headliner at this ancient afternoon ritual. However, you will also be indulged with an assortment of scones, sandwiches and sweets…and lest we forget
the jam and clotted cream. An afternoon tea break refreshes and revitalizes the weary traveler and gives just the needed energy to carry on the
exhausting task of sightseeing. It can be an expensive white-gloved, stiff-pinkie production at a fancy hotel, or a gaucho-simple maté tea break at
a ranch in Argentina. When traveling, consider planning your afternoon tea break around seeing a special sight…WHILE YOU ARE
|SCONES, SANDWICHES AND SWEETS…A TYPICAL TEATIME SPREAD|
LONDON, ENGLAND: There is nothing as British as afternoon tea. It is said that this sandwich-and-scone combo was invented by a crotchety, and hungry, noblewoman tired of waiting for Queen Victoria at supper. It then became a social event for the upper classes and eventually trickled down to the working masses on a simpler scale. If you can’t spare too much time from touring and shopping, you can kill two birds with one stone at Harrods’s the world-renowned Knightsbridge department store that offers a traditional afternoon tea experience in their century-old Tea Room (formerly known as the Georgian Restaurant). Harrods’ contemporary classic venue offers a unique take on a range of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisite seasonally changing fancies.
The Earl Grey Cooler is a tea-inspired cocktail that features No. 42 Earl Grey tea, orange marmalade, vodka and Chambord.
|SHOP AND SIP: THE CLASSIC BRITISH TEATIME TAKES PLACE DAILY AT HARRODS|
|SEE LONDON FROM THE LONDON EYE|
that hugs the North Atlantic Ocean 400 miles west of North Africa. Reid’s Palace Hotel, perched on a cliff-top overlooking Funchal Bay and the Atlantic
Ocean, epitomizes the spirit of travel from the heyday of luxury, style and adventure. This elegant hideaway, opened in 1891, has honed the art of
pampering and perfected the art of indulgence. Afternoon tea is a timeless affair at Reid’s Palace. Choose from delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries, all accompanied by your choice from a selection of 24 teas or an indulgent glass of champagne.
|TEATIME ON THE TERRACE AT REID’S PALACE|
|A RIDE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET|
access point for Patagonia. As you head to Estancia San Guillermo for a typical Argentine tea ceremony, you’ll pass through Punta Loma, where, from a rocky
cliff top location, you should be able to view a colony of sea wolves below. As you approach the doorway of the estancia (the Argentine word
for ranch) you’ll be greeted by sheep and domesticated guanacos (South American animals that look like, and are related to, lamas and alpacas). The
typical, highly caffeinated Argentine tea is called maté (pronounced ma-tay). It is usually enjoyed with friends and served in a hollow gourd with
a special metallic drinking straw called a bombilla. However, in Argentine tea culture it is considered poor etiquette to stir the tea with
the straw. It is also considered poor manners to wipe the bombilla when sharing maté. Drinking the semi-bitter, grassy, smoky maté has been described as “slurping hot water through dried leaves.”
|NO BONE CHINA HERE! TEA IS POURED FROM A TIN TEAPOT INTO A HOLLOW GOURD|
|TAKING OFF THAT WINTER COAT|
White-gloved waiters pass buttery scones, berry tarts, petit fours, watercress sandwiches, and a selection of teas as you glide from port to
port. Elaborate presentations include themed teatimes such as the Mozart Tea where the staff is dressed in period costumes and a string quartet plays
Mozart throughout the event; the English Colonial Tea where waiters are decked out in white ties and tails; and the Chocoholic Tea-At-Sea where everything
on the buffet contains chocolate. And, as if that isn’t enough, every nautical teatime is topped off with a spectacular ocean view.
|TEA AT SEA: A CHOCOHOLIC’S DREAM|
|CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR…OCEAN-STYLE|
|A PRETTY PRINCESS SERVES TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA DAILY|
WHILE YOU ARE THERE: Be sure to check out thesmallest working drawbridge in the world. The Somerset Bridge, measuring a mere 32 inches wide, was originally built in 1620 and was cranked open by hand in those days. It connects Somerset Island with Sandys Parish on the Bermuda mainland. Today, two cantilevered half-spans are separated by an 18-inch gap and bridged by a thick timber panel that must be removed whenever a yacht wishes to pass beneath the bridge. This allows the mast of the yacht to pass through the gap.
SMALLEST WORKING DRAWBRIDGE IN THE WORLD
MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN: The Grand Hotel, a circa 1887 island jewel set on a bluff above the historic Strait of Mackinaw, might well be the most enchanting destination in Michigan. This stately grande dame, its covered porch bedecked with 43 white Grecian columns, 88 white rocking chairs and 180
geranium-filled flower boxes, is a pristine reminder of the elegance and glory of a bygone era. It will transport you back somewhere in time, which
happens to be the name of a Christopher Reeve movie that was filmed there. Afternoon Tea at The Grand Hotel, a timeless tradition for more than 100 years, takes place each day in the hotel’s Parlor. In the 1840’s Afternoon Tea became popular as an activity to break up the day and provide a snack between lunch and dinner Today at the Grand Hotel guests still partake in this tradition between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. They enjoy tea, sherry, champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones and an array of pastries, accompanied by a music recital performed by some of the hotel’s full-time staff of musicians.
TEATIME AT THE GRAND HOTEL: TRADITION, TRADITION, TRADITION!
WHILE YOU ARE THERE: Be sure to check out Fort Mackinac, the fortress that provides an exciting view of British life during the 1700’s. Also
check out the Missionary Bark Chapel that sits below the Fort. The Chapel is a recreation of the first birch bark chapel built by Father Charles Dablon in the
|THE MISSIONARY BIRCH BARK CHAPEL|