Princeton, the seat of one of the U.S.' most illustrious universities – and once the U.S.' capital – lies between Philadelphia and New York City, making it an accessible destination for meetings and conferences. Princeton event venues frequently play host to educational, pharmaceutical and corporate meetings – with the bucolic attractions of surrounding Mercer County and the gaming excitement of nearby Atlantic City (an 1.5 hours away) supplying further inducements for visiting.
Princeton is easily reached via the Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. Since it is a major research and corporate hub, groups can fly charters into Princeton Airport, which also offers event space. As part of the Northeast Corridor rail network, the nearby Princeton Junction train station is easily accessible through Amtrak, NJ Transit and SEPTA, which is a local connector between Trenton and Philadelphia.
While there are no large convention venues in Princeton, the University is available to educational and to non-profit groups. The McCarter Theatre Center, which hosts road-show plays and musical acts, also rents its Matthews Theatre lobby space to groups for events.
Conference facilities are available through the chief hotel venues in Princeton, which include the 364-room Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center, which has 45,000 square feet of meeting space; the 302-room Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, with 35,000 square feet of space; and the 347-room Hyatt Regency Princeton, which has 20,000 square feet in 22 meeting rooms. For small meetings that wish to be in the middle of historic Princeton, the luxury 17-room Peacock Inn has private rooms in its restaurant.
Dining venues in Princeton can include establishments as ubiquitous as Ruth's Chris Steak House and P.F. Chang's, as well as the somewhat unique and very busy One 53, which can host up to 28 guests in its wine cellar.
Princeton in and of itself is a charming town, with plenty to explore. The area in which Princeton is located is one of the most lushly beautiful in the Northeast, particularly during the fall foliage season. Nearby farms and estates, such as Terhune Orchards and the Mountain Lakes House facility, are available for group picnics, weddings and outings. In addition, history buffs will enjoy the many sites of the American Revolution, including Princeton Battlefield State Park; as well as the stately Drumthwacket mansion, which is the official residence of New Jersey's governor.