Rosemary Cottage Tea Room

If life has rolled on you like a dog playing dead, take a day away from the grind at this lovely ladies' tea room. Don a frock and pearls and leave the job, the kids, the hubbie, the house and the dishes for a couple hours of renewal with your gal pals. Sip freshly brewed hot tea in a lacy bower, showered with real rose petals. Violins play in the background, and a tea caddy arrives with lady-size sandwiches and one-bite desserts. You can dally as long as you like and discuss recipes, fabric patterns and hairstyles till your heart's content.

Rosemary Cottage Tea Room, 4006 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 913-805-6601.