Where: Gainesville, Georgia Style: Romantic kitsch Tea Selection: 50+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Monday to Thursday, 11-2:30; Friday 11-3:30; Saturday 11-4 Reservations: 24-hour advance notice for parties of 4 or more,
otherwise, walk-ins welcome Contact: 770-287-1181 Cost: $15.95 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: You will find Annastasia’s Tea Room on the ground floor of Serenity Massage & Spa. Leave time to explore the nearby historic downtown square.
Destination Tea Notes: We say no 200-year-old city is complete without a tearoom in its historic downtown. So this past spring, as we roadtripped to Helen from Atlanta, we knew we needed to stop along the way in historic Gainesville (where tearoom is included). The angular display windows and narrow doorway of Annastasia’s Tea Room give one the sensation that our tea sister ancestors might have walked up to this very entrance a century ago.
We had a pleasant experience at Annastasia’s, where the extensive tea choices and homemade sandwiches are the highlights of their afternoon tea. We did miss though, the made-from-scratch, locally-sourced scrumptiousness in the scone and dessert courses, which we have come to expect at afternoon tea. The very nature of teatime invites the hostess to slow down and relish the care, creativity and personal touches that craft a wonderful afternoon tea experience. In this understandably laborious process, Annastasia’s Tea Room takes a couple shortcuts, which could be better done by perhaps using a local caterer or baker.