Springing into Spring

By: Jackie Brigante

In like a lion and out like a lamb – that’s what they say! The spring equinox is always (in my humble opinion) the quintessential end to dreary winter months. Day light saving time rolls in full-force behind that pesky Punxsutawney Phil bringing with it sunny mornings and delayed sunsets.

One of my favorite things about working in Princeton was the all-around buzz that arrived with the spring. Part of my morning ritual was always pausing to look at the tulips as they broke their way through the ground and sprung to life. Potted plants popped up outside of shops and downtown was full of kids eating Bent Spoon ice cream and playing outside. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day!

By: Jackie Brigante

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to rejoice: celebrate your friendships, relationships with loved ones and even revel yourself.

This day is celebrated in many countries around the world, and is associated with Saint Valentine; who was imprisoned for performing marriage ceremonies for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. While this background may not be quixotic, the meaning behind this genuine undertaking has been celebrated for centuries.

In today’s society, we find stores filled with red, white and pink hearts filled with fancy candies, romantic dinner packages offered at our favorite restaurants and commercials encouraging consumers to indulge and pamper their partners. But for those of you who may find this holiday a but commercialized, remember that we are celebrating love – and that can relate to any relationship!

Are you a pet-lover? The ASPCA has compiled a pet-friendly Valentine’s Day guide to pamper your pooch including non-toxic plants and pet approved chocolate! Your pet will appreciate your kindness and hopefully pile on extra unconditional love!

Need to entertain the kiddies? Consider a themed arts and crafts day. Using white paper, have the kids write down things they love about their siblings or family – and only in red or pink! They can also create a list of Valentine’s Day specific words and make their very own word finds. Help them out by cutting red or pink construction paper in to the shape of a heart and penciling on grid lines to keep their lines straight.

On a budget, but want to impress? At home dates with your partner are special! Surprise your loved one with all of the ingredients to their favorite at-home meal – and prepare it together. Eat at the dinner table sitting side-by-side with the table set, lights dimmed and your favorite scented candle lit. Turn off your phones and have a conversation with no distractions. Eat slowly and enjoy your time together!

Ready for a night or weekend out? A special dinner for two is just the thing you need! Many restaurants offer a prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day; just remember to make your reservations! Spending the weekend in a hotel with your partner can be extra special: quiet, comfortable and private! The Nassau Inn offers an Escape to Romance package year-round, but why not spoil yourself and your partner this February 14th with a retreat?

Whether your Valentine’s Day is spent with your partner or your family and friends, it is important to remember that this day is meant to celebrate togetherness – and you can achieve that sentiment with gusto!

Nassau Inn Hosts Holiday Toy Drive!

The holidays are upon us! Can you believe how fast this year has gone?

This season, those of us on the East Coast really have something to be thankful for – regardless of where we live or where we’re from, we were all affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The outpouring of support has been tremendous and many are grateful for the help especially coming into the holiday season.  Now we have to help the kids – they deserve a magical holiday!

In honor of the children who lost all of their belongings, the Nassau Inn is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive! From Black Friday through December 16th, the community is invited to drop off unwrapped toys (or gift cards) in Santa’s Toy Chest located in the Main Lobby of the Nassau Inn.

All toys will be hand delivered by the Nassau Inn staff to children living in the shore communities on December 17th.

Social Media Alert! You may take your picture as you drop off your gifts and upload them to our Facebook page (@TheNassauInn) or Tweet them (@NassauInn)!

We hope you’ll participate.  Every child should experience the magic of the holidays.

For questions, please email laurenscarpa@nassauinn.com or call 609.688.2624.

By: Lauren Scarpa

Hurricane Sandy – The Aftermath

On October 29th, 2012 Hurricane Sandy changed the lives of those living throughout New Jersey and New York like never before.  The freak weather phenomenon, or Frankenstorm as it was called, destroyed homes and businesses, left millions of people without power and resources – not to forget those who lost their lives, and left what was once the Jersey shore unrecognizable.

