Happy New Year Everyone! My hope for 2022 is to do a series called “Travel to Tea” throughout the year. The goal is to find a “new to me” tea room/ tea experience/ afternoon tea/ tea house to enjoy. Once a month I will dazzle you with a new place for you to enjoy 😉 I cheated a little with this one though…I was so excited with the idea that I started in December.
Today’s “Travel to Tea” happens in Montpelier Mansion Museum in Laurel, Maryland USA. This museum is focused on the education of its use as a home built in the 1780s and as a plantation for agriculture and iron production.
With that being said, hosting tea is considered an event for the museum. Specifically, this event is called “Holiday Tea”. It’s very popular, so the event sells out months in advance. With taxes, the cost is under $33 per person.
My friends and I settle in for what seems to be a very good tea experience. We are “dining” in a 1780s Mansion; which is attached to a section of the house we toured after tea. The atmosphere was charming. Everyone enjoyed the food. Throughout the event, two flavors of tea (from Eastern Shore Tea Company) were constantly being poured for us.
I was really excited to see they left us a gift of 4 teas to try in the convince of our home!
Our Afternoon Tea tier had biscuit like scones on top. And! they provided lemon curd, clotted creme and jam. Winning! The middle had savory sandwiches of a cranberry chicken salad, ham, and a pimento sandwich. Finally the bottom was a very rich chocolate brownie, m&m cheesecake square, a delightful cupcake and a refreshing peppermint cake.
We really enjoyed the tea, food and experience. However. Right when we finished eating all our food, an employee interrupted to tell all the guests that they just recieved word that one of the employees tested positive for Covid-19. They will be closing the Museum and tea events down for the next 2 weeks.
Welp…too late now. We were happy we got to enjoy this tea event, because all the remaining tea events for the year are canceled. From our deductions, the only person missing when we left was a host who walked us to our table. All the employees were in their masks and wearing gloves. We all turned out to be fine.
Even with the bad news at the end, this turned out to be a great Tea-venture 😊