Holiday traditions at the Geiser Grand

Some guests dress in their Victorian best for the annual High Tea at the Geiser Grand Hotel, scheduled for Dec. 12 and 19.

Some guests dress in their Victorian best for the annual High Tea at the Geiser Grand Hotel, scheduled for Dec. 12 and 19.

Everything you love about the holidays is here at the Geiser Grand Hotel — the two-story tall Christmas Tree sparkles in the Palm Court and a Holiday High Tea when all ages can “play princess” with elegant white linen and silver service.

The food is inspired by the timeless Victorian tradition of tea. Low Tea is just tea service with a simple biscuit or cookie. High Tea is really a generous three-course luncheon, which we do at the Geiser Grand.

The High Tea will feature fresh-baked scones with lemon curd, finger sandwiches with gingered carrot, cranberry chicken and, of course, peanut butter and jelly for the little princesses. Plus, there will be delectable desserts including miniature crème brulee and fresh baked chocolate cookies.

High Tea came into fashion in the 1800s in England. Prior to that, people ate only two meals — breakfast and dinner. Tea — the drink as well as savory and sweet food — helped fill that void between meals.

Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, is credited for popularizing afternoon tea in the 1830s (www.foodtimeline.org/teatime.html).

It’s so heartwarming to see the many generations gathered together at Tea.

It’s an excuse for young girls to put on that special Christmas dress, tights and shiny shoes they’ve been just waiting for. Actually, girls of (ahem) all ages can “play princess” and deck themselves out with hats, dresses and more to celebrate the season and time with loved ones.

Following tea, a costumed docent takes guests on a tour of the hotel, which was built in 1889. Guests will peek into the old tunnels, learn history about the Baker Valley and have the chance to take a lot of photographs.

High Tea is $24 for adults and $12 for kids. The events will be offered at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

The Geiser Grand is located at 1996 Main St., Baker City.

 

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