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De'Tours in Elizabeth City

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400 W. Main Street Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909, United States 252-435-5427 Website Owner?

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

Recent reviews

    • Julie

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      Wonderful food, beautiful home, and she even travels to your home for parties also! What more could you ask for !

    • Cynthia Steenson

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      Was so very nicely done in a lovely home with lovely furnishings. The food was expertly prepared and scrumptious. Bonnie was a delightful hostess and had many enlightening and historical stories to share.

    • Amy H

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      Friendly service, interesting information, good food!

    • Joyce

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      Amazing tea and food. We booked here because of the reviews and so glad we did. Beautiful home filled with lovely antiques. The hostess /owner was delightful and a great conversationalist. We learned so much history in just a few hours. Such a relaxing day :)

    • Irene and Rose

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      The house is amazing as well as the furnishings, and Bonnie has a story to tell about every wonderful piece, alot of them belonging to generations of family. The tea's and variety of tea sandwiches, scones and sweets were all delicious. All together it was a wonderful, relaxing afternoon. Thank you Bonnie!

    • Teresa Teague

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      My experience with De'Tours began with a walking tour of Elizabeth City's historical district -- my hostess Bonnie was informative and engaging. The tour ended at her home with a delightful tea -- wonderful tea, delicious scones and lemon cakes. Bonnie also gave the history of her home and many of the Victorian furnishings. It was a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon -- highly recommended!

    • Mary

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      Hosted our party here last month. What a beautiful home! Our tea and tour was perfect. The hostess, Bonnie was so informative and we learned so much about the history of the town and homes. We came back for a Victorian tea to die for. The tablesetting was spot on as the food. The owner goes out of her way to make you feel special. A wonderful way to spend your afternoon in a quaint historic town.

    • Rebecca Corona

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      What a beautiful home to have a tea and a very interesting history lesson provided by our hostess Bonnie !! The food was great and presented on a lovely table fit for a ladies tea !! I would recommend Bonnies home to anyone!! You will not be disappointed.

    • Ruth Pluemer

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      This house was used as the location for my niece's Bridal Shower Tea Party. It was great, and Bonnie was the perfect hostess. I would recommend this location for a perfect tea party and to learn history from Elizabeth City.

    • Judy

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

    • gay

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

    • Lane Meyers

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

    • Karen

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

    • Carol Powell

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

    • Becky

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

    • Randi

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

    • Cheryl

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

    • Jennifer

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

      Tearoom response:

      Margaret:<BR> Glad your niece brought you to our home for tea. It was so nice meeting you and learning about more history here in Elizabeth City. And to think you lived to see over 100 years of it! WOW! Can't wait till you get back from Georgia and come for another tea. My cup has run over with your stories that I have passed on since our last visit.<BR> Sincerely,<BR> Bonnie

    • Amanda Ward

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

    • Joyce Gurganus

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

    • E. Hudson

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

    • Tracie

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

    • Diane

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

    • Linda

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      A..maz...ing! Our group went here for an afternoon tea last month. The owner was extremely hospitable, and the quality of the food was outstanding. Afterwards we toured the garden and viewed the oasis of calm and tranqulity. These folks take gastronomy and hospitality seriously, and if you are in the area, this is a 'must stop' place to take a break, sample some fine food, and relax. Make a reservation!!

    • Merri

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

    • Ashley

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

    • Johanna

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

    • Katie Speight

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

    • Becca

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

      Tearoom response:

      Shirley:<BR> <BR> Christmas time is a very special time to spend with your family. I am glad you found a unique way to do that. That's what I am all about: personal touch and you can be assured that it is your day from start to finish. I am glad that I exceeded all of your expectations.<BR> Hope to visit with you again.<BR> Bonnie

    • Paula

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

    • Cathryn

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

    • Frederique

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

    • Lisa

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

    • Kit N.

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

    • Girls Inc. of the Albemarle

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

    • D Wagner

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

    • Brian & Lydia

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

    • Annette

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

    • Elizabeth Davis

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

    • Betty

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

    • Alana Page

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

    • Rachael

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

    • Bill & Mary K

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

    • Wendy

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      Love the scones. What a beautiful home.

    • Pat

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

    • Lynn & Mark Markle

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

    • Carol Holtmeier

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      We had a wonderful tea party - and I don't mean the Boston variety! Bonnie was gracious and enthusiastic and went to great effort to welcome and adapt her menu to my 4 and 6 year old granddaughters. I believe she called it a 'Teddy Bear Tea' and appropriately, each girl received a white bear to take home. A very nice touch! The girls were introduced to proper tea etiquette and we all learned about the history behind many of the serving pieces and antiques in her lovely Victorian home. The food was delicious and certainly plentiful: my granddaughters loved (and depleted) her sugar cubes! I hope to return and have time to take the historic city tour next time.

    • Alisha

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      “The most FANTASTIC Morning!” This weekend my sorority sisters and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We were so excited to see one another, many of us having not seen each other in at least 8 years, and wanted to create the most memorable experience where we could do the most interesting things and still spend quality time with one another. We were lucky to find De'Tours in Elizabeth City on the local visitors bureau's website under the 'things to do' tab. Bonnie, owner of De'Tours in Elizabeth City immediately responded when we reached out to her, she was open to accommodating us up to the final minutes before our tea even when we had fluctuating head counts and additional sorority sisters that were not accounted for showed up to the tea. She was so gracious, easing my anxiety (as I was afraid that we were inconveniencing her). She quickly reassured me 'not to worry, its okay', made them a place setting, and gave each of them her undivided attention. If you are considering a beautiful uber feminine experience, with a host that is knowledgeable of the historic homes history, the overall cities history, and great information overall...De'Tours in Elizabeth City is the place. The tea was the most delicious and flavorful I have ever had, I think we talked about it through the morning. The chicken salad sandwiches and goat cheese and fig sandwiches were my favorites, however everything was so delicious its really hard to even choose a favorite. I can not say enough about De'Tours! Its my new favorite place and I will most certainly be back every time I get to Elizabeth City!!! Check it out, you will not be disappointed!

    • Bernd&Erika

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      After a very entertaining tour of historic Elizabeth City we had tea in Bonnie's 1853 brick home. Painstakingly restored in a six year process the surroundings truly let you travel back to the Victorian age. The all homemade tea time was excellent and we know quite a few comparisons (we live in Victoria, BC). The hospitality is second to none. We were treated like old friends rather than tour guests. Time flew by. This is the best tea time experience we ever had in a very friendly and private atmosphere. Thank you Bonnie, we will come back sometimes.

    • Ashley

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      I was lucky enough to have my baby shower in this beautiful historical home. Bonnie is an amazing and generous hostess. It was a wonderful day. The house is warm and welcoming. The food was delicious and the tea divine. I cannot wait to plan my next visit!

    • Linda

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      An historic Victorian-era house decorated with a wide variety of wonderful antiques and treasures was only the start to a perfect afternoon spent in Elizabeth City, NC. We were treated to a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts (the chocolate truffle was so good) and two types of tea (tea bag) while Bonnie told us all about the history of the house and the antiques in it. After tea she took us on a fabulous walking tour of the historic section of the City. Then is was back to her house for a tour of her lovely garden. We really enjoyed our time there.

    • lori k

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      We loved how beautiful the house was!! Wanted to stay a bit longer just to take pics in house and gardens in the background since it was so lovely!

    • K Modlin

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      Perfect day...awesome hostess....wonderful food...hot flavorful teas.....outstanding historic home~ This was the best tea time we have ever experienced. Thanks from our hearts ...<3 Kelly and gang!!!

