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Princeton

Posted on: August 30th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

NassauStreetInPrincetonThe name Princeton brings to mind the prestigious university and all its long history.  Think of the brilliant minds that have walked the campus of that institutional, some of whom have gone on to become quite well known.

While no visit would be complete without a trip to the University, the town of Princeton is much more than that.  It has a rich, vibrant history dating back to the Revolutionary War, when it hosted a pivotal battle in the war.  It was in Princeton where the Continental Congress met and declared America officially independent of the British.

There are plenty of interesting things to see and do in Princeton.  See the governor’s mansion, Drumthwacket, which is located in Princeton, even though the capitol of New Jersey is Trenton.  Watch the U.S Olympic Rowing team at practice, or go kayaking on the lake yourself.  Take in some art at the Princeton University Art Museum or at one of the galleries downtown.

Take a walk down Nassau Street and enjoy the boutiques and restaurants and cafes that Princeton has to offer.  Or take in the shops around Palmer Square.

If your stay is longer than a day trip you’ll find that Princeton has many great places to stay.   Stay in the heart of Princeton, right on Nassau street, just minutes from Princeton University in fully restored historic buildings, or stay a few miles from town on a massive lake side property that gives you the feeling of being out in the secluded countryside.

Princeton is a hub of history, learning, and culture.  Just an hour’s train ride outside of New York City and Philadelphia, it makes the perfect day trip or weekend getaway.

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Princeton

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

There are many major hotels in the Princeton area, including a DoubleTree, Hilton, Westin and Holiday Inn.  However there are also several smaller boutique and luxury hotels which offer personalized service and create a unique and memorable stay.

Nassau Inn – Sitting in the middle of all the action – Palmer Square – Nassau Inn is surrounded by everything that Princeton has to offer.  It’s withing walking distance of train stations, Princeton University, and several museums and theaters. Be made to feel at home with exceptional hospitality delivered by attentive staff.

P4070047_000Inn at Glencairn – This 1736 Georgian manor house has been restored down to the last detail.  Guests will enjoy en-suite baths, feather beds, and complimentary wifi.  Enjoy a scrumptious gourmet breakfast before going out to explore the town and then come back to relax in one of the delightfully decorated common rooms.

Peacock Inn – A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Peacock Inn aims to deliver nothing but the best in service and accommodations.  The Inn was build in the 18th century, but moved to its current location in 1875.  It has been operating as an inn since 1911.  Come enjoy this luxury hotel right in the heart of Princeton.

Laurie House – Located just outside Princeton on a 370 acre lakeside property, this lovely b&b will make you feel as though you’ve taken a vacation into the countryside even though you’re just a few miles away.  This 18th century farmhouse has been fully restored and elegantly decorated to evoke the charm of the house and highlight the beautiful views.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared from the Chef’s garden each morning.

 

 

 

Places to Eat in Princeton

Posted on: August 28th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Whether you’re looking for a quick treat that you can take with you as you stroll the streets or tour the campus, or you’re looking for a place where you can sit and savor a luxurious meal for hours, you’ll find that and everything in between in Princeton.  But be prepared; Many restaurants do not have a liqueur licence and are BYOB.

The Bent Spoon – For delicious ice cream, cupcakes, cookies and cakes stop at The Bent Spoon.  Try crazy ice cream flavors like horseradish or sour cream or play it safe and get something more traditional.  No matter what you’ll be sure to love it because this is the best ice cream in Princeton!

Blue Point Grill –  This Zagat-rated restaurant caters to all your seafood wants and desires.  Serving the freshest catches available, their menu changes daily.  They’re known for having the best oyster selection in the area and have a selection of eight to ten every day.

Gennaro’s – Casual fine dining at its best.  Gennaro’s aims to provide the casual, comfortable home-away-from-home feeling to all of its guests while serving quality, thoughtfully prepared Italian food.

The Peacock Inn Restaurant – Sitting inside a beautifully restored 18th century colonial mansion, the restaurant at the Peacock Inn was recently named one of New Jersey’s top 25 restaurants for 2013 in New Jersey Monthly.  At the restaurant you will receive an exceptional gourmet dining experience with personalized service from attentive staff.  Chef Perez uses the highest quality ingredients to bring you innovative, modern cuisine.

