Writing On The Road – Finding The Best Local Coffee Shops In The U.S.

Whenever and wherever we travel, Mary and I have always loved writing and working in local coffee shops.

Between creating articles for our home, garden and recipe websites, or working on a book, we write for a few hours each and every day.

And many of those days, you can find us writing in a coffee shop – no matter where we are.

The Cosmic Cafe in Austin, Texas - one of our all-time favorite coffee shops we have ever worked from.

There is simply something so invigorating about sitting down in a coffee house and taking in the local sights and sounds.

Whether its people watching, trying a house specialty, or simply sipping on the perfect cup of Joe, it awakens the senses.

And when it comes to writing, it always seems to bring out the best in our creative juices.

For The Love Of Local Coffee Shops

It was in a hip little Austin, Texas coffee shop that we sketched out the final details of our one year trip around the country. All while dining on breakfast street tacos and farm fresh eggs in a tree-covered courtyard.

While travelling in San Diego, we penned the final chapter of our now published Raised Row Gardening book in, you guessed it, a quaint little coffee shop.

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Although we will write and work quite a bit from our teardrop camper “office” – we hope to visit and work from a lot of cool coffee shops all over the country as well.

And perhaps best of all, it was while sitting in a tiny corner booth of a Cincinnati coffee shop we first dreamed up the idea of starting Old World Garden Farms – some 10 years ago!

As you can see, we certainly hold local coffee shops pretty dear to our hearts.

And, as we head out on our journey in September to visit all 50 states, we want to continue on the tradition.

We both have always found it easy to write and work remotely from coffee shops.

After all, It is the perfect way for us to get a feel for the local flavor. All of course, while “working” and writing about our adventures!

Know Of A Cool Coffee Shop We Can Visit?

So if you happen to know of a cool little coffee shop in your state, county or city, head to our state map (STATE BY STATE MAP) and leave a comment to let us know!

We are absolutely loving all of the hints and tips for destinations we have been getting from everyone on our state page map and comment section.

Here’s to hitting the road in just 48 days.

We can’t wait to start our dream journey across America! Jim and Mary

9 thoughts on “Writing On The Road – Finding The Best Local Coffee Shops In The U.S.

  • July 24, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Overflow Coffee in Hillsboro TX. Local owners are super, shop is quaint with awesome food, ,coffees, pastries and teas. Local art on the walls. Currently awaiting completion of renovation of new downtown square location in previous oldest drugstore in Texas location. You won’t be disappointed.

    • July 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Sounds super cute! Plus, by the time we make it to Texas, the new location may be open! Thank you for the suggestion.

  • July 24, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Steve’s Café in Helena, MT great breakfast, Great Coffee is at the Creperie Downtown Helena, MT
    Harvest House bread store is a good place to eat
    Our brewers in Helena, MT: Lewis and Clark, Crooked Furrow
    Best Pizza place: Bridge Pizza, Bullman’s pizza of Helena

    • July 24, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      I want to be there NOW!! You hit all of our favorite local venues!

  • July 24, 2019 at 11:31 am

    It’s hard to go east or west without passing through Upstate New York as Interstate 90 passes right through. Many cross-country events including classic car ‘races,’ bike excursions, etc. are often hosted by Fairport NY which is along the Erie Canal and offers many features including “Fairpour” which is our village coffeeshop offering delicious snacks and meals as well as java and, of course, wifi. The village itself is historic featuring one of only a few remaining lift bridges in the US and offers an upscale 1 mile long boat dock with public facilities and, all within walking distance, access to many restaurants and pubs, a working distillery, and craft brewery, a full-service library, meat market and hiking trails and much more. A suburb of Rochester, Fairport is home to (now deceased) Philip Seymour Hoffman as well as Louise Slaughter, our beloved Congresswoman for over 30 years. Fairport was named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine.

    • July 24, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      We are definitely looking forward to spending some time in Upstate New York! Thank you for such detailed suggestions – we will definitely have to check them out!

  • July 25, 2019 at 12:26 am

    You should try Fullbrooks Cafe in Nelsonville, Ohio. It’s a wonderful little cafe. They even have matcha lattes. Delicious foods and drinks!!

    • July 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      We will have to try that out maybe even before our trip on our way to Athens!

  • August 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Crimson Cup in Columbus, ohio is wonderful. It is also used in a local coffee stout beer from Zaftig brewing. Which gives another tasting room that is nice to sit and people watch in..


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