Just before leaving for France, I made a special trip home to visit my mom in Doylestown, which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, in Bucks County. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, quite like Doylestown. Ok, I’ll admit I'm biased because it's my home, but its unequivocal charm swept my fiancé away too, not only once, but on both his visits. Dating back to 1745, Doylestown is well known for the County theater, Mercer Museum (home to our favorite sledding hill on snow days), Fonthill, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, among hundreds of other notable historic establishments. A quaint town where everyone knows each other (my mom and I ran into six friends on our way to brunch), Doylestown’s streets are decorated with beautiful homes of late Victorian charm, with a mix of specialty boutiques, coffee shops and delicious eateries. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the borough, so walking into town to grab a bite to eat is my favorite thing to do when home. Up until recently, dinner fare options far exceeded breakfast choices. Longtime favorite, the Bagel Barrel, remains a good choice whenever in the mood for a fresh and hot from the oven bagel with homemade cream cheese, but those looking for a more formal sit-down, will be pleased to discover The Hattery Stove & Still, a great new restaurant that serves breakfast.
In the heart of town is the Doylestown Inn, built in 1871, which has since been renovated to include The Hattery Stove & Still. Not only did the property serve as an inn and hattery, but a cigar shop too, as well as a speakeasy during prohibition. It’s evident that they didn’t miss a beat when decorating this new restaurant and bar with the perfect balance of industrial vintage and rustic elegance, as every detail speaks to the authenticity of its intriguing history. My personal favorites? The sky-high wall of perfectly fitted suitcases, varying gold mirrors framing the brick walls, and the magnificent chandeliers, suspended from exposed wooden beams. Still not sold? Perhaps the mimosa and salmon eggs benny I devoured over brunch will change your mind. Visit their website for the full menu and restaurant hours.