April in Bloom

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April was another incredible month for downtown Princeton. The entire town literally exploded with color in a matter of weeks as our natural surroundings quickly transitioned from bare, bleak, and brittle to robust, bright, and in bloom. The much welcomed spring weather provided ideal conditions for al fresco dining, window shopping, outdoor sports, and community events such as the Princeton University Farmers’ Market and Communiversity.

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The opening of our outdoor patio and the release of our Spring Menu has made for an outstanding month at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and fine fare motivated many to ditch the indoors and dine with us. The interior of the Tap Room continues to see an abundance of activity too. In addition to our regular business, tour groups have been piling in to enjoy a beautiful buffet and an anecdotal history of our property.

If you like to unwind after work, our Happy Hour Specials and promotions may be just what you need. Monster Mug Mondays were made to quench your thirst while “I Made History” and “Beers Around the World” give you the opportunity to drink outside your comfort zone and win cool prizes. Live music on our patio is also on its way starting May 14.

Most importantly, however, we need to talk about Mom. Her special day is racing towards us. To celebrate, we’re holding our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th.  There’s no better way to remind Mom how amazing she is by treating her to a delicious meal with us. Click here for more information.

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The picturesque purlieu of downtown Princeton in the spring attracts an abundance of visitors from all around. Although the nearby Route 1 Corridor offers a cornucopia of shiny, brand name hotels to meet their lodging needs, it is at the independently owned Nassau Inn that travelers aim to book first. That’s because when you’re at the Nassau Inn, you’re already here, in the heart of downtown Princeton. Our iconic red door opens up to a lush green square, not a parking lot. The scent in the air is of efflorescence, not exhaust fumes. The distance to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and the arts is measured in steps, not miles.

Then there’s our history, which dates all the way back to the 18th century. Since opening our doors in 1756, we’ve prided ourselves on offering our guests the most neoteric amenities of the day. Whether you were to stay with us in the 1700’s, 1800’s, or 1900’s, you could expect to find available all the latest comforts and technology at the Nassau Inn. The same still rings true today. We continue to expertly exist as a historical landmark and a state-of-the-art, full service hotel and conference center.

It’s all of these inimitable attributes, and many more, that have made our property a target destination for tourism, corporate functions, and celebratory life events.. With 188 guest rooms and 13 beautiful conference/banquet options, our savvy coordinators can skillfully design and deliver a personalized experience sure to delight you and everyone in your party. To schedule a tour or to request more information about planning an event, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com.

The Selfie Appeal of the Nassau Inn

With a dynamic history, brilliant architecture, and an extensive catalog of distinguished guests, the Nassau Inn has developed a solid reputation for its Selfie Appeal. If you’re visiting downtown Princeton, here are FIVE incredible selfie opportunities on the Nassau Inn property that you won’t want to miss.

The inviting bright red door of the Nassau Inn is as illustrious as the many historic figures that once walked through it. Between its curious colonial flair and enduring history, the Red Door has become both a popular tourist attraction and a backdrop for countless celebratory life events. Local legend has it that couples who wed before the red door will be endowed with a long, happy, and healthy marriage.

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The warming flames of the upper lobby fireplace and comfy red leather chairs have long brought repose to enervated travelers. Some of the world’s finest leaders and innovators, past and present, have relaxed before the calm blaze discussing local, national, and world affairs. If you listen close enough on a quiet day, you can hear the whisper of conversations past within the soothing snap and crackle of the dancing flames.

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If you’re entering the Yankee Doodle Tap Room from the Nassau Inn’s main lobby, it’s likely your attention will be briefly redirected from joyful thoughts of food and drink, to the allure of the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame. The tributary wall showcases many young faces of Princeton graduates that went on to become prominent public figures of the past and present.

Since as far back as the day the Yankee Doodle Tap Room first opened its doors, Princetonians have long enjoyed the practice of carving their names and initials into the restaurant’s thick oak tabletops. Among these Princetonians, the world’s most famous scientist, Albert Einstein, also etched his signature distinctly into one of the many hardwood slabs. If you look close enough, perhaps you can find it. If not, just ask one of our helpful staff to point it out. 

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Illuminating brilliantly behind the bar of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room hangs the centerpiece and namesake of the historic restaurant: Norman Rockwell’s Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1936, the Nassau Inn commissioned Rockwell to paint what would be his only mural, a 13 foot long detailed historical vignette of Yankee Doodle. Rockwell completed the work in 1937, and it was prominently put on display at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room ever since.

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Farewell March, Hello April


Our week-in-review begins last Saturday at Princeton Battlefield. A day-long skirmish took nl 3place at the historic park between an overgrowth of bamboo and a crew of local volunteers organized by the Princeton Historical Society. Volunteers swiftly eliminated the bamboo and other debris using their bare hands and a variety of landscaping tools.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who so generously donated their time, effort, and resources to keep our community pristine!

nl 4It was an exciting week for Princeton University applicants. The University offered admission to 1,908 well-prepared and highly motivated students from 49 states and 66 countries. Congratulations to all who made the cut!

The Princeton University Library acquired another extraordinary treasure: the personal library of philosopher Jacques Derrida. The true value of this collection is not based on the age, condition, or by the authors of the books, but by the interactions Jacques Derrida had with the words written inside them. The scribbled notes and cross-references he left behind on countless pages will provide scholars with food for thought for a long time to come.


Happy April! Not only is outdoor patio seating finally open, but Chef LaCorte also newly introduced an exquisite Spring menu that pairs beautifully with this time of year.

Easter Sunday Dinner is a long-time favorite of ours and our customers. Bring the family and enjoy a four-course Prix Fixe menu. Menu highlights include Grilled Truffle Butter Filet Mignon, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, and Chipotle Honey Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Hours are from 12 PM – 4 PM. Seating is limited. Please call ahead for reservations at (609) 688-2600.

Our March Madness promotion is still in play as we countdown to the Final Four and Championship Game. End the season with us and enjoy Happy Hour prices during the games on April 4th and 6th.

Get into the swing of Major League Baseball at the Tap Room. Hang with locals, enjoy your favorite libations, and follow your favorite team.

We’re inching up to the first Bourbon Tasting of the year on April 15. We’ll be featuring an incredible selection of bourbons, such as Maker’s Mark, Stranahan’s, and Top Hat. Hours are from 6 PM-9 PM. Tickets are $30 per person. Tapas and lite bites are included. Please call ahead for reservations at (609) 688-2600.


painting - vincent dipaoloWith the arrival of April comes warmth, color, and inspiration. It’s the special time of year when the Nassau Inn sheds its winter coat and begins to come to life. It’s absolutely beautiful. But, there’s so much more than just the scenery. It’s also the scent in the air and the amazing way our breathtaking, red letter town makes one feel. That is why our picturesque property is frequently chosen as the ideal setting for so many momentous occasions. Our appeal extends to gatherings of all kinds. From weddings to reunions to corporate meetings, our seasoned coordinators can fashion an experience that will exceed expectations and forge fond memories.

To schedule a tour, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com


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