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Tour Guest on Dec 28, 2011 said:

“It was FUN! Such an interesting place and the staff was very nice. We enjoyed our visit.”


Jeremy Rhoten on Dec 28, 2011 said:

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


Marsha Galicia on Dec 28, 2011 said:

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


Ellen Kalin on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“The mansion is beautiful and the food was amazing! My kids loved the whole experience, including exploring and finding the hidden doorways. It was really lovely.”


Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

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


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“I purchased vouchers through Living Social as gifts for out of town guests. They loved it and totally enjoyed the different rooms and being able to buy various items. I plan to take other relatives to visit in January and hopefully my Texas crowd will like the O Mansion as much as the New Jersey folks.”


Brunch Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Great time. Enjoyed visiting as always.”


Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

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


Shenandoah Titus on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“My wife and I have a tradition of dining at The Mansion on O Street during Christmas or New Year's. We are extremely pleased with the service, food, and atmosphere at The Mansion. The staff are always professional and courteous and The Mansion is always clean and really a vibrant place to relax and have fun. Most importantly, the owners of The Mansion are down to Earth, wonderful hardworking people who exemplify the American dream of hard work, success, and goodwill to society. We give The Mansion on O Street a two-thumbs up with our strongest endorsement.”


Randy Shingler on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We had a wonderful time! The people helping us were so friendly and nice, and the Mansion was enchanting as always. Visiting with H was a highlight too.”


Courtney Birst on Dec 27, 2011 said:

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


Christopher Locklear on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“This was my first time at the Mansion. Wow! What an eclectic place. I absolutely LOVED the performance. I'm a huge fan of Ru Paul's Drag Race. Those girls looked exactly the same in person as they do on TV. Amazing! I will definitely be back. Thanks!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Very intriguing and exciting. Made me feel like a kid playing hid and seek again. Highly recommend”


Patricia Branca on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“we had a ball....what a great experience”


Chelsea Jernigan on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“It was our first trip to the mansion and it was awesome!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Staff was very knowledgable and friendly. Great event, especially since it was decorated for the holidays.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“This was a fun-filled fantastic evening, we spent exploring a time-line through history. Trudging through the piles of treasures left by prior visitors was like exploring a tomb- we wore hats, acted out pieces of peoples' lives and learned about a significant part of DC!”


Toni Little on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We were not expecting such a fun experience. The feeling of love and giving back permeates the website, personnel and decorating. Historically, we enjoyed meeting H. and learning her story and her intentions in building The Mansion at O Street into such a dynamic center. What a treat. We're looking forward to donating and to returning soon. Thanks for a lovely Saturday afternoon.”


Frank Johnathan on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Love the log cabin room!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

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


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“This was an awesome experience!! My wife and I loved it so much that we will be coming back with friends. We highly recommend this for anyone. It truly is a hidden gem in DC. ;-)”


Jillian Scott on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Lovely staff made the experience even better! This is a hidden gem in DC.”


Hotel Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is, far and away, my favorite hotel in the country (and I travel frequently). It is a hidden gem. I always feel as if I am visiting a friend when at the Mansion and I look forward to my next stay. Thank you for creating such wonderful environment.”


K Clemans on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Elegenat, fun, friendly, family as always with superb food and service”


The Bennetts on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“I wish we could have spent more time there! We loved it!”


Nicole Avalear on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Wish we could have found some more hidden doors, but this was definitely a fun experience and we will be coming back!! It was a great way to celebrate a 1 year anniversary.”


Kathleen on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Everything was wonderful -- service, food and atmosphere. My guests loved it!”


J. Schlosser on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“All three of us really enjoyed the Mansion at O street experience. It was fanscinating going through all the rooms looking for treasures. (I found a few) The desserts were like none I have ever had outside of France or Austria. It was a delightful afternoon.”


Robin Crawley on Dec 25, 2011 said:

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


Jorge? on Dec 20, 2011 said:

“Your house is beautiful”


Lauren Jennings on Dec 19, 2011 said:

“Amazing!”


Dennis Scrimo, Bend at the Knees Productions on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“With so much ease... you make this feel like home... You are both the most gracious hosts and I am blessed to be your guest.”


Corporate Event Planner on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“We had a great time yesterday and accomplished a lot!”


Hotel Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“It was a very fun experience. We will be back! Only wish I could have seen the Mansion decorated for Christmas!”


Happy Hours Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“I had a great time! So much to see! One night wasn't enough. I'll be returning for another Monday night happy hour.”


Private Event Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“The Staff at The Mansion -- THANKS for the delightful service, the conversation with our managers, your prompt delivery of food and drink....kudos to all!”


Brunch Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Always excellent, always fun, always friendly”


T. Gaines on Dec 13, 2011 said:

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


Happy Hours Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“It was a very unique and enjoyable experience. The staff went above and beyond in making us feel welcome!”


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

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


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

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


Dawn Webb, Executive Assistant, GPR, Inc. on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Top notch staff, thank you for a wonderful evening! The Mansion was amazing, thank you for making our event truly beautiful and a huge success!”


Linda Graniti on Dec 13, 2011 said:

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


Mr. Brooks Goldman on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“We knew absolutely nothing about the Mansion, but were given a gift certificate to try it out. It was amazing. The atmosphere was inviting and cordial. The food was out of this world. The decor was so different than any other restaurant we have visited it is hard for us to describe, but we took pictures to show others.”


Hotel Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“I love this place, . . . great place to stay, . . . not your classic stuffy, sterile hotel. I enjoy the creative people that work and stay there, as well as the fun decor. The place is very self service and informal . . . just the way I like it.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“The house itself is amazing. A real escape from the ordinariness of your day. The docents were delightful and available to answer all of our questions. Overall, a wonderful experience that I've already recommended to a number of friends.”


Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

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


V Singletary on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Thanks so much for your amazing handling of our event! All guests enjoyed their time at the mansion and we look forward to hosting more events there in the future. Keep up the great work!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“This was an awesome adventure. I will definitely come back. I'm on a mission to find all the doors!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

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


Sharon Peyus on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“At first when we heard of the new serving philosophy I was a bit concern. A change came! And we all "love" change! it turned out to be a delightful and enjoyable experience with fantastic food, eager adn enjoyable servers, and more time to enjoy the company. I think both H nd Ted have found a new new and perfect means to further assist the diner in enjoying the Mansion, its atmosphere, fantastic eclectic delights, and simply wonderful food! Another great change and a very big hit! Thank you!”


Lindsey Burrows on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“An experience like no other! Had a great time at happy hour with friends. My only complaint is that it's not open to the public on weekends!”


Tour Guest on Dec 10, 2011 said:

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


Hotel Guest on Nov 30, 2011 said:

“I arrived early without advanced notice, needing to get to a meeting downtown in 40 minutes. Ted got me checked in very quickly, and I got to my meeting on-time. It was exciting to see the vibe of the Mansion as it prepared for Holiday events.”


Scott H. on Nov 15, 2011 said:

“Julie and I want to thank you and the staff for doing a fantastic job last Friday. Everyone had a wonderful time. We have received so many nice comments about how attentive and friendly the staff was. Richard was a particular hit with everyone as he entertained them while cooking the stir-fry. He made each person feel like they were getting a special meal. Folks loved the food -- especially the deserts! Kudos to you and all the staff who made our wedding celebration such a memorable event. Of course, the Mansion itself was the star of the show and people will be talking about it for years.”


Hans Erdenberger on Nov 15, 2011 said:

“Our overall experience was very nice. We enjoyed the historic aspects of the buildings themselved and were very ammused with the interior decor. My wife, who is a photographer, could have spent an additional month shooting photos of the interiors and still not have captured all of the varied images and themes that make this such a wonderful place. Christmas in the mansion must be glorious.”


Elizabeth Sutherland on Nov 15, 2011 said:

“I'll be back for afternoon tea, the desserts were the best!! Loved the atmosphere and especially the decor. Thanks, it was great. Unique.”


K.Torres on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“This is something else!”


Dr. Ronnie L. on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Love the experience!”


Matilda on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is amazing :) It's like stepping into our imagination and letting it go wild :)”


Rob on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Thank you for your kind hospitality this afternoon in allowing me to show an out of town guest the splendor of the Mansion. It gives me great pleasure to see the faces of people light up in awe when they see for themselves what I have never heard anyone be able to describe in ways that capture the spectacle of it all.”


Warren on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“I'm not sure how to say a proper Thank You for everything you did for me and Steve. Like any creative project, there are great realizations, incredible and happy accidents, and tense moments that are all part of the process. I'm not sure how you do what you do: manage the details, stay open to the options, nail down the specifics, and deliver everything seamlessly. I sincerely appreciate all that you did for us, for our wedding, and for our friends and family. THANK YOU.”


hotel guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

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


Museum Guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

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


Hotel Guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Loved the Country Room! Loved brunch and the wedding dinner. Loved your people. They were all wonderful. I cannot wait to return. Thank you for a great experience, oh and the linens are lovely.”


Laurel S. on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Thanks again for all your help on Saturday night. We had a fabulous evening! All our guests loved The Mansion.”


mansioneditor on Nov 5, 2011 said:

thanks to eveyone who participated.
your heartfelt memories are spectacular!



Tea Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

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


Tea Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

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


Brunch Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“The food is always delicious, the service was wonderful, and the staff even recognized me and called me by name when I came in! After brunch we went to the jam session, and it was more fun than I could have imagined. We will definitely be coming back for more!”


Party Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“I had so much fun and felt very comfortable. NIce mix of people.”


Concert Goer on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“Wonderful evening! I was very impressed with the performance by Hotels and Highways/Mia Dyson - great music by a group of musicians who obviously enjoy their work and just as obviously enjoy working with each other and who, moreover, easily established a great rapport with the audience. And I loved the intimacy of the venue - it made for a very special evening. Outstanding!”


Fritzi Alwin on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“Great show!! Thank you very much for having us!!”


Party Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“I really enjoyed seeing this estate. The shear size was very impressive.”


