Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Hoyt House for Afternoon Tea

As soon as I learned we would be visiting Amelia Island, Fla., my first priority was searching for area tea rooms. I was delighted to find The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast and for nearly a year anticipated going there for afternoon tea.

The Hoyt House sits on the corner of Atlantic Avenue, one of several historic homes on the block. See this post for more lovely homes in Historic Fernandina Beach.

When I discovered this 100-year-old mansion online, I gushed to Mary Ashley that I couldn't wait to visit this house. She replied, "Well, I want to live there."

Joe and the children were gracious to pull themselves away from the beach to indulge me in afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea is served by reservation Wednesday through Sunday. Learn more here. Let's step inside!


What a welcoming foyer!

The children were delighted to discover a real bird in the birdcage in the corner of this sitting room.

Tea is served in the dining room. In the corner, this table is set for three.

White tablecloths, pretty china and fresh flowers set the stage for a lovely tea experience.

The Hoyt House offers a selection of eight loose teas.

I enjoyed every morsel of my afternoon tea!

Hoyt House Afternoon Tea

Fresh-Baked Crumpet and White Chocolate Raspberry Scone
Served with Assorted Jams and Clotted Cream
Smoked Salmon Canape
Truffled Wild Mushroom Tartlet
Tea Sandwiches of Egg Salad, Cucumber and Chicken
Fresh Berries
Assorted Cookies and Tarts

Joe and the children opted for Kate's Tea, a pretty plate of crumpet, scone, berries and sweets.

All the food was delicious, but the white chocolate raspberry scones might have been the best scones I have ever tasted.

Wouldn't you just love to linger on the front porch, admiring the spanish moss that falls gracefully from the branches of centuries-old live oaks?

This looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of iced tea.

I dream of having a wrap-around porch like this one day!

Are you dreaming of escaping to the Hoyt House? There is only one thing that can make teatime at this grand B&B better ...

And that's sharing it with people you love!

I'll be back with a few more must-see images from our trip to Amelia Island. Please continue voting for me in Taste of Home's search for a holiday ambassador. You can check out my entry by "liking" the Mrs. Holiday page here.


Anonymous said...

O my goodness I wish I was there now,this is such a lovely place,I must visit here on my next trip,we are only a short drive,and have been several times,we love strolling downtown,but have not actually made reservations,but now that I know,this is a must do for me,thanks for sharing.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Oh, so lovely...thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful family! ~Donna

Amy O'Quinn said...

I've passed by this house a gazillion times over the years. And although I've always admired its beauty and charm, I've never visited or had tea there. Now, after reading your post and seeing photos of the beautiful interior and yummy food, I know that next summer my mother, sister, daughters and I will have to make teatime at the Hoyt House a priority!

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful memories of Fernandina Beach! I lived on Lighthouse Circle (just a few blocks from the Hoyt House) about 25 years ago and just loved the island for the 3 years I lived there! I hope to go back for a visit one day. Pat

Vonda said...

That looks like a great place for a girlfriend getaway!

Rach said...

Oh my. That looks so perfect! I think my mom and I are going to need to take a little vacation here!

Anonymous said...

Ooh..I like those loose teas!
And the porch..

Anonymous said...

You are killing me with these pictures! I had almost forgotten how my son loved to go to Ft. Clinch for the Civil War reinactments, wearing his Union hat, no less! I definitely must return for a visit and look up old friends. Thanks so much for the tour and memories! Pat

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