We are so thrilled to be recognized in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for receiving the Certificate of Excellence award for five continuous years from 2015 to 2019. We strive to give each guest a wonderful visit, and we take our reviews seriously! Thank you to the nearly 400 guests who took the time to sit down and give us feedback on their stay. Luckily, we hit the mark more often than not with 98% of our reviews in the Excellent to Good category! Kudos to our past Innkeepers who have laid the groundwork and to our current Innkeeper, Lydia, who has elevated our breakfasts and customer outreach to an exciting new level. Looking forward to another great year at the Inn at Glencairn!
When it comes to Airbnb, I have issues. Maybe it’s because I own a “real” Bed and Breakfast, and I find most Airbnbs to be cheap copycats that skirt around the edges of what’s legal and ethical. An Airbnb is not a business, it’s an under-regulated, over-hyped, step above couch surfing. But I digress.
When I opened the Inn at Glencairn, it was after a long, arduous year of renovations, planning board meetings, township approvals, and numerous fire and health inspections. Had I opened an Airbnb, I could have skipped the time and money that went into the renovations, meetings and approvals and simply cobbled together a page on the Airbnb site and opened up for business. It definitely would have been the easier route. And cheaper. And less risky. And probably more profitable.
Until quite recently, Airbnb sales were “under the table” and exempt from paying state and local occupancy and sales taxes. A “real” Bed and Breakfast is a full-fledged lodging business and is required to pay occupancy and sales taxes, like a hotel. In our municipality, that equates to 16.625%, which is quite a chunk of cash and figures prominently into our pricing model.
Did you know that an Airbnb might be illegal in the city or town you are visiting? Roughly 70% of the Airbnb reservations taken in NYC were illegal in 2014. The influx of Airbnb accommodations in some cities are driving up the prices of affordable housing for residents. Sure Airbnb is a lower cost alternative to other lodging options, but maybe the lower price is a result of an illegal sublet or an owner skirting the law when it comes to paying taxes.
Each year, the Inn at Glencairn is inspected by our local fire inspector. The inspector spends about two hours going from room to room and making sure our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are up to date. The inspection can be unnerving because we take our responsibilities very seriously. Our smoke and carbon detectors are hard-wired to a central station that is notified immediately and automatically dispatches the local Fire Department if an alarm is triggered.
Does your Airbnb have working smoke or carbon monoxide detectors? If it does, are they the most up-to-date and recently inspected? If an alarm is triggered, who responds? Is it up to the occupants to determine what to do in case of an emergency? Our fire inspector also requires us to have fire extinguishers on every level and tag our rooms with directions to evacuate in the event of an emergency. Does your Airbnb have emergency evacuation instructions or fire extinguishers? Maybe not.
Also once a year, the Health Inspector comes in and inspects our kitchen to make sure our appliances are in working order. She makes sure that our dishwasher reaches the proper temperature to disinfect our plates and cutlery and that our refrigerator maintains the proper temperature to keep our food fresh and free from bacteria. Also, she inspects for pests to make sure we are maintaining a clean and sanitary environment. Does your Airbnb provide documentation that it is inspected and is pest free? Maybe not.
It is much easier to “game” a review on Airbnb than it is on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google, Expedia and Booking.com. In fact, misrepresentation runs rampant on Airbnb. Reviews for a “real” Bed and Breakfast are vetted by the aforementioned sites and guests must provide proof that they stayed at the lodging establishment for a review to be considered valid.
Running a “real” Bed and Breakfast means you have a staff on hand to assist with any issue that may arise during your stay. At an Airbnb you are literally on your own unless the owner lives nearby and is responsive to your requests. Have an issue with the thermostat, good luck! Unless the owner is a quick call away, you may be sitting in the extreme heat or cold waiting for assistance. What about the lack of amenities in an Airbnb? Maybe it has enough towels, maybe it has enough toilet paper, maybe it has shampoo, maybe it has a hair dryer. Then again, maybe it doesn’t have any of these things, and maybe you have to spend your hard earned vacation time purchasing them.
So, next time you consider an Airbnb over a “real” Bed and Breakfast or even a hotel, consider the time, energy and expense that goes into providing an authentic local lodging experience. Consider the inspections, the taxes, and the staffing. Then make an informed decision on how you want to spend your vacation dollars.
We are thrilled to announce that the Inn at Glencairn has been awarded the 2018 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor.
