Tea time vacations, from traditional to unique
By Aimee Heckel
In many countries, a cup of tea is more than a warm beverage. Tea ceremonies and rituals have deep historical, societal and cultural roots.
You’ve heard of beer tours, wine tastings and there is even a growing movement for coffee-themed vacations. Tea time tours can be another adventure for foodies — and history buffs, too.
Here are some ways to plan your own tea-themed trip:
1. Enjoy tea at sea. Many cruise ships offer organized tea times. Celebrity Cruise‘s Champagne High Tea offers plenty more than just tea. If tea’s not your thing, order a cappuccino. Munch on finger foods and truffles. And while you enjoy the live music, round out your experience with a glass of champagne served in sparkling crystal.
2. Try high (heel) tea. Here’s a unique kind of tea party. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong offers an afternoon tea served out of a high heel-shaped glass, complete with a miniature handbag-shaped box of goodies.
3. Experience a Japanese tea ceremony. Sunrise Tours organizes Japanese tea ceremony tours in Tokyo. Learn to make your own tea, while blending modern and traditional rituals.
Looking for an authentic, traditional tea ceremony? Head to this small Japanese tea house in Kyoto. Take a class or set up a private tea party.
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4. Tour the teas of Europe — but don’t limit yourself to England. Scottish Dream Tours offers intimate tours through the Scottish countryside, including a visit to the Brig O’ Turk Tearoom.
If you’re a tea-lover looking for some new swag, check out these adorable teapots at Kohl’s. The Fiesta teapot in the color flamingo is on sale right now for $50.40, down from $72.
Tea tip: If you’ve never made tea in a glass teapot with blooming tea leaves, you’re missing out on a spectacular show. Find a glass teapot at Kohl’s for $27.99.
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