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Miss Spenser's Special-Teas & Bed & Breakfast

3220 Wyoming Street
New Virginia, IA
641-342-1547
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HOURS: Not a Traditional Restaurant
We host special monthly event tea parties Reservations Required
For Groups of 20 or more, please call.

Please call for Directions - MapQuest & GPS Systems WILL NOT get you here.

Need a harpist for your special occasion? Visit www.spenserharpist.com - Miss Spenser is your Des Moines Metro Harpist.


Overview

Miss Spenser's offers an environment of respite and calmness...a haven in our hectic, every day world. We are a comfortable, yet elegantly designed tea room offering guests the opportunity to partake in a full 'English tea' experience with tables accented with fine china and linens.

Miss Spenser's serves a Traditional Four-Course English-Style Tea 'Meal' with predetermined menus which change monthly according to the theme and/or season. All of our tea foods are artfully arranged on three tiered trays and only quality loose leaf tea is served here!

In addition to our lovely tearoom - stay in our Carriage House B&B. Relax in our elegantly appointed, richly decorated suites with fireplaces and private baths. A sweet/cream tea is served upon arrival.

Come visit us today...we are just a short, pleasant 30 mile drive from the urban lights of Des Moines and a little over 2 hours from Kansas City.

See our articles featured in Tea Time Magazine March/April 2009 and September/October 2011
as well as Country Woman, April/May 2011



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I attended the Ritz tea with my daughter and we had so much fun! The food was scrumptious and tea was made perfectly. I may make it to London some day to go to the Ritz Hotel, but it won't surpass this experience. Plus, Miss Spenser played the harp with the most beautiful, beautiful music
to soothe a weary soul.

- Sally Dulinsky 07/25/14

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My mother and I attended the Ritz tea today at Miss Spenser's, and it was WONDERFUL! The service was excellent, the location is picturesque, and the food was delicious! The live harp added an elegant touch. We will definitely be back!

- Emily Blythe 07/19/14

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If you have a 'Bucket List' and haven't been to Miss Spenser's Tearoom you must make it a point to do so. You will make memories you will never forget. Attending teas at Miss Spenser's is one of my most favorite past times. I am a devout Downton Abbey fan and loved the tea presented by Miss Spenser's. It was fun to pretend that I was a part of that glorious time period of such grace and nobility. Miss Spenser's transported me back in time albeit the atmosphere, fashions,program and food. Nothing was lacking in making my experience a memorable one.

- Char Massey 07/10/14

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Had to upload a couple of photos from the Black Beauty literary tea we attended on 6-21-14. Miss Spenser's always excels in every detail. Lady Donna is such a gracious hostess and Miss SPenser always expresses the heart of each program with finesse and clarity. The Arabian Nights tea served with this meal was astoundingly smooth and flavorful. The food is beautiful, precise and dainty. The grounds are immaculate. What a wonderfully fresh and romantic place Longview Farms is. Do yourself a favor and attend a tea soon!

- Wendi Taylor 06/27/14

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As always, what a delight Miss Spenser's is to me! The encore presentation of Downton Abbey was a 'sweet' surprise. Thank you Lady Donna and Miss Spenser for a wonderful day. Delicious menu, flavorful tea and excellent entertainment and company! Miss Spenser's never disappoints.

- Jenny N. 05/21/14

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One of the most enjoyable experiences! Food was awesome and the entertainment phenomenal

- Debbie Sarna 05/14/14

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When patrons are willing to travel during a tornado warning to attend a themed tea party, you know that Miss Spenser's is something special. Everything about Miss Spenser's is lovely, cozy, and delicious - elegant Victorian décor, scrumptious tea sandwiches and desserts, and perfectly brewed tea. I've never been disappointed and look forward to going again and again.

- Karla C. 05/14/14

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This is a fantastic Tea Room! Been there 3 times now and never a dissapointment about anything! Food, tea, program and congeniality are all 5 star! Last time visited was the Downton Abbey program - wonderful!

- Diane 05/11/14

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Miss Spenser's Tearoom never disappoints! We had another much needed break from reality. Miss Spenser a.k.a. Scarlett, transported us to a classic scene from Gone With The Wind. So much thought and practice goes into each performance, we are always delightfully entertained. The menu is always theme related and truly delicious, served to you on your own tiered tray. You are also treated to a bottomless cup of fabulous tea. Donna & Spenser are so friendly, they make you feel like the only person in the room. I would highly recommend a trip to Miss Spenser's Tearoom to unwind and relax, if only for a short time.

- Pam 04/16/14

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The Tea Room experience was a very special one,,,,we were celebrating our sister ,Molly's birthday,,,& she was so thrilled to have this wonderful experience ,,,to go back in time, is so much fun & Miss Spencer was such a joy to watch as she turned into Scarlett right before our eyes! We definitely be back,,,soon! Thank you for the wonderful memories & superb eats! Yummy!the atmosphere was excitement with the anticipation of Scarlett appearing & our delicious menu!

- Marlene Risinger 04/15/14

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I was very impressed with every aspect of the Gone with the Wind tea experience. I have visited many tea rooms over the years, and this was the best by far. I was particularly delighted with the imaginative and delicious food selections. The attention to detail and the themed entertainment make this a delightful experience.

- Diane Yates 04/14/14

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We had the privilege to attend the Irish Tea. Our Granddaughter was visiting here from Indiana and we brought our Granddaughter here from Marion. Spenser is our Granddaughter also and we are so proud of her unending talents. It was a very special time for all of us. The presentation of the food was beautiful and tea cup never ran dry. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed. We had a wonderful time.

- Pauline Cherryholmes 03/25/14

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I went to the Irish farmhouse tea recently with my daughter and it was soooooo much fun! The table setting was beautiful, the food delicious and the tea superb! I love a visit to Miss Spenser's!

- Sally Dulinsky 03/20/14

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Went to the Downton Abbey Tea. It was a delightful experience, informative of the era in clothing, culture, and food. No spoilers for the show, and the atmosphere was perfect.

- Michelle 03/04/14

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My husband and I enjoyed a lovely overnight at Miss Spenser's bed and breakfast. We were treated with such kindness and hospitality- such a relaxing and enjoyable experience! every detail is looked after. Highly recommended, and we will back for another stay soon.

- Stacey and Jim 03/03/14

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Miss Spenser's Special Teas are indeed special. The tearoom and its ambience are wonderful. Lady Donna and Miss Spenser serve wonderful traditional teas with the Three S's (Savories, Scones, Sweets) on the requisite three-tiered servers. The food, tea, and service are all wonderful, and they are both so warm and welcoming as well as being so talented. Spenser's character-ization of the tea's theme is delightful. Sometime she even offers harp music during the tea. We drive over 3 hours to experience a tea, and it is worth every mile!

- Lani Willi 02/24/14

Tearoom Response
Dear Lani: Thank you so much for the very heart warming review...this made our day! We so appreciate the fact that you drive so far to attend our teas...thank you for your commitment...we are pleased that you enjoy them!!