    • Martha

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      From the moment you enter until you leave, you will be enchanted with the hostess, interior and food. The tour is filled with interesting history while viewing historic homes from the past. The home's interior is beautifully filled with family antiques. The best chocolate truffles I have ever had. A must if you are traveling through Elizabeth City, you will not be disappointed.

    • Trudy Williams

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      Bonnie; We had a most wonderful time.Everything was so perfect. Thanks Trudy

    • Carey Murphy

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      My husband and I had a delightful tea and wonderful tour of 'Old Town' Elizabeth City, NC. Bonnie is very enthusiastic about everything she offers. I appreciate all the detail that she puts in to everything. The tour of her beautiful home was a plus. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a relaxing afternoon of Tea.

    • Delonna Zion

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      Miss Bonnie's enthusiasm for tea was evident when my group of 6 visited her for tea the first week in October. An added bonus to our delightful experience was Miss Bonnie's knowledge of her tea accroutrements. She served us using fine china hand-painted by her great-grandmother. Every tea accessory had a story and Miss Bonnie was eager to share. We were served a berry tea by Harney & Sons and Ginger Peach by Bentley. Both teas were contained in tea bags. The Ginger Peach was my favorite and normally, I don't like ginger, but 2 lumps of sugar really brought out the flavor and even softened it to make it very enjoyable for me to sip. My group was not hungry, but Miss Bonnie gave each of us a tasty sweet treat to enjoy nibbling while sipping our tea. We thoroughly enjoyed Miss Bonnie's conversation, which included her sharing with us a lot of history regarding her home and the family heirlooms. I found it very interesting and it made the tea experience more special. If I'm ever in North Carolina again, I will definitely visit De'Tours in Elizabeth City again.

    • Lori

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      We enjoyed our road trip to Elizabeth City from Virginia with the help of our hostess's suggestions. She goes out of her way to make things just 'so'. Thanks again for the great tea experience (yummy food) and tour of EC. What a special find and so rare in this day:)

    • Joy

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      I have visited here several times over the last few years and I must say it is the best tea room by far in the area. The owner goes out of her way to prepare everything fresh with flowers,etc. The best scones and cream, melt in your mouth. I had my bridal tea here and it will always be remembered as a very special day! Just a tea-riffic place to come and take in the wonderful historic home while relaxing your day away.

    • Jenni

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      What a rare find in Elizabeth City. This gal sure knows how to serve the finest teas and elegant food in a beautiful historic house. Even with the heat of the summer we had the best time and were certainly stuffed when we left. The hostess really pours her heart and soul into her business. Thanks and we will be back when we visit again!

    • Jessica

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      What a wonderful time we had at De Tours! The food and tea were lovely and the tour of Elizabeth City was very, very fun! Loved seeing the gorgeous collection of antiques in the tearoom. Like stepping back in time!

    • Dr. Kathryn King

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      I thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing formal tea as a pleasant break from the hectic pre-wedding preparations. My most memorable bite was the mouth watering truffles, but all the tea, sandwiches and pastries were divine. I was most thrilled with the easy charm of our hostess which included receipes! An elegant sufficiency. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends.

    • Carol

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      Had the most wonderful tour and tea of Elizabeth City last month. The service was outstanding as the tea. Would highly recommend to anyone coming to this lovely city.

    • Janet Barkley

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      What a wonderful surprise to have all of this history and elegance right under my nose. I grew up in this town and never knew the history of this beautiful home until I was invited to tea by my friends. The food was out of this world and the tea was wonderful. I never expected the tour of the entire home and I loved it. I hope to go back soon. What a special treat.

    • Betsy Hamer

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      The tour of Elizabeth City under the guidance of Bonnie Hanbury-Calliotte was a treat indeed. Her knowledge and perspective coupled with a keen sense of time made for a most interesting experience. The Tea Room in her wonderfully restored vintage home was every thing one could hope for with excellent food in a delightful setting. Don't miss this tour. Betsy Hamer

    • Dee Talley

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      The tea was excellent, as was the food. The historic home was incredible; very well done and the owners have every right to be extemely proud of their accomplishments in restoring this wonderful home. My party was expecting a quiet, lovely tea and the opportunity to visit with each other and to be given a tour of the home after the tea. Unfortunately, we were frequently interruped with historical commentary. This would have been fine AFTER the meal but was unexpected and unwelcomed during the meal. If this approach can be corrected, we may return. It is a lovely place.

    • E. Clements

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      The first time I went to this tea house I took my family that came in from Miami Florida. Needless to say they pretty much have seen it all. So I wanted to take them somewhere different and a co-worker suggested I take them to the De' tour house in Elizabeth city. Setting up the appointment was very easy and the price was very affordable. I was not sure what to expect, but to my surprise the hostess was very engaging, well informed and extremely attentive. Every thing was done very tastefully. We had such a wonderful experience that I have made this tea house one of my own personal favorite places to go to here in Elizabeth city. I also booked a tea for the ladies in church and we had the best time taking photos and trying on hats. The hostess was delightful, the food gave a sense of European delight just perfect with whatever tea you choose. The house and ambiance is elegant just a great place to take family and friends on an event that is different. I'm looking forward to my next tea time with friends. It's a great place. Definitely 2 thumbs up!

    • Terra

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      Bonnie is a wonderful hostess. We called her at the last minute to see if she could provide a tea for a friend's surprise birthday. It was wonderful! She gave us a tour of the house and her knowledge of antiques and history is amazing. The food was especially good and served on her family's hand painted china. I would highly recommend this tearoom.

    • Rita

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      Beautiful home with a charming, knowledgable hostess, who provides a delightful experience....a fine selection of teas, gourmet quality food prepared with loving hands.

    • Ann Roach

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      My visit was on January 22nd. Even though I live in E. C., I wasn't aware of the historical value right under my nose. Bonnie was an excellent hostess and very knowlegeable about the Victorian era. The food was delicious. Would loved to have taken home a loaf of her bread!

    • Carol

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      A relaxing and entertaining afternoon. The nine of us had finished a 10k walk in freezing weather and a private tea with delicious sandwiches and sinful desserts. The house and its history was an added bonue

    • C. V. Driscoll

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      After a walk in below freezing temperatures 9 of us were ready for the warmth and comfort of De'Tours Tea House on a January Saturday. Our hostess was welcoming and entertaining. The teas were plentiful and tasty, some robust, others delicate. With the teas we were served delectable tea sndwiches and sweet treats, our hostess's own creations. Warmed by the tea, and our appetites well-satisfied, we were treated to a tour of the fabulous old house and its contents which included a magnificent Victorian era pump organ. We're planning another visit in the not-too-distant future.

    • Barbara Briggum

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      What a terrific way to warm up after completing a 10k (6.2mi) Volksmarch Walk in below 30 temperatures! From the time I called to schedule the tea until she hugged me goodbye, Bonnie Hanbury-Calliotte made me feel like a friend, not just a paying customer. From start to finish, the whole experience was terrific -- tasty, homemade food; a flavorful selection of teas; and a congenial, knowledgeable hostess -- not to mention the beautiful venue. It's obvious Bonnie has put a lot of time and effort into researching and perfecting her 'craft.' When I come back, I'll make sure the weather is warmer so I can get in the historic homes tour.

    • Noemi Perez Marrero

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      My first time having tea at one of this beautiful Victorian house, I love it. I'm going to invited people to come back. It was fantastic! Overall I give her a 10.Bonnie is great hostess.

