Whistling Swan Inn




 Come Join Us this Year as the Inn turns 100!

March 2005 

Inside This Issue

Let's talk OUTDOORS this Spring!

Let us do your Spring/Summer Planning for you!

An Invitation to an Evening of Music and Dancing!

Recipe Corner - Chocolate Banana Trifle

Upcoming Events

Dear Liz,

Let's talk OUTDOORS this Spring!

Maybe you are just in the mood for a walk through the woods on a warm spring day or biking is just your style. Perhaps you are new to the outdoors, but ready to take the plunge! No matter your motivation, our guide is ready to share the fun and adventure.

This Spring the Whistling Swan Inn will introduce bicycle tours, either self guided or group tours. My partner, Bill Knab is the wizard behind each bicycle tour, including scouting and planning selected routes. Bill is able to craft these special trips because the Skylands is his home. He knows the routes and region inside out. We will continually update our tours, and we're always on the lookout for new ways to knock your socks off!

We will provide you with trails and road rides that are rideable, scenic, and interesting for all skill levels. Each trail must be easy to find, decently maintained and well marked. Road ride directions are complete and concise. It is fun to go on these little adventures, on trails that have towns and places to stop, and some nice historical aspects.

Our bicycle tours start within 5-20 minutes from the Inn, showcasing the Skyland's natural beauty and history.

Please email us at info@whistlingswaninn.com for more information about our bicycling tours, including itineraries, dates and prices. We will be having introductory specials!

For those who want to tour themselves we will provide tip sheets and maps to tell you where the best biking trails and road rides are in the area.

Email us for more information

Let us do your Spring/Summer Planning for you!

As Spring approaches, the Skyland's snow covered landscape is transformed into vibrant hues of lush greenery. It's a wonderful time to discover the state's great outdoors and its palette of colors.

Whether it be hiking, biking, sightseeing or canoeing let the Whistling Swan Inn be your guide. We have been working on trip itineraries for you so you can have a more pleasant stay at the Inn.

The Skylands, or New Jersey Highlands, have been called ''the Yellowstone of the East,'' a North American rain forest, and the Garden State's ''last frontier.'' This is mountain country. Think deep shade, cool water, vigorous jaunts to breathtaking views: smoky-blue ridges, tumbling streams, forest-fringed lakes that are home to eagles, bears, trout, and cheery residents of 200-year-old villages and farmhouses.

Because we live here and participate in these activities we can give you a suggested daily itinerary, with things to see and do, places to eat, recommended sidewalk cafes, markets and shops, etc. and how to get around to enjoy them all. We can help you book a trip of a lifetime: sightseeing, shopping, canoeing, biking, national parks, guided adventures, and historical sites.

After many years of guiding travelers, I've got definite ideas of what's important and what's not, what people want to see and what they don't care about. We can save you from missing something important, or backtracking on what you saw the day before, or wasting time in transit. I group sights by interest and location so you can see the things that interest you and not fight traffic any more than necessary.

This is a new service we are offering. Try it for free this Spring!


An Invitation to an Evening of Music and Dancing!

This past summer the Whistling Swan Inn hosted a community event, Dinner on the Veranda with an old- fashioned summertime mood. We opened up our beautiful wraparound verandah and gardens for dining and dancing under the stars!

A buffet dinner catered by a local restaurant was served at 6pm, accompanied by live band music from 6pm - 9pm. We loved both bands, the Goodtimes Band and the Kathy Phillips band.

It was an evening of romance that we will remember for a long time. This year, we plan to host the same event again, once a month starting in June. The event is BYOB with soft drinks, coffee and tea to be served with dessert.

So mark your calendar. The event will be offered on Saturdays, June 18, July 23, September 17th from 6pm to 9pm. The August date will be available soon. Locals as well as guests are invited. If you are a guest at the Inn the tickets are $10 off.

The price is $55 per person which includes dinner, music, tax and tip. Reservations are limited to 30 persons so call us early to reserve!

Make your reservations now call 973-347-6369


Recipe Corner - Chocolate Banana Trifle

2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp cornstarch
cup Kahlua (coffee flavored liqueur)
1 (16oz) angel food cake, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 (1.4ounce) English toffee candy bars, chopped (such as Skor or Heath bars)
3 cups milk
3(3.4ounces) packages vanilla instant pudding mix (not sugar free)
2 cups sliced banana, divided
1(12 ounces) container frozen reduced calorie whipped topping, thawed and divided

Combine sugar, evaporated milk, cocoa and cornstarch in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thick (about 3 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in Kahlua. Cool.

