Pictured here is me and Kristina with two tall, sparkly glasses of Prosecco, just before we (daintily) devoured the tower of treats before us. While Brunch (with a capital B) in Toronto has made daytime drinking appropriate at all sorts of new hours, dining establishments are still always looking for more occasions to incorporate drinking into different niche time periods. The Windsor Arms Hotel decided on Twilight Tea.
I’ve always had a great fondness for tea. I still remember peering into our living room as a child and watching the grown-ups take part in what seemed to be a ceremonious occasion. With teacups in hand, they socialized and reminisced about the past as they slowly sipped on the warm brew. Once in a while, someone would notice me eyeing the ceramic pot and gently pour some tea into a saucer so I could partake in the festivities. I became obsessed. Not only did I love the taste, but I was particularly enchanted by the social gatherings; there was something really special about friends coming together to enjoy a pot of tea. So, as many little girls do, I began hosting my own tea parties (naturally, a select group of my stuffed animals were invited)! Flash-forward a couple of decades, and I’m still fascinated by tea culture. So when the Windsor Arms Hotel invited me to indulge in their Afternoon Tea service, I was beyond thrilled.
If only I could always have Monday’s off… and Tuesdays. 3 day work weeks? Sign me up! On this selective holiday Monday, I tried to schedule things I can’t do during the work week, like my G road test, which I passed! I’m so relieved, I never have to wait in line at the DMV ever again! I also managed to throw on one of my favourite party dresses and attend Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel in downtown Toronto!
It always takes my breathe away for a second when I walk into the amazing tea room at The Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. The first room is decorated in white with a hat rack in the corner and all the tables are covered in white linen and ready for tea service. The ornate cups and saucers are strategically placed on each table adding to the room’s elegance and charm. We are escorted to the purple room which like its neighbour is opulently decorated with a huge chandelier hanging in the centre of the room and all the tables set and waiting for the service to begin. This is High Tea at The Windsor Arms Hotel.
The Windsor Arms Hotel could easily be in the dictionary next to the word “luxury,” but at the same time, it manages to be cozy. My 700-square foot suite became an oasis for me during a Toronto snowstorm – the perfect warm place from which to watch the weather and stay dry.