The town’s first dedicated espresso house just opened to great fanfare, as if you didn’t already have enough reasons to visit Frenchtown, with its cute shops, great bike paths, and laidback vibe.
The brainchild of proprietors Patrick and Kimberly Legin, Early Bird is a cool space, with its decidedly minimalist SoHo vibe and the best barista for miles (that would be Carolyn Gadbois), has fast become a hit with ex-pat NYers, locals, and day-trippers alike.
Like many New Yorkers, Patrick—with a passion for the nuance of fine coffee–stumbled into Frenchtown by surprise. “Kimberly grew up in Hunterdon County. I first discovered Frenchtown when I dropped her off one day for one of her hair appointments at Euphoria [Salon]. I instantly fell in love. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a part of this community.”
They found this little storefront available in a 19th century building and just went for it. “We wanted to respect the natural character of the space, but mix in some of the charm of the many farms in the area with a little city attitude.”
Start your day with an Americano at the Early Bird, the best place to fuel a weekend of adventure in Frenchtown.
How to get there: Take the Transbridge Bus from Port Authority (the Doylestown, Flemington, Frenchtown route takes about two hours, costs $23.80/one way or $45.25/roundtrip, and has free wifi).
Stacey Wolf James is a psychic and astrologer with a commitment to sustainability and an addiction to travel. She is the author of five published books including Never Throw Rice at a Pisces, the first wedding planning guide for brides who like astrology. When she’s not soothing her globe-trotting soul, she’s on back country roads with her Harley-riding husband or strolling their two bulldogs around Frenchtown, New Jersey. Read more about her: staceywolf.com.