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Katie Bianco | Photo: Courtesy Image | December 6, 2013
Sipping wine at a vineyard in the summer is wonderful, but in the winter, it’s all about the warm beverages. Put your pinkies up and sip a spot of tea at these posh places around the city.
Blue Duck Tavern
The Tea Cellar at Blue Duck boasts its own certified tea specialist, Lukas Marcinowski, who is on hand to help you select the best leaves for your palate. “Tea has so much history behind it,” says Marcinowski. “There are so many different and complex teas.” Sat. and Sun., 2:30-4:30PM, 1201 24th St. NW, 202.419.6755, blueducktavern.com
Add some bubbly to your afternoon tea at The Jefferson. For $55, a glass of André Clouet, blanc des noirs, “grand reserve” grand cru or Bouzy MV is added to the standard service. Sat. and Sun., seating from 2-2:30PM, 1200 16th St. NW, 202.448.2300, jeffersondc.com
The Willard InterContinental
This century-old tradition in Peacock Alley features live harp music, organic teas, finger sandwiches and decadent desserts. Fri.-Sun., 1-4PM, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.628.9100, washington.intercontinental.com
Bring your pooch to the dog-friendly Fairmont’s holiday tea service in the loggia overlooking the Crystal Garden. Through New Year’s Day, the hotel offers classic tea service with crumpets, scones and holiday treats. Sat. and Sun., noon-3PM, 2401 M St. NW, 202.429.2400, fairmont.com/washington
Guests enjoy a traditional tea service, along with a guided tour of the Tudor Place mansion—decked out in holiday trimmings. Select days in December, 1644 31st St. NW, 202.965.0400, tudorplace.org