Tea is the second-most popular beverage in the world, the pleasure of Britons, and an unexpected force in world history (see: Boston Harbor). Suffice it to say, tea is more than mere liquid; it is also an experience. Luxuriate at the Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center: $23 for a royal tea time for two (a $46 value). This relaxing Princeton setting hosts afternoon tea -- Wednesday to Saturday at 3 p.m. -- in its dining room or art gallery. Modern-day footmen will serve at your pleasure, conveying to your table fine loose-leaf tea, savory tea sandwiches, and fresh-baked scones with Devonshire cream -- all served on fine English china. As you and your mate conclude this royal visit, a glass of fine sparkling wine shall be provided to you both. Do show your taste for elegance; the Queen herself would be envious.