Attend the Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea and Tour at the Fallon House

Thomas and Carmel Fallon House, San Jose, CA. Wikimedia Commons.

Enjoy a pot of hot tea and tour one of San Jose’s beautiful historic homes this weekend!  History San Jose and Satori Tea Company have banded together to present a Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea and Tour at the Gold Rush-era Fallon House in San Pedro Square on Saturday, December 3rd.  The basement of the historic Fallon House, which was once known as Manny’s Italian Cellar restaurant when the Victorian mansion was a boardinghouse called the Italia Hotel, has been repaired after being damaged by a minor flood a few years ago, and has been transformed into a tea room for the day.

Satori Tea Company created a special black tea blend, called “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” flavored with apricots, cherries, and plums, especially for this event.  The afternoon tea menu will also feature a selection of savories and sweets to pair with the tea.  There will be two tea seatings, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tickets cost $45 per person ($40 for History San Jose members). Guided tours of the Fallon House and Peralta Adobe, as well as a variety of entertainments, are included in the ticket price.

Accompanying the tea and tours will be sparkling wine from Guglielmo Winery, the Shady Shakespeare players, Christmas carols from the Lyric Theatre Victorian Carolers, and performances by the Liberty Baptist School band and choir, and the band Fiddle Road. Santa Claus will also attend – arriving on a vintage fire engine – and there will be wreath-making workshops, spinning demonstrations and other interesting historic activities.

The Fallon House is located at 175 W. St. John Street, San Jose; there is limited free parking in the private lot behind the museum, but there are several public parking lots and a large parking garage within a block or two of the historic site. To make a reservation and buy your ticket, call Juanita Lara at (408) 918-1045 or e-mail

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information:
“San Jose’s newest tea shop: Satori Tea Bar”
“Review: afternoon tea at Satori Tea Bar”
“Tea history: what type of tea did American founders drink?”
“Tea with the Founders: an 18th century style tea menu”
“What you need to make a good pot of hot tea”
“Tea and food pairings for black teas”
“Gift ideas for the San Jose tea-lover”
“Are tea-drinkers automatically ‘teatotallers’?”
“Tea tasting 101: characteristics of a good-quality black tea”
“Tea 101: what do we mean when we talk about tea?”
History San Jose
Satori Tea Company
“Tea in Manny’s Cellar sounds so civilized” by Sal Pizarro
Guglielmo Winery
Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company
Lyric Theatre Victorian Carolers
Liberty Baptist School Band
Liberty Baptist School Choir
Fiddle Road
Serendipity Spinners Guild
Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County


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