Jamie and Collin’s
Magical Winter Wedding

Jamie and Collin got married here on January 6th, 2018. Catch a glimpse of their wedding day fairytale, as told by the bride!

Collin and I first met in college. Then at one of our friends weddings after our college years, fate stepped in. He was stationed in Puerto Rico and came home to be my date. I never in a million years thought we would end up as husband and wife, but I am so grateful he was able to take leave that weekend.

I grew up near Princeton and Collin in Maryland. While venue shopping I took him to Princeton—the history, elegance and the Yankee Doodle Tap Room were the real deal breakers.

We then decided on a January wedding and so glad we did! The snow and decorations made for a beautiful fun-filled day! It was truly the start of our happily ever after and we thank Nassau Inn for making it the best day of our lives!

Photos by: Blue Jar Photography

A Tribute to Our Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there. We hope you enjoy your special day!

“I was born in South America. When I was 4 years old, my father brought our family here to the United States. He wanted a better life for his family.  As an adult, I can only imagine how scary that must have been to start over in a new country, language and culture unknown. But his bravery gave my sister and I opportunities that were limitless and I’ll always be grateful to him for taking that huge step. This Father’s Day, we will be celebrating my dad by having a BBQ and hopefully a sail in the evening!” – Mariela Blanco, Director of Sales

“My dad taught me to never hold a grudge as you never know what tomorrow will bring. We’re going to have dinner at Seasons 52 to celebrate Father’s Day this year.” – Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager

“My dad taught me that Frank Sinatra was the best singer who ever lived! I’m spending the day with my daughter and her dad! It’s his first Father’s Day!!”
– Antoinette Mastropieri, Conference Services Manager

“One life lesson (wow there’s so many though) I would say to reach for the stars and any goals that you set for yourself you can achieve them as long as you put your mind to it and try your hardest you will succeed, and I remember my dad was always so proud of me no matter what. Plans for father’s day is spending it with all the dads I know at my mom’s house with a BBQ, smoked ribs, pool, sun, and great company.” – Cindy McClenahan, Assistant Catering Manager

“My father taught me to be independent. He was a hard worker an also taught me many thing in the construction field. My father passed away 14 years ago.” – Jennifer Dockery, Housekeeping Assistant Manager

“All through my life, my dad always worked hard. He would go into work early in the morning before anyone else was awake and he’d come home in the evening. Then we’d have dinner, which was usually something simple except on the weekends, when he didn’t have to work. My dad taught us (my brother, sister, and me) to work hard, be humble, and always say “Thank you” to people. People appreciate it when you thank someone for their time or for a favor. I find myself doing that to this day. He wasn’t really one that bragged about their accomplishments. He thanked everyone that helped him along the way. That is one of the main lessons that my dad would drill into our heads when we were kids and young adults. – Karine McShulkis, Purchasing Manager

“My father has taught me that every time one door closes another one opens, and no matter what you do for work, do it to your fullest ability. I have used both of these lessons in my daily life. My father used to have a company that installed plumbing in new houses, he lost it when the housing market crashed but he never gave up. He had many jobs and he always excelled at what he did. I admire him for that and that has been an example for me to strive towards. For Father’s Day, we are going to Art All Night in Trenton. It has been something that we have done before and it is always a great night to spend with my dad.” – Zachary Marcus, Front Desk Agent

Special thanks to our staff for taking part in our tribute to Father’s Day. If you’re looking for plans for this weekend, you can always visit us for a delicious meal at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

Call for reservations at 609-688-2600. YankeeDoodleTapRoom.com

Mother’s Day 2018

As Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, May 13th, our staff would like to say thank you to all the important ladies out there by sharing the most important lessons learned from their moms and what they’re doing to celebrate this year!

