Monday, February 13, 2012


Now that 2012 is in full swing, we are inspired by some wonderful write-ups in the press, including articles in the Star-LedgerBucks County Herald, and the Hunterdon Democrat.  Not only are they complimentary about the town of Frenchtown, but they really covered the exquisite charm and unique “feel” of the town itself, as well as the historic quality of The National Hotel and how it is central to so much that happens in Frenchtown, NJ.

The entire area of Hunterdon County, NJ is filled with history—and we’re fortunate that Frenchtown is one of the towns that exemplifies life near the Delaware River.  I saw an article in The New York Times today that showcased an event that had the whole nation riveted in 1935, when the Lindbergh Baby Trial was the “news of the day”—and the court handling the case was in our own backyard, in Flemington, NJ.

And just like we honor these historic events, today there is a rebirth in our area of and an appreciation for old-world craftsmanship, attention to detail, and hand-made goods.  I can honestly say that Frenchtown is by far one of the most progressive towns in our area, and perhaps even in the tri-state area.  With shops that provide that sparkle of wonderment that visitors crave, galleries that allow one to peruse artwork and artisan crafts without pressure, and restaurants and caf├ęs that offer myriad visitors and residents a chance to unwind, enjoy great food, and partake in honest discussions about current events, Frenchtown is an absolute gem.  And now there’s an even easier way to get to town, by following the new sign that was placed last month in Pittstown, to make sure travelers know where to turn and find the fastest route to Frenchtown. 

Even on a rainy day the sign stands out!
As our colorful neighbors like to say, “All roads lead to Frenchtown.”  And that’s not conceit or grandiose thoughts about the town, but rather a wishful statement that everyone should have the opportunity to visit Frenchtown at least once in their lives, because the community that resides in town, as well as the business owners that are residents and those who have become “adopted” residents of the town, are sure to make an impression.  Between the welcoming smiles, the energy that abounds, the calming sounds that the Delaware River delivers, and the majestic views of the area from preserved park land and the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge, Frenchtown is well-positioned to be an area destination.

It goes without saying that Pete and I are proud that our little establishment is an integral part of a traveler’s visit to town.  With ten guest suites, each different and unique, a Restaurant & Bar on premises, as well as a community favorite, The Rathskeller (a.k.a., The Rat) where so many programs entertain and provide a respite from daily life, The National Hotel is the area “late night destination” and a culinary treat for our dining guests.  Our Executive Chef, Lisa Frederick, has created a Valentine’s Day menu that is just out of this world.  From lobster to filet mignon, and everything in between, the Valentine’s Day menu (a la carte instead of the prix fixe many restaurants feature, giving you the freedom to choose and mix as you please), is as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eyes, especially when you pair your lunch or dinner choices on the 14th of February with incredible wine selections, or our Valentine’s Day cocktail, the “Smooch” (Chambord Vodka, Domain De Canton Liqueur, Champagne & Lime juice). 

And of course, we’ve planned a great musical night for you tomorrow!  The Wallace Brothers will be the featured entertainment.  They're a folk country group that appeal to a wide audience, including those who enjoy bluegrass, jazz, comedy, rock, R&B, and everything in between.  Join us tomorrow from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. in The Rat, where you can cozy up to the wood-burning fireplace and listen to some wonderful music.

Photo courtesy of Minette Reading (w/Mike Pfeiffer)
February is a month chock-a-block with music.  We still can’t get over how many people turned out on Saturday, February 4th for our monthly theme music night, when Mike Pfeiffer played 70s music late into the night—over three and a half hours straight without taking a break!!—and where several of our patrons took the “stage” with Mike, played the tambourine and sang so many of the songs we all remember.  We’re already making lots of plans for our March program, when we’ll feature a night filled with the sounds from the 80s.  Now that’s going to be a fantastic night—especially if our record of having our patrons don period clothes continues.  Do you remember the clothes and make-up of the 80s?  We do!!

But that’s not all…we have Fat Tuesday on the horizon first.  We’ll be celebrating Mardi Gras that night with Rainbow Fresh—oh yes, Rainbow Fresh!!!—one of our most requested bands every year.  And we’ll follow that with a Cajun-inspired Additions to the Menu weekend at the end of next week, because it can’t be Fat Tuesday without thinking about the Big Easy and all the fun that happens in New Orleans.  Bring your beads on Tuesday and come out to party at The National Hotel.  We’ll have a table waiting and great food and drinks to make the work day melt away, followed by Rainbow Fresh.  Now that’s something to get excited about!

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