Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon: for $13, you get $26 towards high tea at Linde Lane Tea Room in Dixon.
Linde Lane Tea Room brew masters carry on the tradition of high tea by steeping more than 49 fair-trade teas from the world over alongside selections from a light menu. Inhale redolence wafting from copper canisters filled with loose herbal, chamomile, or oolong teas before selecting a blend to brew inside a personal teapot. Elegant afternoon meals include a palette-cleansing bowl of sorbet and shortbread before moving on to main-menu selections; herb quiche with mushrooms bacon and cheese arrives with a soup or salad escort ($16) while Linde's cobb salad travels with a troupe of scones, clotted cream and jam ($15). Alternatively, perform ample pinky presses in preparation for a royal tea, wherein servers grace tables with tiered plates of scones, cream, and jam, along with soup and salad, four tea savories and assorted desserts ($24).
Upon entering the renovated 1929 fire-station-turned-tearoom, guests curtsy and then climb inside an 8-foot teacup booth that allows inhabitants to experience the innermost thoughts of the ancient beverage. The deep wood bar adds regality to an elegant and stately atmosphere in the main parlor, though guests can also request a table in the purple-chandeliered whimsical room, or the teddy-bear room. Marvel antiques while taking sips from elegant china and debating the most appropriate fork to use when stealing bites from a neighboring table.
Linde Lane Tea Room
A Victorian-style tearoom housed in a 1929 firehouse doesn't seem a likely place for an April Fool's prank. But since Linde Lane Tea Room owner Kristina Wiley throws a themed special event each month, she decided to treat her guests to a surprise meal. Visitors took a drink of pineapple champagne, only to find their flutes filled with Jell-O. More prank courses followed, such as strawberry-chocolate cupcakes that were really mashed potatoes and meat topped with truffle sauce. As the diners laughed at each course, a President Obama impersonator walked in, convincing a young attendee that she was actually shaking hands with the commander-in-chief.
Wiley prides herself on making every visit to Linde Lane Tea Room a memorable one, whether through novelty events like these or seating parties in the 8-foot teacup booth, which Wiley calls "a piece of art people can sit in." Appearing on TeaMap's top 100 U.S. tearooms across the United States and ranked fourth best in California, Linde Lane Team Room evokes Victorian opulence through custom-made chandeliers, richly patterned carpets, and a dark wood bar where more than 49 fair-trade teas rest in copper canisters. The staff can also custom-blend teas for patrons, using martini shakers to blend loose leaves with spices such as raspberries, chocolate chips, and honeysuckle. An in-house pastry chef and culinary chef prepare every dish, including Linde Lane's safeguarded scone recipe, which took more than one year and 12,000 chef hours to perfect.
140 N Jackson St.
Dixon, California 95620Get Directions