Thanks again...blessings to you this week,

Donna & Miss Spenser
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Always an enjoyable & pleasant experience at Miss Spenser's. We hadn't been able to attend a tea event there in over a year so we were thrilled to be able to attend the Downton Abbey tea. It was such an enjoyable afternoon. Delicious food, warm soothing loose leaf tea & great conversation. Also bought some caramel oolong tea to bring home & had a cup last night. Sooo good!

- Ronda Kelley 02/24/14

Tearoom Response
Dear Ronda - thank you so much for coming down this past weekend...it was such a joy to have you and Jamie here again...been way too long!! We are so glad that you had a good time...thank you for your support and leaving a review, it means so much!

Warmly,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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The Downton Abby tea was perfect,as always! Love,love,love this tea room!

- Belinda Stuva 02/23/14

Tearoom Response
Belinda...thank you so much for the very kind review...we definitely feel the love and appreciate your support!! It is our pleasure to serve you and yours tea the British way...thank you for allowing us this opportunity!

Warm regards,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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This is the place to go to escape the hectic world, enjoy beautiful surroundings, wonderful tea and food and gracious hosts.

- Maggy 02/22/14

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Dear Maggy...thank you so much for attending our Downton Abbey tea this past weekend...it was such a pleasure meeting you! We were so blessed to receive the beautiful china...anxious to use it! We have both been sipping tea out of the pretty cups this week...we think everything tastes better in a Haviland! (SMILES). Thank you again for blessing us with the china and the review!

Warm regards,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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Today's Downton Abbey tea and program were well prepared and presented. What a warm and inviting place to spend a winter Saturday! Can't wait to go back again.

- Donna Akins 02/22/14

Tearoom Response
Dear Donna: Thank you so much for attending our NEW Downton Abbety Tea...we are so glad that you enjoyed it and happy that you brought your friend Karen! It was nice meeting her. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much.

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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There is no other tea room like Miss Spenser's! Today many women, one brave man and I enjoyed the Downton Abbey tea and treats and a special dramatic presentation about a wealthy young American woman hoping to meet the man of her dreams in England! Superb!
Once again, it was fun to introduce someone new to this one-of-a-kind experience.

- Beverly Kilman 02/22/14

Tearoom Response
Thank you Beverly for such a nice review...we are so glad that you enjoyed our NEW Downton Abbey Tea Party...we had a lot of fun planning it. Thank you for supporting us...we appreciate it so much!

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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Tea at Miss Spenser's is always a delight! Donna and Spenser and the rest of their family are warm-hearted and wonderfully hospitable. They do a fabulous job making one feel a very welcome and pampered guest and the food and tea that is served is not only delicious but is beautifully presented. Time spent with them is certainly time well spent.

- Denise Greenlees 02/17/14

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Dear Denise, thank you so much for leaving a review...it means so much! It is always a pleasure having you and your mother attend and event...it was such a surprise to see you were amongst the group that day! Please come again soon...have a blessed day!

Donna & Miss Spenser
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My mother and I have attended Miss Spenser's tea room twice and both times have been exceptional. The food is prepared with care, and the atmosphere is warm and delightful; it's an experience to share with friends and family. Mom and I will visit again in the future.

- Jana Teachout 12/15/13

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The hospitality, the presentation, and the excellent food are all reasons to like Miss Spenser's. Donna, Spenser and the other members of her family always make us feel welcome and comfortable. The variety and quantity of food served are amazing. This time, Donna's son Zachary played a variety of holiday tunes on an electric keyboard. The choice of tunes was excellent and the volume allowed us to enjoy the music and continue our conversation. We'll be back.

- Carol Bodensteiner 12/15/13

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What can I say about my time at Miss Spenser's? Words can hardly express the experience you will enjoy when having tea at Miss Spenser's. You will be greeted at the door (or even in the driveway) with a warm smile and a welcoming hug. As soon as you find your seat, you start to relax. The tables are always amazingly decorated, and soon after sitting, you will be greeted by a warm cup of delicious tea. When the food arrives, you will find it to be arranged on tiered trays, and will find the food to be delicious.
When the programs start, you will find yourself hanging onto every word, and when it ends, you will find yourself wanting to hear more.
If you haven't had the opportunity to have tea at Miss Spenser's you need to find the time- it will not be something that you regret.

- Laura 12/09/13

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Miss Spenser's Tea Room is quite a treat. The ambience is warm and cozy with lovely Victorian touches. The teacup is filled often and the 3-tiered tray is filled with homemade treats to delight any foodie. But the best part is the performance of Miss Spenser when she goes into the character that is the theme of the tea and entertains with panache.

- arLene Shannon 12/08/13

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Just attended 'A Christmas Carol Tea'!
What a wonderful time. This was a Christmas present from a very dear friend. It was a perfect gift. Looking forward to attending another event.

- Kathy 12/07/13

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I treated my niece to tea at Miss Spenser's Welsh Christmas for her birthday and we had a wonderful time as usual. It is the perfect place to make special memories with someone you love. It was the young, budding actor Grayson's turn to show off his talents alongside Miss Spenser and he went beyond our expectations. Of course, Lady Donna's food was DELICIOUS! We haven't figured out how she manages to always come up with such uniquely, delicious offerings that fit in with the theme of each tea and we have never been disappointed. Zach and Don made sure we had plenty of tea and waited on us hand and foot. Each one of Hardin family is so talented in their own way and they are always so warm and inviting that you hate to leave. Running the tearoom is definitely a family team effort. They had a great selection of holiday gifts including many kinds of delicious teas. Their gift certificates also make nice presents.

- Char Massey 11/30/13

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We just returned home from a wonderful weekend at Miss Spenser'Tea and Bed & Breakfast. Cold on the outside but very warm and fragarent on the inside, once you step in the door. Grayson did an outstanding job telling Story of Christmas past through the eyes of a child from Wales.The food was excellant and the Tea the very best. We were privledge to stay in the Bed and Breakfast also. Ready for a getaway weekend check out the Longview Farms. Thank you Donna and precious family

- Pauline 11/24/13

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We had a great time as always! It was all perfection!

- Norma C. 11/24/13

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Today was my first visit to Miss Spenser's Tea Room and what a wonderful time! The decor, food & fellowship were delightful; will return again.

- Bonnie Miner 11/23/13

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I have been attending the teas at Miss Spenser's since they started that was held in the home. Donna and Spenser fixed the 3 car garage into the most wonderful tea room. The food is always super delicious and look forward to new things that Donna fixes to eat. Always deliciously good!! The most wonderful tea room and you will be very impressed.

- Karen 11/14/13

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My first time at Miss Spencer's...This was truly an exceptional Ladies Tea experience! The beautiful Victorian decor played a part in the experience; so elegant! I was there for The European Adventure. The food was so tasty and beautifully displayed. The tea was great as well. The service was great. They always kept your tea cup full. I loved hearing about their trip to England and Germany, and the proper way to have tea! I definately plan on going again soon!

- Vickie Robb 11/09/13

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What an exceptional experience. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but after attending the Willie Wonka Tea, I am quickly scanning my calendar for the next tea that I can attend!!

- Heather 09/29/13

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This was the best English tea I have ever experienced..and that includes teas in London..at Buckingham Palace and Fortnum and Mason. Thank you Spenser, for the harp music.

