We <3 Afternoon Tea!
By all accounts, in the 1800’s the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna was a prominent figure in London society and a close friend of Queen Victoria. She complained of having that “sinking feeling” in late afternoon and wanted something small to tide her over until dinner. From this, the Afternoon Tea tradition was born and has become the celebrated event it is today.
I have been enamored with Afternoon Tea Service for many years. I have high regard for the tradition, appreciate the ritual and enjoy the luxurious surroundings that accompany a tea service. It is an experience that is wonderful alone, but made even more special when being shared with the other gals.
We are from Chicago so have attended several tea services in the city. The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Drake and Peninsula are some of teas we have attended. Although the Drake is the most iconic, the Peninsula is my favorite. I revel in the strings playing in the balcony above and classy but contemporary feel of the the Lobby. They have also added a vegan tea service in recent years that features many of my favorites so I can indulge with everyone else. This is a real game-changer for me!
Traveling Gals Tip: Afternoon Tea is a great addition to your traveling itinerary! Try experiencing tea service in different countries and different hotels around the world. You do not even have to like tea to enjoy the experience!
Often when traveling we try to reserve an Afternoon Tea. To name a few, we have had tea at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common, Fairmont Olympic Seattle, Opryland Nashville, Grand Floridian at Disney World, Hotel Don Cesare St. Petersburg and aboard the Queen Mary 2. The tea room at the Grand Floridian is elegant and classy. It is a welcome diversion from its casual surroundings. Tea service at the Opryland was also wonderful. It was stylish and surprisingly refined with a fun southern twist. The service was great, but more friendly than formal. Of course, tea on the Queen Mary 2 was formal and always accompanied by beautiful live music. The service was exceptional. We always tried to plan our daily activities around it so we would not miss this treat each afternoon.
I aspire to having tea all over the world. The British have historically had such an influence on countries around the world so Afternoon Tea is global. For now, my thirst for afternoon tea will have to be fulfilled at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota this winter!
Have you experienced Afternoon Tea before? Let us know in the comments!