The journey took them across the northern most United States with stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, Glacier National Park in Montana, and Seattle. The journal page that caught my attention began with: "We saw a sign for High Tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Alberta, Canada. So we crossed the border at Waterton Park - adjacent to Glacier. The 2 combine into Peace Park. Tea was beyond words - lavish, elegant, beautifully presented in the lobby and $15.00 each. We had tiny sandwiches, little muffins, fresh berries, (blueberries, strawberries, and big sweet red raspberries) with a large bowl of clotted cream, flaky scones and all the sweets imaginable - petite fours, strawberries dipped in chocolate, jelly roll, assorted layer cakes and cream puff swans."
Doesn't that sound grand!? And, with the wonders of the Internet, it's possible to confirm that the Prince of Wales Hotel is still in operation, that they continue to serve Afternoon Tea, and that it now costs $30.00/person. It was a real bargain in 1996, and it still sounds like a bargain!
|Bertha and Byron Reppert, 1996|