The Inn has received this honor for the past four years, making it the only lodging establishment in the area to consistently earn such high marks from travelers on TripAdvisor since 2015.
The Certificate of Excellence celebrates businesses that continually earn great traveler reviews and receive strong praise and ratings from travelers. We are honored to be included among the best of the best!
“Lazy and good-looking and aristocratic, you know, like a spring day” is how F. Scott Fitzgerald once described Princeton. He might have been describing the University, but he could easily have been describing the town as well. Although a lot has changed since Fitzgerald lived in the area, it is still “the loveliest riot of Gothic architecture in America … no feeling that it was all built yesterday at the whim of last week’s millionaire.”
Although one might point out the ultra-modern examples of architecture and the shiny, new neighborhoods on the outskirts of town, by and large the area continues to retain the classic ambience of years past, making it the perfect weekend escape. Here is our favorite weekend itinerary. It’s a mix of culture and art, outdoor pursuits, shopping, and just plain fun!
4pm: Arrive at the Inn at Glencairn
Leave work a little early, and treat yourself to an early arrival to the Inn. Once settled in, you can wander the nearly three acres of park like grounds, peek into the 19th century barn and admire the hand-hewn beams, then grab a complimentary glass of wine and a cookie to enjoy on the back patio or in the peaceful ambience of the Great Room.
6pm: Dinner at Cargot Brasserie
Drive ten minutes to Princeton University’s newly monikered “arts and transit” neighborhood to dine at a new favorite of ours: Cargot Brasserie, a French inspired bistro that welcomes locals, students, and theater-goers in a convivial atmosphere.
8pm: Grab a show at McCarter Theatre
McCarter Theatre is recognized as one of the country’s leading theaters, both a professional producing theater and a major presenter of the performing arts. Grab a play or a concert and you will understand why this theater is constantly receiving rave reviews.
9am: Breakfast at the Inn
Wake up to the smell of freshly ground coffee wafting up to your room. You may have a difficult time getting out of bed, but the promise of a fantastic breakfast urges you on. Today it is Eggs Glencairn, a new take on Eggs Benedict, with a poached egg served over a toasted croissant, broiled tomato slice, fresh sautéed asparagus and local greens topped with a lite Hollandaise sauce. Don’t forget to finish off your breakfast with a little chocolate decadence: Lydia’s homemade java truffle.
11am: Soak in some art at Grounds for Sculpture
The vision of J. Seward Johnson, Grounds for Sculpture was conceived as a place where audiences could experience sculpture in a familiar, accessible, and informal setting. The sculpture park is built on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds and now exhibits over 270 works on 42 acres. Spend an hour or spend a day here wandering the grounds and marveling at the truly awe-inspiring art and sculpture.
1pm: Wander over to Rat’s Restaurant for lunch
Rat’s Restaurant was conceptually designed by Seward Johnson with a Claude Monet styled atmosphere. The restaurant scenery features impressionist-inspired sculptures as well as a lily pond and bridge and is aptly named after the character “Ratty” from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Ratty, as you might recall, threw the best parties with the best wine, and Rat’s is no different.
3pm: Shop ‘til you drop at Palmer Square
Head back to the Princeton area and take a stroll on Palmer Square. Originally built in the 1930s, the Square was created as the town’s complement to Princeton University. In order to build the Square, Baker Street was removed and its houses, which were the center of the original African American neighborhood were moved to Birch Avenue. Today Palmer Square is unique mix of local and well-known apparel and home goods boutiques and world class restaurants all centered around the Nassau Inn. Although we truly enjoy perusing all of the shops along Palmer Square, we never miss a stop at the Bent Spoon, Labyrinth Books, Homestead or jazams. Meander a little further afield to check out the Princeton Record Exchange.
Saturday Evening Option I:
5pm: By now you need to sit down so catch a flick at the Princeton Garden Theatre
Built originally to accommodate Princeton University’s Triangle Club in 1920, The Garden took on a new life as a movie theater when Triangle moved to McCarter Theatre later that decade. The Garden changed hands several times in the next few decades until its latest renovation in 2014 and now shows independent, foreign, and classic films for local movie lovers. In 2017, NJ.com named the Garden, The Best Movie Theater in New Jersey.
8pm: Dinner at Agricola
Using fresh local ingredients from their own Great Road Farm as well as from other neighboring providers, Agricola serves food that brings people together to laugh, share and celebrate. Agricola is one of our favorites along with Witherspoon Grill, Mistral and Blue Point Grill.
