© 2017 The Secret Garden
The tour coordinator, Elizabeth, is one of the founders of The Secret Garden, and does a bit of everything in the business: menu planning, cooking and baking, marketing and is the buyer for the gift shop.
Elizabeth graduated from Pacific Lutheran University many years ago with a degree in History. History majors generally have no marketable skills, other than the ability to do research. Trip planning requires a LOT of research, so she is glad that her parent’s investment in her education is finally being utilized.
An avid collector of antique and vintage dishes (especially teacups), Elizabeth especially enjoys the thrill of the “hunt” in shops and markets and is looking forward to sharing Afternoon Tea adventures with tour participants.
Mark is the executive chef of The Secret Garden and when accompanying Elizabeth on a tour, is the executive baggage handler and official comedian. Together with their daughter, Viola, they eat, sleep and breathe tea, since they live upstairs in the Victorian mansion that houses The Secret Garden.
What is The Secret Garden?
The Secret Garden Tea Room and Gift Shop relocated to a beautiful Victorian Mansion in Sumner, WA in 2006, after fifteen years at Factoria Mall in Bellevue, WA, . The charm of the original Queen Anne and Italianate architecture provides an elegant, yet warm ambiance in which to enjoy a scrumptious lunch or a traditional English-style Tea Set served on a 3-tier stand.
We are proud to say that all of our food is prepared in-house with our own "from scratch" recipes. We even grow many of our herbs in our gardens. We highly recommend reservations so you are not disappointed by a long wait for a table.
Our gift shop is stocked with tea-time treasures and a variety of delightful gifts including our own loose-leaf teas, fanciful jewelry and accessories, and charming floral accent for your home.
Our dining rooms are decorated with china and antique glassware from our vintage china collection which we have made available for party rentals. We decorate the rooms for the holidays with our personal collections as well.
We believe that the celebration of Afternoon Tea is a congenial and civilized way to share both a meal and a respite from the hectic pace of life with dear ones. It is the love of all things related to this experience that gave birth to the idea of Tea Tours; a gracious, warm and relaxed way to explore areas rich in the traditions of tea.
Why choose our tours?
Our tours are designed for those who enjoy the experience of afternoon tea...the dainty sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, the pastries and the tea.
Part of what makes afternoon tea such a delight is the attention to detail put into such a meal. Fine china, pretty linens, and ambience are as important as the food and most of our participants are avid collectors of all things tea and antiques, enjoy gardening, baking and shopping, so our tours cater to these interests.
As you can guess, our tours appeal to women, (although men are welcome too). Each group bonds over their common interests and lifelong friendships are made.
Our tours are small, (no more than 12 participants) so that we can are able to get into tiny tea rooms and antique shops and other places that big tour groups cannot. This also means that we can move about more easily, using a variety of transportation modes . We don’t climb into a big bus and just see the sights as we pass by. We hop aboard trains and boats and carriages and trolleys and trams to experience the area.
Speaking of experiences, we include them in the price. We don’t sell “optional” tours, because we feel that if there’s something neat to see or do, we should include it! Our tours also allow more time in each area than most, so we can do them thoroughly.
Please join us for a tea adventure in the near future!