By: Jackie Brigante

In like a lion and out like a lamb – that’s what they say! The spring equinox is always (in my humble opinion) the quintessential end to dreary winter months. Day light saving time rolls in full-force behind that pesky Punxsutawney Phil bringing with it sunny mornings and delayed sunsets.

One of my favorite things about working in Princeton was the all-around buzz that arrived with the spring. Part of my morning ritual was always pausing to look at the tulips as they broke their way through the ground and sprung to life. Potted plants popped up outside of shops and downtown was full of kids eating Bent Spoon ice cream and playing outside.

Wedding season was always a show in Princeton as well. I secretly liked to watch wedding photo shoots take place on the Princeton University campus or witness an intimate ceremony transpire in Palmer Square. I don’t know what it is about the warmer weather: but it helps warm the soul and bring out genuine, loving and authentic smiles; the kind that progress up to the eyes.

Regardless of the weather, experiencing happy hour outside is a rite of passage into the spring season. My rule of refusing to wear real shoes (closed and warm, that it) as of March 1st usually leads to cold toes, but the heaters and fire pits at Nassau Inn’s Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio get me toasty quick! Many eateries in Princeton offer outside dining with heat lamps so you are able to take advantage of the warmer evenings and find a picturesque post-up for the twilight.

I know the warmer months may not be for us all, but we have been given the opportunity in New Jersey to persevere the four seasons. By keeping an open mind and leaving ourselves accessible for experiences we may find a new curiosity to conciliate our minds.

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