Garden Tea Party Tour
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Garden Tea Party Tour

DAY 1


Morning:

Arrive at Carter and Holmes Orchid Farm and tour up to 18 greenhouses that make up 93,000 sq ft of tropical beauty in one of the largest orchid nurseries in the world!
Just a short 10-minute ride to your next experience of a behind the stage tour of the Historical Newberry Opera House. Full of performing arts history & stories dating back to the 1800’s! Maybe Penelope, the NOH Ghost will greet you upon arrival!
Suggested Tour Times: 2 hours

Afternoon:

Downtown Newberry offers a great variety of restaurants, including 2 delightful Tea Rooms & Shopping. Enjoy a tasty lunch in this historic, quaint town.

After Lunch:

Sit back, relax and enjoy the 45-minute ride to Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens. HGTV ranks The Botanical Gardens as one of the 20 Great Public Gardens across America. Whether it’s a spectacular bloom, a mass color or an unusual plant structure, there is always something “growing on” at Riverbanks Botanical Garden!
2 hours

Evening:

From tasting tours, pub crawls, art walks, progressive dinners, cooking demonstrations, beer schools, bartending classes, and everything in between, if it involves food or drink, we've got something that will provide a unique, entertaining and educational way to introduce famously hot Columbia to your group. Be an official foodie and take a food experience with one of Columbia’s two Food Tour Companies, Two Gals & A Fork or Columbia Food Tours. They each wish to share famously hot Columbia with you, one step and one bite at a time.
2 ½ hours

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Day 2:


Morning:

Grab a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then off for shopping and high Tea!


Afternoon:

Arrive in downtown Ridgeway for a shopping excursing of antiques, hat shops and boutiques. High Tea awaits you at Laura’s Tea Room, an experience of a lifetime! It all starts the moment you climb the stairs to the mezzanine to wait for your table to be prepared. You and your guests can try on our many vintage hats until you find just the right one to wear to tea. Of course you don’t have to wear a hat to tea, but when you see all the fun this is you just might want to! Don’t forget to bring your camera, and feel free to ask any of our staff to take your pictures. We have some great props for you also, like large picture frames to pose in or Queen Elizabeth to pose with! Once your table is ready you will be invited up to pick a tea cup to use from our hundred plus vintage cups. Having fun yet? We know you are, and the first cup of tea hasn’t even been poured yet! Our staff is so dedicated to you enjoying your visit; you will be pampered beyond anything you have ever had before. This whole experience is about you having a great time.
2 1/2 hours

To reserve this sample itinerary along with comfortable accommodations
Or to create a custom tour, please contact:
Julie Colson, Director of Sales & Group Tours at 803-781-5940 x 3

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