New Years Resolution

What's on your resolution list?

The time between the holidays and New Years is a time filled with family and friends for those of us so fortunate.  A time where each person in their own way and in their own time reflect a bit more, open their hearts a bit more and are generally more compassionate.

It is the perfect combination of feelings being drudged up from the year passed as well as all of the hope filled thoughts of the year to come.  It is the perfect combination for the introspective self assessment that leads about 45 percent of people to embark upon an age old ritual dating back to Babylonian times, 4,000 years ago…it is the proclamation of a New Years resolution.  Most of us chose to lose some of that holiday weight plus a couple of lbs, some of us set off to devote more time to family, or quit smoking, drinking etc, etc…
It is a decision that should not be taken lightly however.  Out of the 45 percent of Americans that chose to cling to a New Years resolution only 3 percent of them follow through with it.  This is a failure of epic proportions by any standard.  If we are to reverse this tragic wave of fickle promise and create a more concrete resolution we must  dedicate more time and thought to more attainable goals.  We must try to remember that the year is long and that life will inevitably get in the way.  We must outline a plan of action, consider all obstacles, clear a path for the righteous resolution, granting it the greatest opportunity of success. Continue reading

Beers with Newman

Seasons Greetings! The holiday season is a time for sharing with family and loved ones and what better way to do that than with a flavorful seasonal brew.

The beer community is rich with offerings of Holiday/Winter Seasonal brews that are sure to delight. Winter Warmers are the beers of choice this time of the year and many breweries throughout the world have a tasty brew to offer. A winter warmer is an ale that is characterized by its big malt presence both in body and flavor. Their color can range from brownish reds to nearly pitch black. And these brews have pronounced alcohol warmth. There are variations on this style of brew, but the two most prominent versions are a traditional and a wassail.

The traditional English style ale is often referred to as an “Old Ale”, with no spices added. A perfect example and a personal favorite is Theakston Brewery’s Old Peculiar. A wassail which is popular among many U.S. microbreweries has added spices, such as, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Another personal favorite is Anderson Valley Brewery’s Winter Solstice Ale. Continue reading

Holiday Season on Palmer Square

Shopping on the Square

Palmer Square – A picture perfect place for shopping, dining and enjoying the holiday season.  Fresh garland, red velvet ribbons, twinkling white lights. Sound like a winter wonderland? Well, that is certainly what we have in mind when it comes to decorating the Square for the season to create the perfect backdrop for shopping, dining and gift finding! From apparel, accessories, and home goods to specialty foods, toys and wine, the unique collection of stores on the Square makes it easy to find something for everyone on your list. Shopping can build up an appetite, so don’t forget, we have great places to dine too! Store Promotions Designer trunk shows, sales, discounts, donations to charities…our stores do a little of everything. Here’s a sampling of the many exciting promotions happening around the Square this month http://palmersquare.com/promotions.asp.

Santa Claus at the Square

Holiday Entertainment  – While our Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting ceremonies have past, things are festive every weekend on the Square. Musicians, carolers and Santa can be found strolling on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout December. Carriage Rides are also available on the weekends from 12-4pm and depart from the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets.

Free parking This is our gift to you this season. It’s simple: Enter our Chambers Street or Hulfish Street garage after 4:30pm; visit a store on the Square and request a red validation ticket; present the ticket upon exiting the garage and your parking will be free. Valid through December 31. Extended Holiday Hours We want to accommodate your busy schedule during this time of year, so Palmer Square will have extended shopping hours December 13-23, from 10am-8:30pm. So whether you’re coming to shop with us, dine with us or just coming to enjoy time in downtown Princeton, we look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays!

Guest Author – Anita Fresolone, Marketing Director for Palmer Square Management

Annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Square

Palmer Square Tree Lighting

Where are you going to be Friday night?  If you answered “the tree lighting at Palmer Square” then you will be in the company of thousands who come downtown each year to share in the illumination of the big tree on the Green.  Those of you who haven’t shared in the moment yet you need to experience the magic of the event to realize just how special it is.

