Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day #3 - Visiting Lexington, Kentucky

Knowing we had noon reservations for a tea luncheon in Lexington, we opted to walk a few doors down from the hotel to Berea Coffee and Tea for a light breakfast. 

The distinct aroma of coffee immediately told us it was a coffee shop, and the trendy decor revealed it was geared towards college students, but my blueberry bagel and chai latte were wonderful at this fun shop!

Tea selections were on the shelf at the right.

A "Show of Hands" statue between the hotel and coffee shop.

Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World, so Linda made a stop at Thoroughbred Park so we could take photos.

Life-size horse sculptures in racing position.

Destination - Greentree Antiques & Tearoom.  Their web site states, "Where tradition meets style."

~ Our fun group of tea friends ~

Front Row L-R:  Nancy [PA], Me [MI], and Lynn [KY]
Middle Row:  Linda [KY], Lori [MI], and Maureen [GA]
Back Row:  Mary [KY] and Angela [GA]

~ Interior of Greentree ~

~ Beautiful Porcelain China ~ 

The tables were beautifully set awaiting our arrival.

Greentree's Irish-themed menu was the same throughout the month of March . 

Our meal began with a bowl of Potato Leek Soup.

The tea was a full-bodied Irish blend.

The Irish Oat Scone was delicious!

It was served with Blackberry Jam and Fayette Cream.  Linda said Lexington is in Fayette County, hence the name Fayette Cream instead of Mock Devonshire Cream.  I apologize that the photo was taken after the bowls had been passed around the table, so the presentation isn't as pretty.

Next came Spanakopita - a savory Greek spinach pastry.

Sandwiches and desserts were served buffet style.

Corned Beef Sandwiches, Poppy Seed Egg Salad Sandwiches, and Benedictine Tea Sandwiches [a Kentucky specialty].

Pistachio Cupcakes; Greentree French Filled Wafers, and Bailey's Fudge.

~ One of each ~

From Greentree we went antiquing.  What trip would be complete without that?  ;-)

Linda found a beautiful Sadler teapot at Meadowthorpe, and with Angela's keen eye, I got a teapot at Feather Your Nest.  She remembered I had blogged about England's Rington Tea Company, so when she spotted a Rington's Centenary Commemorative Teapot [1907-2007] she showed it to me.   $8.99 was an amazing price for an English bone china teapot!

The adorable rabbit below went home with Lynn.  She was going to let her grandchildren name him.

Tomorrow's post will feature Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, and our final morning in Berea.  I hope you've been enjoying traveling along with me vicariously.  It's been fun reliving the trip for my blog.


  1. I was thinking while looking at the photos from this post Phyllis how fun it would be to make one those books you can create from your computer and have printed. All these lovely memories would be together to share with friends or at future gatherings.
    Thanks for explaining what the Fayette cream was, and I like your new teapot.

  2. What a fun group, and such a cool adventure! I would have loved going to the horse park.

  3. Oh, yes, I am enjoying the trip vicariously! Sounds like another fun day, and what a neat find that teapot was - yay for Angela spotting it for you.

  4. Am definitely enjoying your recap of our trip! You do such a great job of documenting everything, I think you should be named the honorary group historian!

  5. I am enjoying the Kentucky Tea Tour via your blogs! What a wonderful time with wonderful ladies. Thank you for sharing.
    Sips and Smiles,

  6. What fun to see our adventures through your tea-lightful blog posts.

  7. Such great fun reminiscing about this adventure through your eyes!


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