The idea of being in a room filled with memorabilia from Jackie O or John Lennon, and eat those delish pastries and dinners- oh, my head is swimming. I am drawn into the history of the building and how the owners acquired and changed the place. It sends my mind into a Disneyland for adults mode. Even if you do not pick me, the winner will be granted a special opportunity, and I send them love. Oh, and I hope they enjoy some sweets for me! (Little Hatmaker - Click to enlarge)”


Virginia Hatmaker on Sep 9, 2010 said:

“Everyday I get up and turn on my computer. Unable to work anymore, I search through Facebook for my daily family and friend updates. I then look for my Mansion quote, riddle or thought. I usually am the first or second to reply. I spoke once of my potato chip cookies, instantly I received a response from a real person on this site. Ever since, I have been friends with the Mansion and even a sister of someone who works there through facebook. How wonderful to know there isn't a machine or teenager controlling the site. I have read everything about the Mansion and dream of having my first and only honeymoon there someday. We have been married 33 years and have never been able to take one or even have a vacation. The idea of being in a room filled with memorabilia from Jackie O or John Lennon, and eat those delish pastries and dinners- oh, my head is swimming. I am drawn into the history of the building and how the owners acquired and changed the place. It sends my mind into a Disneyland for adults mode. Even if you do not pick me, the winner will be granted a special opportunity, and I send them love. Oh, and I hope they enjoy some sweets for me! (Little Hatmaker - Click to enlarge)”


Fred Brahin on Sep 9, 2010 said:

“It means a beautiful retreat into history, art and delightful rewards of life.”


izumi Ashizawa on Sep 9, 2010 said:

“The Afernoon Tea was absolutely amazing. My friends and I had a quality time of talk. The Maison is like a maze full of surprise and charms. It is truly a gem.”


Farnham Farrjones on Sep 9, 2010 said:

“"They need you in DC day after tomorrow." Oh, shit, I thought. Just what I need. Another pop-up to Potomac Yard! (Yard, like that's some kind of outdoor playground for feds). "OK, let's get the paper going, and see what hellatious ransom AA wants to carry my bones up there with all the Arkansas school teachers, who just can't take another fall with pagers, now cell phones, now iPhones." I made the necessary arrangements, including breaking the news to our 8 year old Catahoula, who, since we rescued him from the 'perfect family' in Tucson, has made it his mantra to chortle my name and flap his ears every hour and a half, day or night. Wayman Wynn (he was named after Ellie's long ago family retainer, who had served with General Pershing in War I) is a handsome and too smart hog dog, who loves to 'bug his daddy.' 'His daddy' being me. Twelve hours later I was slogging to the gate at DFW Terminal C, carrying on too much equipment, and being too cheap to make the agency pay for a damn bag. Air travel just is not what it used to be. Let me explain. I'm a 'handy man' for a federal 'utility' dot gov and while it sounds mysterious and adventurous, it really gets to be a bore sometimes. Especially since Illich and crew said they'd be watching for me next time. As I land at National on the river (just can't get warmed up to call it by that other name) I'm contemplating how to get to my safe house in NW without the knuckle draggers spotting me and making this trip very inconvenient. So I decide to take the Metro and see what the September bouquet is like in the tunnels this year. All great, cause no meatheads want to sweat enough to find me in this crowd. I changed from Yellow to Red and get off at DuPont with my cover as an over the hill 2 year college prof glowing from the workout holding perfectly. I see the kids and old timers giving me that look of 'aren't you too old to be doing this, pop? - take a cab, the government can afford it.' A couple of times I thought the goons spotted me, but it was just some G. Beck wanna be (as opposed to some J. Beck wanna be, which would be a much higher calling). I finally got to the 'long escalator out of the bowels of the Earth' that took me out of South Exit, Dupont Circle, and as I looked around to make sure the morons had not grown brains, I discovered that my lungs did work, and the sun did shine. I doubled back off N and Connecticut a little, to be sure that 'my befuddled old guy' persona was still intact, and finally made it to the "RED DOOR". Now for those of you who know, or who will know, the RED DOOR is code for reaching the safe house. It is a haven for those of us who may watch Rubicon on 3D LED TV but under no circumstance, will listen to GaGa on an iPod. It takes more than technology to make it to the "O" Mansion. It takes an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and a few "Mabelline" riffs on a sitar. If you believe that real vampires live in Dark Shadows, and werewolves sing at Trader Vics with perfect hair, then you may be ready for the Mansion on O Street, in DC. You'll never stay at the Marmet in Crystal City again.”


Noel Izon on Sep 8, 2010 said:

“As a musician, I have always felt a natural affinity for the O. Although I have been known to drool over the Fenders and Gibsons (never on them) residing in some of the rooms, there is something else which draws me to the Mansion. I have never really thought about it until now. In a word, it is exhuberance. The owners have taken to task of creating an environment untrammeled by rules. Their only motto is that it must be fun. To find such a haven in the heart of DC is such a special treat, like a mini-vacation into your inner child. In these tough economic times, if one must settle for a "staycation" then let it be at the O. Not only will you get great food. You will nourish your psyche.”


Sophie Richard on Sep 8, 2010 said:

“The Mansion is a place of retreat - somewhere I feel happy inside and out. The perfect atmosphere to sip a cup of tea with some delectable dessert. I am looking forward to our next visit on Sunday Sept 19th for our Afternoon Scavenger Hunt & Afternoon Tea.”


Sylvia Torres on Sep 8, 2010 said:

“Have you ever felt as if there is no beauty left in the world. When circumstances and life itself make the reality of innocence lost all to real. This is a personal story of low self esteem, a dying soul and a broken spirit...and a cup of tea. All my dreams of youth had been shattered and I could never imagine the story that life had written for me. I felt alone and those around me didn't know the girl that became the woman who life itself had beaten with very little effort. I decided that I wanted to find someone who knew me "when" and could remember when we laughed for no reason, and when the most we ever worried about was getting our term papers in on time or a zit. So, I searched the internet for an old college friend that through distance, pride, life we had lost contact. Thank God for modern technology I did a people search and after 25 years I believed I found the person I was looking for, and was anxious to see if it was the same person. First, let me tell you about Monique "Mighty Mo" Dula, she is not a tall woman but she stands as a giant amongst most. She is the kind of friend that will walk thru fire for a friend but will also set your rear end on fire if she thinks you are wrong but does it with love and respect. She takes no nonsense or prisoners and I love her! She is my best friend, my partner in chocolate, and my sister. She has a smile that lights the world and wisdom beyond her years. When I dialed her number and heard that voice it brought back all kinds of memories and how happy was I, a friend who knew me when life was good. I left a message and waited - she called me almost immediately and we squealed as young silly girls. We tried to fit 25 years into 5 minutes between tears and laughter. She lives in Maryland and works in DC she was adamant for me to visit, but because of pride of not having a lot of money and embarrassment I kept putting the visit off, until she refused to take no for an answer. So, she decided to give me a Queens Weekend. I arrived at Union Station and there she was my beautiful long lost friend, almost like putting on that favorite outfit and you know everything is going to be alright. We hugged and jumped up and down how awesome. She planned the weekend saying she had a surprise and was saving the best for last. We did some pretty great stuff but then the incredible happened, I was transported to such opulence, distinction, things that seemed out of a fairy tale and all that was at The Mansion on O!! All during the weekend it was a rebuilding of spirit, soul, and fabulosity. But, that visit to the Mansion made me feel like Alice falling through the rabbit hole. I lost myself in the wonder of what the mind can conceive, the mysteries of the doors represented life to me - we never know whats behind them but if we don't open them we may be missing out on the best surprises. I felt like a queen as I walked through every area I could, and the food was something out of a feast set for royalty..Henry the 8th would have been jealous. Then as I walked around and was told every single thing was for sale that was almost surreal you can buy a piece of the fantasy. The experience was spirit and mind altering as I started to feel the wonderment of life, the creation and imagination that can take an idea to such levels. The Mansion was what I wanted to become queen like, mysterious, stately, opulent and yet inviting and approachable. I spent a few hours there replenishing my soul and making up stories of past guests and events. We went into one of the rooms and just sat in silence as if the house spoke of all its past visitors and how it too was a living, breathing thing and had a spirit and soul that has lasted through time. My friend bought me a little compact mirror, and told me every time I felt low, to look into it and see the queen that the Mansion brought out of me. Its been a few years since that first visit I have been back several times and life with God's grace has gotten so much better and I am so grateful for all I have. I have had brunch, tea and even Thanksgiving dinner at the Mansion. I always feel that I get a little fairy dust sprinkled on me when I'm there, and so have my guests because our hearts get light, laughter comes easy and the feeling stays past after you are gone. I have seen the most stoic individuals become children wondering where the doors are, and looking at the dessert buffet as if out of an Oliver Twist novel. So when I think of the Mansion I can think of all standard descriptions of its beauty and greatness but I think of the Mansion as the place where my heart started to heal, where my oldest and dearest friend shared old stories with me and reminded me of my worth, and where for the first time in a long time I dared to dream over a cup of tea!! (Click to enlarge)”


Mackenzie on Sep 7, 2010 said:

“The cake and tea are really yummy. I also like the stuff being sold. (click to enlarge)”


Tim Gabel on Sep 7, 2010 said:

“"Thank you for inspiring me all of these years I have been around you!" (click to enlarge)”


Nancy on Sep 7, 2010 said:

“Thank you for a wonderful day at the mansion! We accomplished quite a bit. The food, staff and overall experience was wonderful, and we appreciate the guided tour as well. I wish I had had more time to shop...”


Lynn Lane on Sep 2, 2010 said:

“The Mansion on O Street is my home away from home. It's where I go to escape.”


Dr. S. Campbell on Sep 1, 2010 said:

“I can't wait to spend a few days at The Mansion. It's on my "Bucket List"!!!”


Heidi on Aug 31, 2010 said:

“We just spent the most beautiful weekend with you at The Mansion! We loved our time there so much that we're coming back this weekend for brunch with our children. Amazing surroundings, food and hosts.”


Len Washko on Aug 27, 2010 said:

“Thank you for making it possible for us to stay at the Mansion. My daughter Grace's art award at the Capitol (the Congressional High School Arts competition) kept us running from ceremony to tours. Your staff was gracious, and we were continually amazed by the Mansion. What a great concept and an elegant delivery - Grace was particularly enamored with the variety of artwork. I've attached an image of Grace's award winning pastel, which now hangs in a gallery between the Capitol & the Cannon Office Building. (click to enlarge)”


Ben on Aug 26, 2010 said:

“Wonderful Anniversary, Thanks!”


