Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Victorian Days - Belvidere, NJ

The Victorian Era has fascinated me ever since I read Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre in high school. By definition, this is the period of British history between 1837 and 1901, the years of Queen Victoria's reign.

This Italianate villa, located at 430 Green Lane,
 is one of the houses featured on this year's tour
Thirty minutes away from the Whistling Swan Inn, my bed and breakfast in Stanhope, NJ, is Belvidere, a town steeped in Victorian culture. Each year, the town celebrates its Victorian heritage by holding a weekend event, Victorian Days.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. The festivities will include house tours, garden parties, craft and food vendors, an antique car show and vintage fashion show. Victorian era demonstrations and musicians playing period selections will also be on hand to add to the fun.

Tickets are required for some events and may be purchased online. http://www.victorianbelvidere.com/housetour_form.htm




Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Visiting Historic Chester, NJ

It's no secret that I love to shop. One of my favorite places only 15 minutes away from my bed and breakfast inn, The Whistling Swan, is the historic town of Chester, NJ.

The roots of Chester go back to 1640, when settlers followed the Indian trails that wove through the dense forests of New Jersey. Their territory, originally named "Black River" soon took on the new moniker of "Chester", because Chester, England was the ancestral home of most of the residents.

The town experienced many transitions over the last 200 years and today, boasts more than 80 independent retail shops and eateries, which sell a wide variety of one-of-a-kind merchandise. Last Sunday, Tom and I were able to sneak away from the Inn for an afternoon of browsing.
Find that special something in
Objects of Desire

I had a lovely chat with Pat Berg, one of the proprietors of Objects of Desire, an upscale boutique that features everything from handcrafted jewelry to luxury furs that are incredibly affordable. The shop is a veritable treasure trove of original items from award-winning designers.

Almost directly across the street is the Whistling Elk (yes, the coincidence is not lost on me). This little gem is filled with beautiful home furnishings and accessories, most with a French influence. Owner Barbara Collins, is a member of the Interior Design Society and provides interior design consultation to her clients. The item that most intrigued me was the Lampe Berger, a flameless fragrance lamp that disperses scented oil using a heated stone attached to a cotton wick.

Chester is also the site of a fabulous Spring and Fall Craft Show, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  This year's fall show will be held on September 7-8, 2013 at the Municipal Field.

There's so much to do in this charming historic town. Why not add a trip to Chester, NJ to your fall getaway plans?

Ros


Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back Inn Business After Hurricane Sandy

To mark the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Whistling Swan Inn is participating in the Back Inn Business campaign by offering a 10% mid-week savings this October. The discount applies for overnight stays Sundays through Thursdays. More than two dozen inns, all members of the New Jersey Preferred Inns Association, will be reducing rates, welcoming guests and pumping funds into the local economy.

October is a perfect month to visit the Skylands region of New Jersey. The air will be crisp, the foliage dazzling and the hospitality inviting. Stay with us mid-week this October (excluding Columbus Day weekend) and save 10%.*  We're taking reservations now either by phone or online. Mention the "Back Inn Business" campaign when making your reservation to receive the discount.

Offer is based on availability, may not be combined with any other offers or gift certificates and does not apply to previously booked reservations.

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Harvest Moon Festival to Benefit Waterloo Village

It's hard to believe, but autumn is just around the corner. In between running the Whistling Swan Inn, my northern NJ bed and breakfast, I've made the time to get involved in the community. Community involvement is important, and my key focus is the Friends of Waterloo Village Advisory Committee.

Photo courtesy of John H. Crow
Established in 2010, the Friends of Waterloo Village is a group of local citizens who are dedicated to restoring and preserving the historic district of Waterloo Village. Located a mile from the Inn, Waterloo Village is a restored 19th century canal town and an important part of New Jersey's history.

Our major fundraising event, the third annual Harvest Moon Festival, will be held on Thursday evening, October 10, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 pm. The event will feature food and wine tasting from several local establishments, including Bell's Mansion, Black Forest Inn, Salt and Bea McNally's. Adding to the evening's fun will be an art sale and silent auction. Last year's event was enormously successful, raising nearly $8,000, which has been allocated for the restoration of the Mule Bridge connecting Sussex and Morris Counties.

The Harvest Moon Festival is an evening of good food, camaraderie and the satisfaction of knowing that you contributed to the preservation of an important part of our state's history.

Tickets are on sale now and are limited. Price per ticket: $30 each or 2 for $50. Whistling Swan Inn guests buying a ticket to the Harvest Moon Festival will receive $25 off the regular mid-week room rate.

Hope to see you there this fall.


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