Pumpkins, Ciders and Strolls

By: Stephanie Piccarillo

Fall is finally upon us, my favorite season of the year. To me, fall is all about pumpkins, admiring the foliage while you walk and chat with friends, and ghost stories. And there is so much of that around Princeton!

Nassau Inn Pumpkin carving Contest 2010

Every year, we here at the Nassau Inn hold our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Boy, what a competition! It is a chance for our employees to come together while showing their talents and carving skills. We have had scary pumpkins, funny pumpkins, those showcasing an employee’s favorite sports team and even an exact replica of our Food and Beverage manager! I have entered almost every year since I started working here and, while I have not won yet, I enjoy looking at the showcase of creativity and imagination. Our pumpkins are displayed in our Tap Room Restaurant the day of the contest. You should come on over and see them! This year, they will be displayed on Friday, October 28th, starting at 11:00 am.

While in the area, don’t forget to stop by Halo Pub and grab a cup of hot Caramel Apple Cider. While they sell it all year long, I always wait for the fall as it always seems to taste the best when mixed with the cool, crispness of the air. It is even better when shared with a loved one as you walk down Nassau Street to window shop. If you are not the shopping type, but you still want to get out and about, why not check out some of the tours offered by Princeton Tour Company?

There are so many walking tours offered with Princeton Tour Company, from Pub Crawls, the Albert Einstein Walking Tour, and even…oooooo…Ghost Tours! Now we’re talking. The Cemetery Visit and Ghost Tour is offered during the day and, for the brave of heart, at night as well. According the Princeton Tour Company’s website, you get to handle “EMF Meters, Therma-meters, Dowsing Rods and Night Vision flashlights” as you are taken on a tour through the local “battlegrounds, gravestones, neighborhoods and squares where unexplained apparitions or paranormal activity have been reported. Routes include stops inside the Princeton University campus and Princeton Cemetery.” I am getting goosebumps just thinking about it!

So come on down to the area and enjoy all the Fall season has to offer around here. I promise you won’t regret it. Hope to see you around!

Warming the Soul through Patio Dining

By: Jackie Brigante

Outdoor dining is a hobby of mine; adding to the long list of reasons why I prefer the summer months to the winter. I am lucky to be surrounded by ample outdoor dining, at home and at work. Two of my favorite bars at home have great outdoor dining spots but only one of them is accommodating as the weather gets chilly. Pheasants Landing in Hillsborough, New Jersey is close enough for me to ride my bike from home, and in the past few years they have opened their patio doors with heat lamps to extend the thrill of enjoying a meal and possibly a few drinks outside…where the weather can get awfully frightful.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room Fire Pits

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room Patio, located at the Nassau Inn, took outdoor dining to the next level. Not only is the patio quiet and shielded from the sidewalk and streets, but it has a unique ambience with special lighting and umbrellas to shield the sun-shiny rays and keep diners satisfied. As the weather turns cooler, the patio is right on those cold front’s heels. Standing heaters provide a toasty nest for an elegant evening out. The patio also has intimate fire pits that create a casual setting to enjoy the company of family and friends.

As the weather turns colder and the autumn airs swirls around, I see no excuse to run inside! There is ample time to enjoy the outdoors and fresh fall air. The Yankee Doodle Tap Room Patio just gives that outdoor enjoyment an extra, refined boost of seasonal delight.

Tis the Season to Network!

By: Jackie Brigante

Networking events have always been fun for me; not only is it a way to get out of the office for a bit, but it is also fun to meet new people and catch up with others who are not on the typical day to day business circuit. Networking events happen all the time, and with social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook finding ways to network has become a breeze.

Princeton has many types of networking events to take advantage of. Annual events include the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair & Culinary Showcase and the Princeton University Trade Show. Both events offer exhibitors from the area with both new and familiar faces. I personally have had brilliant experiences at networking events which have allowed me to expand my local business knowledge and opened me up to new restaurants, shops and local sites.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly networking events for members; including breakfast, lunch and business after business events. Lori Rabon, the Nassau Inn’s General Manager, was awarded the 2011Business Leader of the Year. Ms. Rabon will be presented her award at the 2011 Business Leadership Awards Gala at the Tournament Players Club Jasna Polana hosted by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Other award winners are Nancy Kieling of the Princeton Area Community Foundation for Community Leader of the Year, Debbie Schaeffer of Mrs. G TV and Appliance for Innovator of the Year and Tracey Syphax of Capitol City Contracting, Inc. for Entrepreneur of the Year. The Gala is a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the Princeton Regions

Social media plays a large role in networking events as well. Winberies of Princeton has a Facebook event once a month to promote bar specials. Guests are able to show their friendship with Winberies at the door and experience drink and food specials while meeting a medley of other fans of the local haunt.

Twitter is often used by companies to promote through a “Tweet Up” in which a time and place are “tweeted” to followers. These tweets will allow followers to meet up at a bar or restaurant to network through a common trend.

Networking is a great way to promote your business and to be known within local businesses. Not only can you broaden your commerce horizons, but chances are you will make some friends on the way.