Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia Kate’s Teahouse, Bakery, and Boutique


Columbia Kate’s Teahouse, Bakery, and Boutique  Columbia Kate’s has taken over feeding the town with a teahouse and bakery, and as if that isn’t enough--a sweet boutique is also part of the empire. 
Columbia Kate’s Teahouse  22727 Columbia St., (209) 532-1885.  Daily 11-4.  This sweet little teahouse operates within a historic 1880s barn just a block over from Main Street.  Diners here are seated at tables named after real mining claims from Columbia's heyday.  Choose from classic tea set-ups, or opt for just a scone or a few tea sandwiches.  Regular lunch items are also available—salads, sandwiches, quiche, pot pies, and soups.  Everything is baked fresh daily across the street in the bakery.  Apricot scones (my favorite!) and praline-pecan-pear pie are particular popular, but don’t miss the breads, bread pudding, and other desserts.
exterior of Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
exterior of Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California

china display at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
china display at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California


tea display at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
tea display at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California


tea room at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
tea room at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California

lunch plate at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
lunch plate at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California

dessert and cuppa at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
dessert and cuppa at Columbia Kate’s Teahouse in Columbia SHP, California
 Columbia Kate's Teahouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Columbia Kate’s Bakery  11256 State St., (209) 532-2177.  Daily 7am-4pm.  Famous around town for their cinnamon rolls, it is clear that anything you select here will be delicious.  Do try the unusual "Runsas"—a popular pocket sandwich made with a yeast-bread bun and stuffed with egg, bacon, and cheese (the breakfast) or ground beef, cabbage, and Swiss cheese (the lunch).  And don’t miss the cookies and cupcakes.
exterior of Columbia Kate’s Bakery in Columbia SHP, California
exterior of Columbia Kate’s Bakery in Columbia SHP, California

apricot scones at Columbia Kate’s Bakery in Columbia SHP, California
apricot scones at Columbia Kate’s Bakery in Columbia SHP, California

Columbia Kate’s Boutique  Next to the bakery.  Located inside another converted house, this sweet shop purveys tea-time accoutrements along with a large selection of locally made crafts items.  Buttons are a specialty and so you find them here in bulk—in drawers, in suitcases—as well as made up into delightful jewelry.  Clothing is also for sale.
exterior of Columbia Kate’s Boutique in Columbia SHP, California
exterior of Columbia Kate’s Boutique in Columbia SHP, California

button display at Columbia Kate’s Boutique in Columbia SHP, California
button display at Columbia Kate’s Boutique in Columbia SHP, California

suitcase full of buttons at Columbia Kate’s Boutique in Columbia SHP, California
suitcase full of buttons at Columbia Kate’s Boutique in Columbia SHP, California

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