Small World Coffee – Great coffee, and very friendly staff.  It’s a good place to grab a pastry or a sandwich, or just to sit and enjoy some truly delicious coffee while you people watch.

Cross Culture Restaurant – Though the name suggests a fusion restaurant, you’ll find nothing but the best traditional Indian food here.  Enjoy all your favorite Indian dishes prepared to your preferred degree of spiciness.

Conte’s Pizza and Bar – If you want pizza, this is the place to go! Conte’s is a longtime Princeton tradition, and their thin crust pizza can’t be beat.

Infini-T Cafe – This tea house isn’t just a great place to stop and have a cup of tea, it also serves one of the best breakfasts in Princeton!

 

 

Things to Do in Princeton

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Princeton is a charming little town with lots to offer.  Strolling its streets and parks will give you plenty to see and explore.

No visit to Princeton would be complete without touring the University.  The campus, with its buildings that date back 250 years, can be breathtaking and awe inspiring.  See Einstein’s classroom, see where a cannon ball struck a building as Americans fought for independence from the British at the Battle of Princeton, and feel the years of history as you walk through the stone archways.

While you’re at the university, stop at the Princeton University Art Museum which houses over 72,000 works for art covering 5,000 years of history from all over the world.  You can see anything from African art dating back thousands of years, to Renaissance paintings, to modern photography.

To learn a bit about our nation’s history, visit Princeton Battlefield State Park.  See where General George Washington got his first field victory against the British Regulars.  The battle was so large it extended all the way to Princeton University (then the College of New Jersey) over a mile away.   Despite its bloody history, the park today makes for a great place to go bird watching, take a walk, or go for a picnic.

You could also visit Rockingham, the wartime headquarters of George Washington.   This was General Washington’s final headquarters during the war.  He waited here while the Continental Congress met in Princeton in 1783, and it was here that he received the news that the Treaty of Paris had been signed and that America was an independent nation.

If you fancy a day on the water stop by Princeton Canoe and Kayak Rental and take a  boat out onto the lake.  Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of the U.S National Rowing team, who train in Princeton.  You might also be able to check out a few Rowing events.

 

Enjoy Historic Princeton, NJ

Posted on: August 26th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

PrincetonWhen you say “Princeton” there’s only one place that comes to mind.  It’s the beautiful town that is home to one of the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher education – Princeton University.

Established when it broke from Yale in 1756, Princeton has seen its fare share of history.  The Battle of Princeton in 1777 was a pivotal moment in the Revolutionary War, and in 1783 it briefly served as our nation’s capitol.

Richard Stockton and John Witherspoon, both original signers of the Declaration of Independence, were residents of Princeton.  They have been honored by having streets named after them in the downtown area.

These certainly weren’t Princeton’s only famous residents.  Woodrow Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Madison, and Michelle Obama are just a few of the famous students to come out of Princeton.  Albert Einstein had a fellowship at the university as did T.S. Eliot.

Princeton has much more to offer than just its stellar university. There are many museums, parks and squares to visit and many historical sites as well.

The picturesque streets look like they’re styled straight from the set  of a period film set in the early 1900s and they’re perfect for walking on a sunny afternoon.  There are plenty of great shops, restaurants and galleries to keep you occupied if the charm of the town isn’t enough.

Princeton is just an hour’s train ride from either New York City or Philadelphia, making it a great place for a day trip or a weekend away.

Win Your Perfect Lake Placid Getaway

Posted on: August 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid is a gorgeous mountain village, located in the Adirondack Park, known best probably for being the home of the famous Miracle on Ice victory against the USSR at the 1980 winter Olympics.  However, long before the 1980 winter games it was a favorite winter getaway for the rich and famous, due in part to Melvil Dewey, who helped to establish the first luxury resort in the area.

Even if sports aren’t your thing, Lake Placid offers a great  place to get away and relax.  And you could win a trip for two!