    • Sharon

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      Wishing there was a 6 star for a review. Amazing food and preparation served in a beautiful historic home on fine anitque china. A step above any tearoom we have encountered. Such wonderful memories to share with our families on this blessed day I shared with my future daughter-in-law. Everything about this tea was first class, will tell all my friends. We could not of asked for anything better. Thanks again, De'Tours for making our Bridal Tea so special.

    • Brittney

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      Wow! We all had a delightful time taking tea in this beautiful home. Everything was fresh and delicious, and the hostess/owner was very informative. Can't say I have ever experienced such a wonderful tea room:) A must do if you are in the area. Thanks for everything and all the extras!

    • Florence Herbert

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      I will always treasure my trip to ELizabeth City because of you. I could not of planned a more perfect trip. You were so kind and knowledgeable. It was my lucky day. The tour was perfect as the tea. It indeed lifted my spirits:)

    • April and Chad McManus

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      We visited De'Tours at the beginning of the summer and had such a wonderful time. The owner is such a friendly, helpful lady! The tea and tour were wonderful. This is the most unique experiece we have had in visiting tea rooms. This is much more than a tea; it is a history lesson. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

    • Connie Whitson

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      The hostess was out of town when I called, last minute, to try to book a walking tour of historic Elizabeth City. When she returned my call, she spent over 20 minutes giving me instructions & directions to do my own tour of the town! The info was great!! (By the way - the Vistors' Center is closed on weekends, so I couldn't get info from there.) I took copious notes as she went into detail about the buildings, people & history of the town. My husband & I were on bicycles, so we were able to just about 'see it all' & with her help, we totally knew all the ins & outs of that tour. She has to be a perfectly delightful person to have spent so much time with me (free) & I hate we did not get to meet her. I thank her so much - that saved our one day trip to EC! Without her info, we would have only gotten a little from a town that's loaded with beauty & history! Thanks again so VERY much!! PS this website wouldn't take my review without rating the tea. We did not get to have tea, of course, but to get my review published, I chose 'excellent' for all Q's about the tea since I am certain this lady (so sorry I forgot her name!!) does a beautiful tea!

    • Ann B.

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      From the moment you enter until you leave, you will be enchanted with the hostess, interior and food. The tour is filled with interesting history while viewing historic homes from the past. There is a great Inn down the street if you decide to spend the night. I highly recommed taking tea at DeTours in Elizabeth City.

    • Kathryn King

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      I thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing formal tea as a pleasant break from the hectic pre-wedding preparations. My most memorable bite was the mouth-watering truffles, but all the tea, sandwiches and pastries were divine. I was most thrilled with the seafood salad sandwiches, and the easy charm of our hostess included recipes! An elegant sufficiency. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends.

    • Jo Anne

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      Wonderful afternoon. I enjoyed the tea, conversation and most of all the history and tour of the Hattie Harney House. Can't wait to do the walking tour. Thanks again. We had a lovely time

    • Geradline

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      The tea was great and the hospitality was wonderful! A most enjoyable afternoon!

    • Marie Schultz

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

    • Brooke

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      We had a wonderful time at this venue in the quaint and charming town of Elizabeth City. The tour was outstanding as the tea. The owner goes out of her way to make you feel special and showcasing her home and town.

    • Carole

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

    • Undine & Tony

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      Charming afternoon in the pouring rain. Owners were very hospitable and friendly. They have acquired a lot of local knowledge in only 3 yrs at the present address. Would definitely go back.

    • Deborah

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      Fun filled day with all the trimmings. Loads of Victorian items to see, such a beautiful home and great Victorian tea. Our hostess was the best. A must do if you are ever coming to the area.

    • Patricia Smith

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      I could not think of a more perfect way to spend an afternoon. The food was excellent, the house is beautiful, and Bonnie is a wonderful hostess and tour guide. I cannot wait to return!

    • Ashleigh

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

    • callie

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      Wonderful day spent here in a quaint coastal town. This tea room was beautiful from the antiques to the china. Food was superb, scones melted in your mouth. Everything made from scratch. The history of the home and town was exceptional. What a special day we had here at DeTours. Thanks Bonnie for everything!

    • Patty

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      One word description 'OUTSTANDING', this tearoom is by far the most relaxing and true to any I have been. A different twist with the tour and eating in the oldest brick house in town surrouonded by beautiful antiques and decor. The food is to die for. Ask for the chocolate truffles:) when you book a tea. We enjoyed that it was our day and loved our hostess. Will be back for a repeat visit, such a quaint town.

    • AMY & MARY & LIZ

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      WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY TO SPEND IN A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC TOWN. THE TEA CUISINE WAS OUTSTANDING, AS THE HOMES OUTSTANDING ANTIQUES. THE OWNER GOES OUT OF HER WAY TO MAKE SURE YOUR DAY IS SPECIAL. HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GO HERE FOR TEA AND A TOUR. THE SCONES AND TRUFFLES ARE TO DIE FOR:) THANKS FOR MAKING OUR DAY A REMEMBRANCE NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.

    • Sara

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      This was a wonderful place for my bridal shower. Great experience to get together with friends and family. We learned a lot and had wonderful tea and food. Would do it again in a heartbeat! Bonnie was very accomodating and did everything she could to make me and the rest of my ladies happy. Would recommend for anyone in search of a good time!

    • barbara

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      i enjoyed my future daughter-in-laws shower at the tea party,the food was very good. i totally enjoyed the tour of the house. bonnie was fun and very interesting.

    • Ramona

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      What a great experience we had at our bridal tea last week. Everything that Bonnie did was beyond our expectations. The home was decorated beautiful as the tea with all the exquisite details. This venue is a lovely place to have a Victorian tea. Thanks for everything!

    • Jane

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      Thoroughly enjoyed our Red Hatters visit to De'Tours. The food was delicious and freshly made; the tea Bonnie chose to serve us was excellent. We enjoyed the tour of her home and listening to her vast knowledge of 'yesteryear'. Her home and furnishings were beautiful. Bonnie was very warm and a wonderful hostess. We enjoyed our visit!

    • j. scharle

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      We had a marvelous time here enjoying our tea-time. The homemade scones and tarts were out of this world. We had several different types of teas to try, all wonderful tasting and hot! Especially liked the truffles, if you like chocolate ask for these:) Thanks for everything, we enjoyed our day from the hectic life in Hampton Roads.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you for the great review. Enjoyed each and everyone of you guys. It truly was a great Mothers Day for me as well.<BR> See you soon.

    • Chocolate1

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      Bonnie was really great. She is very knowledgeable regarding tea customs, antiques, and the surrounding area. It is obvious she has done her homework. She is very accommodating and goes out of her way to ensure a pleasant time. I would have liked to choose the flavor of tea I wanted.

    • Barbara 10/10/09

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      We had a great time at Detours while visiting Elizabeth City. Bonnie served a wonderful Victorian tea in a beautiful old historic home as well as delicious food. She provided a wealth of historic information about the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the area

    • Logan

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      What a perfect afternoon. From all the details, with fresh flowers to delicate china to the lush gardens and the tour of the city..all add up to make a real deal. The best part is Bonnie, the owner, who makes you feel like a personal guest in her home, she's warm and lovely and engages you in conversation about Victorian tea life and her city which is so much fun. A fabulous experience from beginning to end.

    • Jane Draper

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      Delicious food weel prepared, warm atmosphere and the prsonalized service....who could ask for more? Being a baker myself, I can appreciate that labor of love that the owner puts into this establishment. I will be returning here many more times.

