May 25, 2007
Rosemary Conroy says she lives in a treehouse. Not really. But she has good reason to feel that way when she looks out of her casement windows onto treetops and hears, but does not see, children playing in the yard of nearby Calvert School. Conroy's airy hideaway is one of 36 units at the Gardens of Guilford - a gracious, 1923 Spanish-style complex nestled among old trees and flowering bushes in North Baltimore's Canterbury-Tuscany neighborhood. The white stucco walls, terra cotta roof tiles and U-shaped courtyard with red-tile steps and wrought iron railings are distinctive in a neighborhood of Tudor-style townhouses.
April 27, 2006
Stone Cellar Located under Ellicott City's Blue Point Grille, the Stone Cellar is an unlikely live music hideaway. Even though there's casual dining upstairs, the stone-walled basement pumps up the volume and rocks way past midnight. Where --9445 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City Web site --stonecellar.com Call --410-461-4990 Notable --Be prepared to get the boot at least 30 minutes before the usual 2 a.m. The bartenders close up shop for the night immediately after the music stops about 1:30 a.m. This may be a blessing to those who've had a little too much to drink or an annoyance to hardcore partiers.
August 8, 2004
Caroline Benson's mantra is "This was all a cornfield." y She uses it often as she shows visitors around Knightly Farm, near Easton, where she lives with her husband, Charles, their dog, a horse and 20 peacocks. The fabulous gardens in back of the house -- once a cornfield -- lead the eye down to the water's edge, a quiet creek called Leeds. "The house is a long way from the water by Eastern Shore standards," explains Benson. "We needed a way to get there." The solution was a classic English parterre garden in four parts.
December 7, 2003
It used to be that the homes of the rich and famous were known for their Picassos and Renoirs, their hand-made Persian carpets and their priceless European antiques. Now, the new artwork of the higher-priced homes might be the glassed-in sunroom. Real estate experts say the elaborate additions have grown more popular in recent years because of the recent growth of the sunroom market. Homebuilders and contractors report growing interest in such rooms and say prices can range from $12,000 to more than $1 million.
December 8, 2002
At the airport in Birming-ham, England, the officer looked at our German and U.S. passports and asked what our destination was. "Isle of Man," I answered. "Oh, do you have family there?" she asked. "No, we're just going for vacation," my husband, Rolf, said. "That's rather odd, isn't it?" We must have looked confused, because she added: "Well, foreigners just never go there unless they have family." It seems she was right. Only two U.S. addresses had been entered in the guest book at our B&B since 1989--- and both belonged to Rolf.
June 30, 2002
Just as every child ought to have a playhouse, every adult deserves a hideaway -- a garden folly, a gypsy caravan, a clapboard cottage in the woods. As Jane Tidbury writes in her engaging book Little Retreats (Clarkson Potter, $30), the urge to escape to a tepee, turret or moss-covered woodshed lingers into adulthood, becoming "stronger as the pace of life quickens and the distance from nature increases." So if your practical house, the one chosen because of proximity to good schools, makes you yearn to be off in the wilds, you're in luck.