A Lancaster Teatime

How swiftly the days pass – especially when long awaited for get-aways come and go in a trice!

This, alas, is the tale told regarding our little weekend in Lancaster County – the heart of America’s Amish Country, chock full of quaint little towns and villages, country cooking, antique shops, horse and buggies, and bed and breakfast inns.

Speaking of the latter . . .

We stayed at the Lovelace Manor Bed & Breakfast.

Built in 1882, the imposing front doors opened into a majestic entryway,

startling one with the magnificent floor to ceiling mirror at the end of the hall framed in gold and marble.

Here was the ideal setting for teatime.  But, my choices for precisely where within the setting that I might take my tea was daunting!  So many lovely spots to choose from!

I could take my tea out of doors – on the wicker furnishings of the generous wrap around porch . . .

Or, perhaps in the garden where the restful sounds of the trickling fountain would add to the soothing nature of the tea . . .

But, indoors there were such vintage wonders to engage the eyes while I sipped!  There’s the parlor to the right of the front entrance with the grand fireplace featuring the original coal heating grates rather than wood burning design . . .

But, to the left was an inviting blue parlor with proper Victorian furnishings and a plethora of vintage family photographs to engage the mind with wonder of former generations – perhaps taking tea in that very room!

Of course, I might retire to our room in the corner chair by a sunlit window, filtered by lush green branches heavy with end of summer leaves beckoning to come to the quiet with tea and book.

But, of course, the dining room would provide an elegant setting, as you see it in all its morning glory for breakfast . . .

Lorded over by an imposing fireplace decked with stunning Art Deco candlesticks and crystal chandelier . . .

A battery of display cups and saucers on the shelf . . .

And, a delightful collection of bird bells – in case I need to ring for more tea . . .

Yes – this is where I would be served tea in the most elegant of house serving pots!

The shade of blue was completely enchanting!  I loved the pattern and the elegant elongated shape – so fluid!  I found where these beauties were kept for guests in the pantry area, along with another stunner of a pot . . .

Another incredible shade of blue that I don’t often come across!  I was mesmerized by the color and unique nature of the pot’s styling.  On a shelf all together, with complementary white ware, this was a delightful arrangement.

I felt the honored guest drinking from such loveliness.

There would be more exciting and eclectic tea finds over the weekend in our antiquing adventures!

For instance, I featured my footed tea cup last week HERE, and my pink lace tea rose chintz tea cup HERE – yet – there is one more which I shall save for another Tuesday Tea. 

Dare I tease you and tell you – it’s blue . . .

Sharing my Lancaster Teatime today with:


Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
 

Comments

  1. That blue and white tea pot is stunning! How fun for you to get to use these lovely things.

    Your tea finds were wonderful!

    Denna

  2. OOoooooooo! Ahhhhhhh!
    What a most delicious DELIGHTFUL tour!!!
    Thanks for sharing something that just puts one in the mood for “lovelyness”
    Blessings and HUGS, Linnie

  3. What a wonderful place! Exactly the sort of place we love to stay in! The china came from the shop The Bombay Company which you can google. At least were carrying it in the 1980-1990s when we lived near one! I loved it as it was almost a flow blue although affordable. I think it was made in Thailand. But what a pretty pattern!
    Ruth

  4. Wow, what a beautiful place to visit. So many gorgeous details to take in. thank you for the tour. Visiting from Tea Cup Tuesday. Have a lovely day!

  5. Hello Kathryn,
    Oh my, what a delightful place to visit and stay. The building must be exquisite what with all that fancy woodwork and gingerbread. How gorgeous! I loved the tour of all the charming rooms and the china is something else; lovely shades of blue! Thank you so much for sharing your visit with us. It’s been charming!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  6. Oh I need to find those lacy white charger plates on that table….I want them so bad..they are amazing….and so is the rest of the place…I adore sitting out on the porch, but mine is probably less than half that size!

    thanks for sharing. I love your music here on your blog..it’s soothing! it’s romantic….

    ciao bella

    creative carmelina

  7. The Lovelace Manor looks like a wonderful place to stay in such beautiful country. Love the blue and white!

  8. Oh, what a gorgeous place to stay! Thanks so much for the tour – it was like a “step back in time!” Happy Tea Time Tuesday! Hugs, Cindy

  9. Hi Kathy,
    what a wonderful trip. This china is really elegant and special. Thank you for sharing this nice memories.
    best greetings, Johanna

  10. Looks marvellous – lucky you to have visited.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  11. Kathy, what a wonderful place to stay for the weekend, and I can very easily imagine having afternoon tea in those quaint rooms.

