Mary Jane Solomon
My daughter and I drove a couple of hours from Northern Virginia to visit Higinbotham's for the first time today and are so glad we took this day trip. We definitely will return. What a perfect afternoon! Hostess Mary Jo seated us in the beautiful library with built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stocked with hundreds of mostly antique books and assorted decorative items. We had the room to ourselves. Our five-course meal - all served on lovely English bone china - included warm sour cream scones served with Devonshire cream and raspberry preserves, potato bisque, Waldorf salad, savories (open-faced toasted cheese sandwiches, miniature chicken turnovers and tuna salad on baguette slices)and a trio of tiny desserts:a dark chocolate-covered strawberry, a gooey brownie and an absolutely perfect vanilla cupcake with a luscious caramel frosting. We enjoyed two pots of tea - Nutcracker and Spiced Pear - and Mary Jo offered to bring us additional varieties to try. Jim kept our crystal goblets filled with cold water.Everything tasted delicious, and the warm and welcoming service and delightful decor, including autumn-inspired arrangements and Halloween accents, added to the experience.We spent about two and half completely relaxed hours at tea, then walked around the cute town, which features lots of antique shops. Both of us highly recommend this tearoom!