    • Catherine Anne

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

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks so much for your kind remarks Cathy. Hope to see you again.<BR> Bonnie

    • Maragret

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      Had so much fun here last week. Excellent value and wonderful hospitality, as the most amazing preparation of food. Everything was just perfect, very unique way to spend the day.

    • Shannon

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      WHAT a great venue....Had the most fun here touring around town and eating wonderful Victorian fare in a restored Greek Revival. Such a great concept. A must do if yo are ever in the area.

    • Elizabeth

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      A little bit of heaven we found here. Felt like coming home with a big welcome! Everything was delicious, just as a afternoon tea should be. So soothing with the music playing in the background and the aroma of all the unique fares was perfect. Thanks for making our tea and tour a rememberance always.

    • Paul

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      Well organized, pleasant, slow paced tour with excellent presentation. It is well fitting and reminescent of slower paced dys of the Old South, as well as the genteel atmosphere and environment of the teatime.

    • Sandra B.

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      Had a great time at DeTours in Elizabeth City. The atmosphere was incrediable as was the tea fare. Such a beautiful home to take tea in, the hostess/owner makes you feel like you are part of her family. The chocolate cranberry scones were out of this world! Enjoyed every minute of the tea and tour.

    • Terri Anastasi

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      This was my first formal tea so was uncertain what to expect...what a pleasant surprise! The lovely Miz Billie Greene and I were warmly greeted by our hostess who welcomed us into her comfortable, antique-filled home as if we were family stopping by to visit. The atmosphere was inviting and authentic, the food was visually appealing, delicious and served with a quite good tasting tea (would like to try more than one flavor but that may be so we make a return trip:) It was a beautiful day and Bonnie was a fun, knowledgeable tour guide as she showed us a bit of the charm and history of Elizabeth City. Thank you for a great experience that I highly recommend! - Terri Anastasi 09/22/09

    • Wendy Vandenberg

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      When my family visited us in August 2009, I wanted to treat them to something special that would give them a little flavor of the history of Elizabeth City. I saw De'Tours online and decided to give it a try. Being new to the Hertford, NC area, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was hopeful it would be a pleasant experience for all the different age groups--teens through senior citizens. When Bonnie greeted us, she made us feel like we were long-time friends stopping by for a visit. As you walk into her home, you feel as if you are transformed back in time. Stepping into the dining room, you will be impressed by the beautifully-set table--many of the pieces inherited from Bonnie's family. Once seated and given a little history, the goodies arrive on beautifully- displayed trays. All are freshly made, unique, and delicious! Just a note--our teens like many others--are picky eaters. Recognizing that, Bonnie gratiously offered to make special peanut butter sandwiches just for them, which she cut into pretty rounds. All were happy. After the tea, you will have a tour and history lesson. Enjoy!

    • Roberta

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      WE spent a marvalous afternoon at De'Tours while visiting Elizabeth City. Bonnie had all the information about what life was like when people stopped for tea and conversation.Even the teens in our group listened and learned while munching on delicate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.It was a great experience.

    • cathy cusick

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      Can't say enough about this special place. Such a beautiful home to experience our relaxing tea in. I felt like a queen, everything was just perfect. Food was tastfully done and the table setting was definately a 5 star. Thanks for treating our family to a day we will always remember.

    • Karen Edds

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      Had the most interesting day in Elizabeth City, NC with De'Tours (tea & tours.) The owner was very knowledgeable of the history in the area as was her delightful Victorian Tea in the oldest brick home in the town. Wonderful wares and food. Great historic home to have such a beautiful presentation of a Victorian Tea. So far this is the best tea room I have been to and I travel the world for a good cuppa of tea! Thanks for everything and will be back to your quaint town on the East Coast.

    • Angeline

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      The best tea the most beautiful restored historical home in Elizabeth City. This lady really puts on the Ritz when she serves:) A must do if you want to experience a real Victorian Tea, everything is home-made not store bought like other places I have been. Such a quaint experience that I would do again and again. Thanks for a relaxing day!

    • Robin Anderson & Family

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      My family and I thought Bonnie's tea and tour was outstanding. Her warmth and love for the history of Elizabeth City was genuine. We recommend this gem of a tour highly.

    • Ruth

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      Great selection of hot tea. Everything was just perfect! Scones to die for. Lemon curd, perfect on top:) Thanks for making our day so special for our family. Will be back for another visit, see you then

    • Connie Miller

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      What a wonderful way to celebrate a BIRTHDAY. The table was was a delight with beautiful tea cups and all the trimmings. The food was wonderful,very creative and a great variety of taste treats. The owner/host was welcoming and accommodating. She provided a wealth of local and historic information. It was a birthday to remember!

    • The 5th Graders of Pasquotank Elementary

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      Hi Bonnie, WOW, what an awesom field trip. Below are some comment the 5th graders wanted you to know. 'I didn't know much about the history of Elizabeth City because I've only lived here for three years, however, since our trip I feel that I'm more knowledgeable of this beautiful city.' (Elizabeth Kauaihilo) ' I've lived here for three years and have rode through the some of the same areas we walked but never knew anything about the historic building.' (Magan Jackson) 'I didn't even know that we had an old hotel that was built in 1872.' (Ariana Wiggins) ' We wish we could have gone with you guys,our friends told us about.' (Jordan Harpe, Elizabeth Breaux) ' I took the tour last summer as a part of the Summer Enrichment Program and learned a lot, but by taking the tour with my classmates, I learned more to add to my knowledge bank of Elizbeth City's historical facts.' (Christina Lavinder) ' I've lived in Elizabeth City for eight years, however, I knew very little about its history. After the field trip I'm able to share my insight with my parents.' (Rachel Reddick) ' I engoyed the way you explained the history that make our town special.' (Lane Bandli) ' I entire field trip was interesting, but my favorite part was Blackbeard's house.' (Drew Dugan) ' I enjoyed walking around the historic district because of the excerise and interesting information about each buidling.' (Tyler White & Dustin Davenport) ' Our most enjoyable parts of the trip included the Robinson House because we saw the owner and she allowed us to take a picture on her beautiful porch.' (Amanda Overton & Emily Powell)

    • Karen

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      Had a marvelous time here at 'DeTours' while visiting Elizabeth City. What a way to showcase the town and to take tea in a restored home is awesome!:) Everything was perfect and relaxing as tea should be.

    • Mary Ellen

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      Great wau to spend the afternoon with a authentic tea and tour. The home is lovely with all of the antiques to view. Would do again!

    • Ruth

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      We had a marvelous time here and such a treat to be entertained by the owner. Her knowledge and love of history and the food was fantastic! What a unique way of showcasing your town. Truly one of a kind tea house.

    • Anita

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      Our group had a wonderful aftenoon. The food was delicious and a nice variety. Bonnie's home is beautiful and full of family history. She gave a great tour around Elizabeth City.

    • Aimee

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      This venue is the best from the decor to tea what a charming place to be. The hostess knows her stuff and how to put you back in time. What a relaxing day we had and we felt like we were back in time. To have tea in a restored house is awesome! We will be back.

    • Michelle & LeeAnn

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      Now I see why this place was featured in Victorian Homes Magazine being one of the top ten tea venues in the US! Thanks, Bonnie for hosting our tea party, we all had such a grand time with you. Your home is beautiful, good luck with all your endeavors.

    • Jolene

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      What a wonderful place to hold a tea party! Our hostess was the best and the atmosphere was awesome. See you soon on a repeat venture.