- Claire 09/29/13

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Excellent decor, service, and beautifully prepared food. It was far better than tea at Fortnum and Mason. I will go again.

- P. J. Krantz 09/29/13

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The Willy Wonka Tea Party was exceptional fun! There were scrumptious chocolates and candies, of course, but the savories and scones were divine, too. The magic performed by 'Mr. Wonka', himself, was exciting and stunning! Hooray for another fun time at Miss Spenser's tea room!

- Sally Dulinsky 09/23/13

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WOW!! The food was so delicious,the tea was tasty, the entertainment was exceptional,the serves was personable and the atmosphere was elegant.This was my first Tea Time and I'm looking forward going back,Thank you for a wonderful Tea Time experience

- Sue Green 09/21/13

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I love going with my friends great times great food very nice family will always go back can't
wait to here about England



- teresa dixson 08/31/13

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Miss Spenser's is one of the most charming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy a good conversation with friends. The food is excellent and made to the theme of the day. The entertainment is delightful and mind challenging. Miss Spenser does a wonderful job with her dialogs and skits!!! Thank you Donna and Spenser for a wonderful place to go! Good to know you are back!

- Virginia Miller 08/27/13

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A Lovely experience hosted by wonderful people who go out of their way to make their customers feel like honored guests. The tea and food was delicious and the decor enchanting. Well worth the drive.

- Kaleigh Stevenson 08/27/13

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There really is nothing like Miss Spenser's Tea Room! It is truly outstanding--more than just a tea room--it is a not-to-be-missed Experience! A treat for a birthday girl (or boy!) of any age--the food is excellent, the ambiance charming and totally unexpected and the tea limitless in a real china cup. The only way to fly!

- Sheryl Lynne Carter 08/19/13

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I really enjoyed the whole experience. The atmosphere is very inviting and the food went well with the tea that was served. Did I mention the excellent food?! After lunch, the family went over the rich history of Iowa's prairies which was very interesting. If you asked me if I'd go again, my answer would be a resounding yes!

- Dustin 08/13/13

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It was such a treat to finally introduce my daughter Jill to Miss Spenser's at the Patriotic Tea in July. I have been telling her about this one-of-kind place for several years, but this was our first time to enjoy the experience together. Because there wasn't a formal program, we had an opportunity to really chat with the hostesses which added an even more personal touch to the day. Always the best of everything!

- Beverly 08/07/13

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My two cousins and I (aka the 3 Muskateers) have been here 2 times to stay and 2 times for tea and everytime we are here we feel like part of the family!!! They always make us feel welcome and remember everything about us!!! We affectionately call it our home away from home!!! We look forward to coming back soon to spend time with our extended family!!

- Jill Fuller 08/05/13

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So enjoyed the 'Prairie' Tea 7-27-13. Information was so good, and want to see the virgin prairie. The food was super good, it had been awhile since my daughter and I had been able to attend, since I am now five hours away, it has to be planned ahead, but it is never a disappointment, as it is good to be back with old friends and love the Victorian atmosphere of Miss Spenser's Tea Room! Best fresh-leaf Tea and attractively arranged, delicious Food Ever!

- Shirley 08/05/13

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Miss Spencer's is one of my most favorite places to go. It has become a tradition to go a couple of times a year with my mom, aunt, and cousins. I always look forward to it. The food is amazing, and so are our hosts. Can't wait to go back!

- Nicole 08/02/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Nicole, thank you so much for leaving such a sweet review. It is always a blessing to us when families congregate around the tea table and we feel honored that we are able to do that for you! We look forward to having you again soon; lots of fun things are planned for the fall and Holiday season!

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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I wish there was a beyond excellent choice, because that would be one way to describe Miss Spenser's.
I've had several opportunities to enjoy my time at Miss Spenser's and never have experienced a time that I have not enjoyed or left wanting more. When i see 'tea' on my calendar, I get excited and know that no matter what the week may bring, that tea time will make it all better.
The atmosphere is well thought out, the tea program is always beyond excellent and wonderfully done, and the food and tea are beyond wonderful.
If you have not had the chance to experience tea at Miss Spenser's, you truly are missing the experience of a lifetime- add it to your bucket list.

- Laura 08/01/13

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Dear Laura, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we always love it when you come. We are so glad that tea time at Miss Spenser's brightens your week...we do not take that lightly and feel honored that you feel that way!

Thank you again!! Blessings to you as you start your new job!

Warmly,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Took my two granddaughter's to the American Girl Doll Tea.. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. The food was geared toward children but their favorite tea sandwich was the cucumber and dill. The program was entertaining . They made an old fashioned radio and had a broadcast of a radio program of Kit Kittridge which they taped themselves. As a Grandmother I appreciated the tea etiquette lessons at the beginning of the tea. Ms. Spenser was so nice and really connected with the children. We definitely will go back again.

- Peggy Benson 08/01/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Peggy, thank you for bringing your family to tea...it was delightful to meet you and we are so glad that you had a wonderful time! Please come back and visit, lots of fun things are planned for the Fall and Holiday months!

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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I've had several opportunities to enjoy tea at Miss Spenser's, and each time has been a treat. Most recently, a friend and I enjoyed excellent food (the signature cucumber sandwiches were just one of many items served) and a delicate, flavorful leaf tea, excellent hospitality, and excellent conversation on a day without a program. Even though this wasn't one of the 'Special' teas, it was certainly special to us. Thanks for a lovely time.

- Carol Bodensteiner 08/01/13

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Dear Carol: What a pleasure to serve you and yours tea! We feel so blessed that guests bring their friends here to Miss Spenser's; our friendship horizon has definitely expanded! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we hope to see you again soon!

Donna & Miss Spenser
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My mother took me to this tea as a birthday gift. One of the best gifts I could receive! The atmosphere is beautifully Victorian and calming with theme music playing softly in the background. The food was artfully arranged and given names to follow the prairie theme. Absolutely Delicious! A wide variety of savory and sweets. The tea served was a wonderful Orange tea. Miss Spenser gave an awesome presentation on the Iowa prairies and discussed some of the wild flowers in her own garden. Her passion really shined through in her presentation. A totally enjoyable and memorable tea. Warm and welcoming hostesses. Love this place and these people!

- Elaine Seuferer 07/30/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Elaine - it was a delight to have you and your mom here for tea...we have missed you so! Thank you for the sweetest words...we are so happy that you enjoyed your birthday gift from your mom!! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love...we are blessed! Hope to see you again soon - and wonderful birthday blessings to you this year!!

Summer Blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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Would you drive three hours for afternoon tea? We did and it was worth every mile of the drive! This was our first visit to Miss Spenser's and what a delightful prairie themed tea! The ambiance was inviting and relaxing in perfect step with the beautiful Victorian decor. The tea menu was a creative and whimsical reflection of the theme and each delicious bite was served with gracious hospitality. The program was informative and well done. Thank you for a very special experience.

- Mary Pendell 07/29/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Mary, thank you for taking the time leave a review and thank you for driving so far for a cup of tea! We are honored!! So glad that you had a good time; it was a pleasure meeting you and your husband....thank you again for the review; we hope to see you again soon.