Lori Escobar on Aug 24, 2010 said:

“Love it!”


Tanya Weiss on Aug 24, 2010 said:

“Great fun! extraordinary food and service!”


Olivia and Cynthia on Aug 24, 2010 said:

“We loved every bit of our time at The Mansion. The event you planned was superb in every detail and our entire stay was fantastic. We can't wait to come back again. We look forward to having The Mansion as a new part of our lives.”


Fritzi on Aug 23, 2010 said:

“OMG we had SUCH a blast yesterday! Here is a video from Jammin' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU0lEgv9h4E Fritzi :o)”


Amanda Woo on Aug 23, 2010 said:

“Amazing!”


Craig Fauver on Aug 23, 2010 said:

“I loved it, but a simple map, that doesn't divulge the secrets, would be great! (tea and treasure hunt)”


Dave & judith on Aug 20, 2010 said:

“Thank you for the great experience and hospitality! I'll be signing up with "The O" again!”


Amanda Roche on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“To me, a trip to the Mansion on O Street means never having to say you're sorry. Whether you're downing champagne at 2pm at Sunday brunch, or sneaking upstairs to ogle the Log Cabin room, or running into mirrored walls in an effort to relieve yourself, or hamming it up with the chefs in the basement, or trying on antique jewelry and extravagant headwear, or channeling rock legends by delicately running your fingers down the frets of a Gibson, or showing off to friends by plucking open secret doors, or escaping reality for just a few hours, or saying hello to everyone you meet, anything goes at the Mansion. Its obscure vagueness, its sheer inscrutability, and moreover, its tolerance, keeps one coming back and leaving yet again with a completely justified and memorable experience.”


Marie-Therese Retourne on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“I visited the Mansion with an open mind My 10 yr old son, treasures he wanted to find My husband was in awe and so we were all so delighted at the most incredible place that any person has sighted It was the eyes, the senses, the beauty and history that took us for a rollercoaster in a sweet mystery We told everyone about the "O" so they too can visit to greatly appreciate the concept and tell others about it”


Amanda Roche on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“To me, a trip to the Mansion on O Street means never having to say you're sorry. Whether you're downing champagne at 2pm at Sunday brunch, or sneaking upstairs to ogle the Log Cabin room, or running into mirrored walls in an effort to relieve yourself, or hamming it up with the chefs in the basement, or trying on antique jewelry and extravagant headwear, or channeling rock legends by delicately running your fingers down the frets of a Gibson, or showing off to friends by plucking open secret doors, or escaping reality for just a few hours, or saying hello to everyone you meet, anything goes at the Mansion. Its obscure vagueness, its sheer inscrutability, and moreover, its tolerance, keeps one coming back and leaving yet again with a completely justified and memorable experience.”


Minghui Yang - Summer 2010 Intern from China on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“This internship gives me a lot something which I will never get at home. I think I did get some understanding about customer after one month. Last week I went to Georgetown for shopping. I experienced a nice customer reward. People are the same. We all have feelings. If you treat someone well, they will make a lot things easier for you. 1. Competitions are everywhere. In certain scenario, people compete unconsciously. Otherwise, it is really easy to be out of business, or just hold back a lot. 2. Reality is tough. It is really lucky to have nice parents. Money and respect are not free. The other day I watched Ted moved these plates with us together in a SUIT. I think it is very impressive. I should be that kind of people who can dress well in a business meeting and sweat like a gorilla picking up the fruit on the tree. 3. I am not sure what I am going to do back home. But I will remember not to complain when other people complain about something. Because negative attitude pass through a person faster than positive attitude. And eventually make myself feel stupid and make my situation ugly. 4. USA is great. A lot of products are designed very good and specific to use. I love to go to the Home Depot. 5. I think I am going to make my children do something to earn for his or her pocket money in the future.”


Judith Davis on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“The Mansion is the ultimate hideaway for people who want to experience something unique, fabulous, sophisticated. A hideaway for people who want to experience all these things without any distractions from outside(rs) - it's a safe haven for regular folks who would like to believe that they found "THE SECRET SPOT", politicians, or simply famous folks who would like to be "themselves" without being judged and/or scrutinized. At the Mansion - and ONLY at the Mansion ALL THAT and then some is possible. The Mansion and it's fabulous staff are discreet and spoil their guests with gourmet food (Brunch is a MUST DO!!!) that makes ones taste buds re-discover the true meaning of "Gourmet". A romance between new, nostalgia, old (not old: let's call it "antique"!) will leave one gasping for the right words..... but it's simple: "Oh! The Mansion" - folks, run tell dat!”


Teri - E Belf on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“Staff are exquisitely helpful and pleasant, matching & mirroring the exquisite decor. The moment my water gass emptied, a server appeared to replenish it - yet looking around I never saw anyone watching or hovering. Just part of the magic & mystique of the Mansion on "O" Apricot desserts to die for - said by a chocoholic.”


Janine Gray on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“The Mansion on O Ya just gotta go! Filled with desires It's sure to inspire A trip to the cosmo's And what else, who know's? The rooms sing with delight As you breathe in the night With dinnertini in hand You can almost hear the band Play Yesterday Today, and tomorrow.”


MARY THOMASSON on Aug 10, 2010 said:

“Culture Class How to act like a lady How to enjoy the finer things in life These are the things the Mansion helps me instill in my daughter!!!”


Eowana Jordan on Aug 9, 2010 said:

“My first time at the O wowed me with wonder and delight. I went back again to find the O even more Out of Sight! We spent a Christmas at the O which was full of fun and joy. Brunch and tea I enjoyed so much I have gone again, oh boy! I thought I had seen it all until I visited the O. But every time I return, I see a new reason to go. The food is amazing and the surroundings divine. The tours upstairs thrill me hoping to come spend more time. Everything has a price tag on it--my kinda place. Heck, the entire O is one huge gift shop space! It's been awhile since I've been back at the O to have fun. Maybe, if I am lucky, my poem will win me prize one!”


Christopher Whyrick on Aug 9, 2010 said:

“Incredible establishment! Truly, a testament to the history of Washington!”


Ebony on Aug 9, 2010 said:

“Had a great time there with my family!”


Olivia and Cynthia on Aug 6, 2010 said:

“Dear Katherine, Hilary, H, and everyone at The Mansion, Thank you for making our wedding celebration so perfect! You all are amazing. Love, Olivia and Cynthia”


Rose Walton on Aug 6, 2010 said:

“Mansion on O St. Who would have known from the outside This place of wonder and surprises A million things, big and small, awaiting them on inside Filled from top to bottom, wall to wall A treasure hunters' fantasy Capturing everyone's ooh's and awes Each room unique and enchanting Inviting and exciting A secret passage or door Leaves you searching for more. Not knowing what you'll find Makes the Mansion on O St. simply, one of a kind.”


Glenn on Aug 5, 2010 said:

“I visited the Mansion one time on a Monday night with some of my office co-workers and managers. These are my memories and thoughts of my experience at the Mansion: The Mansion is a one of a kind experience in life. Consume delightful food and drink until you are content. Then go on tour. Explore a huge treasure of collections from famous people. See the room dedicated to John Lennon with original memorabilia. Listen to a song that he was composing while he resided at the Mansion. Explore hidden rooms and discover countless more treasures obtained from famous people. Purchase some of them if you wish. Take a tour. Along your tour, relax in a conference room like you never have before. Book the room for your next off-site meeting. Bring your family to visit the Mansion. Attend one of the special family activities. Allow your family members all of the pleasures that you encountered. The Mansion contains treasures that are bound to interest people of all ages. Sleep over . Rent a room and use the Mansion as your hotel. Stop by with your co-workers on a Monday night. Enjoy a buffet along with fantastic homemade martinis. Try the special martini of the week.”


Katherine Klos on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“Fabulous Birthday gift from friends! Thank you.”


Bree Dietrich on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“Fascinating!”


Maggie Simanivanh on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“The tea/desserts were wonderful!”


Loraine on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“Super! Wonderful! Fabulous Food!”


Ariel Bright on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“Off the Chain”


Golnal Esfandiari on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“Beautiful Place, friendly staff. Thank you!”


Amanda Gant on Aug 3, 2010 said:

“<3 it”


Sarah Gaudreau on Aug 2, 2010 said:

“The mansion on o has much more to owe, than tours and teas and gave me glee 11 I found but need 21 more, all I can say is I had so much fun. -Lourdes I took my 11 year old to the Mansion for tea. She was quite entertained and wrote the above poem for you.”


Patricia Boling on Aug 2, 2010 said:

“Once upon a time there was a young, fit, attractive woman who was employed in DC and went to fabulous parties and events at beautiful venues such as yours. Then the young, fit, attractive mother married an ugly ogre and was forced to quit her job, stay home and birth baby after baby until she was no longer young, fit, or attractive. One day the woman awoke and decided to change her life. She escaped from the Ogre and finally found her Prince. She soon married her Prince and leads a quiet, humble life in a small town. For the most part, the woman is very happy. However, there is a part of that young, fit, attractive woman who would still love to visit fantastical places such as the Mansion. So, I ask you. Wouldn't you love to make a middle-aged woman's dream come true by allowing her to win this wonderful prize? Think of the joy you would bring to her life. Humbly submitted by the Mom of many in small-town USA.”


