I have to confess...I am lucky enough to live just a few miles from Columbia Kate's Tea House and today was the first time I visited. My loss for not having done so sooner! The atmosphere is relaxing and comfy, artistic and inspiring. The menu selection, for both teas and food is vast and fantastic. I visited with my best friend, my Girl Scout co-leader, my eleven year old daughter and her best friend. The girls had a great time searching through an antique chest of drawers that was filled with buttons (available for purchase) both before and after they ate lunch. The presentation of our food was worthy of a foodie magazine photo contest (seriously!) and it was all DELICIOUS (and very reasonably priced too). Our food was fresh, pretty, imaginiative and most importantly, healthy and homemade. I had a really delicious lemonade that was infused with lavender, it was amazing! Everything about Columbia Kate's is welcoming and warm. This is a fabulous place to have lunch with friends, family, out of town guests or even by yourself if you're so inclined. On my way out I couldn't help but notice all of the unique gift goodies they offer, one of the items was a plaque that read 'women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until they get in hot water', HA, so true. I'll definitely be going in again soon for lunch and a little shopping!