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Tea Time in D.C: Where to Go
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When visiting our nation’s capital, most tourists only consider planning out visits to our nation’s important government buildings and museums. Dining out and meals are often on the go or whatever is close and familiar, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Not only does Washington D.C. offer great restaurants, but you can plan a special afternoon tea time in D.C. at several city establishments. From a traditional British high tea to Russian tea service, this is really a great way for the family to relax and take in the delights of the day while planning the next adventure.
The Grill at Morrison House
The Grill at Morrison House is a great location to enjoy a variety of tea options, including traditional, royal tea and children’s tea. This is a family friendly location, so you can make the special tea time as casual or formal as you want. The selection of tea for you to choose from includes a great selection of organic teas, as well as familiar favorites. Depending on the tea service you choose, the menu choice ranges from $30-$45.
The Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington D.C. offers tea time every weekend. The dining room is done in decadent furniture and, that encourages you and your guests to sit back and talk about their stay and what the rest of the day holds. The tea menu is oriental inspired with options such as Jade Sword, Jasmine Silver Needle, and Black Currant and Hibiscus. Kids will enjoy the rock candy sticks that come with children’s tea service. Reservations are recommended because of the high volume of customers on weekends.
Peacock Alley Tea
Also located in a hotel, Willard Intercontinental Hotel, is Peacock Alley Tea which is right on Pennsylvania Avenue. Voted the best tea service in D.C., Peacock Alley is one of the finer places to enjoy High Tea. French pastries, finger sandwiches, organic tea, and live entertainment is all on offer. For something that is truly special, this is the best option, check your travel plans to see if a special themed tea, like Cherry Blossom Tea is offered.
For those of you who want a real Asian inspired tea experience, Teaism is just the place for you with 4 locations in the Washington D.C. area. The tea house caters to those who want to experience where tea and tea service originated. Tea choices range from exotic to demure in taste, and all made right in front of you, with the option to add sushi, fish, and light Asian dishes that bring out the flavor of each tea.