UPDATE: Columbiana Inn and Hearts Desire Tea Room closed in 2022.
Where: Columbiana, Alabama Style: Victorian Tea Selection: 15 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Daily 12 pm, for parties of 4 or more* (*open to smaller parties when large parties have reserved) Reservations: 48-hour notice minimum Contact: 205-669-1450 Cost: $22 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: Seating is limited here, so reserve well in advance, and remember that they may take smaller parties on days when they are already opening the tearoom for a reserved large party.
Destination Tea Notes: Rarely do we experience an afternoon tea that delights us in all things: homemade delights, varied high-quality teas, gracious service, beautiful ambiance and creative touches that show our hostess has an eye for detail and artistry. How fortunate then, when our travels take us to Alabama, where we enjoy just such an afternoon tea — prepared by Diane Moore, at her Columbiana Inn Hearts Desire Tea Room, where she has been serving afternoon tea for fifteen years. Her experience shows, as she personally delivers course after course of house recipes she makes herself. We are still talking about her chicken salad and homemade lemon curd. And as families and friends quietly converse under chandeliers in this 1889 parlor, we could almost feel we have traveled back in time to celebrate a Victorian Christmas teatime.