An authentic English afternoon tea is served in gracious elegance at the the Governor's House in Hyde Park on most Thursday and Sunday afternoons. This mansion, about 10 minutes drive from Stowe, was built in 1893 by Vermont's then Governor, Caroll S. Page.
The house was restored by its present owner, Suzanne Boden in 2003. Ms. Boden now runs it as a bed and breakfast and offers a full tea for $19.75 in the mansion's main living room, or on the porch. The porch overlooks a wide lawn with a stunning view of rolling Vermont farmland and Mount Mansfield.
"My afternoon tea is patterned after the teas I have been served in nice London hotels such as Browns," says Ms. Boden. The actual tea is a black tea imported from India and Sri Lanka. Guests also get to choose from at least four kinds of sandwiches, a plate of scones and at least four sweets (small pastries) served on a three tiered silver plate. You can also enjoy clotted cream and imported French strawberry jam with your scones or biscuits (cookies).
Governor's House web site