A few weeks ago, a long-time friend and I headed over to Huntington, Indiana (home of Dan Quayle; did you know?). Our goal: lunch at the newly-opened Honey Bee’s Tea.
I had been there before. Well, not to Honey Bee’s Tea, but I had been to the building that houses it. It is a beautiful Victorian building known as the Purviance House. Years ago, when I was teaching, we had our teachers’ Christmas dinner party there once. And my friend and I had lunched there another time, when it was under different management. I was sad when the tea room closed, because it was such a lovely place to eat. But, I was so happy to learn that it had reopened, just a few months ago.
Owner Missi Carmichael greeted us as soon as we entered, and escorted us to our choice of tables in a cozy room with a warm fire and beautiful Christmas trees.
There were several tempting choices on the menu, but my friend and I decided on the chicken salad. It was delicious, and the chef (Missi’s mom!) even generously included a tasty lime jello salad she had made, even though we hadn’t ordered it. Peppermint ice cream and scones made for a delicious finish to our lunch.
It was such a cozy way to spend an afternoon, trading tales with a friend, enjoying good food, and beautiful views in a decorated Victorian home. Christmas music playing in the background didn’t hurt, either. But the fun wasn’t done. After we finished eating, I headed up the staircase.
At the top, I found the Princess Tea Room all set up for a little girl’s tea party — and yes, Honey Bee’s offers these parties. Several years ago, I planned to have a party here for one of the girls — just before the place closed 🙁 I think it would make a totally sweet locale for a dress-up party, tea party, etc.
Back downstairs, I headed over to the opposite front room, which was filled with hand-made crafts for purchase. Cute hats, Christmas ornaments, and much more. If you’re anywhere near Huntington, Indiana, I encourage you to pay a visit. You’ll be charmed!
Honey Bee’s Tea
Purviance House, 326 S. Jefferson St., Huntington IN
Lunches on Thursday and Friday, 11-2