Where: Skagway, AK Style: Garden Sunroom Tea Selection: Signature English Rose loose leaf black tea Teatimes: Daily 11-3 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome Contact:907-983-2111 Cost:$9.95 Tea Plate and Tea Destination Tea Tip: In the summer months, cruise lines book very large parties for tea here as part of a pre-purchased Skagway excursion. If you want to go for tea during this time of year and are not doing so as part of an excursion, it is recommended walk-ins arrive after 1 pm, when the crowds have gone.
Destination Tea Notes: Many of us afternoon tea enthusiasts also love the romance of a beautiful garden, not unlike our 19th century counterparts who enjoyed taking tea in private and public gardens. It may seem surprising that a lush garden can grow in Alaska, but due to the 20-hour days of sunlight in their summer season, farms and gardens here actually flourish and can grow record-breaking, giant-sized produce. Capitalizing on all this daylight, Jewell Gardens offers homemade garden-to-table specialties in its Poppies Garden Restaurant, serving an afternoon tea that delights all the senses at once. While savoring a delicious tea menu, you gaze upon a picturesque garden featuring blown glass accents made on premises. Afterwards you may pay a fee to tour the garden and glassworks.
Where: Anchorage, AK Style: Modern Tea Selection: 150+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Friday-Sunday 12-4 Reservations: 24-hour notice Contact: 907-222-1619 Cost: $25 Afternoon Tea; $12 Scones and Tea Destination Tea Tip: Indigo Tea Lounge also offers hot breakfast items starting at 9 am on weekdays, which paired with its generous seating makes it a perfect Starbucks-alternative morning meeting place.
Destination Tea Notes: Heartbreak is knowing afternoon tea is nearby and not having fit it into your travel schedule! Thankfully my second eldest and I were able to sneak away early the morning we left Anchorage for a DIY cream tea that deliciously turned into a breakfast tea when we discovered Indigo Tea Lounge’s hot breakfast menu (oatmeal, breakfast sandwiches and quiche). The current space is an upgrade on their former downtown set-up as a corner tea room inside a furniture store. Yes! The world needs more restful spaces for afternoon tea, and Indigo Tea Lounge is such a haven.
Where: Georgia Renaissance Festival, Fairburn, GA Style: Tudor Gazebo Tea Selection: 40 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Saturday-Sunday 10:30-6 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome Contact: Chef Randy, email@example.com Cost: Admission to Georgia Renaissance Festival plus…$17 Trifle, Tea Sandwich Plate, Scones and Tea; $13 Tea Sandwich Plate, Scones and Tea; $8 Scones and Tea; Destination Tea Tips: To access the Peacock Tea Room, you will need to purchase admission to the Georgia Renaissance Festival, for which discounts can be found online. Because there are no reservations and this tea room has earned itself a loyal following over the years, we suggest that you arrive just before the fair opens and upon entering, make a beeline for the tea room at the rear of the fairgrounds, to avoid waiting for a table. Menus change to suit the fair’s weekly themes and Chef Randy posts a preview of the upcoming weekend’s specials on The Peacock Tea Room’s Facebook page. At the Peacock, you will order your afternoon tea courses à la carte, and may want to request Chef Randy’s “secret menu” to sample his favorite tea sandwiches and latest drink concoctions.
Destination Tea Notes: Year-round, Host Randy Sheppard keeps in touch with his more than 2,000 tea room regulars via Facebook, where many a “can’t wait!” appears in the comments, because The Peacock Tea Room is a seasonal tearoom, open only for eight weeks during the springtime Georgia Renaissance Festival. Chef Randy takes pride in the changes he has made to the tearoom’s open-air layout and beautification. (Renaissance Festival shops and restaurants are owned and renovated by individual business owners). A man of many talents, he is the artist behind the tearoom’s signage, as well as the made-from-scratch menu, because he says, “if I didn’t make it, I can’t take a compliment for it.” Well, he has our compliments, both for being a most gracious and friendly host who frequently tours his picturesque tearoom to chat with his guests, and for the creativity he infuses into the Peacock’s food and tea offerings.