Kevin Massenberg on Aug 1, 2010 said:

“The first time I saw the O Street Mansion I said "This is so cool". It seems to have everything?even a swimming pool. The O Street mansion is an oasis in the heart of town. And as the following photos show, quite difficult to leave there with a frown. (click to enlarge)”


Ellen Lust on Jul 31, 2010 said:

“Meeting the O. It was simple, really, to fall in love with the O Mansion. I suspect it would be simple to fall in love *at* the O Mansion too, but I was already there with the man I love. Steve, my fianc?, had been invited to a dinner by the World Bank Institute leadership program - and refused to go unless he could bring me as well. I was excited to meet some of his colleagues, whom I'd heard so much about, but I wasn't entirely anticipating a great time at a "work" dinner. Was I wrong! Mingling before dinner was fun, and it was great to be introduced to people whose names I knew well but whose faces I hadn't yet seen. Clearly, some didn't quite understand what it meant when he introduced me as his partner - since I'm from Yale and we were collaborating on a project together only cemented in their minds that our partnership was purely work-related. Still, the atmosphere was light, and more - invigorating. We took up the invitation to explore the mansion. We wandered through it with others, all of us exclaiming and laughing at each new surprise - the 1001 items for sale, the whole notion that anything was saleable, a reminder of both impermanance and continuity; the hidden doors; Log Cabin; the John Lennon? By the time we descended back down the stairs to dinner, we felt like we'd been transported into an entirely new world. Time at the O allowed us to see things in a whole new light - all of us, I suspect. As we were ready to leave, Steve introduced me to one of his managers as his partner, while another manager (whom we'd met earlier) stood nearby. "Partner?" he asked - and suddenly burst out in a grin. The notion that life was rigidly bounded by work and projects -- that things fit neatly into boxes of "colleague", "partner," and "lover" -- had broken down. That's the O's magic. As we left, I told Steve that I wanted to be married at the O - to give our friends and families the chance to experience and enjoy the imaginative and reinvigorating time we'd spent -- even at a "work" dinner. And, in three weeks, we will be.”


Jack on Jul 30, 2010 said:

“Thanks for extending the fantastic hospitality. Your place is simply brilliant and my stay has been memorable and comfortable.”


Dean Flessas on Jul 29, 2010 said:

“Wonderful Place. I Will definitely return.”


Jeff Meier on Jul 29, 2010 said:

“"Great Experience!!! I will be back"”


Linda Willard on Jul 28, 2010 said:

“I have only been there 3 times for brunch & every time I go I find a new room & see things I missed before. It is such fun to take friends & everyone is blown away with the food & decor. The staff could not be any nicer. It is just such a nice little getaway even for a few hours & to know there are people still around that care & want to cater to your every need. It is worth the trip from Maryland & I will continue to visit as often as possible. Keep up the great work.”


Chen Doyen — summer 2010 intern from China on Jul 28, 2010 said:

“In these internship days, the most important thing what I learn is that I have to try to solve the problems by myself. Before the internship in Mansion, I admit that I have a degree of dependency on both life and work. I was accustomed to get help from other people but not by myself. However, during the internship here, the most biggest change of myself is that I learn to solve the problems by myself and become more and more confident. I really feel that I am growing up. As I see it, I have learned how to give mature consideration to all aspects of a question and how to make things perfect by my own ideas. Moreover, I realize that communication and carefulness are two of the most critical elements in hospitality industry by the daily work. I need to hold a good relationship with my managers and fellows to take a better teamwork to provide better service for the guests.. Also, the good communication with guests can help me to deliver my service directly, correctly and quickly. The more satisfaction guests get, the more happniess I get. In other hand, carefulness is one of the most important decisive factor of quality of service. So I always remind myself that to try to do the services slowly and carefully in the work. As an intership management trainee of Mansion, I need more observatioin and creativity. According to my observation of the operation of hotel rooms and F&B, I have to provide some fresh and actual perceptions. Everday we need to write the daily report, which includes pending, actioned, perceptions and so on. According to write the report everday, I have got a custom that to review what I did today, think about what else should I do next day and try to put forward the questions or ideas about the daily work daringly. It's really a good process of studying and improving. Although I met many kinds of difficulties in the work, I never give up and believe that these challenges will teach me something special. I try my best to adjust my states of mind to adapt to the jobs better. And it's really thankful that I really got some helps and encourages from my managers and fellows. In conclusion, the internship experience is impressive for me. It improves my personal ability of communication, observation and operation. It's meaningful. And I believe that these outcomes will bring me a brighter career future.”


Tim Lorenz on Jul 27, 2010 said:

“Hi! This past Christmas I decided to do something a little different. On Christmas Eve, without telling them where we were going, I brought my two daughters ("Oh Dad, not another secret trip! Where are we GOING?"), my out of work brother, and my 82 year old mother, to the Mansion. I gave them each $30 and said "Find a treasure and buy it!". My mother was in stroke recovery, but in her day she was a musician, a flea market specialist and Collector of Things, and even a Docent at Hillwood, the Margery Merriweather Post mansion here in DC. She absolutely LOVED the O Mansion. The girls covered every room they could find and had a blast! Mom moved slowly between floors, but was in awe by Simply Every Thing! In between helping her around, my brother found The Perfect Hat. I had the best feeling of giving I have ever experienced and we all decided this would be a new family tradition. I was also on the lookout for one of the Afternoon Teas at the mansion hoping to get ! Mom to attend one of them. She was looking forward to one. Mom was hit this June with acute diabetic pancreatitis. The impact of this disease spread throughout her body, and although she fought for three and a half weeks in the ICU and suffered the entire time, we lost Mom on July 5th. Still in shock, and still going through her things, I just realized I have tears in my eyes as I write this. However, I am certain her happiest moments in years were at your place with our little family this past Christmas Eve. Thanks for being there. Tim Lorenz (on the left in the snappy bow tie circa 1956) Son of Marynelle (born January 14, 1927)”


Biceman on Jul 27, 2010 said:

“Whimsy Abounds! From every corner to every wall through every door - there is a virtual feast for the eyes. Curiosity flourishes your mind as you gaze among a vast array of artwork, statues, china, lions, tigers, bears - OH MY! Beginning with the creak of the floor boards as you wander through the front foyer you get a sense of nostalgia. Never have I walked into a place and felt more at home. Typically buildings and establishments that are B&B-esque put you on guard and tend to make you walk on eggshells. Not the Mansion. A sense of calm, tranquil-ness is the initial feeling - then the explorer, the adventurer, the fortune-hunter is exposed and there is no stopping you! You must move, but cautiously so as not to miss one spec of who-knows-what. My first stay in the Windmill room was amazing. The emerald green soaker tub was sublime. The bed was heavenly. I swear it was like sleeping on angel's wings! The room is very quiet and provided a nice respite following my busy day. Of course the fact that I had experienced the plethora of cuisines at O-Dinnertini and imbibed on the Monday Martini's helped ;-) I certainly cannot wait for my next stay at the Mansion. August has a special O'Shimmertini event that is just the excuse I need to book a room and be pampered like royalty! From the most courteous of staff and volunteers to the welcomingly unpretentious owners - the Mansion is the premier location for food, fun, frolic and flight of the imagination not too mention the fabulous accommodations.”


Tom Patterson on Jul 26, 2010 said:

“Thank you very much for letting us stay in the log cabin one night of our trip. My son Wil has been talking about it for half his life (he's 11, so it really has been half his life since my book signing in 2005). He's more excited about this than any other aspect of the trip (including seeing family and friends!!) Just wanted you to know that you made a little boy's day!”


private guest :) on Jul 25, 2010 said:

“Thank you all for such a wonderful, whimsical time! "my eyeball spins around inside my head!" (click to enlarge)”


Lesche on Jul 25, 2010 said:

“Thank you for a great stay.”


Alicia Murphy on Jul 23, 2010 said:

“The Mansion was young when I lived in DC and I didn't know then of its existence. I wish I had. I wish I could have volunteered to work in the museum. I wish I could have been a part of this amazing experience in a way that enhanced the experience for others. But it was years later that my husband's good friend, a good friend of H's, invited us to visit the Mansion while we were vacationing in DC with our children. That visit was more magical than Disneyland for them (and for me, too!). I felt like Alice stepping through the Looking Glass. I was in the land of enchantment. H spoke to my son & told him of the opportunities that the Mansion provided for college students. It made me want to go back in time to my student days so I could intern in this unique atmosphere. My days are freer now that my once-homeschooled kids are in school. I'm trying to decide how to reinvent myself now that I'm not their teacher. And sometimes I think about how cool it would be to be back in DC & at the Mansion. Maybe in a few years when they are all in college I will go back to the place that so captured my imagination. Until then I visit the website and the photographs we took of our children that day. And my spirits are always raised.”


Tommy on Jul 23, 2010 said:

“I think I'm still wandering through the walls trying to find our room. And I was there three weeks ago. Love and miss the mansion.”


Mary on Jul 23, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality over the July 4th weekend. You definitely have one of the most interesting "hotels" I've ever seen ... so much fun just checking out its nooks and crannies! Thanks for helping create for us one of the best July 4ths, ever!”


Linnea Ewings — Mansion Customer on Jul 20, 2010 said:

“My niece and I attended the June 2010 - Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, which was fingerlicking good and magical! The Mansion filled our afternoon with a elegant magical essence, transcending us outside ourselves temporarily and exploded our expectation! The true purpose of the afternoon was to help my neice forget just a few hours of her day. She had a premature delivery 30 days prior, baby girl weigh 2 pounds and remained in intensive care. This evening was to take her mind temporarily off the situation. Due to the Mansion wonderful environment/presentation, for several hours, my neice wondered through the mansion (as Alice - young at heart/carefree) magical rooms and doors, forgetting herself as she searched for treasures. I hadn't seen her eyes so wide, bright or smile so broad in several weeks. That afternoon was priceless and a looking glass moment I'll reflection upon forever! Thank you Mansion.”


William Bice on Jul 20, 2010 said:

“Amazing, I have found my home away from home when staying in D.C. I'm a believer!”


Susie Steed on Jul 19, 2010 said:

“Truly the most amazing place I've ever been!”


Maureen on Jul 17, 2010 said:

“I love the Mansion, it is a calming joy filled place. When I want to celebrate life or when I need to feel uplifted it is the place to go to. There is always something new to taste and see and a great staff to visit with.”


