Where: Holladay, Utah Style: Pioneer home Tea Selection: 18+ teas by Republic of Tea and Stash Teatimes: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 6 Reservations: Reservations required Contact: 801-679-3925 Cost: $22 High Tea; $16 Afternoon Tea; $12 Princess Tea; $11 Children’s High Tea Destination Tea Tips: Space is limited, so reserve well in advance. Auntie Rae’s also offers a creative array of themed private tea parties, for children and adults alike.
Destination Tea Notes: Having enjoyed a truly satisfying afternoon tea at Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island, as we walk to the car, Goldilocks’ famous line enters my thoughts: “that was just right.” Here afternoon tea is homemade, filling and affordable, in a cozy Pioneer home that equally suits a relaxed family teatime or fancy tea affair. Chef-owner Raelynn Potts visits with us, sharing the history of the home, which was originally built in the 19th century, and then expanded and updated in the early 1900s. It is always a special joy to take tea where our ancestors once did. We learn that “Auntie Rae” is an avid afternoon tea goer, and so treats her guests to an experience she herself would appreciate. Having attended more than 100 afternoon teas, I can say that the hostess who thinks to set the table with a “slop bowl” is the exception. It’s a small matter, but it allows guests to steep their teas to their liking, then have a vessel ready to collect removed tea leaves, rather than having them muddy one’s saucer or tea plate. Tea lovers need not mind the bagged tea selection; our Republic of Tea choices were very yummy!