Mark Pulaski on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“What a magical evening at the Mansion! Mia Dyson and Hotels and Highways blew everyone away. Their music is fresh and totally authentic. In the setting that the Mansion provides it was a night I'll always remember as one of my favorite concert experiences. Hats off to Ted and H.”


admin on Nov 1, 2011 said:


thanks to eveyone who participated.
your heartfelt memories are spectacular!



Anna Schultz on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“I treated my sister to a birthday tea at the Mansion yesterday. It was my second time there and I found it as enjoyable and whimsical as the first time I went last year. After the tea we rooted around the wonderful cacophany of rooms and I found some great baskets to use in an upcoming fundraising event. Thank you for a fun-filled afternoon and I look forward to returning again soon.”


Tour Guest on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“What a great place. It's quite fun.”


Tour Guest on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“i came by for the first time today (monday) and was blown away. my girlfriend is visiting this weekend for our two year anniversary and i'm bringing her on sunday to show her this amazing place! can't wait to visit!”


Sarah Goldman on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“It was totally loco!”


Hotel Guest on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“I loved my stay. I can't wait to come back by for a few days and write some music. Lots of character in every room and a VERY creative space.”


Private Corporate Retreat Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Thank you very much for a fantastic event yesterday! The service and overall experience the Mansion provided exceeded our expectations.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

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


James on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Your hospitality to my family was amazing. I am forever grateful to both of you and will tell everyone in San Diego where to stay.”


Kathryn Herty on Oct 18, 2011 said:

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


Mark and Teri M. on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“We enjoyed our visit very much. All the staff members were extremely friendly and helpful; we even had the pleasure of meeting "H". Wandering through the mansion was utterly fascinating: some highlights were Bob Dylan's Guitar and John Lennon's note to this laundry, but our absolute favorites were the Wine Cellar hidden behind the spice rack, and the "Lion and Lamb" mirror in the elevator. Another charming aspect was the fun of preparing breakfast in the well-stocked kitchen, and sharing experiences with our fellow guests. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom expansive. We look forward to future visits - thanks for a wonderful memory.”


Sumita on Oct 18, 2011 said:

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


Patricia Fowler on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Another wonderful enjoyable evening at the Mansion. The snacks were good and a nice added attraction.”


Fritzi Alwin on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“There's never a bad shOw at the O!!”


Happy Hour Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Amazing museum/hotel/happy hour. I'll definitely be back again.”


Jennifer Stratton on Oct 15, 2011 said:

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


E. Coffey on Oct 10, 2011 said:

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


C. Jones on Oct 10, 2011 said:

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


Peggy on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“I can't tell you how magical the weekend was for all of us, but especially for Jennifer! It was definitely a birthday too be remembered, and a memory that will be cherished by everyone. The entire Mansion group was wonderful, but you (Hilary) are a true gem in the Mansion crown. Your bosses are very lucky to have such an exceptional person heading the staff. Thank you again for all of your dedication to making the weekend flawless. . .”


Kelvin on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“1,001 Thank Yous!”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

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


J. Cox on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“The museum is great. One could spend hours looking through the museum if one wanted to do so.”


James on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“I can't thank you all enough and I really appreciate the courtesy you have shown me during my stay! I won't forget it.”


K. Gelsey on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“My friend and I spent a full two hours at the Mansion and enjoyed checking out every detail! Being a music lover, I especially appreciated the Rock n Roll memorabiliia--most impressive was the great John Lennon collection! Special experience--THANK YOU!”


Pam on Oct 10, 2011 said:

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


B-J Thompson Powell on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“As usual, my guest--this time, La'Tonya (niece with whom I celebrated her birthday)--and I had a delightful time at O Mansion! We so...o love the quiet dignity, humility, and, projected spirituality of the Owner-Manager who, present for brunch, was so kind in personally greeting and graciously welcoming us into her home! Everything was par excellent! We really appreciate the consistent quality of the OMansion experience. I find myself renewed with each visit. My niece, a first-timer at the OMansion, commented, that, despite all of the myriad of things, she felt a pervasive sense of peace and tranquility; some might find that paradoxical but I find it "just right". It's great bringing someone who's never enjoyed the OMansion milieu to its brunch because, for me, it results in a vicarious repetition of aspects of my own maiden voyage there. In this instance, my niece-ing?nue was enthralled by OMansion and her fervor triggered a fresh perspective and reaction from me.”


Marie Soveroski on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“What can I say? It's always an incredible pleasure to come to the Mansion, particularly when I am bringing a newbie (someone who hasn't been before). The food was great, the atmosphere wonderful, and the place itself is, as you know, magical...”


Museum Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

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


Raili Maultsby on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“It was a unique experience and we 5 ladies were fascinated about all the beautiful objects and art work you had in the Mansion.”


J. Sullivan on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“In bad times, it's more important to have a place like the Mansion than in good times, I think. It's kind of a fantasy that you can live for a while.”


The Tuel Family on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Welcome Hudson Tuel to the Mansion family!”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“The O Mansion is a wonderful experience, a delight to the senses. As always, the brunch was beyond delicious! I appreciated the personal feel of the staff, from the reservation process to the room selection. I also liked that I could wander around to pick a book at night. I especially appreciated when Ted brought me bandages at 11 at night. I highly recommend the hotel for everyone that is looking for privacy at a great rate in a centrally located, extremely unique hotel.”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Always enjoy my time at The Mansion! A wonderful place to get away from the "swirl" of the real world.”


MIke on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“This was a fantastic experience!!! I will and have recommend this place to many people!!”


Stephen on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“What a magical place you have here. I will remember it for a special occasion in D.C. when the need arrives again.”


Jackie on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“So incredible! Will be back!”


Marylin Bradley on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Awesomely wonderful!!!”


S Cob on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Great experience! Makes me want to know more about the mansion's history. Loved the decorations. I wonder why I didn't know about the mansion before this. Easy to find with the directions on the website.”


Linda & Tony Bucci on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Tony and I have been visiting the Mansion for the last 14 years - each year it gets better. Out first visit was for our 25th Anniversary - next year will be our 40th.”


Mansion Corporate Guest on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Really enjoyed the surroundings and the hospitality. Will recommend to friends.”


Private Event Guest on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“The event was wonderful! Everything was nicely arranged, there was plenty of space for me and all my guests, and everyone had a great time and said the service and facilities were incredibly accommodating! Eric the Bartender was especially pleasant, and helped keep the party rolling. Thank you to everyone!!”


Brunch Guest on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Brunch at the Mansion is always a delight! There are so many wonderful foods to sample, and EVERYTHING is delicious! Even though we tried to pace ourselves, we couldn't sample everything. But we very much enjoyed it, and we'll definitely be back again soon!!”


Carol Wyman on Sep 30, 2011 said:

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


Rick Lore on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“The Tuesday night event was spectacular, almost as amazing as your have-to-see-it-to-believe establishment.”


Pallen on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Not knowing what to expect, I was pleased with the seriousness and intensity of Duncan's mission, the luminosity of his eminently humane photography, the sad charm of the ruined castle, and Salman's humor.”


Eowana Jordan on Aug 19, 2011 said:

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


mansioneditor on Aug 17, 2011 said:

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

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


Maggie LeDuc on Aug 7, 2011 said:

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


Ray & Georgene Ammon on Aug 1, 2011 said:

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


Caryn Kuebler on Jul 29, 2011 said:

“This place is amazing. A treasure at every turn.”


Lisa Carter on Jul 28, 2011 said:

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


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

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


Tom on Jul 25, 2011 said:

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


Mina Panetti on Jul 25, 2011 said:

“I love staying at the O Mansion. The beds and bedding are awesome. I sleep better than I sleep at home. Its very relaxed and comfortable and also quite fascinating...love the books and the art. Looking forward to next month's visits.”


Steve Lehmann, NOAA on Jul 22, 2011 said:

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


Scott Buckley on Jul 19, 2011 said:

“Thank you so much for allowing me to stay in such a beautiful suite. The AC was perfect. It was great seeing you again.”


Jeffrey Parrillo on Jul 18, 2011 said:

“The entire staff was accomodating and friendly. I had recently had surgery and I had specific dietary needs which Chef Antoine did a fantastic job of helping me with. Hilary and Katherine were very helpful and patiently answered my questions whenever I had a concern. I am already planning my next stay!”


Tonya Fox on Jul 18, 2011 said:

“Our group had a wonderful time celebrating my 40th Birthday and listening to some great music from Bonnie Montgomery. It was an absolutely enjoyable evening.”


Champagne Tour on Jul 10, 2011 said:

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


judith stover on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“I am the older generation therefore, subject to only the limitation of my mind. The Mansion provides a place of elegance while opening minds to possiblities of endless beauty whether through my eyes, my nose or mouth. I am humbled by your belief and walk with miracles.”


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Concert Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“Amazing night, loved it!!”


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Concert Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“It was a magical evening!! Looking forward to another evening at the Mansion.”


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Concert Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“An amazingly intimate acoustic performance experience!”


Hotel Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“It was awesome as always! thanks for being there and sharing your home and wonderful treasures. The concert with Sarah Lee & Johnny was an extra wonderful treat as well.”


Felicia on Jul 7, 2011 said:

“My mom and I had a fabulous time at the Mansion on Saturday! Thank you so much for making that happen. My mom loves the place now and sees why I call it my favorite place in the world. She's telling everyone she knows about it, she was that impressed.”


Nicole Isaac on Jul 6, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is a place where individuals can come together from all walks of life, share stories, experiences, a brief glance, or a lifetime connection. It's an outlet for the creative and an inspiration for the innovative.”


Bonnie Montgomery Gives The Mansion 5 Stars! on Jul 5, 2011 said:

“My stay at the Mansion was inspiration enough to fuel the next few operas. The staff felt like family and the facilities are downright ethereal, other-worldy, grand. I only wish I could have stayed longer, like maybe for a lifetime. I acquired a life-changing bejeweled dress and the memory of a place that will keep my imagination spinning infinitely. Thank you!!”


