Holiday Season on Palmer Square

Shopping on the Square

Palmer Square – A picture perfect place for shopping, dining and enjoying the holiday season.  Fresh garland, red velvet ribbons, twinkling white lights. Sound like a winter wonderland? Well, that is certainly what we have in mind when it comes to decorating the Square for the season to create the perfect backdrop for shopping, dining and gift finding! From apparel, accessories, and home goods to specialty foods, toys and wine, the unique collection of stores on the Square makes it easy to find something for everyone on your list. Shopping can build up an appetite, so don’t forget, we have great places to dine too! Store Promotions Designer trunk shows, sales, discounts, donations to charities…our stores do a little of everything. Here’s a sampling of the many exciting promotions happening around the Square this month http://palmersquare.com/promotions.asp.

Santa Claus at the Square

Holiday Entertainment  – While our Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting ceremonies have past, things are festive every weekend on the Square. Musicians, carolers and Santa can be found strolling on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout December. Carriage Rides are also available on the weekends from 12-4pm and depart from the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets.

Free parking This is our gift to you this season. It’s simple: Enter our Chambers Street or Hulfish Street garage after 4:30pm; visit a store on the Square and request a red validation ticket; present the ticket upon exiting the garage and your parking will be free. Valid through December 31. Extended Holiday Hours We want to accommodate your busy schedule during this time of year, so Palmer Square will have extended shopping hours December 13-23, from 10am-8:30pm. So whether you’re coming to shop with us, dine with us or just coming to enjoy time in downtown Princeton, we look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays!

Guest Author – Anita Fresolone, Marketing Director for Palmer Square Management

Annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Square

Palmer Square Tree Lighting

Where are you going to be Friday night?  If you answered “the tree lighting at Palmer Square” then you will be in the company of thousands who come downtown each year to share in the illumination of the big tree on the Green.  Those of you who haven’t shared in the moment yet you need to experience the magic of the event to realize just how special it is.

I am amazed every year that my kids ask if we are going to attend the Palmer Square Tree Lighting. “Where else would we be” is always my answer.  It is a tradition that started for us many years ago.  I could not imagine being any other place than the Palmer Square Green for this event the night after Thanksgiving.  It is the kickoff to our holiday season and gets us in the mood to celebrate and to share special times with family and friends.   I love the music, the decorations and the festive atmosphere, but most of all I love the look on my children’s faces when it all comes together and the magic pixie dust lights up the tree and Santa leads the crowd in a rousing round of Jingle Bells.  There is nothing more precious to me than seeing the innocence in their eyes and the pureness in their voices as they sing along, even when it is out of tune. Continue reading

Rejuvenation!

In recent months, the Nassau Inn has embarked on a “rejuvenation.” This included a new outdoor patio and upgrades to several blocks of rooms.  While this project is currently underway and will continue throughout April 2011, we wanted to share with you a few of the changes and updates that can be expected!

Our guestrooms will be enhanced with new furniture, flat screen TVs, plush bed linens and remodeled bathrooms.  Additionally, all of our guest elevators are receiving new mechanicals and cab interiors.  

In 2012, the guest rooms  in the Colonial Wing of the Inn will be complete, as will the replacement of the public space carpeting on levels 1 and 2. The Ballroom, Senior Room and Assembly room will be fully renovated with new window treatments, wall coverings, audio and visual upgrades and much more!

We are very excited about the rejuvenation project here at the Nassau Inn and are pleased to share with you updates and progress. As we renovate rooms and meeting space throughout the hotel, I can assure you that the 18th century elegance and charm of the Nassau Inn will not be lost.

As always, we welcome your feedback and hope you will stop in and take a look at the renovation in progress!

Get to Know Your Customer Day

This post was co-written by Jackie Brigante.

In honor of Get to Know Your Customer Day, we went behind the red door in search of insight from our own Nassau Inn guests.

