Top 10 Ways to Celebrate
Summer in Princeton

  1. Summer Photoshoot
    There’s no better place for a photoshoot than Princeton, where every street has an aesthetic backdrop. Breathe in the fresh summer air while you walk downtown and flaunt your style!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonFeatured Princeton Fashionista: Lana Jayne
  2. Design at Dohm Alley
    The alley between Starbucks and Landau is being creatively transformed and will soon be the go-to spot for enjoying art during a coffee break. Dohm Alley’s latest designs include a moon gate, sculptures, art and poetry from English Romantic Poets.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  3. Swimming Pool Park
    Summertime living is sweeter when you go swimming! Lather on sunscreen, put on your favorite swimsuit, carry that book you’ve always wanted to read and head over to the pool. Community Park Pool on Witherspoon Street offers swimming, lessons, waterslides, diving boards and a snack bar.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  4. Summer Outdoor Movies
    Bring your picnic basket, chair, blanket and love for movies under the stars! There will be outdoor movies begin playing at 8:30pm on the Palmer Square Green during these Friday nights:
    June 16th – The Iron Giant
    July 14th – The Parent Trap
    August 18th – MoanaTop 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  5. Play & Energize
    Join JaZams Summer Block Party – Friday, June 16th
    Fun for all ages, includes games, crafts, live performances and so much more!
    JaZams Block Party Princeton, New JerseyThe Princeton Parket’s Energy Playground in front of JaZams is also a unique spot to sit down, eat ice cream, play board games and energize!

    Wow! The @princeton.parklet is really looking great! We can't wait to see the finished product of this alternative energy themed masterpiece! #palmersquare #princetonnj @jazamstoys

    Posted by Palmer Square – Princeton NJ on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  6. Princeton Festival
    Throughout June, experience the arts – jazz, chamber music, a cappella and symphonic concerts; piano, organ, choral and dance recitals; world music, a piano competition, a conducting master class, lectures, and educational programs.Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8pm.

    Jazz: See the Peter Martin Trio – June 17

    Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter's Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm. Make it a date! Visit http://princetonfestival.org/event/2017-jazz/, stop by McCarter's Ticket Office, or call 609.258.2787 today. Specially priced student tickets are also available for this performance.

    Posted by The Princeton Festival on Saturday, April 15, 2017

  7. Carnival Fairs
    Nothing says summer celebration like carnival rides, funnel cake, live band performances, laughter and fireworks!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonThe Freedom Festival is at Mercer County Park on June 24th.

    The Italian-American Festival is at Mercer County Park on September 22-24th.

  8. Live Music
    Nothing screams summer quite like ice cream, but Halo Pub doubles down on the summer vibe with outdoor live music every Saturday night!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
    Photo by Nattydhay 
    Don’t forget about Live Music & Tastings, Thursdays on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio! There will also be music on Palmer Square every Saturday in July and August between 2-4pm.Live Music and Tastings Princeton New Jersey
  9. Terhune Orchards
    Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit to eat or make DIY jam, fruit picking is a fun way to welcome summertime! Pick strawberries and make your own fresh strawberry ice cream with the Terhune Orchards recipe. They also have a new winery and many opportunities for tastings.Terhune Orchards Fruit Picking Winery
  10. 26th Annual Jazzfeast
    Sunday, September 17, 12pm-6pm.
    JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival that swings with the joy of great music and food! Spend the day listening to performances by some of the industry’s best Jazz musicians and showcasing many local food vendors.Jazz Feast Princeton New Jersey

Show us how you’re spending your summer, using the tag #SummerInnPrinceton!

How to Make the Most
of Your Princeton Visit

When in Princeton, there is so much to see, taste, and experience as you walk across streets lined with bookstores, cafés, shops, and the beautiful University campus. With so much art, culture, history, theater, and delicious food in your surroundings, you’ll want to take it all in and create memories worth cherishing.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey
Photo Credit: Han of Harmony

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Day 1:
Check into your room, and get comfortable.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Check VisitPrinceton.org, PalmerSquare.com, and our event calendar for festivals and events – there’s always something going on!

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Take a stroll around Princeton University.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey
Photo Credit: Denise Applewhite

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Visit the Princeton University Art Museum and Fountain of Freedom.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Shop in downtown Princeton.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Enjoy world class dining within walking distance.

World Class Dining | Princeton, New Jersey
Featuring: Agricola Eatery, Teresa Caffe, and Mediterra

Or stay in and dine at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room | Restaurant and Bar | Pub Grub | Princeton, New Jersey

Take in a show!

