by: Diane Rock
One of my favorite things to do is grab a family member, friend or friends and enjoy an afternoon of tea. It’s a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy great conversation. Below, I have listed a few of my favorite places to enjoy a cup of tea in Northern Ohio. Depending on the day, some of the tea rooms become very busy. I would suggest that you make reservations.
Quintealia’s Tea Parlor
Three years ago I had to opportunity to bring my “Fall in Love with Ohio” bus tour to this charming tea parlor located on the Square in Burton, OH. The tea room resides in the historic Ford House, a 1891 mansion built by George H. Ford, Burton’s first mayor. Since my tour, I have enjoyed additional teas and every time I am not disappointed. One of my favorite dishes is the Beef Cottage Pie as well as the delicious scones. Both owners, Annette Phillips and Renee Petro are such a pleasure. For those who want to plan a group event, they are very easy to work with.
Location: 14585 E. Park Street
Burton, OH 44021 (Geauga County)
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Menu options include:
Cottage Pie ($13.95), Farmer’s Market quiche ($12.95), Seafood Puff Pastry ($13.95), Parmesean Chicken Macaroni and Cheese ($12.95), and Steak, Chicken and Maurice Salads ($12.95).
Accompaniments include Soup Du Jour or a side salad. ($2.95-$3.95)
Dessert selections include scones, pie, bread pudding, cheese cake, and more.
Area attractions and shopping include: Burton Log Cabin and Sugar House, Century Village Museum, Buckeye Chocolate Company, Craft Cupboard at Settlers’ Village, Rothenbuhlr Cheese Chalet, White House Chocolates, Punderson State Park, various Amish Shops and Fowler’s Mill. For even more things to do in the area visit Destination Geauga.
Miss Molly’s Tea Room
For those who live around the Medina area, they already know about Miss Molly’s Tea Room. This Victorian decorated tea room is located just off the square in Medina, yet close enough to enjoy area shopping. Miss Molly’s offers a wonderful selection of tea delights as well as a gift shop. Over my last few visits I have enjoyed the Chicken Salad Croissant, the Quiche, and the Chicken Divan.
Location: 140 W. Washington St. #6
Medina, OH 44256 (Medina County)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sundays
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday nights
Menu options include: Miss Molly’s Featured Lunch, Chicken Divan, Quiche, Chicken Salad Puff, Chicken or Tuna Salad Croissant, Harvest Turkey Sandwich, and a Tea Room Lunch Salad. Sides include soup, a Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Chilled Cranberry Salad, Cucumber Salad, and a Broccoli Salad. Desserts include fresh baked scones, Italian Ice Cream Truffles, Lemon Tea Bread, and additional homemade desserts. Miss Molly’s also offers a wide selection of tea choices.
Area attractions and shopping include: Castle Noel, Root Candle Company, A Cupcake a Day, Fabric Obsession, The Gardener’s Cottage, The Gingerbread House of Medina, Consignment Boutique, JanLee Vintage, Medina Funtastic Toyz, Ohio Station Outlets, and more. For more information about things to do in Medina County visit the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Dragonfly Tea Room
This past summer I ventured to the historic town of Canal Fulton to enjoy tea at The Dragonfly Tea Room. This adorable tea room is located right on S. Main Street in the heart of town. The day I visited the special was a cup of their homemade soup with three (3) of their petite sandwiches. The soup was a delicious broccoli noodle soup. My sandwiches included a pimento cheese, a chicken salad, and a tuna salad. I also enjoyed a delicious pot of their Garden Tea which I ended up purchasing a bag in the gift shop to take home.
Location: 116 S. Main Street
Canal Fulton, OH (Stark County)
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
Times: 11am – 3pm
Menu options include:
Side Salads include a Broccoli salad, creamy cucumber salad, and a garden salad. ($2.95 each) They offer lunch salads ($7.95 – $8.95), sandwiches, paninis and wraps ($8.95 each). Luncheon Entrees include Chicken Divan, Quiche, Afternoon Tea Sampler, and the Dragonfly Tea Salad Sampler. ($9.95 each)
Area attractions and shopping include:
The St. Helena III Canal Boat where you can enjoy public boat rides (seasonal), Canal Fulton Glassworks Glass Studio & Art Gallery, Keillor’s: A Teddy Bear Shoppe, and the Canal Fulton Canoe Livery.
Miss Hickory’s Tea Room
Miss Hickory’s Tea Room resides in the home of Strongsville’s first blacksmith. Owners Joe and Cona purchased the 1830 farmhouse and converted the historic home into the tea room.
Reservations are not required, but I would strongly recommend them.
Location: 14217 Mill Hollow Lane
Strongsville, Ohio 44136
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-3pm; closed Sunday and Monday
Menu options include: Miss Hickory’s favorite things $26 (a 3-tiered sampling of sandwiches, tea bread and scone of the day. Soup, stews and macaroni & cheese are offered $4 to $9. Quiche is available for $10. Add a cup of soup or side for $3 more. There is a kids menu available. The dessert selection includes their Signature Chocolate Cream-Filled Cake with a sugar lace doily & rosette. Other dessert choices include a Brioche bread pudding, tortes, various flavors of cheesecakes and cakes. ($6-$8)
Area attractions and shopping include:
Cleveland Metroparks, South Park Mall is just up the street, Maplside Farms, and Strongsville Historical Society.
Special Event Teas
Every year some of our area historical homes offer special themed teas. One such historical home is the Hower House Victorian Mansion, located on the grounds of the University of Akron. This beautiful 28-room Victorian mansion is a Second Empire Italianate structure, built in 1871 by Akron Industrialist, John Henry Hower and his wife, Susan Youngker Hower. The home includes unique treasures and furnishings collected by the Hower Family during their travels around the world. Self-guided tours are available throughout the year and during the holiday season the home is lovingly decorated by volunteers.
Over the past few years the volunteers of the Hower House open up the home for special teas. The tables are arranged in the dining room and parlors on the first floor.
It’s a wonderful treat to dine amongst the homes treasures. The cost of these teas are approximately $32 adults/$22 children ages 8-12. Upcoming teas are always posted on their website.
Shopping is also available in the Cellar Door Store, which includes tea cups and tea pots, jewelry, and unique seasonal items.
Location: 60 Fir Hill
Akron, Ohio (Summit County)
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