At press time it’s been one of the warmest winters in recent memory. But farmers will tell you that luck only holds out so long—a winter that starts mild often results in cold and storms come February-March.

Be prepared! When the weather gets cold, dig Mercer County’s history and culture.

Here are some ideas:

Lawrenceville Main Street
Lawrenceville bills itself as “a community for fine living, dining, and visiting.” One trip here and you know it’s true: this is a picture-perfect small town, full of shops, restaurants, and smiling faces that will keep you coming back.

McCarter Theatre – 91 University Place, Princeton
(609) 258-2767
Longtime artistic director Emily Mann has built the McCarter into one of America’s major regional theatres: it premieres new work, plays recent New York hits, and often sends productions to Broadway.

Princeton Folk Music Society [link: http://princetonfolk.org/]
The Princeton Folk Music Society has showcased and encouraged the growth of folk music for over 40 years. Their monthly concerts by visiting artists are open to all, and members enjoy regular “house sings.” Check the site for details.

Morven Museum & Garden – 51 Stockton St., Princeton
(609) 924-8144 ext. 106
Built by Continental Congressman Richard Stockton in the 1750s, Morven has been home to 5 New Jersey governors and has played a central role in American history. Great poetry was written here. Washington visited. After falling into disrepair in the mid-20th century, the house is now an elegant museum of New Jersey history and period design, as well as a stunning year-round garden.

Do something different this winter—take a break from your NJ apartment and check out what Mercer County has to offer!