Watch Movies, Fine Theater, Shows and Performances | Best of Princeton, New Jersey

Fine theater, dance, music, comedy, Hollywood films, and latest movie showings – there’s something for everyone! Find showings at McCarter Theatre, Princeton Summer Theatre, and Princeton Garden Theater.

Experience Princeton nightlife.

Nightlife Princeton, New Jersey
Photo Credit: R Birkel

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll in downtown Princeton and eating ice cream, followed by enjoyable late night conversations over cocktails and music at one of Princeton’s iconic taverns.


Check out: Small World Coffee, Halo Pub, Triumph Brewing Company, Alchemist & Barrister, Ivy Inn, and Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Day 2:
Wake up with Lululemon’s complimentary morning yoga.

Lululemon Yoga | Princeton, New Jersey

Eat brunch in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Explore Princeton with the Princeton Tour Company.

Visit Princeton New Jersey | Princeton Tour Company
You will have newfound love for this beautiful town. The Princeton Tour Company’s Shameless Name Dropping tour is packed with enthusiastic, informative, and entertaining knowledge about the history and people of Princeton – F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Albert Einstein, etc.

Canoe or Kayak at the D & R Canal or Lake Carnegie.
Tip: carry a waterproof camera or GoPro to capture the laughter and splash-filled memories.Canoeing and Kayaking | Princeton, New Jersey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Make great memories, explore, and enjoy! Use social media tags #NassauInn and #YDTR to share your adventures with us. We look forward to welcoming you!

Susan & Scott’s
Palmer Room Wedding

Princeton is where Susan and Scott share many precious memories. When summer came around, they decided to make their dream of saying “I do” a reality.

“My husband Scott and I met while attending college at Rutgers University,” Susan says. “We grew up in the Princeton area and have always loved the town.  We chose the Nassau Inn because it had sentimental memories for both of us.”

“Susan and Scott are a beautiful couple. Anyone can tell that they’re so in love,” says Jaime Wolf, Catering Sales Manager.

Catch a glimpse of their special day!

Congratulations Susan and Scott, may you have a happily ever after!
Photos by Kriste Tiana Photography

A Flavor for Every Mood

Looking for something energy boosting, comforting, or relaxing and enjoyable? Explore our tips to eating for all your moods!

Energize Your Day!
Whether you’re doing morning yoga with Lululemon, taking a nature walk, or shopping around downtown Princeton, you’ll want to feel good and energized for the day. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These nourishments will give you a boost of energy to kick-start the morning and recharge you with mental clarity, physical energy, and a happier mood.

“The Chia Bowl is my favorite way to start the day,” claims our executive Chef, Michael LaCorte. “I love the delicious berries and house-made overnight oats soaked in almond milk. It’s nutty, soft textured, and there’s a refreshing burst of flavor from our season’s finest berries. I also recommend our healthy and delicious Overnight Oats and Breakfast Smoothie Bowls.”

Relax and Unwind
After a cold winter, a little sunshine can do a lot for your serotonin levels and boost your mood. Let the outdoor breeze and live acoustics carry you away as you unwind to seasonal dishes on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio.

“The Ginger Crusted Salmon is one of my favorite entrée dishes, because it’s fresh and cooked to perfection. Ginger gives the perfect complementing flavor. It’s delicious and refreshing,” says our Chef.

Burrata Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes is seasonal, creamy, and mint basil pesto really brightens up the flavor. It’s my favorite appetizer!” says Chef LaCorte.

Take a Little Comfort
We all have certain dishes that make us feel good. You don’t need an excuse to want to feel comforted, and there’s nothing better than a little rice and bean for the soul.Plaintain, Saffron Rice & Black Beans was inspired by Latin and Cuban dishes, which are traditionally served with plantains, rice, and beans,” says Chef LaCorte. Our chefs have added a twist to the oozing dish with a perfectly cooked yolk, Pico de Gallo, and a dollop of guacamole sour cream on top.

You also can’t go wrong with House Smoked Spare Ribs that has a zesty orange flavor and smokiness reminiscent of summer.

End on a Happy Note!
There’s just something about dessert that makes you smile. Could it be that it contains high levels of endorphins, minerals, and antioxidants that take the blues away? Or is it just that they taste so good?

Lemon Curd, Blueberry Compote in a Mason Jar“Lemons are blueberries are a classic combination,” says Chef LaCorte. “A match made in heaven.”

“The Greek Honey Cake is adapted from Middle Eastern tradition. It’s similar to baklava but is more cake than phyllo,” explains Chef LaCorte. “You’ll love tasting the layers inside, filled with orange, honey, and nuts. A fresh scoop of Bent Spoon’s cinnamon ice cream makes the perfect complementing taste.”