Sara Spangler on Jul 17, 2010 said:

“I wrote this poem awhile ago, but considering some of the context, emotions to this day are still relevant in my daily life, it's almost a diary entry... there's no occasion at hand for me to chastise the greatest lies i've burned you out with the intention of blazing the skies and i commence to scour for a noble aide to help forget memorized diagrams created for the coast, i get rigid with regret without delay, i've consigned to oblivion as to how i ended here how fast the past converts to just another year and though you acted the child the heat in my heart's no longer mild and i took the liberty to think i could be complete but i'm bitter beneath these sheets and that's why that's why i've got woes and i've got worries i exhaust my diligence to be sturdy i'm ready for fire i'm hopeless of trusting apart from what's left of these wings see i lost my life i've abandoned everything luminous on this ride and you don't know that i dream on the slide that i'll find home i'll find home i'm panicked by terrors gaping within me, getting loose and i try to stand still as you crave for me to choose the only question aimed at the ammo all i can tell you is that, i don't know there you go again you can't keep from asking and i take a breath, open my eyes and i see this is what i get it serves me right i can't forget and that's why that's why i've got woes and i've got worries i exhaust my diligence to be sturdy i'm ready for fire i'm hopeless of trusting apart from what's left of these wings see i lost my life i've abandoned everything luminous on this ride and you don't know that i dream on the slide that i'll find home i'll find home And for the two nights and three days I stayed at The Mansion, I had found home. I was in a beautiful and laid-back environment. It was so extravagant I felt like I was in a fairytale, but the assurance to roam freely, experience as much as possible, and become apart of a family full of, essentially, strangers, made the fairytale seem so much more tangible and real. The elegance and surrealism made The Mansion a place to want to be, but the humble grace of, for lack of a better term, "the staff" made The Mansion warm and welcoming, like a home, at least the kind of home I have been looking for.”


Nina Hudock on Jul 16, 2010 said:

“Dream Love Whisper Delight Gracious Dove Eyes Bright Peaceful Cove Luminous Night”


Sara Bazan on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“It was and is my very first time there but i have told all my family and friends that it is a must to go to the one and only O MANSION! My cousin who is with ICE took us there for a Sunday brunch. WOW i could not get enough of everthing that makes up this unique palace. Who ever put it together has to be amazing!!!! I felt like i went back in time and that was so mesmerizing....because it's like living in the good old days. A very warm and cozy place....with the most incredible food and deserts. The people are so friendly, you feel at home from the instant you step into the OMANSION! I am going back before the year is up.....and i am from the state of Texas border of Mexico. Congratulations to the owners of this wonderful place. GOD BLESS ALL WHO MAKE THIS PLACE RUN SO SMOOTHLY!”


Deeanna Burleson on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“It is just a magical, magical place. Everytime I have been there I have had a wonderful time with friends. The history and the ambience create a perfect place. The waiter we had on one visit quickly gave us a tour of the entire place down to the wine cellar. I later learned that a son of a dear friend of mine who had been killed in a car wreck when he was 23 had worked on the copper top in the wine cellar or the kitchen. A place where special things and stories all come together. I wish I had pictures and a great creative story but it is very simple for me... Magical.”


Erin Mantz on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“The mansion is like... Falling down a hole like Alice in Wonderland and entering a magical new world (in a good way!) Feeling like a privileged person who was selected to be backstage at a rock concert Stepping into the best party in town An escape from the daily grind of life in DC or that too-cooped up suburban feeling A hideaway house for grown-ups Hearing your favorite song at sixteen An idea of what heaven might be like.”


Elna Swofford on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“The Mansion at O St means intrique and uniqueness. We enjoy luxury and entertainment.”


Meredith Pond on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“Back in the 60s, I lived right next door to you at 2016 O Street. Imagine my surprise when I attended a Caroline Casey astrology event at the Mansion 40 years later. The Mansion is a living symbol of the 1960s right in the heart of Washington, DC. I love it!”


Eric Linderman on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“First date was desert brunch, where we had our first kiss in the closet of mirrors, and our first dance in the game room.”


Tonya Farmer on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“It means where friendships start and bloosm into something to cherish for a lifetime. In a place full of wonder and excitement only one can imagine the inward makings of a masterpiece.”


Janette Ponticello on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“Such Fun! It's like walking through a fairy tale house!”


Tea Guest on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“" We really enjoyed our tea and the desserts. We appreciated the salty options. The staff was attentive. This was fun!"”


Shari Walker on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“I write a real estate blog, and wrote this piece about The Mansion: http://dc.thearlingtondirt.com/2010/07/12/oh-my-o-street-mansion/ We had taken my husband's parents there when they came to visit us recently. My mother and father in law have been essentially my parents for the past six years. They have loved me and supported me unconditionally. When my super-religious family wouldn't get behind our wedding because of differing religious views, my father-in-law stepped up and walked me down the aisle. My father-in-law, Mike, loves life more than almost anyone I have ever known. Jump out of airplanes? He's done it. Swim with sharks? Yep again. He served in Turkey during Vietnam, came home on Christmas leave, married his childhood sweetheart, my mother-in-law, Sandy, and swept her back to Turkey for an adventure. He is always doing or making something for others, like one his famous wood turning projects. Last time he came up, he brought my husband a cigar humido! r he made himself. This most recent trip when we came to The Mansion was picture perfect. We took him to see the Blue Angels show, brought him to The Mansion, and enjoyed each other's company to the fullest. That following week, we received news that he had a massive tumor in his lung that had spread to his brain, and he has now gone through radiation, is a about to start chemo, and has been given a few months to live. The Mansion will always be a special place for me and my husband because it holds the memories of our last good time together uninhibited by stress and dread. It is a special moment trapped in time, and we will cherish it always. It is a magical place, in so many ways, and every time we visit, we will remember that happy time. (click to enlarge)”


Peter Loge on Jul 15, 2010 said:

“The rumors that I started my own company just to throw parties at the Mansion and bring clients there are (largely) unfounded.”


Sheilah Goodman on Jul 14, 2010 said:

“Lovely stay-Just wish it could be longer.”


Sierra Kinet on Jul 14, 2010 said:

“Was Wonderful- Thanks! :)”


Barrett Caldwell on Jul 14, 2010 said:

“I would really enjoy returning here when I have more time to spend exploring. A wonderful adventure!”


James Stanley on Jul 14, 2010 said:

“Fun, quirky, eclectic hotel. An absolute must stay in DC”


Sarah Lu on Jul 14, 2010 said:

“Great tour, loved everything!”


Alison Nadle on Jul 13, 2010 said:

“Our tour was great! The mansion is beautiful and we enjoyed it”


Diane Steed on Jul 12, 2010 said:

“What an incredible collection of memorabilia. And lunch was wonderful.”


Published in Charles Luck Perspectives By Heidi LaSalata — Contributor: Meghan Marino on Jul 12, 2010 said:

“A TOUR OF THE WONDERFULLY WEIRD O ST. MUSEUM http://perspectives.charlesluck.com/2010/06/10/a-tour-of-the-wonderfully-weird-o-st-museum/”


Shafer L. Busch on Jul 11, 2010 said:

“I've never seen anything like it.”


Alyx Mark on Jul 3, 2010 said:

“The picture speaks for itself! :) We had such a fun time at the Mansion! (click picture to enlarge)”


Lina Vonderhaar on Jul 3, 2010 said:

“What a wonderful evening! We have visited The Mansion four times each on a Monday. Last Monday was my birthday, so my choice for dinner was O Street. We all had such a wonderful dinner and my birthday was WONDERFUL! Thank you!”


Carole Cones on Jul 3, 2010 said:

“I'm not really a poet, songwriter, or someone who would make a decent video, but I have found the Mansion to be an oasis in a town that all too often doesn't take time to look at the people around us except from the standpoint of their standing (i.e. powerful politician or administration official, rich businessman, etc. -- i.e. what can they do for me). I'm from Thorntown, Indiana, and came here many years ago to work for my Congressman, John Myers. I've always found the Mansion a treat and adventure, but as I learned more about the reason the Mansion came to be and a small bit about those who have a membership, the more I'm impressed and intrigued -- for example the dinners the Mansion occasionally quietly holds with people from all walks of life -- from powerful people to street people, none of whom know the names/satus of the others -- made it even more a place of which I'd like to be a part. Washington has much to offer, but it's a place that all too often ignores the diversity of this place which houses people once powerful people (but no longer), but still valuable and viable people, veterans who have their own stories to tell. I could go on and on, but I came to DC to learn more about government, but once I was here (and grew a bit older and, I hope wiser), I realized the wealth that is truly here in DC and mostly hidden. The Mansion discretely houses celebrities and those of us who are just regular people. Its diversity is something which, again the longer I'm here, I've come to value not only at the Mansion (we've not been active participants in the events, but have been there frequently -- bringing friends and relatives both from here and Indiana). It's a place which lets your mind go free -- sounds corny, but hope you will understand. My husband and I are at a point in our lives where we're facing the loss of our house and many other problems (insignificant compared to some), but this has also brought me to a point where I realize how much I've let "work" absorb me and not living my life to the fullest. Meeting new and diverse people, and hopefully having something to contribute as well, is something my husband and I would truly value and do our best to be members of your group who can contribute to the diversity and intrinsic value of what I've come to learn is the true meaning of the Mansion -- it's not just a neat place to have brunch. When you go below the surface, it's much, much more. As an aside, my husband and I are on our second marriage -- I've been here for many years, but he did a mid-life career change from building contractor to RN, working at the VA Hospital in DC. I met him while he was going to nursing school and working part-time at the nursing home where my mother resided for about about 4 years. We took a chance and married and he really took a leap of faith and came here to be with me. Contrary to questions from some of my friends as to how rich and old WAS he, as an RN he will never be rich, and he's my age -- since I've been here since '72, that will give you some clue. In short, we've often talked about a Membership to the Mansion, but had other financial priorities. This would be absolutely great for us and I assure you we'd do our best to add diversity to the "mix." House problems aside, we hope to remain here for some time, and are making adjustments as I work to establish a non-profit doing international development work. By the way, I should also mention (unrelated to our application) that we took my stepdaughter to the Mansion for brunch. She is a manager at Starbucks in Indiana. Just by chance one of her customers mentioned coming to DC. My stepdaughter asked if she'd heard of the Mansion -- the person had actually been there as a part of her meeting and was absolutely overwhelmed that Jama had been there with us. Sadly, it's taken me getting older to fully appreciate the fact that life is too short to just work -- we're both trying very hard to make that a priority. This would be a perfect opportunity -- I guess the longer you live the more you learn, and we hope to keep learning and learning. In fact, my husband has just gone back to school to obtain the equivalent in the nursing world of his MBA at 50+. So you can see, we're determined to regroup, while having fun and do interesting things at the same time. Thank you for your consideration -- and will keep fingers crossed.”


