Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Has Started With the Temperatures Announcing "It's ON!"

Summer is officially here!  June is a hectic month--from wedding invitations, to end-of-the-school-year events, to charitable organizations' events.  And for Frenchtown, NJ, nothing less!  At The National Hotel, we're getting ready to launch our very own monthly National Wine Club, thanks to so many of you who have asked us to put together a selection of wines that you have come to enjoy during these nearly three years that we've been fortunate enough to be a part of Frenchtown.  It's so exciting for us to create something about which we are passionate, and that makes it an affordable and quality addition to one's lifestyle.  We've worked very hard to put this together and we'll be announcing the details very soon.  Email me if you too would like to be added to the list of patrons who have already expressed an interest in joining us.

If I tell you that we've been in the news all month, you'd be hard pressed to believe me, but it's a fact.  From a grassroots artists' movement (yarn bombers strike at sunset),

to an outdoor artist's mural to benefit the Frenchtown Elementary School's art and music program as a way to
"create a porthole back in time to show us the original inhabitants of our river valley, the Lenni Lenape Indians,"
to a cyclists' dream come true of beautiful and winding country roads, to a beautiful write-up about the different shops in town, Frenchtown has truly become a destination location.  Several of our town's establishments held special events that truly help to make Frenchtown a unique hamlet on the Delaware River, including Dions Hitchings Outdoor Gallery's Toyland Exhibition and The Book Garden (which hosted an appearance with author Dom Forker of Milford, NJ about Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams).  We even had great press coverage of an outdoor adventure company, Delaware River Tubing, which embodies summer FUN!!  And of course, being a part of The National Hotel in town, I can only say that I am so PROUD to be a part of this wonderful Delaware River town community.

There's even been a news article about Tama Matsuoka Wong, a financial services lawyer and a Hunterdon County resident who has found a way to harvest "weeds" and has partnered with some of the top restaurants in New York City, including Daniel, to take advantage of the robust flavors of some of the common plants that grow in our gardens that we discard and destroy daily.  Many of our local restaurants harvest their own herbs and greens (including The National Hotel), and this is yet another way that one of our local neighbors has taken a look at her surroundings and truly created a niche market for herself.  We applaud her!

Please forgive us for also patting our own backs, but we were chosen among very few establishments to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012!  Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to select us for an overnight experience and who have written reviews and shared your stories about The National Hotel on the TripAdvisor site, which is the world's largest site, that allows travel enthusiasts to plan the perfect get-away with trusted suggestions from other travelers.  During these last few weeks, we  were also mentioned in a couple of publications, including Bergen's Good Living Magazine, as a true family destination spot (Canal-Side Charm Meets Outdoor Adventure), and we were one of just nine areas picked!  We felt equally honored to have been selected as THE place to enjoy a great meal and wonderful drinks by Mano A Vino, as well as to read about the other establishments that help make Frenchtown a hidden gem.

The town has even started a Third Friday of the Month Independent Film Series Night that premiered this month and will continue through September.  And this follows on the heels of the town's Second Saturdays Live Outdoor Music Series where musicians perform outside and entertain visitors and residents from 6 - 8 p.m. through September.  The second Saturday of the month music program is sponsored by the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association (FBPA), that will also sponsor Bastille Day on July 14th.  There will be tons of outdoor artists performing and entertaining visitors to the town, as well as numerous in-store promotions and outdoor vendors.  Every year, the town outdoes itself and we are confident that 2012 will not be any different.

The National Hotel will also be hosting some pretty spectacular events, from a special pre-Independence Day performance by Rainbow Fresh on Tuesday, July 3rd, starting at 9 p.m., followed by our very own Monthly Music Themed Night on the first Saturday of July, the 7th, featuring one of our favorite performers, Mike Pfeiffer.  Join our mailing list and we'll keep you informed of all of the upcoming events being planned this summer.

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