Our new menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and cocktails launched last week. Taste the flavors of energy, relaxation, comfort, and happiness this spring!

A Taste of Spring:
Creative Cocktails

Spring is officially here and so is our new cocktail menu! Does the weather make you crave light and refreshing or fruity and tropical drinks? If so, Yankee Doodle Tap Room has the right mixture for you!

Princeton Cocktails

Roc N GinSpring Cocktails Princeton New Jersey

“The Roc N Gin is light, refreshing and delicious – like lemonade but with a twist,” says Virginia Fry, senior manager of Yankee Doodle Tap Room and co-creator of this cocktail.

John Ryan, bartender and cocktail connoisseur, tells the story of how Roc N Gin was created three summers ago…

“One dastardly dangerous evening, two goddesses came together in harmony and transcended their worries and creativity into conceiving this immaculate libation. The Roc N Gin, though beautiful to the taste buds, can be fallacious due to its ‘masking of its alcohol’ quality. This cocktail has been named by the two creators, Virginia Fry ‘Gin’ & Natacha ‘Roc’.” — John Ryan

How to Make: In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz. Gin, ½ oz. Elderflower Liquor, muddled cucumber, fresh lemonade, and Agave Nectar; shake over ice so it’s nice and cold when combined. For garnish, you’ll want to use a fresh rosemary sprig, because the herb aroma complements the refreshing lemon-cucumber flavor.

Yankee Doodle MuleYankee Doodle Tap Room Cocktail DrinksServed in an ice cold mug, Stoli Blueberri Vodka, Blue Curacao Liqueur and Appalachian’s ginger beer creates the “perfect storm of gregariousness” according to John Ryan.

Berry BonanzaSpring Cocktails PrincetonBursts of strawberry and blueberry vodka mixed with sprite lemonade are sweet, sour, and berry-licious!

Princeton Sweet TeaSpring Cocktails PrincetonIf you love tea, the Princeton Sweet Tea is a fresh lemonade iced with Absolut Citron, simple syrup, lemon, and mint – talk about refreshing!

Pomegranate SangriaSpring Cocktails PrincetonFresh pomegranate puree and fruit infusion, sangria is the perfect complement to our Sunday Brunch on the patio!

Grapefruit BasilSpring Cocktails PrincetonBubbly and aromatic with fresh ruby red grapefruit and basil, this is part of our spring mocktail series (though you may certainly add alcohol upon request to any of our drinks)!

Thirsty? If you like light and refreshing or fruity and tropical, we have the cocktail for you! Stay updated with our social media for more on recipes, tastings, and events. Also come visit us starting this week for a taste of the New Spring Lunch & Dinner Menus! Try our seasonal cocktails while you’re at it. Cheers!

Outdoor Patio Dining, Live
Music, and Beer Tastings

Do you like warm weather, live music and outdoor dining? Then we have a seat for you on the largest patio in Palmer Square! Join us for an exciting season of happenings, starting on April 14th. Relax to live music, enjoy our new spring menu, and sip on hard to find craft beers and specialty cocktails.

What to Expect?
If you love beer and learning about the unique work that goes into making it, we invite you on the journey with us! Breweries will take over the Tap Room for the evening with a variety of brews to taste for only $4 per glass. Learn about beer from their company representatives, and win awesome giveaways – glasses, coolers, t-shirts, jackets, etc. The tastings coincide with live music and outdoor patio dining, making the feel good events all the more worthwhile!

Our spring events kick off this month!

“Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.”
– Stevie Wonder

“Millennials, families, children – there’s something for everyone! The music definitely adds to the patio,” says Virginia Fry, our Senior Food & Beverage Manager. “It’s super nice… You can hear the performances from the streets, enjoy a few glasses of beer, and you’ll see crowds lined up outside just to hear the music.”

Next Friday, April 14th, 4pm, join us for Lagunitas Brewing Company’s “Where’s Waldo” event to get a taste of Waldo’s Special Ale, part of their OneHitter Series. With an ABV of 11.5% that is hidden underneath a citrus and tropical hops taste, low bitterness, and sweet malt finish, it’s no wonder this brew is like finding Waldo for beer lovers, or treasure hunters.

There’s a lot to look forward to! Make sure you’re checking our social media to keep up with all the exciting happenings. See you at the Live Music Patio Dining and Beer Tasting Events in the Tap Room!

