The Art of Taking Tea


Do you take tea? The Lightner Museum can teach you how.  The Art of Taking Tea is an educational program that will introduce you to the social customs surrounding this most civilized meal.

In preparation for the upcoming Dressing Downton exhibit, the Lightner is teaming up with Cafe Alcazar and the St Augustine Garden Club to provide education, tea, and period-correct food and drink to participants.

Additionally, this may be your only chance to drink tea in the deep end of a historic swimming pool.  The event takes place at the Cafe Alcazar, which was underwater a century or so ago, when the Lightner Building was the Hotel Alcazar.


The St Augustine Garden Club will show you how to set and decorate a proper table.  Cafe Alcazar will serve an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and cakes.  Cultivate Tea & Spice Company will supply the tea.  And if you require a little more from your beverage, champagne will be available for $5 per glass.

The Art of Taking Tea will be held on June 14 from 5:30 – 7:30.  Admission is $50.

The event is being held in anticipation of Dressing Downton, the exhibit arriving at the Lightner Museum this fall, which will showcase the actual costumes worn by the actors on the PBS program Downton Abbey.  Upon the exhibit’s arrival, the Cafe Alcazar will begin serving a daily high tea.

And if you attend The Art of Taking Tea, you’ll know what to do!

When you’re done, come back to Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast. If you want to put your new knowledge to use, you can hang out in the parlor of our Victorian House, where an array of tea and a fresh-baked sweet treat is always available to you.

If you want to stay era-appropriate, the Peridot room has a claw-foot tub.  It also has a queen-size bed that dates to the 1800s, along with modern luxuries like a pillow-top mattress and Carriage Way linens and toiletries.


It’s really quite civilized.