 As members of the sales team, we understand how important it is to know our customers well.  The more we know about them, the better we are able to cater to their specific needs, and as a Hotel; we love learning about our guests.  It’s always interesting to hear what brings people to Princeton, and what they enjoy doing while visiting. 

As part of Get to Know Your Customer Day, which falls on the third Thursday of every quarter, we ventured out of our offices to connect with our guests.  While meandering through the hallways, we came upon Cara and Anne Marie utilizing our Foyer to get some work done.  These two ladies graciously allowed us to gain perspective into their stay at the Nassau Inn.

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We would like to send out a big thanks to Anne Marie and Cara for opening up and allowing us to get to know two of our valued guests.  To any of our other customers out there, keep the input coming!

October Events in Princeton For Everyone

Fall in love with Princeton this time of year.  There are many philanthropic, sporting, historic, community and holiday events for people of all ages.  Here are a select handful of local happenings  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and be in-the-know about events and area promotions on the days they are scheduled.

YWCA''s "In Pink" Fashion Show

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
* For the month of October, participating Panera Bread bakery-café locations are offering their Pink Ribbon Bagel and 25 cents of each bagel sold will benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Foundation. Over the past three years, Panera has raised more than $20,000 through this effort. On Wednesday October 13th 20% of all proceeds from items sold at Panera Bread Princeton between 4-8 PM will be donated to CINJ.   The YWCA Princeton held their 5th Annual “In the Pink” Fashion Show on October 2nd.  Since 2005 they have raised over $110,000 to benefit the YWCA’ Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center (BRCR).

 
 

Tigers!

PU Football – Support the Tigers and see them play long time rivals including Colgate Oct 9th , Brown Oct 16th and Harvard Oct 23rd, all Saturdays at 1 PM.  Full schedule and results.


 

Happy 100th Birthday!

October 10th – 1-5 PM – Princeton Public Library’s 100th Birthday Celebration – The community and the library have changed and grown together—from a small reading room with just a few hundred items to the current state-of-the-art 55,000 square foot building.  From 1-5 PM on Sun. 10-10-10, the Library will hold a variety of events on Hinds Plaza outside their doors to commemorate this historic occasion. Events include a 5k fun run, live music, WPST live broadcast, and characters from favorite children’s books – bring your camera!.  Full schedule of events.
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Welcome Back Princeton University Students

This post was co-written with Lucia Scotto.

Autumn is the season that the Nassau Inn staff looks forward to the most.  The trees along Palmer Square and Nassau Street begin to burst with vibrant colors and the streets awaken, filled with the hustle and bustle of Princeton University students, parents, and professors.  The Nassau Inn has the great fortune of bearing witness as a host for all, from near or far.

View of Nassau Inn From Palmer Square

Nothing can replicate the energy that derives from this annual migration into Princeton.  Every spring we say goodbye to one and in the fall hello to another, always keeping the town’s spirit renewed and the memories of yesterday’s guests close.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room becomes the hub of sociability, bringing together students, locals, and hotel guests providing the perfect venue for the forging of lifetime friendships and bonds.

The lobby of our Inn is always buzzing as it serves as the gateway to everything Princeton and the Nassau Inn has to offer. Whether it’s a bride and groom organizing their last minute wedding details, guests checking in, or friends planning their next excursion, we will certainly greet you with a warm smile as you re-energize this town (and our staff). We are thrilled and honored you have chosen to be a part of the rich history of the Nassau Inn.

So whether you’re here to say hello, goodbye, or meet up with friends, the Historic Nassau Inn would like to say, “Welcome back and see you again soon.”

September Events For Everyone in Princeton

Theatre.  Sports.  Music.  Food.   September brings seasonal and annual events you won’t want to miss – within Mercer County and right here in our backyard.  As the Princeton CVB states: “Princeton.  Not just a town, an experience.”  After the summer winds down, the pools and beach houses are closed, the kids go back to school, or get on the bus for their first day of kindergarten, college classes begin – welcome back PU!,  and the leaves begin to fall, people look to fill their calendars with things to do with the whole family.  Here are some events you won’t want to miss: Continue reading