The New Year is a time of goal setting to challenge ourselves. Many of us will opt for health-oriented goals, which makes for the perfect overlap with January being National Hot Tea Month. This is a month to be educated in the health and lifestyle benefits of drinking tea, as well as an opportunity to celebrate by sampling new varieties and living in community with other tea lovers.
The Tea House Times, a premier bi-monthly tea publication, is celebrating by announcing a new partnership with Select Registry, a network of over 300 premier inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels. This partnership truly embraces the a community of tea travelers who not only enjoy exploring new destinations and the teas they offer, but who also appreciate the best accommodations North America has to offer. This new partnership represents the commitment of both organizations to bring an even more extensive knowledge of everything tea to businesses and travelers alike.
In the spirit of educating tea drinkers during National Hot Tea Month, or those still aspiring to make this life change, here are some basic health benefits to drinking tea.
- Weight loss is one of the main health benefits of tea and has been studied extensively both in North America and Asia. Studies have shown that drinking three cups of tea a day increases energy by 4.7 percent, which then naturally increases fat oxidization.
- Another common health issue addressed by tea drinking is that of high cholesterol and blood pressure. A Japanese study showed that green tea catechins lead to a reduction in body fat and therefore lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Tea, as opposed to coffee, is a naturally half-caff beverage making consumers less prone to addictions. While it has less caffeine it still has enough to produce the same cognitive benefits of coffee.
- There are literally thousands of studies demonstrating the cancer-fighting characteristics of tea. It is known to boost the immune system, inhibit uncontrolled cell growth and reduce free radical and DNA damage.
In celebration of National Hot Tea Month and this exciting new partnership take a look at these beautiful Select Registry properties known for their tea times.
- George Washington Inn, Port Angeles, Washington
This beautiful bed and breakfast was modeled after George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia. Its five elegant guest rooms include spa tubs and fireplaces, among other amenities. The inn sits on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca with views of the San Juan Islands and the City of Vitoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. On George Washington’s birthday, they celebrate with afternoon tea and a reenactor. On Sequim Lavender Weekend in July they serve lavender-themed afternoon tea.
- Brook Farm Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts
This Victorian treasure tucked away in the Berkshires has 12 cozy guest rooms and a carriage house. In addition to daily buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea is served on the weekends by the fireplace in the library. With high ceilings, a comfortable sofa, a window seat, this comfortable room full of compelling literature is the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea. Also of note are the innkeepers famous scones served alongside it.
National Hot Tea Month is the perfect time to see new places and celebrate the community around tea. Maybe you’ll learn something new or just meet some fellow tea travelers during tea time at one of these Select Registry properties.