Dear Friends in Tea,
I recently returned from a "tea" adventure through the Hudson Valley, NY, with an outstanding group, The Royal-Tea Club (www.TheRoyal-teaClub.org). We started our tea journey a week ago today boarding our Elite Coach in York, Pennsylvania, under the very capable leadership of club member and newsletter editor, Sharon Hart and coach driver, Greg Miller. Joining me on all my travels was a well-filled Tea Travel Buddy. The tea of choice to begin my travels was a lightly oxidized Taiwan Oolong.
Our first tea stop was at Charlotte's Tea Room, Warwick, NY. Charlotte's is a very beautiful Victorian home located in a quaint New York village -- the first of many we would be visiting throughout our journey. The tea of choice for the afternoon was a traditional Earl Gray to accompany delicious scones, tea sandwiches, and tempting sweets to end the luncheon. This refueled us to continue our journey to the historical and culinary enticing Hudson Valley.
Next, we arrived at West Point (www.usma.edu/visiting) to explore one of the Nation's select Military Academies. We were joined by a guide to tour the Academy grounds. The view of the Hudson River is amazing. I wondered how did these young women and men concentrate on their studies with this amazing view just a window away. We were fortunate to witness these young military professionals go about their daily routines of study and exercise.
To close our first day of travel we motored to the River Grill (www.therivergrill.com) where we dinned on luscious seafood, chicken, and pasta.
Since most of us had started our day at approximately 5:00 a.m. EST we were ready to check into our hotel and hit the pillow to rest up for a second day exploring the scenic New York Hudson Valley.