ESCAPE KEYS: Princeton, N.J.
GETTING THERE: Princeton is about 180 miles from the Capital Beltway via Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1. A 3 1/2 -hour drive, the trip can also be made on Amtrak via Princeton Junction; weekend round-trip fares are $212 in May. Note: Amtrak does not permit bikes on its Northeast Corridor route.
RENTING A BIKE : Princeton Bike Tours (98 Nassau St. No. 3, 609-902-3637, http:/
TOURS: The Princeton Historical Society (158 Nassau St., 609-921-6748, http:/
STAYING THERE: Many hotel chains are represented along nearby Route 1. In the borough, the only full-service hotel is the Nassau Inn (10 Palmer Sq. E., 609-921-7500, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: Grab some takeout at Olive's Bakery and Deli (22 Witherspoon St., 609-921-1569), where lunch for two runs about $25. The Main Street Euro-American Bistro & Bar (301 Harrison St., 609-921-2779) dishes up casual pub grub in the Princeton Shopping Center. Dinner for two with drinks costs $90.