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

Through Vincent’s Eyes

Nassau Inn Painting by Vincent Di Paolo

Danielle Alford, our recent Nassau Inn trivia winner on Facebook, is engaged to be married to Vincent Di Paolo – congratulations!

Vincent, unbeknown to us, painted this charming picture of the Nassau Inn at the Palmer Square entrance which Danielle just sent to us.  Vincent is a local freelance artist who will soon have murals hanging throughout Princeton.  The painting is beautiful Vincent, and we wish you all the best on your special day.

29 Forever!

Tony Pirone, Bartender

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Tony Pirone began working at the Nassau Inn at the famous Yankee Doodle Tap Room bar in June of 1981. 29 years later he’s still here. Tony states “I love how I am treated by my fellow employees and patrons. Many guests have become life long friends from all over the country and the world.” He has been a poster boy for some of our ads and editorials, including this one from the Summer issue of Princeton Magazine.  Photo Credit:  Michael Bonotto

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.

Rejuvenation

Renovated Room

Yesterday we entered into phase two of our guest room rejuvenation. Guests can look forward to new furnishings, bedding, 42″ flat screen TV’s and a completely renovated guest bathroom.

This phase should be complete by September 1, 2010. Phase three will begin mid-December and at its conclusion at the end of March, 2011 we will have completed half of the inventory of guest rooms in the Inn.