Warm regards,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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Hospitality, service as well as tea and food quality and presentation are excellent. Victorian room decoration artfully arranged, creating a superb tea time experience.

- Richard Pendell 07/27/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Richard, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much! It was a pleasure serving tea to you and yours...we hope that you will return again soon.

Blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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Little Red House on the Prairie tea was charming. There was wonderful food associated with prairie flowers, yet with a delicious taste all their own. The tea with a hint of orange was excellent and the lesson about Iowa ecology was amazing. Fun Times, thank you Donna and Miss Spenser!

- Sally Dulinsky 07/27/13

Tearoom Response
Sally, thank you for bringing Sarah and Laura to tea this past weekend. So glad that you enjoyed the prairie tea. After we learned what we did about the prairies...we just had to share with our other friends...so glad you enjoyed it!!! Always a joy serving you...thank you for your continued love and patronage.

Blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser and family
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I LOVED the Edwardian Fashion Show Tea. Of course the models, Miss Spenser and Mary, were both GORGEOUS in their gowns and looked as if they had just stepped out of a fashion magazine. Some of the gowns were original from the time period and some were created by Spenser. They were gorgeous! You couldn't tell the originals from the re-creations. She never ceases to amaze me with her many talents. Lady Donna never lets us down either. She completely satisfies our appetites. Her culinary delights are so delicious and mouth-watering. I don't know how she comes up with the endless variety of foods she serves but we hardly ever have the same thing twice. As always, I'm looking forward to the next tea.

- Char Massey 07/18/13

Tearoom Response
Char, we are so glad that you LOVED the Edwardian Fashion Show...we consider your review a compliment as you are an avid collector! Thank you for taking the time to write the review and for all your kind words...your continued support and love means so much.

Blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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Miss Spenser's is a wonderful place to spend your afternoon. The tea room is beautifully furnished, the food is absolutely delicious, and Donna and Spenser are charming hostesses. You will leave feeling like you've had a wonderful visit with a dear friend.

- Molly Crawford 07/15/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Molly & Family -- We are so blessed to have met your family via tea parties!! Thank you so much for kind review...it means so much. Thank you too, for your patronage and allowing us the opportunity to do what we love.

Summer blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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You won't find anything better. No details were missing in our two day experience. Excellent food artfully prepared and presented, attentive and friendly service plus more good things were all there.

- Nancy Overmoen 07/08/13

Tearoom Response
Nancy, thank you so much for leaving a review; it was a pleasure meeting you and your husband this past June. What fun it is to find kindred spirits from other States! Thank you for coming; we hope you will return.

Summer blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser & Family
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I've been to Miss Spenser's Specialty Tearoom twice - once with a church group of women and once with my cousins. My cousins and I have decided to make this an annual trip. Spenser and Donna are very friendly and take the time to visit with every guest. You will feel like they're your best friends. I wish I could go every day!

- Darlene Terpening 06/25/13

Tearoom Response
Darlene: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it was a pleasure serving tea to you and your family! Do come again!

Warm regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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We had a rose tea. The flavor was fantastic. The food was wonderful. Just unbelievable. If you were there you missed a great tea party. A special performance by Miss Spenser. Who if very talented with her skits! I love coming to Miss Spenser's Specialty Tearoom. Donna and Spenser always makes you feel welcomed.

- Virginia 06/24/13

Tearoom Response
Virginia: What a pleasure it is to serve tea to you and yours...we are blessed to have met you all through tea...thank you for your continued love and support!

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Thank you for making another wonderful memory for my granddaughter, daughter and myself. Anne of Greene Gables is one of my favorites, and we had a great day!

- Kim 06/24/13

Tearoom Response
Kim, it is always a joy having your family come for tea...thank you so much for the sweet card in the mail; those kinds of things are what keep us going! Looking forward to many more tea times with you and yours.

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Another amazing visit to Miss Spenser's Tearoom. A feel good place like no other. Spenser always does an exceptional job with the program. We enjoyed her portrayal of Anne of Green Gables tremendously. The tea and food were exceptional, as always. You will not be disappointed with a visit here - take a road trip and relax for a tiny bit.

- Pam McIlrath 06/23/13

Tearoom Response
Pam, it's always fun having you attend our tea parties...thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your continued patronage!

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Miss Spenser's Special-Teas Teahouse with my daughter Emilie and her friends. The tea, surroundings, atmosphere, food, program and service were excellent. It was a unique event (Anne of Green Gables theme) and I love all things victorian/English. I'll be telling all my friends about this wonderful place and I'll be coming back for sure.

- Teresa Colyn 06/23/13

Tearoom Response
Thank you Teresa for your kind review! It was a pleasure having you for tea...and also a pleasure having you and your grandchildren at the American Girl Tea Party...such well behaved kiddos!! Thank you again for coming; we look forward to many more tea times with you.

Warm regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Today was my second visit to Miss Spenser's. We had a wonderful time! This visit I was able to bring my mother along with a few other friends. It was so fun to get to share this experience with them! We are already looking forward to coming back soon and inviting more friends!

- Emilie 06/22/13

Tearoom Response
We are so glad that you had another nice time at Miss Spenser's!! Thank you Emilie for sharing our love of tea with your friends and family. Looking forward to having you again soon!

Warm regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Miss Spenser's is a lovely setting, with exceptional food! The personality of the tea room is wonderfully warm and everyone leaves feeling uplifted. Miss Spenser and her family are amazing in every way!!!!

- Nancy Friday 06/03/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Nancy thank you so much for your kind words.
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What a wonderful tea room! The Edwardian Fashion Show was so much fun and the food and tea are fabulous! I can't wait for next months' line-up.

- Sally Dulinsky 05/25/13

Tearoom Response
Thank you for your kind review; you know we love having you for tea!!
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This tea room is truly a unique and wonderful experience. The food, the atmosphere, everything is fabulous! Take a few hours for yourself to relax and enjoy this wonderful experience. You WILL keep going back again and again. I look forward to every visit. Thank you so much to the Hardin family for making me and mine feel like family when we come to Miss Spenser's.

- Elizabeth Bauman 04/15/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Elizabeth: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we appreciate it so much. We have enjoyed getting to know you and your mother and friends...what a blessing you have been! Thank you VERY MUCH for the beautiful English bag filled with English travel notebooks for our upcoming trip...what a special gesture. Thank you again! Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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This is an extraordinary tea room and experiencing a tea event here is indeed a treat. The decor is eye candy and the food is expertly prepared and presented. I attended the Empress Eugenie Tea, and the dramatic representation of the Empress by Miss Spenser was superb. I highly recommend visiting this tea room

- arLene Shannon 04/15/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Arlene: Thank you so much for leaving us a review! It means so much. We so enjoyed meeting you and your friend from Indiana!! We hope that you will come again soon...it is our pleasure to serve.

Warmest regards,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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I had a fantastic day at Miss Spenser's Special-Teas! There was a delicious new tea, French Plum, and oh the food! Yummy! Miss Spenser gave a fun history lesson on Empress Eugenie, so I feel like I'm an honor student. Thanks for a great day in a beautiful establishment

- Sally Dulinsky 04/15/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Sally - thank you so much for leaving a review...it always means so much when you take the time to do it...we truly appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the Empress tea...it was fun to share it with you all! See you soon at our next event!!

