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De'Tours in Elizabeth City

400 W. Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC
252-435-5427
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#3
of 80
in NC
Hours

Daily Historic Tours and Victorian Teas
By Reservation Only

Overview

Step back in time in an unhurried atmosphere and savor delicious tea cuisine from 1863 hand-painted china. You will cover over 300 years of history and view antiques from the Empire to the Eastlake period.
Served year round in the oldest surviving Brick home in Elizabeth City, an 1853 Greek Revival.
Also hosting bridal teas, childrens teddy bear tea and table etiquette, book clubs, birthday parties, red hatters.
De'Tours was featured in the August issue of Victorian Homes Magazine, 'Our Ten Top Tearooms' Serving our community with true southern hospitality!




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Best Kept Secret In Pasquotank County! Beautiful home and delicious tea. Everything well top notch. We will be back.

- Judy 06/30/14

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What an enjoyable experience. A step back in time when women wore hats and actually sat down to eat with fine china, silver and linens. Bonnie exudes her love for antiques and her humor comes through as she shares the history of the home and furnishings. The food was light fare, tasty, and well presented. I will definitely come back.

- gay 06/05/14

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What a lovely afternoon we had! It couldn't have been a more perfect time spent with my friends, and our hostess Bonnie is a great conversationalist and very knowledgeable about all the things I find interesting -- food, art, antiques and history. Will definitely do this again.

- Lane Meyers 06/03/14

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As Carol said, the four of us had a lovely afternoon with De'Tours. The tea was served on beautiful antique china, with a lovely presentation of the delicious food on tiered serving dishes, in a Victorian girly setting. :) Bonnie was a welcoming and informational hostess. :)

- Karen 06/02/14

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There were four of us celebrating a friend's birthday. The curb appeal of the house was warm and welcoming, the hostess was gracious and easy to speak with. The food was delicious and varied, the tea choices abundant and Bonnie's knowledge of local history interesting and extensive.

- Carol Powell 05/30/14

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What a lovely day we had visiting De'Tours tea room. The tea and tour was outstanding, as our hostess. The home is filled with beautiful antiques and a story to go with them all.
A must do if you are ever in this lovely town.

- Becky 05/26/14

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Just took the Historic Tour and Tea here last week. It was fantastic! The history of this little town was very interesting as the food was devine. The home is absolutely breathtaking. Had a very relaxing day.

- Randi 04/29/14

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Had my daughters bridal tea here last week and it was a hit! The owner went above and beyond with fresh flowers, outstanding food and a great history lesson. Service was superb and the pastries were devine. I can only say if you want to host a special event, book here. You will not be disappointed!!

- Cheryl 04/09/14

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This place is amazing! And the food is to die for. Huge portions, historical home, history abduant and wonderful properitor. Best tea ever....We will be back.

- Jennifer 03/26/14

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We took our two young girls and my parents and I'm not sure who had more fun! Bonnie used to be a school teacher and knew just how to entertain and keep the little ones occupied as well as entertaining the rest of us too. The food/tea presentation was lovely! Everything was delicious... The house is beautiful. We can't wait to visit again.

- Amanda Ward 03/02/14

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My daughter surprised me with an intimate tea party for two.(I am undergoing chemotherapy so she flew in from Arizona to check on her mommie and to take me for tea.) Bonnie's De'Tours of Elizabeth City is absolutely beautiful with her fabulous and generous tour of her home. The food presentation was 'spot-on' and melted in our mouth. Teas were delightful and served piping hot. We enjoyed ourselves and it was such a welcomed distraction from all the doctors' appointments and chemo sessions. Thanks, Bonnie for everything and making this day a memorable one!

