|Pam and Rachel toast to a royal afternoon tea|
Once inside the lobby, we were greeted by hotel staff and escorted to the library where we waited for our tea hostess as we sat in overstuffed leather chairs by the glowing fireplace. Soon, our hostess, Mary, arrived and lead us to our tea table, already set with a three-tiered tray full of goodies, fine china accented with artfully folded napkins and a kir royale cocktail, cherry-red and fizzing busily.
|Three-tiered tray filled with delicious sweets and savories|
|Our tea hostess, Mary Kuhn, serves our tea|
Along with the fare on the three-tiered tray, hot hors d'oeuvres are served with the tea.
The service is excellent and, true to our hostess' word, we sat back and relaxed while she did all the work. Another nice touch is that no two teas will be the same. Mary explained that she keeps notes of guests visits, so when one returns, she might serve different china or make a few other changes to, in her words, "keep it fresh".
|Enjoying a cup of Earl Grey and window views of Paint Creek|
Tea is served on the lanai, a narrow strip off the dining room that overlooks the hotel's patio and Paint Creek, which makes for excellent viewing from the table.
|Ending our royal afternoon in the hotel lobby. We'll be back!|
For more details on the Royal Park Hotel's afternoon tea, see The Detroit Tea Examiner's article, Enjoy Royal Treatment in Rochester: Afternoon tea at the Royal Park Hotel.