Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cozy up to the Fire at the Whistling Swan Inn

Relax and have a glass
of sherry
True to its Victorian architecture, the Whistling Swan Inn, my bed and breakfast in the heart of the New Jersey Skylands, boasts two beautiful fireplaces. One is located in the foyer - the other in my back parlor. Nothing conjures up the image of a perfect weekend at a country inn like a cozy fire.

Warm up by the
foyer fireplace
Recently...ahem... yesterday...we had new gas inserts installed in each of our fireplaces. And, I must say, the results are spectacular.

The weather outside this January may be frightful, but the fire is delightful. Why not plan a quick, albeit romantic, getaway this month to my Victorian bed and breakfast? The sherry and the fire await.

Let me know what you think of our latest enhancement?

Ros

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

Monday, January 21, 2013

Antiquing Near the Whistling Swan Inn

Guests staying at the Whistling Swan Inn, my New Jersey bed and breakfast, love browsing through the many antique shops located within the proverbial stone's throw from Stanhope. I love it too, because you never know what hidden treasures you'll find.

The creme de la creme of local antique shops is Grey Barn Antiques, located on the main street of Andover, NJ, a mere 6 miles away from the Inn. The Grey Barn is a multi-dealer shop filled with unique collectibles, gifts and curiosities. Right after Christmas Tom and I spent a pleasant hour browsing through stall after stall of great stuff. I bought an interesting antique nutcracker to add to my collection, and I was delighted to see some items for sale that my mother had in her own kitchen.


Owner, Erin Hanna, took some time away from her paperwork to tell me that dealers frequently stop by to replenish the stock in their booths with new items, so even a once-a-week trip holds the promise of discovering one-of-a-kind pieces. What I like most about the physical structure of Grey Barn, is that unlike some other antique shops I've visited, it is brightly lit (a boon for these over 50 eyes), and WARM, WARM, WARM!

Even though it's on Main Street, we did not have struggle to find a parking space. There's plenty of parking either out front on the street or around the back of the store with a convenient paved path to the front. And there's no need to look any farther than across the street for a great lunch at the Main Street Grill.

So if you're just too exhausted after your shopping excursion to Grey Barn Antiques, head on over to the Whistling Swan Inn for rest, relaxation and the best breakfast in Stanhope, NJ.

Grey Barn Antiques
131 Main St.
Andover, NJ 07821
973-786-5555
www.greybarnantiques.com

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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine's Day in the Skylands at The Whistling Swan Inn

William Shakespeare claimed that "the course of true love never did run smooth".

Maybe that's true. Who knows? However, I do know is that even though we're only two weeks into 2013, it's not too early to plan your Valentine's Day in the Skylands with a weekend getaway at the Whistling Swan Inn in Stanhope, NJ.

This special package, available only in February, includes:

  • Two nights' accommodations in the room of your choice
  • Full country buffet breakfast each morning of your stay
  • A beautiful bouquet of roses and chilled champagne or sparkling cider in your room upon arrival
  • A pair of keepsake champagne flutes
  • Chocolate covered strawberries and a $75 gift card to one of the area's fine dining establishments
48-hour advance notice is required. Priced at $429-$699, plus tax, depending upon the room selected.


February is the month when we celebrate love. Surprise your special gal/guy with a weekend of exquisite indulgence at the Whistling Swan Inn. Guaranteed the course will run smoother.

Ros

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