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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you found the perfect gift yet? Why not surprise mom with tea in Savannah? No, not a venti hot tea from a chain coffee shop. A real tea experience with white gloves (optional) and fancy hats (slightly optional) or a cute shop where you can linger with a hot beverage. This May, find time to sit down, relax, and spend quality time together.

Photo courtesy of Emily Goldman of the Savannah Morning News

Here are some of our favorite places for tea and its complementing accoutrements. Since this is Georgia, you know all of these locations will be steeped with Savannah hospitality.

  • Gryphon Tea Room – White-clothed tables are surrounded by carved-mahogany bookcases and original stained-glass panels. This intimate atmosphere is ideally situated on Madison Square in the 1926 Scottish Rite building. As the premier café of the Savannah College of Art and Design, many of the staff members are students. The menu, filled with local and organic ingredients, features lunch, brunch, and dessert. Request afternoon tea to sample tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, pastries, and petit fours.
  • Savannah Coffee Roasters – Don’t let the name fool you. This establishment offers Libertea High Tea every Wednesday and Saturday. Relax around the open fire as you nibble on pastries, chocolates, and savory delights hand-crafted by specialty chefs. A full brunch, lunch, and dinner menu is also available.
  • The Tea Room – Tucked inside E. Shaver Booksellers is this quaint little shop with a focus on loose and bagged tea, teaware, and gifts. Expect to find an extensive selection of black, oolong, green, white, and herbal teas. There is a cozy area to sip tea inside the shop; the bookstore has two resident cats so you may be joined by a furry companion. You can also pick up a tea pot, a couple mugs, and your favorite tea so you can enjoy afternoon tea anywhere. Uncertain about tea? Ask the knowledgeable staff for assistance.
  • Café M – The authentic Parisian café may make you believe you have flown to France. Enjoy a savory or sweet treat on the pet-friendly patio or choose a table inside the café. The shop also boasts a selection of imported foods, goods, and artwork from Europe that you can browse while waiting for your beverage.

Remember, this mother and daughter or mother and son trip doesn’t have to occur on Mother’s Day weekend. Give her a card, share your intent, and come visit us any time of year.