Guide to Celebrating
the Season of Thankfulness

Happy Fall! The autumn leaves are gleaming in ember-red, toasty brown, and amber yellow. You can smell the crisp cool air, feel the warmth of an oven baking, and hear the rustling of leaves around you. During this wonderful time of year, you may find yourself in reflection of: “What am I grateful for?” and “How can I say ‘thank you’ to all the special people in my life?” If you are looking for ways to express your gratitude and show sincere appreciation, Nassau Inn and Palmer Square are here to help you get ready for the season of thankfulness!

Saturday, November 11
1:00pm

So you know your main courses for the holidays… but what about the side dishes? Join Terra Momo’s most talented on their Inside Scoop to Side Dishes Workshop to learn the art of the side dish with in-depth cooking demonstrations, including: sausage and pear focaccia, homemade green bean casserole, and apple pumpkin crisp! Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, November 12
11:00am

Kitchen Kaper’s Carving the Bird Workshop will teach you to carve your main dish like an expert just in time for the holidays! A Wusthof knife professional will demonstrate the proper carving technique with a delicious turkey provided by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room! Click here to RSVP.

Saturday, November 18
2:00pm

Check out the hottest trends in mixology when it comes to a new favorite holiday cocktail that is sure to impress your guests at your next holiday party! Learn the art of crafting the perfect seasonal cocktail at the Holiday Mixology Workshop at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, November 19
Time: TBD

Join the Cheesy Holiday Fun Workshop at Olsson’s Fine Foods for cheesy demonstrations as they go over best practices for easy, make-ahead appetizers! Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, November 23
12:00pm, 2:00pm, & 4:00pm

‘Tis the season to spend quality time with loved ones and FEAST. Join family and friends for a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet styled meal at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Click here to view the Thanksgiving Menu. Call 609-688-2600 to RSVP.

Friday, November 24
5:00pm

On Christmas Eve, come to the Palmer Square Green to see the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The 65-foot Norwegian Spruce is adorned with over 32,000 lights and will be lit with the help of Santa Claus. Plus, there will be a traditional celebration featuring music by Holiday Brass, Princeton High School Choir …and a special performance by American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara.

Sunday, December 10
9:00am & 12:00pm

Join us at the Nassau Inn when the Big Man comes back to town for the second annual Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a traditional, yet upscale breakfast buffet, children’s activities, one on one time with Santa PLUS a professional family photo taken (includes a digital copy), meet & greet with Santa that includes sing-alongs, and a special treat from Santa!Breakfast Menu here. | Click here for Breakfast Tickets.
Brunch Menu here. | Click here for Brunch Tickets.

We also welcome you to celebrate your Holiday Party at the most magical place in Princeton! Complimentary champagne toast and holiday favor with every Dinner or Lunch booked.Click here to view the Holiday Party Menu. Call 609-921-7500 to book your Nassau Inn Holiday Party!

Thursday, December 14
5:00 – 6:00pm

Join special guest speakers and enjoy live music during the Annual Menorah Lighting! The ceremony will take place at the North Plaza on Hulfish Street in front of Mediterra restaurant. More details TBD.

There is so much holiday splendor to enjoy during this season of thankfulness! A trip to Princeton will give you inspiration on wonderful ways to show appreciation to your dearest ones – whether that’s through spending quality time together, enjoying delicious meals, or attending festive events! Be sure to visit NassauInn.com/events and PalmerSquare.com/events to stay updated on everything that’s going on in town, and see you around!

Bridget & Valerie’s
June 2017 Wedding

Bridget and Valerie met each other in 2009. At the time, gay marriage was not recognized federally, so even though they were in love, they never imagined that their marriage would be a possibility. Who would have thought that 8 years later, their wedding dreams would come true? On June 30th, 2017, Bridget and Valerie had their outdoor ceremony at the Nassau Inn, and it was everything they had wished for. Here is their #PrincetonLoveStory, as told by Bridget and Valerie! #MeantToBV

“Our wedding day at the Nassau Inn was a fairytale that came to life,” Bridget says. “We love Princeton for so many reasons. As big foodies, we enjoy trying out new restaurants and different types of food around town. We love how open and accepting everyone is in Princeton. We feel very comfortable being here, simply walking around and enjoying the atmosphere. We also love visiting historic spots and exploring interesting places to shop!”

