Escape to Tarbin Gardens for a Tour, with Tea!

Tarbin GardensNature lovers rejoice! There is a quiet little place in the Lakes Region where the New Hampshire wilderness meets English-style gardens—an oasis for those seeking solitude or inspiration, or companionship over a nice “cuppa.” Though a place like this conjures images of The Secret Garden, there is no locked gate here. At Tarbin Gardens, all are welcome to stroll at their leisure, rest on a quiet bench, or take a guided tour—and don’t forget the traditional English Cream Tea! Continue reading

Satori Tea Garden a Peaceful Retreat for Lunch, Sweets, and Tea

One of the nicest things about summertime in New Hampshire is being able to relax outdoors in the warm weather and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Add delicious food to the mix and the experience borders on transcendent—it feeds the soul. In the quaint lakeside village of Meredith, visitors and locals can find a quiet little spot tucked in a beautiful Japanese garden to sample light French luncheon fare, elegant desserts, and fine teas. This haven is known as Satori, a tea garden.

Satori is located in the gardens of the lakes gallery at chi-lin, an Asian art and antique gallery and workshop center just up the hill from The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls. Satori opened for its 11th season on Wednesday, July 25th to mild weather and a steady stream of customers. Suzanne Lee, owner of the lakes gallery and Satori tea garden, offers light vegetarian cuisine and tea at satori Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 to 4:30. After school starts again in the fall, the tea garden will be open on Saturdays, with other days available by appointment, until the fall begins to turn chilly. Continue reading

The Lakes Gallery and Satori Tea Garden at Chi-Lin Bring a Taste of Asia to Meredith

Bridge and rotating sphere sculpture from FinlandJust steps away from this lakeside resort is another world.  Wander up the hill to Lake Street, only a little ways from the Marketplace at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, and you will find Chi-Lin, a little shop that’s more than a shop—it’s an Asian experience!

Chi-Lin has been in Meredith for almost 25 years.  The proprietor, Suzanne Lee, started the gallery while she was working in New York as a designer in the garment industry and travelling extensively to the Orient.  “That’s how I fell in love with Asian things,” she says.

Life in New York and overseas was very hectic, so in the early 80’s Suzanne bought an old farmhouse in New Hampshire as a “total escape, because in that business you have to get away where nobody can find you.”  At the time, Suzanne was living in a tiny apartment in New York.  “And then when I bought this old farmhouse it had 13 huge rooms, so the temptation overseas was terrible and I bought lots of furniture and lots of art, so I ended up putting it in the house and opening part of the house as a gallery.”  Not long after that, Suzanne bought a building in Meredith to grow her new business, and Chi-Lin has morphed over the years into the wonderful place it is today. Continue reading