If you win, you’ll stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located on the banks of Mirror Lake, just next to the Olympic Complex. You’ll enjoy a dinner for two at Pan Dolce where you can savor a fantastic gourmet meal in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

In addition you’ll win a scenic flight with us!  We will give you a really unique view of Lake Placid that you’ll get from no one else.  Choose from our three different scene tours which will take you over the high peaks and return over the Olympic Ski Jumps,  over the Olympic Village, the Olympic Arena, the Bobsled and Luge runs and the Ski Jumps, or take in the beautiful lakes by flying over all the lakes surrounding the Tri Lakes area.  No matter which tour you choose you’ll love the stunning views and the unforgettable experience.

After you’ve flown with us you can head over to the Olympic Complex with your Olympic Sites Passport .  You’ll be able to visit the Miracle on Ice arena and learn about one of the greatest moments in hockey – if not sports – history.  Tour the museum and learn little known facts about the Olympic Games and see tons of cool memorabilia.  Visit Whiteface and take a gondola ride to the top for a great view! See the ski jumps and take an elevator to the top to see just how high up they really are! At the Sports Complex you can even take a ride on the bobsled track!

If the Olympic Sites don’t interest you, take a climb up the high peaks with Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides.  Lake Placid’s 46 Peaks are often a goal of many hikers, though some require great technical skill to climb and do not have marked paths to the top.  What better way to climb them than with professional guide at your side?

For your chance to win a trip to Lake Placid, enter here.  Good Luck!

Rejuvenate in Saranac Lake

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

SaranacLakeSaranac Lake has a long history with health, fitness and revitalization.  Since the 1850s the Adirondacks have been a popular luxury resort destination, and beginning in the 1880s Saranac Lake was world renowned for the healing properties of its fresh air.

It’s tradition of health and revitalization continues.  Today it is a great place to visit for its many hiking trails, lakes, where boating and fishing are popular, cycling, and many other activities.

As Dr. Trudeau discovered in the 19th century, it’s also a fantastic place to come and just relax.  Sit at the lakeside and read you favorite  book while sitting in an Adirondack chair, or stroll down Saranac Lake’s charming downtown and take in some of their art galleries.  Or perhaps bring your camera or sketchbook along and let the natural beauty of the Adirondacks inspire you!

Saranac Lake’s restaurant scene is great with downtown cafes offering great craft beers and wines you can enjoy while you unwind and catch up with friends, eclectic fry ups offering everything made to order, or secluded eateries offering innovative, creative cuisine with hard to find wines.

So many hotels and b&bs help make this relaxing vacation possible with their lakeside properties, or convenient downtown locations.  They put you within easy distance of anything you could hope to be doing, all while keeping you comfortable and showing you what Adirondack elegance is all about.

Saranac Lake is a great place for a vacation whether you’re looking to be active or just to relax and unwind.  It’s got it all, and it couldn’t be in a more beautiful location.

 

Where to Stay in Saranac Lake

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saranac_Lake,_NY_-_BroadwayLuxury resorts are an Adirondack tradition and Saranac Lake especially has a long history of supporting health and wellness.  The many resorts, cottages, and cabins that dot the area are great places to serve as bases for your hiking trip or to sit and enjoy your book from your comfy Adirondack chair.

Adirondack Motel – Offering quality hospitality for the last 50 years, the Adirondack Motel aims to accommodate your needs whatever they may be.  Sitting on a large property on Lake Flower, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy the water, but it also provides easy access to hiking trails and other nearby attractions.

The Point – Staying in this hotel is a truly relaxing, luxurious experience.  The staff aim to make sure that all your needs are met, and often go the extra mile to make sure your stay is everything you want it to be and more.  Careful, once you check-in here you may never want to leave.

Guathier’s Saranac Lake Inn and Hotel – At Gautheir’s they aren’t just committed to making your stay great, they’re also committed to preserving the environment and have implemented and extensive Green Program to reduce their carbon footprint. This family owned hotel is located on Lake Flower and many rooms have lake front views and easy access to the waterfront.  The hotel provides bicycles free for guests’ use, allowing guests to easily move around town and see the sights.

Partridge Cottage Guest House – A former cure cottage, this small house is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Located across the street from the State boat launch on Lake Flower, it provides very easy access to the lake, stunning views, and is an easy 5 minute way from downtown.

