Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Other Side of MA - Brunch at the Esselon Cafe

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Sunday Brunch at the Esselon Cafe in Hadley, MA

On the final morning of our trip to Massachusetts, as we made our way to the Annual Spring Bulb Show with the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Councilwe stopped at the Esselon Cafe in Hadley MA.

Esselon Cafe
The Esselon Cafe
in Hadley Massachusetts

An independently owned and operated coffee shop and retail operation, Esselon Cafe opened in June of 2006. Since its inception, it has grown from a popular local cafe and coffee shop, to an award winning restaurant -- and a retail and wholesale provider of fresh-roasted artisan coffees, fine teas, and coffee equipment and accessories.

The place was super busy! It's a self-order at the counter place, with plenty of daily specials each day - and a quite extensive menu for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner! With both indoor and outdoor seating - I can't wait to return to enjoy the beautiful outside space!

Inside it's rustically charming - with antique fixtures and an authentic tin ceiling.

Esselon Cafe Interior
Esselon Cafe
Hadley MA

Esselon Cafe
Beautiful Chandelier and Antique Mirror
Esselon Cafe - Hadley MA

In the true spirit of a farm-to-table type experience, they use lots of local items, produce, and proteins from area farms.

North Hadley Sugar Shack Maple Syrup
Locally Sourced North Hadley Sugar Shack Maple Syrup
is served at the Esselon Cafe

Service was fast and friendly, and soon after we ordered our beverages they were served. What a difference freshly roasted coffee makes! And their cappuccino and hot cocoa "art" was spot on!

We ordered a wide array of their specials from pancakes to eggs to french toast -- and everything - and I mean EVERY THING was absolutely delicious.

Butternut Squash Hash Brown Eggs Benedict
With Fresh Fruit
Served with North Hadley Maple Syrup

Cinnamon French Toast at Esselon Cafe
Cinnamon French Toast with Caramel Drizzle

Esselon Cafe Bacon and Eggs
Bacon and Eggs
At the Esselon Cafe

Brunch at the Esselon Cafe
Brunch at the Esselon Cafe

Be sure to stop and visit this local restaurant when traveling through western Massachusett - or make a special trip just to try their delicious offerings. The food is wonderful, service is fast and friendly, and a visit to local farms or area attractions will make it well worth the trip.

If you're traveling from my native Connecticut, Hadley Massachusetts is about an hour from Hartford and 1.5 hours from New Haven.

Esselon Cafe

99 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035

About Hadley MA

Hadley is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,250. It is known as a major shopping destination for the surrounding communities. Hadley was settled in 1659 and continues to showcase some of the most beautiful farmland and scenic views in the county.

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Disclaimer: This visit was part of a trip sponsored in part by the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, however all opinions are my own.

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