Where: Jacksonville Beach, Florida Style: Beach cottage Tea Selection: 20 loose leaf teas by Harney & Sons Teatimes: Monday to Saturday, 11 to 3 (last seating) Reservations: Reservations recommended, weekend dates book up weeks ahead Contact: 904-270-0220 Cost: $34 Mommy & Me Tea Tray; $19.95 Seasonal Tea Tray; $19.95 Sweet Tea for Two; $18.95 Afternoon Tea Tray;$9.95 Sweet Tea for One; $8.95 Spot of Tea Destination Tea Tips: Reserve your teatime well in advance as space is limited in the back tearooms, and leave time to browse in the boutique.
Destination Tea Notes: Dana Roby, owner of Ashes’ Boutique and Tea Garden, wears many hats at her boutique-cum-tearoom, and she wears them well. She prepares a scratchmade afternoon tea menu that is consistently tasty, from tea selection all the way through the dessert course. Also a self-taught artist, Dana features her charcoal sketches on clothing selections throughout her boutique, whose predominantly white motif carries into the tearooms’ decor, calling to mind beach family portraits where everyone dresses in white. Branches and swathes of fabric peppered with touches of greenery separate our room from a baby shower in the larger adjoining room. Service here is gracious and attentive without helicoptering, and we happily relax into a leisurely and delectable teatime.
Walk to the back of Ashes’ Boutique to find two back rooms where afternoon tea is served.
Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets
We love Ashes’ Silent Book Club concept, to which guests bring a book of their choosing, read quietly together while refreshments are served for the first 45 minutes, and then share with one another how they like their books.