Destination Tea: Chelsea’s on Thornton

Where:  Dalton, Georgia
Style:  Historic teahouse
Tea Selection:  38 loose leaf teas from Ashbys Teas of London;
2 selected for Special Tea Events
Teatimes:  Monday to Friday, 2 to 4, and Special Tea Events
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact: 706-277-2872
Cost:  $21.40 Traditional Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  The teahouse also offers a weekday scratchmade lunch service, which you can use as an excuse to visit and shop their collection of teaware for sale.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

exterior afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA

Destination Tea Notes: About one hour northwest of Atlanta (up I-75), a delightful afternoon tea experience awaits you at Chelsea’s on Thornton, in an 1850s Dalton home. For ten years, Dottie and Ralph Ray have run Chelsea’s, where Dottie develops the homemade menu, and Ralph puts to good use his former career in merchandising, stocking their gift selection with wonderful teaware choices. We are only sorry it took us until now to discover this gem, where the food is scratchmade, the tea rooms are beautifully appointed and the selection of teapots for sale is very fun and reasonably priced. Because there are not so many pictures of this teahouse online, when we arrive for their Mother’s Day Tea, we are happily amazed as we enter. It is always a special treat to experience afternoon tea in a 19th century home — that dates to the early days of afternoon tea — especially one that remained intact through the Civil War (because it served as a field hospital). Though we are given a choice of two prepared teas paired to the day’s menu, local customers will want to explore the full tea selection offered on weekdays. Naturally this will require return visits, which should be a welcome obligation given the affordability of this afternoon tea in such an elegant setting.

front porch at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Yes, why not use the spacious front porch for outdoor tea tables?
inner staircase at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
The teahouse’s tea selection overlooks a checkerboard painted wood floor
yellow room at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Admiring the design elements that make this teahouse beautiful
green room at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Cascading chandelier, striped walls, luscious window treatments
mini teacup collection at at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
The teahouse’s collection of antique, smaller sized teacups
teapots waiting at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Loving these teapots with floral embellisments
red room at at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
To the right of the foyer, the red room
our tea table at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Appreciating the natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking our tea table

Tea Service

tea is poured at at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Servers keep our teacups filled with one of two prepared teas; this is the Black Peach Tea
roses on teacup at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
For a caffeine-free herbal, an Apricot Mango Medley Tea is offered.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

mothers and daughters at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Completing the scene at this Mother’s Day Tea, 3 generations of mothers and daughters.
savory course at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
The first course includes Cucumber with Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Carrot Pecan Spread on White Bread (innovative and yummy!), Maple Ham with Red Pepper Jelly on Angel Biscuits, Fruited chicken Salad Filo Cup and Traditional chicken Salad on Wheat Bread.
scones at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
For the second course, Cherry Almond Scones are served with lemon curd, Lemon Bread and the Southern classic Cheddar Cheese Straws.
yummy desserts at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
The dessert course is the scrumptious standout, with Pecan Pie Bars, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bites, Thumbprint Cookies and Fudge Brownie Bites with Cherry Mousse.
teapots for sale at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
In the red room, there’s shopping to be done, and we find the pricing to be very reasonable. More wonderful teaware choices are also displayed in the foyer…and we may have had to take home two new teapots.
outdoor arbor at afternoon tea at Chelsea's on Thornton in Dalton, GA
Behind the teahouse, an old arbor which would be perfect for romantic group portraits.
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