The Mansion on O Street on Jul 5, 2011 said:

“Fun with hats! Annie, Hilary, Sandy & H (click to enlarge)”


Self Guided Tour Guest on Jul 5, 2011 said:

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


Debra and Gerard on Jul 2, 2011 said:

“<3 you! Sorry we missed you!!! Hope you had a fabulous trip and a wonderful 4th of July. Your peeps were amazing as always! We love love love staying here.”


McCowan on Jul 2, 2011 said:

“Marvelous-best stay yet!”


5 Stars for Walt Wilkins &amp; the Mystiqueros on Jun 30, 2011 said:

“I attended Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros. It was a wonderful evening. Fantastic music & lovely space.”


Jac Shipp on Jun 29, 2011 said:

“Very much enjoyed The Mansion. Found 8 doors. Will look forward to finding more during future visits.”


Janet Emma Garbe Gives Walt Wilkins &amp; the Mystiqueros 5 Stars! on Jun 27, 2011 said:

“You are all so gracious and welcoming! How could anyone not feel like royalty as a guest in your humble, most curious, most gracious, most interestingly "recycled", save the planet, artful, soulful, full of LOVE abode. Always the greatest fun, and always the greatest pleasure. I brought new friends to see our beautiful friends WW & the MQs, and they were blown away by all...by you..the music, the rooms. What a treat. Thank you.”


Hotel Guest on Jun 26, 2011 said:

“I love staying at the Mansion, and this was my best stay yet. The room was magnificent. I really appreciated management's willingness to accomodate a reservation change that arose urgently. I happened by chance into the Walt Wilkins concert, which was marvelous, and I returned the next day to see them jam with Bonnie Montgomerie, which was beyond marvelous. Thank you so much for the unforgettable stay-- I can't wait to return!”


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

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


Jamie Brandon on Jun 25, 2011 said:

“For me the Mansion is an explosion of sensory delights. Coming to the Mansion means that I'm on joy overload between the tastes of the food and the visual appeal of all there is to take in. I'm always astonished at the loving care that goes into all the special details you provide for each of your guests and frankly, it feels very comfortable. No one any where else has provided such a fun and unique atmosphere for the rest of us to relax and enjoy. Thank you for thinking of.....everything. :)”


Jessica Stokke on Jun 23, 2011 said:

“very funky-will tell everyone I know about it!”


Barbara Allen on Jun 23, 2011 said:

“Thank you so very much for our awesome event at the O Mansion! It was all Ben had hoped for and more. Tom and I can't say enough about how welcome our guests felt and the food.... oh, my, it just kept coming! Thank you for putting the extras in like the California Pizza for appetizers; there were others but the mind blurs! You and the staff were always gracious, helpful and so very accommodating. And, punctual! I really appreciate how you helped keep things moving on your end. He had so wanted everyone attending to enjoy the crazy uniqueness that the O Mansion provides. His wishes were exceeded as guest after guest gushed about it all - especially the food. One of my brother-in-laws from Texas pulled me aside. Mark's a big eater, loves his beer/wine and more. He said that never before had he ever felt satiated with dessert. Mark finally knows what it takes to make him feel he's had a "real" dessert feast! Many other guests echoed these sentiments. It set the bar high for the actual wedding day. Tom and I were thrilled that our evening at the O Mansion set a tone of fun, quirkiness and great food in a unique DC setting. With the granduer of the Cathedral of St. Matthew's for the wedding and The Washington Club for reception, it was a fabulous destination wedding weekend for all. Please express our great appreciation to the others who helped make this possible.”


5 Stars for The Captain's Suite &amp; Hotel Staff on Jun 21, 2011 said:

“The stay was excellent! The staff was very helpfull and went out of their way to help me. I had forgotten my cell phone charger and the staff went out of their way to try to help me find a replacenment. Thank You!”


Charla Sizemore Pearson on Jun 17, 2011 said:

“My pictures "tell it all" (I usually have a flute in my hand)! Champagne is the nectar of life. I have a nickname, "Champagne Charla" that a friend gave me six years ago. Whenever I came to her "seaside grill", she would bring out a bottle for me automatically! Every restaurant I visit gives me a different "taste of champagne", whether it be cava, prosecco, sparkling or French: it's all mine. I tell people that I am celebrating "another day of life above the ground" everyday - and I'm into celebrating life. So here's to you, The Mansion on O Street, celebrate life - let's "toast it up" !


Stephen Pereira on Jun 16, 2011 said:

“I felt like I was at home away from home. Thank you!!! Breakfast was especially tasty.”


Julia Karpeisky on Jun 16, 2011 said:

“About a month ago I took my daughter Rachel and her friends Joyce, Jane, Caitlin, and Noor to visit O Street Mansion. They are all forth-graders at Churchill Road elementary school in McLean, VA. O Mansion is such an inspiration for what's possible if you ignore the fear, do what your inner voice tells you, do what you enjoy, do it well, and have fun. I've been there a number of times, and thought it would be a great place ot bring the kids. The had SO MUCH fun, that on the way back they wrote a song! They've also put together a power point (click link to download) with pictures from their trip, where they each say what the O Mansion means to them.


Anthony and Alex on Jun 13, 2011 said:

“Terrific stay, Thank you so much.”


Lennon Van Sickle on Jun 13, 2011 said:

I want to be a winner! I am a winner! Guess who I am?


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

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


Liz deGraffenreid on Jun 11, 2011 said:

“The mansion is the most romantic place for my husband and me. ? The Mansion's creativity, mystery, ?passion and music has beckoned our souls since we first stumbled into it's heavy front doors. ?On 7.7.7., my lucky day, Scott surprised me with a weekend in the city. ?We checked into the mansion, took a walk around the hot city, and after 7 years of being in love, he asked me to marry him. ? Oh happy day! ?The mansion had congratulations and our check in cards (the future mr. & mrs. .....) waiting for us and popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate. ?The next day we awoke to fifteen of our best friends waiting downstairs at brunch to celebrate! ?We ate, drank and danced merrily! ?It was the happiest day of my life...until our wedding day. ?Thank you mansion!”


Luanne Stevenson on Jun 10, 2011 said:

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


Sue Bumpous on Jun 10, 2011 said:

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


Brianna Bates on Jun 10, 2011 said:

Date: December 3, 2010 Time: 6:30PM This date and time is the first time I stepped foot in O Street Mansion. I was working with Things To Do DC and staffing an event. I was in complete shock and awe at the beauty that the mansion held, in everything from the wall paper to the inlaid wood throughout. New things and old things were scattered about, $20,000 things and $20 things sat right next to one another for sale. All that glittered felt like gold. I felt like a small child exploring a hidden wonder for the first time. It was a monumental evening and I felt welcomed by all and right at home. I immediately wanted to bring every person in my life there to share with them this experience. I walked out that night with an $18 wooden carving of a hand flashing the middle finger and on my desk it sits. "Is it a ring holder they ask?" with a perplexed look on their face. My response is, "No, it just is?it is a carving?of a hand?flicking you off". We both usually burst out laughing and I love the smile it brings to the face of everyone who sees it. Malcom Gladwell is my favorite author, and I think if anyone could appreciate the splendor of the mansion, it would be him (although I've never met him?but through reading his works, I seem to feel like I know him?funny how that happens). The way Mr. Gladwell writes reminds me a lot of how I think. He writes in statistics and about beating the odds. He ties psychology into every crevice that he explores. One of my favorite chapters explores the business and bookkeeping necessary to be a "good" or successful drug dealer. I remember reading it and thinking, I like this guy and the way he thinks. You see? I used to live in Friendship Heights and every time I came up the metro, the same homeless man was asking, "Can I get a little change to help me get back to the shelter?" After passing him several times, I finally stopped to converse with the gentleman. I kindly asked him why he asked everyday for change to get back to the shelter, if he had to leave there to get here to begin with? He explained to me (the rather obvious): people in Friendship Heights had more money than people by the shelter so he could "make more" here than he could there. I took this information in and made a marketing suggestion. I suggested that instead of asking for change to "get back to the shelter" he should just ask for change?.for food, clothing, etc. I told him that by asking for change to get back to the shelter, people would be less likely to give to him - because they would question why he left to begin with. The next day I saw him and he had revamped his strategy and informed me that his "income" had increased. From that day forward, we would always nod heads in a somewhat special way when passing. The encounter warmed my heart. I can tell you how I look on paper. I am a William and Mary graduate who majored in Psychology and Biology. I was held a leadership role in every organization I was member to (student government, sorority, internships, culture clubs, etc). I currently serve as an Information and Accounts Specialist for the Distance Education and Training Council, aiding with accreditation of universities. Mostly, I work with the controversial private, for-profit sector. I am working on my master's degree through UMUC. But when I list these things, I don't feel it's "who" I am and I also don't feel it differentiates me in any way, shape or form from the rest of the young, seemingly accomplished DC population. Who is Brianna Lee Bates? I've never been a fan of down time, so when I'm not working or studying I pick up lots of different things. I work part time with Things To Do DC, which has been an amazing way to explore the city and make new friends. I also am a temporary nanny with White House Nannies. I love children and am not ready to have my own so I like to play with other people and give them back at the end of the day! While being a nanny is great money, it brings a joy to be that I cannot explain. I was reading H.H. Leonards-Spero's "About Us" section of the website and I realized that I feel a lot like she does. Seeing things through the eyes of a child is totally different. It's pure and simple and just seems somehow, more special. I had to laugh when I read H.H. Leonards-Spero's section about how she would go about the day around the mansion without letting people who she was. I am enrolling in a course with the New York Institute of Photography (a school that my company accredits but am just dropping into the class as a regular student. I don't want to let them know I work for their accreditation agency and get any special treatment. I'm generally interested in the art of photography and want the same experience that all of the other students get from the help desk and professors. There is something about anonymity that allows the real person and situation being encountered to truly come to the surface, and its more beautiful and real that way. I would never be the person who lived in NYC for eleven years and never visited the statue of liberty. My mind is always on and I'm often described as bubbly and carious. I prefer to come back from a vacation somewhat exhausted so that I know I wasted no time in exploring whatever location I just returned from. I'm always looking for the best deal. If I see something I like?I will tell myself to wait until it goes on sale or try to find it cheaper online (although I'll admit that I have my indulgences?don't we all?!). I don't consider myself a feminist but I come from a family of strong women, and I will do anything I can to support people when they are down and have a special place in my heart for single Mom's. I always tend to see the glass as half full. I've been mugged and attacked and at the height of my reaction to it, I thought it meant that people were inherently "bad", though I quickly altered my view and saw it as an opportunity to be more aware of my surroundings or start to attend counseling and address things that needed to be addressed outside of the attack. I sympathize with people who get depressed and don't have a lot of resilience, but I can't say that I personally understand it. I believe that who we are is made up on a combination of nature and nurture and everyone comes from a different nature and nurturing environment and is beautiful in their own way. I would never dye my hair hot pink but I admire a person who can and does. I like to bake my brownies shaped like hearts year round, why save it for just Valentine's Day. My zumba instructor had a holiday mix around Christmas and it had music from Christmas, Hanukah, Diwali, The Day of Enlightenment, etc. She said it was because she liked to celebrate ALL of the holidays, not just Christmas - I thought this was the best thing I had heard all year. I like to walk through Meridian Hill Park and imagine a time when women strolled with parasols and! were read books by their suitors while sitting by the fountains. I love to go on Sundays and listen to the drum circle and pretend that I'm in an African country watching tribal dancers. I believe we should celebrate our differences and learn from each other and find joy in the little things. I would like to help anyone who asks me for help in any way I can. Even if I can't do anything directly, I like to try my hardest to put you in touch with someone who can. I see the world as a place waiting to be explored, full of things waiting to be discovered and people waiting to be met. I would like to be a member so that I can go beyond just telling people how much I adore the O Street Mansion. I want to be able to have lunch with them and see the expression on their face when they walk in and see the wonder that it is. I want them to get the feeling that I felt on December 3, 2010 at 6:30pm?and selfishly, I want to experience that feeling over and over again ?”


