Where: Asheville, NC
Style: 1840s antebellum
Tea Selection: 2 preselected teas from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Teatimes: Special Tea Events
Reservations: Reservations required
Cost: $20 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tip: Tea lovers will want to tour Smith-McDowell House Museum’s “Infused in History: A Tea Exhibit,” running through September 2019. Tea is poured for guests at their tour’s completion.
Destination Tea Notes: Kudos to our hostesses, Education Coordinator Lisa Whitfield and tea blogger Lynn Karegeannes, for their work at Smith-McDowell House Museum on “Infused in History: A Tea Exhibit.” Collaborating with an admirable cadre of sponsors — including tea aficionado Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas (Danville, KY), Sara Stender of 3 Mountains Tea (Asheville, NC); tearoom owners Kym Brown of A Southern Cup (Hendersonville, NC), Jill Wasilewski of Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen (Arden, NC), Jennifer Stowe of The Three Sisters’ Tea Room (Ethridge, TN); and tea blogger Sara Shacket of Tea Happiness (Brooklyn, NY) — Lynn and Lisa have curated educational displays and a series of tea-themed events to explore the history, use and practice of taking tea. Fortunately, we are in town for their afternoon tea, which opens with a napkin-folding lesson and presentation from A Southern Cup‘s Kym Brown about the origins of afternoon tea, including the historical significance of African-American ownership of tearooms. Local pastry chef Jill Wasilewski of Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen provides a tasty menu, while Elmwood Inn supplies our teas. We thank Lynn for reaching out to make us aware of these tea programs and for giving us the opportunity to take tea in a home built in the same era in which afternoon tea was born.