Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tea Time!



See my pretty Momma with her long white gloves and big silver hat? We celebrated her birthday in style this weekend with High Tea at Laura's Tea Room in Ridgeway, SC. Wow! What a lovely tea room and blast-from-the-past town! If you're looking for a day trip, I highly recommend heading down Highway 77 and finding this place to visit. 

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Laura's Tea Room is bedecked with beautiful linens and fine china, silver flatware, and hats, hats, hats! You can wear your own (I made my fascinator...more details later) or borrow one from the hundred or so Laura's has made available. It was too fun trying on the different hats. We got a little silly during the process.


High Tea is an event! Our reservations were at 11:30am. We finished our teas and courses around 1:45pm. After tea, we ambled downstairs in the mercantile. The building which houses Laura's Team Room was erected in 1911. It's simply gorgeous. Sigh.

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When we finished perusing Laura's, we wandered out onto Main Street. 

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There's a fabulous dress shop next door to Laura's, a bank, an All-American-Made furniture store, antique shops, and more. Even though it was a scorching hot day, the buildings shaded the sidewalks enough to make our stroll delightful. 

Here's one of my favorite stops along the way. I sure wished I had a quarter in my pocketbook!

Since this working pay phone booth sits right outside
the police station, I wonder if this is where arrestees
make their 'one call?'  ;) 
You can read more about the history of Ridgeway here:  http://ridgewaysc.org/history

I doubt we will ever forget our lovely visit to Laura's Tea Room and Ridgeway, SC. In fact, I hope to return very soon. I'm sure my entire family would love to catch a glimpse of SmallTown, USA, and am glad to know returning to a bygone era is only a short roadtrip away. 

How did you celebrate this weekend?

Happy Tuesday!

11 comments:

  1. What a great article. Saturday in Ridgeway has been our routine for a long time. My girls (15 and 11) and I go to Laura's deli (downstairs) for lunch and then wander through Cotton Yard Market, Oddities and Antiques and the rest of the little stores hunting for treasures. They also like to stop in and visit with the kids who run the little museum right in the middle of town. I always feel that it's worth the $1 each admission to support some enterprising youngsters presenting their family and the town's history. After reading your article, I think we'll have to make reservations and eat upstairs in the near future!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet compliment and thanks for stopping by, Cyndy! You are incredibly blessed to live close enough to visit Ridgeway often. Honestly, I fell in love with the little town & would move there in a heartbeat if I could convince my husband. :)

      PS...The High Tea is a wonderful experience! Check when making reservations though...your youngest might be too young. I think the age requirement begins at 12 for children.

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  2. You wouldn't have looked out of place in period costume in that delightful tea shop. I can just imagine ladies from the early 1900's lunching there.

    Looks like a very fun way to celebrate a birthday , and as usual your family is entirely too photogenic ....

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    1. When you come to the States, Shay, we'll plan to visit this gorgeous town. It's just a hop-skip-and-jump away from me. :) We had a fabulous day celebrating Momma. Thanks for the kind words about the snaps. I, of course, see only my flaws. LOL My sisters & Momma, however, are gorgeous as always. ;)

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  3. FUN!!! Happy BIrthday to your mom!

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    1. Thanks, Val! It was lots of fun. Your girls and you would love it. Come one down! I'll meet you there. :)

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  4. As a Ridgeway-ian (is that a word?), I really enjoyed reading about your visit. I think our little town is something special, and I love it when others see that too. I agree that Laura's Tea Room is a unique place. There are not many places that make you feel so special and pampered but like family all at the same time. Thank you for stopping in my store, The 625 Exchange. I remember talking with your mom just a bit. I hope she enjoyed her birthday! Come back again soon.

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    1. Thanks so much, Dede! I absolutely LOVED your store! I wanted to take photos for my blog, but my camera's batteries died. :(

      We will definitely be back. In fact, one of my sisters just called & was headed your way with her husband in two for The Big Grab.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Happy Friday! ツ

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  5. It's like going back in time Larri, and living in a one hundred year old house (1914 Craftsman Bungalow) in Anaheim, California, we love the antiques and remember some of those things from "back-in-the-day". Great memories of my early days growing up and the simple joys. Back before everything became automatic.

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    1. Most days I wish we did live in those simpler times again, Brian. Life is simply distracting nowadays. :)
      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Tuesday, friend!

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  6. Looks like y'all had lots of fun
    Hope your mom had an awesome birthday.

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