Here’s what they said…

“The most important thing I have learned from my mother is how to be strong, and how to be compassionate towards others. She and I have been through so much together since I was little. And seeing how she has dealt with everything life has thrown at her has truly taught me how to handle life with strength, grace and perseverance. She also taught me that strength is not always about looking strong, but about knowing when it is okay to breakdown too. It takes a strong person to show their emotions. Through it all, she has always been compassionate towards others. No matter the hard times, she always figured out a way to lend a helping hand, give a hug, or just be a listening ear. This year, my husband and I are going to make my mother a dinner of her choice, as well as dessert, and just watch movies with her. We value the close knit family time. Family always comes first.” – Stephanie Nichols, Sales Assistant

“The most important thing I’ve learned from my mother is friendship. She was the first person I looked up to growing up and I always wanted to be like her. My Mother’s Day weekend is very special this year as both my children will be graduating college. My youngest son graduates on May 12th and my oldest graduates on May 13th and the best thing about it is that my mom will be there with me to congratulate them.” – Annetta Hall, Reservation Manager


“The most important thing I’ve learned from my mother is not to stress over things that you cannot control. I’ll go over my Ma’s house on Mother’s Day with flowers, of course, and then we will go out for lunch somewhere and have a few beers.”
– Kyle Pitts, Conference Services Manager

“My mother has taught me so many things. I think the saying that sticks in my head the most that she taught me was ‘Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.’ This Mother’s Day I plan on going to my parents’ house after work and planting flowers for my mother in her garden. It’s kind of been a yearly tradition. She loves her flowers and I love gardening. Afterwards we will have a nice dinner with my father.”  – Kevin Bradstreet, Housekeeping Supervisor

“Faith, and that is all you need. I plan to eat delicious food, relax and read a book, and spend time with my family.” – Anastasia Killough, Director of Human Resources

“The most important thing that my mom taught me is how important it is to self-educate and how important family is. This year we will plant my garden on Mother’s Day with my daughter and husband.” – Jaime Wolf, Associate Director of Catering

What are your most important lessons learned? Remember to share these with mom (perhaps, over a delicious and celebratory meal)! We are still taking reservations for Mother’s Day brunch with seatings at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.

See the Menu | Make Reservations: 609-688-2600

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New Spring Menu 2018

Guest written by Princeton Polly

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a long-standing tradition as Princeton’s destination for gastro pub dining which is now presenting its new Spring menu!  As a gastro pub-style restaurant, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room strives to provide a higher-end pub food, using local and seasonal products. Executive Chef Dontea Johnson goes all-out to “raise the bar on presentation while also keeping up with trends.”

Some new seasonal menu highlights include: Ahi Tuna Nachos (Lunch & Dinner) Ahi tuna, wonton chips, avocado, wasabi aioli, pickled cucumber, red onion, pickled ginger, sesame seeds. 

Pork Tacos (Lunch) Pulled pork, Red Dragon Cheddar, house-made giardiniera (banana peppers, onion, celery), saffron rice.

Summer Burratta Salad (Lunch & Dinner) Arugula, grilled apricots, pistachios, honey balsamic syrup.

#YDTR Burger (Lunch & Dinner) Classic Nassau burger mix, Red Dragon Cheddar, jalapeno tomato bacon jam, frizzled onions, pickle, toasted brioche roll, French fries. 

Plus, we’re bringing back our fan favorites of our House Smoked Pork Ribs (Dinner).

Crab, Corn and Avocado Salad (Lunch & Dinner).

Plantain, Saffron Rice, Black Beans (Lunch & Dinner) Fried egg, Pico de Gallo, cilantro, guacamole sour cream.

Pan Seared Scallops (Dinner) Saffron rice, eggplant, pepper, onion, citrus burr blanc.  

Last but certainly not least our Tap Room Nachos Platter (Lunch & Dinner) Pulled pork, Pico de Gallo, lettuce, Monterey Jack, black olives, pickled jalapenos, chipotle sour cream, tortilla chips.

Don’t forget to wash that down with His & Her Drinks; Brojito Bourbon, lemon, mint, simple syrup, and a splash of sour mix & Strawberry Spring Fling Stoli Strawberry, St. Germain, club soda, basil extract, muddled strawberries, simple syrup.

Or there are over 19 world beers on tap with a variety of wines and other specialty drinks.

Seasonal seating is available alfresco style on our patio in the heart of Palmer Square.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 3rd with our Oskar Blues Tasting while listening to Hub Kings live music from 6-8pm, then kick off the weekend with The Polish Nannies live music on Thursday, May 10th from 7-10pm.

There’s always something happening from beer tastings to live music, please check our website for the most up to date event announcements!

www.yankeedoodletaproom.com

About the Author: Polly is a Princeton girl-about-town with a weakness for wine, shopping, and Banana Whips from the bent spoon. Read more of her posts here.

