Like Olympic swimmers and gremlins, tea leaves only reveal their true power after being dunked in water. Unleash hidden strength with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get an afternoon tea for two at Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden in Jacksonville Beach (a $31.90 value).
Inside Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden's ivory parlor, gauzy-cloth-covered café tables, dramatic candelabras, and romantic climbing vines set an ethereal atmosphere for an afternoon of civilized tea sipping. Guests forge a friendship between a dry leaf of their choosing and a pot of steaming water while nibbling on sandwiches that may include cucumber and dill, pimento cheese, or chicken salad. A smattering of fruits and desserts adds sweetness to the light midday meal and furthers opportunities for pinky calisthenics. After navigating out of the mysterious tea garden, explore the attached boutique with clothing, accessories, and gifts designed by owner Dana Roby. Sippers of all ages steep lemon- or cream-accented beverages Monday–Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden
Artwork, gifts, and feminine white vines line the walls of Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden, where a cozy tearoom is nestled among gauzy curtains and white-lace tablecloths. Owner and artist Dana serves up pots of leafy brews and assorted nibbles during afternoon tea services, suitable for patrons of all ages and hat sizes. Dana also curates a thoughtful collection of gifts that include candles, jewelry, and attire.