CAPE MAY — Visitors to Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., can enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea when the Carriage House Café & Tearoom reopens for the season Friday, April 29. Enjoy tours and activities sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and convenient dining on the estate with free parking.
Gracious yet casual dining awaits with a café menu that includes signature sandwiches, salads and tea sandwiches, as well as homemade soups and quiche, plus the popular Classic Tea Luncheon and Elegant Afternoon Tea featuring loose tea service and specialty teas from the House of Tea in Philadelphia. The newest menu item available in 2016: Kobe beef cheeseburger sliders.
The Carriage House Café & Tearoom is open daily, April 29 through Oct. 31 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, The Carriage House is a historic building in its own right. Built in 1876, the dining tables in the Carriage House Café & Tearoom are intimately arranged in the original stalls that were home to the Estate’s carriage horses. The tack cases now display delightful gifts offered in the adjacent Carriage House Museum Shop. The Carroll Gallery itself, home to changing exhibits, once housed the Estate’s carriages. You can also dine outside on the brick patio beneath the red-striped tent overlooking the Estate’s remembrance and herb gardens. Here you’ll enjoy a wonderful view of the main house and its grounds with traditional Victorian plantings and landscape design.
Combine lunch with a visit to the Physick Estate house museum, an 18-room mansion restored to its original splendor, where you’ll learn how one of Cape May’s wealthiest Victorian families lived. All areas of the Carriage House are wheelchair accessible. The first floor of the Physick House is also accessible.
If you have a busy schedule, everything is available for takeout, too. For reservations, call (609) 884-5111.