Saturday Evening Option II:
5pm: Drive through the countryside to Hopewell and dine at the Brick Farm Tavern
A truly authentic farm-to-table dining experience in an 1800s Hopewell farm house. The bar features local craft beers, artisanal cocktails & wine tastings – guided by an experienced sommelier.
8pm: Enjoy a show or concert at Hopewell Theater
Hopewell Theater is a 180-seat theater that is equal parts indie arts venue and meeting place – a place where patrons can meet friends, and get inspired by an eclectic mix of entertainment by emerging and established talent in a setting that is welcoming, casual, intimate, and fun.
9am: After sleeping like a baby, wake up to some more fabulous scents from the kitchen
Today, indulge in some Glencairn French Toast. French Toast made with “Craque”lin (a Belgian brioche) topped with real maple syrup and fresh berries and served with our yogurt granola parfait. This will fill you up for your day’s adventure.
11am: Check out of the Inn
After checking out of the Inn, take a drive around the area and visit the local farms to take home some local goods and produce. Pop into Cherry Grove for some organic cheese, Blue Moon Acres for some organic greens and herbs, and Terhune Orchards for some apples. On your drive, stop at the Gingered Peach for a special baked treat to enjoy later.
1pm: Take the Princeton Tour Company’s “Name Dropping” Tour
Dubbed the best tour in town, the name-dropping tour visits the homes and hangouts of Albert Einstein, F Scott Fitzgerald, TS Eliot, Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, Robert Wood Johnson and even ‘80’s icon, Brooke Shields, just to name a few.
3pm: Grab a quick lunch at Jammin’ Crepes
Oh so good, Jammin’ Crepes is the perfect spot for a quick lunch before heading out of area. Imagine a fresh, made-from-scratch crepe filled with the best local ingredients at their peak of freshness. Either eat in the charming café or take it on the road for the drive home.
Stay tuned for more weekend getaways including: Girlfriends Getaway, Foodies Weekend, Culture Club and Outdoor Pursuits!
What do you think of when you hear “business travel?” If you are most business travelers, you think of nondescript hotels, often located on busy interstates with generic furnishings and rubbery mass produced “eggs” for breakfast. The Inn at Glencairn has changed that image of business travel for the lucky professionals who have walked through our doors.
At the Inn, you will enjoy a stay that is anything BUT generic and our eggs are certainly NOT mass produced. We offer all the creature comforts and amenities that you would expect in a first class boutique hotel.
We have reliable WIFI, comfortable working surfaces, good lighting, quiet rooms and ultra-comfortable beds. And, to get your day started right, we offer a breakfast that is unmatched by any of the hotels in the area, served at the time of your choice.
Maybe a bed and breakfast isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of business travel, but our repeat business guests know different. So, instead of imagining a generic, nondescript hotel for your next business trip, imagine meeting your colleagues over a gourmet farm-to-table breakfast in our dining room, or casually meeting in our 18th century Great Room over a cup of tea or coffee. Check out our reviews and see why our business guests keep coming back to the Inn at Glencairn!
After many servings of quiche made every possible way, our own Chef Lydia has discovered that most of our guests prefer not to indulge in the carb-heavy (though entirely tasty) butter crust. Therefore she has perfected a crust-less quiche that is popular with everyone and results in a spotlessly clean plate when finished!
Chef Lydia’s recipe is often requested, so here it is for you to make at home.
Blend to a creamy liquid:
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Spray a pie dish with nonstick spray and layer any prepped vegetable and cheese choices that you like. (See below for ideas!)
Pour the egg liquid (described above) over the layers.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 to 55 minutes depending on your oven.
When done, the middle should barely jiggle and you should see color around the edges.
Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Some popular combinations at the Inn are:
Marinated artichoke and Dubliner cheese (KerryGold)
Sautéed asparagus, chopped fresh spinach, cheddar cheese
Broiled tomatoes (heirloom or cherry), fresh basil cut into ribbons, mozzarella cheese
Fried and drained sage sausage, caramelized leeks and bell peppers, shredded Gouda cheese
Be creative and try your own favorite vegetables, herbs and spices, and cheese combinations!
Some couples dream of a large wedding, complete with ice sculptures and an over-sized guest list. Other couples dream of an intimate wedding, with only their closest confidants in attendance. Elopements, while seemingly spontaneous and romantic, can fall short of expectations, especially when you often have to settle for a stranger as your witness. Many couples crave the intimacy of an elopement, yet would prefer having a handful of their close family and friends present to share in their celebration. That’s where we come in!
