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Princeton vacation rentals

Princeton the prim university town

Consistently ranked as one of the most desirable places to settle in America, Princeton is every inch the well-to-do town you'd expect of the host of Ivy-League Princeton University. It's 17th-century streets are packed with charming half-timbered mansions, streaming with erudite students, and dotted with the former homes of some of the world's greatest inventors and scientists. There's an eclectic restaurant scene to boot, and bookshop-libraries with dusty tomes to get lost in, not to mention oodles of charming Princeton vacation rentals that'll place you within equal distance of the Big Apple and Philly.

Discover your inner student in Princeton

You can't come to one of America's most learned towns without delving into the wealth of university-related sites. From the old homes of world-famous scientists to the great Gothic-style buildings of the main campus, you're sure to be wowed by what's to see. You could also attend one of the public lectures, covering a wild range of subjects, from theoretical physics to Islamic literature. And if that's still not enough, there's always the handsome 19th-century estates and pretty canals of the nearby New Jersey backcountry to explore.

Half-timbered homes and bustling streets in Princeton

Look to book your Princeton vacation rentals on Nassau Street or around Palmer Square if you want to find yourself in the historic heart of town. This is where the half-timbered Nassau Inn and the redbrick remains of old colonial settlements in the Jugtown Historic District beckon – it's a great place to wander and explore. A little walk away is Albert Einstein's old house, where the fuzzy-haired genius himself once resided, while the University Campus is always worth a stop on account of its filigreed roofs and Gothic grandeur.

Princeton beckons all year round

Because its main attractions of are of the more thought-provoking sort, Princeton is a great place to visit all year round. Public lectures and university-related events happen right throughout term times, which typically range from September to December, January to February, March to June, with some recesses in between. If you'd like to make the most of the Millstone River parks and the pretty NJ countryside, or are looking for Princeton vacation rentals with a garden, it might be better to stick to the summer months – think June and August.

Between 2 cities and 2 rivers in Princeton

Princeton sits neatly midway between the sprawling cities of Philadelphia and New York. Surrounded by clutches of rolling forest and the hilly reaches of central New Jersey, it's also bounded by the babbling courses of the Millstone River and the Delaware River. Both of these offer some excellent state parks. You can wander canals and see pretty historic mansions in the Raritan Canal State Park, while there's oodles more American heritage and wildflower meadows galore at the Washington Crossing.