Chapel Hill, N.C. — If you're feeling elegant, why not treat your loved ones to a royal tea at the Carolina Inn?
The Carolina Inn was bustling with the excitement of weddings and a home football game when we arrived. I had booked an afternoon tea at the storied inn to spoil my best friend Jenny, who had driven up from South Carolina to spend her birthday weekend in Chapel Hill.
Unbeknownst to me, my brother, Nick, had also made a drive – from our home state of Kentucky – for a quick visit. Thankfully, the staff was able to modify my reservation to fit our now-party of three, adding my vegetarian brother to the mix.
We were seated in a side tea room, which was just as elegant as the rest of the inn, overlooking the Crossroads Chapel Hill patio. Servers brought sweets and savories galore: finger sandwiches, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a mountain of rich desserts and scones. There was, of course, an impressive variety of beverage options – from white to green to black and iced tea, to hot chocolate and coffee for those who prefer it. We upped the ante of our afternoon with a glass of prosecco as well, making our experience, technically, a “Royal Tea.”
We had a delightful time catching up in this unhurried environment. What better way to celebrate my time with the brother and friend I rarely get to see than by treating them like royalty?
My belly – and my heart – were full by the end.
I can imagine equally enjoying time spent with a bridal party, a birthday gathering, on Mother’s Day or during the holidays – really, any occasion that requires a little something extra calls for an afternoon stacked high with delights at the Carolina Inn.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Chapel Hill Magazine.
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