By Amy Mahler
Trenton
New Jersey
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Imagine that it’s December 26, 1776. George Washington and the Revolutionary soldiers are crossing the Delaware River on a misty winter morning to reclaim the city of Trenton, New Jersey from the British. They know their foes would not expect an attack so soon after the holiday. Victory seems certain. But then, all of a sudden, their commander-in-chief’s stomach lets out a loud rumbling growl.

Were this the modern age, George Washington could have satisfied his hunger at Trenton’s wide variety of classic restaurants and food joints—from the ritzy fare of Rat’s Restaurant in nearby Hamilton to the home-cooked Guatemalan meals of Taqueria El Mariachi to delicious donuts from the Tastykake bakery. As a modern-day visitor in Trenton, you can enjoy the delicious bounty of local cuisine while feeling as though that great victory was just yesterday.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to this historic capitol city. Start your historic tour on State Street, home to the New Jersey State House, the seat of government for New Jersey since 1790 and the second oldest state house in the country. Look across the street and you’ll see New Jersey’s World War II Memorial, featuring Lady Victory, dedicated in 2008 to commemorate the state’s veterans. A few paces west down State Street and you’ll arrive at the New Jersey State Museum, which boasts exhibits from natural history to fine art to the largest Planetarium in the state, all free of charge. Before you leave the Downtown, make a point to stop at the Battle Monument, located at the southern tip of North Trenton. Also known as “Five Points,” the monument marks the precise spot where GW’s Continental Army launched the Battle of Trenton.

On the Delaware River waterfront, the precise spot where Washington crossed all those years ago, you’ll find remnants of Trenton’s more recent history as a manufacturing city in the numerous historic bridges. There’s the grand Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge, weathered Calhoun Street Bridge, and the famous Lower Trenton Bridge, which bears Trenton’s famous slogan from its heyday in the industrial era: “Trenton Makes, The World Takes.” To glimpse the lives of the Trenton “makers,” journey on to the distinctive neighborhoods of Trenton: from the red brick row-house architecture of Mill Hill to the Victorian-era mansions of the Greenwood-Hamilton Historic District. And don’t forget the Italian neighborhood of Chambersburg’s famous pizzeria De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies, where the first “tomato pie” (as they’re called in Trenton) was sold in 1910. If you’re a pizza lover, EscapeWizard.com advises that you arrive at De Lorenzo’s early to beat the rush—it’s as popular as ever for locals.

For the culture-seeking tourist, Trenton is home to a variety of local hotspots. Literary folks should visit the Classics Bookstore in the revitalized South Warren district for cheap books, knowledgeable staff, and friendly locals. Theater lovers and aspiring thespians will love the Mill Hill Playhouse, which hosts a variety of plays and musical theater performances, in addition to educational programs and the Trenton Film Society’s annual festival. Listings for other local events, festivals, and concerts can be found in one of Trenton’s newspapers, The Times of Trenton or The Trentonian. And if you’re still hungry and looking for a fresh bite to eat, check out the old Trenton Farmer’s Market, or better yet, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the Halo Dairy Farm on Spruce Street—the world’s largest micro-dairy, where you can find delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt, juice, and cookies for dirt-cheap prices.

So start planning your trip with EscapeWizard.com today: book your flight at either the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) through our site. Simply follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, click here to book your hotel accomodations (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Then get ready to walk in George Washington’s footsteps as you experience historic Trenton for yourself!