If you’ve never been to Tickle’s, stop what you’re doing and go. Well, finish this story first, then go. Just over the state line in Swansea, Tickle’s is the kind of place you can spend hours exploring and never see the same thing twice. There are three parts to the property: Tickle’s Shop, Tickle’s Tea Room and The Aviary Restaurant.
Tickle’s Shop is a great place to shop for holiday gifts, but it isn’t any ordinary gift store. Room after room of carefully chosen and beautifully displayed items are on view. When you walk in, you immediately see three things: a case of chocolates and sweets to enjoy there or take home is in front of you; to the right, there’s the clothing shop, with women’s lines like Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Vera Bradley, Habitat and UGG; to the left is a jewelry room filled with case after case of on-trend pieces from Pandora, Alex & Ani, John Medeiros, Skagen, Brighton and more. Beyond, there is so much to shop for: beautiful gifts for children and parents-to-be, handmade pottery and art, and more Christmas ornaments than you could fit on your tree. Home decor and housewares from lines like Mariposa, Town Glassware and Nora Fleming are always great choices, too.
If you’d like to get off your feet after all that shopping, pop into Tickle’s Tea Room, which serves lunch and afternoon tea every day. Lunch offerings include gourmet salads like Candied Pecan Pear and Apple Walnut Gorgonzola, and soups like Tomato Bacon Bisque. They’ve got a Grilled Cheese Bar, and irresistible savory crepes with smoked salmon, grilled chicken or prosciutto. The centerpiece, though, is Tickle’s afternoon tea service, which comes with a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries, scones with jam and a pot of tea. Tea sandwiches come in delectable varieties like Classic Cucumber with lemon and dill cream cheese, Brie Honeycomb Apple and Pesto Chicken.
2219 GAR Highway, Swansea