Photo & Video Recap of the
2017 Wedding Showcase

On March 19th, we welcomed spring with our second annual Princeton Wedding Showcase. It was a unique and interactive experience for all, with an attendance of over 30 vendors and 200+ guests. A special thank you goes out to Kyo Morishima Photography for providing awesome engagement photos to our couples at the show, and sharing wedding inspiration in their Unique and Simple Wedding Ideas post!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s show. But before we start planning for 2018, let’s take a moment to enjoy a photo and video recap of the 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Getting Ready – Featuring our Special Edition Snapchat GeoFilter

Cosmo Bleu Salon’s Complimentary Hair & Makeup Trials

Live Model Fashion Show featuring Bridal Suite Boutique and Brooks Brothers

Cocktail hour with a touch of sentiment from Don’s Piano

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Listen to the music!

Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Posted by Nassau Inn on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Franklin & Alison Music give us their Uptown Funk!

Menu Tastings

PU Tigerlilies guest star in two acapella performances for the ultimate Princetonian experience

Posted by Nassau Inn on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Listen to their acapella performance!

Brillman’s Rental Barn

Viburnum Designs

NEW Nassau Inn wedding linen & china on display with gorgeous Floral & Designs by Petal Pushers.

A taste of  Chez Alice, our local Palmer Square partner!

Thomas Sweets Truffle Bar

Some eat, some dance, and some take over Ambient DJ’s Photo Booth!

Be inspired by Grit + Polish, an innovative nail salon in downtown Princeton!

Grab a treat! More cake and tastings from Caketeria

The 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase was filled with a ton of complimentary fun, and there was something for everyone to take home. Those who completed the scavenger hunt to door prizes won from giveaways such as Nassau Inn’s Princeton Get-Away, honeymoon airfare for two, $500 shopping spree from Hamilton Jewelers, and more. This was our best (and sweetest) event yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to our staff, sponsors, vendors and participants for making the event a success! Wishing all engaged couples a happy and prosperous life!

Nassau Inn Invites Couples to Fall in Love with Princeton!

On March 19th, the Nassau Inn and the Princeton community bring to town a wedding showcase event unlike any other where guests can truly experience everything for themselves and see why Princeton is THE WEDDING DESTINATION!

A PRINCETON WEDDING SHOWCASE, MARCH 19th, 12-4pm at Nassau Inn, open house style.

Couples who picture a magical winter wedding, cocktail hour by lantern light, a light and breezy outdoor ceremony or a dramatic ballroom event, will be inspired by tangible exhibits and planning tips on bringing those visions to life. This year’s second annual event will tap into the creative minds of design and floral experts such as Petal Pushers, Viburnum Designs & Brillman’s Rental Barn and bring guests fully designed rooms they can walk through, feel and picture themselves in.

Pre-registered guests will have the opportunity to work with one of Nassau Inn’s preferred photographers Kyo Morishima and have their engagement photo taken in an iconic setting. Digital copies will be provided to the guests for their personal use.

The timeless debate of live music, DJ or both will be easy to answer after guests experience performances by Franklin and Alison Orchestra, Sound Choice DJ and Ambient DJ. Dancing shoes are a must because the Inn’s preferred musicians will keep the party going all day! Couples looking to add a little flair to their event should be sure to catch Don’s Piano who will be playing cocktail music in the timeless second floor lobby and Princeton’s very own Tiger Lilies acapella group will make a special appearance and perform a few of their hits!  

Brides fall in love with gorgeous gowns from The Bridal Suite and Boutique of Hamilton. The live model fashion show format will allow fluid conversation with the models. Those important questions such as fit and comfort level will all be answered! Once they know what they want to wear for the big day, a trip to see the beauty consultants from Cosmo Bleu Salon will get brides a mini makeover and up-do trial.

Grooms will not be forgotten at the wedding show. New this year, Brooks Brothers will join in the live model fashion show. From Tuxedos to custom tailored suits, you’re sure to find the right style and budget for your groom and groomsmen. The show is the perfect opportunity to cross off everything on “his” to do list in one day. A1 Limousine will be here with demo vehicles and Nassau Inn staff is on hand to answer all of his rehearsal dinner questions.

Of course no showcase would be complete without menu sampling. This year guests should come hungry and ready to sample two different style menus. Guest can taste the classic braised beef short rib entree or sample selections from our new reception style menu “Midnight in Paris.” In addition to wedding entrees, try popular enhancements such as post wedding breakfasts, cocktail hour stations and “Say Good Night Gracie’s”. Couples may want to add a touch of local flair to complement their wedding packages. Tastings from Nassau Inn’s local partners will also be available. Visit Olsson’s Fine Foods, Chez Alice, Cartero & Cavero, Thomas Sweets’ and the Caketeria at the showcase.