Angela O'Brien on Jun 6, 2011 said:

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


Lisa Dugal on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Terrific multi-generational experience! Thanks.”


Georgina Feigen on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Great fun for my 75 year old father-in-law down to my 10 year old daughter! A great treasure.”


Rayan Dichover on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Beautiful!”


V Chanthaphone on Jun 6, 2011 said:

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


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

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


Rhonda Hendershot on May 29, 2011 said:

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


Rebecca Hendershot on May 28, 2011 said:

“It's a mystery to me! I cant wait to see, what it has in store for me! My mother talks about this place all the time, and soon I'm sure I will see why. She says it's like nowhere else & I am looking forward to the experience myself!”


William Schuler on May 26, 2011 said:

“I was provided with everything and deprived of nothing I could ask for. I am stunned and amazed!”


Farrah Pasdar on May 25, 2011 said:

“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! For giving the children and families of Starlight MidAtlantic a morning to remember! Your hospitality and generosity were so very much appreciated, and gave these families an experience they will never forget. Thank you for brightening their day :)”


Nicole Kennedy on May 23, 2011 said:

“I LOVE this place! Thanks for making our starlight kids smile!”


Evon Banks on May 23, 2011 said:

“The first time I have every been or new about the Mansion on O street was Sunday. I'm a volunteer with Starlight Mid Atlantic. I was touched by the staff, and place was out standing. Everyone went out of there way to make sure the Kid's and their families enjoyed every detail of the mansion for that I thank you. I was not able to go around to see everything you had to offer but from what the kid's and their parents said, you out did yourself. What really got be was the fact that owners of the mansion went out their way to help and do anything that was ask, as if they were part of the staff now that in my book means the WORLD to me. Thanks again for making your home our home, what I wonderful feeling. ( I hope to get the chance to see it all through my own eyes.)”


Evon Banks on May 23, 2011 said:

“The first time I have every been or new about the Mansion on O street was Sunday. I'm a volunteer with Starlight Mid Atlantic. I was touched by the staff, and place was out standing. Everyone went out of there way to make sure the Kid's and their families enjoyed every detail of the mansion for that I thank you. I was not able to go around to see everything you had to offer but from what the kid's and their parents said, you out did yourself. What really got be was the fact that owners of the mansion went out their way to help and do anything that was ask, as if they were part of the staff now that in my book means the WORLD to me. Thanks again for making your home our home, what I wonderful feeling. ( I hope to get the chance to see it all through my own eyes.)”


P. Mundy on May 23, 2011 said:

“Comfy bed & bedding, peaceful atmosphere. I like getting my own breakfast! I like the place and recommend it to my colleagues and friends.”


Martin Sinozich on May 23, 2011 said:

“This was our third visit. We loved being in The Penthouse! Thank you again! Its always a genuinely and magical restorative experience here. Our dinners were fantabulous!”


Sharon Borntrager on May 23, 2011 said:

“We don't have this in Ohio! What a trip! Lovely experience!”


Louie Gohert, Member of Congress on May 23, 2011 said:

“Thank you for your superb kindness and hospitality.”


Lindsey Tayler on May 23, 2011 said:

“Better than any Smithsonian!”


Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic Guest on May 23, 2011 said:

“I LOVE this place! Thanks for making our Starlight kids smile!”


Mark Harrison on May 17, 2011 said:

“I stayed here with co-workers for a whole week. The Mansion has been the greatest lodging experience that I have had and I travel over 30 weeks a year. The rooms are so cool and the staff is, well, so cool. Let's just say, that I am bringing my new bride here to share the fun. We hope to make The Mansion one of those "Special" places. Hopefully sincerity makes up for a lack of creativity.”


Mark Harrison on May 17, 2011 said:

“I stayed here with co-workers for a whole week. The Mansion has been the greatest lodging experience that I have had and I travel over 30 weeks a year. The rooms are so cool and the staff is, well, so cool. Let's just say, that I am bringing my new bride here to share the fun. We hope to make The Mansion one of those "Special" places. Hopefully sincerity makes up for a lack of creativity.”


Mark Harrison on May 17, 2011 said:

“I stayed here with co-workers for a whole week. The Mansion has been the greatest lodging experience that I have had and I travel over 30 weeks a year. The rooms are so cool and the staff is, well, so cool. Let's just say, that I am bringing my new bride here to share the fun. We hope to make The Mansion one of those "Special" places. Hopefully sincerity makes up for a lack of creativity.”


Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic on May 16, 2011 said:

“Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic is thrilled to be returning to the Mansion on O Street! Starlight MidAtlantic is a nonprofit that brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families through entertainment, education, and family activities. The children we serve have life-altering illnesses that keep them in the hospital anywhere from 5 visits to 260 days each year. Helping children heal through laughter, Starlight MidAtlantic creates fun in the hospital and in the community. Every month, Starlight MidAtlantic has a Great Escape?, a fun-filled family outing. In May, Starlight MidAtlantic is returning to the Mansion on O Street for a Treasures and Treats on O Street Great Escape! Seriously ill children, their siblings, and parents alike can't wait for this wondrous event!”


Marisa Flores Lee on May 14, 2011 said:

“Happy Easter! Brunch was great as always and it is always good to see you! ?”


Debbie Payton on May 13, 2011 said:

“What a fabulous, warm, inviting and magical place. I found the Mansion almost by accident, I was googling for a unique place to stay in Washington DC and stumbled upon the Mansion. What a lucky find! The Mansion is not a place to stay, it's a place to experience. I was in town for work and stayed at the Mansion for my first time - wow! The people were so incredibly welcoming. Ted and staff went out of their way to make me feel "at home." I was there for almost two weeks and my family came and stayed with me over the weekend. It's unanimous, our family has never stayed anyplace quite so magical. The "kids" (ages 24, 21 and 19 - so not really kids any more) were in love with exploring - finding new rooms around every corner, testing out the guitars, playing the grand piano, looking at all the diverse artwork and reading all the fascinating framed pictures and letters. We have found a place in Washington DC that we hope to come back to again and again. We were able to enjoy mothers day brunch. Again - wow! So much fun to sample so many different kinds of food. Breakfast could easily turn into almost an all day affair! Thank you for the experience.”


Arthur DeFelice on May 9, 2011 said:

“(click on photo to enlarge) What is the O Street Mansion to me? In chaos, it is tranquility. When trouble manages to find me The Mansion can always remind me Of what is important, what is dear, What to push away, what to hold near. In all that clutter, a master plan; Those mirrors reflect the life of man. I enter worn down, exit renewed Restored by friends, family and food. As I leave, my angst withers and dies Again I see life through children's eyes.”


Leslie Guerin — The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation on May 5, 2011 said:

“Thank YOU... and Ted... and Katherine... and the rest of the Mansion family for another wonderful event. Special thanks to "The Docent Family"... great name tags!!!! No one can ever again say they did not know there were docents at the event. :-) People were stopping to say what a great time they had, the Mansion is beautiful, the food was outstanding, the staff is so nice. I think the presentation of the dinner buffet, the 4th Floor kitchen, the Sushi room, the dessert table and all stations are are visions guests will never forget... it was amazing. And speaking of the food, thank you! I felt very bad, and I was worried about having to make cuts. But I noticed last night that some of the foods I cut were there. And this morning, someone was commenting that the caviar and lamb chops were wonderful... so it sounds like everything was there! Thank you so much for providing our guests with the full Mansion experience! The guests who had readings loved Dezia. Many talked about their readings at the event, on the van ride back to the hotel, and one guest told me she went to sleep feeling very hopeful and woke up feeling the same. (That is a really nice takeaway!) DC's Finest was a huge hit as always. Both new guests and guests who have seen them for years thoroughly enjoyed their performance. It was an exceptional evening, as always.”


Colleen McIntosh on May 5, 2011 said:

“It's Better Than Vegas!!!”


Kent on May 3, 2011 said:

“We enjoyed ourselves and the space was perfect for our meeting! We appreciate everything you did to make it a great experience.”


