Pinkies Up! Classic Spots for Holiday Tea

If you’d like to steep your wee poppets in Old World tradition, head for fancy tea time at some of these classic Portland area venues where drinking tea is an art form. Not only that, but holiday tea time can also be a relaxing sanctuary in the midst of the bustle, a perfect time to breathe deep — and then eat and drink. But remember, no elbows on the table. Chin chin!

11631232193_c25a4ae98f_zphoto: Tea Court Platter at the Heathman, courtesy Anne Jacko via Flickr


Heathman Tea Court
A long-running Portland tradition, the Heathman Tea Court is the place to see and be seen. During the holidays, the room is even more exquisite than ever, decorated in all its seasonal finery. The tea menu features a wide selection of teas, complemented by tea sandwiches and to-die-for pastries. Little ones will love the Peter Rabbit Tea, which offers “Ants on a Log,” snickerdoodles, German chocolate cupcakes and pb and honey sandwiches. Reservations required; $32 for adults; $14 for children

Monday through Friday, seatings at 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, seatings at noon and 2 p.m.
1001 SW Broadway
Online: heathmanrestaurantandbar.com

tea time

photo: Holiday Tea courtesy Ania Mendrek via Flickr


Dollhouse Tea Room
Dress up in your holiday finest and enjoy an afternoon to remember at the Dollhouse Tea Room. A little bird tells us that anything goes for dress up – from Disney Princesses to tutus to your fave red velvet gown or halo for the girls, and tuxedos or ties for the gents. Open by reservation all season. It’s worth mentioning that the Dollhouse is not open for walk-in business. Reservations required, must have a party of at least six; $20 per person (Dolls and teddy bears welcome at no charge).

3223 SE Risley Ave.
Online: dollhousetearoom.com

tea at Lavender Bleu

photo: Lavender Bleu, courtesy Teresa S. via Yelp

West Linn

Lavender Bleu Gift Shop and Tea Room
Charming items for holiday shopping and tea service are combined at this suburban oasis. The Tea Room can be booked for up to 32 people, or call ahead to make a reservation for smaller parties. A special holiday flavored menu has been developed that includes such delicacies as a cranberry pecan chicken salad sandwich on a mini croissant and seasonal scones in cranberry and pumpkin. Reservations suggested; they offer a special Little Ones Tea for $7.95, which includes sorbet, two finger sandwiches, veggies, fruit, dessert and a drink.

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. (call for other times)
1877 Willamette Falls Dr.
Online: lavenderbleuonline.com

lphoto: Tea time at Pix, courtesy Janine M. via Yelp

East Burnside

Pix Patisserie
Tea in a “patisserie?” Yes, please! You know that their choice of tea time treats will be, well, sweet. The menu includes 15 sweet and savory bite-sized treats, so there is sure to be something to please every palate. The formal-but-fun tea includes a steaming pot of tea, of course, plus for the lads and lassies, chocolat chaud (a.k.a. drinking chocolate). Reservations required; $30 per person

Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
2225 E. Burnside St.
Online: pixpatisserie.com

Any other spots that you head for a spot of tea around the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

— Ty Adams