    • Susan Lewis

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      What a way to celebrate my 55th birthday-good friends & family, good food, great home & atmosphere & a fantastic hostess. Thank you Bonnie, you are great! Susan 3/21/09

    • LINDA

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      BONNIE IS THE BEST HOSTESS. HAD A WONDERFUL TIME VISITING ELIZABETH CITY, BEING ABLE TO GO IN HER HOME TO TAKE TEA WAS AWESOME! SHE SHOWCASES THE TOWN SO WELL. A MUST DO IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY.

    • Gert & Art

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      Way to go De'Tours, all your hard work has paid off. Great article in Victorian Homes. Kudos to you on being one of the top ten tea venues in the US! Our experience was exceptional with all the trimmings of a real tea room. Being able to take tea in a historical home is so rewarding. The history of tea and the tour was outstanding. Thanks for all the extras. Great value, not to be missed when visiting the area.

    • Samatha

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      What a wonderful venue here in Elizabeth City. Very unique way of showcasing the historical homes with a 'flair for tea' ending. We had the best time here taking in all the history the proprietress has to offer, plus the best tea cuisine in the area! Everything made from scratch and interesting presentations. A must to do, we loved the tea posies, what a unique way to drink tea. Will tell others and be will back for a repeat visit. Thanks for all your hospilitality.

    • Jennifer

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      Everything was wonderful. The tea and food were great. A beautiful historic home to visit.

    • Grice-Fearing House Bed and Breakfast

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      Wonderful afternoon tea event for members of a City Commission. The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the hostess was very knowledgable about tea history and etiquette. Hand-painted antique china, silver tea service and unique implements, imaginative and delicious food, all created an elegant tea atmosphere.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you and I will look forward to seeing you again real soon!<BR> Bonnie<BR>

    • Lela

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      Wonderful mix of Victorian class and eclectic fun! A must to experience if you are in the area.

    • Dorthy

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      Perfection! My mother loved the victorian era interior and everything was fabulous!

    • Aggie Derda

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      Bonnie, you are a delightful person and your tea is wonderful.Thanks for helping us with our anniversary tea in New Bern. Aggie

    • Barbara

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      We had so much fun at our doll club tea. The food was delicious and the setting was perfect. What a beautiful home to host a 'real' tea. Shopped at the Arts Council which was interesting to end our trip before we headed back to Norfolk. We will be back for more.

    • Renee

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      Wonderful venue! Tour was fantastic and the tea was better than the Ritz! Great way to showcase your town and for us to spend our Thanksgiving holiday with our family.

    • Carla W.

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      Had a wonderful time here with our tour and tea class. Th home is so preserved and the owners have done a fantastic job in doing thee preservation. You will see antiques that are one of a kind to learning about the history of Victorians. What a great way to spend a relaxing day! Will tell everyone I know that this is the place to go for a real authentic tour & tea class. Will be back soon :) Carla

    • Ella Petty

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      My sweet cousin Cindee Herlocker treated us to your beautiful tea on Mother's Day, how delightful. In years past going to a tea was a special treat for my Mom and now we have one that truly tops all others. Thank you for helping us have a very memorable day. Looking forward to the next visit!! Ella

    • Carrie

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      The tour & tea class was out of this world! You are such a gracious hostess. We will see you in New Bern in December. Thanks for everything.

    • Colleen

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      What a great time we had learning about the Victorian Era. Everything was outstanding. We will be back!

    • Jessica

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      In July my students were provided a better understanding of our beautiful city and it's history with a guided tour. The students and myself were excited from gaining all the wonderful information about Elizabeth City Bonnie's tour was a great and she knows her stuff.

      Tearoom response:

      It was my pleasure to accommadate your class Jessica, what fun I had. And what a great group of children you had. This week I am doing the 'Young Historians' a 4th grade group from J C Sawyer including tea etiquette, and like this past summer I know the children will soak this up. It has been very dear to my heart working with Elizabeth City's children and grown-ups. Looking forward to serving you again in the future.<BR> Bonnie

    • Sharon

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      Had a lovely time at our tea class last week. What an interesting venue you have. I am glad that Elizabeth City has something interesting to do and some sort of culture to learn. Our step back in time was fantastic!! Your home is beautiful and thank you for sharing your home and time with us. Best of luck to you with all your future endeavors.

      Tearoom response:

      It has been a fun way to appeal to the dying culture in teas. Since my recent article in Victorian Homes, it has spiked interest in all areas and regions in the US. Thanks for your review and hope to see you in the future. Bonnie

    • Jean Horrell

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      Bonnie, What a wonderful time we all had at your lovely home. Thank you so much for the tour and especially the 'Tea' class. It is a lost art and it's so nice to see someone bringing it back into vogue. Again, thank you so much. Jean Horrell

      Tearoom response:

      Jean:<BR> So glad you and your womans club group were able to attend my class. I will be seeing you guys at the tea in New Bern with patriots in tow. What a fun way to showcase homes!<BR> Looking forward to your next visit.<BR> Bonnie<BR>

    • Diane

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      Great time we had with Bonnie with her tour and tea. What a wonderful venue Elizabeth City as here! It is awesome to get to view inside an historical house.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your kind remarks. It has been my passion all of my life to showcase historic homes and life in the late century. It has been remarkable all the response I have had since mivng to EC. What a great historic town we have and what better way to exhibit it!<BR> Glad you enjoyed yourself, come again!<BR> Bonnie

    • Linda

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      Had a great time at the Designer Tea Bonnie. Thanks so much for all you did.

    • Mable

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      Bayside Manor teas was fantastic...DeTours definately knew her stuff! The scones were out of this world, as presentation with all the savories. First class! We are booking our next tea with Detours!

    • Patricia

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      We came down from Norfolk for the Designers Tea back in August and we were glad we did. The home was beautifully done as the tea. One of the most relaxing days I've had in a long time. Kudos to you Bonnie with all your efforts in preparing the tea for the AOA.

    • Mary

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      Just a note to say what a wonderful time we had at the Designer Tea in August. Everything was outstanding! Best scones I've ever eaten. Good luck to you in the future.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you and look forward to seeing you again real soon.<BR> Bonnie

    • Tommy & Kendra

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      We experienced a great event a few weeks ago. 'High Tea' during the Designer House Tours. Most interesting food preparations, scrumptious food and a lovely hostess. We will book a future tea at your home in the future. Thanks for a day in the past and helping us understand the preparation and history of tea.

    • Ulla R.

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      We loved the High British Tea during the Designer Home tours. Completely stuffed with all the great tea sandwiches, scones, tarts, candies, lemon drops and savories. What a tier plate, brimming over! The tea selections were delicious, especially the carmel-truffle. Service and food was fantastic. It was a pure pleasure. Will try you out on your tour & tea when we get back from our trip.

    • A. Morris

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      My wife & I were fortunate to stumble upon De'Tours in Elizabeth City. What unique charm this home has. Worth the visit.

    • Kay

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      There should be an outstanding rating!!! We were a large group and our experience had such a personal touch.Extremely fun afternoon.

    • Debbie

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      What a great time we had with De'Tours during the Bayside Home this past month. Bonnie has a wonderful way of displaying her wares. The food presentation was fantastic as the yummy items she served. We had a very relaxing day. Would recommend her ventue to anyone planning on having tea and learning about the Victorians and how they lived and ate. We will be back for more!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your kinds remarks. The designer house was a fun fundraiser to work and I so enjoyed having it in a historical home as our home when I do my tours and teas. The setting is all what is about, to step back in time! Come back when you are in town and visit.

