Well ok, it's not exactly in her backyard but literally across the road from her backyard. Our Stowe,Vermont trip had many wonderful discoveries, but I thought let's start the memory roll back with the most adorable outside Tea Garden.
INKY DINKY OINKINK
The whimsical name lets you know right from the start that you are in for an enchanted adventure. Along with the outside summer Tea Garden, this delightful 145 year old cottage is a B&B and can also be rented in its entirety. But there is much more ... pour yourself a cup of tea, something cold or perhaps a cup of coffee and lets take a walk around the magical grounds, shall we ...
The gardens are filled with amazing surprises ...
and are tenderly and loving cared for by our hostess. Along with the beautiful flower gardens, she nurtures a vegetable garden whose bounty is used in the making/baking of the items for the Tea Garden menu.
On the grounds, you will come across the Moscow Co-op, where neighbours contribute organically grown vegetables, flowers, herbs, along with wonderful delights created from their harvest. Our hostess was the founder of the Co-op and volunteers her time and the location, so the community has a central place to gather and exchange the bounty of their harvest. Payment for goods purchased is done via the honour system.
Our hostess is a wonderful soul and most talented! Continuing along our walk we come across this enchanting mini cottage...
Don't you just love the whimsy look of it?
Let's take a peak inside....
WOW!!! what a delight for the eyes... inside you will discover original art work created from the imagination and by the creative hands of our hostess. Here is a small sampling of her work.. (original Art Photos via Inky Dinky Oinkink website)
WHO IS this fabulous, talented , creative and nurturing soul ... you are asking ... well let's walk over to the Tea Garden, where we can have a seat, enjoy the view of this enchanted place along with some freshly made tea delights. Looks like our hostess is waiting for us....
|I would like you to meet Liz Le Serviget ...|
Upon being introduced to Liz, you automatically feel like you have arrived at the home of your Auntie, with her inviting smile and warm welcome. She has been up with the roosters preparing the day's menu, everything is prepared fresh daily on site. Let's have a seat and look over today's offering....
After literally salivating over the day's selections, we decided on the dessert tea. Miss V. (my dear friend who treated me to this magical afternoon) decided on hot tea with a hint of almond, while I went for the lavender iced-tea.
Miss V. pouring her tea, from a wonderful whimsical tea pot hand painted by our hostess. Liz's hand painted tea pots are available for purchase in her shop. Liz also does commissioned work, so you could have her create something special and original for a gift, or for yourself.
The iced tea was refreshing and much welcomed on the warm Stowe afternoon. Our dessert plate was a colourful creation for the eyes, rivalled only by the heavenly taste experienced by our taste buds. Made fresh on this day; a flour-less chocolate cake, green tea ice-cream, home made cream topping sat proudly on top of freshly picked strawberries, capped off by black berries. The plate was completed with extra squirts of chocolate sauce and an edible flower.
Attention to detail is most important to our hostess, a small tea cup with flowers cut fresh from the garden, even the ice-cubes are not over-looked ... for more details on the TEA GARDEN, click here.
Guests from the B&B had checked out, so I had the honour of getting a tour of the rooms. All I can say is, if you are planning a trip to Stowe, Vermont this would be the perfect setting. The rooms and bath have been lovingly designed with the comforts of home - away- from home. You can see photos and get complete details by visiting the Inky Dinky Oinkink website.
I hope you have enjoyed the first roll back look at our Stowe, Vermont vacation. I'll be sharing more discoveries in days/weeks to come. Till then I'll leave with this view from the Inky Dinky Oinkink B&B cottage.
I would love for you to share a wonderful Tea Garden/Room you may have discovered on your travels ...
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