Vendors and sponsors have added great door prizes and giveaways to this year’s event. Hamilton Jewelers has provided a chance to win a $500 gift card. Allegiant Air has provided honeymoon airfare for two. All preregistered brides will receive a swag bag sponsored by Palmer Square with exclusive offers and gifts from participating vendors and partners and many more door prizes will be announced.

Nassau Inn is offering exclusive discounts to those who come prepared to book their wedding the day of the show, guests can receive 17% off their package (exclusions apply).  

Fall in Love with Princeton and discover your wedding destination!

To register for this event please visit www.princetonweddingshow.com.

More information including a complete participating vendor list, schedule of events and door prizes please visit the website www.princetonweddingshow.com.

For press inquiries please contact Jamie Volkert, Nassau Inn Marketing Manager at 609-688-2624 or jamievolkert@nassauinn.com

The Best of Wedding Music

Having trouble deciding what music is right for your wedding? Stop by the Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th and hear the best of musical offerings!

“The Battle of the Band”… or DJ

  • Live bands get the crowd excited, add a touch of sophistication and are attuned to playing music according to the “feel” of the room. Plus, having a live band cover your song during the first dance is very intimate and romantic. Franklin & Alison Music plays a variety of musical genres ranging from Classical, Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Caribbean and Latin. Their talented musicians can play anything and will be taking requests at the wedding show!
  • We love DJs because they can easily find your favorite songs AND they make awesome MC’s who can really set the mood and keep the party fun and energetic. Every couple is different, so you’ll want to find a DJ that fits your personality at the wedding show! Sound Choice DJ is our MC for the day, so be sure to hear them throughout the day as they keep the party going! Ambient DJ, one of our house favorites, brings a photo booth with him and covers more than just music. Scratch Weddings is a specialty turntable DJ – you won’t want to miss their set!

Add a Personalized Touch

  • Your heart and soul will fall in love with Don’s Piano, who will be playing various melodic Jazz pieces at the wedding show! Piano is great for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour because of its relaxing ambiance and touch of sentiment.
  • Looking for the ultimate Princetonian experience? Nothing says it quite like acapella music from Princeton’s very own Tiger Lilies, who will stop by the show on the 19th to serenade you!

Still deciding on your wedding music? Let us help you discover the best at the Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th!  Pre-register at PrincetonWeddingShow.com.


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Top 5 Cheese and
Wine/Liquor Pairings

“Cheese is fulfilling to eat and full of flavor. It’s never boring,” says Rudie Smit, who owns Olsson’s Fine Foods with his wife, Jennifer. “All cheeses are different and the ongoing discovery process is truly fascinating. Learning about cheese is like uncovering a book full of stories – there’s a story behind the person who made the cheese, how they first made it and how the flavors developed over time,” he says. Hear all about these stories AND enjoy his gourmet cheese at the Princeton Wedding Showcase in March! In the meantime, learn the top 5 ways to pair cheese with wine/liquor with Rudie’s pro tips!

  1. Creamier cheeses love the subtle flavor of sparkling white wine. Délice de Bourgogne, a French triple cream cheese, goes well with champagne. This is Rudie’s favorite pairing.
  2. Red wine goes with harder cheeses such as Gouda, Manchego and Goat Milk Cheese. Carménère wine from Chile is fruity, not bitter nor tart, which pairs best with earthy and nutty cheeses.
  3. Malt Whiskey goes with 5 Year Aged Gouda. Rudie and his folks call it “Candy Cheese” because of its sweetness, butterscotch-caramel flavor and crunchy texture.
  4. Cheese with beer is a classic pairing that goes way back in Europe and has many variations… Here are a few!Rudie’s tips on pairing cheese with beer:
    • Stouts and porters go with smoked cheese.
    • Lagers go better with younger cheeses such as cheddar.
    • Crisp beer, just like white wine, goes with creamier cheeses.
  5. Delice de Jura is a pasteurized milk cheese. When melted, you can serve it on a spoon or spread it on crusty bread. This cheese pairs best with fruity red or white wine and is a great choice for weddings and parties, especially in the spring.

If this made you hungry, then it’s time to head over to Olsson’s Fine Foods and satisfy your cheese cravings! This gourmet cheese shop is only a walk away from our doorsteps, and we’re partnered together in various ways. Olsson’s specialty imported cheeses are available on our corporate, social and wedding menu packages. Cheese and entertaining also go hand-in-hand. If you’re newly engaged, don’t miss out on a chance to taste Olsson’s Gourmet Cheese at our Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th! Pre-register for the event here. See you there!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.