The secret about New Jersey that no one wants you to know about it is that we have some REALLY awesome small towns. Not the small middle of the U.S. towns with like 200 people and a bunch of cows. Think cool architecture, little cozy coffee shops, fun boutiques, and beautiful tree-lined neighborhood streets. I know that if more people took the exits off the highway, they would really discover so many cool places to go.
For awhile now I focused on my big city adventures in Philly and sometimes in New York or around the country. As much as I love exploring cities, there are so many great things about New Jersey’s towns. I’ve decided that it’s time to share and so I’ll be featuring some of my favorite small towns from this state in a series on here. The first town I’m sharing is my hometown: Princeton.
Princeton is one of the only New Jersey towns that people outside of the immediate area know. It does have a pretty great and infamous ivy league university after all. Growing up here was pretty awesome. There’s a commitment to arts and culture with the arts council, a huge library, and a theater that puts on world-class productions. The university though really makes Princeton. Nobel prize-winning professors often stroll the streets and the university regularly hosts what we called “town gown” events. My favorite memories are from wandering around campus and exploring its architecture and art. Nick and I explored the university grounds on one of our very first dates.
I realized after wandering around and taking some pictures that I barely scratched the surface of what makes Princeton such a great place to visit. As soon as the weather warms up, I plan on grabbing my camera and giving you another taste of the best small town in New Jersey.