Let's face it, when it's cold and snowy, the last thing you want to be doing is ANYTHING outside. That is why I have a great suggestion for an afternoon in Philadelphia: Afternoon Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel. Served in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, this is a traditional afternoon tea in absolute luxury!
Afternoon Tea is a decidedly very civilized experience and when you enjoy it at The Rittenhouse Hotel, you've got the perfect recipe for an amazing time. The Mary Cassatt Tea Room is very intimate, looking out on to a small courtyard, therefore reservations are recommended. On a weekend, you can see little girls dressed up in their finery as their mothers take them for a grown-up experience. It's a great place for a girlfriend's getaway afternoon, to celebrate a special occasion, or to take time out from the hustle and bustle of shopping or sightseeing to relax and enjoy.
The staff at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room are incredibly well-versed in the teas which they serve and can tell you about their favorites. While the signature teas featured include the Rittenhouse Blend (Ceylon bergamot, rose petals, cardamom and borage), Marry Me Again (Ceylon, violets, lavender and corn flowers) and Duchess' First Love (Creamy Earl Grey blended with rooibos, and Wedding Chai, a black tea blended with vanilla and whole cardamom pods) they do feature a variety of other teas as well. Try the Duchess' First Love — it is unlike anything you have ever tasted.
Guests can opt for the Signature Afternoon Tea which is priced at $49 per person and includes a delightful selection of miniature savory canapés and tea sandwiches, freshly baked seasonal scones, clotted cream, preserves, and a collection of delicacies and petits-fours or they can choose to order items a la carte. Go for the splurge and enjoy the Signature Afternoon Tea — it will be one of the most delightful afternoons you have ever spent!
Or, if you are looking for a gift for the person who has everything, The Rittenhouse Hotel also sells gift certificates which can be redeemable for Afternoon Tea.
The Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room at The Rittenhouse Hotel is served 7 days a week from 2 to 5 p.m. A reservation is recommended and can be made by calling 800.635.1042 or 215.790.2533.