Where: Ocean City, Maryland Style: Victorian Tea Selection: One signature brew at daily tea; tea selection at full afternoon tea Teatimes: Daily, 3 to 4; or by reservation for private parties Reservations: Walk-ins welcome for daily teatime; 1-week notice for private parties Contact: 410-289-1100 Cost: Complimentary Afternoon Tea; $29 Full Afternoon Tea for private parties of 10 or more Destination Tea Tips: Dunes Manor Hotel serves a light tea for guests, which is also open to the public, and a full afternoon tea for private parties. At the daily tea, though you may find folks queuing at the tea table, the line moves quickly.
Destination Tea Notes: When Thelma Conner built Dunes Manor in 1987, she knew the lobby design needed to encourage a social scene, because she planned to launch a tradition: afternoon tea offered in the lobby every day, in every season. You might think hot tea wouldn’t draw a crowd in the summertime, but no, even the young men selling photo sessions on the beach come in for teatime. It’s an informal, come-as-you-are gathering, of families and friends in the lobby, and outside on the long veranda overlooking the ocean. Guests visit the tea table for the hotel’s signature tea blend and choose from a selection of freshly baked scones and cookies. Pleasingly unexpected, Dunes Manor’s afternoon tea successfully juxtaposes casual “salt life” with ornate silver tea service and real china teacups with saucers. Three decades after she established this tradition, we love that Thelma’s vision of bringing people together over tea continues on.