I love to have afternoon tea when I travel. This past weekend my mother, my husband and I flew to Boston to attend a wedding. I made our flight early enough that there was time to have tea. My place of choice for tea was the Boston Public Library. The Library was established in 1848. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in the United States. The architect was Charles Follen McKim and he called the library the “palace for the people.” For a writer and book lover I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful place to have afternoon tea.
In the older section of the building there is a café. Through the café you enter what had at one time been the lobby of the library. It has a vaulted ceiling, beautiful high windows that look out into an inter-courtyard that includes a fountain, and the floor is covered in marble tile.
The waitress showed us the way to our table with a stack of books in her hand. After we were seated in high back chairs that were big enough and comfortable enough to curl into for a long read, she presented us with a book which tuned out to be our menus. I might have found heaven!
We had a lovely afternoon tea that included with all the sinfully good tiny sandwiches and desserts that we could eat. The tea was excellent as well. If I get a chance to go to the Boston Library again I certainly will.