The Inn at Glencairn specializes in microweddings. We define microweddings as a wedding ceremony with fewer than 25 guests, including the bride and groom. A microwedding can have all the trappings of a larger event, but the size, and therefore the expense, is much less. You can wear your fancy threads, carry a luscious bouquet, stand under a stunning arbor, and have that expensive cake. The only thing missing will be the over-sized guest list, and if you think about it, you might only want to talk to the people at the first three tables at that megawedding anyway!
Give us a call today at 609.497.1737 or visit us online at www.innatglencairn.com and let us customize a microwedding package for you!
We are in the running for the BEST B&B Breakfast! Our signature dish -- and one of the few breakfasts Lydia repeats on occasion-- Eggs Glencairn, has been advanced to the final round of voting by BedandBreakfast.com for their BEST Breakfast contest!
Some of you may have enjoyed our creative take on a classic Eggs Benedict: The toasted croissant and crispy prosciutto add a touch of crunch and saltiness to the raw greens and sauteed vegetables, tied together with a light Hollandaise and a perfectly poached egg.
If you have enjoyed our breakfasts, please vote for us here so that we can win the coveted title!
Thinking of doing something different than the typical date night at a restaurant? Read on to see how one of our recent guests surprised her husband:
"I really went into this with blind trust. Being from NYC my standards for accommodations are higher than most and my food ratings could seem brutal to some. The pictures of the Inn, in their site, were elegant and Lydia was on her game when I booked. I was trusting her! She shared with me that she was a chef and that if I wanted, she could provide, as an Inn guest, a special private Chef dinning experience in the onsite barn! This is where the trust really came in. She said she was a very good chef and could design a 3 course meal with me. I'm thinking, alone in a barn with twinkly lights and crickets and a warm breeze, even if the meal was so so, I'd be happy anyway!
Upon our arrival it was clear that the Inn was even lovelier than on line, all the way down to the yummy sheets and toll house fresh made chocolate chip cookies! My husband had no idea we were eating in the barn and even commented on how lovely it looked for the affair they must be hosting. When I ushered him in and asked him if he'd care to join me for dinner, his mouth dropped open. There was a printed menu with his name on it, the table was set with white cloth and silver and frankly it was like a wedding atmosphere. But, BUT!!! THE FOOD! This woman can cook!
We started with this fresh gorgeously presented salad with a hint of flower pedals, mind you, and an avocado vinaigrette...soooo delish '. She made us a roast beef that made me cry. Tender, cooked to perfection, all the right herbs, topped with crispy mushrooms and a side of roasted root veggies and potatoes. Yummy sounds were all that we could exchange. At one point I said, "are we in NY?". We ended with two homemade personal apple pies topped with creamy vanilla ice cream, that were so, so ...SO freaking amazing. At one point Lydia came out to clear the dishes and I actually gave her a standing ovation. I frankly didn't know how else to express my delight!
We danced by the light of the moon and the twinkle lights In a hand hewn barn like children. We slept like babies in the best bed and sheets ever, and had, as you can imagine, THE most yummiest breakfast of fresh ripe fruits with a dollop of yogurt and homemade granola (which I normally hate but since it some how tasted like crunchy apple pie, I ate it all), as well as these crazy creamy lightly herbed scrabbled eggs and, yes...AND, ricotta pancakes with blueberries and real maple syrup. Ridiculously good start to finish, AGAIN!
So, Run my friends, RUN to the "book now" button. I love this place, I love Lydia and we are now lifers. The actual owners of The Inn at Glencairn have done a spectacular job at renovating this wonderful old gem, but the glue that makes this Inn the go to place you want to be at, is Lydia! Her warmth( but not bff sugary), professional manor and true talent as a chef get this Inn it's 5 star rating! Someone made a great hire!"
Artists from Creative Collective descended upon the Inn last week for some Plein Aire painting. Laura Beard, coordinator of Creative Collective, tells us they are a group dedicated to fostering a creative and nurturing community for artists, artisans, and art lovers in Central New Jersey. Rick Baker and Michelle Rosenthal launched Creative Collective as a member group in February of 2013. Since then, the group has grown to over 230 members with a core group of 75 artists. They meet as a group three times each month to share art, socialize, work on art pieces together, and to learn from one another. Creative Collective can be found on Meetup and Facebook.