Combine chocolate mixture and cake in a large bowl; stir in chopped candy bars, reserving 1 Tbsp for topping. Set aside.

Beat 3 cups milk and pudding mix at medium speed of a mixer until well blended. Stir in cake mixture. Cover; chill 15 minutes.

Spoon half of cake mixture into a trifle dish or bowl. Arrange 1 cup bananas evenly over cake mixture; top with half of whipped topping. Repeat layers; ending with whipped topping. Sprinkle with reserved 1 Tbsp chopped candy bar. Chill 1 hour.

Yield 16 servings

We published a new cookbook last year called Inn-Side the Whistling Swan Inn. It features all of the tasty recipes we prepare here at the Inn. If you would like to purchase the cookbook for yourself or as a gift please click on the "Buy Now" button below. The cost is $8.49 plus $4.95 shipping and handling.


Upcoming Events

As events grow in stature and shear numbers check out our calendar of events. I'm sure you'll find something to wet your appetite. It's diverse from sports and cultural events to outdoor activities and live theater. You can find them on our website with links to information on many of these events.

April 2 - Women's Weekend - Looking for an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate? Women's Weekend at SCCC is an opportunity for women ages 18 and older to have some fun and learn something new. There will be workshops, seminars, area vendors, and great healthy food.

Your registration fee includes all activities, Continental Breakfast, and Lunch and Dinner prepared by Condit Catering. Pre-registration is encouraged; however, day- of-event registration is also available at a slightly higher rate.

Location One College Hill Road Newton, NJ 07860 Contact Linda Nieman 973-300-2124 lnieman@sussex.edu

Saturday, April 2 - FIRST ANNUAL MUSICFEST. Performers include Captains of Leisure, Group Therapy, pianist Anthony Strong, Just Us, Lotus, The Valley String Quartet, Jason Wysocki, WMCHS Jazz Band, vocalist Jerrett Smith, Chris Hendricks with Cornerstone and many more. 2:30pm. $7/ $3 children. Long Valley Middle School, Route 513, Long Valley.

Saturday, April 16; Allamuchy INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY begins with afternoon talks at the Northeast Branch of the Warren County Library and ending with sky observation later at the UACNJ Observatory. 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Jenny Jump State Forest. United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, 908/459-4366.

Saturday - Sunday, May 21 & 22 - ANTIQUES FAIR Fee: $6 Adults, 9am-5pm, 200 Exhibitors! Country, Oak, Victorian & Formal Furniture, Folk Art, Textiles, Quilts, Glass, Pottery, Primitives, Baskets, Hardware, Garden Antiques, Toys, Postcards, Tools, Prints & more. No pets permitted. Sponsor: Stella Shows www.stellashows.com, Waterloo Village Concert Field

Saturday - Sunday, May 28-29; Stanhope SPRING WINE FESTIVAL. Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of spring at Waterloo. Sample New Jersey's finest wines. Assorted food and great live entertainment will be offered. 12:00pm to 5:00pm. $18/ $10 ages 12-16. Village of Waterloo. Garden State Winegrowers, NJ Dept. of Agriculture & NJ Wine Council., 908/475-3671.

Saturday- Sunday, June 4-5; Augusta MICHAEL ARNONE'S ANNUAL CRAWFISH FEST. Fresh boiled crawfish, jambalaya, shrimp creole, fried catfish, grilled alligator sausage make great music even better. Come out and dance to Zydeco, Cajun , New Orleans R&B, Delta Blues, Gospel and a little Funk thrown in from twelve bands on our main stage and in the 6,000 sq foot dance tent. 10pm to 7:00pm. Rt. 206 & Plains Rd, Sussex County Fairgrounds, 973/948-5500.

Saturday - Sunday, June 4-5; Chester SPRING CRAFT FESTIVAL. Quality crafters representing many types of wares. 10am to 5pm. Routes 206 & 24/513. Historic Chester Village, 908-879-9795.

Sunday, June 20; Belvidere FATHER'S DAY PIG ROAST. 12 noon - 3pm Roasted Pig and all the trimmings! Live music by Thomas Riccobono. Served buffet style under our beautiful tent. $16.95 adults, $12.95 ages 2-10. Seatings on the hour. Reservations Required. Route 519. Four Sisters Winery, 908/475-3671.

Sunday, June 26; Stanhope GARDEN STATE CRAFT BREW FESTIVAL. New Jersey microbreweries showcase their top brews. 1:00pm to 5:00pm. $22. 525 Waterloo Rd, Village Of Waterloo, 973/347-0900.

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