Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What Can I Read this Summer?

Finally summer is here. The days are longer, the flowers are in bloom and I'm wearing short sleeves at last. Growing up in rural central New Jersey, summertime meant kicking up our heels after a long school year. It meant biking around the neighborhood with friends, learning to dive backward and waiting with eager anticipation for the ice cream truck.
Sweet days of summer, doing what I love best

As a voracious reader then, and now, one of my fondest memories was hunkering down in the hammock under the old oak tree with a good book. Remember, this was before central air conditioning. In fact, we had no air conditioning at all, so midday we ran for the nearest shade and moved as little as possible.

I still plan my summer reading each year. Here are some of my favorites, old and new, in no particular order of preference - just books that have made a lasting impact. 

Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe, 1987
Wolfe's first novel captures the essence of Wall Street greed and the excesses that defined New York City in the 1980's.

Making Time: A Life Beyond 'Cheaper by the Dozen' - Jane Lancaster - 2004. This is a biography of Lillian Gilbreth, the founder of ergonomics. Most of us recognize her as the mother in Cheaper by the Dozen, however she was a world-renowned engineer and psychologist in her own right who developed modern conveniences such as the foot pedal garbage can and efficiency designed kitchen, all while raising 11 children.

The Help - Kathryn Stockett - 2009
Set in the Civil Rights South, The Help examines the relationship between a privileged southern belle and two African American maids, and her quest to write an expose about racism and the disparities between the haves and have nots.

The Bucolic Plague - Josh Kilmer-Purcell - 2010
Written by one half of the Fabulous Beekman Boys, this memoir recounts how the author and his partner purchased and restored an historic mansion and goat farm in Sharon Springs, NY. Over the last five years, they've launched a lifestyle brand that has revitalized the town.

A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams - 2014
This is a story of friendship, love and betrayal among Rhode Island's glitterati in the 30's. It's good beach reading.

These are some of my favorites. What's on your bookshelf this summer?

Ros


Ros Bruno
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The Whistling Swan Inn
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Stanhope, NJ 07874
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Where Can I Buy Comphy Sheets?

In my previous corporate life, earning a living depended upon my ability to meet deadlines and exceed customer expectations. As the owner of the Whistling Swan Inn, my deadlines are largely self-imposed, but exceeding customer expectations definitely ranks #1 on my priority list.

Never in a million years did I dream I'd be writing about bed linens. After all, sheets are sheets, right? I used to think so, but now that earning my living is somewhat dependent upon my guests having a restful night's sleep, my brand loyalty is with the Comphy Co. Located on the west coast, they sell fine bed linens exclusively to bed and breakfasts, spas and fine hotels.

So what makes them so great? Although they feel like luxury high-count cotton, they are actually made from a breathable micro-fiber, which means they dry quickly and you don't have to iron them. They are also pre-treated to resist stains and are non-allergenic.


I'm thrilled when guests tell me they've never slept so well. When they want to know where they can buy the sheets, I'm even more thrilled, because that means they want replicate their Whistling Swan Inn experience at home.

The sheets come in a come in a variety of colors. As an FYI, the silver blue is more of a blue/green/grey tone. Sizes are California king, King, Queen, Full, Twin and Twin XL. 

Comphy sheets are not available for retail purchase, so if you would like a set of these exquisite linens, please give me a call or drop me an email. As an added bonus, there is no sales tax and shipping is free.

So why not pamper yourself? After all, we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, so isn't worth it?


Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
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Monday, April 28, 2014

What Can I Do for Mother's Day?

Traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday of May, Mother's Day was established as an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. It was originally meant to honor mothers whose sons had died in war. Today, we typically celebrate mothers by dishing up breakfast in bed, showering them with flowers and sending sentimental cards meant to elicit a tear or two.

Now it's time to be more creative. Show the favorite mom in your life how much she means to you with a relaxing getaway in one of our exquisitely decorated rooms. She'll enjoy a delicious breakfast in our dining room ... and here's the best part ... she won't have to clean up.

The Whistling Swan Inn is devoting the entire month of May to the celebration of mothers ... our own,  the mothers of our children and/or other female relatives who have been like mothers to us. 

The wraparound veranda is perfect for relaxing

When you book a mid-week (Sunday through Thursday) stay for two or more nights in May, you will receive a complimentary bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine in your room upon arrival. Prices range from $139 to $279 per night, depending upon the room selected.

Go on, spoil your mom. Doesn't she deserve it?

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
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