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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A fabulous experience! Delicious food, wonderful service, great environment. We have already made our next reservation. Highly recommended!

- Teresa 04/09/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Teresa - sorry for the delay. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a note. We are looking forward to your next outing soon! Thank you for allowing us to do what we love!

Warmly,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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What a lovely way to spend the day. An absolute dream, so relaxing, tasty treats just a truly wonderful time. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Miss Spencer's.

- pam 03/27/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Pam - nothing touches warms our hearts more than seeing Mom and Daughter taking tea together! It was such a pleasure to meet you both yesterday...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much. We look forward to hosting another tea time with you two again!! Thanks again,

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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First time my husband joined me and he honestly is looking forward to going again!
Everyone is always so inviting and everything is always wonderful!
So easy to relax and enjoy- Thank You!

- Nocona 03/22/13

Tearoom Response
Nacona, you made our day! So glad to hear that your husband had a good time and that he is looking forward to coming again! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is always a treat when you and your family come for tea...thanks again!

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Miss Spenser's is on my list of Favorite places for a Wonderful time. The whole family is involved in making both the tearoom and Bed & Breakfast the success that they are. There is a genuine warmth that pours out from each of the Hardins as they fulfill their duties to make you feel right at home. I am a Downton Abby fan and was thrilled when Miss Spenser's announced their tea with Spenser portraying a maid telling of her life and her duties. As always, her acting was 'spot on' and of course Miss Donna's food was 'very tasty' as they say in England. Can't wait for the upcoming Edwardian Fashion Show. I know it will be FABULOUS!!!

- Char Massey 03/21/13

Tearoom Response
Char, what can we say? Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review!! Your support means so much. We look forward to having you again very soon! Thanks again for leaving a review, it means so much.

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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My Friends an I attend almost every month. We love the food and enjoy the entertainment. Love the speciality tea's. Can't wait for the next cookbook. (I also need book #1)

- Carmen Stone 03/20/13

Tearoom Response
Carmen...thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We love it when you call come...you bring such laughter and happiness!! THANK YOU! We always look forward to your visits. Thanks again for the review. Until the next time!

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Had a wonderful time here last week! Food was excellent and the service was heartwarming. I will definitely come back and bring my friends. Thank you so much ladies!
Leona Swope 3/19/13

- Leona Swope 03/19/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Leona, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much. We so enjoyed meeting you...Debbie has brought some lovely friends here to the tearoom, we count you as one of them now too! We look forward to having you again...take care until the next time!

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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What a fun place to be for St Paddy's Day! If my friends and family are busy, I attend tea by myself, but I am never alone, because Donna and Miss Spenser pair me up with the best tea friends! I had such an enjoyable day with my new tea friends. The table was beautiful and the food and tea superb! I can't say enough good things about Miss Spenser's Special-Teas. I loved the Irish folk lore which Miss Spenser shared in her lovely costume.

- Sally Dulinsky 03/18/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Sally, thank you so much for taking time to leave a review. We were so thrilled with the table selection last month...amazing how things work out...and now here you have reunited with old friends!! We always love it when you come to tea. As always, thanks for your love and support, it means so much.

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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My husband attended your Irish Farmhouse Tea this afternoon, and what a wonderful time we had. Donna, you and Spenser were so warm and welcoming. We enjoyed the tea, the food, and the program so much! Thank you for everything you did to make this such a memorable visit!

- Carol Meyer 03/17/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Carol, what a pleasure it was to meet you and your hubby for the St. Patrick's Day tea...the tearoom never ceases to disappoint us with the wonderful new friends we make. Thank you so much for coming; we look forward to having you both again in April!

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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What a wonderful time we had celebrating St.Patty's Day. Donna, you and Spenser never let us down. The food was wonderful, and the tea delicious. Spenser's performance was, once again, the greatest!! We always enjoy coming to visit with you! God Bless,

- Virginia Miller 03/17/13

Tearoom Response
Thank you Virginia for your kind review...it is always our pleasure to serve you and yours tea. You all make us smile and we so enjoy and value your friendships. Thanks so very much for your love and support!

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Absolutely loved our visit. The food was yummy, tea plentiful and the historical presentation memorable. Thank You, Spenser and Donna. Can't wait to join you again.

- Verna Christopher 03/13/13

Tearoom Response
Verna...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much! What a pleasure it was to meet you and your daughter's friends...such a joy! We cannot wait to serve you and yours again!

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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This was a birthday present for my daughter who turned 7 from her grandmother. We had such a lovely day. The owners (Donna, Spenser, Donna's sons) are the best part! Spenser played the harp which was beautiful--and a nice twist with more modern songs. There was such cheer in the tea room. You have to go just to meet such a neat family! My favorite food served was the scones with homemade whipped cream. I have made them since at home and all enjoyed them. This experience kept us smiling all day. God Bless good people!

- Lara Steward 03/13/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Lara: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. What a pleasure it was to meet your family...so much fun when we get younger girls in the tearoom...Miss Spenser and I have enjoyed the bonding that tea has brought to us. We hope you come and visit again soon, we'd love to pamper you again.

Warmest regards,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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My friends and I visited Miss Spensers for the first time this last weekend for the Downton Abbey tea party. We had such a wonderful time! The atmosphere was so relaxing and inviting. The food was incredibly good. We weren't expecting to have such a variety of foods to try and had been planning on stopping for lunch after the party. We were stuffed by the end! The family was so sweet and welcoming. I can not wait for our next visit and we will be bringing more friends next time!

- Emilie M 03/11/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Emilie: What a joy it was to meet you and your friends this past weekend. Thank you so much for selecting Miss Spenser's as your fun outing! So glad that you enjoyed the food, left filling full, the hospitality and ambience. We work really hard to bring comfort to the city weary soul, so your review was very touching. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. Looking forward to serving you again.

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Incredible: look it up in the dictionary, and I'm certain it will say 'see Miss Spenser's Special Teas'. Each table is set impeccably; every morsel of food is delectable; and the bottomless tea is both heart- and soul-warming. Thank you Hardin family for your exceptional offerings of hospitality seasoned with beauty, comfort and artistry. Does it sound yet like we've had a good time? Downton Abbey was our third tea, and we can never wait to see what is next. And don't miss the shopping! Relax and be pampered - enjoy Miss Spenser's!

- Wendi Taylor 03/10/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Wendi...my goodness, what can we say, but THANK YOU for the sweetest review. Thank you so much. This kind of review is what keeps us going! Many times at the end of the day, our feet are tired and we feel weary, but reviews like this are reminders of why we do what we do...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...it was truly a blessing and warmed our hearts.

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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My friend and I went to the Downton Abbey tea and it was very well done. The tea is leaf tea and is served so often that you never drink a drop of tea that isn't the perfect temperture. The food is a joy to eat and always so fresh. The tea and tea trays made you believe you where at Downton Abby having tea with the family. When the house maid came in and shared her duties I was convienced that she rally did work as a upstairs maid. I am always so refreshed and relaxed after tea at Miss Spensers how lucky we are to live so close to a place where we are always treated like we are Ladies of royal blood. One never wants for any thing and always recieves such wamth and kind hospitality. Well done. I thank all of them for a lovely experience.

