Kentucky Tourism

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

Danville, KY


fine teas

Elmwood Inn Teas, owned by Shelly and Bruce Richardson, is dedicated to exploring the world in search of extraordinary teas, to honor and respect the source of those teas, and to make teas available to the public. They are committed to sharing the idea that tea is a lifestyle and not a commodity. Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, both loose and in tea bags, are offered in single estate and blended teas, herbals and infusions.

Shelly Richardson is the creative mind behind the Elmwood Inn tea story. She created the setting for the internationally-known afternoon teas served at Elmwood Inn from 1990 until 2004. Her elegant, yet relaxed, style has been an important influence on America’s tea room renaissance. You will see her recipes and tea presentations recreated in tearooms across the country.


A lifelong educator, Bruce earned a masters degree in choral conducting and music education. For fifteen years, he founded and directed the Danville Children’s Choir and was the co-founder and past president of the Boyle County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. For seven years, Bruce volunteered his leadership skills as mayor of the historic village of Perryville, Kentucky. His Mayor’s Cup tea is Elmwood Inn Fine Teas’ signature blend. He spends much of his time educating Americans in the art of celebrating afternoon tea and can often be found appearing on television and radio talk shows, or as a guest speaker at professional seminars such as World Tea Expo.


Elmwood Inn Teas can be found at shops throughout Kentucky including the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.