Tea Time in Savannah with ILX Travel

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Join us in September for Tea Time in Savannah—and a perfect Mother’s Day present if you’re stuck for ideas. You’ll spend four nights at the Perry Lane Hotel, which is centrally located for exploring the city. By the way, we intend to do it with bells or hats on—or both.

Savannah is one of the South’s most charming cities. It’s not only for its antebellum architecture and Spanish moss-draped oak trees. Instead, it is also for its historical intrigue, artistic energy, and culinary scene.

This trip is for anyone with an interest in good food, Savannah afternoon tea experience, history, and more. We kick off on Thursday, September 19th, with an exclusive Chef’s Table experience at the Emporium Perry Lane. Friday is jam-packed with sightseeing, a private trolley tour of Savannah, and afternoon tea at the Gryphon. You can also visit the Savannah City Market and go on a foodie tour.

On Saturday, after a morning at leisure to shop and explore, you’ll head to a Custom Hat Bar Adventure. It’s where you’ll tailor your own hat ready for a private tea at Perry Lane. It also comes with a lecture on the History and Etiquette of Tea. Jayne Withers, author and etiquette consultant of ILX Travel, will give the lecture.

On Sunday, you’ll have a private tea-themed cooking class with chef Darin Sehnert. This will happen at the Darin Sehnert Kitchen Table Hands-on Cooking School. After enjoying the fruits of your labor for lunch, you’ll enjoy a private tour of Bonaventure Cemetery.

pouring ginger tea in a glass kettle into a cup

Savannah’s Beloved Tea Rooms

Savannah boasts a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. Thus, these elements converge in its charming tea rooms. So, bask in a casual afternoon pick-me-up or a luxurious high tea experience. Either way, Tea Time in Savannah offers a delightful selection.

One hidden gem is the Savannah Tea Room, a quaint shop tucked away on Macon Street. Step inside and find a world of loose-leaf teas displayed in glass canisters and elegant teacups lining the shelves.

The aroma of fragrant blends, like jasmine or Earl Grey, fills the air. So, enjoy a cup of tea amidst mahogany bookcases filled with literary treasures. Or, peruse the array of loose-leaf teas to take home and recreate the tea room experience yourself.

For a more formal high tea experience, consider the Mansion on Forsyth Park. You can find this in the heart of the historic district. Moreover, it offers high tea service in the Marble Garden Courtyard or the Bösendorfer Lounge.

Now, imagine being among scad students, at Savannah College of Art and Design’s vibrant student body. Meanwhile, you indulge in a multi-tiered display of tasty treats. So, savor tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a range of pastries. These also come with your choice of hot tea.

The Mansion on Forsyth Park also offers a tailored tea service. This lets you explore the world of tea through expertly chosen blends.

Literary Delights at Shaver Booksellers

No Tea Time in Savannah is complete without mentioning Shaver Booksellers. This iconic independent bookstore, nestled on Broughton Street, offers a unique blend of literature and afternoon tea. Imagine curling up with a captivating novel in their cozy nooks while sipping on a steaming cup of tea.

Also, Shaver Booksellers carries an extensive selection of loose-leaf teas. Thus, it’s perfect for brewing a cup to complement your literary adventure.

Their connection to tea extends beyond the beverage itself. Shaver Booksellers also pays homage to Adelaide Harcourt. She is a fictional character created by local author Dorothea Benton Frank.

Harcourt, a tea lover who goes on international journeys, is in a series of popular novels. The bookstore even offers a special “Harcourt Tea” blend, inspired by the character. So, next time you’re in downtown Savannah, lose yourself in a good book and a cup of tea at Shaver Booksellers. It’s the perfect way to experience the city’s literary and tea-loving spirit.

Preparing for Savannah Tea Time

Savannah’s tea rooms offer a delightful escape, combining Southern warmth with a touch of sophistication. Knowing what to expect and what to bring can boost your experience. Meanwhile, it ensures a smooth sailing afternoon tea adventure.

  • Dress Code: The dress code for Savannah tea rooms typically ranges from smart casual to dressy casual. Opt for sundresses, slacks with a blouse, or a collared shirt and khakis.
  • The Tea Service: Afternoon tea is typically a multi-tiered affair. Tea choices often include classic black teas like Earl Grey or English Breakfast, with herbal infusions and fruit blends.
  • Etiquette Tips: There’s no pressure for strict formality. However, a few basic etiquette pointers add a touch of elegance. First, start with the bottom tier and work your way up. Also, use a fork and knife for sandwiches and pastries and a spoon for scones and desserts.
  • What to Bring: Most tea rooms provide everything you need for a memorable experience. However, you might consider bringing a small camera to capture the charming setting and delicious treats. Also, some tea rooms may allow you to bring your own loose-leaf tea for a personalized touch. Be sure to check with the establishment beforehand, though.

Moreover, Milk is traditionally added to black tea after it’s poured, not before. Most importantly, relax, savor the flavors, and enjoy the charming vibes. By following these simple tips, you’re all set to feel the custom of Savannah tea time!

This tour is limited in space to keep the intimate feel of the experiences. Also, here’s the full itinerary of Tea Time in Savannah. For further questions, you may call Jayne at 772-200-3956 or email [email protected].

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