“Bridget and I both love spending time in Princeton, whether it be having a nice romantic dinner or a few drinks at Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Triumph or Winberies,” says Valerie. We love shopping at the Farmhouse Store (now Homestead Princeton) and Kitchen Kapers for new kitchen gadgets, as we love spending time together cooking for our family and friends! We also enjoy grabbing a drink at Starbucks and ice cream at the Bent Spoon (Valerie’s favorite dessert). We love Princeton more and more each time we come back! The scenery and ambiance throughout the day is perfect for a nice relaxing day with the love of your life.”

“Our wedding day was truly a whirlwind of excitement. Bridget and the girls were off to the salon for hair and makeup, while I made sure all was well at the Nassau Inn. Melissa and Natasha were absolutely amazing and did everything they could possibly do to make our day perfect. They both kept us calm and extremely happy! We enjoyed the after party at our favorite Yankee Doodle Tap Room all night before heading to bed upstairs at the Nassau Inn. When we woke up in the morning, we had to pinch ourselves, because of all of dreams came true!”

“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein

“Bridget and Valerie are beyond blessed to have each other! I am so grateful that I could be a part of their special day and bring their wedding dreams to life!”
— Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager

Photos by: Korbman & Co.Photography
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Top 5 Places to Discover in Princeton

We’re only days away from the beginning of Princeton University’s academic year! Isn’t it hard to believe that school is starting soon and autumn is just along the horizon?

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summer may be over soon, but there are many more adventures and experiences you can look forward to! Wiebke Martens, a photographer, and Jennifer Jang, a museum education consultant, are both Princeton residents and the authors of a new book: Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours.

In this post, they will share the Top 5 Places to Discover in Princeton – Nassau Hall, Palmer Square, Hind’s Plaza, Scudder Plaza, and Carl Icahn’s Laboratory! Hope you enjoy their guide below!


Welcome to Princeton! Whether you have two hours or two days to explore, there are several special spots not to be missed in this charming college town.

  1. Nassau Hall

    Take a short walk from the Nassau Inn and you will find yourself in front of this imposing stone building in the heart of Princeton University’s old campus. This is where it all began when The College of New Jersey (the University’s original name) was moved to Princeton from Newark, New Jersey in 1756. For several decades students spent nearly every waking hour here: studying, sleeping, eating, and praying. Built to a thickness of more than two feet, the walls of this building have withstood the American Revolution, riots and fires. Make sure to take a picture with the tigers and pause to appreciate the carefully-cultivated ivy–a gift from Princeton’s graduating classes!
  2. Palmer Square
    Palmer Square is Princeton’s village within a village: an array of charming stores tucked into Tudor-style buildings around a grassy green and the historic Nassau Inn. Visit one-of-a-kind boutiques or stop for an ice cream, play a game of chess or lounge on the green. Many special events enliven the square throughout the year, from activities around Pi Day in March to weekend concerts in summer and the JazzFeast in September. In December the towering Christmas Tree dazzles both young and old.
  3. Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza
    On Thursdays from May through November Hinds Plaza bursts into color with a weekly farmer’s market. Nearly a dozen vendors bring the freshest of goods–mushrooms, flowers, cheese, veggies, jams, pickles, and breads–right into Princeton’s heart. Live music adds to the mix, making this the perfect spot to grab lunch!
  1. Scudder Plaza

    Princeton University’s campus boasts many fine sculptures, but James FitzGerald’s Fountain of Freedom surely counts as one of the most memorable pieces. Set in a wide, shallow pool on Scudder Plaza in front of Robertson Hall the fountain becomes especially busy on hot summer days when students and local families gather to relax and cool off in the spray.
  2. Carl Icahn Laboratory
    The Gothic style is synonymous with Princeton University, but make sure to visit Icahn Laboratory to glimpse an impressive example of the newest architecture on campus. Designed by Rafael Viñoly and located at the edge of the oval Poe Field, Icahn is fronted by a huge atrium, its southwestern wall of glass shaded by a set of aluminum louvers that rotate with the movement of the sun. Have fun looking for endless reflections as you walk along the curved pathway!

Hope you enjoyed our guest stars of the post, Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang. If you enjoyed this brief guide of Princeton, you’ll definitely want to check out their new book, Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours! These photographic guides will be useful if you are ever wondering where to explore next in Princeton. Have a great academic year!

Chen & Ning’s
Princeton Love Story 6.24.17

As the saying goes, “what’s meant to be will always find its way.” Ning & Chen, our featured Nassau Bride & Nassau Groom, show us the beauty of believing in the destiny of true love. Most importantly, they teach a valuable lesson that couples who are “meant to be” make continued efforts in love and gain strength through difficulties.

