Monday, April 28, 2014

Shabby Chic Romantic Tea Room

                                                                           Hello everyone,
                                                          I hope you will join me for tea today
                                                         at my favorite tea room. It is in Mt.
                                                        Dora,Florida where we spent a couple of
                                                       days on our trip south. It was the first place
                                                       we headed for when we rented our car.
                                                       It is called The Garden Gate tearoom.
                                                              I think it has romance and
                                                             shabby chic down pat.
                                        Every time we have gone to Florida we went for
                                        lunch here. Not only does the setting delight me
                                        but the food is amazing too.
                                         Love how the mirror is decorated over the
                                         mantle and even the chair get a romantic

                                                   There are several vintage and antique dresses
                                                    on display.

                                           A table of hats if you want to
                                          borrow one.

                                                Everywhere you look inside there are treasures to enjoy.

                                                           Are you smitten yet?

                                                       Lots of pretty teapots.

                                                    Lots of  pretty tea cups as well.                          

Come on in and join me for tea!

As pretty as it is inside,the weather
was perfect and the garden area
charming so that is where we
choose to sit.

I smiled at a couple of ladies stopping
to tell me I was a real southern gal.
I told them I was from Canada but
they didn't hold that against me.(ha! ha!)
said there was a little southern in us
all! I do love that southern hospitality!
Later we enjoyed this lovely sunset from our front porch
at the Lakeside is good!!!!

Thank you for joining me today.


Madelief said...

Such a beautiful place Carolyn! The teacups and pots, the hats and dresses...all very pretty! A real treasure trove.

You blend in perfectly with the styish hat. A lovely photo of you!

Happy week!

Madelief x

my cup of tea said...

Such a great adventure! Love Mt. Dora, they have some very nice Tea Rooms there!

Anonymous said...

I am from the South, and you do act and look the part of a genteel Southern lady.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a gorgeous place to take tea, Carolyn! I don't know if I'll get to Florida any time soon, but I will definitely keep this place in mind.

Janneke said...

A wonderful place to have tea, outside and inside, love the style. So nice you wear a hat, in our country nobody wears hats nowadays but I love it.

Mari said...

Ohhhh my I'm totally smitten, what a gorgeous way to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or lunch, I love all the pretty hats...
And all those gorgeous tea cups and vintage and antique dresses are gorgeous...


Karen said...

Oh Carolyn,
Your tea house has left me swooning! I love the gorgeous cream china cabinet, sweet chairs and amazing china. How I would love to visit there too. What a beautifully shabby chic tea time you must have enjoyed. I must say you do look lovely in your bonnet. I have been to Daytona Beach, Florida many years ago with my sister and father for a music convention. Thank you for sharing such beauty! I love to visit your blogspot! Have a wonderful week!

Alicia said...


Marille said...

It's very beautiful and romantic place :) Your photos are beautiful too :) I love them...
Greetings from Poland :-)

Unknown said...

Luv Mt. Dora. So beautiful...

Neuer Gartentraum said...

Wie ein altes Schloss, wunderschön.
Gruß, Anette

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

It's one of my favorite places too!

Amy Jo

Unknown said...

Just Wow! Give me a minute to get ready and I'll be right there.

podso said...

What a pretty place to have tea or lunch! Too bad it's not nearer where we go in Florida but enjoyed your tour.

Kimberly said...

Goodness! I'd never want to leave!

relevanttealeaf said...

I'm heading to Mt. Dora in June and this tea room is on my list. I can definitely see why you like it. Some of the photos look like they're taken in your home.

Victorian1885 said...

Oh my... How romantic and shabby!

Carla from The River said...

Beautiful. Thank you for taking us along. :-)

Bernideen said...

Oh how I loved seeing this again! I am sure they love having you visit too!

Martha's Favorites said...

I love this tea house. It looks like you can just sit and stare at the pretties all day long. Thank for sharing this special place with us. Hugs, Martha

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

How positively lovely, Carolyn.

And I adore you wore your hat.

I think you picked the perfect place to enjoy your lunch that day, too!

domenica.60 said...

An enchanted Lady in a fantastic tea room !
Thank you for tea :)!

carol jane said...

So beautiful. I love the little nook with the 2 small tables and the 2 wicker chairs. The garden is amazing as well. Thanks for sharing!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

No wonder you like this tea room, it has your style of decorating and you must feel at home.

Lynne said...

I live in Tampa, FL and have been to this tea room many times. You are so right it is the best! Not only is the atmosphere totally charming but the food is wonderful too...flavored teas, luscious desserts and what about that chicken pot pie with the fresh rosemary! I think I need to make a little trip to Mt. Dora!

Marilyn Miller said...

Beautiful and Smitten for sure!

Daniela said...

Such a charming and inspiring place, Carolyn !
Thank you for inviting us to join you for tea, I think that having lunch in such a place is really fantastic, probably eating comes after watching everything, and taking precious photographs as well !!
Thank you so much for sharing such loveliness, have a wonderful rest of the week, my friend xox

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I have seen this Tea Room before in photos taken by a friend of mine that i lost online so I was thrilled to see your pictures of it!!


Véronique Rose said...

merci pour ce merveilleux moment en votre compagnie, c'est magnifique,
douce journée

Down Blueberry Lane said...

I have never been to a Tea Room. This post makes me want to go check out a local one that I spotted the other day.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Unknown said...

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Güliz'in Dünyası said...

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White Lace and Promises said...

Oh I want to come for coffee, not tea, but who cares. I could go for anything just to enjoy the setting. Love, love.


Olá Carolyn,

O local é realmente muito bonito. Sua dica foi ótima e fiquei muito feliz em conhecer a casa de chá pessoalmente.

Foram momentos felizes e realmente a refeição é ótima.

Fique bem.


Sunflowers With Smiles said...

This looks like a lovely tea room. I love going to tea rooms. Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn Bechen said...

So lovely; did you share the name/link or did I miss that somewhere? We might go to FL next year for our anniversary and I'd like to see Mt. Dora. And this tea room!

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Carolyn said...

Hi Kathryn,
Thank you for noticing that I had missed putting in the name of the tea is The Garden Gate and well worth a visit!

Thank you everyone for visiting and taking time to leave a sweet message.

Kathryn said...

Thank you Carolyn! I am going to put this in my "Florida trip" binder! Lovely!

Debby said...

What a dreamy place,Carolyn!! Thank you so much fors sharing ^_^ Debby from Italy