I have just returned from a wonderful vacation in the beautiful Northern Michigan.  It was my first visit and I enjoyed seeing the lakes, countryside and flora particular toMichigan, which is so different from Florida.  The lilac was in full bloom and I couldn’t get enough of it!

As always, tea was on the menu and I searched for an establishment where I could indulge my passion away from Local Coffee + Tea.  After researching online, I found only one option in our vicinity which was called the Good Hart and Soul Tea Room.  The tea room takes its name from a small village, Good Hart which is situated by the Tunnel of Trees on the cliffs of Lake Michigan.  Sounds idyllic? It was a haven of peace and serenity which I would like to share.

Good Hart & Soul Tea Room

The tea room was part of Primitive Images Rustics , an amazing log cabin that the owner Ceci Bauer transported from Canada and rebuilt in this location.  Filled with a treasure trove of rustic furniture and collectibles it was delightful to browse.  In a bright room at the rear was an area devoted to all things tea where Grahame and I met Jessica from Texas!  Only her third day of working, she presented the tea menu with confidence and knowledge.

It was not easy to choose from the great selection of teas!  Jessica offered the lids of the storage canisters so we could appreciate the bouquet of several teas before I decided on Jasmine Pearl and Grahame on Mandarin Citrus White.  To accompany tea we had scones and jam, which was made from local cherries of course!

We took a small table on an outdoor patio where we sat in dappled sunshine, surrounded by beautiful trees, listening to the birds sing and watching chipmunks play hide and seek.  This was so…very relaxing, and a perfect setting for the excellent cuppa that Jessica served.  A teapot each was maybe a little ambitious!  Alas, I have never been known to leave a good pot of tea, so I enjoyed the moment and drank every drop!  I tried to capture some of the ambience in this photo

Our Tea

Being fans of ‘all things local’ it was great to find the delicious scones were from a local bakery called Crooked Tree Breadworks (Petoskey) and the Cherry Bomb jam from a local company called Wee Bee Jammin (Manistee)  The tea was from a local supplier in the Traverse City area some of which are blended with local herbs and flowers.

Nobody else joined us for tea (early part of June is low season) for which we were grateful as this only enhanced our experience at the very aptly named Good Hart and Soul.  Thank you to Jessica and Lindsey for the lovely service and if you are ever in this area of Harbor Springs be sure to visit this delightful tea room.

Cheers, the TeaLady