A Princeton Bride’s Guide
to a Palmer Square Wedding

All you need to kick start your happily ever-after is right here in the heart of Downtown Princeton!

~Follow this guide for a wedding EXPERIENCE full of luxury and elegance~

Guest written by Palmer Square

Engagements
This charming and seasonal proposal spot in front of the Nassau Inn will have you saying, “I Do” in your dreams!

There are so many beautiful hidden gems in Palmer Square, Princeton!

Leading Up to the Big Day

As the big date approaches, your skin care routine can make all the difference. Stay clear and hydrated with the help of Origins and  Bluemercury’s natural and effective products. Treat your bridal party and yourself to rejuvenating facials that will keep your skin glowing right up to your big day!

Prep for the Recep(tion)

In preparation for looking fabulous in your dream dress it’s a great idea to start firing and sculpting those muscles asap! If you want to be bustin’ a move at your reception until the sun comes up your cardio has to be top notch. Get at it and get fit at Princeton’s Pure Barre and lululemon’s Yoga classes. What a perfect excuse to take advantage of Pure Barre’s $99 Intro Month special for new customers!? The shoe experts at Pacers Run Club and the Yogi experts at lululemon athletica will certainly have you dressing the part too! Let ‘s face it, looking good while crushing calories (and pre-wedding jitters) goes hand-in-hand.

For the Couple

You’ll find the perfect wish list items necessary to start your new married life at Kitchen Kapers and Homestead Princeton! Sign up for your registry at Kitchen Kapers for all your fine cookware, bakeware, cutlery, coffee and espresso machine needs.

Say Thank You to Your Bridal Party The Rehearsal Dinner

Show your wedding party just how much you appreciate them standing by your side. Treat them to anything from quirky to sophisticated at Brooks BrothersBotariPrinceton Corkscrew Wine Shop and Dandelion

Accessorize

Discover that unique, original piece from Dandelion to complete your wedding day look!

Kevin & Sarah’s
Princeton Love Story

This winter weather has us dreaming of July weddings, more specifically Kevin and Sarah who got married here in July. Their love story goes back to when they were teenagers, working as camp counselors. Fast forward to 2017, where they are deeply in love and best of all married!

We met as camp counselors when we were just teenagers.  We worked many July’s together.  Eventually, Kevin decided to do something different with his summers while I continued to work at the camp.  Several years passed until we both downloaded the apps Hanging with Friends and Words with Friends.  There, we were able to catch up with each other and began talking on a regular basis.  In the beginning of November 2012 we went out on our first date.  From there we went on many dinner and a movie dates, we took vacations together and we fell in love.  We learned about each other’s hopes and dreams.  We realized that we had similar aspirations for the future and we began making plans for our future together.

For our third anniversary, Kevin surprised me with a trip to Disney World.  On New Year’s Eve, Kevin asked me to marry him in front of Cinderella’s Castle!

My family and I have always loved Princeton.  We have attended the Princeton Tree Lighting for as long as I can remember and it was always a place to go for dinner or shop.  When Kevin and I started dating, I was excited to share my love of Princeton with him.  He quickly loved it just as much as I did!  It became a frequent date night spot for us.  When it came time to start looking at wedding venues, the Nassau Inn was our first stop!  We loved the idea of having our wedding day in Princeton – pictures on Princeton University’s campus, in Palmer Square and in front of the red door at the Nassau Inn (of course)!

It was the obvious choice for us.  The Prince William Ballroom was the perfect size for our guests and we loved the outdoor patio space.  The staff at the Nassau Inn was amazing.  We loved working with Melissa Dill. She was always there for us every step of the way.   The wedding day was beyond our expectations.  The whole day was perfect from start to finish. The bridal suite was the perfect spot for my bridesmaids and me to get ready. It was also a great space for the bridal party to hang out and relax before cocktail hour began.  The food was impeccable and the service was excellent. Finally, it was great that we could keep the party going at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room after the reception. All in all, the Nassau Inn did an amazing job to make sure that our wedding day was special!  Thank you to everyone involved!!