The artists who attended Plein Aire at Inn at Glencairn on Monday were Ellen Saxon, Michelle Rosenthal, Catherine Martzloff, Janet Waronker, Ellen Veden, David Cunningham, and Laura Beard. Some of their art work from that day is included in this post.
The Lawrenceville School History
Founded in 1810 as the Maidenhead Academy, what is now known as The Lawrenceville School has maintained two defining characteristics throughout its history: a willingness to explore and adopt the best practices in education and a commitment to maintaining traditions that continue to resonate with students.
Arguably the single most powerful development of the school occurred in 1883, when the school was transformed from a small proprietarial enterprise, owned (and renamed) by each successive headmaster, to one run by The Lawrenceville School Board of Trustees under the John Cleve Green Foundation. As The Lawrenceville School, the institution established many of the traits it is known for today.
The changes were reflected on the campus itself when the Board asked landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, and prominent architects Peabody and Sterns of Boston to design the newly expanded grounds of the school to thoughtfully and deliberately create a strong community atmosphere. The result was the Circle, now a National Historic Landmark.
For more than 200 years, Lawrenceville graduates have gone on to success in their chosen fields, prepared by their education for the changing world around them.
The Lawrenceville School
2500 Main Street
Route 206 North
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 896-0400 - Main
(609) 895-2030 - Admission
Built in 1766 by Job Stockton, a prosperous tanner and cousin of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Bainbridge House is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Princeton and one of the area's best preserved examples of mid-Georgian architecture.
Located on Nassau Street, it is situated directly across from Princeton University. Bainbridge House has been home to several Stockton families. It was the birthplace of William Bainbridge, hero of the War of 1812; in 1783 it was listed as providing accommodations for the Continental Congress; during the late 19th century it served as a boarding house for university students; and for more than fifty years it was home to the public library.
The exterior of Bainbridge House was restored by the Historical Society in 1969 to its original 18th-century appearance. Nearly 70% of the original interior woodwork remains, including original paneled walls and flooring. With the exception of circa 1814 alterations to the main parlor and a late 19th-century addition at the rear of the house, almost all of the 1766 structure remains. From 1991-1992, Bainbridge House underwent a complete renovation, with the addition of new structural supports, climate controls, new electrical work, and upgraded safety and security features. The interior trim was restored to original paint colors, the pine flooring was refinished, and portions of the brick facade were replaced with 18th-century bricks and repainted. An exterior ramp was installed in front of the house.
In 1967, the Historical Society established its headquarters in Bainbridge House, and since that time the building has served the public as both a museum and library. Its main floor comprises temporary and permanent exhibition spaces. The second and third floors house the library and photographic archives, as well as administrative offices and meeting rooms. The facilities of Bainbridge House also serve as an information center and the headquarters for the Society's far-reaching programs.
Visitors are welcome at Bainbridge House from 12 to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 for non-members and free for members.
158 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
The mission at NJ Bike Tours is "to share le joie de vivre in unexpected places and in unexpected ways. The friends, farms, food, fitness and fun experienced on each tour connects us to each other, to nature, to history and to what it means to be alive!"
Raised in Europe, founder, Jake Herway unexpectedly found a hidden treasure in New Jersey that had everything he needed to replicate his European upbringing: picturesque and safe bike riding, farm-fresh food, rich history, culture and a vibrant community.
NJ Bike Tours was a natural extension of finding a hidden gem in the back roads of a state Jake had assumed was nothing but concrete, electric wires, and grime. Hidden to millions who visit, live in, or avoid New Jersey is a rich history, beautiful farm country, stunning views, and fresh, delicious food that create an energizing cycling adventure.
Cycle throughout Mercer County, New Jersey and the Princeton, New Jersey areas. All tours are BYOB - BRING YOUR OWN BIKE (and helmet)! Rentals are available.
For more information visit www.njbiketours.com, email Jake at njbiketours@gmailcom or give him a call at 801.548.2285.
Princeton Canoe and Kayak Rental is just 1/2 mile off of US Route 1 and only a 10 minute walk from the Princeton University train station. Their location provides easy access to a number of local waterways. Paddle directly from their dock to the D&R Canal or a short portage brings you to the Stony Brook and Carnegie Lake. Why not try their most popular trip, the 2 hour Carnegie Lake - D&R Canal Loop? They have picnic tables on site and the adjacent park has hiking and bike riding paths.
