Did you know July 27 is National New Jersey Day? In 2017, this honor was bestowed upon the third state to join the Union as part of a larger initiative to celebrate the unique history, achievements, and cultural diversity of every state across the country.


That means every state has a “National Day” on the calendar, so New Jersey’s day isn’t exactly more meaningful than the other 49 states. But we love any reason to go out and celebrate everything that’s great about perhaps the most misunderstood and underappreciated state in the country, our beloved Garden State.


Whether you plan to celebrate National New Jersey Day or any other special occasion, try one of these destinations in the Princeton-Mercer region!


Wine and Spirits


1) Sourland Mountain Spirits

Schedule a tour and tasting at Sourland Mountain Spirits in Hopewell, where you’ll be immersed in the sights, smells, and flavors of an authentic craft distillery experience.


2) Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Enjoy a blend of Old World flair and New World style at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, home of award-winning wines made by three generations of the Neri family.


3) Crossing Vineyards Winery

Visit Crossing Vineyards Winery in Newtown, PA for their Summer Wine & Music Series and check their event calendar for wine pairings, live music, and entertainment.


4) The Grape Escape

Crush, press, rack, and bottle your own personalized, premium wine at The Grape Escape in Dayton, the most advanced custom hands-on winery on the East Coast.


Bars and Taverns


Yankee Doodle Tap Room at the Nassau Inn

The epitome of a gastropub, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room at Palmer Square in Princeton is home to 16 craft beers on tap and the award-winning Princetonian Burger.



The farm-to-table menu of Agricola on Witherspoon Street in Princeton is fresh, down to earth, and full of flavor. Dine at Agricola or ask about catering at your home or venue.


Alchemist & Barrister Restaurant and Pub

The historic Alchemist & Barrister on Witherspoon Street in Princeton is a legendary area landmark, with live entertainment, a spacious outdoor patio, and classic pub vibe.


Brick Farm Tavern

A farm-to-table establishment with fresh food harvested from its 800-acre farm, the patio at Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell is surrounded by acres of majestic farmland.


Arts, Entertainment, and Sports


9) Theater to Go

Based in Lawrenceville, Theater to Go will go to virtually any venue in the Princeton-Mercer region to perform murder mysteries, movie sing-alongs, and full theater productions.


10) Princeton Pinot’s Palette

Plan a wine and painting party at Princeton Pinot’s Palette, your local “paint and sip” studio and proud recipient of the “Best Art Classes” award from Town Topics.


11) Bury the Hatchet Princeton

Celebrate, blow off some steam, and relieve stress by taking turns throwing razor sharp axes at a wooden target at Bury the Hatchet on Brunswick Pike in Lawrenceville.


12) TPC Jasna Polanaa

Play a round of golf at the highly rated TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton and celebrate your special event in the 46,000 square-foot clubhouse with stunning architectural details.


Check out the Visit Princeton-Mercer Convention & Visitors Bureau website to find more