#OConnellEverAfter

Guide to Celebrating
the Season of Thankfulness

Happy Fall! The autumn leaves are gleaming in ember-red, toasty brown, and amber yellow. You can smell the crisp cool air, feel the warmth of an oven baking, and hear the rustling of leaves around you. During this wonderful time of year, you may find yourself in reflection of: “What am I grateful for?” and “How can I say ‘thank you’ to all the special people in my life?” If you are looking for ways to express your gratitude and show sincere appreciation, Nassau Inn and Palmer Square are here to help you get ready for the season of thankfulness!

Saturday, November 11
1:00pm

So you know your main courses for the holidays… but what about the side dishes? Join Terra Momo’s most talented on their Inside Scoop to Side Dishes Workshop to learn the art of the side dish with in-depth cooking demonstrations, including: sausage and pear focaccia, homemade green bean casserole, and apple pumpkin crisp! Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, November 12
11:00am

Kitchen Kaper’s Carving the Bird Workshop will teach you to carve your main dish like an expert just in time for the holidays! A Wusthof knife professional will demonstrate the proper carving technique with a delicious turkey provided by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room! Click here to RSVP.

Saturday, November 18
2:00pm

Check out the hottest trends in mixology when it comes to a new favorite holiday cocktail that is sure to impress your guests at your next holiday party! Learn the art of crafting the perfect seasonal cocktail at the Holiday Mixology Workshop at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, November 19
Time: TBD

Join the Cheesy Holiday Fun Workshop at Olsson’s Fine Foods for cheesy demonstrations as they go over best practices for easy, make-ahead appetizers! Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, November 23
12:00pm, 2:00pm, & 4:00pm

‘Tis the season to spend quality time with loved ones and FEAST. Join family and friends for a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet styled meal at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Click here to view the Thanksgiving Menu. Call 609-688-2600 to RSVP.

Friday, November 24
5:00pm

On Christmas Eve, come to the Palmer Square Green to see the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The 65-foot Norwegian Spruce is adorned with over 32,000 lights and will be lit with the help of Santa Claus. Plus, there will be a traditional celebration featuring music by Holiday Brass, Princeton High School Choir …and a special performance by American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara.

Sunday, December 10
9:00am & 12:00pm

Join us at the Nassau Inn when the Big Man comes back to town for the second annual Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a traditional, yet upscale breakfast buffet, children’s activities, one on one time with Santa PLUS a professional family photo taken (includes a digital copy), meet & greet with Santa that includes sing-alongs, and a special treat from Santa!Breakfast Menu here. | Click here for Breakfast Tickets.
Brunch Menu here. | Click here for Brunch Tickets.

We also welcome you to celebrate your Holiday Party at the most magical place in Princeton! Complimentary champagne toast and holiday favor with every Dinner or Lunch booked.Click here to view the Holiday Party Menu. Call 609-921-7500 to book your Nassau Inn Holiday Party!

Thursday, December 14
5:00 – 6:00pm

Join special guest speakers and enjoy live music during the Annual Menorah Lighting! The ceremony will take place at the North Plaza on Hulfish Street in front of Mediterra restaurant. More details TBD.

There is so much holiday splendor to enjoy during this season of thankfulness! A trip to Princeton will give you inspiration on wonderful ways to show appreciation to your dearest ones – whether that’s through spending quality time together, enjoying delicious meals, or attending festive events! Be sure to visit NassauInn.com/events and PalmerSquare.com/events to stay updated on everything that’s going on in town, and see you around!

Bridget & Valerie’s
June 2017 Wedding

Bridget and Valerie met each other in 2009. At the time, gay marriage was not recognized federally, so even though they were in love, they never imagined that their marriage would be a possibility. Who would have thought that 8 years later, their wedding dreams would come true? On June 30th, 2017, Bridget and Valerie had their outdoor ceremony at the Nassau Inn, and it was everything they had wished for. Here is their #PrincetonLoveStory, as told by Bridget and Valerie! #MeantToBV

“Our wedding day at the Nassau Inn was a fairytale that came to life,” Bridget says. “We love Princeton for so many reasons. As big foodies, we enjoy trying out new restaurants and different types of food around town. We love how open and accepting everyone is in Princeton. We feel very comfortable being here, simply walking around and enjoying the atmosphere. We also love visiting historic spots and exploring interesting places to shop!”

