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Brunch at Circa 1894 B&B

Is there a meal more perfectly indulgent and utterly unique than brunch? This much-loved dining experience is the perfect time to break bread and connect with family or friends, without the dishes. When else can you eat whipped cream first thing in the morning, or pair your eggs with champagne and orange juice?

On top of the unique flavour combos, brunch seems to bring with it a slower pace – it’s not a breakfast quickly washed down with coffee on your way out the door to work, or a mediocre lunch speedily eaten on your break or over your computer – it’s a lazy morning meal best accompanied by friends laughing around the table. So next time you’re looking to amp up your brunch and pair it with a little retail therapy to keep the good times rolling even away from the table, check out one of the following spots all easily visited with a daytrip from Ottawa.

Mill Street Crepe Company

Located in the charming town of Almonte, this crêperie offers a taste of France without having to cross the Atlantic and is a must-visit whether you prefer a savoury or sweet option for your weekend indulgence. Slice into a crepe loaded with double smoked bacon and creamy brie, enjoy a bit of a Canadian twist with mouth watering pulled pork topped with local maple syrup, or enjoy the rich hazelnut flavour of a Nutella-filled crepe.

Post-Brunch: With your body sufficiently fueled by crêpes, take a post-brunch stroll down Mill Street to discover unique finds for your home and self at boutique shops like Tin Barn Market, Doree’s Habit, and Cheerfully Made Goods.

Krave Bistro

If you’re looking to take your brunch to the next level, this bistro in downtown Arnprior might be exactly what you’re searching for with options like the Royal Omelette including bacon, brie, lobster, and béarnaise sauce. On top of this more extravagant brunch, they also offer more classic breakfast options, as well as some with a bit of a twist – think breakfast tacos, crab cake bennies, and breakfast pizza.

Post-Brunch: Continue embracing the high life by spoiling yourself and upping your wardrobe game during a visit to Arnprior’s A Dash of Fab and Jade & Laney.

The Nook Creperie

Treat your tummy to a cozy trip to Paris at this crêperie in downtown Pembroke. Indulge with crêpes packed with yummy ingredients like creamy brie, caramelized onions, prosciutto, or a French toast filling. With brunch side options including a seasonal yogurt and fruit parfait, or jalapeno cheddar waffle hashbrowns (um, yes please!) and crêpes spanning from traditional to unique, and sweet to savoury, your taste buds will quickly discover the ‘joie de vie.’

Post-Brunch: Keep your taste buds jumping for joy even after brunch with a visit to The Urban Gourmet Co. and continue on the cozy-train by popping into Pick-it-Fence downtown Pembroke to uncover unique home décor items, warm blanket scarves, comfy Ottawa Valley Apparel, and more.

Whitewater – Lakeside

The weekend brunch items change weekly at this lakeside brew pub, so there’s no guaranteeing what you will see on the menu, but the key categories never change, with Sweet, Meat, Egg, and Healthy specials each week. With their staples, the Full on English Breakfast and Whitewater Breakfast available every weekend and brunch bevvies like the Smoky Caesar and classic Mimosa, this is a spot for friends to come together to laugh and celebrate local flavours.

Post-Brunch: Just a short drive from this Cobden-based brew pub lies the quaint town of Renfrew, where you can shop along the main street to find your next fave look at places like A Dash of Fab and The Shoe Lounge, and indulge your sweet tooth at J&J’s Chocolate Sensations.


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