Where: Virginia Beach, Virginia Style: Swanky glamour Tea Selection: 8 loose leaf premium teas Teatimes: Thursday to Sunday, 2 to 4 pm Reservations: Required Contact: 757-965-9899 Cost: $38 Afternoon Tea (includes champagne or sparkling juice) Destination Tea Tips: Leave time to visit the lobby exhibit that tells the story of The Cavalier, from its heyday to its recent renovation. We loved reading recovered postcards sent from guests of the hotel in the 40’s and 50’s.
Destination Tea Notes: As you can see from the balance of our photographs, while the afternoon tea at The Cavalier Hotel is a perfectly portioned, homemade, traditional menu, we are just as enamored, if not more so, with the star of this experience: The Cavalier Hotel, herself. That new life has been breathed into this 1920s luxury destination, with a care for preserving its history, offers tea-goers here a special link to a time when afternoon tea was all the rage in the United States. We appreciate that The Cavalier stays true to the original setting of afternoon tea or “low tea,” when ladies in tea gowns would gather in the parlor around low tables to take tea. Reminder: at such a table, it is customary to pick up your saucer when you sip from your tea cup, to protect your lap from spills. Before you consider your visit here complete, we recommend allowing time to peruse the Raleigh Room’s art collection, take a quick peek at the gorgeous pool, and maybe select a souvenir from the hotel’s in-house distillery downstairs.