Ever since I was little, I loved afternoon tea so much! The attention to detail and the miniature sandwiches and pastries were always so beloved. Unfortunately, I've had to say goodbye to many afternoon tea places that have closed over the years, but the memories are alive and well with me. One such example is the Lyman-Smith House in Norwood, MA that used to serve the most delicious afternoon tea complete with a full sized soup and large scone with jam and clotted cream. I will be adding to this list as I try new teas, but here are ones that I recommend in Boston.
Our Favorite Afternoon Tea Experiences in Massachusetts:
1. Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA near South Station T
Our favorite time to come is late Spring/early Summer or late Fall when the sea breezes are still there with the wind in your hair, but it's not quite warm enough for no coat.
2. Boston Public Library, Boston, MA near Copley Square T
First of all, the BPL is a must-visit location on any trip to the city. But some may be surprised to know of the inventive and delicious tea menu they offer, from traditional lobster to Milky Way petit fours!
3. Lowell Mill No 5 Food Tour, Lowell, MA
On our Food Tour you'll be able to indulge in a pastry tasting as well as make your own herbal tea and drink out of vintage tea cups as well.
3. Suzanne's Tea Room, Lowell, MA
The tea menu is less indulgent, but its price ($17 or $26) is reasonable and the environment is lovely! Reservations only.
4. Artistry on the Green, Lexington, MA
If you're looking for a less "pink" or "feminine" tea experience, check out this old Lexington Inn which has American flag decorations. While less cozy, we did enjoy this little snack (the sandwiches are not super plentiful so don't come hungry!)
5. Fancy That, Walpole, MA
I went here on my 30th birthday with my parents, and it was quite dainty! Definitely make a reservation as this spot fills up.
6. Langham Hotel, Boston, MA near Downtown Crossing T
I prefer their Saturday Chocolate Buffet at this hotel and highly recommend it versus afternoon tea. An all you can eat chocolate experience -- with tea, of course!
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