Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley


  |   March 28, 2012  |  Comment

Put some spring in your step by attending Wilderstein Historic Site’s annual Daffodil Tea on Saturday, April 14 at 1 PM.   Experience a glimpse of what tea time was like during the Victorian era.  Guests enjoy a festive afternoon featuring fine tea, homemade cakes, cookies, and delectable finger sandwiches.  Also included is a tour of the Wilderstein mansion and the opportunity to stroll the estate while the daffodils are in bloom.

Wilderstein was the home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, a cousin and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt.  The landscape, designed by Calvert Vaux, boasts walking paths with breathtaking springtime views of the Hudson River.  The estate’s Victorian Queen Anne mansion has had extensive restoration work completed in recent years.  Many Rhinebeck residents have fond memories of being invited by Miss Suckley to tea at Wilderstein.

Remember, pinkies up!  Tea cups with a handle are held by placing one’s fingers to the front and back of the handle with one’s pinkie up for balance.  Pinkie up does not mean straight up in the air, but slightly tilted.  This is not an affectation, rather a graceful way of avoiding spills.  Never loop your fingers through the handle, nor grasp the vessel bowl with the palm of your hand.

Wilderstein is located at 330 Morton Road in the Town of Rhinebeck.  The cost per person is $30.  Advance reservations are necessary, as limited seating tends to fill-up quickly.  Please call Wilderstein at 845.876.4818 to RSVP and for additional information.

Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck, New York, 845.876.4818 – www.wilderstein.org


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