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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Finally! Sequim Lavender Farm Fair Afternoon Tea At George Washington Inn B&B

Well I am finally going to get my post done of  last Saturday's afternoon tea at the George Washington Inn B&B which was part of the Sequim Lavender Farm Fair

This first photo is courtesy of the George Washington Inn, all the rest were taken by me.

As I reported earlier in the week, the weather had been typical for this La Nina year. This Lavender Festival was the first time it has rained on the proceedings in 15 years. And Friday from 3 pm and through most of the night it poured!  Usually if we have anything this time of year it's sort of a misty rain.  We wondered about our farm tour, but there was some sun attempting a come back and we headed on our tour. At the George Washington Inn, which lies right on the coast of the Strait Of Juan de Fuca, fog prevailed. You can acyually look out behind the house, and the sun porch where we tea was planned and see Victoria, BC Canada across the Strait. No shuch luck on Saturday. We were sad for the folks who didn't even know the coast, beach or Victoria were even there!

This was the view of the barn which houses the coffee shop, gift shop and plant nursery through the fog.

Approaching the Inn up the curved drive. The house is an exact replica outside of George Washington's Mount Vernon, although the inside is more open and modern.  Above the door was a bunting flag and a plaque put there by the owners: 
The George Washington Inn
Dedicated to The Glory Of God And The Faith of George Washington
February 16, 2008

Here are the tables set for the tea before we entered. There were several seatings, we were at the 12:30 pm, 2nd seating. The location is along the entire of the back of the house in an enclosed sun porch overlooking the coast and the Strait....which you couldn't see!

The china was patterned with purple and white, the flowers were lavender and calla lilies and there was a card with info about the Inn, the menu and a recipe for Washington Lavender Tea Biscuits and a packet of culinary lavender to make them.

The first course 

English Lavender Raspberry Black tea

Black Forest Ham & Lavender Cheddar Scones
Dried Cherry & Orange Biscuits
Fresh Lavender Tea Biscuits
Apricot Butter
Honey Lemon Butter
Raspberry Lavender Butter

The Second Course

Petite Spinach & Swiss Quiche
Smoked Salmon Mousse Filled Cucumber Cups
Lavender Cream Cheese Turkey Finger Sandwiches

The Third Course

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Assorted Petit Fours
Raspberry/Lemon Lavender Cheesecake

The catering for the tea was done by a local caterer, Cameron's Custom Catering in Sequim and was very nicely done. My Honey felt there should have been another sandwich added, but.... I spoke to the owners of the Inn Dan & Janet and we discovered we had mutual friends, which was fun. The tea for the Festival was a one off, but it has caused them to consider adding a monthly afternoon tea. There aren't too many places in our area for tea, so we would certainly welcome that.

Altogether a lovely time in a lovely location...if only the fog had lifted. But...not to worry, we are going back to just check the Inn out and visit soon.


  1. I can't believe there are 100's of comments on this wonderful post - love the photos and the food. This is terrific!

  2. Oh I have to agree with Bernideen. This is an amazing post! Your photos are lovely and what a treat to find a place like this on the west coast! I'm going to be in Sequim a few days in August and hope to explore this area a bit.
    Your blog is one of my favorites. You are so kind to visit my little humble blog and to help me identify my teacups.
    Much love,
    Lady Linda

  3. The tea and goodies look fabulous and the menu sounds so tasty! Thanks for the birthday wishes~Happy Belated Pink Saturday! Marti

  4. What a fantastic post! I love it! The purple and white china is beautiful and all that delicious looking food! Oh yum! Lavender Cheddar scones....wow!

  5. Thanks for the great blog and photos you put together on our High Tea here at George Washington Inn. At the least, we'll make it an annual event during the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire. We also plan to arrange another High Tea on President's Day in February. Please "like" us on Facebook to stay updated and to enjoy more photos: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeWashingtonInn

  6. Beauitful. I also had a recent trip to a beauitful Lavender farm in the southwest for their Lavender festival days. A day at the lavender farm with your good girlfriends is a great memory. We picked lavender, sampled lavender prodcuts, listened to seminars and bought produts they made locally including many lavender plant starts to take home for our forever memories in our own lavender gardens,. .. I enjoy your trip and seeing your photos. The high tea looks divine.


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