    • Karen

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      Did the afternoon late tea at the designer house on Sunday. The food was fantastic and the presentation was outstanding! Scones were to die for as the lemon curd and tarts. The tea lecture was very interesting. Will recommend this venture to anyone.

    • Carolyn

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      Could not of asked for a better time at this place. The preparation was outstanding. What beautiful antiques the owner has and the lessons about tea are worth the $$. History comes alive when you book with Detours, we are glad we did.

    • joyce sanders

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      What a wonderful day we had in Elizabeth City. The owner/guide was full of history to give with such enthusiasm telling about her town. The home was as gracious as she to provide the setting for our day. Would recommend this venture for anyone who comes to Elizabeth City. No wonder Victorian Homes featured this place!

    • Frances' mother

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      We had a mother-daughter tea party for my five year old's birthday and the event was marvelous. We have some great pictures both inside at the table and outside on the front porch and in the beautiful backyard. We learned a few manners, enjoyed a demonstration of antique serving pieces and entertainment, and enjoyed a lovely tea story. Highly recommended this civilized and fun way to celebrate!

    • E. Barrack

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      Beautiful interior and everything beautifully presented. You have the knack for tourism. Best wishes for all your future endeavors. Thanks so much for the insight with the lessons about tea and antiques. Can't wait to come back for another history tour. Your the best!

    • Regina

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      We were here in the spring, and I must say our experience was one of calming bliss. I highly recommed booking with De'Tours.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you for your kind review. Enjoyed spending time with your family and look forward to your return.

    • Mary Gentry

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      We had a delightful time. Every aspect of our experience was four star. The history of your town and home is incrediable. Thank you so much. We will tell other!

    • Jenny

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      Not only does Bonnie provide a delightful and informative walking tour of Elizabeth City and her rennovated home (oldest brick home in town), she presented our group with a delicious homemade English tea, and with only a few hours notice. Her enthusiasm added to the enjoyable, relaxing afternoon. Our group was ready to buy homes to stay in Elizabeth City forever, and we only arrived the night before by boat!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks, Jenny for your great review. I am so glad you could experience the 'harbor of hospitality' with me while you stayed here. You guys have a safe trip back to Texas after your run up north. Will keep in touch and see you next year.

    • Regina

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      The expertise that Bonnie has makes this place a little slice of heaven.

      Tearoom response:

      Enjoyed having you take that experience with me.

    • S. Walls

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      We have been waiting a long time to visit and was it worth the wait!! We will come back again & again for a relaxing and informative day. Everything we heard was right on!

      Tearoom response:

      So glad you finally got the time to come to EC for a visit. Glad you found this experience to be relaxing and informative. Hope to see you again soon.

    • M. Westfall

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      Your home took my breath away! Everything was perfection. Your wealth of knowledge is amazing! THANKS so much for everything.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for the review. We have been working so hard in making this home a real showplace. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    • Cindee

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      Bonnie- The Mother's Day Tea was great! It was so nice to share this special tea with my MOm,Aunt and Cousin in your lovely home. It was also great to have your Mom there also.

      Tearoom response:

      Enjoyed having your family here, it was so nice finally meeting your MOM! :)<BR> Thanks for the review, I love sharing all the history we have in our city.

    • Molly S.

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      One of my most delightful experiences ever. I didn't want that day to end. Look forward to another tour.

      Tearoom response:

      It is such a special treat to share history with people.<BR> Thanks for visiting us. Glad I could make your day special for you.

    • Nora S.

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      What a delightful experience. Can't wait to come back!

      Tearoom response:

      SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED YOUR EXPERIENCE. LOOK FOR TO SEEING YOU AGAIN.

    • Becky Kirtley 6/25/08

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      Thank you Bonnie for delighting the ECPPS Summer Enrichment Academy students with your knowledge of the architecture and the interesting people who occupied the historic homes and buildings throughout downtown Elizabeth City. I would definitely arrange for other students of mine to take the informativen and enjoyable tour.

      Tearoom response:

      Becky:<BR> I truly enjoyed your children and it made me feel like I was back in the teachers seat again. Can't wait til September comes so I can help you guys out again with trips and culture in Raliegh. See you soon.<BR>

    • Bev Godwin

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      Bonnie gave our Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public School's Summer Enrichment Academy students a wonderful walking tour of Elizabeth City. These children were like sponges, soaking up all the interesting information she was giving them about their great city.They created a coloring book illustrating the information from the tour. Thank you Bonnie!

      Tearoom response:

      Bev:<BR> What an experience for those children. The booklets that they produced were fantastic! I am so glad I had the opportunity to help enrich these childrens lives. Talk to you soon!

    • Libby Greene

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      Dear Bonnie: Loved the tea, tour, your hospitality...ALL! Thank you so much for including me at a truly memorable event! And, what a neat 'package' of guests. Just proves the generations can relate, interact,respect,and appreciate. And remember, for some of us 2nd childhoods. What a vibrant addition you are to EC! Every time I'vd seen you, been in your company, you've brightened the whole area with your beauty, know-how, and enthusiasim. Your love of family, humor, vivacity all fill the abbiance of your renovated home with the care and talents of both you and your husband. Thanks again for the exquisitely done tea service, sort-of-patois--your obvious local interest, and for being you among us. With respect & love,

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Libby for all of your kinds comments. You have truly been a great asset to us since moving here. I truly love what I am doing for our community. See you in church on Sunday.

    • E.P.

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      What a pleasure to have spent a wee bit time in your charming home. The tea made my Mom feel very special and will be a memory I'll hold in my heart for years to come. We look forward to our next visit in Elizabeth City. Ella

      Tearoom response:

      IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL DAY FOR ME ALSO WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY HERE. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN REAL SOON.

    • Holly Koerber

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      What a delightful day my daughter & I and her friend had visiting your tea room for Mother's Day. Everything was truly elegant and exceptional, as a tea truly should be! Thank you for your hospitality and knowledge, Bonnie. I would absolutely recommend your tea to all!

      Tearoom response:

      Holly, I am so happy that you and Nicki had a great time here. I try to make all of my guests feel very special. Hope to do it again real soon. I will keep you posted.

    • Mary Simmons

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      We were in town last week and took the tour & had tea in this beautiful restored home. What a step back in time to enjoy a day of charm, great tea fare and a wonderful hostess. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us.

      Tearoom response:

      Glad I could make your day special.

    • Jeannie K.

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      Absolutely had the best time ever at your Mothers Day Tea. The chocolate cups were to die for, as the all the other savories you had. True southern charm that you give. We will be back for more!

      Tearoom response:

      Glad you enjoyed everything. It is always fun to see people leave here with a smile on their faces!

    • Beverly

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      What a wonderful day at De'Tours with our tea luncheon we had. Great service and history, plus the best scones we have ever had.

    • Bonnie R. Sanderlin

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      What a totally wonderful experience, Bonnie! Taking our Administrative Professionals there for lunch & tea was perfect. I love the berry tea that you served us. Delicious! We'll be back for more of your hospitality! -

    • Belinda

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      What a special day our family had while visiting our mother last week. The tour and tea was the highlight of our trip. We will be back to have more tea in the summer on our next visit.

    • Mary C.

