Silver Plume Tea Room

by Jason
(Colorado)

A peek inside a tea house

A peek inside a tea house

My wife and I live in a suburb of Denver, Colorado and on occasion we like to visit the beautiful Rocky Mountains just west of the city.

One very interesting town less than an hour away from us is Silver Plume, which has been referred to as a living ghost town. Silver Plume had its prime in the latter decades of the 19th century, but in the 21th century it is often visited by tourists because of its easy accessibility from I-70.

A few years back we decided to park the car and take a walk around the town, which is small enough to travel on foot from one end to the other in ten minutes or less. There is a wonderful museum to visit, a U.S. Post Office, and a few other businesses scattered along the main street, which is unpaved. We visited the museum and were enthralled with the displays and exhibits which illustrated how life had been in this bustling, Victorian-era mountain mining town so long ago.

Feeling a little wistful of days so long gone by, we were thrilled to walk down the street a few blocks and find that Victorian style thriving and still very much alive at The Silver Plume Tea Room. It was late on a summer Sunday afternoon, and when we entered we found that we were the only ones there, except of course for the extremely friendly and welcoming proprietors. It was really exciting to be there, as two of my wife’s favorite things are tea and antiques, and this wonderful establishment had both in spades.

While I enjoyed some freshly made ground press coffee, my wife ordered up a special afternoon tea blend and we shared a delicious sandwich and piece of pound cake while seated at some delightful antique table and chair sets.

The proprietors talked to us about the building, which originally had been a dry goods mercantile store. The location had been opened as an antique store sometime around 1960, and the current management had added the component of being a tea shop. They often host extravagant tea parties on the premises, and offer a complete and delicious menu beyond tea party food and tea sandwiches.

After we had finished our coffee, tea and snacks, we walked around looking at the many exquisite antique items for sale, and even went down the stairs into the basement where even more antique pieces were available. My wife bought several inexpensive items and we enjoyed chatting with the owners for a while more. Before we left, we were given a loaf of Banana Nut Bread as a gift since it was Sunday and they were going to bake some fresh for the next week. The bread was delicious and we enjoyed it very much over the next several days.

Now a couple times every year we try to make it up to Silver Plume so that we can visit the Tea Room. Each and every time it is enjoyable, but I’ll never forget how special it was to visit it for the first time that day.

The Silver Plume Tea Room is located at 940 Main Street in Silver Plume, Colorado. They can be contacted at 303-569-2368 or toll free at 1-866-6HIGHTEA (1-866-644-4483), or visit them online at www.silverplumetearoom.com.

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