Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ceresville Mansion

On the road again to Ceresville Mansion in Frederick MD, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. I was entertained by Kathaleen, Stacey, Allison, Jenni, and Stephanie who took the time to give me a historical tour of the mansion and grounds dating back 100 years.

This fabulous venue entertains 175 events per year, and features a beautiful site for ceremonies that reminds me of the Parthenon in Athens with a pool in front. They also host conferences, picnics, and seminars. On the road back to the office as the heavens opened up, as it does every day in May and June. - Ray

Strong Mansion

When the going gets tough, the tough hit the road. I traveled to see Strong Mansion for myself last week, and was greeted by the events coordinator Christie Kefauver, who took me on a tour and gave me a history lesson of the civil war era mansion. Located in the middle of the Sugarloaf Mountains, the scenary is spectacular, and the permanent outside facilities downplay any weather issues. There are many options to use for ceremonies, and the grounds with its flowers, ponds, and trees make Strong Mansion a breathtaking Wedding venue. This year alone there will be over 45 happy Brides who have their Ceremony/Reception here! - Ray

Four Seaons Hotel

On May 30th, I had a fabulous dining experience at Bourbon Steak in the beautiful, newly renovated Four Seaons Hotel in Washington, DC. Our server, Jennifer, was a delight as she spoiled us with our french fries as we were sitting down. Our steaks were superb and we were able to meet executive chef David Varley, who graciously came over to talk to our table.

After dessert, a few signature drinks and coffee. I received a call from my Daughter, Robin, that her boyfriend Phil had just proposed, so they met us at the bar for more drinks. The cost of the evening at Bourbon Steak was a flicker compared to what's coming up in the Wedding plans.

I highly recommend Bourbon Steak for a special occasion or just treat yourself if you are happy! - Ray

Marriott Pooks Hill

In a driving monsoon, I rediscovered the Pooks Hill Marriott Bethesda on June 11th, celebrating 30 years. I was greeted by Stephen and David Marriott, along with such VIP's as Gary Hechler, Katrina Sparico, Vivan Tsakeris, and David Zebrowski. I was treated to a great nostalgic movie, depicting 30 years of restaurants, renovations, and celebrations. Food and Drinks consisted of mini-mighty mo's, root beer floats, and cupcakes. I think they want me to join a second gym.

Congratulations on the first 30 years of the Pooks Hill Marriot, and I look forward to the next 30! Pooks Hill Marriott, Bethesda - Ray

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Regency at Dominion Valley

I visited the Regency at Dominion Valley on Wednesday June 3rd. The drive was lovely and the reception site is elegant and beautiful with landscaping and ponds well maintained. Jennifer Bodnar, Catering Sales Manager, gave me a tour of the reception/banquet rooms and adjoining outside patios. She is charming and I look forward to working with her. This site is perfect for creating that special wedding memory or event. Events at Regency - Jessica Lynn

SESMA at Lincoln's Cottage

The setting was intimate and relaxing and the rain stayed away while we ate an amazing dinner outside. There was also a cooking demonstration with recipes handed out to all the guests from Star Catering. Guitarist Jerry Lynn played upbeat jazz selections in the dessert room with a scrumptious variety of treats. Leslie Bouterie was charming and engaging as the hostess for the evening. I had a great time and met some new business associates during the networking portion. - Jessica Lynn