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Chris' Tea Cottage

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225 River St, Bigfork, MT 59911, USA (406) 837-4900 Website Owner?

Sun closed Mon closed Tue closed Wed closed Thu closed Fri 11:00am – 5:00pm Sat 11:00am – 5:00pm
Please visit our quaint cottage in downtown Bigfork.Lots of retail and 2 charming tea rooms.Plan your bridal shower or baby shower with the tea cottage in mind. We have a very relaxing atmosphere that lures people to stay a while. Lunch is all day and afternoon tea starts at 2.Don't forget with all the wonderful teas we also have a full liquor license. Visit us at www.christeacottage.com for all current info. You can buy our teas at the Wellness Center in Kalispell! We will re-open December 7, 2012 for the holidays.

Upcoming events

  • Christmas Tea

    Christmas Teas will occur December 18 - 23 and December 26-30. Please go to our website for all information or call 406 837-4900. We will re-open December 7, 2012 or the holidays.

Recent reviews

    • Pam Stringfellow

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      One of our annual traditions is going to Chris' Tea College for their Christmas High Tea. She turns her cabin into a magical holiday wonderland with her linens and decorations. Her charming husband, Carl, meets each guest in a top hat and tails. Every year, there are new teas, savories, scones and sweets! We love listening to the live harp music while enjoying the vast array of treats! It is just a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas!

    • Kim Wright

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      We enjoyed a wonderful gathering of family over the holidays at your Traditional Christmas Tea party. Loved the finely crafted delectable fare, enchanting teas, and harpist in the background. Exquisite.

    • Pam Leisinger

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      We recently had a baby shower for a coworker and friend at the Tea Cottage and it was wonderful! The attention that Chris and Carl pay to detail is amazing. The tea, food, special cookies, table setting, flowers, etc. were all wonderful. Thanks so much for making our experience at the Tea Cottage so special.

    • Pat Mulberger

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      I went with one other adult and three young girls and we had an awesome time! The food they served the girls was perfect - pb&j sandwiches with brownies and other great confections. Also they served them 'bubble tea' which is a frozen drink that they liked better than hot tea. For the adults, they had a variety of sandwiches, a savory and a sweet scone, and several other sweet choices. They had a variety of hats so the girls got to choose a hat to wear and play dress up. It was great fun

    • Becky Meikle

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      Thank you Chris and Carl! What a treat. I came with my daughter and two grand daughters ages 5 years and 19 months. They where so kind and made the afternoon so much fun. The food, tea and service was over the top. I wish I lived in Big Fork so I could come for lunch at least once a week! Thank you for making it a great day!

    • Judy Dunbar

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      I have been to the Tea Cottage twice and wanted to share it with my Mother, Sister and two Aunties. We had a wonderful Saturday experience over tea and creative 'goodies'. It was especially fun to wear hats, take pictures and to be greeted and cared for so warmly. Thank you for sending the picture via e-mail. I know we would like to do it again when we are in Big Fork and it isn't far from Kalispell where we live. Thank you!!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your wondeful response! We love doing special teas and Mother's Day is always a favorite. WE hope to see you again soon!

    • Lizann Grupalo

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      I stumbled on to Chris' Tea Cottage by accident as my husband and I were exploring Big Fork for the very first time (we are out of towners from Toronto). I loved it so much that I decided to surprise my mother and bring her to the Christmas Tea event a few days later. It was better than I ever could have imagined --- an amazing afternoon of tea, wonderfully creative food, and the warmest hospitality from Chris and Carl that you could ask for. Great attention is paid to the tiniest of details. It was so great that my mom and I have decided to make it an annual event together. If only we lived near Big Fork! A truly wonderful experience! Thank you for making our holidays such a special one!

      Tearoom response:

      It was wonderful to meet your husband and your Mom and especially you Lizann. Your appreciation of what we do is so amazing and we thank you for that. WE hope to see you when we reopen.

    • Catherine Haaven

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      My first visit to the 'Tea Cottage' was December 28, 2010 znd it was a marvelous experience from the doorway to the exit everything was exquisite. Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday special event.

      Tearoom response:

      Catherine, Thank you for your response. We hope to see you for another event. I am so glad we made it special for you.

    • Danielle

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      This is a fantastic place to have a magical experience! We've been to several of Chris' Tea events (Christmas, Valentines,Mother's Day) and it just gets better every time. Chris and Carl Easton are the perfect hosts. They always make you feel at home. We're lucky to have such a great place in the Flathead Valley.

      Tearoom response:

      Danielle - We love seeing you. Thanks for being such a wonderful patron!

    • T. T-E.