“Our story began when we were both attending the University of Hong Kong in 2008,” says our bride, Ning. “We knew each other through mutual friends, but the first time we really spoke was when Chen asked me to be his partner for the University’s Christmas party.  After the party, we were often together in the university’s library, as Chen became my personal math and statistics tutor.  As so often happens in romantic places like libraries, we gradually became closer over time.”

“After graduation in 2012, Chen pursued his PhD study at Princeton University,” she continues. “After that, we experienced a long distance relationship for five years, and it wasn’t always easy. But we always believed that there is no doubt that our destiny is one destiny, and our futures are in fact, one future.”

“I tried my best to visit Princeton at least twice a year, and all my favorite memories with Chen in those five years happened in Princeton,” says Ning. “We love to canoe in Carnegie Lake in Spring. We love to have gelato from the Bent Spoon in Summer. We love to hike near Princeton in autumn. And I love the winter in Princeton since it’s rare for it to snow in Hong Kong as it’s a subtropical country.”

Lake Carnegie Surprise Proposal: “Chen pretended he was still in London due to a late visa delivery. But he traveled back overnight and planned a secret proposal by Carnegie Lake on June 15. I couldn’t stop crying after his first sentence.”

“I decided to get married in Princeton when I first visited the campus,” says Ning. “I was impressed by its grandeur. I also wanted to get married at a place where both of us share beautiful memories.”

“Ning and Chen are hopeful, romantic, and inspirational sweethearts. I’m delighted to have worked with them, and anyone who meets Ning and Chen can see that there is truly a genuine love for each other,” says Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager.

Thank you for the beautiful photos, Resonance Vision!

Dana & Robert’s June 2017 Wedding

Dana and Robert got married here in June. This is the story of how our #NassauBride & #NassauGroom fell in love, as told by the bride! 

“After we met through our mutual friend, we started dating on weekends because he lived in North Jersey and I lived in Central,” says Dana.  “We enjoyed the same things, really.  We both like animals, we enjoyed going on walks together, we enjoyed cooking and eating together, we enjoyed being foodies together and taking special trips to NYC to find and eat good food. We eventually moved in together and realized that even together all the time we still got along very well and our love continued to grow.  He eventually proposed to me one morning in April at Long Branch on the Boardwalk.  We were the only people there walking along the boardwalk because it was misty and kind of cool and the next thing I know he is down on one knee proposing.  It was very sweet and perfect.”

“What were our favorite parts about our wedding and the setting? I absolutely loved the fact that the Nassau Inn isn’t a wedding factory.  There is nothing worse to me than a giant cold impersonal reception hall.  I wanted a smaller venue and it was a huge bonus that it was smack in the middle of Princeton where there is plenty to look at, do, and eat.  It’s such a cute location for friends and family to come celebrate with us.  I loved the back patio.  I really wanted to get married there so I was happy we could book the bigger room with our smaller wedding and that the wedding held out so we could actually get married out there.  The setting made the ceremony that much more special.  I liked the proximity to the University as a back drop for pictures.  As you can see, our photographer made good use of the University for interesting picture settings. Oddly enough it never occurred to me that people off the street would watch our wedding outside, but something about an entire crowd of people we didn’t know stopping to watch our wedding was just amazing.  It made the whole thing feel really special above and beyond what I expected,” she said.

“Dana and Robert are beautiful together, and they are great people – so sweet, kind, and down to earth. I loved working with them!”
— Melissa Dill, Catering & Sales Manager

Photos by: Michelle Kay Photo
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A Winter Wonderland Wedding

Wintertime is filled with festivities from seeing magical lights, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, kissing under the mistletoe, and snuggling to keep warm by the fireplace. Winter is simply a romantic time of the year, a time when you can feel love in the air, and some say, the most magical time to get married.

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.”
– Minna Thomas Antrim, “A Book of Toasts” (1902)

If you’re wondering where to get started, we have created a seasonal timeline to help you plan a winter wonderland wedding!

Summer“Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, this it overflows upon the outward world.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Let the bright sunshine of summer inspire you to reinforce your love with activities like going to the beach, dreaming together, and taking summer engagement photos. Summer is a special time of starting anew and turning wedding dreams into plans, so compile a list of priorities with venue booking at the top of your list.

