Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Waterloo Harvest Moon Festival Near the Whistling Swan Inn

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the second annual Waterloo Harvest Moon Festival, an Art Sale and Auction, will be held from 6:30-9:30 pm at the newly restored Waterloo Village Meeting House. The event will feature food, wine and ale sampling from fine local restaurants including: Adam Todd Caterers, Black Forest Inn and the Prickly Pear.

Blacksmith shop with recently restored roof
All proceeds of the event will benefit the Waterloo Restoration Project. The Harvest Moon Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Waterloo Village, a small, but committed cadre of citizens dedicated to securing funds for the restoration and sustainability of one of the Skylands region's historic treasures.

Autumn is a glorious time of year in the New Jersey Skylands. Why not, when planning your fall getaway, consider a long weekend at the Whistling Swan Inn with an evening spent at the Harvest Moon Festival? Tickets to the event are $35 per person or two for $60. For ticket information, call 973-347-1045 or email waterlooharvestmoon@gmail.com.

Waterloo Village is a restored 19th century canal town in Stanhope. In its heyday it was approximately the half-way point in the 102-mile trip along the Morris Canal, which ran from Jersey City to Phillipsburg, New Jersey. It possessed all the accommodations necessary to service the needs of a canal operation, including an inn, general store, church, blacksmith shop and a watermill.

.... everyday is an adventure

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vets Stay Free at the Whistling Swan Inn

Vets stay free on
Sunday, November  11, 2012
As an American, I value the fundamental freedoms of this country afforded to me by the Bill of Rights. Anyone who knows me will tell you that the freedom I enjoy and exercise the most is the right to "free speech". The preservation of these freedoms comes with great personal sacrifice by the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

To say "thank you", the Whistling Swan Inn, located in Stanhope, NJ, will be participating in the fourth annual "B&B for Vets" program.  We have set aside three rooms (Morris Canal, Lenape and Tranquility) in the inn so a vet and his/her guest can stay free on Veteran's Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Begun in 2009 by a West Virginia innkeeper, the program has really taken hold, and it is expected that this year's participation will reach 1,000 inns across the U.S. and Canada. This is a major component to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International's "Better Way to Stay" campaign, and is fully endorsed by B&B industry partners such as Select Registry and Bed and Breakfast.com.

Reservations are subject to availability and can be made by calling the Whistling Swan Inn directly. A valid military or Veteran's Administration ID is required for each reservation and must be presented at check-in.

For more information, visit http://www.betterwaytostay.com/current-promotions/bbs-for-vets/.

Ros

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Photos of the Whistling Swan Inn

Since purchasing the Whistling Swan Inn, our bed and breakfast in Stanhope, NJ, nearly 10 months ago, we have been busy putting our own spin on the decor. We've painted, remodeled two bathrooms, bought some magnificent new curtains and bedding at Country Curtains in Chester, and moved around furniture.

In light of all the changes I thought it was time for some updated photos on the web site. Of course I called Christian Giannelli of the eponymous Christian Giannelli Photography. Christian is one of the photographers recommended by PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International), so he really knows how to showcase inns in their very best light.

Morris Canal, newly decorated in
blue French country toile
We agreed on the photos to be taken and set a date for the last week of July. In order to maximize his time at the inn, I had ready a wide array of suggested props.

Luxurious new bedding and
curtains in the Harmony Suite
channel  the Orient 
What a day! Little did a realize what a big deal this was. Christian arrived early in the morning with his dad, Andy, who in addition to owning a distinctive furniture shop in Lambertville, NJ, doubles as Christian's stylist. While Christian concentrated on getting the best shots, Andy arranged flowers, positioned champagne flutes and chocolates, and, as a bonus, gave me some expert decorating advice. Andy is a man of impeccable taste, so all his suggestions have been or will be implemented at the inn.

Our recently refurbished veranda
After having our own photo taken, Tom and I bid these two lovely gentleman goodbye at 8:30 pm. Twelve hours to take photos...Yikes. It was a tiring, but exhilarating day and well worth everything considering the spectacular results.

Look for some updated photos of the inn on the web site soon.



Ros

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