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Tres at the SLS Hotel.
The Lobby Lounge at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena.
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
The Rose Garden Tea Room of the Huntington Library, Art Collections.
Book a table at one of the new guard of statewide spots for the ultimate savory hen party.
Jennie Nunn | Photo: James Merrell | June 21, 2012
From carrot ginger sandwiches plated near a Shakespeare-inspired rose garden to steamed buns filled with caviar and crème fraîche served beside translucent glass stag heads, afternoon tea in California transcends simple white tablecloths and doilies. We’ve uncovered a crop of stylish and classic spots to spend your last moments as a Miss.
Toast the impeccably mannered bride-to-be with a glass of bubbly and up to 30 different tea blends in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s-inspired Living Room at The Peninsula, Beverly Hills. From $45 per person, peninsula.com
For a just-stepped-off-the-plane-in-London vibe, check out San Francisco’s cheeky Crown+Crumpet Tea Salon, with its bubblegum pink and white checkered floors, gilded mirrors and a menu that includes pink prosecco and homemade scones with clotted cream. From $26 per person, crownandcrumpet.com
Earthy brides will adore the greenery at The Rose Garden Tea Room of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, where tea choices include mandarin rooibos and apricot, and are paired with apple cinnamon scones and cucumber mint sandwiches. $30 per person, huntington.org
At The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, brides with an insatiable sweet tooth will obsess over chocolate afternoon tea complete with chocolate chip scones and cardamom truffles. $59 per person, pasadena.langhamhotels.com
Tucked just north of L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard, Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air lets privacy-seeking brides dine on a terrace alcove overlooking idyllic Swan Lake and choose from more than 15 loose-blend teas and a selection of bites, such as grilled cheese served on sourdough with Gruyère and topped with shaved black truffles. $60 per person, hotelbelair.com
Beverly Hills’ SLS Hotel is a modern foodie’s dream. Chef José Andrés of lobby restaurant Tres dreamed up a wildly unexpected twist on traditional tea that includes crispy cones filled with guacamole, and sweets such as chocolate with embedded Pop Rocks served amid Philippe Starck-designed décor. $32 per person, slsbeverlyhills.com
The coastal bride can sip Tea by the Sea at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, and snack on a Mediterranean-inspired menu incorporating local ingredients from the property’s Roman gardens. $36 per person, getty.edu
Mixology fans can lounge at the top of San Francisco’s most famous hill to sip tea-infused cocktails such as the Nob Hill—made with Absolut Wild Tea, Lillet and sparkling wine—and dine on Dungeness crab tartines at the newly revamped Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. ritzcarlton.com