Anya Kendell on Jul 2, 2010 said:

“I love the Mansion because it reminds me of stepping into a story book. Walking in the front door is like stepping into Alice in Wonderland. While peering around corners and in strange rooms it has you wondering just how far down does the rabbit hole go? Very few things in this life give you a chance to relive being a kid like the Mansion does. Because of this, its one of my favorite places in DC, and every time I get a chance to take someone there I do. In a city as cynical as DC, its nice to add a bit of whimsy into the mix :)”


Carole Cones on Jul 1, 2010 said:

“I'm not really a poet, songwriter, or someone who would make a decent video, but I have found the Mansion to be an oasis in a town that all too often doesn't take time to look at the people around us except from the standpoint of their standing (i.e. powerful politician or administration official, rich businessman, etc. -- i.e. what can they do for me). I'm from Thorntown, Indiana, and came here many years ago to work for my Congressman, John Myers. I've always found the Mansion a treat and adventure, but as I learned more about the reason the Mansion came to be and a small bit about those who have a membership, the more I'm impressed and intrigued -- for example the dinners the Mansion occasionally quietly holds with people from all walks of life -- from powerful people to street people, none of whom know the names/satus of the others -- made it even more a place of which I'd like to be a part. Washington has much to offer, but it's a place that all too often ignores the diversity of this place which houses people once powerful people (but no longer), but still valuable and viable people, veterans who have their own stories to tell. I could go on and on, but I came to DC to learn more about government, but once I was here (and grew a bit older and, I hope wiser), I realized the wealth that is truly here in DC and mostly hidden.

The Mansion discretely houses celebrities and those of us who are just regular people. Its diversity is something which, again the longer I'm here, I've come to value not only at the Mansion (we've not been active participants in the events, but have been there frequently -- bringing friends and relatives both from here and Indiana). It's a place which lets your mind go free -- sounds corny, but hope you will understand. My husband and I are at a point in our lives where we're facing the loss of our house and many other problems (insignificant compared to some), but this has also brought me to a point where I realize how much I've let "work" absorb me and not living my life to the fullest. Meeting new and diverse people, and hopefully having something to contribute as well, is something my husband and I would truly value and do our best to be members of your group who can contribute to the diversity and intrinsic value of what I've come to learn is the true meaning of the Mansion -- it's not just a neat place to have brunch. When you go below the surface, it's much, much more. As an aside, my husband and I are on our second marriage -- I've been here for many years, but he did a mid-life career change from building contractor to RN, working at the VA Hospital in DC. I met him while he was going to nursing school and working part-time at the nursing home where my mother resided for about about 4 years. We took a chance and married and he really took a leap of faith and came here to be with me. Contrary to questions from some of my friends as to how rich and old WAS he, as an RN he will never be rich, and he's my age -- since I've been here since '72, that will give you some clue. In short, we've often talked about a Membership to the Mansion, but had other financial priorities. This would be absolutely great for us and I assure you we'd do our best to add diversity to the "mix." House problems aside, we hope to remain here for some time, and are making adjustments as I work to establish a non-profit doing international development work. By the way, I should also mention (unrelated to our application) that we took my stepdaughter to the Mansion for brunch. She is a manager at Starbucks in Indiana. Just by chance one of her customers mentioned coming to DC. My stepdaughter asked if she'd heard of the Mansion -- the person had actually been there as a part of her meeting and was absolutely overwhelmed that Jama had been there with us. Sadly, it's taken me getting older to fully appreciate the fact that life is too short to just work -- we're both trying very hard to make that a priority. This would be a perfect opportunity -- I guess the longer you live the more you learn, and we hope to keep learning and learning. In fact, my husband has just gone back to school to obtain the equivalent in the nursing world of his MBA at 50+. So you can see, we're determined to regroup, while having fun and do interesting things at the same time. Thank you for your consideration -- and will keep fingers crossed.”


Nancy Clark on Jun 29, 2010 said:

“A truly wonderful stay at this unique mansion. Loved wondering every evening to see what new room or new decoration would catch my eye. I want to try each and every room. Now that sounds like a wonderful goal!”


Roberto Facundus on Jun 28, 2010 said:

“A place that I simply don't understand, but can't get enough of.”


sk on Jun 27, 2010 said:

“Thanks to you and everyone on your team who made the event great!”


Eileen Marston on Jun 24, 2010 said:

“My baby's engaged to her Prince Charming but planning a wedding has become alarming. The Mansion would be the perfect venue, allowing her to celebrate a dream come true. We'd love to be members of such an exquisite site! We hope we'll win them a magical night. I am a teacher, but enrollment is down so now I must job-hunt all over town. I would truly appreciate your lovely Grand Prize and enjoy the excitement in my daughter's eyes! ~ Thanks for considering us! (click picture to enlarge)”


The Mansion! on Jun 21, 2010 said:

“Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winners of the Alice in Wonderland Treasure Hunt & Tea! Jerry Mowery won a $100 gift card and Quinta Jackson won a one nights stay at The Mansion!


Forest Hamlin on Jun 21, 2010 said:

“My first visit. Great Place. I'll be back!”


Joey on Jun 21, 2010 said:

“I loved the treasure part. It was so much fun. I hope I can do it next year too!”


Katherine Konkel on Jun 21, 2010 said:

“The Mansion is whimsy and wonder. It is a great combination of fancy decor with a vintage feel. It is a space uncreated anywhere else in DC.”


Whitney Rivas on Jun 15, 2010 said:

“I came to the mansion a couple of years ago for a party i loved it...I loved how priviate it was. It was my little secret. The service was wonderful, the food was great, and party was one not to ever forget. Thank you for such a wonderful night and more to come..”


Brenda Harris on Jun 14, 2010 said:

“At 60 years young with my first visit, I had the best time at the Mansion ever, remembering things that I experience as a little girl at home in Blackstone, Va. and Lanham, Md. The varities of food were delightfully delicious and the chic atmoshere was awesome. I thank you for such as great experience”


Scott Alprin on Jun 13, 2010 said:

“Thanks for helping to make our 2nd anniversary special!”


Maggie H. — Disney's Alice in Wonderland Treasure Hunt &amp; Tea Party on Jun 12, 2010 said:

“AmAzing!!! Just left the mansion. It was a GREAT event! Great turn out everyone had a blast. Thanks SO much for putting this together!”


Donna Smith on Jun 12, 2010 said:

“What a fun place to stay. We had a great time exploring - I'm only sad we didn't have more time -- there are rooms we missed so I'm looking forward to going back.”


miriam forster on Jun 11, 2010 said:

“A unique place for unique memories”


Laura Tuel on Jun 11, 2010 said:

“A safe place...”


Deana H. on Jun 11, 2010 said:

“I want you to know how thrilled everyone was with the bridal shower breakfast I hosted at the Mansion on O last Sunday. Our private room was absolutely beautiful, the food was fantastic, the service was extremely attentive and the dessert buffet was quite amazing. The bride-to-be hasn't stopped talking about her shower and the Mansion. Thank you so very much for making possible such a wonderful place to celebrate our event.”


The Mansion! on Jun 9, 2010 said:

“Hey Everyone! We won a Talk of the Town Award for Customer Satisfaction - Thank you for your support and kind words we really appreciate it!!!! Check it out! http://talkofthetownsearch.com/aw_search0.asp?key=57750”


The Mansion! on Jun 9, 2010 said:

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admin on Jun 9, 2010 said:

“Hey Everyone! We won a Talk of the Town Award for Customer Satisfaction - Thank you for your support and kind words we really appreciate it!!!! Check it out! http://talkofthetownsearch.com/aw_search0.asp?key=57750”


Erin Mantz on Jun 8, 2010 said:

“I first arrived at the Mansion in 1994, my first New Year's Eve since i'd moved to Dupont Circle from Chicago. Entering the mansion, at age 24 and just a few years out of college situated in a small town, I felt like i entered a magical world! The cocktails, the music, the crowds, the play casino tables, the spectactular scene before me made me realize I was in a very special place at a very special time. And that was just the entry-level floor! Making my way up the stairs and through secret doors and twists and turns, one room was more interesting and unique than the next. My favorite has stuck with me for years -- the "log cabin" with the loft-like kitchen and beautiful bathroom. Since 1994, I have dreamt of one day making a success of myself to come back and stay in this special room. I have certainly built my career and had kids since then, and get bogged down with bills for the mortgage, college funds and child care, but, at age forty, I still dream about waking u! p in the log cabin room just one time and enjoying brunch, away from the everyday Eggo waffle-toasting and hub-bub or real daily life!”


Tim &amp; Melissa - Wedding Reception on Jun 8, 2010 said:

“Thank you for everything you did to make our wedding reception a truly wonderful evening. Sally and Katherine were so wonderful during the planning process, Hillary was terrific as our on-site person that night, your chefs created a great meal and unbelievable dessert room, and the wait staff & bartender that night was the best. Please know how much we appreciate what you did for us!”


Natalie Donovan on Jun 5, 2010 said:

“Super Fabuloso! Every room is a treasure hunt.”


M. Shelton &amp; S. Sedwick on Jun 3, 2010 said:

“Our stay was enchanting & fun. Including the Tea on Saturday and breakfast in the kitchen. We loved the Captain's Quarters, especially our son, 10 who slept on his first waterbed!”


Robert &amp; Tabitha Barr on Jun 2, 2010 said:

“This experience has been fantastic! I could stay here for weeks wandering from room to room just looking and reading and exploring! Thanks to our Chef, and really the entire staff! This experience has been just wonderful!”


Beverly Barnhart on Jun 1, 2010 said:

“I never heard of the Mansion until I attended a Purdue alumni party a few years ago when the PU president attended. I was amazed and awed at the place,and so proud to know a fellow PU alum was the owner. I have never been to any restaurant (how can I call it just that? It is really an "experience") that was so overwhelmingly beautiful and a sensory experience. I tell everyone I know about it and hope to be a member one day. This place is nothing short of fabulous and a wonderful DC secret!”


Alyx on Jun 1, 2010 said:

“The picture speaks for itself! :) We had such a fun time at the Mansion! (click picture to enlarge)”


Patricia Boling on Jun 1, 2010 said:

“Once upon a time there was a version of me I lived in the city and partied for free Today here I sit in the burbs with my children times six Oh how a membership and fun would just fix This longing I have from time to time To get away with friends and have something just mine Pick me Pick me Pick me!!!”


Piper, Ellis, Harper, Shawn &amp; Marta on May 26, 2010 said:



Brendan Curran on May 22, 2010 said:

“I don't need a minibar in my room w/ $7 cashews. I don't need a giant atrium in the lobby. What I need is feeling like a guest at someone's house. Instead of feeling like a transient working in DC, at least after 6PM I'm on vacation. The Mansion is the hidden gem of DC hotels.”


