See our front page debut in The Princeton Packet from 1937.
- 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!Featured Princeton Fashionista: Lana Jayne
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 – Moana
- Play & Energize
Join JaZams Summer Block Party – Friday, June 16th
Fun for all ages, includes games, crafts, live performances and so much more!
The 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!
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Posted by Palmer Square – Princeton NJ on Wednesday, June 7, 2017
- 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.
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
- Carnival Fairs
Nothing says summer celebration like carnival rides, funnel cake, live band performances, laughter and fireworks!The Freedom Festival is at Mercer County Park on June 24th.
The Italian-American Festival is at Mercer County Park on September 22-24th.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Show us how you’re spending your summer, using the tag #SummerInnPrinceton!
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.
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.
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?
“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!
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!
“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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
From appetizer, lunch, dinner to dessert – here are some of our favorite dishes from our newly released fall menu. You’ll want to try them all!
Bubbling in a miniature black cast iron pan, the Fiery Black Iron Chili is spicy, cheesy, and perfect for chilly fall evenings!
Drizzled with maple vinaigrette and bacon, Battered Fried Chicken is sweet, salty, and goes with any mood you’re feeling; it’s the ultimate chicken and waffle styled soul-food of salads.
Smothered in pepper jack cheese, the Pan Fried Meatloaf Sandwich is buttery soft with crisp frazzled onions on toasty bread. Savor the different textures as they unravel with each bite.
If you’re in the mood for something light, creamy, and comforting – indulge in the Pecan Crusted Tilapia, soaked in an orange butter sauce, with delicious root vegetable risotto.
The Filet Mignon Au Poivre is professionally cold-smoked, infused with smoky flavor and grilled. Soaked in a cognac demi-glace cream, the mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts are a perfect complement to this tender and succulent dish.
House Smoked Pork Chop is deliciously doused in apple brandy and cognac demi-glace sauce, with local apple and sage bread pudding broccolini on the side. The smoky taste evokes a campfire like feeling.
Mason Jar Pumpkin Pie has a wonderful pumpkin mousse filling with a delightfully light and airy texture. This creamy, soft mouse is such a tasty seasonal dessert, you’ll crave it all season long!
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Lavender Salt is an indulgent dessert with chocolatey, smooth, soft, melt-in-your-mouth cake embellished by the gentle, sweet chill of Tahitian ice cream and delicate fluffiness of whipped cream. The subtle yet soothing lavender salt is the perfect ending to a serene night.
Enticed? There are many more options for you to discover and enjoy! Come and join us in tasting our new fall menu. Whether you are looking for a place to gather with friends or to indulge in a good meal on your own, we look forward to welcoming you this beautiful season!
About the Author: Lily 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.
There’s something comforting about being seated in a historic booth surrounded by carvings of diner’s past, anticipating a rich and savory meal. When enjoying your Butternut Squash Risotto, you feel the nostalgia and wonder about the mastermind behind your warm and tasty dish. A chef’s journey is one filled with selfless time, energy and love, ultimately to provide you with scrumptious food to nurture your mind, body, and soul.
You may wonder, how does a chef become a chef? Some say destiny, some believe in luck and happenstance. For Michael LaCorte, it was a mix of both. He worked at a hospital during high school, but with a twist of fate, his friend encouraged him take a job at a local Italian restaurant. This opportunity, along with the generous mentorship from the restaurant owner, gave him the push towards becoming a chef – and never looking back.
Fast forward to 2016 – Michael’s fourth year as our Executive Chef. The new fall menu is on the horizon, and we were given a chance to interview him about the creative process behind his menu development. When putting the fall menu items together, there were important considerations to be made. Michael believes in tradition, locality, and seasonality.
- Tradition: Our piping hot, flaky and creamy Nassau Inn Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food for the soul. It tastes like home and has been a guest favorite for countless years. The braised short ribs, with its succulent taste and fall-off-the-bone texture, is another long-standing tradition. Indulging in a traditional meal is very soothing after a long day. You can always depend on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room to have comfort food that will put you at ease and fill your heart with delight!
- Locality: It’s important to get ingredients from the best, local places available. Just try the Apple Orchard Salad and you can taste the freshness of deliciously sweet and crisp local apples. Michael personally loves cheese, especially during autumn days. The gourmet cheese shop here in Palmer Square, Olsson’s Fine Foods, is a favorite source.
- Seasonality: With auburn leaves outside and darker autumn evenings, we could use something warm, spicy and cheesy – Fiery Black Iron Chili with Wisconsin cheddar and our House Smoked Pork Chop are especially delicious this time of the year. We only use fruits and vegetables at their peak – just try our Sugar Beet & Bleu Cheese Salad, Roasted Pear Salad or Cauliflower Fritters all of which are busting with flavor. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert. If you’re in a dreamy mood, go for the mason jar Pumpkin Pie, always a crowd pleaser Crème Brûlée with spiced pumpkin or Warm Apple Cobbler, all the perfect ending to your night!
Autumn menu planning is an exciting mixture of divergent and convergent thinking. Michael and the chefs collaborate on creative ideas, and then finalize their plans. Before the menu is released, there’s a tasting at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. All the new dishes are laid out on a big table for everyone to feast on. We can’t wait to try them and share the experience with you!
About the Author: Lily 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.
Back in the lovely days of June, we asked Kyo Morishima Photography to help us with a photo shoot. Kyo is a photographer, and his wife Janna is a writer and designer. With their eclectic tastes, they captured an aesthetic “Madmen Wedding” Photo Shoot at our inn. Our team was complete when Kristin Rockhill joined. Kristin is an Event Designer and Florist.