- Joyce Gurganus 02/06/14

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Thank you for a wonderful Victorian experience! We loved it!
Elizabeth Hudson, editor
Our State Magazine

- E. Hudson 01/14/14

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Awesome historic tea and tour of the city! The home is beautiful and filled with history and antiques. Yummy tea with soft music in the background. So happy we found this little slice of heaven. The owner is very knowledgable about the history of North Eastern NC and puts a fun spin into everything she does. Highly recommend fir a day trip.
Thanks again for our special day!
Tracie

- Tracie 01/14/14

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Could not of asked for a better day here. The food was presented with a southern flair on antique china with silver and crystal. Interesting history of the home and town. Beautiful tour and amazing antiques! Best tea ever :)

- Diane 10/15/13

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A..maz...ing! Our group went here for an afternoon tea last month. The owner was extremely hospitable, and the quality of the food was outstanding.

Afterwards we toured the garden and viewed the oasis of calm and tranqulity.

These folks take gastronomy and hospitality seriously, and if you are in the area, this is a 'must stop' place to take a break, sample some fine food, and relax.

Make a reservation!!

- Linda 09/17/13

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This place was a treat for my 40th Birthday as I'd always wanted to try the whole afternoon tea experience. Love this place. Their food is to die for...seriously, if you're a foodie, you will have dreams about it!

- Merri 09/15/13

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Hosted my bridal shower here last month and it was over the top! The owner was more than helpful in arranging everything for my perfect day. The food presentation was beautiful as well as delicious. The home is the oldest brick house in the city and filled with lovely antiques. You feel like you are back in the 1800's when you are here. Thank you so much for a day that I will always remember. If you are looking for a special place to celebrate a special event, I recommend De'Tours for all your needs. You will not be disappointed.

- Ashley 07/11/13

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We took a group of young girls from our after-school program to learn about etiquette and traditional teas. The girls had a great time trying the tea cakes and cookies, looking around the house, and learning about what life was like many years ago. The host is very upbeat and informative!

- Johanna 06/23/13

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Enjoyed an afternoon of tea, the host was friendly and the tea delicious. I would highly recommend you book a tea if you are traveling near Elizabeth City!

- Katie Speight 06/20/13

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We hosted my baby shower at this venue. What an awesome place. The ambiance and service is amazing. The owner went out of her way to make sure it was perfect. The menu was outstanding as the surroundings. Thank you for a perfect day.

- Shirley 06/16/13

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My friends,daughter,and two young granddaughters enjoyed a wonderful tea this afternoon. The tea was so flavorful,the scones and cream sweet and delicious,the tea sandwiches savory and filled with fresh herbs,and the little dessert treats caused all of us to make yummy sounds! My 9 year old granddaughter loves this tea house and made sure she used the sugar cubes in her tea. Bonnie Calliotte(the tea lady)even presented a vintage high chair for my 11 month old granddaughter to use. We thank Bonnie for a wonderful experience on this warm day in June. May 15th 2013

- Paula Ewell 06/15/13

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Such a wonderful experience here at De'Tours, lovely historical home with exceptional food and tea. A great way to relax and spend the day with special people. You are greated as friends and leave like family!

- Cathryn 06/15/13

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Wonderful time here at this fantastic tea room. The food was delightful as the company! Interesting twists with the best flavor.

- Frederique 05/23/13

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Fantastic, what an experience. I have had tea at most of the Tea establishments shown on Tea Map in the Greater Hampton Roads area and this place stands alone!It is no wonder they were voted one of the top ten tearooms in the US. This place is exceptional. On arrival our names were on a welcome sign outside, from the minute we entered we were warmly welcomed and treated like royalty. We were introduced to teas we would never dreamed of having. Our scones were light, and the devonshire cream to die for. The food exceptionally fresh with beautiful presentation including fresh flowers. The service is professional and friendly, you can tell the owner loves doing what she does. This is a first class act which other Tea Houses don't even come close to, you arrive as customers and leave as friends, a rare gift in today's world. Make reservations, as she can get busy! Thank you De'Tours for an absolutely delightful afternoon spent in your little slice of heaven.