After paddling, why not explore the Griggstown Grasslands Preserve located across the street. It is a 685 acre area of both open fields and woodlands known for its nesting birds and butterflies.
Rentals are available until 1 hour before closing. Hours of Operation are weather permitting, so in case of inclement weather, please call first.
Princeton Canoe and Kayak Rental
483 Alexander St.
Cherry Grove Farm History
In 1987, three brothers inherited 400+ acres of undeveloped farm land in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area. Their ancestors had farmed the area before the revolutionary war, and this particular parcel had been in the family since 1902.
Originally, the land at Cherry Grove was farmed for row crops and then, at some point, converted into a traditional dairy farm where black and white Holstein cows were fed on a mixture of grain and hay. Over the years, the dairy operation was leased to various farmers and the land suffered under more and more intensive industrial farming techniques.
Land preservation and locally grown food are family passions, so the Hamill brothers put their heads together and decided to create something special — something that would give back to their community while keeping the land healthy and undeveloped for generations to come. The Hamills, with their children, planned to regenerate the land by embracing sustainable farming, using old fashioned, pastoral techniques as a guide. The focus would be artisanal farmstead cheese and everything done on the farm would support the making of a quality, handcrafted product.
Today, at Cherry Grove Farm, the farm grazes roughly 120 cows (a mix of Jersey, Friesian, Milking Short Horn, Red Ayreshire, Holstein and Dutch Belted cows) on about 240 acres of certified organic pasture. The cows are milked twice a day, and their milk flows into our creamery to produce award-winning farmstead cheeses.
Visit the Farm
They understand the importance of knowing exactly where our food comes from, so Cherry Grove Farm is open to the public. Their cheese is made on the farm from their own cows’ milk. The meats produced on the farm are processed without nitrates or preservatives so you can expect a clean, quality product. Neighbors and customers are encouraged to visit year-round, to enjoy the pastoral setting, participate in tours and classes, and develop a relationship with the source of their food.
At their on-site Farm Store, they sell their own farmstead cheeses, whey-fed pork, grass-fed lamb, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised chickens and eggs , as well as a plethora of local- and artisan-made goods.
Also at the Farm Store, you will find preserves and mustards, organic popcorn and gluten free snacks, handmade soaps and shea butters, cheese tools, handmade cheeseboards, alpaca socks, woven aprons, beeswax candles and handspun wools.
They are proud to carry products made with quality ingredients, crafted by people they know and respect. Finding new products that complement their cheeses and meats is great fun (such hard work!), and they are always looking for referrals.
Visit the farm critters, watch their cheese makers making cheese, observe the evening milking (sometime between 3 and 4pm), and taste their award-winning farmstead cheeses.
The Farm Store is open 10-5 daily.
Cherry Grove Farm
Lawrenceville Road (Rt. 206 N.)
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648
Store: (609) 219-0053
Office: (609) 895-1502
Just ten minutes from the Inn along the Delaware River is Washington Crossing State Park, best known for being the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.
A Bit of History on the Crossing:
On December 25, 1776, the icy waters of the Delaware River provided the setting for one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. The Continental Army had little to celebrate that Christmas and seemed beat by hunger and cold. After crossing the rough winter river at night, General George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson’s Ferry, at the site now known as Washington Crossing State Park. At 4 am, they began their march to Trenton where they defeated the Hessian troops in an unexpected attack. This battle was quickly followed by the Second Battle of Trenton on January 2, 1777, and the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.
Originally preserved for its historical significance, the park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat. A wide variety of migrating birds use the stream and ravine as a resting place and for nesting. Many bird species winter in the park, creating a perfect location for bird observation year round.
The park supports an interesting assortment of plants including mixed hardwoods, red cedar forests, plantings of Eastern white pine, Japanese larch, Norway spruce and red pine. A splendid variety of spring and summer wildflowers can be found throughout the park. Among the most notable species of wildlife are whitetail deer, fox, raccoon, great-horned owl, screech owl, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk and Eastern bluebird. The park also is popular for picnicking and, in the winter, for cross-country skiing on existing hiking trails.
Washington Crossing Historic Park offers more than 500 acres of American history, natural beauty and family fun. The park preserves the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.
Be sure to visit both sides of the river!
In New Jersey:
Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560-1517
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Princeton University Library is one of the world’s most distinguished research libraries, consisting of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and nine buildings across campus.
