Gifts for Afternoon Tea Lovers

Happy Holidays from all of us at Destination Tea! We love this season of giving, especially because it gives us the chance to patronize local craftswomen and small businesses. Without further ado, here are five fabulous gift ideas for someone you love who loves afternoon tea (and if that someone is you, please forward these suggestions to the appropriate elf).

1. Homemade Scones from Vermont

Rose Arbour Scones Shipped

Details:  The homemade scones from Rose Arbour Tea Room in Chester, Vermont are DIVINE! These large three-inch-round lovelies are all things wonderful about a scone:  they break into soft, slightly flaking morsels, buttery with a touch of salt and just a hint of sweetness. Ship them anywhere in the continental U.S., where they’ll arrive ready to freeze or to warm and enjoy (just try and resist immediately devouring them).
To Order:  Call Suzy Nielsen at 802-875-4767 or email suzy@artequine.com; Purchase by the half-dozen at $3 per scone, plus shipping

2. Handmade English Clotted Cream from North Carolina

Blakemere Company Clotted Cream

Details:  Amanda Fisher has brought authentic recipes from her hometown Devon, England, over the pond to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she founded The Blakemere Company. Using cream from local NC farms, Amanda makes the U.S.’s first handmade English clotted cream. “Unlike creme fraiche which is set with a culture, our cream is not sour or tangy but is thick with flecks of yellow buttery “crust”.  Quite literally, ‘Cream to the Power of 10!'”
To Order:  Online, $9.99 for a 6oz. jar

3. Monthly Tea Subscription (or one-time gift) from GeorgiaJust Add Honey tea and honey subscription box

Details: Just Add Honey’s Brandi and Jermail Shelton source and blend their line of teas using local and organic ingredients. The results are delicious, creative blends, which they serve in their downtown cafe and at their afternoon teas. But should non-Atlantans miss out? No, ma’am. We recommend the tea and honey box, which comes with 3 exclusive teas in 1 oz. servings from tea fields around the world, small-batched honey from U.S. beekeepers and a treat; either as a one-time gift, or as a monthly subscription. “Each box contains information about the origin of your tea {so you can impress your friends later}!”
To Order:  Online, $25 for one tea and honey box

4. Vintage Cake Dome with Pottery Stand from Georgia

Details:  Terrie Ponder Watch of Cardinal Lake Pottery finds vintage glass cake dome toppers and then creates pottery stands to fit them. No two are alike, but they are all gorgeous, and come in a variety of patterns and glazes, which you may select if you contact Terrie with a custom order request. We could see this unique cake dome becoming a family heirloom, for setting out Grandma’s famous scones when guests come to call.
To Order:  Online gallery or contact Terrie at terrie@cardinallakepotter.com or 678-984-9549, $65 large cake dome; $35 small dome server

5. Tea Hats and Fascinators from Utah

Tea Hats and Fascinators from Queen Sugar Bee on Etsy

Details:  We like afternoon tea to be fun, fabulous and affordable, and that’s why we like Julia Bee’s line of handmade fascinators and tea hats. Especially helpful in her Etsy shop is that you can search by color, from many styles. The only difficulty might be choosing just one!
To Order:  Online, styles ranging from $20 to $50

Pairing Snowy Winters with Afternoon Tea – Our Vermont and Connecticut Directories are Out

Leaves turning bright oranges, yellows and rusty browns announce a special time for afternoon tea lovers, for aren’t warm scones and hot teas the perfect antidote to autumn’s bracing winds heralding the coming of winter?

Tea and scones at Rose Arbour Vermont afternoon tea
Photo by Suzanne Nielson of Rose Arbour Tea Room, Chester, Vermont

As we gear up for Thanksgiving, and reflect on our many blessings, we count the magic, memories and creative delights of afternoon tea amongst them. We at Destination Tea are most grateful to the tearoom owners, chefs and managers across the country who not only offer afternoon teas, but who have also spared a moment of their time to fill us in on the details of their tea services.

For our Northeastern tea sisters and brothers, we have an early holiday gift:  the Vermont and Connecticut afternoon tea directories, out this week. As always, please let us know of any tearoom that needs adding and have yourselves some very delicious tea travels!

afternoon tea service at Rose Arbour Tea Room in Chester, Vermont
Photo by Suzanne Nielson of Rose Arbour Tea Room, Chester, Vermont

Holiday Teas Abound!

All our afternoon tea directories have just been scrubbed and updated, so please revisit your local and destination afternoon tea venues for the latest details and special event tea dates (www.destinationtea.com/teavenues).

New Jersey Christmas high tea with Grandma

Most importantly and excitingly, during this “most wonderful time of the year,” tearooms love getting into the spirit by hosting holiday teas with fabulously scrumptious menus. And their most loyal patrons know this, calling to reserve their seats months ahead. For example, in mid-November, the December holiday teas at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA are entirely sold out. So hop to it!

Destination Tea Tip:  Whenever we add a special event tea to a directory, we will post it to our Facebook page. You can easily sift through to the state’s events which interest you by going to our page and selecting “Posts” from the left navigation. You’ll see a search field on the top right of that page, and can use your state’s abbreviation to find any afternoon tea announcements for your state, like this for Florida: #FLAfternoonTea.

Hashtag search for state afternoon tea news on Destination Tea Facebook page

Happy holiday tea travels! We hope you find a destination tea that delights your taste buds and gladdens your soul.