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 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





September Events is the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

Happy almost Fall everyone!  Can you feel the change in the air?  It’s getting darker sooner, kids are back in school, pumpkin flavored things are everywhere!!  It’s wonderful, isn’t it?  Ah, but I digress!  (Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about all things Fall) Take a look below and see what’s happening in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in September!



The Yankee Doodle Tap Room will be participating in Palmer Square’s 21st Annual JazzFeast on Sunday, September 9th beginning at noon! JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival full of great music and food!

Witness some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and taste samples from many of the area’s best restaurants, the one-day festival draws thousands of people to downtown Princeton.  Stop by and see us!



Meet The Brewers Summer Series
Yards Brewing Company will be featured at the Tap Room on September 27th from 6p-8p.  Stop by for $4 Yards craft beer specials as well as giveaways!




‘I Made History’ Contest
Have you heard of this drinking contest?  No?  Well let me tell you how it works – complete the 7 drink challenge and you win an “I Made History” T-shirt!  Simple as that! 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.
 Who’s ready to try?


CJ Barna Performs Every Thursday Night
 from 7-9pm
Have You Heard CJ Barna Perform? If you’ve stopped by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room Patio on a Thursday night, the answer to that question would be yes. If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing.
If you’re in the Princeton area on Thursday nights and are looking for some excellent entertainment, look no further than the Yankee Doodle Tap Room – CJ Barna will take it from there.



Question: What are you most looking forward to this Fall? 

By: Lauren Scarpa

You and Your Pet – Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!

For anyone who owns a pet, you know how tough it is during the summer to find activities to do with your pet.  Either they aren’t allowed or it’s too hot.

Meet Sydney

Well, as the dog-mom of a 16 month old cockapoo named Sydney, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to leave him out of an activity that he would have loved.  So, after seeing him in his crate on one too many weekend days, I decided to hunt down some activities he could do with me where we’d both get to enjoy the ‘dog days of summer.’

If it’s one thing my dog loves to do, it’s run (Or steal people’s socks and run, whichever)! Being a runner myself, this works out pretty well!  On Sunday mornings, Syd and I head over to Kelly Drive in Philadelphia and hit the pavement.  With my trusty sidekick next to me, we run a few miles (in between people stopping me to tell me how cute he is, yes… I know) then stop at Dunkin Donuts – iced coffee for me, munchkins for him.  Win/Win!

Most dogs like water… they like to drink it, run through it, jump in it.  Syd’s the same way.  The one thing I couldn’t wait to do was let him run in the ocean, but as I walked him onto the Ocean City beach in June, I was informed that dogs aren’t permitted between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Thank you rent-a-guard – glad I just drove over an hour to get here and now have nothing to show for it.  There had to be a beach where Syd could go!  My trusty smart phone located one and off we went to Sunset Beach in Cape May where he had the best time!

Another one of Syd’s favorite past times is eating!  It doesn’t matter what it is, he’ll try it (his fondness for fresh produce is quite funny and lets not even talk about custard!).  So when we’re out and about, grabbing something to eat often happens.  Finding pet friendly dining establishments is tough.  Since I’m not a fast food eater, I have to prepare ahead.  I live near an extremely pet friendly town that’s peppered with outdoor seating restaurants that allow well behaved pets.  It’s usually a good sign that a place is pet friendly if you notice water bowls out for thirsty pups, but make sure to call ahead as the laws in each area are different!  You know the Nassau Inn is a pet friendly hotel, right?  Fact!

Since there are times when I do have to leave Syd behind, I found the next best thing for him is puppy daycare (dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations and must also have a bordetella shot)! He gets to play with other dogs and comes home thoroughly exhausted – BONUS!  Two places that provide excellent care and long hours are PetsMart and Camp Bowwow!

Now that you know a little bit about Syd and our misadventures, tell me, what kind of pet do you have?  How do you spend time with them?  Where are some of the pet friendly places you like to go?

Need Ideas?
Do you need some ideas where you can take your pup?  Take a look at
Let me know what you discover!

By: Lauren Scarpa