Brendan C. on May 21, 2010 said:

“I just wanted to thank you and everyone at the mansion again. It is an oasis among the typical hotel desert. Those rooms are something else.”


Melanie Stevenson on May 20, 2010 said:

“Love the kitchen. Great concept for a hotel!”


Denise on May 19, 2010 said:

“Thank you for the grand repast at The Mansion. The serving tables were laden with tasty vittles and wonderful sweets, and no bounds were placed on replenishments. It proved to be a jolly get-together on a rainy afternoon. It is gratifying to know that you consider the occasion an earned reward for our achievements I appreciate the recognition. (click to enlarge image)”


Franz Hauk on May 19, 2010 said:

“One of a kind ? Unique! A whole different experience...I would stay again!”


J. Wasserman on May 14, 2010 said:

“Receiving your amazing emails just make me miss the Mansion even more! (sigh) Every now and then my 4 year old asks out of the blue, "when can we go to the mansion again?" Hope everything is great with you and your family!”


Paula Liuke on May 13, 2010 said:



J. Vaccaro on May 12, 2010 said:

“We had a wonderful meal and a fabulous experience celebrating my daughter's graduation from American University this past Sunday. Thank you for a truly unique experience!”


G. Birce on May 12, 2010 said:

“You have got a treasure here! Hope it stays around for a long time to come!”


Curran on May 10, 2010 said:

“Just awesome!”


M. Clopton on May 9, 2010 said:

“I truly enjoyed my first experience and look forward to coming back soon”


Sarah Hartnett and Friends on May 9, 2010 said:

“Best Mother's Day brunch ever! We love coming to O mansion- feels like brunch at home with someone else doing the work.”


Manela Diez on May 9, 2010 said:

“We had a wonderful Mother's Day! The food was good and the service great! Thanks!”


Terra Reid on May 4, 2010 said:

“Thank you. The phrase is simple and the words are few, but behind them lies a world of appreciation. Thank you for making my "fabulous 40" birthday brunch at The Mansion such a memorable event for my friends and family. Special people like you make the world a better place.”


Dianna S. on May 3, 2010 said:

“We had a great time! Steve was awesome...he did a great job. Thanks for everything!”


Roberta on Apr 30, 2010 said:

“That was a lovely dinner last night; my guests and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Special thanks to Kathryn and Antoine who were both superb.”


Tracy S. on Apr 29, 2010 said:

“Many thanks for a wonderful visit. Especially the spontaneous meal from your chef as well as Hillary's caring attendance to my requests. Just so much fun and so comfortable. I slept wonderfully well.”


Kitt on Apr 29, 2010 said:

“The Mansion was the perfect hotel for our reunion! You can't help but have a great time here! We loved buying the stuff all around us; and the sensational brunch topped it all off. Thanks for making it a sensational reunion for us!! I agree with another writer here, you must experience staying here before you die. And sooner, rather than later, since you'll want to return annually. (Go on, live it up! ) ”


Tracy S on Apr 29, 2010 said:

“Many thanks for a wonderful visit. Especially the spontaneous meal from your chef as well as Hillary's caring attendance to my requests. Just so much fun and so comfortable. I slept wonderfully well.”


Dr. Anne Deaton on Apr 27, 2010 said:

“Whimsical, delightful to the eye and spirit- and this is my second visit to The Mansion- the effect is equally charming-which is good because I brought friends!”


Blaine Griffin on Apr 19, 2010 said:

“I stayed in the log cabin room. I have been all over the world (Europe, Israel, etc.). This is by far the most unique, dynamic and opulent lodging experience I have ever had. Thank you.”


Carol on Apr 19, 2010 said:

“The magic again enveloped me and never left. It is with me still. Thank you, thank you! We loved the Lennon room and were so glad that it was one of our options, though truly? It wouldn't have mattered then, and it won't matter the next time, what rooms were/are available, because each is a unique adventure in itself, and that, too, is part of the magic. Thank you! I don't think I know of any other place where the answer to any request is always "Yes." Not "Yes, but." Just "Yes." Every single person at the Mansion was kind and helpful and friendly...and effortless. Not studied. Not rehearsed. Just genuinely kind and wonderful. I had the best time sitting ensconced by the window on the sofa in the room with all the chandeliers, listening to the music and reading my New Yorker, and then later taking a stroll to DuPont Circle to people-watch. So, could i just come and live there for a while? ;-) Thank you, again!”


John - PBS on Apr 19, 2010 said:

“The PBS party was a smashing success! Our guests said ? It was the perfect party on every level ? it was actually very much fun ? I loved every minute and morsel. Thanks so much for everything. An event at the Mansion is always a magical experience, and this was no exception.”


Carol on Apr 19, 2010 said:

“The magic again enveloped me and never left. It is with me still. Thank you, thank you! We loved the Lennon room and were so glad that it was one of our options, though truly? It wouldn't have mattered then, and it won't matter the next time, what rooms were/are available, because each is a unique adventure in itself, and that, too, is part of the magic. Thank you! I don't think I know of any other place where the answer to any request is always "Yes." Not "Yes, but." Just "Yes." Every single person at the Mansion was kind and helpful and friendly?and effortless. Not studied. Not rehearsed. Just genuinely kind and wonderful. I had the best time sitting ensconced by the window on the sofa in the room with all the chandeliers, listening to the music and reading my New Yorker, and then later taking a stroll to DuPont Circle to people-watch. So, could i just come and live there for a while? Thank you, again!”


Blaine Griffin on Apr 19, 2010 said:

“I stayed in the log cabin room. I have been all over the world (Europe, Israel, etc.). This is by far the most unique, dynamic and opulent lodging experience I have ever had. Thank you.”


The Skattums on Apr 18, 2010 said:

“Thank you for your hospitality this past week. We really enjoyed staying at your mansion and look forward to coming back in the future. We must say this was the most unique BB we've ever stayed in.”


M. on Apr 18, 2010 said:

“We loved our visit & can't wait to come back again.”


Peggy &amp; Dale Dumont on Apr 18, 2010 said:

“Had a great time! Everything was done great! Your gal Hilary made it very easy...”


J Valeriano &amp; AEPhi on Apr 18, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for making our formal amazing! I can't even tell you how many people came up to me telling me it was the best sorority function they've ever been to! Everyone loved the place, the food, the DJ, and the staff... The Mansion is an amazing place and I'm so happy to have found it. I will definitely be back many times!”


M. on Apr 18, 2010 said:

“We loved our visit & can't wait to come back again.”


The Skattums on Apr 18, 2010 said:

“Thank you for your hospitality this past week. We really enjoyed staying at your mansion and look forward to coming back in the future. We must say this was the most unique BB we've ever stayed in.”


Steph &amp; Britt on Apr 12, 2010 said:

“The staff was all very helpful, professional, nice and excellently dressed! We had a great experience and will be recommending to others! Thanks!”


Paul and Michele Nathanson on Apr 11, 2010 said:

“All of you made Hannah's Bat Mitzvah party wonderful - everything was perfect. The food, as usual, was excellent, but it is the little and big things you all do to make sure we have a special day that makes the Mansion such a wonderful place. We greatly appreciate all your efforts, your thoughtfulness, creativeness, care and hard work in making Hannah's Bat Mitzvah party such a wonderful occasion.”


Kathleen on Apr 6, 2010 said:

“It was a terrific brunch and the cake was fabulous! Thanks for singing Happy Birthday to Emily. :)”


Doug &amp; Kate Coleman on Apr 4, 2010 said:

“So much fun! Best Easter Brunch - ever!”


Margarita on Apr 2, 2010 said:

“I can't thank you and everyone else at the Mansion enough for making our stay memorable and making us feel at home. We're making plans to come back in the fall because we enjoyed it so much.”


Margarita on Apr 2, 2010 said:

“I can't thank you and everyone else at the Mansion enough for making our stay memorable and making us feel at home. We're making plans to come back in the fall because we enjoyed it so much.”


Elise Title on Mar 31, 2010 said:

“We had the best time at the Mansion and look forward to another visit.”


Elise Title on Mar 31, 2010 said:

“We had the best time at the Mansion and look forward to another visit.”


Cheryl on Mar 29, 2010 said:

“Had a FABULOUS brunch yesterday!!! The brisket was GREAT!!!! I really liked the apple fruit salad too. I had only one problem, not enough room in my stomach to try all the foods.”


Sheila on Mar 29, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for everything. My stay was wonderful. I love that the building is named for Rosa Parks. I love that I was surrounded by music and political memorabilia. I love the exquisitely decorated rooms, the privacy. And I love that I sat on a comfy couch sipping ginger tea watching Health Care Reform pass during my stay.”


Tom Martin, American Forest Foundation on Mar 24, 2010 said:

“Thank you for naming us your charity for the Earth Day breakfast ? you are a terrific partner and supporter.”


Emily on Mar 23, 2010 said:

“The Mansion was one of the nicest stays I've had while in DC. Great location (just a few block walk from my meeting place), comfortable place and coffee right out the door! Couldn't ask for more. Thank you for your hospitality”


D. Florence on Mar 21, 2010 said:

“Our waiter was Seth. We have been here before but never have we had such a special time and it was due to Seth. He was warm, friendly & informative.”


S. Jaebissi on Mar 18, 2010 said:

“Seth is exceptional ? we had outstanding service, he was a delight and we will be back.”


Caryn on Mar 15, 2010 said:

“We had a treasure hunt at our last Mansion event and it was a true highlight.....friends and family are still talking about it.”


Miriam on Mar 9, 2010 said:

“We love being in our "home away from home" and guess we have you (and the big group who booked out the full mansion across the way!) for introducing us to the new and exquisite joys of the Versailles Room. We had an amazingly wonderful 3 nights there.”


T. Martin on Mar 7, 2010 said:

“I celebrated my birthday with the Brain Teaser Treasure Hunt and Champagne.... THANK YOU! All of my friends and I had a fabulous time, what a unique experience.”


Mary McBride on Mar 1, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for having us play at the mansion. We had such a wonderful time and appreciate that you do these concerts as a labor of love. It is such a rarity these days to play at such a welcoming venue.”


Patsy Ray on Feb 26, 2010 said:

“I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my visit. So I am sending you my grandmother's silver and some of my jewelry to show you.”


