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Beans in the Belfry, Brunswick, MD

A Coffee House with a Twist! This old church built in 1910 was transformed into a trendy little coffee house that serves a wonderful variety of coffee, tea, pastries, desserts, and meals.

101 Years Old!





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!


View from the balcony...


Stained Glass Windows in the Stairwell




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!


Sunday Jazz Brunch at Beans in the Belfry with John Ware & Walter Johns

Tony’s Pizza Time Cafe


It's worth the walk! (or ride!)


If you’re biking the entire length of the C&O Canal towpath, then you’re sure to be hungry when you pass through the Cushwa Basin area of Williamsport.  If you’re in the mood for Italian food, you’ll find delicious pizza (and a loaded menu) less than 4/10 of a mile away from the C&O Canal Path visitor’s parking lot.  True, you have to come up a slight hill, but the effort will be well worth it!


Come out of the parking, head up the hill (West Potomac Street), and turn right onto Conococheague Street. Tony’s Pizza Time Cafe will be on the left-hand side on the next corner.  While perusing their menu, make sure to look for Crazy Tony’s Pizza-topped with bacon cheese fries, ranch dressing, with cheddar & mozzarella cheese.

C&O Bike Shop-Hancock, Maryland

A great place for bike supplies, drinks, and snacks!

The C&O Bike Shop, located at 9 South Pennsylvania Avenue in Hancock, Maryland, is ideally situated between the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Western Maryland Rail Trail. The shop offers a wide variety of services, including bike sales and rentals, maintenance, clothing, gear, snacks, and drinks. In spite of its size, Hancock has become a cycling mecca in the area, and numerous riders flock to the rail trail and towpath. Lots of riders, naturally, make for a plethora of flat tires and other mechanical failures, and we have been victims of our fair share of problems. Fortunately, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the C&O Bike Shop has been there to bail us out on more than one occasion. The latest was a couple of weeks ago, and we thought it would be a good idea to send a thank you to the guys at the shop. Keep up the good work!

Phone: (301) 678-6665

Breaded Clams & Beer (An Ode to Bill’s Place)

Breaded Clams (and Fried Cauliflower) & Beer!

If you’re ped’lin’ your bike
Along the C & O
Down at Little Orleans
You need to take it slow
There’s a place called Dollar Bill’s there
Or so I hear

And they’re famous for their breaded clams and beer

Breaded clams and beer
Are two things near and dear
That seafood keeps me thirstin’
And I drink suds until I’m burstin’
Hey barkeep gimme another round

For me and my friend here
We’ll both have them breaded clams and beer

Well, you can get yoreself a sammich
Or the beef stick and some crackers
The country ham and deep fried Spam
Are a couple more lip smackers
It’s all as good as can be
But not as good, I hear
As Ol’ Bill’s famous breaded clams and beer

Them breaded clams and beer
Make me wanna cheer
Them clams are a sight
With a Miller Lite
In a mug that’s nice and clear
Hey barkeep how ’bout another round
For me and my friends here
We’ll all have them breaded clams and beer!

Well, Bill and his posse don’t get around
They spend most of their days in Orleans town
Sittin’ along the Fifteenmile
And grinnin’ from ear to ear
They all like the simple things
Like a cold Budweiser and a plate of wings
But after fishin’ or a-huntin’
You can’t beat breaded clams and beer

OH…them breaded clams and beer
Are a favorite throughout the year
Order a Guinness Stout
The boys’ll throw you out
And you’ll wind up on your rear
Hey! Billy, we’ll have another round
Me and my fishin’ buddies here
Yep, we’ll have them breaded clams and beer

*Dedicated to ol’ Bill and the patrons of Bill’s Place in Little Orleans, Maryland

Bill’s Place- Little Orleans, Maryland

Best Kept Secret in Maryland!

When riding down the C&O Canal, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it’s a long way from Paw Paw to Hancock. Mile after seemingly endless mile of dusty towpath can sure work up a thirst or hunger pang, but we’re very fortunate to have Bill’s Place situated between the two in Little Orleans, Maryland.

Relaxin' at Bill's Place

Okay, so what is Bill’s Place? It’s a combination saloon, restaurant, bait shop, and canoe rental establishment, and owner Bill Schoenadel is nothing short of a legend in the upper Potomac valley.

What's Cooking?



Need directions? Go see Bill. Want to know about the local history? Talk to Bill. Want a side of breaded clams with your beer? Once again, Bill is the man for you! Just stepping inside the door to Bill’s Place is an experience.

Bills at Bill's!






It’s like stepping back in time, and a glance at the ceiling reveals another unique feature: you can sign and date a dollar bill, and Mr. Schoenadel will eventually get around to pasting it on the ceiling. There are literally thousands of them!




Picture Perfect!

So…if you’re ped’lin’ your bike along the C&O, down in Little Orleans you need to take it slow…