Below are nostalgic 1960s styled photos from the shoot – followed by a write-up in the voice of Janna Morishima.
The Nassau Inn is a historic hotel (founded in 1756!) with lots of character right in the center of downtown Princeton. When they approached us about partnering with stylist Kristin Rockhill to do a photo shoot showing off some of their wedding spaces, we were immediately on board. We met with Kristin and Jamie Volkert from the Nassau Inn to brainstorm ideas, and I mentioned that I’d always thought it would be fun to do a “MadMen” style shoot at the Nassau Inn, since it has such a charmingly retro vibe. Much to my delight, Kristin and Jamie loved the idea, and ran with it!
As Jamie explained, “Our ultimate goal when planning this photo shoot was to bring to life all of the qualities the Inn has to offer and to show prospective couples that they really can have it all. The tree-adorned back patio adds just enough nature to your day while allowing you to still have the convenience of our elegant ballroom. The MadMen photo shoot brought to life the nostalgia of the property and showcased multiple venue spaces that the Nassau Inn has to offer.”
Kristin pulled together a wonderful team for the photo shoot. She contracted Angela Nicole Designs to create an unusual wooden backdrop wall for the ceremony setting on the Nassau Inn’s back patio, and West Elm donated decor and furniture for the outdoor lounge area. The bride’s dresses — which were just stunning — were from BHLDN. And I adore the bride’s perfect Sixties-style bouffant updo by Letitia Kakas.
One of the best parts about this photo shoot was the chemistry between the male and female models. They are a couple in real life… not engaged yet, but we were all nudging them to make it official soon. They sure seem like they are ready for it!
About the Author: Janna Morishima is one-half of the husband-and-wife team who run Kyo Morishima Photography, a relaxed, documentary-style wedding photography studio based in central New Jersey.
On the day where we go out of our way to show our moms exactly how much they mean to us, Princeton provides plenty of options. Whether Mom wants a show, a stroll or a shopping trip, there’s something for everyone in our roundup below.
Kick off the day with a fragrant bouquet of freshly cut, elegantly arranged flowers. Our friends at Viburnum Designs can help you find the perfect combination.
Drop by Palmer Square where mom can take her pick from familiar brand names such as Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren, or the many unique locally-owned boutiques, spas, and galleries.
Take a leisurely stroll around downtown Princeton and through the stunning Princeton University campus. While there, visit the Princeton University Art Museum and Prospect Gardens for even more fun.
The NASSAU INN with Hamilton Jewelers present
The Princeton Wedding Showcase
Sunday, March 13, 2016
12 PM – 4 PM
Held on Sunday, March 13th here at the Nassau Inn, this year’s wedding show promises to be more dynamic and magical than ever before.
You can truly EXPERIENCE everything and see for yourself what makes this town great!
Be inspired! Do you picture a magical winter wedding, cocktail hour by lantern light, a light and breezy outdoor ceremony or a dramatic ballroom event? This year’s event will allow you walk through fully staged areas of the hotel designed by Vinterest and other local florists. You can see first-hand what our preferred vendors do best… and that’s bring your visions to life.
Remember Your Happiness Today and Always!
Pre-registered guests can sign up to have their engagement photos taken by one of our favorite photographers, Kyo Morishima. A digital copy will be sent to you for you to use in any way you would like!
Nervous about your first dance as man and wife? No need to worry. Fred Astaire of Princeton will be here to show you how to glide across the dance floor. Enjoy beautiful ballroom dancing demonstrations or get hands-on and participate in a lesson. And don’t miss the walking tour of Princeton! Join Princeton Tour Company as they navigate through town and show you all the hot photo op spots and ceremony sites around the square and on campus. Learn a little history along the way and Discover why Princeton is THE wedding weekend destination!
Embrace your inner fashionista!
Our roaming live model fashion show hosted by Exquisite bride will not only allow you to see gorgeous gowns (for all seasons) but also speak to the models and ask about the fit and the comfort level. Once you know what you want to wear for you big day stop by to see Cosmo Blue and consult about hair and makeup, even test out a style or two.
Play like a Boy!
Whoever said Bridal Shows aren’t fun for the Groom hasn’t come to our show. Drop him off at the Groom’s Corner where he will find everything from tastings to activities to groomsmen gift options, and wedding band inspiration by Hamilton Jewelers. He can also get fit for a custom tailored suit by Brooks Brothers, check out transportation services with A-1 Limousine, and even book the rehearsal dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to cross off everything on “his” to do list in one day.
Tantalize your taste buds!
Sample all the foods you normally cannot try in advance. We will be sampling post wedding breakfast items, Say Goodnight Gracie’s, cocktail hour stations and sweet and savory wedding enhancements from our local partners, such as Olsson’s Fine Foods, Chez Alice and Cartero & Cavero, and the Caketeria.
Our Gift to you!
Thanks to our vendors and sponsors, we have great door prizes and giveaways this year. As an event sponsor Hamilton, Jewelers has provided a chance to win a honeymoon cruise and a $1000 Jewelry shopping spree to use toward your wedding bands. Exquisite bride has donated a chance to win $500 shopping spree to use towards your new wedding dress. All preregistered brides will receive a swag bag sponsored by Palmer Square with exclusive offers and gifts from our vendors and partners and many more door prizes will be announced shortly.
Come prepared to book your Nassau Inn 2016 wedding the day of the show and receive 16% off your package (exclusions apply).
Discover Princeton as the wedding destination! www.princetonweddingshow.com