The Carolina Inn was bustling with the excitement of weddings and a home football game when we arrived. I had booked an afternoon tea at the storied inn to spoil an out-of-town guest, my best friend Jenny, who had driven up from South Carolina to spend her birthday weekend in Chapel Hill. Unbeknownst to me, my brother, Nick, had also made a drive – from our home state of Kentucky – for a quick visit. Thankfully, the staff was able to modify my reservation to fit our now-party of three, adding my vegetarian brother to the mix.
We were seated in a side tea room, which was just as elegant as the rest of the inn, overlooking the Crossroads Chapel Hill patio. Servers brought sweets and savories galore: finger sandwiches, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a mountain of rich desserts and scones. There was, of course, an impressive variety of beverage options – from white to green to black and iced tea to hot chocolate and coffee for those who prefer it. We upped the ante of our afternoon with a glass of prosecco as well, making our experience, technically, a “Royal Tea.”
We had a delightful time catching up in this unhurried environment. What better way to celebrate my time with the brother and friend I rarely get to see than by treating them like royalty? My belly – and my heart – was full by the end.
I can imagine equally enjoying time spent with a bridal party, a birthday gathering, on Mother’s Day or during the holidays – really, any occasion that requires a little something extra calls for an afternoon stacked high with delights at The Carolina Inn.