Edit ModuleShow Tags

High Tea Time


Published:

My mom used to say that for some things in life you need to "acquire a taste"; she usually said this after I sipped her wine or coffee and made a face. "Oh, you have to acquire a taste for it. And you will." As with pretty much everything, she was right. I made a slow progression from hot chocolate to mochas to lattes; from pinot grigio to cabernet sauvignon. My appreciation for and education of tea came via a similar journey. My two best friends loved tea in college; I was still drinking hot chocolate. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, but to me tea tasted like warm, watered down, flavored, um, water. My girlfriends started me on the pinot grigio (i.e. sweet/flowery) of tea: Tazo Passion. It got me started, and eventually became much too sweet. Now I drink English breakfast and Earl Grey with the rest of them, and I prefer loose leaf over bags. I started buying tea cups for my collection and registered for a tea set for my wedding (and my girlfriends made sure I got it—thanks ladies!).

teaI'm thankful for my tea education because it meant I could attend high tea with my girlfriends, where not only is there good tea, but delicious goodies like scones, sandwiches, and cupcakes. With last night's season three premiere of Downton Abbey, it got me thinking about tea, real sit-down-and-spend-time-to-savor-it tea. If you want a taste of an English tradition right here in Minnesota, you don't have to look too far. Grab your girlfriends, add in some shopping, and make a day of it. (Tip: Reservations are always recommended, if not required, no matter where you're contemplating.)

The Saint Paul Hotel: One of our most elegant and historic properties in the Twin Cities, the Saint Paul Hotel offers a five-course tea event several times nearly every month (even more often during the holiday season).

Brit's Pub: Our most famous, and favorite, British pub in town, Brit's in downtown Minneapolis serves high tea nearly every afternoon. Not only is the event perfect for girlfriends, but also mother-daughter outings, with the kid's tea offered at a reduced price and with kid-friendly snacks and beverages.

The Mad Hatter Tea Room: Downtown Anoka is a quaint, yet popular, destination for ladies who lunch and antique. The Mad Hatter is just the spot for a break in the afternoon with formal teas offered nearly every day.

Avalon Tea Room: Located in White Bear Lake, the Avalon not only serves up tea and other offerings nearly every day, but also hosts special events around the year.

Lady Elegant's Tea Room: Set in a cozy atmosphere in St. Paul, Lady Elegant's tea menu provides several options (parlor tea, tea sampler, dessert tea) at different price points. A children's menu (for kids older than five) also is offered.

Maudie MacBride's Tea in the Woods: You'll think you've traveled much farther than West St. Paul when you overlook the lawn, pond, and wildlife of Maudie's property while you sip your tea or frozen hot chocolate.

Wisteria Twig: Travel down to Red Wing for a very traditional take on tea; Wisteria Twig not only offers four-course tea every day, but also a scrumptious cafe menu.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Twin Cities Festival Spring Babies

If April showers bring May flowers, spring babies bring fun for the whole family

Record Store Day: Where to Find Rare Releases in MN

On April 21, rock out at mini-music festivals around the state, dig into gourmet donuts, and collect the rare vinyls available one time a year

Catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower

The meteor shower peaks April 21 and 22, just in time for Earth Day

A Day Trip to Excelsior

Just 20 miles west of the Twin Cities, this waterfront town is complete with charming shops and lakeside dining

Night Art Gallery Is Your Sober Night Out

The Lindstrom art gallery entertains with hors d'oeuvres, tons of art available for purchase, and non-alcholic drinks

Weekend Activities to Satisfy Your Inner-Child

Check out these weekend activities that will have you feeling like a kid again.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: April

Sue Z.'s picks for philanthropic food events in April will have you supporting women chefs, sipping crafty cocktails, and celebrating Cookie Cart's 30th birthday

A Day Trip to Waconia

Enjoy great views, dining, and craft beverage destinations in this West Metro lakeside town

11 Easter Egg Hunts: From Flashlights to Geocaching

Yes, there's an annual adults-only Easter egg hunt in Rochester—and another for dogs, and another with geocaching, and another that drops them out of the sky. Check out more of the best egg hunts around Minnesota.

Rock Climbing in Minnesota

Rock on this spring at climbing gyms and favorite outdoor spots around Minnesota

5 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

Mother Nature takes the best selfies

Bad Axe Throwing Opens Minneapolis Location

Axe throwing makes its debut in Northeast Minneapolis—and it's not as dangerous as it sounds

Visit Award-Winning Minnesota Distilleries

Tattersall Distilling, J. Carver Distillery, and RockFilter Distillery are all worth the trip

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: March

Sue Z. picks Cochon555 as her philanthropic food event this month
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags