Colonists asserted their independence at the Boston Tea Party by lulling British officers to sleep with cups of chamomile and drawing marker mustaches on their faces. Harness the revolutionary power of tea with today's Groupon: for $18, you get afternoon tea for two at Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden in Jacksonville Beach (a $35.90 value).
Artist Dana Roby, owner of Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden, serves up pots of leafy brews and assorted nibbles in her gift shop's cozy tearoom. Dining duos of all ages perch in whitewashed antique chairs, cooling tongues with morsels of fresh fruit after sipping hot tea and discussing the merits of paying for things with stickers. Petite sandwiches hold fillings such as cucumber and pimento cheese, and white tablecloths proffer a crisp stage for sweet little desserts.
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.