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Savor Tea Time at Bed and Breakfasts from Georgia to Vermont

Sep 4, 2008
Picture six little girls in party dresses sitting around a table set with decorative cups and saucers -- they're having a real tea party at a bed and breakfast to celebrate a friend's birthday! Or imagine a formal high tea complete with crisp linen tablecloths, a silver tea service and delicate sandwiches and sweets served on fancy china. These are just two of the many types of afternoon teas that bed and breakfast innkeepers are now offering guests at their inns. And many extend these offerings to outside groups such as bridal showers, bridge parties, book clubs and more.

High tea is always in season at Hillbrook Inn in Charles Town, West Virginia. The historic English Tudor inn is a beautiful setting for any special occasion. For a little girl's birthday, the innkeepers have created a fairy tale tea complete with table centerpieces of teapots filled with flowers. The inn's six-course high tea includes a variety of sweet treats and savory items all prepared by the inn's executive chef. In the summer months, guests can enjoy their special tea in the gardens of this 17-acre estate.

In his book, "The Great Tea Rooms of America," noted tea expert Bruce Richardson named Cliffside Inn of Newport, R.I., as one of the 20 best tea rooms in the country. The ever-changing tea menu might include tea sandwiches of caviar and egg or perhaps pesto with tomato and mozzarella. Sweet items such as fine chocolates, homemade brownies and cookies and, of course, scones are served with all the accoutrements, such as handmade English marmalades, lemon curd and Devonshire cream. In summer months, tea is served either on the veranda or perhaps in the garden. During cooler months, the teas are presented in the parlor where the soft glow of warming fire and tables set with fine silver and china set the scene.

At a nearby bed and breakfast in Rhode Island, two modern day sea captains offer High Tea on the Sea. Linda and Paul Manning, who operate the Kitt Shepley House B&B in Newport, Rhode Island, provide guests and the general public the option of touring historic Newport Harbor while enjoying tea served from silver pots and decorative cups and saucers aboard their boat.

In Chatham on Cape Cod the Captain's House Inn serves a complimentary Cream Tea for their guests featuring scones, cookies and cakes. For a small charge both guests at this Massachusetts bed and breakfast as well as outside guests, can enjoy a formal English Afternoon Tea served by British interns. Traditional finger sandwiches, savory pastries and sweet treats are served. As a new twist, you may also do a "Tea Flight" -- sampling six different teas, which the chef has paired with appropriate delicacies. This Massachusetts bed and breakfast was a sea captain's home dating back to 1839 with each of the 16 rooms featuring a fireplace as well as most modern amenities.

Summertime at Halcyon House B&B means garden tours and afternoon teas. This historic Campbell, New York, bed and breakfast is host to special Wednesday Afternoon Teas throughout the season. The event begins with a tour of the inn's extensive herb garden followed by a short presentation by innkeeper Yvonne Sloan about growing and preserving herbs. Then the tea is served along with a selection of savory and sweet treats, all prepared using the inn's own herbs.

Traveler's Rest B&B in Georgia, two hours from Atlanta near the Jimmy Carter Historic Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian home in Montezuma. Innkeeper Adele Goodman pampers guests of the B&B with afternoon tea. Mothers and daughters of local Girl Scout troops as well as "Red Hat Ladies" also enjoy the teas served in the inn's gracious dining room or on the wrap-around porch. In addition to the usual fare, she adds a Southern slant to her teas by serving a zesty Pimento Cheese sandwich. High tea also may be requested.

At the Richmond Victorian Inn in Richmond, Vermont, the innkeepers have perfected the art of afternoon tea. They offer teas for wedding showers and book clubs, as well as princess tea parties for children. On Sundays, an English tea is served in the afternoons. Enjoy fresh, home-baked scones and teas made by the nearby Vermont Liberty Tea Company. The inn is just a short drive from Burlington, and one could hardly think of a more perfect day than driving along winding Vermont roads, looking at the fall foliage and perhaps shopping for antiques and then returning to your country inn to enjoy all the pleasures of an afternoon tea.

During the holiday season, the innkeepers at Rosewood Country Inn in Bradford, New Hampshire, go all out. Each December, they host a special Holiday Tea and Tour. The historic inn has a rich past as lodging, hosting guests such as Jack London, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. After the tour, you'll enjoy lavish homemade treats, such as a lemony snowflake cake and freshly baked scones.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner loves tea and writing about B&Bs. For more information on Georgia bed and breakfast inns or Atlanta bed and breakfasts travel in general, check out the iLoveInns website.
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