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Tea Time

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Having tea is a great idea for Bridal Shower’s, Baby Shower’s or Mother’s Day- Scones, finger sandwiches, afternoon tea, a good way to get together and have some fun.

Here are some of my favorite spots for High Tea. Enjoy!

The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802

http://www.queenmary.com

THE WINDSOR TEA EXPERIENCE

For a truly British tea experience, there’s nothing more authentic than our Windsor Tea Service. Starting with your own personal pot of gourmet loose leaf tea, the Windsor Tea includes a series of delightful tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with locally sourced clotted cream and homemade jam, and concludes with a sweet array of petit fours. Deliciously prepared and uniquely displayed, the Windsor Tea offers guests a unique and leisurely dining experience that makes any day a special occasion.

Tea is served daily: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Reservations: 562.499.1682 or http://www.queenmary.com

The Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court • San Diego, CA 92130

http://www.thegranddelmar.com

AFTERNOON TEA

The Grand Del Mar welcomes you for an elegant afternoon in the comfortable setting of this luxury San Diego resort’s Library. Enjoy beautiful music and a perfect pot of fine tea, or glass of wine, with pastries and tea sandwiches to complete this time-honored tradition.

Tea is served Friday – Sunday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reservations:  858.314.1988

Four Seasons Resort • The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Drive • Santa Barbara, CA 93108

http://www.fourseasons.com

AFTERNOON TEA AT BELLA VISTA

Bella Vista showcases organic, Italian-inspired California cuisine, courtesy of Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini. The restaurant’s décor – with its fireplaces, hand-carved wine wall, rich mahogany and rare marble – adds to the ambience of the tranquil seaside setting that features expansive ocean views and a heated outdoor terrace.

Tea is served Friday and Saturday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

24-hour advance reservation required: 805.565.8237

Hotel Bel Air

701 Stone Canyon Road • Los Angeles, CA 90077

http://www.hotelbelair.com

AFTERNOON TEA

For a more relaxed environment the beautiful terrace has the feel of a Spanish courtyard where guests can lounge in comfy booths, at the bar or in the ultra-private terrace alcoves overlooking Swan Lake. Each terrace alcove features curtains between them as well as an incredible seeded glass pendant light, a popular material used during the 1700s for lanterns and other types of glassware. Heated floors and a retractable screen covers the entire terrace for year round enjoyment.

Tea is served Friday and Saturday: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Reservations: 310.909.1644

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.  ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Information provided by www.hotelbelair.com, www.fourseasons.com, www.thegranddelmar.com and http://www.queenmary.com