New Jersey gets a bad rap. I can't say I don't join in on the fun. It's just too easy. Even a Jersey devotee can't deny the drawbacks: terrible sprawl culminating in derelict strip malls, certain corrupt government officials, and some geographical areas that smell just plain awful. Then, you visit Princeton, New Jersey, and think, "wow, this state has done a terrible job of promoting itself", because Princeton, New Jersey (like so many other towns here) is absolutely gorgeous. There is the campus, open to the public. The grounds are beautiful - filled with trees and one architectural gem after another. It feels like you belong there (even though you don't. You aren't smart enough. But, feel free to take a walk and dream).
The girls were having a great time running through campus, playing hide and seek...
Until we told them the SAT scores they'd need to actually attend school here...
But, have no fear, there are many distractions from your lack of Ivy League credentials. My favorite is Triumph Brewery.
Sometimes you find really cool,hip breweries that are selling a vibe rather than good beer. That is not what Triumph Brewing Company is doing. Their beer is delicious and seasonal. And they fill growlers. What's not to love?
And the food is off the charts.
You can see the steel brewing barrels:
We also visited the Princeton Record Exchange, which according to my husband has great deals on vintage vinyl. If you buy something and bring the bag into Triumph Brewing Company, you get a dollar off a pint of beer. Gotta love local businesses supporting one another.
We took them up on that offer:
I know this is the tip of the iceberg for Princeton, so although I have nothing more to say at this time...I still titled this post, Part I. Can't wait for Parts II-infinity