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The Huntington Library Tea Room and Gardens

Huntington Tea Room

Located near Pasadena, California, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a jewel of a destination! It offers a library showcasing rare books such as a Gutenberg Bible and stellar art collections including one of the most comprehensive collections of 18th- & 19th- century British and French art in the United States. It is home to Lawrence’s Pinkie and Gainsborough’s Blue Boy. If that isn’t enough there are 120 acres of botanical gardens which feature more than a dozen specialized gardens including the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden and a delightful Children’s Garden.

When you include the Rose Garden Tea Room, the Huntington is the perfect setting for a memorable day spent with friends or in solitude. This lovely tea room overlooks the 3 acre Rose Garden and the charming Herb Garden. It offers a traditional English tea. A pot of brewed tea of choice is brought to each guest and a basket of freshly baked scones served at each table. From a central buffet, you may chose from a sumptuous variety of savory finger sandwiches, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruits, chilled seasonal salads, and specialty petite desserts to which you can return as often as you like. Refills of tea and scones are limitless as well and served upon request.

Sample Menu, Huntington Tea Room

The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room is one of our favorite tea rooms and highly recommended!

Important Notes:

For groups of 6 or more, the Huntington requests you please call the Tea Room for information.

Reservations are required and there is a separate general admission fee. We recommend you visit the Huntington website, www.huntington.org, for pricing, hours, reservations, parking, directions and other helpful information.

View of Tea Room Herb Garden

Contact Information:
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
General Information: 626-405-2100
Tea Room Reservations: 626-683-8131
www.huntington.org

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Victorian Tea at the Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado, affectionately referred to by locals as The Del, is a gorgeous hotel dating from 1888. At that time, afternoon tea was a popular Victorian ritual. According to hotel literature, it was a leisurely and sumptuous affair including small sandwiches, sweets and carefully prepared hot tea – the centerpiece of the table. Polite conversation was very important and unsavory subjects were taboo. Tea service at The Del was a daily event until the 1950s.

Today, this lovely old hotel serves up tea in the Victorian tradition once a year. These tea times start after Thanksgiving, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and run right up through the end of December except for Christmas Day. During this period, there are other blackout dates when tea is not served. Reservations are absolutely required and should be made as soon as possible.

Hotel Del Main Lobby at Christmas

The teas, menu and service are exceptional! The surroundings are richly decorated for Christmas. After tea we recommend you enjoy a walk around this lovely hotel, stroll on the beach and check out the underground shopping mall.

For more information on the Victorian Tea, contact Hotel Del Coronado or visit their website, www.hoteldel.com, where tea information is available by Autumn.

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
800-468-3533
www.hoteldel.com

Below is a sampling of the 2010 Victorian Tea Menu:

2010 Petit Sweets Tray

Finger Sandwiches
Smoked Salmon Mirrors:
chive cream cheese & salmon roe on white bread
Duck Rillette:
duck & curried mango chutney on toasted brioche
Pulled Citrus Braised Ham:
ham with mustard fruit on dark rye crostini

Petit Sweets
Warm Black Currant Scones
Fudge Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate Opera Cake
Fresh Fruit Tarts

Tea Selections
Black Currant Chinese Black Tea
Mandarin Orange Green Tea
English Breakfast Tea
Chamomile Herbal Tea

2010 Prices: Adults $40.00, Children Ages 6-10 $20.00

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Tranquility Tea Room in Thousand Oaks, CA

Last year, my birthday included a surprise visit to a new tea room! My family knew just how to make me happy…lots of good food, plenty of tea, a new tea adventure and the pleasure of their company. Perhaps you like tea adventures too, so we’re sharing our favorites in Southern California should you find yourself in the area and wanting a tea room. We’ve got more recommendations coming, so check back from time to time.

A visit to Tranquility Tea Room & Baking Co. was my birthday surprise!

If I Only Had A Heart - The Tin Man Table

The atmosphere was light and airy with charming details everywhere you looked. The owner, Candra Cogan, decorated the entire tea room with changing themes. We arrived during the Wizard of Oz theme and sat at the Cowardly Lions table. There were also Dorothy, Emerald City, Wicked Witch and Tin Man tables to name a few. The picture above is the Tin Man’s Table – “If I Only Had A Heart”.

The service was outstanding while the food was homemade, delicious and themed as well! We especially enjoyed the petite desserts and Wizard of Oz trivia quiz.

Theres No Place Like Home - The Dorothy Table

All the tables included fresh flowers, vintage dishes, lacy linens and other great details! Check out the ruby slippers at Dorothy’s Table! There were plenty of hats and shawls at the tables and more to choose from nearby.

If you are looking for a good, reasonably priced tea room for little ladies or a cozy gathering for friends & family, Tranquility Tea Room is a wonderful choice.

Important Note: Reservations are required.

Below is a list of highlights that make this tea room unique plus contact information.

Those Ruby Slippers!

– Highly themed and decorated tables

– A large collection of hand-decorated hats that are available for everyone to enjoy and most can be purchased.

– A changing theme & menu:
  January – March: Peter Pan
  April – May: Fairytale Princesses
  June – August: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  September – November: Wizard of Oz
  December: Christmas Tea Party

– A community minded business which supports the Lighthouse Women & Children’s Mission in Oxnard, CA.

– Original recipes with all baking from scratch.

Fun Fact: Every table has a bell for additional cheerful service!

Emerald City Table

Contact Information:
Tranquility Tea Room
2527 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805-418-9939
www.TranquilityTeaRoom.com

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