TeaLady at Edison Ford Winter Estates

You may have seen my earlier post about the newest tea from Local Coffee + Tea,  the Edison Ford Fruit Tea created to celebrate the beautiful winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford at the Edison Ford Winter Estates.  Recently I had relatives visiting from Yorkshire and decided to take a day trip south to the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.  If you read my blogs you know I like to share my tea experiences with you (England , Northern Michigan, South Carolina Tea Plantation) and as this one is on my own doorstep, I just have to share.  A ‘one tank trip’ not to be missed!

Bougainvillea

We had a simply beautiful day, blue skies and a nice breeze blowing from the Caloosahatchee river.  The grounds were spectacular with a riot of Bougainvillea, fruit trees starting to blossom and many variety of palm trees.  We stood in awe of an immense banyan tree, certainly one of the largest I have ever seen, even larger than the ones at Selby Gardens.

 My favorite place in the garden was an area by the swimming pool called ‘The Tearoom’ where Mrs. Mina Edison used to entertain guests.  I could so imagine them all seated in this tiled area with the breeze from the river, sipping  Edison Ford Fruit Tea which is a delicious blend of citrus, pineapple, mango and calendula [pot marigold petals] and is evocative of the ‘fruit teas’ often served to family and guests.
Both the Edison and Ford houses have large covered patios surrounding them where you are shaded from the sun, and the breeze from the river keeps you cool as you enjoy the furnished rooms on display.  I especially enjoyed the dining area of the Edison house where there is evidence of a love of tea, a collection of teacups belonging to the family.  Delightful!
In the museum there are so many wonderful pictures of the family and guests enjoying these two magnificent winter homes and surroundings. You can really linger over the many displays and presentations and we all found ourselves captivated in a journey back in time.
Our visit was a great success and  if you are from this area of paradise, then you should visit soon.  For those of you who are more than ‘one tank’ away (especially in colder climes!) and cannot visit I hope you will take the opportunity of picking up some tea online.
As always, my wish is that you will take some time for tea and enjoy Edison Ford Fruit Tea.  Let the tea take you back in time, you will not be disappointed!
Cheers,
the Tealady
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