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      Each time we visit EC we come to De'Tours for our historic tea. Can't say enough about the great food and service! Mary

      Tearoom response:

      IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE FRIENDS WHO ENJOY THE HISTORY HERE. CAN'T WAIT TO YOU COME BACK AGAIN FOR ANOTHER HISTORY AND TEA LESSON. YOU GUYS WERE GREAT STUDENTS!

    • Melissa Jensen

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      We participated in the 'Teddy Bear Tea' for little girls! My daughter absolutely LOVED it and is still reminiscing about the fun she had. I would suggest it for the little girl who loves to get dressed in her Sunday best. The etiquette that Bonnie teaches the girls is wonderful!

      Tearoom response:

      Melissa:<BR> Thanks for your kind remarks. Cloe is such a sweet little girl (Ethan just as cute!) I know Aunt Bonnie spoils them rotten. Anyhow, really appreciate having her and her friends participate in the Teddy Bear Teas. It was my pleasure to serve you and hope to see you again for more tea and table etiquette.<BR> Bonnie Calliotte

    • Phil Donahue

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      Enjoyed both the tea and food. The presentation was also very enlightening. I will spread the word.

      Tearoom response:

      So glad that you enjoyed the experience, and I appreciate your offer to help get the word out.<BR> Thanks,'Bonnie

    • B. Hollowell

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      Thanks for a great day of tea. Looking forward to your Mothers Day Tea. Your preparation and presentation was just magnificant and can't wait to see what surprizes that you have when we book our next tea. Our sincere wishes for all your future endeavors.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your kind words and look forward to seeing you at the Mothers Day Tea.<BR> Regards, Bonnie

    • JoAnne M.

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      Having our tour and tea in a restored antebellum home was so special for our group. Good luck on your upcoming article in Victorian Homes, we are looking forward into reading the article in August. Everything was just perfect, especially the strawberry tarts!!! We will be back again. :)

      Tearoom response:

      It was great sharing some of the history and tea with your group. It will be exciting to be recognized in a national publication like Victorian Homes.<BR> Bonnie

    • Maggie W.

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      Had a wonderful time at DETOURS in Elizabeth City last week. The home was most charming and we learned a lot of history. Our guide was terrific as our tea time inside the home. What a wonderful display of wares and food. Thanks Bonnie for an interesting way to showcase your town. Fondly, Maggie

      Tearoom response:

      I am so glad you enjoyed everything. It was a real pleasure serving your group. Elizabeth City is a special place and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase it.<BR> Regards,<BR> Bonnie

    • ROSEMARY

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      GREAT TIME, GREAT TEA FARE AND ESPECIALLY A GREAT HOSTESS. WILL PASS ON THE VENUE TO OTHERS. THANKS, ROSEMARY

      Tearoom response:

      I enjoyed working with your group and thanks for your willingness to share your experience with others.<BR> Bonnie

    • Barbara Constien

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      Exceptional venue, lots of history and great food! Thanks for a fantastic day. We will tell everyone we know that De'Tours is the place in Elizabeth City for a tour & authentic tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks you for your very kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed every aspect of the De'Tours experience.<BR> Regards,<BR> Bonnie

    • sandra

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      Bonnie, Had a wonderful time at the tea last week. Can't say enough about the fantantic food and wonderful history that goes along with the tea. Your historic home is absolutely beautiful! What a great addition you have in Elizabeth City. Thanks again for a memorable day. Sandra

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks you so much and hope we will see you again soon!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Bonnie

    • Ginny

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      Had a wonderful time at De'Tours in Elizabeth City. Such a calming day with lots of great tea goodies and a wealth of knowledge was an extra touch. Thanks for sharing you home and serving such a beautiful luncheon for our group. Top notch!

      Tearoom response:

      I am pleased that you found the history an added bonus to your tea! Looking forward to serving you in the future.<BR> Bonnie

    • JoAnne

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      Could not of asked for a more pleasent day with our friends at De' Tours in Elizabeth City. The tea was out of this world. Such interesting facts about the city and homes. Would recommend this highlight to anyone.

      Tearoom response:

      I truly enjoy not only serving a fine tea, but also describing the rich history of our area. Thanks for recommending me to others.<BR> Bonnie

    • jc

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      Our booking with De'Tours for tea was just awesome! Could not of asked for a better hostess. The history we learned was a special treat. Can't wait to come back. Loved the scones and curd, but especially loved the presentation. Thanks for a memorable day.

      Tearoom response:

      Glad you enjoyed your day with me. I especially love making those wrapped roast beef tea sandwiches that look like presents. Look forward in seeing you again for tea.<BR> Regards, Bonnie

    • Pam

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      What a wonderful day my family and I had at The Historic Hattie Harney House! Wealth of history, plus the best tea cusine I have ever had. Thanks Bonnie for making our brida tea so special. Now we don't have to go to Norfolk for tea. Just book with you! See you soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Pam:<BR> The bridal teas have been a great sucess and so glad you got to experience one. Our home has so much history and to think that Miss Hattie had teas here is so special for me since I have all of my great-grandmothers wares to serve from. It was great meeting all of you and hope to see you soon.<BR> Best Wishes,<BR> Bonnie

    • Lisa Jeffress

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      This is a wonderful website. The idea to teach table etiquette to young children is genius, especially when it's done in such a warm environment. I commend Mrs. Calliotte!

      Tearoom response:

      Lisa:<BR> Glad you like my website. My young children that come from table etiquitte are so charming and dainty. It is such a thrill to be able to teach the young again. Hope to see you again and thanks for your remarks.<BR> Warm regards, Bonnie

    • Dorothy P. Owens

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      Enjoyed a lovely tea here on Wednesday with friends and found it to be a real treat-appropriate and traditional English foods served beautifullly with interesting dialogue. A real plus for our town. Dorothy O

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Dorothy for your wonderful comments. Enjoyed having all of you ladies here in the former 'Miss Hatties' home. I am learning more and more about this wonderful woman of fame! Also I appreciate very much your gift of your mothers tea saucers. They will be used with great care and love. Hope to see you all again real soon.<BR> Warm regards,<BR> Bonnie

    • Elaine T

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      Loved this tour and tea. Bonnie can fill your mind with the most interesting facts and fill your tummy with great British fare. This is the third time we have done this venue. I must say you have found your niche here in Elizabeth City! English Tea Lady

      Tearoom response:

      Elaine:<BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your gracious words. I am so fortunate to have all of my great-grandmothers English receipes and the china to serve it on. Guess it is in the genes for me to share these items with our great community. <BR> Can't wait to see you again for more interesting stories.<BR> Blessings, Bonnie

    • p. chesson

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      Had a great time reflecting with my friends at tea last week. What a lovely home and tasty treats with our tea.

      Tearoom response:

      It was so nice to meet all of you. Being able to relax and take time out is so important in our daily lives. Glad I was able to help to make you day special.<BR> Regards,<BR> Bonnie

    • pearl s.

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      Many thanks for a most delightful afternoon- you are a truly gracious hostess! The fresh warm scones and curd were wonderful, and the presentation on those wrapped sandwiches that looked like presents were divine. All the ladies has a great time. Looking forward to another tea real soon.

      Tearoom response:

      So glad you enjoyed your day with tea and me. I learned so much from you guys, very interesting group. Hope to see you again real soon.<BR> Take care,<BR> Bonnie

    • nancy

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      Had a wonderful afternoon with my friends. The tea cuisine and home absolutely fantastic! We will be back.

      Tearoom response:

      Nancy:<BR> Glad you enjoyed your day with me. I have been excited to hear that everyone enjoys the tea cuisine. I strive to make everything as orginial as I can. <BR> My pleasure wasserving you all in your former teachers home.<BR> Thanks again for your kind comments,<BR> Bonnie

    • A.M.