- Jean Morgan 02/27/13

Tearoom Response
Dear Jean...we will never forget our first tea experience with you and yours at your surprise Anne of Green Gables Tea...what a blessing that was to have met you and your family so many years ago. Thank you a hundred times over for your faith in us and your patronage...it means so much. What a blessing our tea friends are...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We cannot wait to have you all attend again!!

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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Very good Downton Abbey tea on 2/17/13. We really enjoyed it. Leaf tea (of course) was done quite well. Very friendly and loved the family participation.

- pat martin 02/18/13

Tearoom Response
Thank you Pat, what a pleasure it was to meet you! Thanks for coming...please come again. Donn, Miss Spenser & Family
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I am so thankful that I was able to attend Ms Spencer's Tea room with my friends on Jan. 25th. It was just 'awesome'. My friends and I drove 3 hours to get there and then stepped into a whole different world. It seemed like we were in England at the Downtown Abbey. We were greated with warm friendly smiles and the atmosphere was so relaxing.I have attened the March Irish Tea, Titanic and now the Downtown Abbey. Everyone should go there just once and you will be hooked.

- -Marge 1/28/13 01/28/13

Tearoom Response
Marge, thank you so much for coming to tea here at Miss Spenser's. it's always a joy serving you! Please come again and thanks for leaving a review...it means so much. Donna, Miss Spenser and Family
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My Daughter and Granddaughter have the Ms Spenser's Tea room and I had an opportunity to bring my neighbors and daughter to the Downton Abbey Tea. We had a wonderful time. We live 3 hours away and not always able to come to the Teas. The Tea Room is decorated so beautifully and a very relaxing atmospher.I have attended the March Irish Tea, Titanic Tea and the Out of Africa Tea.You need to put it on your to do list for 2013 you will not be disappointed.

- Mom/Grandma 01/28/13

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Dear mom...what can I say...you're the best cheerleader ever...everything I know comes from you. Thank you so much! Love you, Donna and family
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There just are not enough, or deserving words to fully describe Miss Spenser's. If you have not had the opportunity to go to Miss Spenser's, you do not know what you are missing. From the moment you pull into the driveway, you will be relaxed and greeted by warm, and smiling faces. The tea room is wonderfully decorated, the tea is wonderful, the food is very thoughtfully planned out, and delicious, the programs are always wonderful, thoughtfully planned out, and awesome.
If you have not been to Miss Spenser's yet, make it part of your New Years resolution to go, you won't be dissapointed.

- Laura 12/30/12

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Laura, thank you so much for the kind review....it is always our pleasure serving tea to you and yours. Happy New Year!

Warmly, Donna & Family
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A great high tea with excellent service and entertainment.

- Marsha 12/29/12

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Thank you so much Marsha! What fun it was hosting teas for you and your friends! Thanks for your support! Hope hubby is doing better after his surgery...you might need to check in here to recuperate after playing nursemaid! (Smiles). Happy N we Year!

Warmly,
Donna & Family
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My husband and I stayed in the B&B in the Spring of 2012. It was just wonderful to be greeted with a friendly smile, lovely accommodations, and tea! The breakfast was just delicious! My mouth is watering just remembering.
Marilyn Miller

- Marilyn Miller 12/29/12

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Marilyn, thank you so much for your kind review! What a pleasure it was to finally meet in person...please bring Jim back so he can build me a greenhouse like yours! We'll serve lots of tea and treats!

Happy New Year!
Donna & Family
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I have been here several times this year, and each time it's such a great experience. The food is always wonderful and the dramas put on by the children have been so special. Thank you Miss Spencer's for having a great place for my friends and I to 'hang out'!!! See you all next year!!

- Virginia Miller 12/29/12

Tearoom Response
So glad you found us...what a blessing you and yours have been this past year. Thank you for you love & support! Happy New Year!

Warmly,
Donna
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My most recent visit to Miss Spenser's was a gift from a friend. We treat each other for special occasions and try to attend as often as possible. It's a perfect way to spend the time with a loved one!! The Hardin's are a VERY talented, gifted, and heart-warming family and I feel so blessed to call them friends. This particular tea was about childhood memories from Wales and featured the acting debut of Grayson (the youngest Hardin). He did a splendid job and I thoroughly enjoyed his Welsh accent and humorous story-telling. GREAT JOB!!!! I loved the food and samplings of Welsh candies. Donna and Spenser always incorporate special touches to tie the food and decorations to the theme of the tea. After tea, I was able to do some of my Christmas shopping. The teas, scone mixes, cookbooks,... (more)

- Char Massey 12/21/12

Tearoom Response
Char, thank you so much for your kind review...we love it when you come for tea! Happy New Year!

Warmly,
Donna & Family
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Donna & Spenser, it is always a pleasure to visit your very special tearoom where the food is delicious, the setting lovely and the hostesses the best. Look forward to future experiences with you.

- Lynda Richards 12/07/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you so much for the kind review...it was so much fun reconnecting and meeting your husband too! Come again soon!

Happy New Year!
Donna & Family
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This tea room is Fabulous!! My first visit was just this last weekend and was truly enjoyable. I will be coming back a lot in the future. The lemon curd I purchased is to die for. The cookbooks are just full of great recipes.
I felt very welcomed and the tea was so nice to drink.

- Jill Poindexter 12/06/12

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Everything was so sophisticated and elegant!It was so much fun, we went to Miss Spenser's tea party for our lady's retreat/Christmas party/mother-daughter time and all the ladies and their daughters had so much fun!

- McKenzie 12/03/12

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I took 4 friends with me who had never been to Miss Spenser's and they were so impressed. They just kept commenting on what a lovely place and what a good time they had. It was so cozy and decorated nicely. This tearoom is a class act!!! Looking at the surroundings outdoors, it could be a setting in the English countryside. What a great view they have.

- Evelyn Pritchard 12/03/12

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We decided that we must make this a yearly tradition with my daughter and her mother-in-law to attend a Christmas tea. Wonderful food as always and great program this visit featuring young Grayson! The entire famiy works together to provide a nice experience for the holidays.

- C. Paul 12/02/12

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Each time I go to Miss Spenser's, I feel like a long lost relative returning home. Miss Spenser, Donna and the rest of the Hardin family make me feel so welcome. My last visit was for the Christmas Carol Special Tea. The food - including squash pear soup, cucumber sandwiches, scones with whipped cream and lemon curd - I could go on and on - was amazing. Miss Spenser's portrayal of Mrs. Cratchitt in Dicken's Christmas Carol brought tears to my eyes. I brought five friends with me and we will make this a Christmas tradition. If you ever get the chance, be sure to visit Miss Spenser's. You won't be disappointed.

- Carol Bodensteiner 12/02/12

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Oh my word, I love this place. MOST amazing family ever. Such polite workers. The drama was so amazing(thought I was in the 1800)And such a beautiful tea room!

