Where: Nashville, Tennessee
Style: 1910 beaux-arts veranda
Tea Selection: 6 loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Friday to Sunday, 2 pm
Reservations: Reservations required
Contact: 615-345-7147 or reserve here
Cost: $75 Spillin’ Tea with Draper James; $35 Child (10 and under)
Destination Tea Tips: Get fancy for this gorgeous afternoon tea setting, and bring cash to tip the valet.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Tennessee Afternoon Tea Directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: Coming to The Hermitage Hotel for afternoon tea is at once trendy and epically historic. Especially historically significant for women, the hotel, just one block from the state Capitol, in 1920 became headquarters for suffragists, legislators and lobbyists preparing for Tennessee’s vote to ratify the 19th amendment. Filled to the brim with debating pro-suffragists (who wore yellow roses) and anti-suffragists (who wore red roses), the scene at The Hermitage was dubbed “The War of the Roses.” Today, The Hermitage lobby proudly displays telegrams of congratulations that arrived when Tennessee delivered a victory for the suffragist campaign by being the 36th state to ratify the amendment so that it could become constitutional law.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, August 18, 1920
Finished in 1910, the breathtaking architectural design of The Hermitage, with its ornamental columns reaching up to vaulted ceilings, is the perfect setting for elegant friends to gather for afternoon tea. Making the experience even more fashionable, the hotel has cleverly teamed up with Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s clothing brand, to create a themed afternoon tea. The partnership is doubly fitting: one, Reese grew up in Nashville, and two, her 2018 book, “Whiskey in a Teacup” shares her grandmother’s traditional Southern recipes, which have inspired The Hermitage’s Spillin’ Tea with Draper James menu.
For our readers unfamiliar with the phrase she’s whiskey in a teacup, here’s how one Tennessee tearoom owner described it: “It means you’re stronger than you think you are.” The outer beauty of that delicate teacup holds something mighty inside. Thank you, Jennifer Stowe of Campbellsville’s Three Sisters Tearoom, for the touching insight. Jennifer met Angela in Nashville for this afternoon tea so the two could catch up on each other’s tea adventures. If you haven’t yet discovered the Stowes’ podcast, Tea and Toast, and love learning more about the world of tea, check it out!