Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tea Room Ventures and Venues

This week's Gracious Hospitality Blog-a-thon assignment is:
"Share all about one of your favorite tea rooms. Use photos and descriptions to tell about the decor and ambiance, menus, service, and what makes this tea room special to you. Does this tea room have a gift shop? What kind of special treasures does it contain?"
I have visited many tea rooms during travels around the world. One of my favorite tea rooms is Lady Marpelet's in Cookeville, TN.

In 2004, I met the owner, Diana Bloomer, at a special afternoon tea event in KY, prior to the opening her tearoom. We bonded immediately! Her "dream" for what her tearoom should include was the same as mine. Although I no longer hope to open a commercial tearoom, I am so happy for Diana that she did! Lady Marpelet's Tea Room is located in Cookeville, TN several hours south of me along a scenic and curvy route. Lady Marpelet's is located in a one floor cottage-style house. The various rooms of the house have been converted into theme dining rooms, a nice gift shop and a commercial kitchen. I have been able to visit on three occasions. Each time the hospitality and afternoon tea menu has been delightful!

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