Where: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Style: Victorian Tea Selection: 7 loose leaf teas by Harney & Sons Teatimes: Monday to Saturday, 3 to 5 Reservations: 24-hour notice Contact: 302-227-7169 Cost: $19.95 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: Leave time to visit the shops just a five-minute walk away in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
Destination Tea Notes: Rehoboth Beach is an idyllic backdrop for afternoon tea, as this one-square-mile historic town came of age in the Victorian era. And the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel completes the picture from the second you step through its doors. Surrounded by antique pieces and scrolling latticework, just try and convince yourself that Victoria’s Restaurant was built in 1991, and you haven’t stepped into a postcard from an early 20th century beachside hotel. On top of this beautiful setting, there’s Tim, who introduces himself as our “Tea Mother,” a role he’s been filling for 25 years! While a bit camera shy, he is a gracious host, proudly displaying his tea cart which he wheels over, to prepare our teas tableside. That’s a first for us, as well as the flourish of a large doily draped over our tea curate, allowing Tim to present the three-tiered tray with a grand reveal. While we certainly enjoy our teas and treats, it’s the care taken to details – like unique teapot cozies to match each tea – that makes afternoon tea at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel feel like a special occasion.