Ever since the first public document denouncing the British Parliament’s Tea Act was published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1773, citizens of this original colony have declared their independent streak, along with their love of tea. Now, 200-plus years later, tearooms are thriving throughout the state. Many wonderful options dot the map within a two-hour loop of Philadelphia, all located in charming historic towns and all offering warm hospitality, great food, and endless cups of tea. To take this tour, begin at Upper Darby, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, make a clockwise loop 100 miles west to Carlisle, and sip your way back, winding up at Wayne in Philly’s Main Line area. Not only will you meet delightful people and drink delicious tea, you’ll be treated to countless history lessons along the way.
The Painted Tea Cup, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
The Lady Bug Tea Room, East Berlin, Pennsylvania
The Victorian Parlor, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Camellia's Sin, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Sweet Remembrances, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
A Tea Affair, Lititz, Pennsylvania
A Taste of Britain, Wayne, Pennsylvania