Kent on May 3, 2011 said:

“We enjoyed ourselves and the space was perfect for our meeting! We appreciate everything you did to make it a great experience.”


Thomas S. on May 2, 2011 said:

“Thank you. Love the place. Wish I could be there more often.”


Jeff Meier on Apr 20, 2011 said:

“I'm still going through fun withdrawals. Thanks again for a great experience and a very memorable weekend. Now I just have to count the days until I'm back at the "House"”


Lee Canossa on Apr 20, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is the ultimate, glorious expression of more is more.”


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

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


(Ms.) B-j Thompson Powell on Apr 15, 2011 said:

“A boy swimming grabs the edge of the pool; Ooops?Carefully, I traverse the edge-almost falling- Into the well-stocked wine cellar. Then, transported, quickly, I glide through a universe of kitch To catch hold of a balloon ride with promises of knowledge gained. I stare into real art and ponder its deeper meaning Until I laugh back at a rabbit, bunny, or gathering of Victorian ladies and wonder what they are contemplating. Over-stimulated by all I'm taking in, I still savour what has been received and leave wanting more?.O Mansion!”


(Ms.) B-j Thompson Powell on Apr 15, 2011 said:

“A boy swimming grabs the edge of the pool; Ooops...Carefully, I traverse the edge--almost falling-- Into the well-stocked wine cellar. Then, transported, quickly, I glide through a universe of kitch To catch hold of a balloon ride with promises of knowledge gained. I stare into real art and ponder its deeper meaning Until I laugh back at a rabbit, bunny, or gathering of Victorian ladies and wonder what they are contemplating. Over-stimulated by all I'm taking in, I still savour what has been received and leave wanting more....O Mansion!”


Chelsia on Apr 13, 2011 said:

“Wow! That's a relaly neat answer!”


Shelly and Matt on Apr 13, 2011 said:

“Wow...I'd heard about The Mansion from a few friends but never had the chance to stay with you -- until earlier this week -- you did not disappoint! I was enchanted by the atmosphere and I can't even begin to say I saw enough -- we'll be back!”


Kate Baillie on Apr 13, 2011 said:

“It was wonderful to stay in a "home away from home" I live in a regency town house in the UK with period furniture so this was so relaxing and comforting, especially while working!!”


Officer Wives, Fort Bouvier on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“We had a lovely morning at the Mansion on Tuesday. I heard many wonderful comments about the place, but the word that sums up the Mansion's experience was whimsical.”


Officer Wives, Fort Bouvier on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“We had a lovely morning at the Mansion on Tuesday. I heard many wonderful comments about the place, but the word that sums up the Mansion's experience was whimsical.”


CityStream Story! on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“Great Story in Citystream ? http://www.citystream.com/2011/04/the-best-museum-you-never-heard-of-history-of-the-mansion-on-o.html”


Randy on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“Thanks for the stay, I had a great time!”


Sarah on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“I loved staying here!”


Frances Garfinkle on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“Lots of Fun.”


Sarah Thurman on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“This is AMAZING”


Greg Shapiro on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“How Cool.”


Judith DuBowy on Apr 4, 2011 said:

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


Kathryn Howell Dalton on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“Love it! genius and playful!”


Brittany &amp; Karen Marchant on Mar 28, 2011 said:

“roses are red violets are blue we sure did love the mansion and all that you do! thanks!”


Ellen Koh on Mar 25, 2011 said:

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


admin on Mar 22, 2011 said:

“Thanks everyone! We were awarded the 2011 Talk of the Town Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Winner for Hotels and Travel in DC!”


admin on Mar 22, 2011 said:

“Thanks everyone! We were awarded the 2011 Talk of the Town Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Winner for Hotels and Travel in DC!”


Keisha Streeter-Clark on Mar 22, 2011 said:

“Coming into the Mansion is like being transformed into another world. The experience touches all my senses. The smells, visionary delights, and sounds always bring me joy.”


Phillis Castillo on Mar 15, 2011 said:

“Love old houses”


Vivian on Mar 14, 2011 said:

“Spending time at the Mansion on O street means having time to turn off the pressures of life and to get drawn into a place that allows one to dream, relax and feel the creative vibe of the Mansion. This hidden treasure near DuPont Circle has even more surprises and treasure inside. It just takes one away to enjoy time with loved ones. I wish I were creative and catchy to write a song, poem or piece of art?All I can offer is my praise and my thanks for having a place to get away with friends and family.”


Vivian on Mar 14, 2011 said:

“Spending time at the Mansion on O street means having time to turn off the pressures of life and to get drawn into a place that allows one to dream, relax and feel the creative vibe of the Mansion. This hidden treasure near DuPont Circle has even more surprises and treasure inside. It just takes one away to enjoy time with loved ones. I wish I were creative and catchy to write a song, poem or piece of art...All I can offer is my praise and my thanks for having a place to get away with friends and family. ”


Karen on Mar 11, 2011 said:

“I've loved being here. Its been really refreshing - I love the concept from start to finish....”


Angela O'Brien on Mar 10, 2011 said:

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


Martha Batruny on Mar 9, 2011 said:

“Saucers, tea, I dance with thee. I wonder what we'll find in there. Scones, cream, a hidden door? We'll open it up, happy we'll be. A rainy sunday, you and me. Tea for two in The Mansion.”


Martha Batruny on Mar 9, 2011 said:

“Saucers, tea, I dance with thee. I wonder what we'll find in there. Scones, cream, a hidden door? We'll open it up, happy we'll be. A rainy sunday, you and me. Tea for two in The Mansion.”


J. Schneider on Mar 8, 2011 said:

“Everyone had a wonderful time (and talk of the Mansion's magic percolated through the night - and perhaps whilst the attendees dreamed later that night). The Mansion staff were very helpful and polite (particular kudos to Steve the bartender!). A special thank you goes to Ted for providing a spontaneous Raw music demonstration. All were enthralled with this musically feast.”


Patricia Talbert on Mar 7, 2011 said:

“Amazing Place! I want to come back with my family!”


Daniel Drell on Mar 7, 2011 said:

“Love this place!”


Victoria McLean on Mar 3, 2011 said:

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


Molly Anapolsky on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“M-Many diffrent rooms! A- A lot to choose from! N- Not Boring! S- Suprises in every room! I- It's sad to leave! O- Outstanding Employees! N- Never Ending FUN!”


Gwendolyn Hancock on Feb 28, 2011 said:

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


Gwendolyn Hancock on Feb 28, 2011 said:

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


Molly Anapolsky on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“M-Many diffrent rooms! A- A lot to choose from! N- Not Boring! S- Suprises in every room! I- It's sad to leave! O- Outstanding Employees! N- Never Ending FUN!”


Dan on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“Everything worked out wonderfully today. Our guests got married not quite a year ago, this was our wedding present to them and they loved it. They also gained some weight, sadly so did we, but that usually happens when we visit.”


Tom Wilhelm on Feb 27, 2011 said:

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


Tom on Feb 27, 2011 said:

“Thanks for everything: the room, the dinner, the hospitality. Heather and Katherine were superb; Antoine and his dinner were magnificent!”


EPA Meeting Attendee on Feb 25, 2011 said:

“"This is a great place to have meetings. It is totally magical! It takes you out of context"”


Thomas Wilhelm on Feb 24, 2011 said:

“Absolutely Wonderful! Dinner and arrangements were perfect. Can't wait to come back!”


Dave Chase on Feb 21, 2011 said:

“Thanks for a great stay, as always - see you next month (reservation to be made within the next few days)!”


Fritz Zahnen on Feb 21, 2011 said:

“Great fun!”


Tom Pescatore on Feb 21, 2011 said:

“The Mansion has four floors. I saw a bathroom and a smoking cherub!”


Janice Sokol on Feb 21, 2011 said:

“This place is Omazing.”


Ian Walton on Feb 21, 2011 said:

“Awesome way to spend Valentines Day!”


Whit on Feb 20, 2011 said:

“Thank you for an enlightening experience on my 25th birthday!”


Tom &amp; Judy Woods on Feb 20, 2011 said:

“Lennon Room Great!”


Jon and Michele Kreykes on Feb 20, 2011 said:

“"The O Street Mansion continues to grant us many good memories and reasons to be grateful. Thank you for creating this space for us."”


Donna Reece on Feb 20, 2011 said:

“Lots of fun -- food delicious -- great atmosphere - a place to recommend. Thanks.”


Felicia Chou on Feb 19, 2011 said:

“Simply amazing, transported into another world. so different from what it looks like from the outside.”


? Jahnae Johnson on Feb 18, 2011 said:

“We Love O! ?”


Cynthia Duncan, Director of Advocacy, Hope Street Kids on Feb 17, 2011 said:

“Thank you and your staff so much for helping to make our event a great success, and for the extra sweet treats! Our guests had a very memorable evening. Thanks again!”


Hermela Bealfan, Tantus Technologies on Feb 17, 2011 said:

“Everyone had such an amazing time and again, I can't thank you enough for all your hard work on the event!”


M. Freiman on Feb 16, 2011 said:

“Thank you so much for taking such good care of us today. Everything was really wonderful and I think you will see me more often in the coming year.”


Kim Rossmann on Feb 15, 2011 said:

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


Dan Pouliot on Feb 15, 2011 said:

“this weekend I was watching this video of a guy talking about how the universe is all one mind. And he was saying once you become aware of this you can tap int to it. As an example, in his line of work he identifies people in other industries he would like to connect with. So on a regular basis he goes out to bars with the intention that these people are there. Over and over they show up, and strike up a conversation, and so the connection happens. This reminded me of the mansion? one of these vital places where important connections happen.”


Chris Berardo on Feb 8, 2011 said:

“"More Mansion on O ... Less Bull%$#t!"”


