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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tea Blog-a-Thon #9


This week for Gracious Hospitality's Tea Blog-a-Thon, we are to share about our favorite tea rooms. I like this topic. I LOVE to go to tea, and have been to several tea rooms. The sad thing is many are now closed.
I started going to tea rooms several years ago in Prescott AZ. They have had 3 tea rooms all at different times. Each was beautiful and special in its own way. Then about 2 years ago I discovered the Tea Map.com and have gone to several tea rooms closer to my home.

My all time favorite is English Rose in Cave Creek AZ. This is owned and operated by a lovely lady living here now, but from England. The scones are fantastic and the room is so cozy. There is a precious gift shop right next store to also enjoy. I also love to go to Abbey Gardens in Mesa AZ. This place is so quaint and you start out your afternoon tea by choosing your cup off a display cabinet. They sell many tea related items in the store.
This past Christmas my hubby sent me and my friend Candy to the Ritz for high tea. That was incredible. The service is top notch, gentlemen dressed in suits and bow ties. Piano player in the background. The Ritz Carlton is beautiful anytime, but at Christmas it was especially lovely.
When I went to visit my friend Rose last October we went to a tea room in South Carolina. Again, unfortunately, this has since closed. But it was the sweetest place and had so many different tea related items.

All this talk about tea rooms has made me think....been a while. Think I will pick up the phone and call my friend. I got her started down this path....and she is usually ready to go whenever I ask! Come visit lovely HOT Arizona and we will go to tea too!

11 comments:

Kathy said...

Beautiful post, C. Can't wait to go to tea with you!...Kathy

Lisa said...

Very pretty tea places and pictures.

Millie said...

Next time we visit Arizona I will try to check out one of the places you wrote about.
Millie

Charli and me said...

Lovely post! I want to go to the Ritz. We have one in our area and I have heard they are great. I think that will be my next tea outing and especially after seeing your pictures. Thank you for sharing.

ellen b. said...

hmmm, Arizona is just the next state over from California. Wonder how long it would take to get there :0)
Looks like a fun time...

Needled Mom said...

I love tea rooms too. They recently closed one near us and we were all so disappointed. There is nothing quite as elegant as a high tea somewhere.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Thx for the "Tea" tour! So fun!!

M ^..^

Grace Yaskovic said...

great post and I love the pictures

Miss Sandy said...

I wish I could join you, it looks like you two have lovely adventures in tea! There are very few tea rooms within our even near out lying areas here, so discovering one during travel is a real treat. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

Lovely tour of the tea rooms. Thanks.

La Tea Dah said...

I would love to come to hot Arizona for a nice cuppa tea! We have many roots there --- and I miss those loved ones when we are apart. Thank you for your tea room tour! Everything is beautiful and elegant. I would love to get out my teamap and just start visiting along the route to aunt's house!

Thanks for sharing!
LaTeaDah

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