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Where to Warm Up With Tea This Winter

Tea lovers will swoon over In-Tea's selection.
Tea lovers will swoon over In-Tea's selection. Krista Kafer
Winter is the perfect time for tea and scones, and Denver has a quite a few charming venues for a hot cup and conversation. Tea is a great daytime beverage for those times you want to relax and focus on the moment in the midst of a hectic day. Here are some of our favorite stops for a spot of tea — and all the good things that make tea time a little better.

For a Victorian Experience
Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast
1572 Race Street
Castle Marne offers the best high tea in Victorian style, including a short tour of the exquisite mansion built in 1889 and beautifully restored in the late 1980s by the Peiker family, who are as passionate about the restored mansion and its history as they are about serving tea within its walls. High tea is served Thursday through Sunday by reservation. The cost is $40 per adult.

If elegant Victorian ambience is your cup of tea and you don’t mind a drive, take a road trip for high tea at Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs or the Dusty Rose Tea Room in Georgetown.

click to enlarge Stop in at Capital Tea to warm up this winter. - FACEBOOK/CAPITAL TEA
Stop in at Capital Tea to warm up this winter.
For Modern Tea Drinkers
Capital Tea
1450 South Broadway

Capital Tea has a charming and laid-back vibe where you can pop in for tea and a sandwich, salad or pastry. If you want high tea, make reservations. The cost is $27 per person and includes tasty savory and sweet dishes. A wide selection of loose-leaf tea is also available for purchase.

click to enlarge Joyce Mahn at the Welsh Dragon. - KRISTA KAFER
Joyce Mahn at the Welsh Dragon.
Krista Kafer
For the Scone Lover
Cano's Collection & Welsh Dragon Tea Shoppe
8400 East Iliff Avenue

Bud and Joyce Mahn serve some of the best scones in Denver. The Cano's gift shop and tea room served Cherry Creek for 27 years before moving to its current home two years ago. Joyce was born in the tiny town of Deri in South Wales and started drinking tea at the age of three, so she knows her tea and cakes. This quaint tea shop is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, when you can enjoy a Cornish pasty or sandwich for lunch or come for afternoon tea. For $6.50, you’ll get two scones or two Welsh cakes, or one of each, along with double Devon cream and jam. Cano’s also carries lovely teapots and other Welsh and English gifts.

click to enlarge The scones are spot on at House of Commons. - KRISTA KAFER
The scones are spot on at House of Commons.
Krista Kafer
If you're a scone lover looking for other places to indulge, England-born Jessica Avery, the owner of House of Commons at 2401 15th Street, also knows how to make great scones. High tea is available, but we recommend the Cream Tea, which includes a scone, Devonshire cream, preserves, fresh fruit and tea for $10.95. House of Commons is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Krista Kafer is a Denver native who relishes good food and wine. Her motto: Cultivate taste, but never get so refined you can’t drink cheap red wine.
Contact: Krista Kafer