Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Tea, A Scavenger Hunt, 32 Hidden Doors!

Angela and I went to a Sunday afternoon dessert tea at the Mansion on O Street. I had a LivingSocial coupon. Regularly....the Dessert tea is $25 and the Treasure Hunt is an extra $ $70 for 2 people...but I got it for $25! Score! :)

The House is about 1.5 blocks from the Dupont Circle easy walk....or if you want to double park outside and go in the mansion and give the keys to the butler (yes...the butler! :P). The house definitely does not look like anything special on the outside....but inside....its a sight that is rather hard to explain....

I guess I'll start with the house. There are over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors, built into bookcases, or behind painting, etc. Each room is filled with artwork, statutes, many of the walls, floors, or ceilings are painted.....There is a secret wine cellar that can only be found if you figure out where the hidden door is. A room with a jukebox, a room with a pool table, a kitchen and dining room space decorated like a 60s diner, a  chess table inside of a bathroom.....everything in the house is fun and eclectic!

The dessert tea was great....the tea itself was OK....not a great brand (If you do a private get better tea cuz I saw the waiters walking around with Tea Forte teas....)....The dessert offering was great! Delicious Tiramisu, cookies, whoopie pies, lemon bar, 5 different scones, regular & cinnamon clotted cream, candy, chocolates, and a bunch of other things I cant even remember. There is also a giant cheese platter with like 10 different types of cheese and crackers.
The room where we had our tea--Museum 5
Part of the Spread
Ginger scone, Cranberry scone, lemon bar, tiramisu (delish!), chocolate cake, orange creme pudding (good!), pistachio pudding (not so good!), brie, some other type of white cheese.

After stuffing ourselves it was time to start the scavenger hunt. We were told that there were 32 secret doors....and that if we found 3 we were having a really good day....we found 5 + 2 that were labeled (lols)....we rocked the hunt! :P We had to look for things like a bear wearing a top hot carrying a basket of berries, a butterfly playing a french horn flying, and a chess table inside a bathroom. Ang and I played a quick game of chess in the bathroom--I mean come on! when would we get another chance to play chess inside a bathroom.....lols :P 

Rating: Excellent, loved it!
Cost: a bit expensive ....but worth it for the experience 
Insider Tip: Great for a girls brunch or a mother/daughter day ....they also have rooms for renting out at reasonable prices! Many of the rooms can be rented as a hotel room too. Go and try to beat my score of 5 secret doors! 

As always....stay consumed! 

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