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On your 2016 mountain travels, keep in mind the flavors and health benefits of simple, timeless, tasty tea.
Tea is one of my travel essentials. No matter where I go, I bring some of my tea stash with me, but I’m always on the lookout for places to find a good cuppa.
Around the Blue Ridge Mountains region, you might be more likely to find a coffee shop than a tea room, but if you know where to look, you’ll find a few tea rooms, restaurants, and cafes that offer a wide variety of teas, from blacks, whites, and greens to oolongs, pu-erhs, fruit and herbal blends, and even bubble tea. So whether you prefer your tea hot or iced, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste buds.
Located in a farmhouse built in the 1920s in Sylva, North Carolina, Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro offers 65 kinds of loose-leaf tea and also makes tea cocktails using wine.
What to Drink: Fiji green tea
Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro
628 E. Main St., Sylva, North Carolina
Housed in a historic log home in Winchester, Virginia, The Coach & Horses Tea Room has a selection of more than 55 kinds of tea including pu-erhs and oolongs.
What to Drink: Caramel chai pu-erh tea
The Coach & Horses Tea Room
949 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, Virginia
Decorated with a Middle Eastern theme, Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, serves 70 varieties of tea including flowering teas that bloom as they steep.
What to Drink: Russian Firebird black tea
Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room
141 W. German St., Shepherdstown, West Virginia