Monday, June 25, 2012

Canal Day at Waterloo Village

On Saturday, June 30th, the 17th annual Canal Day will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. at Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ. Admission is absolutely free

Sponsored by the Canal Society, in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry and the Department of Environmental Protection, the event will feature walking tours of the canal site and the village, as well as live music, exhibits and video presentations at the Society's Canal Museum.

Waterloo Village is a restored 19th century canal town in northwestern New Jersey, and was approximately the half-way point in the 102-mile trip along the Morris Canal, which ran from Jersey City (across the Hudson River from Manhattan) to Phillipsburg, New Jersey (across the Delaware River from Easton, PA).

Steeped in history, Waterloo dates back to the time of the Lenape Indians who inhabited northern New Jersey. Later, with the discovery of rich veins of iron nearby, the area was the center of the production of bar iron, which was shipped to England before the American Revolution.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

History of the Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope, NJ

The Whistling Swan Inn, circa 1920
The other day I was trying to sort out the storage closet in my office when I discovered a veritable treasure trove of old photos of the wonderful 1905 Victorian mansion that is now the Whistling Swan Inn. Needless to say, history buff that I am, the pictures piqued my interest, and all thoughts about cleaning the closet were abandoned.

Because many of my guests share my love of both old houses and history, I'm often asked about the past lives of the house at 110 Main Street in Stanhope, NJ. Although the current building was built by Justice of the Peace, Daniel Best, for his wife, Sarah, the property formerly was occupied by a small one and one-half story frame house whose builder was unknown.

In the late 1800's, Stanhope's tannery owner and operator, Cornelius Cottrell acquired the small house and surrounding land, which was kept in his family through 1896 when it was purchased by Daniel Best. The land was subdivided, and Brian, my next door neighbor, tells me his house was originally owned by Best's brother, William.

The house stayed in the Best family until 1941, when it was sold to the Salmon family who owned it until 1966. Here's where it gets really interesting. Most of the townspeople are longtime residents who knew the Salmon kids well. Apparently, one of the favorite neighborhood activities was playing ice hockey on the flooded and frozen side yard that is now my garden. And downstairs in the basement, several Salmon kids did the typical kid thing and wrote their names in wet cement used to patch the cellar floor.


Young hockey players frozen in time, circa 1960
During the next 20 years, the house was owned by several other families. Given numerous attempts at "modernization", the best features of the house were compromised, and unfortunately this architectural and historical treasure lay vacant for several years.

In 1985, the house was acquired by Paula Williams and her late husband, Joe. Retired from AT&T, the couple lovingly restored the building to its prior Victorian grandeur, and the Whistling Swan Inn, the first New Jersey bed and breakfast in the state's Skylands region, was born.

Paula and Joe owned and operated the Inn until 2000. Liz Armstrong purchased it, and transformed it from a "business hotel" to a property that now attracts a wide demographic of guests. Tom and I have owned the Inn since November of 2011, and we're having a ball operating it. 

So there it is...the Whistling Swan Inn then and now.

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, June 11, 2012

Intimate Elopements at the Whistling Swan Inn

Elopement typically conjures up the cliched image of the bride descending the ladder furtively to meet her beloved, thereby avoiding the wrath of her disapproving father. Although weddings have evolved into a big business over the last 25 years, some couples prefer to marry in a simple, yet intimate and elegant atmosphere.

The Whistling Swan Inn, a Stanhope, NJ bed and breakfast, offers an elopement package, which includes the following:

  • Candlelight ceremony in our front parlor or garden
  • Wedding officiant
  • Floral bouquet and groom's boutonniere
  • 8-inch wedding cake and bottle of champagne
  • Two-night stay in one of our suites
  • $75 gift card for dinner at one of our nearby fine dining restaurants

The package is priced for up to six guests to attend and is $1,275 during the week and $1,375 on the weekend (not including tax and gratuity. I promise there won't be a ladder in sight.

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


Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Strawberry Picking in Sussex County, NJ

There's nothing quite like a plump, ripe, sweet strawberry eaten out of hand. The very best, of course, are the ones you pick yourself. This weekend, June 2nd and 3rd, 2012, marks the opening of strawberry picking season at the Sussex County Strawberry Farm, located at 565 Route 206 North in Andover, NJ. Strawberries are a staple at the Whistling Swan Inn bed and breakfast, so I'll be getting out my straw hat and sunscreen so I can serve the freshest fruit to my guests.

Located in northern, New Jersey, the Sussex County Strawberry Farm is a family-owned business, They have been growing quality fruit for more than 30 years and have established a reputation for having absolutely the best berries in the area.

Berry interesting trivia:

  • Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C and folic acid (a B vitamin) and have been known to provide relief from gout and rheumatism.
  • Strawberries contain ellagic acid, a compound known to counteract certain cancer-causing agents.
  • On average, there are 200 tiny seeds in each strawberry.
  • One cup of fresh strawberries has only 55 calories (my particular favorite)
So, while you're at the inn, consider picking a couple of pints to take home to the family. Maybe I'll see you there.

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

Ros




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