When a place describes itself as a "tranquil escape," I think twice about bringing my rambunctious family. So the first time I visited Chapel Hill's Honeysuckle Tea House, I just went with my sister. Fortunately what we found was a family-friendly place, complete with a playset, bamboo-enclosed hammock area and organic gardens for milling around. (Beware of the pond with little ones.) The vibe is yoga meets dreadlocks meets Costa Rica, and I dig that.
The tea house itself is open-air, so best enjoyed during pleasant weather. The breeze flowing through feels amazing after wandering the sunny gardens. Last time we visited, blackberries were ripe for picking and a food truck was pulling up just as we were leaving. In addition to tea and a small assortment of organic snacks and smoothies, you can also find yoga and plenty of live music (but don't go looking for espresso drinks). Even the meandering drive through the countryside from Pittsboro was idyllic.
You can learn more about the tea house's interesting origins here.
I'd consider "tranquil escape" an accurate description, but don't let that scare you off from bringing your family along. You can sip your tea and have a quiet moment staring off into the garden while your kids tear it up on the swings.
Parking logistics: Parking is abundant and obvious in a gravel lot in front of the tea house.
Strollers: The gravel parking lot and grassy garden paths are suitable for a jogging or all-terrain stroller, but not an umbrella-type stroller.
8871 Pickards Meadow Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Seasonal hours: March-November
Sun - Thurs 9am - 9pm | Fri & Sat 9am - 10pm
Not sure if it's open? Check their Facebook page or call 919.903.9131.
I'm Julia Soplop. I've spent my life documenting the world around me in writing and photography. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.