Magdalena Kusemileva on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“I wanted to thank you for organizing the amazing event for us last night. My team had a fabulous time, the food was great, the whole atmosphere very unique as usual, your staff was very discreet but always at hand, everyone loved the numerology reports and also Ted's speech was very interesting. In a word, a great event, thanks to all of you guys. We are looking forward to organizing something similar again!”


Shay Stautz on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“Thank you for a once in a lifetime amazing experience! ?”


William M Cusmano on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“The food was fabulous, the setting was enchanting and your generosity was undeserved, but much appreciated. Thank you for your hospitality. My children were impressed that I knew such a great place!”


Sheila on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“I've decided the Mansion will be my "glass slipper". I figure the man who gets it ? me? and enjoys the mansion as I do ? from the architectural details and treasures, to the added treasures of art, books, nick-knacks, guitars, luxurious and fun touches, surprises and stimulating yet relaxing style? in addition to the culinary experience will "fit" my glass slipper? So i will be coming down for many day trip and weekends from Rhode Island in the hunt!”


K. Simmons on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much. We had a wonderful time. People told me that was the BEST Boeing event they have ever attended. The staff - everyone was absolutely wonderful to us. We will definitely look forward to returning and recommending other Boeing groups to attend the O Street Mansion. Thanks again!”


Toby Hartwell on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“This is the home in an of your dreams like Alice's Wonderland where nothing is, as it seems. A place to feed your soul and rest your feet. A cornucopia of delights hidden on O Street. Unique, unmatched ? ?most certainly!'”


Mindy Miller, Garfish on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“As "seasoned" world travelers (from NYC no less) you don't expect to be "wowed" too often, however, our experience with you proved there is always something new and magnificent to experience”


Ruby on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“I just stayed at the mansion in the 5th Dimension and it was FANTASTIC!!! I couldn't believe that I was in a hotel. It was truly amazing!”


Barry Everett on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“'Unbelievably serene, but incredibly stimulating stay. I finally feel as if I have experienced the awe of DC history. A very personal history'.”


Marylin Smith on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“'I Love this place - there is always a bit of fear when traveling but here I never even locked my door! Wandering around in my PJ's to get coffee is the best!'”


Gatehouse Guest on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“After moving five times in a month, it's a great pleasure to be at the Gatehouse and unpack. Everyday I think of you in my heart. What a beautiful place to live! The ultimate in inner city shared housing.”


Sherry C on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“Thank you so very much. Our stay was delightful and we look forward to returning.”


Roberts G. on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful experience over these past few days. Your hospitality and company made getting stranded in a blizzard a pleasure, and I hope to be able to return soon, especially to find time to play the graphite guitar!”


Shay Stautz on Feb 25, 2010 said:

“Thank you for a once in a lifetime amazing experience! ?”


Janessa on Feb 24, 2010 said:

“We are still living off our wonderful week! Whenever you are in S FL we would love the opportunity to take you both out to dinner. Just let us know! And enjoy the oranges!”


C. Epstein on Feb 22, 2010 said:

“It was a fantastic event?and every detail was handled perfectly by O Mansion staff.”


A. Loomis on Feb 15, 2010 said:

“I just wanted to thank you for an amazing stay at the O Mansion. The Mansion is incredible, and everyone I had the pleasure of meeting was extremely accommodating and friendly. It was by far the most exciting, unique experience I have ever had in a hotel; You all definitely succeed in helping your guests break from their everyday routine, and you most certainly provide an experience that will not be forgotten. It was so nice meeting you, and I hope to be back soon!”


Amanda Van Sickle on Feb 15, 2010 said:

“We had such a great time! The dinner on Valentine's day was amazing. My mouth is watering thinking about it :)”


B &amp; F Elbeze on Feb 14, 2010 said:

Very comfortable accommodations and ambience. Thank you to our hosts and Katherine who took us on a lovely tour. We'll be recommending you to friends and family. Congratulations on your 30th anniversary!”


Luke Wilbur on Feb 14, 2010 said:

“I thought the specialty cake you designed for Valentine's Day was fantastic!”


Yumi, The World Bank on Feb 11, 2010 said:

“We are truly glad to have had our event hosted at the Mansion not only for Sunday part but also a surprise Monday with all the snow, as the Bank closed down and we had guests! I thank you and all your staff for the greatest support and response to all sorts of requests we'd had.”


Mike &amp; Lindsay on Feb 9, 2010 said:

“We had a great wedding and this amazing venue was the reason for it all. It was great to share The Mansion with my friends and family, and everyone had a great time.”


Thalia on Feb 3, 2010 said:

“I just wanted to thank you all for helping us put on our best Madison & Mistletoe to date! Our guests had a FABULOUS time and that is in large part due to all of your hard work.”


Casey T. on Jan 31, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for all your hard work. the board retreat was fantastic, everyone had a good time and the food was DELICIOUS!!! We're looking forward to working with you again.”


C. Trees on Jan 30, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for all your hard work. The board retreat was fantastic, everyone had a good time and the food was DELICIOUS!!! We're looking forward to working with you again.”


D. Hightower on Jan 17, 2010 said:

“Thank you for your attentiveness and pleasant attitude.”


Adrienne Pereira on Jan 16, 2010 said:

“I love my B-day on Nov 17Th with the Madison violet!! I bought all there CD and will never forget them! I am there fan now!!!”


JoAnn Mussenden on Jan 9, 2010 said:

“Our event was a BIG hit. Thank you for working with us. Everyone loves the Mansion and all report planning to return. All guests continue to marvel at the quantity of food and the presentations. Everyone reported a favorite dish. The big hits were too many to name but my mother reports that the sweet potato casserole was: "just like the casserole we make." Of course nothing gets better than a claim like that from an outstanding cook. Thank you, again for being so considerate of my groups. I love working with you and will continue to send business to the Mansion. ? JoAnn Mussenden, Chapter President | Silver Spring, Maryland Chapter of the Links, Inc.


Barry Everett on Jan 5, 2010 said:

“Unbelievably serene, but incredibly stimulating stay. I finally feel as if I have experienced the awe of DC history. A very personal history.”


Mary Gilbert on Jan 4, 2010 said:

“On Christmas Eve, we had a grand time visiting your beautiful home and magical emporium with our family. Our two daughters and grandson had never been there, so I was rather apprehensive about their reactions...As you might well imagine, your unique establishment won them over. They thought your viands were delicious and amazingly abundant and, in addition, they thoroughly enjoyed exploring many of the enticing nooks and crannies of the Mansion.”


Roy | Senior Director | CFRST Lodging Operations, Marriott on Dec 22, 2009 said:

“I just took a second to explore your website and left the site with a big smile on my face and glow in my heart. I love reading about what you and Mansion have accomplished over the years and how it's touched so many lives through your amazing vision and God-given gifts. I will definitely plan to come down with my wife.”


Dennis Hightower on Dec 22, 2009 said:

“Happy Holidays H & Ted!!!! I will miss being with you @ the Mansion this Xmas! See you late January.”


John R on Dec 12, 2009 said:

“My second stay at the mansion was even more entertaining than the first and the first was spectacular. You have created something really unique and intellectually stimulating.”


Jesse Winchester on Dec 9, 2009 said:

“Amazing place. Can't describe. It's a feeling. Amazing grace.”


John Van Blarcom — New Jersey on Dec 8, 2009 said:

“Don't change a thing! We will be back in a month!”


Tommy Shaw, Guitarist/Musician, STYX on Dec 8, 2009 said:

“The chocolate chip cookies are mind altering”


OC on Dec 8, 2009 said:

“Attended a wedding reception at Mansion on O in early June 2009 during which an exquisite lemon meringue pie and a luscious lemon cheesecake were served. A group of us conversed about how good these desserts were (especially the lemon meringue) and encouraged everyone who came near to try them. I never thought that I would have a lemon meringue pie as good as my grandmother used to make but thankfully I was wrong. Mansion on O's lemon meringue pie was soooooo good that I've been thinking about it for weeks and hope to enjoy another piece in the near future.”


K. Whitehead on Dec 8, 2009 said:

“A haven in Washington, D.C. something so un-dc. A pleasure for a brit living in the us. keep up the good work!”


John Van Blarcom — New Jersey on Dec 8, 2009 said:

“Don't change a thing! We will be back in a month!”


Julia on Dec 4, 2009 said:

“I had a great time at the silent auction last week it was beautiful, festive and felt great to give!”


Pat on Dec 3, 2009 said:

“Jim was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Community Health Accreditation Program and he attended his first Board meeting on Tuesday. The organization was having a dinner on Wednesday night to honor and say farewell to both a long time Board member and a long time staffer. It was to be held at The Mansion on O Street formerly, The O Street Mansion and before that H.H. Leonards?. the very place we got married! When he told them that, they told him to bring me. Without telling me where it was, except for "some hotel" on O Street, he told me that I was invited and asked if I wanted to go. I said, sure, why not?.I met him at his office at 5:45, we took a taxi over?I didn't exactly hear the address he gave the driver, but when the taxi turned the corner onto the street and asked what address we were looking for again, Jim said, 2020?and the dawn struck!! "Hey," I said, "isn't that where we got MARRIED!" "Why YES," he said, laughing his little trickster laugh. It was very nice and exciting. We hadn't been back at all since the wedding in 1983 and it was only one house then. Now it is five interconnecting houses and very interesting to explore. They had a fabulous bar and both of the young women make excellent and very large cosmos?I know because I had two! Then, after we were all seated but before we ate dinner, H. H. herself talked a little about the place and asked if there were any questions. I told her we had gotten married there almost 25 years ago! And she gave us a coupon for a complimentary champagne Sunday brunch for two?.I think we'll use it on May 27, which is the Sunday before our anniverary on the 29th. And maybe we'll have a party back there for our 25th anniversary next year. It's certainly a beautiful and fun place and the food is fabulous! April 12, 2007


Lauren on Dec 1, 2009 said:

“Thank you for organizing a wonderful dinner for us last night, everyone praised the food and said what a wonderful time they had!”


Ms. Morgan D. Ortagus on Dec 1, 2009 said:

“The event was perfect! We had a really fantastic time. The food was perfect, even better than the last time I was there. And the whole office loved exploring the mansion. It was a huge success and I know you will get a lot of good word of mouth from our group!”


Sylvia Hartman on Dec 1, 2009 said:

“The kids loved it - as did we!”


