Princeton Summer Happenings – Fun Activities for All to Enjoy!

If you’re already thinking about hightailing it into the fall and getting the kids back in school; I need you to take a step back, take a deep breath and listen: The summer is not even close to being over! Princeton has a lot of fun and exciting happenings to take advantage of while we still have plenty long, sun filled days to soak up.

A fun activity to do with the kiddies is Lunchtime Music on the Green. This event is hosted by Palmer Square and takes place right on the green! Between noon and 2 p.m., you can enjoy live jazz music while having a leisurely lunch from one of the many Princeton eateries. The last event will take place on Thursday, August 18th featuring Sophiztajazz.

Palmer Square is also hosting the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale – this year taking place on Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August 21st. This event will feature live music and great deals from some of your favorite local Palmer Square shops.

The Princeton Tour Company is also in full swing for the summer! With these tours, you can see where Albert Einstein lived, famous architecture in Princeton and see which of your favorite places is haunted with ghosts! You are able to choose from group and private tours to accommodate your group!

Every Thursday you can have a pleasurable outdoor lunch, listen to live music and enjoy fresh local produce and the Princeton Farmer’s Market located on Witherspoon Street in front of the Witherspoon Grill and the Princeton Public Library. Some vendors include: Tassot Apiaries for local honey, beeswax candles and soaps; The Witherspoon Bread Company showcasing and selling freshly baked breads and pastries and Tico’s Juice Bar where you can get freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.

If you are looking for some indoor fun, the Morven Museum & Gardens is presenting The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit which is running now through October 31st. This exhibit follows the American Flag from its 1777 creation into the twentieth century. You can follow the history of each flag while visually experiencing each edition.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is also hosting weekly Acoustic Thursday, every Thursday night on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio in August! The Tap Room will be featuring CJ Barna on August 11th & August 25th. August 4th & August 18th will feature Greg Nease and Suzannah Sabin.  CJ Barna will also be performing live acoustic sets on August 3rd, August 17th and August 31st.

Kicking back and relaxing through the end of the summer is important for your personal Zen and mental health. Before you start back to school shopping, creating lunch schedules and getting the car pools set take advantage of the vitamin D that is shining and waiting for you! Keep your kids entertained and treat yourself to some yummy summer cocktails. Be sure to check back next month for some more great tips!

Beers with Newman

Custom Yankee Doodle Ale on Tap

I have been a beer enthusiast for many years, attending all sorts of events such as brewery tours, beer festivals, tasting and pairing dinners, and home-brewing seminars. My wife hates going into the beverage store because I spend so much time searching for a new beer I haven’t tasted. Each month I receive my Mid-Atlantic Brewing News and I immediately sit at my kitchen table, crack open a cold bottle and read about the wonderful world of beer that has me so fascinated.

I have the great opportunity to work at the most historic restaurant and bar in Princeton, The Yankee Doodle Tap Room. My initial brainstorming about Yankee Doodle and historical Princeton lead me to the American Revolution. Many of our founding fathers and American patriots were beer enthusiast themselves and brewed beers of their own creation in small batches for their family and friends. When choosing what beer to write about first, I immediately decided I would choose the Boston Beer Company because after all Boston was the birthplace of the American Revolution. Continue reading

Time in a Bottle

Historic Bottles

“Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce was the theme song of my elementary school graduation.  I remember feeling that all I wanted to do was look to the future and what wonder it would bring.

Now, several years removed from that day, I find myself pondering what the past held for the Princetonians who lived in the Palmer Square area many, many years ago and hoping that by burying a present day time capsule in our new patio area I will be able to answer that question for the inquisitive person that unearths it in the very distant future.

When the construction of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio began we were pleasantly surprised to find that we uncovered numerous old bottles that had been buried in the dirt outside of the Nassau Inn.  The MOD construction crew was careful when extracting them so that we could keep some of these treasures to showcase with our other historical artifacts at the Inn. Continue reading

What’s “Square” But Also “In?”

Princeton is full of talents. One of our favorites is writer and producer, Craig Keller, who recently had some nice things to say about the Nassau Inn:

Nassau Inn's Famous Red Door

In a college-town awash with ‘upscale’ chain stores and overpriced eateries, the Nassau Inn stands like an oasis — totally refreshing in its old-world charm and convivial atmosphere. So take heed: its facade is no facade. That fire-engine-red door, which centers a tableau like something from Mister Rogers’ train-set, speaks to the genuine charm and civility found just beyond the threshold.

And it is a very old door indeed, standing as one of the more appealing examples of the “1775′ish” elements that abound throughout town, and which include but are not limited to the celebrated Bayard Lane hairshirt, and the Chambers Street weathervane cast in the shape of Lady Sarah Lennox. Continue reading

Breakfast Outdoors in Downtown Princeton

Photo Credit: Michael Bonotto

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room’s newest addition – the patio on Palmer Square West next to Lindt Chocolate, is the only place you can enjoy breakfast outdoors in downtown Princeton. Whether you are dining out for a business meeting, with your family (we have highchairs), the morning after an event at the Nassau Inn or in the area, or simply to visit the downtown area, our new patio is the place to be.

The brick wall along the west side of the patio offers privacy while you’re enjoying our all new menu. The flowers all around the patio and umbrellas to shade the sun make it a pleasant dining experience for everyone.

Welcome to Our Newest Addition

The New Patio

The patio at Yankee Doodle Tap Room is now open!

Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Stop in for happy hour and enjoy our daily drink  specials.

The patio offers the best of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room’s menu and bar, situated in the heart of Palmer Square.

Be sure to watch all your favorite World Cup games here.

You can walk in or walk up via the sidewalk entry.