I have never in my life been to a place as peaceful, relaxing, and welcoming as Shady Gables. On my very first visit I felt like a queen, and I have felt the same way on the dozens of other visits I have made since then. My daughter (who is almost 10) loves it because there is a room where you can pick out a hat, gloves, or fur capes to wear for tea! Reba is a lovely woman who always has a smile on her face. Kelly, her assistant manager, is just at pleasant, and anyone who has ever waited on me or spoken with me on the phone has been wonderful. The tea is amazing, so much so that I buy it and have to have it at home almost every day! The food is delicious, and yes, it is small, but that is not the reason I go. It is the atmosphere! I totally unwind there. It is almost like a visit to a spa. The only thing missing is a massage! And I have filled an area in my home with 'tea things' that I have purchased at the gift shop. My children and I have tea regularly, all thanks to Shady Gables. Yes, they require reservations, but that is not so unusual if you really think about it. You easily spend 2 hours there, you are NOT rushed and that is why it is relaxing. (When you walk in just because you see empty tables that doesn't mean there aren't reservations made for those tables. And, the way I found out you needed to make a reservation is because I read it on the website!) I intend to visit and revisit Shady Gables as long as Reba has her doors open! It is my number one place to go. If anyone asks me where would you want to be if you could be anywhere right now I always answer 'The tea room.'