    I was re-reading your ‘about me’ feature, and I chuckled when I read the part about cutting edge, contemporary because that really isn’t me, either. In fact, if I may be so bold, I think the edges have been cut back so much that most of us are on the edge, and the only place to really find solace is, as you say, in the quaint, the quiet corners, the simple joys, and of course, God. Your blog is a joy.

    Blessings always,
    Marianne

  12. Oooo…loved today’s adventure. A perfect cure for anyone who’s feeling a bit “blue.”

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip. And I’m hoping that it was the perfect relaxation that you needed. Wherever did you decide to have that spot of tea??

    GOD BLESS!

  13. Ohh, what a delightful place…thanks so much for all the details you shared!

  14. OH Kathryn what an enchanting place to stay – so full, so much to interest the eye and heart! I have stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Toccoa Georgia called the Simmons Bond Inn – it was just as fantastic and the hostess cooked 3 course gourmet breakfasts! So glad you had this marvelous time and shared it with us at A Return to Loveliness.
    God Bless,
    Kathy

  15. GASP:O !!! That place is positively breath-taking Kathy. It’s hard to choose which picture I liked the most!

    The structure of the building alone is magnificent!

    Hmmm….We will be traveling through PA in a bout a month but I don’t know how close that will be or if they are family friendly. Perhaps a slight detour might….just…be..possible!

  16. Sounds like a fabulous way to spend the week-end! Can’t wait for you to share your next newly found treasure … Happy Tea Tuesday ..xo HHL

  17. You chose a very beautiful Inn to stay in, Kathy!
    Such a lovely and elegant place!
    The blue and white china is gorgeous- and the furniture and wallpaper too.
    I think you would’ve looked just lovely sipping tea there in your blue ball-gown :-)
    Thanks for sharing.
    blessings..Trish

  18. Kathryn, Ah, you visited one of our favorite areas! I can just picture the tobacco drying in the barns, the Mennonite buggies, the covered bridges, the back roads that lead past clothes drying on the line….and ShooFly Pie. Yum! The Manor looks charming. Love the white plates and blue pots. Now I have to dig out our pics of Bird In Hand and Longwood Gardens! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    xo

  19. what a delightful escape…I am dreaming and wishing I was there to see that beauty in person. So glad you experienced that! thx for sharing and have a super week.

  20. You just provided me with a delightful and tranquil respite from my writing. Blue, blue, blue! I love it all – the furnishings, the tea service. Where could one find something like that to purchase, oh, my! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing your surprise.

  21. I would love it! I’m pretty positive that I would have chosen a porch setting for my personal tea party. I wonder what it is that makes us love tea cups so much. I guess it’s the daintiness.

  22. What a beautiful place to stay at! Just look at all those inspiring peeks at the decor! I love the tea cups, and that amazing blue tea pot!
    How fun! Thank you so much for sharing this spot with us.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  23. I do believe that the LOVELACE B&B should pay you (or offer up a free weekend LOL) for your awesome write up! I want to stay there now!

    So glad you were able to enjoy it and made a wonderful memory!

  24. Hi Kathryn,

    You may receive this comment twice. I pressed “Post Comment” but nothing happened, and I didn’t see a Waiting for Owner Approval message. Anyway, thank you for sharing the tour of the Lovelace Bed and Breakfast. It’s just charming! I love historic houses (and B & B’s). I also thought your 9/11 Memorial Post was so very appropriate. I’m your newest follower. I’d love for you to visit my blog if you have a chance. Have a great week!

    Denise

  25. Your B&B looks like a veritable treasure house of lovely things to look at and enjoy! Waking in your room and anticipating going down to breakfast in that victorian dining room…well, it is just too beautiful. A lovely weekend filled with many menories. Love your pictures.

    ~Jean

  26. I can see it would be difficult to decide where to sit with a cup of tea, given the numerous options!

  27. Splendid! I would love to visit Lancaster County.

  28. Hi Miss Kathy,
    I am still visiting teas and so glad I am for I would not have wanted to miss this amazing place. The details are gorgeous. I love the blue china pieces. Those chargers with the lace edge are awesome. I love the fireplace mantels even though they are closed off, still very elegant and adds so much to a room. My family in PA had a grand old home with a FP in every room. They were also closed off after installing a furnace, but they left the mantels in place and it always was so charming to stay in those rooms.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful setting for tea.
    Smiles, Celestina Marie

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