Where: Berlin, Maryland Style: Quaint, classic Tea Selection: 40+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 to 2 Reservations: Reservations required Contact: 410-641-4000 Cost: $24 Full Afternoon Tea; $9.50 Cream Tea Destination Tea Tips: On occasion, based on demand, Main Street Enchanted Tea Room will take reservations for off days. Even during posted open hours, customers without reservations risk being turned away if the tearoom is busy, so we recommend making a reservation even for a cream tea.
Destination Tea Notes: Hostess Sherry Gamble of The Main Street Enchanted Tea Room is quite the character, which accounts for a good portion of what you’ll experience at afternoon tea here. Her love of antiquing and tea is evident in her tearoom’s furnishings, vast teacup and teapot collection, and quality tea selection. A self-proclaimed 71-year-old tomboy who has only recently discovered the joys of crafting, Sherry encourages us to take our time trying on tea hats, and then invites us to take a closer look at her wall art projects (see below), as we wait for our teas to brew. Sherry likes to visit with her guests, telling about herself and often inspiring a laugh with her unfettered comments on what’s what. Presenting our scone choices, she informs us, “the only thing missing from the piña colada scone is the booze.” Yes, it’s a bit zany in this pretty tearoom, but you know, that homemade scone is very good. And when it’s time to choose our teas, Sherry is a reliable guide. After all, she’s been at the helm here for more than a decade, which is a standout milestone amongst tearooms in the U.S.