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Best Places for a Spot of Christmas Tea

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Take a step back in time and relax with a cup of afternoon tea. Puget Sound has some lovely tea rooms that make a fun and festive place to gather with friends during the holidays. Here are some of our favorites.

Tuscan Tea Room & La Romanza Bistro
Saturday, November 24 – Monday, December 31
4521 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
206.906.9914
http://www.laromanza.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at La Romanza with decked halls and the spirit of the season. Come for the festive “Afternoon Christmas Tea” throughout the holidays. Decadent sweet and savory treats, and a pot of any of the 70+ premium teas. $35.00/Person; $20.00/Children under 10. Call for reservations.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 30
Monday to Saturday 12:00pm to 2:30pm; Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
411 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.621.1700
http://www.fairmont.com/seattle

Countless families make visiting the Teddy Bear Suite and having holiday tea a family tradition. Wonder at the majestic Christmas tree in the lobby and the gingerbread display. Enjoy a delightful holiday tea in the warm and festive setting of The Georgian. Holiday tea includes a selection of tempting sweets, housemade scones and delicate finger sandwiches. Try the Olympic Holiday Tea, which is medium bodied Ceylon blend with a pronounced ‘hot cinnamon’ character; perfect for a winter warm-up! Adults $55; Children $25 (ages 6-12). No tea service on December 24 or 25. Call for reservations.

Hawthorn Tea Room
Saturday, December 1
2208 N 30th St, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.238.9021
http://www.thehawthorntearoom.com

Come for a delightful Holiday High Tea with two seatings 11:00am and 2:00pm. Kick of the holiday season with a whimsical tea. Accommodations can be made for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. $35.00 per person including sales tax and gratuity. Call for reservations.

Salish Holiday Tea
Saturdays and Sundays
December 1 – 23
Every day December 26 – 30
2:00pm – 4:00pm
6501 Railroad Avenue SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
800.2.SALISH
http://www.salishlodge.com

Start a new tradition for the entire family this holiday season. Head to The Dining Room at Salish Lodge for a traditional holiday tea complete with a delicious menu of house made treats featuring Salish honey, scones with fruit preserves and Devonshire cream, gourmet tea sandwiches and petite pastries. $30/adults, $15/ages 6-12, FREE ages 5 and under. Call for reservations.

4th Annual Santa Tea
Sunday, December 9
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
425.822.3700
http://www.thewoodmark.com

The Santa Tea is one of Kirkland’s favorite traditions. Savor tasty treats and holiday sweets, while sipping an assortment of tea and hot cocoa. Featuring live music and festive holiday tunes provided by Kirkland Performance Center, little ones will love the cookie decorating station and photos with Santa! $45/adults; $20/children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online HERE.

Meeker Mansion
Sunday, December 9
1:30pm
312 Spring Street
Puyallup, WA 98372
253.848.1770
http://www.meekermansion.org

Save time during the busy season for a special Victorian tea! The ladies of the house will serve small sandwiches and delicious holiday treats. Plus, tea is served in the English Bone China Teacup collection of the historic Meeker Mansion. $12.00/person. Call for reservations.

Queen Mary Tea Room
Wednesdays – Sundays
9:00am – 4:00pm
2912 NE 55th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
206.527.2770
http://www.queenmarytea.com

Locally owned and operated since 1988, the ambiance of Queen Mary’s is accented with English bone china, delicate lace, and rich wainscoting in a Victorian setting. There are generous helpings of authentic British cuisine, the solace of good friends, the warmth of beautiful full leaf teas from around the world, and shelter from that occasional Seattle rain shower. Call for reservations.

The Secret Garden Tea Room
Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, January 13
Wednesday through Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
1711 Elm Street
Sumner, WA 98390
253.826.4479
http://www.sgtea.com/index.html

The Victorian Christmas Tea inlcudes: a Pot of Tea and Toasting Glass of Sparkling Cider, Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese with Warm Pesto and Baguette, Sorbet, Scones with Devonshire Cream, Jam & Lemon Curd, Tiered rack with Tea Sandwiches, Savories, Fresh Fruit and Petite Christmas Sweets. Plus, a Warm Victorian Cranberry Pudding with Vanilla Butter Sauce or Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis and Hot Towel Service. $32.95/person. Call for reservations.

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