Welcome to Princeton, New Jersey. Founded before the American Revolution and home to Ivy League, Princeton University—you'll find everything from upscale shopping to bountiful historic architecture.
Tucked away on a quaint tree-lined side street and only steps from Nassau Street (Princeton's main shopping thoroughfare), we checked into The Peacock Inn. The circa-1700s inn has housed members of the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War to today's A-List entertainers.
As of late, each one of the inn's 16 guest rooms have been completely renovated and transformed into luxurious hideaways.
Located on the third floor (the front desk whisked away my luggage up there faster than I could) overlooking picturesque Bayard Lane, we were welcomed into the Stockton Suite and greeted with the most delicious macarons, which were complimented by chilled prosecco. Perfect relief from the humidity I had just escaped.
The 600-square foot plus Stockton Suite featured a king four poster bed, 42 inch plasma TV, Ben Shahn artwork, and as you can see above, a luxurious oversized bathroom complete with a jacuzzi tub, heated floors, rain shower and body jets, Frette linens, Molton Brown toiletries and my personal favorite: those beautiful privacy shutters.
It kind of went like this. It was hot, I had just drove quite a bit, so being welcomed by this bathroom was a bit of enjoyable relief. It only took a few minutes before the jacuzzi was on, the prosecco popped and macarons devoured.
Although I didn't have use for the heated floors that day, it would be perfect for all those chilly fall days ahead.
Feeling refreshed, I went out to explore the town that Money Magazine ranked as one of the top 100 towns in the United States to "Live and Work In."
Two of my favorite clothing stores, side by side. And so much character.
As you walk through the Princeton University gates... Nassau Hall was built in 1756.
I had worked up quite an appetite and headed back to The Peacock Inn to indulge in Chef Parvez's modern American cuisine at one of New Jersey's top fine dining restaurants.
I started off with an amazing martini known as Lavender Bumble.
Blended with gin, lavender honey, lemon and egg white—to die for.
My first course, the Peekytoe Crab Salad, had arrived.
A perfect summer gazpacho with watermelon, beetroot, labneh (Greek yogurt), radish and pumpernickel. This played double as my dessert.
Next, came the Terrine of Hudson Valley Foie Gras.
Decadent and divine with sugar plum, macadamia nut, toasted coconut and brioche.
I finished off with the Miso Butter Poached Halibut.
Creamy and mouthwatering with edamame, kaffir lime, baby bok choy, spring peas, white asparagus, orange and sunflower seed.
The following morning came fast, but before I went for a jog to check out more sights... Coffee.
A continental breakfast in the restaurant off the lobby consisted of fresh juices, pastries, yogurt, coffee and tea, I may have or may have not left any of my favorite for other guests: smoked salmon.
As I headed out for my jog, I visited the 1836 portico, a memorial that hovers over Princeton Battlefield.
The columns mark the spot where American and British troops fought each other in 1777 in the Battle of Princeton during the American Revolutionary War.
There's no shortage of historic homes in Princeton—ranging from Colonial to Federal styles.
Princeton is even home to Drumthwacket. Built in 1835, it's the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey.
There's so much to see and do in historic Princeton, New Jersey. And the best part? It's all within walking distance from the luxurious, 4-diamond Peacock Inn.