I am amazed every year that my kids ask if we are going to attend the Palmer Square Tree Lighting. “Where else would we be” is always my answer.  It is a tradition that started for us many years ago.  I could not imagine being any other place than the Palmer Square Green for this event the night after Thanksgiving.  It is the kickoff to our holiday season and gets us in the mood to celebrate and to share special times with family and friends.   I love the music, the decorations and the festive atmosphere, but most of all I love the look on my children’s faces when it all comes together and the magic pixie dust lights up the tree and Santa leads the crowd in a rousing round of Jingle Bells.  There is nothing more precious to me than seeing the innocence in their eyes and the pureness in their voices as they sing along, even when it is out of tune. Continue reading

The Night Before Thanksgiving

12 World Beers on Tap

What does the night before Thanksgiving mean to me?

Meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in a year, my stomach hurting from laughing, listening to great music, and last but certainly not least, having an ice cold adult beverage in hand. The night before Thanksgiving reminds me of a high school reunion. It’s that one night a year you look forward to seeing all your old friends and reminiscing about the good ol’ times. It’s that one night you’re okay with waiting in a line. It’s the one night no matter what type of music the band is playing for that night, it’s everyone’s favorite. It’s a night of never ending rounds, a constant flow of beer and laughter that could carry on into the morning. The beers never seemed so cold; the drinks have never tasted so superior and the conversations never get dull.

It is said that the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year. You could go to any town and walk into almost any bar and know that the crowd around you is experiencing a great time too. If it’s Princeton you choose, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is the place to be.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a vast collection of people who range in age from 21 to 65 years that share two things in common; cocktails and catching up with some old friends. Helping you in your journey to fun times are 12 well-known beers on tap, whichever cocktail you desire and who can forget about the jell-o shots. If the line at the main bar gets a bit long, no need to worry–the Tap Room will be providing three satellite bars for easier access. The Tap Room will be featuring an outstanding cover band called The Big Bang that has been seen playing throughout the Greater Philadelphia and New York regions.

If you’re still looking to make plans or to add one more stop to your agenda, travel no further than Nassau Inn’s Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Enjoy the best cocktails and the coldest beers in the area. If you’re looking to make new memories, the Tap Room would like to be a part of them. See you on November 24th !!!

Rejuvenation!

In recent months, the Nassau Inn has embarked on a “rejuvenation.” This included a new outdoor patio and upgrades to several blocks of rooms.  While this project is currently underway and will continue throughout April 2011, we wanted to share with you a few of the changes and updates that can be expected!

Our guestrooms will be enhanced with new furniture, flat screen TVs, plush bed linens and remodeled bathrooms.  Additionally, all of our guest elevators are receiving new mechanicals and cab interiors.  

In 2012, the guest rooms  in the Colonial Wing of the Inn will be complete, as will the replacement of the public space carpeting on levels 1 and 2. The Ballroom, Senior Room and Assembly room will be fully renovated with new window treatments, wall coverings, audio and visual upgrades and much more!

We are very excited about the rejuvenation project here at the Nassau Inn and are pleased to share with you updates and progress. As we renovate rooms and meeting space throughout the hotel, I can assure you that the 18th century elegance and charm of the Nassau Inn will not be lost.

As always, we welcome your feedback and hope you will stop in and take a look at the renovation in progress!

Behind the Red Door – A Haunting Nassau Inn Tradition

This post is co-written by Ashley Comaites

The annual Nassau Inn staff pumpkin carving contest is always a big hit. As the staff members ready themselves to gear up for the holiday season; they take a step back to enjoy a Halloween tradition shared by many.

Traditions are, and always will be, the forefront of team stability. Traditions are part of our historical essence, and as time progresses we hold on to as many traditions and as much history as we can. The Nassau Inn has an annual autumn employee contest that welcomes the fall and winter holidays with open arms!

The annual pumpkin carving contest is a time for the employees behind the red door to kick back, relax and enjoy some friendly competition. Stephanie Piccarillo, a reservations agent, says;

“My favorite part about the contest is seeing all the creativity that those of us who enter have and put into the pumpkins we carve. Some of the pumpkins we have had are just so amazing and funny! The whole contest is just a lot of fun and brings the employees together.”

In years past, fun employee rivalries have been brought to life; with pumpkins being carved to counterpart that of a fellow employee! Other favorites have included: Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas, silhouette characters and even our very own logo!