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      Lovely selection of black, green, white, and flowering teas. Atmosphere is really nice and refined without being overbearing or stuffy. Very welcoming place! Christmas teas are to become a household tradition!

      Tearoom response:

      We try to cater to all and I feel you had a wonderful time. Thanks for your response and we hope to see you in the New Year.

    • Mary Davis

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      My daughter and I throughly enjoyed ourselves at the Christmas Tea. The food, ambience and service were excellent. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season and my daughter's birhtday. Thank-you for a lovely time and the pictures! Mary Davis 12-23-10

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Mary. We loved having the 2 of you on a special event. We hope to see you in the New Year.

    • Carol Cummings

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      I really wish there were an 'excellent plus' rating! I've been there four times now(once with the Red Hats) and will come again many more times, I'm sure. Delightful in every way! I especially enjoy the cheerful staff and the tea cozies.

    • Kerri McCormick

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      Chris' Tea Cottage is a jewel in the Flathead Valley! Magical, charming and simply delightful...and did I mention sweet?! What a treasure to have this finery in our little village of Bigfork!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks so much for your review! I am so happy you enjoyed yourself. Please come again!

    • Ruth Graybill

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      The Mother's Day Tea has become a tradition with my daughter's and I. We look forward to it every year. This was our 3rd one and very special!

    • Nancy Souder

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      The Shining Mountain Doll Club had a delightful teaparty, meeting last night at Chris' Tea Cottage. All nine of us look forward to our next visit.

    • Margie McDonald

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      I had such a good time at the luncheon. The service was exceptional and the food delicious. The staff interacted and joked with us without intruding.

    • Jean Tegoli

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      Thank you for making our birthday lunch so very special. Having lunch at Chris' Tea Cottage is like having a meal at someone's home. Thank you for the hospitality!

      Tearoom response:

      I so enjoy your group Jean. YOu have very special friends. Thanks for thinking of the tea cottage.

    • Jayna Marrinan

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      We had a wonderful time!

    • Kaye Callard

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      Thank you again for the lovely Valentines Day tea served to the four of us. It made the day so special and certainly surprised the men with such a variety of sandwiches, scones, pastries, tea, and champagne. No one left hungry and all of us were delighted with the cottage ambiance enhanced by the harpist, Chris and Carl!!! Thank you again for such a wonderful tea!!

    • Paul J. Rana

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      The finest intimate tea cottage I have experienced. Having a pot of tea next to the fire in the late spring is one of the many charms of the Tea Cottage in Bigfork.

    • Ann Gruye'

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      Chris and her staff are always a joy to visit. We Red Hatter's have lots of fun and thank you for sending the photos. We certainly are a find looking group. Thanks Chris and Karl

    • Earl Hargis

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      Thank you, Chris and Carl, for making this Christmas tea such a happy memory for us. All the attention to detail that you gave--from lovely food and music to the individual attention each person received--was greatly appreciated. Looking forward to next time!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for bringing your wife for her special treat. I am so happy you enjoyed all of it. It is a wonderful way to start the season. Please come again.<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Lori and Bruce Erickson

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      I've been coming to Chris' Tea Cottage for many years now and the 4 hour (roundtrip) is always worth it! Chris and Carl make the tea experience soooo special. They continually make adjustments to keep things fresh. The one thing that never changes is the attention to detail and their superb service. They always make me, my husband and friends feel special. And Guys - my husband's been there 3 times - no excuses for not taking your special girl to the Tea Cottage!!!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your response. It is always fun to have our regulars return. I am glad the weather wasn't an issue this year. Enjoy the New Year and come see us again.<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Laura Moroldo

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      incredible and delicious variety of sandwiches, pastries and teas. great soup and the ambiance is delightful!!! Carl was so entertaining in his antique tux! just like tea at the Savoy in London. Highly recommended.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Laura. It is a pleasure to see you and serve you. I am so glad you enjoyed our tea. WE will see you soon!<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Amy Peterson

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      A magical hour spent being pampered so graciously, this shall become a Christmas Tradition for my daughter and I.

      Tearoom response:

      Amy,<BR> <BR> Thanks for bringing your daughter. I am so happy you had a magical time. Happy New Year.<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Ann Alderson

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      A thoroughly delightful experience. Everyone should enjoy this wonderful traditional Christmas event.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Ann for your response. It is fun for us to see your reaction to our food and Diane on the harp. Come see us again.<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Darika Barnes

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      Excellent and friendly service, delicious fare, great prices, and of course, great tea! Plus tea-themed gifts in their shop. Highly recommend the Christmas Tea -- wonderful time to share with sisters, mom, or good friends! Have planned tea parties here in the past and everything is always seamless, from setting the date to paying the final bill.

