The Jefferson in Richmond, Va. from America’s 8 Best Hotels for Afternoon Tea (Slideshow)

America’s 8 Best Hotels for Afternoon Tea (Slideshow)

Jefferson Hotel
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The Jefferson in Richmond, Va.

Perhaps Richmond’s most historic and opulent hotel — Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and 12 presidents including Obama have stayed here — The Jefferson also hosts an afternoon tea in its elegant Palm Court. Drink tea while you gaze up at the Tiffany stained-glass dome ceiling and admire the rich history that’s practically seeping through the walls at this hotel. Tea highlights here include The Jefferson Blend — a traditional English tea made from Keemun, Darjeeling, and Ceylon that’s described as aromatic with a full flavor — and The Richmond Blend, a spicy tea that’s a combination of black tea, cinnamon oil, orange peel, and cloves. As you nurse your beverage, nibble on finger sandwiches, scones with cream and strawberries, and a selection of pastries. The Jefferson also hosts several special tea events. Every first Sunday of each month, children are invited to bring their teddy bears to tea during an afternoon that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. The third Saturday of every month features a buffet of chocolates served with the full tea service.