The Royal Afternoon tea in the Harvest Room at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Come along to an intimate dining room over looking the grand patio and Rossdale river valley area. The room seats 60, today there was only 26 diners (3 men, 23 women). It was mother’s first day in town and we wanted to kickoff this week with an exquisite setting. Our waitress Nahtili was always atentative to our tables needs and was 100% about their being 0% cross contamination for my wifes’ Celiac meal.

We ordered 2-Fairmont MAC earl grey teas and a Japanese Sawgha Kakawaha tea. Our first afternoon treat was a single scoop BASIL INFUSED BLOOD ORANGE SORBET!!! Capital letters to explain our OMG this is deeeeelicious expressions. We sat sipping tea and chatting over decor, other dining participants regal clothing choices, the hats and the splendor of every course. The three tiered festivities began shortly thereafter.

Each petite more exquisite than the last.

Around 3:35pm Nahtili informed the afternoon tour would be starting about 4:00pm with Jerome. The tour would define the hotel, its histories, garden, ballrooms, the Queen Elizabeth suite 817 including the Butler’s quarters.

The suite had two floors, 1100 sq ft of living space an AMAZING bathroom with a mirror that played music. It had nice views overlooking the river valley from its 8th floor windows and it felt comfortable without being over-the-top.

The entire 2.5 hours in the hotel made mother smile ear to ear, as it touched every part of what she loves: cuisine, high class atmosphere, history and a tour through a passing era.