August 17, 2015

Tea for Two for Mom and Me

M2, B, A and I spent the last week visiting family in Connecticut. With A's job changes, my medical issues and M2's diagnosis, it was a much needed break from daily life. Plus, I got to meet my newest niece who was just born in July. We all stayed with my parents as a hotel and small kids, especially a baby and a child on the autism spectrum, do not mix. My mom and I took advantage of the time together to have a mother-daughter day out. One of our absolute favorite things to is is try out tea rooms for afternoon tea. We've visited tea rooms in a few states so we eager to visit Tea with Tracy to add Connecticut to our list.


Tea with Tracy opened in Seymour, Conn., back in 2011. Tracey grew up loving tea and having a dream to open her own shop. Once her kids entered high school, she made that dream come true. Her shop offers afternoon tea, savory and sweet treats and, of course, any number of wonderful teas.

From the adorable location in downtown Seymour with a charming sign to welcome you, Tea with Tracy starts your visit off right. I love the large picture windows and historic building the tea room is situated in. Walking inside is like stepping into a long-ago time that is simpler, more elegant and where a leisurely afternoon tea is an oft-enjoyed delight.
The tea room has two cozy rooms with tables laid out with white cloths, china, silver sugar bowls and cloth napkins. A chalkboard announces the specials of the day while shelving along one wall is filled with tons of teas to suit every type of tea drinker. The larger room offers a fireplace, sitting area and even a table for larger parties situation in a bay window. Tea with Tracy is the perfect balance between elegance and simplicity, proper and relaxed. The dress code is casual so there's no need to worry about having to wear your Sunday best. A steady stream of guests came and went while we were there. It can get busy, so if you're able, call ahead and make a reservation. You can even arrange to have a bridal shower, baby shower or party in the private side room. 

An entire menu is devoted to the teas on offer. You can choose from over 210 blacks, greens, whites, oolongs, herbals and decafs in flavors from complex to simple. No matter the type of tea you prefer, you'll find a variety to choose from. I was in heaven with all those teas and took WAY too long deciding! I loved seeing the Downton Abbey limited edition teas, the queen's special Diamond Jubilee tea and one named for the Titanic on the menu. There are even teas named for princesses and super heroes! Mrs. Patmore's Pudding black tea called out to me while my mom went for a classic lemon blueberry. Your tea order is served in an individual pot with a beautiful china cup and saucer to complete the experience. If you have any questions about the teas, the servers are very knowledgeable and happy to help. For those that may not like tea, there's a selection of gourmet hot chocolates to tickle your taste buds. They're super-friendly to boot, plus give you the right amount of service without making you feel neglected or rushed.
For your dining experience, a specialized menu offers a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, cookies, cakes, soups and salads. You can also select a cream tea (scone, clotted cream, jams and tea), afternoon tea (scone, sandwich, dessert and tea) or tea-for-two option which lets you enjoy the afternoon tea option for two people. Everything is very reasonably priced. My mom and I had the tea for two with the regular and herb chicken salad tea sandwiches, cranberry and white chocolate scones, carrot cake and apple tort. Your selections are brought to the table on a tiered platter to make the tea even more fun. All the food is fancy enough without being overly fussy and it is SO, SO good. I don't know which part I liked the most, it was all that good. I even had to keep stealing bites of my mom's carrot cake when usually, I don't really care for carrot cake at all.
Tracy stopped by our table to say hi. She is so nice! Very laid back, warm and welcoming. The tea room really feels like an extension of her personality. After she went back to whipping up the delicacies on the menu and we finished our tea (we took our time savoring everything) I had to check out the wall of teas. I'd been eying it the whole time with it's floor-to-ceiling selections of loose teas and tins of bags. For you Downton Abbey fans, the teas are for sale along with being on the menu. Little tins are next to each tea flavor so you can see what it looks like and smell each to help you pick what you'll like best. I loved the names of the teas, each was so fun. There is seriously something for every tea drinker. I enjoyed the selection even more than Teavana's! I could spend an hour there just smelling each tea. It's like Yankee Candle for tea lovers, so much to sniff! Many of Tracy's teas are available for purchase online as well, so check them out.
 My mom and I both thoroughly enjoyed our tea-for-two and plan to go back the next time we're able. Afternoon tea is a special experience. I'm going to be book marking the site for my next tea order! If you live in Connecticut, are visiting or even just passing through, stop by Tea with Tracy for a relaxing atmosphere with a tasty cuppa, some yummy treats and a new flavor of tea to take home.


This post is sponsored by Tea with Tracy. All opinions are my own.

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18 comments:

  1. Awww, how fancy. I have never been to a tea room before.

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  2. Oh, how lovely to take a break with a good old fashioned tea date. You really deserved a treat after being so busy!

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  3. Love tea! We have a place here in RI that specializes in afternoon tea. It is such a treat to go and be pampered

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  4. Sounds like a delicious selection of treats. I love carrot cake!

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  5. This sounds great. So nice you had tea time with your mom.

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  6. I absolutely love a good tea party and this looks divine! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Sounds like you had a good time having tea with your mom. Glad you got to meet you newest niece.

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  8. Oh my goodness, that sounds like an amazing little place to stop for a warm cup of tea and sweet treat!

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  9. i never been to any tea rooms. I love tea and i purchased so many different type of teas and flavors

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  10. I hope you were able to take that much needed break without hassle. The tea house looks so cozy and dainty, I'd love to spend an afternoon there.

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  11. What an adorable little place! I love tea too and one of my dreams was also to open a tea shop with gluten-free pastries. If I'm ever in CT I will definitely be stopping by this place!

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  12. A really great place with a nice ambiance, the table was properly arranged , it feels relaxing to that place i want to go there and have tea with my hubby

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  13. It's seems like a great afternoon for you and your mom. Enjoying and relaxing at the same time over a cup of tea.

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  14. That sounds like such a wonderful afternoon. I'm glad you got to spend some time with your mom and have some tea and relax a little. You deserve it!

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  15. What a cozy place Tea with Tracy is. I'm sure you and your mom had a wonderful time there.

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  16. Awwww tea for two sounds like the cutest place :):) I totally wanna go there myself!

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  17. I LOVE it! When my daughter gets older we are going to have tea time every day. This place sounds like the cutest place. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. How fancy! I love the light blue design details and also the pink cake plate :). The place is so pretty!

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