|Barb T, Corky Adams, and Barb G. at Abiding in the Vine|
There is so much to admire at Abiding in the Vine: charming decor, restored tin ceilings, gift shop displays, delicious and beautifully presented tea fare and, the woman behind it all, Corky Adams.
Abiding in the Vine is a Michigan tea room located in Owosso, a small town about half way between Flint and Lansing. Although its about an hour drive for those of us who live in the Detroit-metro area, I can tell you, it is worth the miles.
|Afternoon tea fare is scrumptious and beautifully plated|
My good tea friend, Barb Tabb, alerted me last month about Abiding in the Vine. After checking out their website, I knew I had to visit. So, we quickly made arrangements to meet up at this Owosso tea room the first of week in March.
|Barbs enjoying afternoon tea in Owosso|
Their afternoon tea was wonderful. The scones, savories and desserts were not only scrumptious, but beautifully plated. I especially loved that one tea sandwich and one creme-filled cookie were heart-shaped.
|Heart shaped savories and sweets|
Our course started with a fresh salad, followed by scones, a variety of mini sandwiches and a generous dessert plate that included macaroons, lemon bars and cookies.
|Our tea started with a fresh salad.|
And, of course, each afternoon tea comes with a full pot of your choice of tea. The tea list is extensive, although tempted by many of the blends offered. I went with my go-to favorite, Earl Grey.
|An extensive tea list|
Corky said the inspiration for a tea room came from her grandmother, who would have weekly suppers for the family and always serve it using pretty place settings and serving pieces. Corky worked at tea room/herb farm and hosted several large tea parties at home before opening up a brick-and-mortar of her own.
She found the perfect setting on Owosso's main street - a vintage building with a ton of character. The tin ceilings and exposed brick walls are a lovely back drop to the glass chandeliers and eclectic array of antique chairs, all painted a uniform, bright white. Corky also has a collection of tablecloths for all occasions. The tea room hosts special events throughout the year, so guests can customize the decor to suit the party.
|Vintage charm with tin ceilings, glass chandeliers & collection of antique chairs|
Adding to the unique setting, there's a border of retro doors in different sizes and hues that separate the dining room from the kitchen.
|Border of retro doors between kitchen and dining room|
|Number one tea room banner proudly displayed inside|
In addition to afternoon tea, Abiding by the Vine also serves lunch and breakfast Monday through Saturday. There's also a gift shop full of fun items for any tea enthusiast.
|Lots of great tea items in the gift shop|
Both Barb's give this tea room a collective "two thumbs up!". Thanks to Barb T. for notifying us about this delightful venue.
|Abiding by the Vine is located on Main Street in Owosso, MI|