- Trinity Ray Rogers 11/30/12

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If you have not been to Miss Spenser's English Tearoom you should put it to the top of your list of tearooms to visit in Iowa. The Hardin family truly welcomes you into their home. The decor of the tearoom is lovely. It reminds me of elegant parlors of the past. The Dicken's sweet potato pear bisque was absolutely delicious. Other foods were served on three tiered trays. The festive mint brownie bites melted in my mouth. There was not a morsel left on our trays. Our teacups were always filled with fragrant tea. Miss Spenser helped serve, but then transformed herself into Mrs. Cratchit. Miss Spenser, speaking with her English accent, was a very convincing Mrs. Cratchit. I have been to other tearooms, but Miss Spenser's English Tearoom remains my favorite one!!

- Jane Martin 11/26/12

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As always, my expereince at Miss Spenser's was beyond amazing. From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted by friendly and warm greetings, wonderful decorations, and delightful smells.
Today, I was able to go to the Christmas Tea- I have seen this program, I think every year since coming to the tea house- I think it gets bettter every year (if that is at all possible!!)- every detail was carefully well planned down to the last detail. If you have not yet been able to get to come to Miss Spenser's, you need to put it on your bucket list, and go visit as soon as you can, I promise you won't be dissapointed.

- Laura 11/25/12

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What a perfect way to begin the Christmas season! The tearoom decor really put us in the holiday mood. The food had clever names such as Dickens Sweet Potato Pear Bisque, Tiny Tim's Mini Quiche and Fezziwig Fruit Cake Scones and tasted as good as it looked. Mrs. Cratchit reminded us of the lovely redemption story from A Christmas Carol in a clever and upbeat way. It was fun to share the experience that is Miss Spenser's with new friends.

- Beverly 11/24/12

Tearoom Response
Beverly, thank you so much for your love and support...it is always our pleasure having you for tea! Thank you for sharing us with your friends!

Warmly,
Donna
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I love going to tea at Miss Spencer's! I went to the pirate tea with my mom and it was fun to see everyone dressed up like pirates. The entertainment was exciting and informative and as always the food was delicious. I can't wait to go again.

- Sarah Dulinsky 11/07/12

Tearoom Response
Sarah, thank you so much for the kind review...it's always a joy having you and your mom for tea!

Warmly,
Donna
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My Husband & I took our 12yr. old Daughter & 7 of her closest friends to Miss Spenser's Special Teas for a 'Mad Hatter' themed tea. Donna got it just right! The girls were thrilled by the Mad Hatter's magic tricks (her handsome son Zach)& found the etiquette lesson not only fun but they learned something too. Spencer, dressed as 'Alice' did a wonderful job w/the girls. By the time we left the girls were already making plans to come back! I would without a doubt say this is the BEST tea room in Iowa!!

- Jodi Dixon 11/05/12

Tearoom Response
Jodi, sorry this is late...thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share our love of tea! The girls were so well behaved...do come back!

Blessings,
Donna
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What a wonderful tea last Friday night: High Tea on the High Seas! Pirates, ghosts, scarily delicious tea and out-of-this-world food, what more could I ask at Halloween? Miss Spenser gave a fantastic tale about ghost ship, Mary Celeste, and the atmosphere was eerily creepy. I absolutely loved the mango green tea, and the pistachio scones and pineapple jam were just unreal in taste and texture. Thanks again for a fun time! Sally

- Sally Dulinsky 10/31/12

Tearoom Response
Sally, thank you for your steadfast love and devotion...we are blessed!

Donna
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I had such a good time dressing up like a pirate and coming to Miss Spenser's for tea. Such a wonderful place to visit.

- Judy Hetherington 10/30/12

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Judy, it's always fun when you and your friends visit! Thanks for your support. Looking forward to more fun events in 2013!

Donna
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Miss Spenser's is a favorite of our group! We just made our 4th visit by charter bus and can't wait to get another scheduled. The food is always wonderfully creative (as well as delicious)and Miss Spenser's performances are delightful! I encourage other groups to consider this experience as a 'must do'.

- Lorrie Nagel 10/30/12

Tearoom Response
We count it a privilege to serve Urbandale...as it's the city we lived in before moving to the country, we hold it very close in our hearts. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to serve you.

Warmly,
Donna
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The BEST Tearoom, bar none!!! From the time you walk in to the time you leave, is such an enjoyable experience! You will most definitely want to come back. And bring friends!

- Cindy Todd 10/29/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you Cindy for your kind words...it's always a privilege to have you and yours!

Warmly,
Donna
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I had a wonderful recent trip to Miss Spenser's Tea Room for the Pirate Candlelight Tea- it was so much fun! They perfected each detail such as antique pirate decor at each table with spooky pirate music and a fantasic story delivered beautifully by Miss Spenser. We started with a delightful Mango Green Tea and then moved to a delicious Black Tea. The thinly sliced pork and apple sandwhich was so yummy along with tiny tea bites so amazing that I'm still thinking about them. The scones with clotted cream and jam are so good, you will return again and again just to savor them. My mom and I have been coming to this Tea Room for years and feel so lucky to have this perfect little escape just a few miles out of town!! Can't wait for the Christmas Tea!

- Charlotte Kralik 10/28/12

Tearoom Response
Charlotte, it's always a joy to have you and yours here at Miss Spenser's; thank you for your devotion and friendship. We look forward to sharing tea time with you in 2013...Jane Austen is on the menu!

Warmly,
Donna
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Where do I even begin to describe the delicious and delightful time we spent at the Pirates of the Caribbean tea? The tea was flowing, the food tasted as good as it looked, and the program was lively! And to top it all off, we stayed in the extraordinarily beautiful Bed & Breakfast. It was our first trip, but definitely not our last!

- Clark & Connie Armstrong 10/27/12

Tearoom Response
Connie, sorry this is so late! What a joy it was to have you visit...it was such a joy meeting you finally! Thank you for kind words! Come again,

Warmly,
Donna & family
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What a delightful afternoon. Our hosts, Miss Spenser and Miss Donna were awesome. They opened their tea room and their hearts to us. They gave exceptional service and made us feel like queens for the day. I have been to a few other teas prior to our visit with Miss Spenser and this far exceeding the others! The tea was excellent and the educational lesson superior. Thank you for a wonderful and delicious tea.

- Barb Nelson 10/26/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you Barb for your kind review; it was our pleasure serving you. Come back in 2013!

Warmly,
Donna
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My friend and I have have travelled the state of Iowa visiting tea rooms over the years and have just had a most memorable visit here! We loved the english tea room setting, the rural setting and the kindness of the owners. We enjoyed 2 flavorful teas, fresh tea sandwiches, scones and desserts; and were then given a tour of the bed and breakfast rooms. I am planning another gathering for my birthday group there very soon and the owners have gone out of their way to accommodate us!

- Sue Wirtz 10/25/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you Sue for your kind words; it was our pleasure having you here. Please come again!

Warmly,
Donna
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Having tea at Miss Spenser's was wonderful. Enjoyed tasting all the different teas and the food was great. Was nice to learn about the history of tea and how to make the tea I bought at home. The tea room is beautiful and Donna and Spenser were so welcoming. Thank you.

- Shari Kieffer 10/16/12

Tearoom Response
Shari, it was our pleasure to be of service to you and your family...it touches our hearts when we see family and friends purposely making time for one another! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we so appreciate it, it means a lot.