Fogarty Bed & Breakfast – A cure cottage built in 1910, this house overlooks Lake Flower and is a short walking distance from downtown.  Relax by the fireplace after a long day on the lake, or enjoy game of pool in the billiards room with some friends and a beer.  And of course you’ve never truly had breakfast until you’ve tried Jack’s French toast!

Porcupine Inn – Voted “Best Weekend Escape” by Bed and Breakfast Journal, The Porcupine Inn will really feel like your home away from home by the time your trip is over.  The hostess, Meg, is warm and welcoming, and knowledgeable about things to do in the area.

 

Where to Eat in Saranac Lake

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saranac Lake is full of great places to eat.  From fine dining to hole in the wall diners, you’ll find whatever you’re craving here.

Eat ‘ Meet Grill and Larder – Using ingredients and products from local farms Chef Vargo creates a unique, eclectic menu that will wow and inspire you.  Come here expecting to sit and relax a while or call in your order ahead of time – everything is made to order so things can take awhile… but it’s well worth the wait.

Donnelly’s Ice Cream – Only open for the summer, Donnelly’s offers one different flavor of soft ice cream everyday.  It’s undoubtedly the best ice cream in the Adirondacks, and well worth the short detour out of town!

Lakeview Deli – If you’re craving a sandwich the best place it go is Lakeview Deli.  It’s a great place to stop and stock up for sandwiches and potato salad to take out to the beach or on the boat before a long day of fun, or just to take and enjoy on the porch while you take in the view.

Red Fox Restaurant – Located just outside of Saranac Lake, toward Tupper Lake, this is Saranac Lake’s fine dining experience.  Enjoy lovingly prepared scallops, lobster, or fillet of sole stuffed with crab meat, perfectly paired with fine wines.  Finish your meal with with a chocolate connoli or some ice cream.

DJ’s Rustic Restaurant – Everything about DJ’s Rustic Restaurant, from the food to the atmosphere, says “good, old fashioned diner.” It’s the place to go for home cooking and great prices.

Left Bank Cafe – Offering authentic French cafe-style food, this adorable restaurant sits on the riverside on Broadway and offers everything from crepes to tartines, as well as coffee, wine, and beer.

Blue Moon Cafe – Located on Main St., the Blue Moon Cafe is a great place to stop and enjoy a meal and people watch.  They have a great selection of wines and craft beers, and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when everything is made 100% from scratch.

Nonna Fina – Saranac Lake’s premier Italian restaurant serves delicious Italian dishes with wine by the glass.   It is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

McKenzie’s Grille – A great place to stop for breakfast, brunch, or lunch when you’re looking for common fare.  It’s a comfy, homey place with tasty food and friendly service.

Things to Do in Saranac Lake

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Image-Adirondack_Scenic_Railroad_-_Saranac_Lake_Stn_-_FrontSaranac Lake has 186 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.  To see many of them you can join Historic Saranac Lake for their weekly walking tours which will take you past cure cottages, historic downtown, or the original Trudeau Institute and the first cure cottage, Little Red.

Take a stroll through Saranac Lake’s historic parks, designed by the Olmsted brothers – the same company which designed New York City’s Central Park.

To take in the all the picturesque beauty of the Adirondacks, take a ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.  This round trip 20 mile ride will take you past lakes, forests and peaks and give you a view you’ll never forget.  There’s a short layover in Lake Placid, giving you time to get out a check out the sites there!

Of course for really fantastic views of the Adirondacks you can’t beat one of our scenic flights leaving from nearby Lake Placid Airport.  We’ll take you soaring over the forests and peaks and give you a truly unforgettable experience, with views you’ll be unable to get anywhere else.

Visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to learn about the natural history of the area and about the local wildlife.  Or take a drive and visit the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake to learn all about local history.

For those who enjoy outdoor recreation, there’s no limit to the activities you can enjoy.  The 6er Trail is popular, allowing you to climb the 6 peaks surrounding Saranac Lake and earn a badge to show off your achievement.

Being surrounded by so many lakes, fishing, boating and paddling and also very popular pass times. Bloomingdale Bog is an excellent place to go to see wildlife in their own habitat.  Birds are plentiful and an entire beaver colony inhabits the wetland.

 

 

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