It’s prime time for snowtime! If you’re going to ski, snowboard, or snow tube at Winterplace Ski Resort, stay in Princeton; convenient hotels and attractions make it the ideal family basecamp.
Where to sleep
It’s always nice to save money during vacation. Wondering how you can get cozy beds, free wifi, and no sticker shock? Curl up in Princeton! Affordable hotels are minutes from I-77, making them an easy drive to Winterplace Ski Resort. The only difficulty is picking where to stay.
- Country Inn and Suites: free wifi and hot breakfasts, plus access to an indoor pool and fitness center.
- Days Inn: free wifi and continental breakfasts. It also has an indoor pool, restaurant, and laundry services. Pet friendly.
- Eden Rock Motel: family-owned hotel with free wifi and remodeled rooms. It also has a large parking lot with room for buses.
- Fairfield Inn: one of Princeton’s newest hotels. It has free wifi and buffet breakfasts, plus access to a pool and fitness center. Other perks include a corner market and business center.
- Hampton Inn: free wifi and hot breakfast, plus access to a business center, fitness center, and indoor pool.
- Holiday Inn Express: free wifi and hot breakfast buffet, plus access to an indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center.
- Microtel Inn & Suites: free wifi and breakfast, plus access to an indoor pool and fitness center.
- Quality Inn: free wifi and hot breakfasts. It also has valet dry cleaning and a business center with copiers, printers, and faxes. Pet friendly.
- Sleep Inn and Suites: free wifi and hot breakfasts. An indoor pool, laundry service, and business center are also available.
- Turnpike Motel: free wifi and expanded cable channels. Pet friendly.
- The Budget Inn: free wifi and HBO.
Princeton also has cabins:
- Brushcreek Falls RV Resort: efficiency cabins with, queen-size bunk beds, electricity, and heat. The Resort also has a general store, arcade, and wifi.
- The Country Cabin Farm Retreat: a historic log cabin with wifi, TV, Bluestone Valley views, and charming decor and ambience.
Where to eat
From global to local, Princeton’s dining scene has choices for everybody. Pull up a chair and dig in!
- Mexican: head to Campestre for tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and more. Vegetarians welcome! You can also order cocktails and beer at the bar.
- Italian: visit Angelo’s Pizza for Italian classics, garnished with homemade sauce and fresh toppings. Burgers, wings, and American comfort food are also available.
- Japanese: dine at Kimono Japanese Seafood & Steak for sushi, noodles, hibachi dinners, and lunchtime bento box specials.
- Chinese: Peking House and Dragon Palace serve classic appetizers and entrees, which you can take home or enjoy on site.
Prefer good ol’ American classics? Here’s what Princeton has to offer:
- Southern: Emmett’s Down South specializes in oak-smoked BBQ and gourmet hot dogs.
- Coffee: Sister’s Coffee House warms you up with espresso drinks and cocoa— just what you want after a brisk day on the slopes. They also have pastries and sandwiches.
What to do
When you’re through with the slopes, head into town for a change of pace. Princeton has entertainment for kids, adults, and kids at heart.
Make memories sweet with a trip to Coal Country Kandies. Using traditional methods, skilled confectioners whip up batches of brownies, chocolate-dipped apples and Twinkies, cake pops, and much more.
Once you’ve polished off a cupcake or two, get ready for art. Pottery Time has paint-your-own ceramic bowls, mugs, and figurines. It’s a great way to make your own souvenir!
Winter is a great time for sleuthing. If you love riddles, try “The Captain’s Cabin” at Out of the Box Room Escape. It’s an interactive mystery set within a “locked” room. See if you can solve the clues and exit before time’s up!
Prefer watching drama rather than participating in it? The Chuck Mathena Center has plays, interactive shows, ballet, and concerts all year.
As part of Mercer County’s Certified Arts Community, Princeton sparkles with personality. Both sides of Mercer Street have eye-catching murals. That’s just what you see on the outside, too. Park the car and see what waits for you inside!
First up: the new Holler: Contemporary Art Gallery, which focuses on Appalachian talent. Exhibits from local and regional artists rotate throughout the year. Genres are just as diverse; expect anything from abstract sculptural works to photo collages. You can also purchase artwork and take lessons in the upstairs studio.
Another Princeton highlight is The RiffRaff Art Collective. The multi-story building features sculptures, music production, dance, paintings, and more. It also has several events throughout the year. If you’re in town on Monday, stop by for Open Stage Night for family-friendly music, poetry readings, or dance.
Enjoy your stay in Princeton!