*Guest post from Tea Lover CYCooper
Is it me or do the holidays seem to pass by quicker every year? Christmas 2018 has come and gone, but even with all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings, yours truly managed to travel across Highway 30 for a small staycation at the the MAGNFICENT Adolphus Hotel In Big D (that’s Dallas, Texas for some of you who don’t know). I’ve stayed at the Adolphus on a number of occasions, but this legendary hotel recently completed a 3 year renovation. Yes, it’s more up to date but it hasn’t lost it’s old world charm and elegance. Built in 1912 by “The King of Beers” Adolphus Busch, The Adolphus has hosted notable visitors including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, U2, Maya Angelou, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Besides being a top tier hotel, The Adolphus is also noted for its Afternoon Tea Service or High Tea which it serves throughout the year. However, during the Christmas season the hotel offers its famous Holiday Tea. This tea is extremely popular and sells out quickly each year. So, when reservations opened up on Monday, October 1st, @ 11 am, I got on my phone and called. Let me tell you, it actually took me over 1 1/2 hours to get through and make my reservation.
My sister and I attended The Adolphus Holiday Tea earlier this month and YES it was definitely worth spending that 1 1/2 hours on the phone to get that reservation. The Holiday Tea takes place in the SPECTACULAR French Room Restaurant of the hotel. The French Room, included in the recent renovations, has been restored to its original glory.
The Holiday Tea starts with a glass of Rose Champagne, followed by the first course of finger sandwiches, scones and a light delicious tea from China. The second course of tea cakes & sweets is accompanied by a slightly bolder tea which compliments the desserts. Looking around The French Room on that December day, we saw women/girls of all ages (and some men) enjoying this delightful and refreshing experience. The food, tea and service were EXCELLENT. Much like attending the Texas Ballet Theater’s production of THE NUTCRACKER, having Holiday Tea at The Adolphus may become an annual Christmas tradition.