Afternoon Tea: 3 Exceptional Places to Experience Tea Time! by Donna John
Love your afternoon tea? You're not alone! The Tea Association of the USA says that, “tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80 percent of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea.” Here are three of the best places to experience afternoon tea!
- La Chine Afternoon Chinese Tea at Waldorf Astoria New York – An authentic culinary journey through China, inspired by a desire to showcase the true depth of the country’s cuisine. The dishes exquisitely articulate the complexity of Chinese flavors while the finesse of French inspiration adds to the singularity of the La Chine experience. This beautiful restaurant is housed in the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York and is the newest restaurant venue at this property.
- Teddy Bear Tea at Castle Hill Inn – Nestled on a 40-acre peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property in Newport, R.I., exemplifies the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life. Its afternoon tea program offers guests vistas of the Newport waterfront and is exclusive to hotel guests. Those staying at the hotel can enjoy a choice of more than 25 teas, in addition to light bites including sandwiches and pastries.
- Holiday Tea with Charles Dickens at Colonial Williamsburg – The Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn features traditional American fare with a modern expression. Its Afternoon Tea invites guests to sip custom loose leaf tea blends, made exclusively for Inn guests, accompanied by an assortment of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and pastries.
Get your tea on!