It might be cold and cloudy outside, but that's no reason to hunker down in your sweats with a cup of Lipton. Sample tea, scones, and treats during a classy afternoon tea at one of these local spots.
Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C.
Soup, pastries, finger foods, and tea served Thursday and Friday from 2-4:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4:30. An employee describes the dress as "not casual, but not too elegant either." $35, reservations required.
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington
The Ritz offers three tea packages on weekends from 2:30-4:30: $29 for tea, scones, and strawberries; for $38, add sandwiches and pastries; and $42 gets you all the above plus a glass of champagne.
Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW, D.C.
High tea seven days a week from 4-6 p.m. Reservations required. Flip flops are discouraged, hats optional. Cold day bonus: there's a fireplace.
Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW, D.C.
Enjoy a mix of sweet and savory snacks, an array of finger sandwiches, warm scones, and a tray of cakes with your tea for $39. Weekends only, 3-5 p.m. The business casual dress code is not strictly enforced, according to one employee.
Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, D.C.
Seven days a week from 3-5 p.m. $28 gets you tea and pastries; $35 gets you that plus a glass of champagne. Dress is casual, reservations required.
Park Hyatt Washington Tea Cellar, 24th and M St. NW, D.C.
Reservations are strongly encouraged at the hotel's Tea Cellar, open for afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday from 2:30-4. $25 includes sandwiches and snacks; pay separately for one of the 100 teas from around the world.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.
The $25 price tag includes an in-depth Cathedral tour and afternoon tea in the Pilgrim Observation Gallery. Tea includes finger sandwiches, cookies, and scones. Reservations required. Guests are asked not to wear open-toed shoes.