Come back and visit soon!
Warm regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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How wondeful the Downtown Abbey tea was as always you transported us back in time. Our tea time was as always very delicious and relaxing. The time we spend with our friends Donna and Spenser is always the best of the best. I is the same when it comes to the food and entertainment. We have enjoyed every tea time we have spent with Miss Spensers tea room what a remarkable family and tea house!

- Jean Morgan 09/26/12

Tearoom Response
Dear Jean, from the moment we met your family, we new we were blessed. Thank you so much for your constant dedication, love and support. Thank you too for taking time to leave a review; it means so much! Looking forward to seeing you at the end of the month!

Blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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Downtown Abbey tea was so much fun! A parlor maid spoke to us about the life in the main house and what a good impersonation Miss Spenser does of all the characters at tea. The food was fabulous as always and the tea is so graciously served that I never want to leave.

- Sally Dulinsky 09/23/12

Tearoom Response
Dear Sally - thank you again for your patronage...we are so blessed to have your dedication and love for our family and tearoom. THANK YOU!!! We are looking forward to the next tea party...can't wait to see you!

Warmly,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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Recently I attended the Downton Abbey themed tea at Miss Spenser's and loved every thing about it. From the delicious food, tasty tea, friendly and welcoming hosts to the reenactment of a maid's day at the Abbey, by Miss Spenser. I've been to several teas and am never disappointed. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a unique tearoom experience.

- Myrna B. 09/12/12

Tearoom Response
Myrna...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; we always enjoy when you come! We are so glad that you enjoyed the Downton Abbey Tea; we had a lot of fun putting it together. Hope you can make one of our holiday events!

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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What a great trip to Miss Spenser's and the food the program and of course the Hardin's are exceptional........a must for everyone to try......we enjoy going so much we're headed back this fall.

- Marsha Herman 09/11/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you Marsha for your kind words...we love having you come with your friends! We hope you will return for our special holiday teas...we are working diligently on them as we type!

Blessings,
Donna, Miss Spenser & Family
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My two cousins and I spend a very relaxing weekend at Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms B&B the last weekend in July 2012. It was a beautiful place for the Three Muskateers to reconnect. It was such a magical place and watching Lady Diana and Miss Spenser work together was beautiful. They are an amazing mother-daughter duo. The food, hospitality, and teas were out of this world!

My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to share the experience with my own Mother. This is defiantly an experience she would have loved!!!

- Amy 08/25/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you so much for your kind words Amy...I think it's wonderful that you are so close with your cousins...your mother did a fine job raising you and giving you the value of family.

We enjoyed getting to know you all and look forward to your next visit.

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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This is the most awesome,comfortable & relaxing place ever!!! The food is wonderful & the tea, marvelous!! I was apprehensive about the cucumber sandwhich---but now it's one of my favorites!!! My friends & I have had such nice times@ Miss Spenser's Tea Room that we would be hardpressed to have to pick a 'favorite'!!! We love them all & can't wait for the next one!!! The Hardin family are very gracious hosts & it is an extreme pleasure to spend time with them. It is something you'll talk about for a very long time, so if you're thinking about going---do so as you will enjoy your time & maybe even make some new friends!!! Thank You Hardin family for enjoying what you do so that the rest of us can enjoy too!!!

- Sue Myers 08/22/12

Tearoom Response
Sue - thank you so much for your very kind review...I am so glad that you are a cucumber sandwich fan now!! ha. It's always fun having new converts with teas and tea foods!! We have enjoyed getting to know you and yours...thank you for your support it means so much.

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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Great people and breakfast....quiet and so peaceful. We stayed in the Garden Room, decor was beautiful and comfy king size bed!

- Pam B 08/13/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you Pam for leaving such a kind review on your stay here at the tearoom/B&B. We enjoyed getting to know you both...would love to have a pot of tea with you one day and discuss craf'tea things!! Thanks for leaving the review!! Should you have an opportunity, please leave a B&B review on bedandbreakfast.com. This is another great source for reviews and is strictly on the B&B side of our business. TX

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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I visited Miss Spenser's for the first time August 2nd. There were eight in our party, and everything was delightful. English tea traditions were explained, the food was all home made from scratch, and we were even instructed on how to best prepare tea at home. I will be visiting again.

- Gail Rinderknecht 08/03/12

Tearoom Response
Dear Gail -- what a joy it was having you here for tea on that hot August day!!! Thanks so much for your kind words...and for taking the time to leave a review. We do hope you will return again soon.

Blessings,
Donna Hardin
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This was my first experience at a b&b and I would have to say it was amazing!!!! My two cousins and I (the 3 Muskateers ) got together to reconnect and we were able to share memories , laughter , and tears along with great food and delicious tea!! Miss Spenser and Lady Donna welcomed us into their home and make us feel like their family!! It was perfect! The Room with a View is breath taking!! We will be back again and again!!!
Jill F

- Jill Fuller 07/31/12

Tearoom Response
Dear Jill...what a privilege it was having you and your cousins here at the tearoom as well as the B&B. We enjoyed getting to know all of you...and loved the spontaneous fun and laughter that you all shared with each other! So glad to have another tea convert...we hope that you will be back again soon.

Blessings,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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This was my first experience at a b&b and I would have to say it was amazing!!!! My two cousins and I (the 3 Muskateers ) got together to reconnect and we were able to share memories , laughter , and tears along with great food and delicious tea!! Miss Spenser and Lady Donna welcomed us into their home and make us feel like their family!! It was perfect! The Room with a View is breath taking!! We will be back again and again!!!
Jill F

- Jill Fuller 07/31/12

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This was my first visit to a Bed and Breakfast or even a Tea Room. Me and two of my cousins better known as 'The 3 Muskateers' used this as a get away and time to reconnect. I was in such aww of everything there. My Grandmother is from England so this is as close as I could get to her day to day life as she grew up. The atmosphere was very inviting and relaxing along with the perfect music in the background and beautiful decor. Lady Donna and Miss Spenser are wonderful hosts. I will be back very soon. I enjoyed myself very much.

- Erika 07/31/12

Tearoom Response
Dear Erika - It was a joy to have you and your cousins here for tea and a stay at the B&B. How exciting to have a new tea convert!! We do hope you are enjoying your new teacup/set...We think tea always tastes better from a pretty cup!! It was a joy to have you back again with your parents and do hope that you will return again very soon!

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser
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For my first visit, I joined a friend for the Rose Tea. The food (cucumber sandwich, scones, truffles), tea (leaf) and program by Miss Spenser were all infused with the most delightful, light essence of roses. Miss Spenser's entire family is involved in making these Special-Teas welcoming and pleasant. I'll be going back soon for another taste of England. The Downton Abbey Tea is coming!

- Carol 07/31/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you Carol for leaving such a lovely review for the Rose Tea -- sorry for being so late in replying...the Downtown Tea has come and gone too! We have enjoyed hosting all of our events this summer and now gearing up for the Fall/Holiday teas. Thanks again for coming and coming again! It's always a joy to see you!

Warmest regards,
Donna & Miss Spenser