Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Huntington Gardens - tea and grounds

Last year, a friend took me to the Rose Garden Tea Room at the Huntington Library as a birthday gift. We ended up going in late February, on what turned turned out to be a bit of a rainy day, but we had a good time anyway. We wanted to go back on another day when it wasn't raining but we never got a chance to do that. They also offer a Tea and Tour combination package which sounds interesting, so I may do that sometime.

The following is a photo tour of our visit.




The scones that were brought to our table after we were seated.




The beautiful decor of the room we were in. There are two dining rooms.




More of the decor and the tea setup. The sandwiches and such are set up as a self-service buffet.




The condiments for our scones.




The lovely view from our table.




A sampling of what's offered at tea.




This is just a random picture that I took by accident, but I like it, so I'm posting it.




Dessert!




The room has filled up since we arrived.





There was a choice of several teas offered, and our server was very good about keeping our teapot full, which we very much appreciated. It was a lovely tea all around.

After tea, we decided to walk around the gardens, even though it was raining, harder sometimes than others. There was very much to see, so we chose a few places that we were specifically interested in.




Japanese Garden - I've always loved Japanese gardens, so this was our first destination. I was not disappointed.







































































































































Chinese Garden - My friend mentioned that the Chinese Garden section was relatively new, so we headed over to take a look there. We walked around for a bit, enjoying the beautiful sights, and then we spent a little time in the covered area, just looking out at the rain and chatting. A very nice way to spend an afternoon. The last picture is the view we had while chatting out of the rain.















There is much more to the Huntington Gardens than just the two areas. I'm hoping to go back at some point to see more of the grounds.

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