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What’s better than brunch? Sleep in late, head out to one of our great little towns for some breakfast/lunch and maybe mimosas and bloody marys?

Okay, here’s how you can take your lazy brunching to the next level: tubing.

Tubing down the Delaware is one of our favorite summer weekend pastimes. Because we can’t spend all day just waiting for our next meal… well, you can but that’s pretty boring. Since we live on the Delaware it’s very easy for us to hop on River Road and drive up to Frenchtown, NJ to go tubing with Delaware River Tubing. This is a great stretch of the Delaware worth checking out, and they take care of all the driving between start and finish, plus – free parking & barbecue lunch. Four hours floating pleasantly down the river with the sun shining is one of the best ways to spend a day off.

But you can’t tube on an empty stomach, and that’s why there is brunch. So if you’re looking for some good brunch places to hit up before cruising down the river, here’s a tried & true list to get you started.

Barley Sheaf Inn  (New Hope, PA)

Saturday & Sunday from 8:30AM – 1PM

If I could eat here every weekend I would. Their brunch menu is a made-to-order, unlimited choice menu with a complimentary mimosa to start and BYOB. They start you off with an amazing selection of house-baked pastries. All brunch entrees include roasted potatoes and choice of bacon or sausage. Last time I had the cornmeal & chive waffle with pork feijoada, sunny side up egg, chipotle hollandaise. Yeah, that was delicious. Their dining room is so elegant and flooded with natural light, and they also have outdoor seating that overlooks their grounds. And it’s a bargain at $35 all you can eat.

If tubing isn’t your thing, the Delaware has so many other fun activities to enjoy like kayaking, canoeing, hiking (if you feel like going up to the Delaware Water Gap) and biking along the canal. Get out and work off that dutch baby! 

Karla’s New Hope (New Hope, PA)

Sunday beginning at 10am

Benedicts and omelettes, that’s what Karla’s does! If they have a special benedict, go for it – last time we went it was their smoke salmon and herb hollandaise, made perfectly. Plus you can’t beat the ambiance here, with their art nouveau architecture and stylish “sun room”.

Agricola Eatery  (Princeton, NJ)

Saturday 11am-2pm, Sunday 10am-2:30pm

Agricola’s menus are based on taste inspired by farmers, fishermen and artisan food producers. They source only seasonal, sustainable, antibiotic free ingredients while working closely with their own Great Road Farm. We went with friends after a weekend of tubing (you can do that too) and we thoroughly enjoyed their heavenly sweet & savory Dutch Baby (pictured), fried green tomato BLT (with pork belly) and Huevos Rancheros.

Golden Pheasant Inn (Erwinna, PA)

Sunday from 11am-3pm

While we haven’t done brunch here yet, their $35 Prix Fixe Champagne Brunch is enticing. $35 includes a glass of champagne, soup or salad du jour, entrée and dessert. What I like about the Golden Pheasant is (a) their peaceful & beautiful location is right on the way to tubing and (b) they use local ingredients, including free range brown eggs that are sourced from Dark Hollow Hens Farm. All entrees are served with rosemary roasted potatoes and fresh fruit.

Stockton Market (Stockton, NJ)

Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Can’t decide if you want crepes, doughnuts, breakfast pizza or pastries? Then don’t! The Stockton Market may not be a typical brunch, but it’s quick, easy and right on the Delaware. We’ve had many amazing breakfast meals there and know there will be many more in the future.

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