Tea Rooms in Northern New England

These tea rooms in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire have warm brews and other goodies to brighten your mood on cold winter days

Northern New England has more than its share of dreary winter days. Happily, there’s a perfect antidote: elegant afternoon tea. Accompanied by multi-tiered trays of scones, finger sandwiches, savory treats, and tiny sweets, tea is served in cozy inns, frilly tearooms, and grand hotels. Here’s where to sip; reservations required.

New Hampshire 

OMNI MOUNT, Washington Resort, 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods. 603-258-0330; omnihotels.com/mountwashington.

The Princess Tea features smoked duck breast, smoked salmon mousse, lemon tarts, and lemon-curd macaroons. There’s also a children’s tea menu. Friday–Saturday.

Nibble on this: Ladies have taken tea here since 1902.

 

THE COZY TEA CART, 104 Route 13, Brookline. 603-249-9111; thecozyteacart.com.

Once a month, Danielle Beaudette stages a festive themed afternoon tea in her café. For example, in March, it might be  an Irish tea.

Nibble on this: Enjoy soothing harp music as you dine.

Maine

JACQUELINE'S TEA ROOM, 201 Main Street, Freeport. 207-865-2123; jacquelinestearoom.com.

Jacqueline Soley serves soup (in winter) or sorbet (in summer) in addition to the usual courses. Guests may try unlimited teas. Walk-ins may order tea and scones. Tuesday–Saturday.

Nibble on this: Fortified by tea, you’ll be ready for Freeport’s myriad outlet stores.

Vermont

INN VICTORIA, 321 Main Street, Chester. 802-875-4288; innvictoria.com.

Guests select from 50-plus teas and choose a personal pot and cup from a large collection. Weekends; other days possible.

Nibble on this: Dress up with a chapeau from the inn’s assortment of men’s top hats and ladies’ Ascot-worthy choices.

 

THE GOVERNOR'S HOUSE IN HYDE PARK, 100 Main Street, Hyde Park. 802-888-6888; onehundredmain.com.

Tea-culture expert Suzanne Boden serves a delightfully proper tea in the inn’s library. Thursdays and Sundays.

Nibble on this: Little finger up or down? Boden’s etiquette lessons explain the correct way to hold a teacup (down).


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