Carina on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“I came by with my mom today for razzle dazzle and just wanted to say, what a wonderful and magical place you have. I really loved walking through the home and it was such a delight for the senses. I only wish there were more places in the world such as this. When I got home, I went on your website again to find out more and just continued to be inspired. Thanks so much for being real and showing others how it's done.”


Ginger Young on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“We were married at the Mansion nearly 19 years ago, on October 13, 1991. We have been VERY happily married ever since then (for the marvelous start you gave us, we owe you forever a debt of gratitude, seriously). We now have three children and live in Chapel Hill, NC -- we will plan to come spend our 20th anniversary there in just over a year. And we may still book your Monday lunch this trip, so we can show our kids the magical gem of a place where Mom and Dad exchanged their vows. We continue to be so delighted to have discovered you for our wedding nearly two decades ago, and we look forward to revisiting the spot where so much of our continuing happiness and amazing good fortune was launched.”


Lois on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“Everyone truly enjoyed the special tea. The Mansion speaks for itself - it is an amazing place. Already friends have booked a brunch or tea for a retirement party, since our event.”


Andy on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“I want to thank you for the opportunity to enjoy brunch. I would never be able to explain the O Street Mansion to my family if I hadn't, One of a kind doesn't begin and/or do it justice. The Amnesia Room is my favorite. I get it!”


Carina on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“I came by with my mom today for razzle dazzle and just wanted to say, what a wonderful and magical place you have. I really loved walking through the home and it was such a delight for the senses. I only wish there were more places in the world such as this. When I got home, I went on your website again to find out more and just continued to be inspired. Thanks so much for being real and showing others how it's done.”


Leigh Hamilton on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“Last Monday was a magical, enchanting day. I woke up knowing something special was going to happen. Since then I have been trying to describe my afternoon at The Mansion and the only other words I can come up with, which are not adequate, are warm and whimsical. Thank you for sharing your divine inspiration and showing us what was behind some of the hidden doors. Hope to return soon!”


Thomas W. Patterson on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“Just a quick note of thanks to commend you and your staff for doing such a stellar job. The sales kickoff dinner I hosted there on Tuesday was phenominal, due in no small part to your staff, who took care of every detail in such a gracious and accommodating manner.”


Alex Wightman on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“I wanted to thank you for your hospitality and generosity last evening. I have stayed in a lot of hotels in my time, but there's certainly no place else in the world like yours! It was a wonderful experience.”


Linda Baller on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“Incredible! What a gorgeous place!”


Michael &amp; Rachel on Nov 30, 2009 said:

“We had a wonderful time staying in the John Lennon Suite New Years, and we wish you and the Mansion the very best for the year to come. Hope to see you all again soon!”


Paul &amp; Mariana Williams on Nov 26, 2009 said:

“My fianc? Paul was scheduled to perform for an intimate gathering February 14th, celebrating the O Mansion's Silver Anniversary as well as the Benefit for The Clare Foundation. Paul Williams was a favorite of H. H. Leonards Spero, the hotel's founder and being one of the most romantic composers on record (that would be vinyl and compact disc), his music proved to be an excellent choice for the romantics in the city. My fianc? and I embarked on an adventure that began with pressing a red button on a concrete wall of a non-descript doorway. Feeling like Dorothy from Kansas, we found ourselves inside a magical world once the heavy door clanked shut. The interior of The Mansion has high ceilings and crystal chandeliers dangling sepia-toned light, casting the antiques, fine art and guests all in the same warm amber glow. After just minutes inside this mansion, you wonder if you can ever leave. The shimmering aesthetics draw you in, or is it they call you home? The comfort surrounds you like a velvet cloak and it's almost intoxicating. I've heard travelers describe the danger of stepping off a trail in a dense jungle; just two feet from the path one could get lost forever. That's the rich allure one feels standing just a few feet inside the door of this private luxury hotel of 22 rooms in the District of Columbia. The Nation's Capital, a-buzz with the concrete world of politics, for now has been placed on hold, as the real world is suspended. With few clocks or calendars, idealism reigns as music flows from room to room. The sensual atmosphere of beauty is set in motion by the founder of The Mansion, H. H. Leonards and her husband Ted Spero, whose eclectic taste is artfully displayed and heartfully expressed. Were wings promising a quiet protection shielding us from the noise of the city streets? Perhaps, since The Mansion is overflowing with angels pictured in ornate frames, replicated in marble and porcelain, or simply flying by on a painted wall. With just our minister Dr. Jim Turrell and his wife Patty flown in from California, we had a private ceremony in the Penthouse. As luck would have it (the word luck has been replaced by magical intervention), a beautiful picture of the Madonna hung on the wall behind us. The Greek artist, Alexandra Roussis, was the featured artist of the month, and her collection graced many of the walls in February; and described as "paintings that celebrate life and heal the soul." As we took our vows, candles flickered beside white roses as the song The Very Thought of You played in the background. It was an ideal romantic setting for the happiest day of our lives. Just as I started to get weepy, the beat turned around with the trumpet harmonies ofBeginnings by Chicago. The two songs book-ended emotions we were over-come with, at our tiny-gigantic wedding. Paul Williams' songs We've Only Just Begun, and Evergreen have set the backdrop for many couples on their wedding day. For us, at mid-life, we feel the same sentiments and rush of young love that those lyrics expressed. However, we needed to separate ourselves from those songs and that time. This year on Valentine's Day, for Paul and me, love was absolutely soft as an easy chair, and we are so thrilled that "we've only just begun!"”


Simona Flores on Nov 22, 2009 said:

“Words alone cannot describe my gratitude for the party and sharing your "home" with me. I have memories that will last a lifetime.”


Kristen C. on Nov 17, 2009 said:

“It's unanimous - our team had a wonderfully productive and fun retreat and cooking class last Friday. We'd like to send special thanks and recognition to Diana Diamond who took excellent care of us and enhanced every aspect of our cooking class.”


Marguerite on Aug 14, 2009 said:

“Our group had such a great time last week! Many have indicated they'd prefer to stay at the Mansion during future visits than the area hotels we have been using! And the food was a feast to the eyes as well as the tummy, yes many of us overate, but it was worth it. (People are still talking about the lobster pot pie and the seaweed salad!)”


Joel Korn &amp; Susan Bandler on Jun 22, 2009 said:

“Jona's bat mitzvah celebration at The Mansion turned out to be a wonderful, memorable evening for our family. Our guests loved exploring the unique space and savoring the delicious food -- several also commented on the quality of the staff. We are appreciative for your responsiveness to our suggestions and to all of your attention to detail. Though we imagined it when we booked the party last fall, our experience confirmed what a unique and special place the Mansion is.”


Barbara and Geoffery on Jun 5, 2009 said:

“Many historical events have taken place at The Mansion, but to Geoffery and me, The Mansion is like no other place we have ever visited. It's like home. We believe that The Mansion is the only place to bring the most special people in our lives on our most special day. Thank you for a perfect wedding reception. You and your entire staff were wonderful. My guests can not stop talking about The Mansion, the food, and the staff. Geoff and I are so happy about everything. The International room was wonderful too. Geoff and I plan to return for our anniversary. The wedding cake was magnificent. Again, thank you for an extraordinary experience and I can hardly wait to see all of you again.”


Spiro Fokas on May 19, 2009 said:

“This was the most fun I've ever had in a hotel? and I was alone! I'll never stay anywhere else in DC. I can't wait to return.”


Archana on May 6, 2009 said:

“I attended your wonderful Cinco de Mayo event last night. Your place gorgeous, the dishes tasty and the staff wonderful. Please thank your staff for me - one was thoughtful to remember that I was a vegetarian and brought over the poppers when they were ready. (Thank you!)”


Joe on Apr 7, 2009 said:

“Thanks you so much, I absolutely love your property! More importantly, our most important clients raved about our dinner.”


Paul and Michele Nathanson on Dec 27, 2008 said:

“The Mansion was the perfect, unique venue for our daughter Rachel's Bat Mitzvah. Rachel and her friends had a wonderful time exploring the Mansion and dancing and playing games with the DJ. The adults were amazed not only by the d?cor of the Mansion, but by the fabulous food and desserts. The Mansion staff could not have been more accommodating and were great to work with throughout the planning process. Our immediate family stayed at the Mansion for the Bat Mitzvah and it was a weekend that we will all remember forever. I strongly recommend the Mansion to anyone who is looking for something different than a hotel or country club ball room for their child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah.”


Robert M. McGuire on Dec 16, 2008 said:

“Thank you for a most wonderful evening last night. I greatly apprecaite the service and accomodation that you gave the group. Your place came highly recommended and now I see why. I will definitely be bringing the group back for Sunday Brunch. Thank you for your hospitality. You have made all of our holidays a more memorable one.”


Kathlene &amp; David Lowenstein on Apr 29, 2008 said:

“Your warmth, generosity & great-at-what-you-do-ness made for a relaxed & entirely enjoyable night! Jack may never come down from the high. You can count on his wedding in a decade or two.”


Pat on Apr 12, 2007 said:

“Jim was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Community Health Accreditation Program and he attended his first Board meeting on Tuesday. The organization was having a dinner on Wednesday night to honor and say farewell to both a long time Board member and a long time staffer. It was to be held at The Mansion on O Street formerly, The O Street Mansion and before that H.H. Leonards.... the very place we got married! When he told them that, they told him to bring me. Without telling me where it was, except for "some hotel" on O Street, he told me that I was invited and asked if I wanted to go. I said, sure, why not....I met him at his office at 5:45, we took a taxi over...I didn't exactly hear the address he gave the driver, but when the taxi turned the corner onto the street and asked what address we were looking for again, Jim said, 2020...and the dawn struck!! "Hey," I said, "isn't that where we got MARRIED!" "Why YES," he said, laughing his little trickster laugh. It was very nice and exciting. We hadn't been back at all since the wedding in 1983 and it was only one house then. Now it is five interconnecting houses and very interesting to explore. They had a fabulous bar and both of the young women make excellent and very large cosmos...I know because I had two! Then, after we were all seated but before we ate dinner, H. H. herself talked a little about the place and asked if there were any questions. I told her we had gotten married there almost 25 years ago! And she gave us a coupon for a complimentary champagne Sunday brunch for two....I think we'll use it on May 27, which is the Sunday before our anniverary on the 29th. And maybe we'll have a party back there for our 25th anniversary next year. It's certainly a beautiful and fun place and the food is fabulous!”

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