      Tearoom response:

      I am so glad you made it this year. The three os you are a pleasure to serve as I know it is a special time together. Thanks for your response and we hope to see you soon.<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Donna Hrehor

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      Chris Tea Cottage has it all! Excellent service, tea variety, food, gifts, atmosphere, absolutely everything. I don't live close by but go there every time I am in town. I recommend this tea cottage most highly!

      Tearoom response:

      Oh Donna - you and Cinda are so cute. I am so glad you had a great time! Thanks for all the kudos! It makes it nice for us to know we did something right.Happy New Year to you and your husband.<BR> <BR> Chris

    • Jenny D

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      So fun. A very special Christmas treat...and a wonderful memory!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your response. WE love doing Christmas Tea and I am so glad you enjoyed it.

    • Penny Sarvis

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      We loved this sweet tearoom. The service and food were great. The food was flavorful and attractively presented. It was a pure pleasure.

    • Jenny Wimmer

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      There should be an 'outstanding' rating. We were a large group, and our experience still had the personal touch. The ambiance, food, TEA (some of the most exotic choices I've ever seen east of SF...er, come to think of it everything is east of SF...), and HATS were perfect. Extremely fun afternoon!

    • Kishor and Rohini Jobanputra

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      My wife and I were fortunate to 'stumble' upon this hidden jewel of a tea house in Bigfork. This owner-run log cabin cottage is only a block off the main shopping area of the quaint Bigfork and that is what gives it the unique charm. We are strict vegetarians and Chris and Carl addressed our special need with kind consideration while serving us with the Afternoon Tea. Worth a visit.

    • Karen Lindenberg

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      We had a delightful lunch at Chris' Tea Room on a rainy summer day, and I found several tea related items that I have not seen before (and bought a couple of course). Highly recommended if you want a change from the rustic brew & pizza regimen of these cute Montana towns.

    • kathy

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      Beautiful, serene, very pleasant setting; great service; great food & beverages.

      Tearoom response:

      Kathy we always enjoy seeing you. Thanks for travelling such a distance. Hope you enjoy the cookbook!

    • Carol Cole

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      Chris' is a favorite place to bring our guests while we are here during the summer. The food is beautiful and delicious and the staff is very friendly. Beautiful way to spend an afternoon!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Carol for your response. We hope to see you again this summer.

    • Melissa Smith

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      The staff could not have been more charming. As a woman travelling alone, I was made to feel most welcome. Thanks so much.

      Tearoom response:

      We pride ourselves on allowing you to spend time with us in a serene environment.Thanks for letting us know we are doing our job. I hope you travel our way again.

    • Marylin

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      This was a very enjoyable place to visit. We plan on going back soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Come visit us again. We would love to see you again.

    • Holly Jo Smith

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      What a quaint place in the heart of Bigfork! The food, service, decor and friendly service was 5 star! And such a great place to spend with girlfriends on a saturday brunch! We'll be back!

      Tearoom response:

      Bring those girls back again. We loved having you! You were a great group.

    • Hope Stewart

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      I love everything about the Cottage! Thanks, Chris!

      Tearoom response:

      It was nice to meet your parents. Thanks for bringing them. You are a great supporter.

    • Sharon Morton

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      We had such a wonderful lunch. It was fun wearing the hats. The tea room is beautiful and everyone was so nice. Thank you so much or taking and sending the pictures of us.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for wearing the hats! It really takes you back in time and the pictures are always such fun memories.

    • Judy Sylvest

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      A little bit of English gentility can be found in Montana at Chris' Tea Cottage! The attention to detail is outstanding, from the cute tearoom to the lovely gift shop!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Judy. We try to make you feel like you are in another place in time. In our frantic world a nice get away is always appreciated. Thanks for taking time to let us know how your experience was at the tea cottage.

    • stacia moore

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      The service, atmosphere, teas, food and interior decor are all superior and lovely! The special events (Christmas, Mother's Day, etc)are not to be missed! Wonderful and accomodating service, fantastic food and delightful teas. Nothing can be improved!!

      Tearoom response:

      Stacia, thanks for all of our support. We are delighted when you are delighted. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

    • Renee McLoy

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      I live in Whitefish, Montana, but travel regularly over to Bigfork to enjoy Chris' Tea Cottage. We have out of state company throughout the year, and Chris' Tea Cottage is a must-stop for all of my friends. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the interior and exterior are charming and the views from Bigfork are breathtaking. Chris' staff is always helpful and personable. My true favorite 'happy place'.

    • swingdancefan

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      My London-born mother and I had lunch at Chris's and found everything very well-presented. Considering neither owner is British, they have obviously done their research!

    • Hurricane Katrina

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      Charming and homey, it's like walking into a big hug!!!