Debbie Pollak on Feb 8, 2011 said:

“Just a story about my birthday weekend. January 30, 2011 I woke up on my birthday with a tear in my eye as I thought of how much I miss my Mom and Dad. I planned to go to the O St. Mansion by myself to have a birthday breakfast. My phone rang and it was my friend Jill who announced that she was taking me to the O St. Mansion for breakfast. Her call really made my spirits soar. I picked her up and we arrived exactly one minute before my ETA after finding a perfect parking space just a half block from the Mansion. I'm always lucky when it comes to finding a parking space. As we entered the Mansion, H (the owner saw me and put out her arms asking..."Do I get a hug?") I gave her a big hug and introduced her to my friend, Jill. I then told her it was my real birthday. She wished me a happy birthday and we were escorted to our table. We went to the breakfast chef and ordered our omelets. When we returned to our table, we were treated royally with coffee and constant attention. Then the Maitre D came over to our table and extended an invitation from H to spend the rest of the day at the Mansion and to be treated to brunch compliments of H. I was so touched. Jill explained that we had to pick up her daughter at noon so we could not stay. When we were leaving, I thanked H for the invitation and she told me to take Jill home and come back by myself. She assured me that she would have me well taken care of for the rest of my birthday. I thanked her and we went off to pick up Christine and take her and her Mom home. I immediately returned to the Mansion. When I arrived, everyone said, "Welcome back, your new table is ready". I proceeded to take some nice filet mignon and asparagus and sip champagne. The staff came over to my table constantly to ask if I needed anything and they were so kind. One gal announced that H was sending me home with a whole cake in honor of my birthday. I was so surprised and happy. However, knowing H like I do, I really was not all that shocked. I feel a connection with H that I cannot explain. It happened the instant we first met. It is a fine thread with the tinsel strength of steel. When I go into the Mansion I feel like I'm getting a big hug. It's like going home. I just feel happy there. Here's a little history? She once offered to have my Mom as her guest at the Mansion so I could go on a trip to China with my Chinese sister. She is a most amazing and kind-hearted person. Shortly after that, I was planning to take my Mom to the Mansion for her birthday, which was going to be on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Sadly, Mom died on April 3rd and never got to go to enjoy the room full of cakes at the Mansion. When I went to tell H that we would not be making the birthday celebration, she asked what she could do for me to help me. I told her a sheet cake with the words to the Beatles' song, "I will always love you" on it would be swell. H smiled and said she would take care of it and I could pick it up the day before her funeral. So, the time came and I went to pick up the cake. It was a humongous, beautiful Tiramisu cake. It was so heavy, I could not carry it and her staff had to put it in my car. It filled up the whole back of my Outback. It filled all the guests that day and added a bit of sweetness to that bittersweet day. Back to yesterday? So, I wandered around the Mansion and found a little group sitting in a room playing instruments and singing. I joined them and thoroughly enjoyed their music. I wandered back down to my table and another Maitre D asked if I had picked out my birthday present. I explained that I did not think I should get a present. After all, H treated me to brunch and was even giving me a gorgeous cake that looked like it should be displaying diamond engagement rings in Tiffany's window on Fifth Ave. in New York. He told me that nothing trumped my choosing a birthday gift so I had better walk around again and choose something. So, I chose two small-mirrored plateaus that could be used in my table-scapes. By the time I was ready to depart it was after 4pm. I stopped to see friends on my way home. My neighbor was calling me to remind me to come to her home at 6:30 pm. I spend nearly every evening with her family so it was not unusual for her to invite me in. When I got home it was 5:30pm. Rosanna called and said she would like to give me a manicure for my birthday. So, I gathered my things and went over. Her home was pristine and quiet and looked all tidied up for the night. Roberto put on one of my favorite songs and danced with me. Then he played Stevie Wonder singing "You Are The Sunshine of My Life". I could just feel the love of my Dad, as he would have been playing that on the piano for me every time I came into the room. I did not think a thing of it as Rosanna did my nails and I told her about the fun I had the night before with my "grands" and then, about the day at the Mansion. Thank you one and all for a superb birthday.”


Mary Grace Finelli on Feb 7, 2011 said:

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


Lunch Guest on Feb 7, 2011 said:

“Delightful first time here. We'll recommend it to friends. Great food.”


B. Surles on Feb 7, 2011 said:

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


Breakfast Guest on Feb 6, 2011 said:

“"Thank you so very much! Everything was wonderful! You will be highly recommended!"”


Jazz Tea Guest on Feb 1, 2011 said:

“This is one of the most AMAZING places I have been! I love the energy here!”


High Tea Guest on Feb 1, 2011 said:

“High tea was AMAZING! Thank you for an unbelievable and unforgettable experience. Steve was a gracious and wonderful host!”


Jazz Tea Guest on Feb 1, 2011 said:

“Wonderful! Best experience ever :)”


Sherri Thompson on Jan 31, 2011 said:

“The program today was wonderful! The Mansion is absolutely beautiful! Everything was spectacular, and everyone was so impressed and excited about coming back to the hotel again because you can't see it all in one day. From all of us, I'd like to thank you for allowing us to experience the most wonderful day at the gorgeous O St. Mansion!”


The Majiks on Jan 27, 2011 said:

“Dear Miss H and Mr. Ted, Thank you for the mask and letting us stay at The Mansion. From - the Majiks P.S. I like your house (click to enlarge)”


Torben Verdich on Jan 27, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is a breath of fresh air in stressed world. The Mansion is our little piece of New Orleans. The Mansion fills us will joy and wonder. The Mansion must be seen to be believed. O the Mansion is an artist's wonderland. The Mansion is a fest for your pallet as well as your eyes. Come to the Mansion.”


Arthur DeFelice on Jan 27, 2011 said:

“Occasions on O - Opulent, original. Our own orison.”


The Majiks on Jan 26, 2011 said:

“Dear Miss H and Mr. Ted, Thank you for the mask and letting us stay at The Mansion. From - the Majiks P.S. I like your house (click to enlarge)”


The Majiks on Jan 26, 2011 said:

“Dear Miss H and Mr. Ted, Thank you for the mask and letting us stay at The Mansion. From - the Majiks P.S. I like your house (click to enlarge)”


Erik N. on Jan 26, 2011 said:

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


Sarah and Jack on Jan 25, 2011 said:

“Thank you for an excellent at the Mansion. We stayed in the St. Andrew's Suite and found it to be perfect. We also enjoyed exploring the mansion and came across room after room to investigate. It was very easy to get lost, but that added to the charm. We also want to thank the young woman who helped us find our way around. If only we could remember her name. She was excellent.”


Julia Karpeisky on Jan 25, 2011 said:

“About a month ago I took my daughter Rachel and her friends Joyce, Jane, Caitlin, and Noor to visit O Street Mansion. They are all forth-graders at Churchill Road elementary school in McLean, VA. O Mansion is such an inspiration for what's possible if you ignore the fear, do what your inner voice tells you, do what you enjoy, do it well, and have fun. I've been there a number of times, and thought it would be a great place ot bring the kids. The had SO MUCH fun, that on the way back they wrote a song! They've also put together a power point (click link to download) with pictures from their trip, where they each say what the O Mansion means to them.


Sarah Prosser on Jan 24, 2011 said:

“I have not yet visited the Mansion, but I am filled with hopeful anticipation for my upcoming first visit (Monday Power Lunch). Of all the Washington DC restaurants featured in the recent WETA documentary about excellent breakfasts in Washington, The Mansion at O Street was the most intriguing. I can't wait!!”


Brandon Hunter — 12 yrs old on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“Walls used to be a barrier, here even if you think you've stopped there's always an open door.”


Katie Johnson on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“Marvelous!”


Rick Neale on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“Awesome!”


Jaidan Hunter on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“Having fun at the Mansion”


Ron Hunter on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“The Mansion- Where everything is familiar-but always different”


Brittany Balmer on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“What a fantastic venue!”


J Ruiz-lopez on Jan 21, 2011 said:

“An Experience to be remembered. The extra-ordinary amongst the ordinary. Thanks”


Blake and Amanda on Jan 18, 2011 said:

“We are still riding the high from our amazing party on Saturday. We could never put into words our appreciation for your generosity and friendship. The mansion has been, is, and will be our home away from home forever.”


Deborah Kerwin on Jan 14, 2011 said:

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


Arthur DeFelice on Jan 13, 2011 said:

“What is the O Street Mansion to me? In chaos, it is tranquility. When trouble manages to find me The Mansion can always remind me Of what is important, what is dear, What to push away, what to hold near. In all that clutter, a master plan; Those mirrors reflect the life of man. I enter worn down, exit renewed Restored by friends, family and food. As I leave, my angst withers and dies Again I see life through children's eyes.”


Bob Loderstedt on Jan 13, 2011 said:

“I have been staying at the O for over 7 years,,having slept in every room at least 3 times and many rooms more then 3 nights,,,,,the O for me is like visiting the world,,,I have met more interesting people in the kitchen while preparing an omelete for 6 or 8 of us from all over the U.S.A and the world who share incredible stories and adventures,,,couple that with the hospitality of Ted and H,,,,and you experience a different part of the country or world each visit to the O P.S. The Mexicsn themed birthday party for my financee Marilyn and 10 of her closest friends was unbelievable and have her friends still talking about it a year later”


Amra on Jan 13, 2011 said:

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. O St. Mansion is one of such moments.”


Cathlyn Lynch on Jan 11, 2011 said:

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


Joanne M. Royaltey on Jan 10, 2011 said:

“Who loves The Mansion And loves her tea, And who looks on life with silent wonder, Always The Masnion beckons to us, Brave the storm and the sadness, Come by the warm hearth and have a cuppa tea?? Who loves The Mansion And loves her tea!”


Frances de Wolff on Jan 10, 2011 said:

“Visions of sugarplums. Can't get them out of my head.”


admin on Jan 9, 2011 said:

It's a Tie!
Congratulations to our December Winners Shana Walsh — $250 gift certificate
Frances de Wolff — $250 gift certificate



Arthur DeFelice on Jan 9, 2011 said:

“(click on photo to enlarge) What is the O Street Mansion to me? In chaos, it is tranquility. When trouble manages to find me The Mansion can always remind me Of what is important, what is dear, What to push away, what to hold near. In all that clutter, a master plan; Those mirrors reflect the life of man. I enter worn down, exit renewed Restored by friends, family and food. As I leave, my angst withers and dies Again I see life through children's eyes.”