Autumn

Autumn will kindle a stronger flame in your love with its beautiful caramel leaves, festive plump pumpkins all around, and Thanksgiving – a time of thankfulness with family and friends. This is the perfect time to prepare gifts and favors for your guests to show your appreciation of having them in your lives (gift inspiration will follow at the end of this post)! Enjoy the rest of the season, take lots of pictures together, and look forward to the next chapter of your lives!

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter is the only time of the year when pictures look truly magical, from romantic sunset photos in the daytime, to night pictures surrounded by dazzling lights (and if you’re lucky, snow!). Winter weddings are often unforgettable. The indoor venue will radiate warmth and coziness on the chilliest of winter days, making your wedding have a more intimate feeling of togetherness.

Brielle Easton, our beautiful #NassauBride, shares her magical winter wedding experience here:

“We chose a winter wedding in Princeton because we were looking for a classic, timeless and utterly romantic atmosphere that could be captured forever in our photos. The bright holiday lights in Palmer Square and the rich history of the town both played a role in our decision to choose the Nassau Inn for our wedding. We wanted a wedding that was picturesque, with hopefully a chance of snow, and ended up having such a magical and beautiful day.” 

Honeymoon in Summer Paradise
Photo Source

Once you’ve had an unforgettable wedding filled with food, warmth, and laughter… enjoy the best of both worlds with a honey moon in summer paradise. The warmth of your vacation spot will be so sentimental and remind you of when you started planning in summer and how your love blossomed since!

Memories are meant to be cherished, and a little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way. If you’re looking for wedding favors for your guests, here are gift ideas sure to warm their hearts and uplift their spirits throughout the cold season.

  1. Flannel Pajamas
  2. Fleece Throw Blankets
  3. Coffee Mugs
  4. Candles
    DIY Pinecone Scented Soy Candles
  5. Gloves/Mittens
  6. Spiked Hot Chocolate in a Mason JarDIY recipe here
  7. Tiffany Blue Macarons
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    Get the recipe here!
  8. Soap or Olive Oil from Carter & Cavero
  9. Chocolates from Thomas Sweets
  10. Cheese from Olsson’s Fine Foods and personalized wine glasses

Make sure to wrap these with lots of love! Paper Source on Nassau Street has all the wedding stationaries and gift wrapping items you’ll need to add a memorable touch to each favor!

As always, wishing you love, prosperity, and a happily ever after!

If you need more planning tips, visit NassauInn.com/Weddings, call and email us.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate
Summer in Princeton

  1. Summer Photoshoot
    There’s no better place for a photoshoot than Princeton, where every street has an aesthetic backdrop. Breathe in the fresh summer air while you walk downtown and flaunt your style!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonFeatured Princeton Fashionista: Lana Jayne
  2. Design at Dohm Alley
    The alley between Starbucks and Landau is being creatively transformed and will soon be the go-to spot for enjoying art during a coffee break. Dohm Alley’s latest designs include a moon gate, sculptures, art and poetry from English Romantic Poets.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  3. Swimming Pool Park
    Summertime living is sweeter when you go swimming! Lather on sunscreen, put on your favorite swimsuit, carry that book you’ve always wanted to read and head over to the pool. Community Park Pool on Witherspoon Street offers swimming, lessons, waterslides, diving boards and a snack bar.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  4. Summer Outdoor Movies
    Bring your picnic basket, chair, blanket and love for movies under the stars! There will be outdoor movies begin playing at 8:30pm on the Palmer Square Green during these Friday nights:
    June 16th – The Iron Giant
    July 14th – The Parent Trap
    August 18th – MoanaTop 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  5. Play & Energize
    Join JaZams Summer Block Party – Friday, June 16th
    Fun for all ages, includes games, crafts, live performances and so much more!
    JaZams Block Party Princeton, New JerseyThe Princeton Parket’s Energy Playground in front of JaZams is also a unique spot to sit down, eat ice cream, play board games and energize!

    Wow! The @princeton.parklet is really looking great! We can't wait to see the finished product of this alternative energy themed masterpiece! #palmersquare #princetonnj @jazamstoys

    Posted by Palmer Square – Princeton NJ on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  6. Princeton Festival
    Throughout June, experience the arts – jazz, chamber music, a cappella and symphonic concerts; piano, organ, choral and dance recitals; world music, a piano competition, a conducting master class, lectures, and educational programs.Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8pm.

    Jazz: See the Peter Martin Trio – June 17

    Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter's Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm. Make it a date! Visit http://princetonfestival.org/event/2017-jazz/, stop by McCarter's Ticket Office, or call 609.258.2787 today. Specially priced student tickets are also available for this performance.