- Lisa 05/09/13

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Wonderful, Bonnie does it right! She impressed my visiting relatives to the point that DeTours will be a 'Must Do' for all future visits! YUM! Such personal care is given to everything. What a great place to mark special moments or make any day special, just thoroughly enjoyable!

- Kit N. 04/28/13

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Mrs. Bonnie was generous enough to host Girls Incorporated of the Albemarle at her beautiful home. She made accommodations for over 20 girls. She taught them etiquette and manners in a fun way. Afterwards, the girls got to tour the home and hear its fascinating history. They are still talking about it! I recommend De'Tours to everyone!

- Girls Inc. of the Albemarle 04/25/13

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My husband and I had a wonderful time at this tearoom. The home is beautiful,the food was delicious, and the Vanilla Caramel Truffle tea was amazing! Bonnie is such a warm and charming person who made us feel like old friends. We loved the tour of this quaint little town filled with so much history. I highly recommend this tea experience to all lovers of tea and history.

- Debi Wagner 04/07/13

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We had a delightful afternoon at tea today! After touring the interior of the oldest brick home in Elizabeth City, N.C., we toured the historical homes on foot. The entire experience was charming and informative. Wonderful and excellant tea service also. Bonnie Calliotte was wll-versed in local history and antiques.

- Brian & Lydia 04/06/13

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Beautiful house and period furnishings. Very amiable host and conversationalist. I really enjoyed myself on the tour and found it very informative and filled with interesting anecdotes about the history of the town and the people who had lived it.

- Marie 04/02/13

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Bonnie is one of a kind. The enthusiasm for what she does is so obvious, it draws you into the past not only with the history of the city, but a true Victorian tea, which is an art that is almost forgotten. We have been several times and I must say each time is a new experience--A must do if you want to experience life in the 19th century.

- Ruth 04/01/13

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A warm welcome when you first arrive:) as you step into this home you feel as if you have stepped back in time with all the antiques. The hostess was so sweet and her table was set beautifully with hand-painted china and silver service. The food was mouth-watering and abundient. Our tour of the city was very informative and our guide was very knowledgable about all the historic homes. Our day could not of been better, simple tea-riffic!

- Elizabeth Davis 03/18/13

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Such a calming afternoon. The owner is absolutely delightful and her food and tea was the best we have ever experienced at any tearoom. Such a beautiful historic home, filled with antiques and the owner gives you a history lesson on all! If you are ever in the area, book your tea here for a relaxing afternoon.

- Brooke 03/07/13

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Bonnie is so fun and entertaining! She made us feel special and made me really appreciate the history of Elizabeth City, NC.

- Alana Page 02/26/13

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Was looking for something interesting to do with my family. What a wonderful and rare find! Enjoyed our day with the owner, her knowledge of the city is amazing and her food was equally amazing. Lots of love in her homemade items. Such a beautiful home the owners restored and history come alive here. A must do when in town or passing through.

- Rachael 02/18/13

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I had the owner do a surprise Wedding Anniversary tea here. What an exceptional job the owner did! The food was mouth watering and ambienance was delightful. If you want a true Victorian tea, this is the place to go. You will not be disappointed.

- Billy 01/10/13

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Love the scones. What a beautiful home.

- Wendy 01/10/13

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The tea social in this lovely home showed a rare personal touch. Bonnie made our day a memorable one that I would like to take all my friends here! Her menu is out of this world!! Look forward to booking another tea in the near future.

- Pat 12/04/12

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A fantastic, wonderful, rewarding experience! We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Bonnie

- Bill & Mary K 11/30/12

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How Fun!
My husband and I recently decided to do something a little different while vacationing at the Outer Banks. We spent the afternoon with Bonnie, having a delicious tea and hearing many stories about the house and the town. Bonnie is a wonderful cook, knowledgeable tour guide, and gracious host. It was a wonderful, relaxing afternoon. Highly recommended!

- Lynn & Mark Markle 10/22/12