Joanne M. Royaltey on Jan 9, 2011 said:

“The Warmth of Tea Who loves The Mansion And loves her tea, And who looks on life with silent wonder, Always The Masnion beckons to us, Brave the storm and the sadness, Come by the warm hearth and have a cuppa tea...... Who loves The Mansion And loves her tea!”


Anne Thai on Jan 9, 2011 said:

“When I saw the highlight of the mansion on WETA channel, it has blown my mind. I found the mansion is so unique and interesting that I have learned more the mansion. It does not matter how old you are --- young or old, you will have so much enjoyment. I am so happy that I watch WETA this evening, I never so excited like I did this evening. What's a cool concept!!”


Doug D. on Jan 8, 2011 said:

“...fabulous evening. Everyone enjoyed the Mansion and katherine and Steve were great!”


Erin Manz on Jan 7, 2011 said:

“I am amazed here!”


Shannon Cain on Jan 7, 2011 said:

“Love it! So much to look at!”


Steven Stark on Jan 7, 2011 said:

“Great Stay!”


Deborah Kerwin on Jan 4, 2011 said:

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


Jim Nolan on Jan 3, 2011 said:

“We have never received such glowing comments about a party. The food was fantastic, the Mansion captivating, warm and friendly. It was a very special time for us and our family. We are very grateful.”


James Fontenot on Jan 1, 2011 said:

“Our first experience at the Mansion was interesting, unique, and enjoyable, so we were excited to bring a few friends to your New Year's Eve party. However, the experience fell short of the charm that the Mansion can offer. The evening was not well choreographed, the music was unsuitable, and the champagne choice could have been a lot better. We are hoping these comments will improve a place we would like to revisit.”


Shana Walsh on Dec 31, 2010 said:

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


Shana Walsh on Dec 31, 2010 said:

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


kevin and danica on Dec 31, 2010 said:

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


Albert on Dec 29, 2010 said:

“...thank you for the special accommodations for my nephews' nut allergies. The chocolate bars were a hit! My family all had a great time and still were talking about the experience the following morning...it was a great hit!”


H &amp; Ted on Dec 28, 2010 said:

“Best holiday card sent to The Mansion this year goes to The Hallidays, it is so so funny! Thanks Mark for reminding everyone not to take yourself too seriously. ? Love, H & Ted”


Sharon Stayin on Dec 28, 2010 said:

“The Mansion is a living dedication to the honor and appreciation of taking care of the creative mind and soul - an experience of truly living in moments of beauty, art and imagination. Thank you, Mansion..”


Denise on Dec 27, 2010 said:

“The Mansion is my real-life rabbit hole!”


Sheree Clark on Dec 27, 2010 said:

“Thank you for maintaining a part of the real world! Please always stay this way. P.S. I loved the barefoot girl!”


DARLENE TOWLES on Dec 27, 2010 said:

“Never in all my life I'm 57 years old, never been away from my family durning the Christmas holiday, this Christmas my family and I were invited to the Mansion on O Street, I grew up going to Georgetown schools and playing at P street playground here in Washington DC and i could not believe what happen to the houses ion O street, the idea of someone creating such a interesting, exciting, and never in all my life here in Washington did I beleive it existed. I had the best time, I enjoy every step I took all over the Mansion it was a conversation of something hanging, or sitting whereever, this place made me kick my shoe off and enjoy eating until I said "i have tasted all I wanted" thank you for such a wonderful view of everything and anything. the food was breath takin. I'm hoping I can enjoy another evening in the Mansion on O street. Thank you for such a wonderful Christmas dinner.”


Roberts, Iveta, Niklavs and Teodors on Dec 26, 2010 said:

“With most of my family still on a time zone 5 hours east of DC, we've already moved out of the Gatehouse and are back to our house in Bethesda, ready to tackle the mundane tasks of unpacking suitcases and getting settled in here. We wanted to share our heartfelt thanks for letting us spend Christmas at the Mansion. While jet lag and mildly sick children prevented us from spending more time at the main house, the Gatehouse was an ideal place for everyone to decompress after the stresses of a transatlantic move, and a great staging area for our Christmas events, which included a nice Christmas Eve dinner with relatives in the District, and the great lunch at the Mansion yesterday, which allowed us to reacquaint ourselves with even more relatives in the area. I am sure that you will be seeing more of us, and quite likely some of our guests from yesterday as well; they, like us, have succumbed to the magic of the Mansion. Many thanks again, and I hope that you might be able to find some moments of quiet in what appears to be an extraordinarily hectic season for you!”


Brian C. on Dec 26, 2010 said:

“I understand the team really enjoyed dinner there last night. Obviously, I am not surprised. I am very happy it worked out.”


Ellen and David on Dec 25, 2010 said:

“Dear O Street Mansion - We have been remiss in getting you the update of the wonderful bear and fox that came into our lives Christmas Eve 2009 - As you will see, they had a safe treck to Colorado, and are happily home and celebrating Christmas with us. Thanks a million - we love having them. (click on the photo to see their journey!)”


Antonia Vega Aiken on Dec 23, 2010 said:

“We first visited the Mansion during Spring Break 2000. We lived in Florida at the time and brought our son's, Nicholas, 5 and Charles, 13 to DC on vacation. I would have to say that staying at the Mansion is one of their favorite childhood memories. Since then, we have moved to Northern Virginia and we continue to visit the Mansion for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Even though my children are now 16 and 24, I believe they enjoy it as much as they did when they were younger. This Christmas, my older son is bringing his girlfriend. This is her first visit to the Mansion. In our family visiting the Mansion at the holidays is now a family tradition. A tradition I hope my children will share with their own children one day.”


anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 said:

“This place is wild. I've lived in DC since 1998 and never heard of this place. I can't wait to bring people here!”


Anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 said:

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


David M on Dec 19, 2010 said:

“I'd like to thank you and the Mansion staffs for the wonderful evening. As expected everything was great, and you were a gracious and wonderful host. I received many comments as how the guests enjoyed themselves and had a great time.”


Frances de Wolff on Dec 19, 2010 said:

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


Frances de Wolff on Dec 19, 2010 said:

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


Lennon Van Sickle on Dec 15, 2010 said:

I want to be a winner! I am a winner! (click to enlarge)


Kevin F on Dec 13, 2010 said:

“I heard GREAT stories from a co-worker who was there with her daughter yesterday.”


Amy Donahue on Dec 13, 2010 said:

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


Karl Sanchack on Dec 13, 2010 said:

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


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Patrick Larkin on Dec 11, 2010 said:

“I can honestly say that my stay this week at the Mansion on O was spectacular and an experience that I will not forget soon - your property is inspiring.”


Linda Surles on Dec 10, 2010 said:

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


Andrea Hailey on Dec 9, 2010 said:

“The internet has wasted so much precious time I miss Big Sur, interesting conversation, music in new orleans the mansion means a chance to cultivate a feeling a life in DC a break from florescent lights, government building hallways, and hunched shoulders over a computer.”


Push Pakoneri on Dec 9, 2010 said:

“Mansion means a door opening to secrets of the life that you can experience through mansion and its unique feature and state of the art decor.”


Joanne Biagi on Dec 9, 2010 said:

“We stayed at the Mansion in Country as as surprise for my husbands 55th birthday - he turned 55 and was born in 1955 ! It was our first visit and we will never forget this one of a kind experience. From our entrance and tour with Hillary, to the helpful gentleman named "Ted" who pointed us to the wine cellar, the waiter who found me at the buffet table with my empty drink glass in hand asking if I needed another...it was delightful. We will return to the mansion as guests again. Thank you.”


D. Bove-LaMonica on Dec 8, 2010 said:

“Our guests were completely in AWE of the Mansion and the party was a raging success. I cannot thank all of you enough for the gracious response to our group and the hospitality we all felt. It is truly one of the Mansion's great gifts that you feel immediately at home, yet distinctly in a magical space, the minute you enter its doors.”


Patrick O. on Dec 6, 2010 said:

“Our event went really well and the Mansion was fantastic. Lunch and Breakfast was great!”


Elisabeth M. on Dec 2, 2010 said:

“Everything was truly lovely this morning!! We all enjoyed it immensely.”


Susan Smith on Nov 29, 2010 said:

“Awesome -- One of the most stimulaitng experiences in D.C.!”


M Conopask on Nov 27, 2010 said:

“The Mansion means adventures in a time in my life that isn't as adventurous as it used to be now that I'm an "adult". It means martinis on the treadmill with my girlfriends, celebrity sightings (even if we're not sure exactly who they are), having to face the priest the next morning after he'd walked in on me and my husband after a wedding (we'd forgotten to lock the door to our room!)? So many fun memories with friends at the Mansion. From martinis on the treadmill to celebrity sightings, to an overnight stay after a friend's wedding where the priest walked in on me and hubby making love in our room (I won't tell you which room)? I hope to have many more memories and stories from the Mansion. A trip to the Mansion always means new memories and new stories for me and my friends and family to talk about for years to come. It means magic. Secret Room Haiku Books overflowing A gentle push and a creak A room just for me”


Lynda Westcott on Nov 26, 2010 said:

“Neither words nor photos truly reflect th O Mansion experience. When I was preparing to introduce three friends to the magic of the Mansion for Thanksgiving dinner, I could only smile and say "wait until you're there."”


Alice Tanoue on Nov 22, 2010 said:

“A Magical place! Beautiful rooms, furniture, everything! Best of all, it's CLEAN, no dust on anything.”


Paras Parel on Nov 22, 2010 said:

“As we get older our imagination is adultered with reality, The Mansion on "O" allows you to re-connect with the innocence of imagination”


Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 said:

“"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Which is the most secret passage way of them all? Behind the lion my favorite secret lies"”


Vivian Chen on Nov 21, 2010 said:

“Thank you so much for the enjoyable afternoon with my girlfriends and daughter... What a treat and a place we will return to again!”


