Four Things to Know About The Ivy Hotel

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Last week, we took a tour of The Ivy Hotel, a boutique mansion hotel, tucked away in Mt. Vernon on the corner of Biddle and North Calvert Streets. Originally built in 1889, The Ivy has vintage charm to spare. Whether you are looking for a hotel to stay at, intimate venue for your wedding, or place to grab cocktails, here are the four things you need to know about The Ivy and why it’s worth a visit!

  1. It’s like staying at a fancy friend’s house. Everything offered by The Ivy, except dinner and spa treatments, is included in your room rate, from chef-made breakfasts, afternoon tea, midnight snacks and on-site activities to cocktails at the Mansion and private car service to the harbor, casino or anywhere in the city. It’s also pet-friendly (up to 25 lbs). It’s definitely on the price-y end, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.

    I want to live in this tub. Did I mention the floor is heated? Swoon.

2. The space is stunning. Expect to see original artwork, 23 fireplaces, beautiful hand-drawn murals, unique fixtures, and gorgeous doorways. You can tell that every design aspect has been carefully restored or chosen. If you are looking for a smaller venue for a wedding, bridal shower or party you should add it to your list to check out.

View from the sitting area, looking into the complimentary bar for guests. You can make your own drink or have one prepared for you.
View from the sitting area, looking into the complimentary bar for guests. You can make your own drink or have one prepared for you.

3. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy! Book dinner at Magdalena or stop by for cocktails.  They offer a two and three course dinner on their Chef’s Supper Menu from 5:30-6:30 and happy hour is from 5:30-7, Tuesday- Friday. We tried the grilled calamari and loved their specialty cocktails.

If you’re a wine buff, you will be extremely pleased with their extensive wine cellar. In fact, The Robert M. Parker Wine Cellar is named in honor of the world’s foremost wine authority, a native Baltimorean and a frequent guest at the restaurant (he created the 100-point scale).

Wine cellar. This is just one of the many walls of wine to choose from.

The Ivy is also hosting a few events this summer to put on the calendar:

Sounds of the Summer on June 8th. This musical event features Ebb & Nova from 6:30-9:30 in their courtyard kicks off with $8 craft cocktails and $2 off all beer and wine by the class. If you’re like me, and love that First Thursday is now close by but miss the Mt. Vernon atmosphere, this will bring you back to it!

A Morning of Wellness on June 10th. Celebrate Global Wellness day with Yoga on the Ivy Courtyard lawn (yoga mats provided), meet Cassandra Herbert, a holistic nurse psychotherapist, wellness educator, and health advocate – for a lively discussion on taking charge of your health through a holistic lifestyle, discuss and demo acupuncture with Colleen Curran of the Clinical Acupuncture Internships at Upper Chesapeake Kaufman Cancer Center and have a delicious healthy smoothie. Tickets cost $35 and you can also add an hydrating hot oil scalp treatment, chair massage, or full body custom massage for additional fees.

Outside the spa, looking down to the courtyard.
Outside the spa, looking down to the courtyard.

4. Don’t forget the Spa. Treatments include massages, facials, LED light therapy, manicures, pedicures, hair and wax services and include gratuity and valet parking. If you are a guest, the masseuse will even come to your room. You can also take advantage of their Travelzoo deal for a 60-minute custom massage or facial or 45-minute foot ritual. Both options include a glass of sparkling or white wine, valet parking and gratuity.

Perhaps we’ll see you at the Sounds of Summer this Thursday, I’ll be sipping the Rhubarb Caipirinha!

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