Sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration, just a germ of an idea, and, as quick as the kettle sings, something special is brewing. And that’s just what happened to us. Over five years ago, an article featured in Tea Time magazine highlighted a mother and daughter team hosting monthly teas in a converted section of their garage in a remote area of rural Illinois. The mother served tea and home-baked treats, while the daughter played classical music on the harp. Over time they outgrew their quarters and renovated the entire garage to further their tea vision.
The day we read that article our tea dream began. We had no tea room, we didn’t even have a garage to convert into one! Quick inventory of what we did have turned up a 40 foot Air Stream travel trailer affectionately dubbed, “Silver Bullet.” Could we use that to host teas? Yes, we could and we did, one small party at a time. The Three Sisters’ Tearoom opened for business! Next we also began to travel, taking teas to libraries, nursing homes, senior centers, churches, schools, and more. It was wonderful but we still longed for a real tearoom right on our property when, without warning, out of the ashes of a barn fire came a beautiful new barn with guest quarters which, when not hosting out-of-town guests, became our tearoom!
June 2017 marked our 2nd anniversary serving tea in our own tearoom. Thank you for turning our dream into a reality!
106 N Anderson St, Tullahoma, TN 37388
Dancing Girl and Butterfly Girl were my guests as I journeyed east to The Celtic Cup in Tullahoma, TN. The girls love anything Irish so they were excited. We found a charming bungalow-style house converted into a tea/lunch room by day and an Irish pub by night, in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
Sadly, once inside we were informed that afternoon tea was only served between the hours of 2pm - 5pm and since we were there at about 1 pm we had to be content with just a pot of tea and a scone. They had a large listing of teas, all in bags, and we each chose our favorite- oolong for me and Lapsang for the girls. Tea arrived in individual pots with charming white teacups laced with green shamrocks. Scones were large and fresh but unadorned. So we had to purchase a pot of lemon curd in their gift store to top them off.
It was a nice warm day and we chose a table in the sun on their side porch instead of sitting inside, which was a bit dark with large leather booths that did not say TEA TIME to us! Overall, we had a nice time despite the detached staff and the disappointment of arriving before afternoon tea was served.
"Drink tea and make friends." Chinese Proverb
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