Linda Gvaniti on Nov 21, 2010 said:

“Truly spectacular place!”


Elizabeth Pagano on Nov 21, 2010 said:

“This has been a truly remarkable experience the brunch was phenomenal. The atmosphere is divine and the service -- superb!”


H. Palm on Nov 18, 2010 said:

“I recently enjoyed a 4 night stay with you and very simply had a wonderful experience, hope to return soon.”


Jacqueline Johnson on Nov 17, 2010 said:

“I love this place. I could spend all day here. :)”


AK on Nov 14, 2010 said:

“Delicious! Thanks”


Greg Morgan on Nov 14, 2010 said:

“Great Experience. The peach cobbler was FANTASTIC!!!!”


Jenette Manning on Nov 12, 2010 said:

“Loved the bed and shower in Newport!”


Thomas Zelenka on Nov 12, 2010 said:

“Very excellent stay here- felt like home. My first choice on my next business trip to D.C.”


Melanie Conopask on Nov 12, 2010 said:

“Secret Room Haiku Books overflowing A gentle push and a creak A room just for me”


Starlight Kid :) on Nov 10, 2010 said:

“what you should do is put the bunny in pretend water in one of the bathtubs so he doesn't get wet. i would like to take a pretend bath too!”


John and Winnie Rodriguez on Nov 10, 2010 said:

“The whole mansion is great. The staff was friendly and helpful. Thanks!”


Jenny George — DCI Group on Nov 10, 2010 said:

“Our group had a WONDERFUL time today. Thanks so much for the great experience.”


Brian and Valerie Watt on Nov 10, 2010 said:

“Love the creativity design and the experience. Thanks for opening your doors”


Julianna - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on Nov 8, 2010 said:

“Thanks again for hosting such a beautiful event. Everyone can't stop talking about how spectacular everything was and that is in large part due to your efforts.”


Linnea D. Ewings on Nov 4, 2010 said:

“My guest and I had a fabulous evening at the Mansion; the wine cellar atmosphere and dinner was a real trick and treat (my birthday is Halloween)! Best part of the evening was my surprise engagement, your kitchen staff was in on it! Thanks so much for the wonderful service you and Mansion staff provided, I'll never forget it!”


D. Countly on Oct 31, 2010 said:

“What a wonderful stay! I only wish we had more time to find more secret rooms and enjoy the brunch!”


Frank S. on Oct 31, 2010 said:

“I had a great time.”


D. De La Rocha on Oct 29, 2010 said:

“I just wanted to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in your peaceful environs - I really have a home in DC when I come for work.”


Jerry Greenberg -American Forest Foundation on Oct 29, 2010 said:

“I had a great stay at your place -- my first -- and definitely intend to make stay again as I come and go to DC.”


Jennifer Stratton on Oct 29, 2010 said:

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


B. Schnitker on Oct 28, 2010 said:

“We had a wonderful time here! What an experience!! We will tell all we know about this place!”


Jenette Manning on Oct 27, 2010 said:

“This place is nuts. I'll be back. :)”


D. Petersen on Oct 24, 2010 said:

“Great place. This has been a wonderful stay!”


Brandy Rogers on Oct 24, 2010 said:

“A dream so fantastical you refuse to pinch yourself for fear of waking! The hope that all you secretly believe in actually exists and is waiting for you just around the corner.”


Melanie Conopask on Oct 23, 2010 said:

“The Mansion means adventures in a time in my life that isn't as adventurous as it used to be now that I'm an "adult". It means martinis on the treadmill with my girlfriends, celebrity sightings (even if we're not sure exactly who they are), having to face the priest the next morning after he'd walked in on me and my husband after a wedding (we'd forgotten to lock the door to our room!)... A trip to the Mansion always means new memories and new stories for me and my friends and family to talk about for years to come. It means magic.”


M Conopask on Oct 21, 2010 said:

“There are angels at the Mansion. (click to enlarge)”


Luanne Stevenson on Oct 21, 2010 said:

“I love The Mansion! My favorite part is everything! There are not enough hours in the day to enjoy the rooms, books, guitars and fabulous food. I brought my book club there and we had a wonderful time - what better place is there to enjoy a martini and wander through the thousands of books! I feel like it is my little secret place and want to live there when I grow up! Im turning 55 soon and want to go back for my birthday!”


Cherisse Leopold on Oct 21, 2010 said:

“What an a-mazing place!! Thanks for being so intricate with your detail!”


Danielle Vernon on Oct 21, 2010 said:

“I would love another chance to come here. It's a once in a lifetime thing.”


Danielle Vernon on Oct 21, 2010 said:

“I would love another chance to come here. It's a once in a lifetime thing.”


Cherisse Leopold on Oct 21, 2010 said:

“What an a-amazing place!! Thanks for being SO intricate with your detail!”


L C on Oct 19, 2010 said:

“After many visits to DC, the serendipitous discovery of The Mansion gives my affection for the Dupont Circle neighborhood a shining new dimension. It's an unexpectedly spectacular place to stay --- I shall return!!”


Dave Marsh — Music Critic, Author, Editor and Radio Talk Show Host on Oct 18, 2010 said:

“A great, restful, inspirational abode with marvelous food and plenty of music and books. I emerge more sane and civilized.”


Bob Webb on Oct 17, 2010 said:

“Now that we officially know you're "whimsically opulent" (Washington Post Travel article) we understand fully how we had such a wonderful time staying with you in late August.”


David Johnson on Oct 16, 2010 said:

“beautiful, intriguing, FANTASTIC!”


M Conopask on Oct 15, 2010 said:

“So many fun memories with friends at the Mansion. From martinis on the treadmill to celebrity sightings, to an overnight stay after a friend's wedding where the priest walked in on me and hubby making love in our room (I won't tell you which room)... I hope to have many more memories and stories from the Mansion.”


The Mansion on O Street on Oct 15, 2010 said:

“A Reliable Source says Sam Moore's 75th Birthday Celebration was a rollicking time! See who else was there. (click link below-third story down :) http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/”


The Mansion on O Street on Oct 15, 2010 said:

“A Reliable Source says Sam Moore's 75th Birthday Celebration was a rollicking time! See who else was there. (click link below-third story down :) http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/”


Conni and Holly on Oct 14, 2010 said:

“What a delightful place! We enjoyed every moment of the 3 hours we were there. Will have to say that the John Lennon room was our favorite and was visited again and again in our hunt for treasures. A must see for natives and visitors to the DC "off the beaten path".”


Intisar Sellers on Oct 14, 2010 said:

“I came to Washington DC from Paris, France 55 years ago and have been a productive citizen of the Washington DC area since then. I am a seamstress and have sewn clothes for past president wives, dignitaries and people of all walks of life in the DC area. I have three children and am visiting the Mansion on November 21, 2010 to celebrate my youngest daughter's 51 birthday. I will hopefully in January celebrate my 78th birthday at the Mansion with all of my family members old and young. Thank you in advance for allowing me to share my story!”


Midge Trubey on her stay at The Mansion for The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore's 75th Birthday Celebration on Oct 13, 2010 said:

“"I definitely look forward to coming here again. This is a fabulous place. Thank you so much for such a special trip and event."”


Mark - in Bethesda on Oct 10, 2010 said:

“Visited the Mansion today for the first time for the wedding/brunch of Alane Keller & Ralph Dashner. I had an absolutely wonderful time seeing the mansion, and the food was superb. I greatly look forward to the next time I can visit. Thank you very much for all of your staff's hospitality.”


Sara Jacobson on Oct 8, 2010 said:

“O Street: A Haiku Unearth the secrets Hidden among knick and knack Board game come to life”


Joshua Sacks on Oct 8, 2010 said:

“It's the mystique of a hotel, private club, and it represents an era in DC when life was just more GRAND.”


LaDEDRA DRUMMOND on Oct 8, 2010 said:

“The O Mansion is a place where I seek rebirth. It is a place for peace and solace. My twin sister and I had our fortieth birthday celebration in November 2006. We were reborn. The ambiance was so perfect. (with a very warm, friendly, subdued atmosphere) Like a mother's hug to make a person feel as if to want curl up upon entry. Truly unforgettable. P.S. I am so glad that my mom was able to attend our birthday celebration, after she was released from Georgetown University Hospital from a setback with kidney dialysis. My mom truly loved The O Mansion. My mom passed a year later (January 16, 2008) from Kidney disease. The attached picture is my mom, Rosa Drummond at the O Mansion during our 40th Birthday celebration. Thanks for your superior hospitality. (click to enlarge photo)”


Scott Buckley on Oct 7, 2010 said:

“For H & Mansion On O Street -- Thank you for creating such a space. This token of appreciation isn't much, but it wouldn't have existed without you. Scott Buckley Replenish (use our gerald johnson art that has replenish on it, as he wrote it in our notebook)... Replenish If you are weary, worn weak-hearted, crave relief, you will be lost. For if you find the thing you crave then you'll devour it and crave it once again. Nought lasts, not you, your craving nor the beauties that you crave. All pass. Forget your self. You're not our thoughts, your dreams, your wants, your needs -- though they spin out of you. You're not who you once were nor who you will become. Each infitenesmal moment you are born and then you die. Look closely at your f ace. Each feature becomes tissues and then cells composed of proteins and then atoms and then gluons and then waves and then mere ripples on the surface of Existence. You are Existence both incarnate and before. You are the beauty of the cosmos that for some unfathomed reason twitches in and out of being all of time. The glory of Existence ripples through you every instant just the same as all your heroes and your longings and your cravings but the thing is, you can see! You can see it all flow through you You can feel it in your being as it saturates your tissues and it permeates our mind. And when you turn to daily life you will discover you're replenished and your cravings have subsided and are gone. And no matter wht befalls you you will find the worn, weak-hearted ones all turn to you, like flowers to the sun. For you replenish them, For Everything is One.”


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 &amp; 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 &amp; 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 &amp; 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 &amp; 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!"”

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