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.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Ladies (and gentlemen) have taken tea here since 1902. 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. , 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods. 603-258-0330; omnihotels.com/mountwashington.
The Cozy Tea Cart
Enjoy soothing harp music as you dine at Danielle Beaudette once-a-month, themed afternoon tea in her café. For example, in March, it might be an Irish tea. 104 Route 13, Brookline. 603-249-9111; thecozyteacart.com.
Jacqueline's Tea Room
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. Fortified by tea, you’ll be ready for Freeport’s myriad outlet stores. 201 Main Street, Freeport. 207-865-2123; jacquelinestearoom.com.
Dress up with a chapeau from the inn’s assortment of men’s top hats and ladies’ ascot-worthy choices and then select from 50-plus teasas well as a personal pot and cup from a large collection. Weekends; other days possible. , 321 Main Street, Chester. 802-875-4288; innvictoria.com.
The Governor's House in Hyde Park
Tea-culture expert Suzanne Boden serves a delightfully proper tea in the inn’s library. Thursdays and Sundays. Little finger up or down? Boden’s etiquette lessons explain the correct way to hold a teacup (down). 100 Main Street, Hyde Park. 802-888-6888; onehundredmain.com.