Now, here we are two weeks later.  The destruction still exists, although clean-up has begun.  People are slowly regaining power and trying to return to a semblance of normalcy as best they can.  The feelings of desperation and devastation are starting to ease and it’s all due to the tremendous outpouring of support and aid available.  People from around the world are donating to help those who’ve lost everything.  Electric companies from all over the US drove here to lend support – you may have seen them driving up and down the highways looking for their next location to restore.  It’s humbling to see communities pull together, government and celebrities assisting in the clean-up, and fundraising events to support the rebuild.  People are starting to have hope again.  Although they may not regain exactly what they once had, they will regain something bigger… a new lease on life.

One of the hardest parts for people to overcome is the loss of memories. Homes that people lived in, raised their families in, and built their lives in are under water.  Sites where many spent their childhoods are gone.  Restaurants where families enjoyed a meal no longer exist.  Businesses that people depend on are now closed.

A popular saying is ‘it takes a catastrophic event like this for people to realize what’s really important” and that’s pretty accurate.  Those who’ve experienced this hurricane will never forget it or the sacrifice of those who came to help.

The Princeton community was hit hard by Sandy, but in comparison to other areas, we were more fortunate.  To help those who’ve lost everything, the Princeton Business Community has united to host a Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive on November 20, 2012.  During that day, people are asked to shop and dine in participating business.  A portion of all sales will be donated to New Jersey coastline relief efforts as well as the American Red Cross.  Our Yankee Doodle Tap Room will be participating in the Drive and we hope you will too.  To see a list of all local area participating businesses, please click here.

Through darkness comes light – through tragedy comes awareness – through suffering comes comfort.   As time passes, New Jersey and New York will rebuild and we will regain our strength.  Our communities will thrive again, our shores will be restored, and we will create new memories.

How did Hurricane Sandy impact you? 

What was the most important thing that came out of this experience for you?

By: Lauren Scarpa

November Events in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

NEW! Yankee Doodle Mug Club

New to the Yankee Doodle Tap Room – the Yankee Doodle Mug Club!
Purchase a Yankee Doodle Mug (for $1) and receive half price Yankee Doodle Ale draft refills!  You must have your mug with you on each visit to participate.

Thanksgiving Buffet!

November 22nd is Thanksgiving – Have you made plans yet? Skip the stress and the mess!  Enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and family and let the Yankee Doodle Tap Room handle the cooking! We’re now accepting reservations. Call 609.921.7500 x.600

NFL Football Specials!

Watch your favorite NFL teams play in the Tap Room and enjoy our special menu for the games!
Drink Specials: $2.00 Miller Lite and Sam Adams
Food Specials $.50 Cent Wings
$5.00 Choice of:
Burger Sliders (2) with Fries
Sausage and Peppers Sandwich
Buffalo Chicken Fingers
Garlic Parmesan Puffs
Flat Bread Pizza





The Magic of Halloween – A Holiday For All Ages!

Oh the magic of Halloween – the holiday most people can, and do, enjoy. Unlike some of the other holidays that lose their thrill as you grow up, this is one you can love at any age!

Although the origin of Halloween is quite grim, it has evolved into a day/evening of light-hearted fun.  As a child, you got to dress up in costume, trick-or-treat for candy (Oooh Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!), carve pumpkins, and pretend to be someone you’re not (or wish you were) for a few hours.  Let’s be honest, hanging out in your costume and divvying up the candy loot after a long night of trick or treating was the best! 

Then you grow up.  Halloween parties become all the rage among your circle of friends!  You still dress in costume and pretend to be someone you‘re not for one evening (sometimes for a prize).  Our choice of costumes may have evolved from princesses, pirates, or super heroes to, well, pirates, super heroes and… Ok, maybe our costumes haven’t evolved all that much, but there have been some pretty creative ones out there recently.

The point is, Halloween bridges the generational gap for children and adults alike.  It has become more family friendly and sensational!

Parents, are you excited to share the holiday with your kids?  If you’re looking for something fun to do, bring your children to the Yankee Doodle Tap Room on Halloween. Kids under 12 and in costume eat free!  Click here for more information.

With Halloween a few days away, how will you celebrate? Best response could win a prize!

By: Lauren Scarpa


New Fall Menu Premieres in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room Debuts New Fall Menus!

When you think of your favorite restaurants, what do you think of?  That great dish you tried and loved?  The reliable old favorite you never stray from?  Maybe a combination of the two?