The library's collections include more than eight million books, six million microforms, 49,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and impressive holdings of rare books, prints, archives and other material that require special handling. The library's extensive electronic resources include databases and journals, statistical packages, images and digital maps.
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections sponsors two major exhibitions a year in the Main Gallery located on the first floor of the Firestone Library. The Cotsen Children's Library includes an interactive exhibition gallery for children. In addition, materials from the collections are displayed in various lobby cases, in online galleries, and in the exhibition gallery of the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at 65 Olden Street. All exhibitions are free and open to the general public.
Versailles on Paper: A Graphic Panorama of the Palace and Gardens of Louis XIV
This exhibition documents the contemporary representation of Versailles through a multifaceted array of prints, books, maps, medals, and manuscripts. It highlights in particular those elements that today survive only on paper: ephemeral festivals; short-lived creatures (courtiers, animals, flowers); fragile groves and fountains too costly to maintain; and once celebrated masterpieces of art and architecture that were irrevocably destroyed or altered.
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
New Jersey vineyards have come a long way in a few short years. What was arguably drinkable local wine is now winning awards in some respectable competitions. Hopewell Valley Vineyards is one such winery: This years Finger Lakes Wine Competition earned them 16 winners amongst 3,200 wines from over 20 countries. In addition, their popular 2009 Merlot was scored 92 at the Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Competition!
Owned by the Neri family with three generations of Tuscan wine making experience, Hopewell Valley Vineyards blends Old World flair with New World style. The location itself is worth a visit: The drive up the long path, with rolling hills in the distance and rows of grapevines just in front, is lovely.
The vineyard is open daily for tastings from noon to 5PM and Thursday through Saturday evening from 6PM to 9PM. Visitors will enjoy live jazz on Thursdays, and every Friday and Saturday is "Music and Merlot" with live music, brick oven pizza and, of course, wine.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
Sure there are fabulous museums in New York and Philadelphia, but Princeton has its very own gem: The Princeton University Art Museum. With its origins dating to the 1750s, the Museum boasts a collection of more than 92,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art with concentration on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States and Latin America. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Museum offers a welcome respite from the rush of day-to-day life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art, and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.
Two upcoming exhibits:
June 27, 2015 – August 30, 2015
Watercolors are a distinctive amalgam of painting and drawing, in which color and line combine to produce effects of unparalleled nuance and suppleness. The Princeton University Art Museum’s holdings of American watercolors are distinguished by their quality, breadth, and the duration with which they have been consistently collected. Assembled initially under the pioneering directorship of Frank Jewett Mather Jr.
June 27, 2015 – September 20, 2015
Collecting Contemporary, 1960–2015: Selections from the Schorr Collection features approximately twenty prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs acquired by Herbert Schorr, Graduate School Class of 1963, and Lenore Schorr over the last fifty-odd years. Created by such pioneering artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Justine Kurland, Nick Mauss, Elizabeth Murray, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol, these works serve as double portraits.
The Museum is located at the center of the Princeton University campus, a five-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street. To find the Museum, enter the campus on foot from Nassau Street, University Place, or Washington Street and look for the Museum’s banners to lead the way to the front entrance. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
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A visit to Princeton would not be complete without a stop at Marquand Park. Marquand Park and Arboretum is a 17-acre historic preserve of trees and woodlands that offers a variety of recreational and educational experiences in the center of Princeton. Originally the landscaped garden of a 19th-century estate, the park has a rich collection of native and exotic trees reflecting the interest and tastes of its previous owners and its current beneficiaries. Some trees in the parks are the largest of their kind in New Jersey.
Marquand Park includes in its collection over 140 different tree specimens, among them some rare evergreens and a Dawn Redwood, known only as a fossil until 1944 when it was discovered growing in China. In the wooded area are huge specimens of native trees such as beech, hickory and black, white and red oaks.
Some trees in the landscaped area of the park have identification tags with the tree's name in white lettering on a black background. The numbers on these identification tags correspond with the numbers in the Guide to Marquand Park for sale at the Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Store in the Princeton Shopping Center. Round metal tags with only numbers are used on trees in the woodlands on the east side of the park. These numbers correspond with the numbers in the park's Tree Inventory. Link to Tree Inventory
Pedestrians can access Marquand Park from Mercer Street, or Stockton Street. The main entrance and the parking lot are on Lovers Lane. Link to Google map