Nestled in the Foothills of Boulder, Colorado is the headquarters for Celestial Seasonings Tea. The company was founded in 1969 and has been producing herbal teas ever since. Here in Colorado, it is common knowledge that the company offers a free tour of the facility. So, we packed up the kids and made the 40 minute drive out to Boulder.
Our "Tickets"--Packets of Herbal Tea
While waiting for the tour to begin, we sat down and enjoyed some tea samples. The visitor area was decked out with lots of original artwork and information about the companies' history. Next, we viewed a short film about how it all began during the, "Summer of Love," when life (and the company) were much simpler. It went on to talk about all of the places throughout the world where the tea leaves and botanicals for the herbal teas are produced.
After the viewing, we were led on a tour through the factory. We were all fitted with lovely hairnets prior to entering. My husband laughed when I could just barely fit my curly fro into mine. I got my revenge when he was outfitted with a "beard net" for his facial hair.
One of the highlights was the much anticipated Peppermint room. The smell was so intense from all of the Spearmint and Peppermint stocked to the ceiling, that it cleared the sinuses and irritated our eyes a bit.
Lastly, we ended up in the Gift Shop where we bought a few boxes of tea at discounted prices. We love drinking tea on a daily so we were in "tea heaven".