Monday, June 15, 2009

The Tea Room in Savannah

A highlight of our recent trip to Savannah was a visit to The Tea Room.

In his book The Great Tea Rooms of America, Bruce Richardson enthused, "If ever there was an American city that was a perfect location for the enjoyment of afternoon tea, it is the beautiful coastal town of Savannah, Georgia. Hospitality, landscape and architecture all come together in this historic setting to serve as the backdrop for one of the South's finest tea presentations." We dined in the library dining room, pictured above.

I enjoyed my tea selection, Brinns Cup, so much that I purchased some loose tea to carry home with me.

The dainty treats offered for afternoon tea were even more enjoyable for me because The Tea Room was so welcoming to my children.

Our table was beautifully set with a white linen tablecloth, fresh flowers and pretty china, but our server brought crayons as soon as we arrived. She had placed white paper over the tabletop and encouraged the children to draw on it. The children happily began working on teatime masterpieces, and soon after our waitress returned with fresh fruit. Throughout our meal, the tearoom staff was attentive and friendly. But I appreciate most of all their hospitable attitude toward the children. Thanks to their warm welcome, we were all able to savor teatime together in an atmosphere that was elegant and refined, yet relaxed and friendly.

Carson's rendering of our tea table -- on our tea table -- was suitable for framing.

The front of the tea room offers an array of gifts and an ample selection of loose teas. (You can see autographed copies of The Great Tea Rooms of America in the lower right corner of this photo.)

I am so thankful we had the opportunity to visit The Tea Room, where southern hospitality is always on the menu!

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