High Tea at the Grand Victorian

Enjoy traditional English tea time in Nye Beach

The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast is like having a bit of Britain right here in Newport.

The Grand Victorian is close to the ocean, and just up the street from the shops, galleries and restaurants of Nye Beach. And one of the best things about the Grand Victorian is that they offer High Tea, complete with scrumptious treats!

You don’t have to be a guest of the inn to arrange for High Tea: tea is laid out by prior arrangement for groups of four or more, generally in the mid-afternoon. Grand Victorian co-owner Eileen Obteshka makes all of the menu items that accompany the tea herself, and serves them to guests in the inn’s dining room, appropriately decorated with teacups, floral prints, and lace. The only thing you’ll need to bring with you to High Tea is a proper hat, but if you don’t have a hat with you, Eileen can provide you with one. Although the hats are fancy, you may dress as you wish for the event.

Eileen offers guests a choice of about a half-dozen teas, each brewed in an individual, unique porcelain teapot, and starts guests with a first course of strawberries and her addictive sweet cream. Then she brings the classic tiered plate stands filled with small sandwiches and treats. Sandwiches include hearty turkey and cranberry, traditional cucumber and dill spread, a delicious deviled egg with a hint of mustard in the yolk filling, and a crisp toast spread with an artichoke topping. Sweets rotate depending on Eileen’s whim, but might include a crumbly scone with jam and more clotted cream, chocolate velvet cupcakes, and tiny and delicious lemon tartlets. She is happy to provide gluten-free options as well.

Be sure to tour the beautiful Grand Victorian while you’re there. The magnificent lobby staircase curves up to the guest rooms, all tastefully decorated with vintage items, including claw-foot tubs, wonderful antique furnishings, and even Eileen’s mother’s 1930s-era ivory wedding dress. The third-floor Victoria Suite is particularly lovely, with an expansive view of the ocean, cozy sitting area, and jetted spa tub with ocean view and room for two. A separate two-bedroom cottage on the property is also a great lodging option.  

All Grand Victorian stays include appetizers at check-in, dessert in the evening, and a hearty, and a home-cooked candlelight breakfast. The inn happily accommodates small weddings, which can be held in the inn or on the beach. Eileen’s husband, Terry, can even officiate!

Make sure to reserve High Tea at least two days ahead of time by calling the Grand Victorian at 800-784-9936 or emailing the Obteshkas at GrandVictorian@charter.net. More information can be found at grandvictorianor.com.

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