Tuesday, April 29, 2014

R&R in Princeton

On Friday I mentioned that I was taking some time off this past weekend to have a fun trip with my Mom.  Like I said, I'm really feeling the end of the year stress and was in desperate need of a little R&R.  Thankfully this trip was exactly what the doctor ordered.  We took an overnight trip to Princeton, NJ and had the most amazing time.  My Mom came to get me from school early Saturday morning, and we arrived in Princeton at about 11:00.  When we got there we dropped off our bags at the hotel, the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal (which I will being doing a post about soon!), and checked it all out.

After we did that we headed into Downtown Princeton.  Our game plan was to walk around, check out the shopping, and grab some lunch.  There are so many restaurants around, but we had to do a bit of walking to find somewhere that I can eat (it gets tricky to find places sometimes with all of my food allergies).  We landed on Teresa Caffe, and I am so happy that we did.  The food was absolutely delicious.  I had gluten free pasta, and my Mom had a salad; we both finished our entire meals and were so full!  If you are in Princeton you have to go here!

We then walked around and did some shopping.  We hit up Kate Spade, Bluemercury, J.Crew, a bunch of little boutiques, and more.  There are so many different stores in the area and we had a blast checking them all out.  The town of Princeton is so gorgeous and I love how it is all set up.

After we walked around town we decided we would walk around Princeton University campus a bit before we went back to the hotel.  I've always wanted to see what the school looked like and this was the perfect opportunity!  It's such a beautiful school and it was nice to get to look around.

After walking around there we headed back to the hotel to rest a little before dinner.  We were absolutely exhausted from all of our exploring!  For dinner we went to Ruth's Chris, which was super close to the hotel.  I ordered the crab cakes and garlic mashed potatoes, and my Mom got a petite filet mignon with shrimp and scallops and asparagus.  We then split everything, which was super fun!  While everything was good, I have to say that I've been to one of their Baltimore restaurants several times and I definitely prefer that location to this one.  (We  just had a few minor issues like with how the steak was cooked: we ordered it medium, and it came out way overcooked, then we mentioned it to the waitress and the new steak they brought out was practically raw, which was disappointing.)  So while I love Ruth's Chris and will still be going to their restaurants, next time we're in Princeton I would like to try one of the restaurants in town instead of going back here.

After dinner we were so tired from the day that we went straight back to the hotel.  We watched a little TV and went to bed super early which was so nice.  I really needed the sleep!

The next day we had a leisurely morning with breakfast in bed and some lounging around.  After we checked out we stopped at a local salon and got very relaxing pedicures before heading back to school.  I have to say that this trip was just amazing.  I felt so relaxed the whole time and was really able to let go of all the stress I was holding.  I had so much fun hanging out with my Mom and just had the best time.  I love that I am so lucky to have such an awesome Mom that I can spend time with like this!  If you live in the Northeast and are looking for a short getaway I would highly recommend going to Princeton!

How was your weekend?

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing the photos - it was wonderful to have a virtual walk with you. x

  2. What a wonderful weekend to spend with your Mom! I do enjoy Princeton and was just there last week at a crew race to see my nephew rowing for Georgetown. The presentation at that Princeton Ruth Chris looks like it could use a bit of cleaning up, yikes. Really enjoyed reading your post and about such a lovely weekend.

  3. Princeton looks so cute & that GF pasta looks delish!

  4. What a wonderful trip you've had! I haven't been to Princeton in quite a while, but I do remember it being lovely to walk around.

  5. Looks like you had a great time! I've never visited Princeton, but I adore college towns.


  6. Very cool pictures! The campus looks great and the food looks delicious! Even though I live in Philadelphia, I rarely spend time in NJ. I know it's inevitable!



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