That’s exactly the mentality that went into creating the new Yankee Doodle Tap Room menus.  The Chef brought back old favorites (like the delectable chicken pot pie) and debuted new items (such as the Cheddar and Bacon Meatloaf, Bourbon Glazed Short Rib, and the Scallops & Butternut Squash Linguine).  The items on the new menus are guaranteed to please your palette – and wait until you try the Desserts or the Fall Drink options!

New Lunch and Dinner Menu previews!  

Click the menus for access!

Question:  Now that you’ve seen the new menus, what are you most excited to try? Leave a comment below!

By: Lauren Scarpa

October Events in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Here we are… in October, can you believe it? Fall is the best time of year – good weather, pumpkin everything, and tons of activities! October at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is jam packed with events – take a look at what we have going on!

Palmer Square’s 75th Birthday Bash!
Come celebrate Palmer Square’s 75th Birthday on October 7th from 12p-5p!

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room will be on the Patio passing out $15 gift cards to families (while supplies last) as well as our homemade oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies!
Make sure you stop by and get yours!

Also, we’ll be offering lunch, dinner, and drink specials!

Sam Adams Oktoberfest – $3
Bootleggers’ Lemonade (bourbon and lemonade) sold in mason jars  - $3.70

Cobb Salad – $10

Yankee Pot Roast

New Tap Room Menus Premiering October 8th!

The Tap Room will premiere its Fall Menu on October 8th! Come experience new dishes as well as old favorites – there’s plenty to keep all palates pleased!


Meet the Brewers Fall Series
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Oct 18th
6pm – 8pm


 NFL Football Specials!
Watch your favorite NFL teams play in the Tap Room and enjoy our special menu for the games!

Drink Specials
$2.00 Miller Lite and Sam Adams

 Food Specials
50 Cent Wings
$5.00 Burger Sliders (2) with Fries
$5.00 Sausage and Peppers Sandwich
$5.00 Buffalo Chicken Fingers
$5.00 Garlic Parmesan Puffs
$5.00 Flat Bread Pizza

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Fest!
All children, 12 and under, who come to the Tap Room on October 31st in costume eat Free*!  Selections are chosen from the Children’s Menu.

Check in and receive complimentary internet access
Check in with a friend at the Tap Room and receive 15% off your check!

I Made History Contest

Completing the 7 drink challenge and win an “I Made History” T-shirt!  All winners will have their pictures taken and posted on the I Made History board in the Tap Room as well as on Nassau Inn’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Behind the Red Door: The Prince William Ballroom Revealed!

The time has come… we’ve been teasing you for months now and updating you with the progress of our Prince William Ballroom.  Well, we’re happy to report that construction is completed and the ballroom is breathtaking!  Don’t just take our word for it, view it for yourself!

First, let’s look back to where we were in May:


Prince William Ballroom Under Construction

Then, there was July…

Now, the moment of truth.  Ladies and Gentleman, the Nassau Inn presents The New Prince William Ballroom!

The first two pictures were set for a meeting.

These last two were set for our first wedding in the new ballroom!

On behalf of the Nassau Inn, we’d like to Thank You for being patient during our rejuvenation – we hope you’re as thrilled with the results as we are.

Stay tuned as we’ll add new pictures regularly.  Don’t forget, if you have an upcoming wedding/meeting/or special event and would like a tour of the ballroom, please call 609.921.7500!

By: Lauren Scarpa
Photos By: Mike Bonotto


Calling All Brides!! – Nassau Inn Hosting 2012 Bridal Show!

Calling all Brides!!  


Are you getting married?

Have you started planning yet or don’t know where to start?

What if I told you Nassau Inn could provide you access to over 35 top wedding professionals under one roof?

Then join us on Thursday, November 15, 2012 for the 2012 Bridal Show.

Admission is FREE, but you can upgrade to Exclusive Access for $15.

Beginning at 6:30 pm, guests will meet vendors from the following industries: fashion, photography, floral design, jewelers, stationary & calligraphy, audio/visual, travel planning, and more!

If you upgrade to exclusive access, you are able access to vendors beginning at 6 p.m., as well as sample specialty cocktails and enhanced food options, and be eligible to win additional giveaways and prizes!

In addition, a Bridal Fashion Show will be held in the newly rejuvenated Prince William Ballroom.

Reserve your spot today – call 609.921.7500!

Lauren Scarpa