Where: Tate, Georgia Style: 1920s mansion Tea Selection: 6 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Seasonal Tea Events Reservations: Required Contact: 770-735-3122 Cost: $60 Christmas Royal Tea Tour Destination Tea Tips: Come early if you want to visit the gift shop, which closes for the day at teatime. This beautiful venue is the perfect setting for a photo shoot, so leave time to explore the grounds and pause for pictures.
Destination Tea Notes: In the words of one of our reviewers, “Tate House has everything you could want in a Christmas tea.” The “Pink Palace” — as it is known in the National Register of Historic Places — is built of Etowah pink marble that is said to be rarer than diamonds, sourced from the quarry in Tate House’s own backyard. Renovated to serve as a wedding venue, in 2007, Tate House began the tradition of welcoming the public for a holiday open house. We happily discover that their Christmas royal tea reflects the all-encompassing excellence of an experienced event venue. This afternoon tea menu wins our approval for being perfectly portioned, with a satisfying, balanced dose of savory and sweet.
After tea, it’s time to visit a Christmas wonderland. Tate House is dressed from head to toe in lavish Christmas glory that will have you humming carols as you enjoy your included self-guided tour of this 1926 mansion. General manager Marsha Mann says that every year, her team shops at Dallas and Atlanta marts to select the house’s decorations, and it takes them two weeks to decorate (you’ll see why). Smartly, these decorations are offered at a Christmas in July sale each year, to make room for the next year’s theme. The one-hour drive from North Atlanta is certainly worth it, especially if you make this an annual tradition to celebrate the season and while you’re there, snap some group photos in the dozens of beautiful holiday scenes throughout the property.