We personally really enjoy this contest, as it brings back innocent memories from our childhoods. Carving pumpkins always reminds us of simpler times. Bobbing for apples and running from door to door to collect candy was the greatest joy imaginable of the fall season! As adults, the door we run to now brings us inside a warm and hospitable place that we are always happy to share; so please join us this holiday season Behind the Red Door.

Our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest was a Great Success! 

Congratulations to all of our winners; and thanks to all those who participated in making this year’s contest so fabulous.

Our friendly Front Desk Agent Holly Ween took first place.

Second place went to the always delicious pumpkin burger.

Get to Know Your Customer Day

This post was co-written by Jackie Brigante.

In honor of Get to Know Your Customer Day, we went behind the red door in search of insight from our own Nassau Inn guests.

 As members of the sales team, we understand how important it is to know our customers well.  The more we know about them, the better we are able to cater to their specific needs, and as a Hotel; we love learning about our guests.  It’s always interesting to hear what brings people to Princeton, and what they enjoy doing while visiting. 

As part of Get to Know Your Customer Day, which falls on the third Thursday of every quarter, we ventured out of our offices to connect with our guests.  While meandering through the hallways, we came upon Cara and Anne Marie utilizing our Foyer to get some work done.  These two ladies graciously allowed us to gain perspective into their stay at the Nassau Inn.

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We would like to send out a big thanks to Anne Marie and Cara for opening up and allowing us to get to know two of our valued guests.  To any of our other customers out there, keep the input coming!

New Fall-Winter Menus at the Tap Room

As the seasons change and the brisk October air of autumn chills us all, I always start to think of the warm comfort foods that have satisfied my cravings over the years. I think back to my grandmother’s hearty chicken pot pie filled with earthly goodness, the succulent leg of lamb that has made my mother a culinary master in my eyes, and the classic steak that my father roasts to perfection. Executive Chef Matt Volpe of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room has embraced this comfort food theme with classic dishes and new dishes that are sure to excite.

Brie Lobster

Chef Volpe has created two new appetizers to our menu, the Brie Lobster and Chicken Pot Stickers. The Brie Lobster features soft brie cheese and lumps of lobster meat wrapped together in phyllo, then baked to a crisp golden brown and served with a portobello sherry sauce.

Chicken Pot Stickers

The delicious Chicken Pot Stickers have bits of chicken wrapped in an Oriental pastry, and then pan fried and served on a bed of sesame mustard sauce with pickled ginger and drizzled with soy sauce.

To continue with his classic comfort foods, Chef Volpe has created these new entrees to the menu that will delight your taste buds and fulfill your winter time appetites. Below are descriptions of the new dishes with suggested wine pairings:

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October Events in Princeton For Everyone

Fall in love with Princeton this time of year.  There are many philanthropic, sporting, historic, community and holiday events for people of all ages.  Here are a select handful of local happenings  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and be in-the-know about events and area promotions on the days they are scheduled.

YWCA''s "In Pink" Fashion Show

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
* For the month of October, participating Panera Bread bakery-café locations are offering their Pink Ribbon Bagel and 25 cents of each bagel sold will benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Foundation. Over the past three years, Panera has raised more than $20,000 through this effort. On Wednesday October 13th 20% of all proceeds from items sold at Panera Bread Princeton between 4-8 PM will be donated to CINJ.   The YWCA Princeton held their 5th Annual “In the Pink” Fashion Show on October 2nd.  Since 2005 they have raised over $110,000 to benefit the YWCA’ Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center (BRCR).

 
 

Tigers!

PU Football – Support the Tigers and see them play long time rivals including Colgate Oct 9th , Brown Oct 16th and Harvard Oct 23rd, all Saturdays at 1 PM.  Full schedule and results.


 

Happy 100th Birthday!

October 10th – 1-5 PM – Princeton Public Library’s 100th Birthday Celebration – The community and the library have changed and grown together—from a small reading room with just a few hundred items to the current state-of-the-art 55,000 square foot building.  From 1-5 PM on Sun. 10-10-10, the Library will hold a variety of events on Hinds Plaza outside their doors to commemorate this historic occasion. Events include a 5k fun run, live music, WPST live broadcast, and characters from favorite children’s books – bring your camera!.  Full schedule of events.
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