“Bridget and I both love spending time in Princeton, whether it be having a nice romantic dinner or a few drinks at Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Triumph or Winberies,” says Valerie. We love shopping at the Farmhouse Store (now Homestead Princeton) and Kitchen Kapers for new kitchen gadgets, as we love spending time together cooking for our family and friends! We also enjoy grabbing a drink at Starbucks and ice cream at the Bent Spoon (Valerie’s favorite dessert). We love Princeton more and more each time we come back! The scenery and ambiance throughout the day is perfect for a nice relaxing day with the love of your life.”

“Our wedding day was truly a whirlwind of excitement. Bridget and the girls were off to the salon for hair and makeup, while I made sure all was well at the Nassau Inn. Melissa and Natasha were absolutely amazing and did everything they could possibly do to make our day perfect. They both kept us calm and extremely happy! We enjoyed the after party at our favorite Yankee Doodle Tap Room all night before heading to bed upstairs at the Nassau Inn. When we woke up in the morning, we had to pinch ourselves, because of all of dreams came true!”

“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein

“Bridget and Valerie are beyond blessed to have each other! I am so grateful that I could be a part of their special day and bring their wedding dreams to life!”
— Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager

Photos by: Korbman & Co.Photography
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Top 5 Places to Discover in Princeton

We’re only days away from the beginning of Princeton University’s academic year! Isn’t it hard to believe that school is starting soon and autumn is just along the horizon?

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summer may be over soon, but there are many more adventures and experiences you can look forward to! Wiebke Martens, a photographer, and Jennifer Jang, a museum education consultant, are both Princeton residents and the authors of a new book: Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours.

In this post, they will share the Top 5 Places to Discover in Princeton – Nassau Hall, Palmer Square, Hind’s Plaza, Scudder Plaza, and Carl Icahn’s Laboratory! Hope you enjoy their guide below!


Welcome to Princeton! Whether you have two hours or two days to explore, there are several special spots not to be missed in this charming college town.

  1. Nassau Hall

    Take a short walk from the Nassau Inn and you will find yourself in front of this imposing stone building in the heart of Princeton University’s old campus. This is where it all began when The College of New Jersey (the University’s original name) was moved to Princeton from Newark, New Jersey in 1756. For several decades students spent nearly every waking hour here: studying, sleeping, eating, and praying. Built to a thickness of more than two feet, the walls of this building have withstood the American Revolution, riots and fires. Make sure to take a picture with the tigers and pause to appreciate the carefully-cultivated ivy–a gift from Princeton’s graduating classes!
  2. Palmer Square
    Palmer Square is Princeton’s village within a village: an array of charming stores tucked into Tudor-style buildings around a grassy green and the historic Nassau Inn. Visit one-of-a-kind boutiques or stop for an ice cream, play a game of chess or lounge on the green. Many special events enliven the square throughout the year, from activities around Pi Day in March to weekend concerts in summer and the JazzFeast in September. In December the towering Christmas Tree dazzles both young and old.
  3. Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza
    On Thursdays from May through November Hinds Plaza bursts into color with a weekly farmer’s market. Nearly a dozen vendors bring the freshest of goods–mushrooms, flowers, cheese, veggies, jams, pickles, and breads–right into Princeton’s heart. Live music adds to the mix, making this the perfect spot to grab lunch!
  1. Scudder Plaza

    Princeton University’s campus boasts many fine sculptures, but James FitzGerald’s Fountain of Freedom surely counts as one of the most memorable pieces. Set in a wide, shallow pool on Scudder Plaza in front of Robertson Hall the fountain becomes especially busy on hot summer days when students and local families gather to relax and cool off in the spray.
  2. Carl Icahn Laboratory
    The Gothic style is synonymous with Princeton University, but make sure to visit Icahn Laboratory to glimpse an impressive example of the newest architecture on campus. Designed by Rafael Viñoly and located at the edge of the oval Poe Field, Icahn is fronted by a huge atrium, its southwestern wall of glass shaded by a set of aluminum louvers that rotate with the movement of the sun. Have fun looking for endless reflections as you walk along the curved pathway!

Hope you enjoyed our guest stars of the post, Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang. If you enjoyed this brief guide of Princeton, you’ll definitely want to check out their new book, Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours! These photographic guides will be useful if you are ever wondering where to explore next in Princeton. Have a great academic year!