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      Had our daughters birthday party here last week. I must say she is still talking about it. The decor was fit for little princesses and the children loved the food (which is hard to do for kids). Would recommend De'Tours for a party for kids. We will having our future functions there for sure. Thanks again Bonnie for all your hard work. Adrian

      Tearoom response:

      So glad you enjoyed your day with De'Tours. All of the children were just precious and so well behaved. Being a previous elementary teacher, I love hosting these children's teas. Thanks for your kind comments. Looking forward to serving you in the future.<BR> Bonnie

    • jetta

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      Could not of asked for a more memorable day than this. Thank you Bonnie for showing us your town and then treating us to tea in your restored home. Your stories and tea service will be remember for a long time. Will be sure to tell all of our friends about your tours & teas. Fondly, Jetta

    • R. B.

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      What a wonderful way to spend the day. The tour and tea experience was just outstanding. The owners home is absolutely beautiful as the preparation of the tea when we returned to view the house. Will be back soon.

    • Suzanne G

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      Had our bridal tea here last week and what a fun time we had. Bonnie, thanks for all your special touches. Food was great as the service. What a day to remember for always.

    • Sharon B.

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      We had a wonderful experience here in Elizabeth City with our tour of the historic district and ending with a full British tea in what is the oldest brick home in the district. The owner sure knows how to prepare real British fare, with tea sandwiches, scones made from scratch and to top it off dipped chocolate strawberries and tarts for dessert. Lots of food and you won't leave hungry. The presentation was fantastic, and the antiques in the home are something to see. She shared with us how the Victorians lived and had tea time. We listened to music boxes from the late 1800's and a tune on the 1840 pump organ. What a day we had, just to relax, reflect and learn about the history that this town has to offer. Would recommend this tour and tea to anyone who wants a day in the past. Am booking my daughters bridal tea here for sure! Thanks for making this day a memorable one for us. Sharon

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you for your kind remarks. I try to set the tone and make each tea special for each reservation. Will see you soon I know.<BR> Warm regards, Bonnie

    • Wendy M.

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      My friends and I had a wonderful time with our tea and tour last week. Even though the weather was a bit brisk, the owner keep up the pace with lots of knowledge of the area. When we got back to the home we enter into a wonderful past of antiques and the most interesting architecture we have ever seen. Our hostess was just the best and to top it off our tea was served on china from the late 1800's. Great service and food, will attend again soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Glad you enjoyed your walking tour and tea. I love to share information about our wonderful area. Been doing the tours and teas for over twelve years now and love it. Being able to serve an English tea in a restored home is such a treat. It feels like you have gone back in time. Hope to see you again.<BR> Bonnie

    • C. Denton

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      Hosted our bridal tea here in this wonderful 1853 home. From start to finish was incredible. Service from your great-grandmothers 1863 tea china is priceless. Will be back for a different tour and tea real soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Glad you enjoyed the tour and tea. I strive always to making it a special day for everyone. Looking forward to your return.<BR> Bonnie

    • Carol Naughton

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      We all had a delightful afternoon. Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your knowledge with us. Can't wait to go on another tour with you!

      Tearoom response:

      Carol:<BR> I enjoyed having all of you here for the tour and tea. Are any of you missing an earring? Found a gold one in the chair.<BR> Look forward to your group on another tour and tea when the weather breaks. Think about a Valentines Tea for your friends, will be producing one on the 14th with lots of chocolate to share.<BR> Take care and see you soon.<BR> Bonnie

    • Barb Sicilia

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      Bonnie was charming. Enjoyed the tour tremendously, learned so much. The tea and goodies were wonderful. Thanks Bonnie for a most enjoyable day!

      Tearoom response:

      Barb:<BR> <BR> Enjoyed preparing your tea for your special friends. I love hosting these tea parties and giving as much information and history about our wonderful town as I can. Look forward in serving you in the future.<BR> Bonnie

    • Sue Hivner

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      What a wonderful afternoon. Dressed in period costume and with great enthusiasm, Bonnie directed a tour of a number of the lovely historical homes,churches and other buildings of Elizabeth City. We then returned to tour her newly restored home and enjoyed a lovely tea service. I will be pleased to recommend this tour and tea to my friends.

      Tearoom response:

      Sue:<BR> As you can tell, I love boasting about Elizabeth City and all it has to offer. Glad you enjoyed your day with me. Thanks for the recommendations and will see you soon.<BR> Bonnie

    • Dot Skelly

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      Bonnie made it a really special day for the group. She brought history alive in the walking tour of EC. We're definitely going back in the spring for a tour of a different EC area! The tea and home-made food was delightful. It was a memorable day for all of us.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Dot, you guys were the best! Guess what you ladies are now one the cover of a popular website here in NC. <BR> Enjoyed having you in our home for tea and look forward for your return in the spring.<BR> Regards,<BR> Bonnie

    • Joey Clarkson

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      My 4-year old daughter hosted a Teddy Bear tea for 7 of her friends for Christmas. The children loved the sandwiches shaped liked teddy bears, the delicious homemade cookies, and dressing in their fanciest dresses. As a parent I appreciated the patience Bonnie took to show the children proper etiquette at the table. Bonnie's original teddy bear story, the teddy bear the children received from Bonnie, and a surprise visit from Santa made this a memorable experience for all of us. She far exceeded all of my expectations. I would also recommend this as a wonderful setting for a special birthday.

      Tearoom response:

      Joey:<BR> Loved having Sophie here with her friends at Christmas. Everyone was just so cute and proper. As a former educator and a mother it is important to teach our young today the right road to follow. And through the etiquette classes with teddy teas it makes it fun for all.<BR> Looking forward to serving you in the future.<BR> Regards,<BR> Bonnie

    • Terry Danaher

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      What an incrediable home and artistry the owners have. The tour and tea was outstanding and can't wait to come back to our favorite place in Elizabeth City. Her hospitality is the best and lives up to the name of Harbor of Hospitality. Her lessons on antiques and history is one not to miss, plus the delicious cusine afterwards served on her Great-Grandmothers hand-painted china from 1863 is not to be missed. Anyone looking for something to do while staying or visiting here,or if you just plain live here, do not miss this one. You will not be disappoionted.

      Tearoom response:

      Was a pleasure to read your wonderful comments. Your response is what makes mine a wonderful job! <BR> Bonnie

    • Lillian Littl

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      Bonnie Hanbury really makes you feel as part of the history. She will welcome you with her personal charm. I enjoyed her company then and do as she stays in touch on a regular basis. She is definately an excellant host and the tearoom setting is exquisite. Several flavors of the most warming tea to choose from.

      Tearoom response:

      Lillian:<BR> Thank you for letting me make you a part of our history. It is always nice to hear good comments from customers like you. The personal touch just comes naturally. This community is so welcoming and I am proud to be an active part of it.<BR> Thanks again for your response. Talk to you soon.<BR> Bonnie

    • Linda Jacobson

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      Bonnie: We enoyed our tour and tea very much. I must say your scones are the only ones I have ever liked. Everything was just beatiful. Hope to get back to Elizabeth City for another visit.

      Tearoom response:

      Linda:<BR> Having the NC Archivists here was fantastic. After studying our history for 9 months with the archives it seemed a dream to have you book your tour and tea with me.<BR> Hope to see you next year when you come back to town.<BR> Thanks for your kinds comments.<BR> Bonnie