Sometime last year I started hearing about a place in Chapel Hill called Honeysuckle Tea House. All I knew about it was that they served loose leaf tea, which has long been my beverage of choice. So on a hot summer day last year I decided to make the trek. From my house in Raleigh it is about 45 minutes away and once you get off the highway you have to drive down some country roads. Just when you start to think you must have taken a wrong turn you see the entrance gates artfully carved from logs. The space itself is amazing, and is Agritourism at its best.
The teas are all sourced locally and all the herbs are grown on the acres of farmland surrounding the tea house. The structure itself sits atop shipping containers where they cultivate medicinal plants and the top pagoda is an open air space where they serve their tea, kombucha on tap and other herbal house-made sodas. In addition the make their own honey, salves, and other tinctures. Because the teahouse itself has no walls or windows up top it is only open seasonally.
Most weekend evenings there is a band playing outside and for kids there is a small playground, a Maypole and a big field to run around in. It is lovely and definitely worth a trip, just be sure to check the heat and make sure it isnâ€™t too hot as there isnâ€™t any air conditioning!