Colonists asserted their independence at the Boston Tea Party by lulling British officers to sleep with cups of chamomile, which left them defenseless against marker mustaches. Harness the revolutionary power of tea with today's Groupon to the Tea Around Town tea-tasting tour on Sunday, October 23, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Alexandria. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a tea-tasting tour for two (a $60 value).
- For $55, you get a tea-tasting tour for four (a $120 value).
History and tea brew together in the Tea Around Town tour, featuring visits to three history museums and tasting samples from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria. Explore the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, and medical equipment while learning about the health benefits and medicinal uses of tea, such as curbing the desire to nibble the bark off trees. International trade is the topic at the 1750s-era Palladian-style Carlyle House, where guests learn how tea merchants conducted business. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum, guests enjoy a frozen tea treat as they learn about the history of hot drinks in taverns. At each stop, tea tourists acquire samples of teas from The Spice & Tea Exchange to enjoy at home or pour rebelliously into a nearby water fountain.
When America's first six presidents needed a place to celebrate, they headed to Gadsby’s Tavern. Home to Thomas Jefferson's inaugural banquet and two of George Washington's Birthnight Balls, the tavern also hosted plenty of community dances, musical performances, and meetings for local organizations.
These days, Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours blends history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, music, and tours highlighting festive traditions. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Special seasonal libations may be purchased along the tour. Tour runs anytime between 4pm-9pm.
320 King St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314