32 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
DURING AFTERNOON TEAS inside
The Mansion at Strathmore, local
musicians perform while guests enjoy
a break from the stresses of daily life.
On the 15 to 17 tables in the room are
;owers for decoration, milk and sugar
for tea, and strawberry preserves and
homemade Devonshire cream for
scones. Volunteer “tea ladies” in white
lace aprons pour unlimited amounts
of Strathmore’s special tea blend.
Guests drink out of bone china, which
is carefully arranged to ;t the color
scheme of each table.
Throughout the year, Strathmore
hosts various specialty teas, such as
a Chocolate Tea that includes samples of chocolate truf;es, and a family-friendly Mrs. Claus Tea, scheduled this
year for Dec. 15. The menu depends
on the theme but generally includes
a light lunch, dessert, and the option
to buy a mimosa or a glass of Champagne, port or sherry. Mary Mendoza
Godbout, Strathmore’s tearoom manager, says she hopes the experience is
an escape, “a step back in time,” from
the hospitality to the old-timey décor.
“Even though it is a big mansion, they
still feel like it is someone’s home,”
Afternoon tea is typically held two to
three times a week, from mid-September through the third week of December and from February through July.
1 p.m. $25-$29. Reservations required.
The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701
Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 301-