More often than not, our trips down the C&O Canal end in mad rush. We really do have to learn to stop and smell the roses–or in this case coffee.
Beans in the Belfry is the type of relaxed-atmosphere coffee house that every town needs, and Canal buffs are fortunate that it’s a mere .2 miles from the towpath at Brunswick, MD. The building dates back to 1910, and was originally a church. The stained glass windows are still intact and allow just enough light to create the perfect mellow atmosphere.
Today we stopped in for the Jazz Brunch (Sundays from 11am-2pm) and enjoyed live music while dining on soup, pastries, and Eggs Benedict. The regular weekly menu also has a number of high-carb items that will help the long-distance biker or hiker get down the trail–and let’s not forget the caffeine. The coffee was top-notch!
In all, Beans in the Belfry is a very soothing and eclectic place to get off of the towpath for refueling.
As we all know, 184.5 miles of travel means that places to refresh, regroup, and rejuvenate are often few and far between. Oh, yeah, it’s also a great place to simply hang out for an hour or two when hiking and biking aren’t on the agenda. Bring along your favorite book, newspaper, or your laptop (free wi-fi)– pick a comfy spot and enjoy!