    Posted by The Princeton Festival on Saturday, April 15, 2017

  7. Carnival Fairs
    Nothing says summer celebration like carnival rides, funnel cake, live band performances, laughter and fireworks!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonThe Freedom Festival is at Mercer County Park on June 24th.

    The Italian-American Festival is at Mercer County Park on September 22-24th.

  8. Live Music
    Nothing screams summer quite like ice cream, but Halo Pub doubles down on the summer vibe with outdoor live music every Saturday night!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
    Photo by Nattydhay 
    Don’t forget about Live Music & Tastings, Thursdays on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio! There will also be music on Palmer Square every Saturday in July and August between 2-4pm.Live Music and Tastings Princeton New Jersey
  9. Terhune Orchards
    Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit to eat or make DIY jam, fruit picking is a fun way to welcome summertime! Pick strawberries and make your own fresh strawberry ice cream with the Terhune Orchards recipe. They also have a new winery and many opportunities for tastings.Terhune Orchards Fruit Picking Winery
  10. 26th Annual Jazzfeast
    Sunday, September 17, 12pm-6pm.
    JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival that swings with the joy of great music and food! Spend the day listening to performances by some of the industry’s best Jazz musicians and showcasing many local food vendors.Jazz Feast Princeton New Jersey

Show us how you’re spending your summer, using the tag #SummerInnPrinceton!

How to Make the Most
of Your Princeton Visit

When in Princeton, there is so much to see, taste, and experience as you walk across streets lined with bookstores, cafés, shops, and the beautiful University campus. With so much art, culture, history, theater, and delicious food in your surroundings, you’ll want to take it all in and create memories worth cherishing.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey
Photo Credit: Han of Harmony

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Day 1:
Check into your room, and get comfortable.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Check VisitPrinceton.org, PalmerSquare.com, and our event calendar for festivals and events – there’s always something going on!

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Take a stroll around Princeton University.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey
Photo Credit: Denise Applewhite

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Visit the Princeton University Art Museum and Fountain of Freedom.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Shop in downtown Princeton.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Enjoy world class dining within walking distance.

World Class Dining | Princeton, New Jersey
Featuring: Agricola Eatery, Teresa Caffe, and Mediterra

Or stay in and dine at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room | Restaurant and Bar | Pub Grub | Princeton, New Jersey

Take in a show!

Watch Movies, Fine Theater, Shows and Performances | Best of Princeton, New Jersey

Fine theater, dance, music, comedy, Hollywood films, and latest movie showings – there’s something for everyone! Find showings at McCarter Theatre, Princeton Summer Theatre, and Princeton Garden Theater.

Experience Princeton nightlife.

Nightlife Princeton, New Jersey
Photo Credit: R Birkel

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll in downtown Princeton and eating ice cream, followed by enjoyable late night conversations over cocktails and music at one of Princeton’s iconic taverns.


Check out: Small World Coffee, Halo Pub, Triumph Brewing Company, Alchemist & Barrister, Ivy Inn, and Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Day 2:
Wake up with Lululemon’s complimentary morning yoga.

Lululemon Yoga | Princeton, New Jersey

Eat brunch in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Explore Princeton with the Princeton Tour Company.

Visit Princeton New Jersey | Princeton Tour Company
You will have newfound love for this beautiful town. The Princeton Tour Company’s Shameless Name Dropping tour is packed with enthusiastic, informative, and entertaining knowledge about the history and people of Princeton – F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Albert Einstein, etc.

Canoe or Kayak at the D & R Canal or Lake Carnegie.
Tip: carry a waterproof camera or GoPro to capture the laughter and splash-filled memories.Canoeing and Kayaking | Princeton, New Jersey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Make great memories, explore, and enjoy! Use social media tags #NassauInn and #YDTR to share your adventures with us. We look forward to welcoming you!

Susan & Scott’s
Palmer Room Wedding

Princeton is where Susan and Scott share many precious memories. When summer came around, they decided to make their dream of saying “I do” a reality.

“My husband Scott and I met while attending college at Rutgers University,” Susan says. “We grew up in the Princeton area and have always loved the town.  We chose the Nassau Inn because it had sentimental memories for both of us.”

“Susan and Scott are a beautiful couple. Anyone can tell that they’re so in love,” says Jaime Wolf, Catering Sales Manager.

Catch a glimpse of their special day!

Congratulations Susan and Scott, may you have a happily ever after!
Photos by Kriste Tiana Photography