Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chester, NJ Spring Craft Show - June 2-3, 2012

Gift giving has always created angst for me. I like to choose something unique and personal - the perfect item that cannot be obtained just anywhere. That's hard to do when time is limited, however this weekend, after the last breakfast dish is put away at the Whistling Swan Inn, I'll be making a beeline to Municipal Field in historic Chester, NJ. Touted as one of the top 60 craft shows in the country, the Spring Craft Show will feature more than 150 regional artists selling a wide variety of hand-made items, including traditional crafts, fine art, furniture and country crafts.

Tom and I will be saving some time to stroll through the town, one of our favorite places since we were married 30 years ago. Chester has always been somewhat of a quirky town filled with splendid antique shops, coffee bars and some of the best ice cream in New Jersey.

Rain or shine, the show will be held from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and I'll be there, Christmas list in hand.

... and so the adventures continue... join us.


Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stanhope, NJ Spring Weekend

Stanhope Chamber of  Commerce
meet at the
Whistling Swan Inn

Paula Zeliff-Murphy
Rich Kuncken
Rosemarie Maio
Jack Leffingwell
Since March, the Stanhope, NJ Chamber of Commerce has been meeting monthly at the Whistling Swan Inn to plan its 17th annual Stanhope Spring Weekend. The three-day extravaganza will be held June 8, 9, and 10, 2012, and will kick off on Friday with a genuine pig roast - yes, outdoors, on a spit and everything - at Shakey Jakes, located on Route 183. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, admission is limited to 90, and tickets are going fast. Admission is $30 per person, with all proceeds donated to the Borough's fire department and ambulance squad.

For weeks now, I've been hauling out my unused stuff in preparation for the town-wide garage sale on Saturday. As they say, "one person's trash is another's treasure, so in between serving breakfast, checking in guests and baking cookies, I'll be trolling the neighborhood searching for bargains. Some of the items I'll be parting with are an antique hat stand, a pair of upholstered chairs and some knick-knacks.

Capping the celebration on Sunday, June 10th, is the Spring Festival, which is a blast for the whole family. Main Street will be blocked off to accommodate a variety of vendors selling food and handcrafted items. The kids will enjoy face painting, bounce rides and tons of giveaways. Musical entertainment will also be featured.

A silent auction is one of my all-time favorite activities, and even though I never win anything - ever - I'll be bidding with the best of them on some of the services and merchandise donated by more than one hundred individuals and businesses. Prizes will include: sports memorabilia, theater packages, weekend getaways, gift certificates to local eateries and baskets of assorted goodies. Sponsored by the Town With a Heart Fund, the auction is always a highlight of the festival. Profits from the annual fundraiser are distributed to area individuals or families who are in need of emergency financial assistance due to extraordinary circumstances.

So mark your calendars and come out to the Stanhope Spring Weekend. Don't forget your sunscreen.

... and so the adventures continue ... join us.


Ros 

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
The Whistling Swan Inn
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Spring at the Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope, NJ

English boxwoods
flank the front walk
Spring has finally come to the Whistling Swan Inn, in Stanhope, NJ. Mother Nature teased us in March with balmy, 70-degree days; April brought a cold snap, but now I believe spring is here to stay. The garden foliage is abundantly green, with the tulips providing bright splashes of color.

Over the last two weeks, we've been sprucing up the landscaping in preparation for several outdoor events. The ancient rose bushes in the front have been replaced by English boxwoods, which are my all-time favorites. Dispersed among these beauties are pink and white impatiens.

The fine weather in the Skylands region of the state has brought our guests out of their rooms and onto the newly painted veranda. On Mother's Day, I had some downtime, and spent a delightful hour chatting with simply charming guests who were kind enough to show me their wedding album.
Tucked into a corner of the veranda is a comfy, two-person hammock. The quiet of this little northern NJ village was most conducive to an afternoon nap. While I couldn't spare the time for it, I caught my daughter, Nikki, taking a little siesta.
Sleeping Beauty

... and so the adventures continue ... join us.
Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Whistling Swan Inn Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fresh-from-the-oven cookies
When I bought the Whistling Swan bed and breakfast inn last November, I inherited a plethora of tried-and-true  recipes that guests consistently rave about. While I've tweaked existing recipes and added some of my own favorites to the menu, one treat I will not tamper with are the chocolate chip cookies. These delectable, bite-sized morsels melt in your mouth, and more than one return guest has asked if we still have the cookies, practically before saying hello.

Whistling Swan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in vanilla and eggs one at a time. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into the sugar mixture. Finally, mix in the chocolate chips. Drop tablespoonsful onto ungreased cookie sheets (actually, I like to use those SilPat sheets to minimize clean-up). Bake for 12-14 minutes until edges are golden. Cool on wire racks.

In case anyone was wondering, I make 12 dozen cookies per week.

... and so the adventures continue ... join us.


Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Romantic Weddings at the Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope, NJ

Heather and Chris observe a
timeless tradition
My friend, Heather, got married this weekend. She and her mom, Marge, have been my book club pals for nearly 10 years, so when she got engaged to Chris last winter and chose the Whistling Swan Inn as the venue for her intimate, elegant New Jersey wedding, I was anxious to make it a perfect day for all of them.

Weddings are tricky to execute, because no detail, however small, can be overlooked. Fortunately for me, Heather was very clear about how she wanted her special day, and it took no more than a few meetings and emails to set the plans in motion. Armed with my lists, I was assisted by a competent team: husband, Tom, daughter, Nikki and friends, Joanne and Heidi. Together, we ensured that the wedding went off without a hitch.

Almost ready for the toast
Heather's cocktail reception for 35 was held in the double parlor, and guests also had the opportunity to relax on the newly refurbished veranda. The weather more than cooperated, so there were some splendid family photos taken in the freshly landscaped Victorian garden.

The end of a happy day
To say Heather was a beautiful bride would be an understatement...she was, in fact, exquisite. Maybe it was her youth, or the fact that she is a striking young woman ...or maybe it was the unbridled joy that comes with finding true love.

My friend, Heather, got married this weekend to a great guy, and Tom and I wish them many years of happiness.

... and so the adventures continue ... join us.


Ros


Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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