|SWAN TIMES NEWSLETTER|
Cookie Tour- Thanks to All!
you to all those who came out after the snowstorm to attend the the 2nd
Annual Sussex County B&B Cookie Tour on Sunday, December 7. It was a
with double the attendance of last year's event.
We raised almost $1500 for the Sussex County Interfaith Hospitality Network charity, a non-profit interfaith ministry. SCINH is an alternative to traditional shelters because overnight lodging is provided in 'host' congregations until families are able to move into their own homes.
This event could not have been done this year without the wonderful staff at the Inn. Everyone on the staff participated in the fun. All of our tour guides dressed up in Victorian outfits as you can see in our picture; starting from the left, Bonnie, our Housekeeper, Liz, the Innkeeper, Glenda, our Innkeeper Intern and Kathy, our Part time Assistant Innkeeper.
A self-guided tour took participants from Inn to Inn. Each of the five inns were decked out in all their holiday best and offered their very own special holiday cookies and refreshments. All tour participants received a keepsake recipe at each Inn they visited. Participating Inns were: Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope; Brick Farm House, Sparta; Wooden Duck, Andover; Alpine Haus, Vernon and Apple Valley Inn, Glenwood.
The Whistling Swan Inn offered some special prizes for guests who stopped at our Inn for this annual event. Ruth Gilligan of Newton, won a two-night stay at the Inn. Second prize was a $50 gift certificate for dinner at a choice of four area restaurants. Elizabeth West of East Hanover won it. A third prizewinner was Gail Morris of Sparta, who will be attending a Cookie Take & Bake cooking class at the Inn.
We really appreciate all the people who participated in the tour and entered our drawing. We are already looking forward to next year's event!
||Innkeeper Photo Shoot|
| We've been busy at the Whistling
Swan Inn this Fall. Not only did we have a photo shoot here at the
Inn for a Spring article to be published in the Inn Traveler
magazine, but the Innkeeper had her own photo session. If you
haven't met Liz, the Innkeeper you get to see what she looks like in
living color. Check on the website for the first ever photo of the
Here is Liz's account of her photo session...
I hate to have my picture taken so you can imagine my look of dread as I approached the photography studio. As instructed I wore no makeup (did you see that woman with that bag over her head!)? First, I had a Consultation with the professional makeup artist and hairstylist, Hazel. How did I want to look, natural or glamorous? Oh course, I said natural. How do you look at 6:00 am, making breakfast! So, off went my glasses and Hazel went to work on my face. I never wear eye makeup so this was new to me.
Hazel said I was such a fun person she was going to style my hair differently. No, I did not put my finger in the kitchen wall socket to curl my hair the wrong way! Oh course, I could not see anything without my glasses, so imagine my shock when I put my glasses back on. That was actually me in the mirror!! Believe me, you will never see me look like this again, unless you want your breakfast at 10:00 am.
Next I met with Terrence, the photographer. He was great, getting me to relax by dancing with me to Justin Timberlake. Every time he wanted me to smile he said Justin or Tom Cruise were coming up the steps of the Inn. I can dream can't I!
After about a million shots and three outfit changes I was finally done. Three hours of poking and prodding and smiling. Oh, the challenges of an Innkeeper. Can I please go back and fix that toilet that keeps on flushing on the third floor. Pleassse!!
||New Year's Eve in the Country|
| Romantic guest room or suite for two, full
country breakfasts, capped by a New Year's Eve cocktail hour
including appetizers and refreshments. Special gifts from us to
remind you of this very special occasion.
Escape to the Whistling Swan for: Romantic walks in the snow, the warmth of the fireplace, and a great New Year's Eve reception. Call us to reserve your room for this Celebration ! Price: Rates start at $228 per couple for two nights to $337 for three nights.
||Italian Cooking Classes - January and February|
| Join us for these great cooking
classes at the Inn!
It's All About Great Fish
Couples: Pasta Dishes
The guest chef, Gennaro, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Gennaro did his internship and training experience with The Crystal Plaza Catering Hall in Livingston. He worked with The Corporate Cafe in Parsippany, and was sous chef at Michael Anthony's restaurant (formerly in Netcong) before starting opening his own restaurant in Netcong at 4 Main St.
The classes will be held on Monday evenings, January 12, January 26, February 9 and February 23 starting at 6PM. Class size is limited to 8. Each class includes demonstations with the chef followed by a sit-down dinner, accompanied by chef's choice of wines.
||Romance is in the air for February!|
| The Inn has launched an extravagant
and romantic weekend leisure package just in time for Valentine's
Day - the Victorian Elegance Weekend.
The Victorian Elegance weekend is available throughout February and is ideal for couples seeking the "last word" in romantic celebrations. It includes full use of either of the Inn's luxury suites(Walnut Valley or High Point) for two nights which features rich satin sheets on a Queen bed, sumptuous cut flowers presented in Waterford Crystal, and lounging robes of Egyptian cotton for use at the Inn and at home.
The couple is welcomed with a bottle of elegant champagne Monet Chandon presented with Waterford Crystal champagne flutes, which guests may take home with the Inn's compliments. They can choose between gourmet chocolates or strawberries glazed with chocolate to enjoy with their champagne. Later, they will be treated to a delightful dinner at one of four local restaurants with a $50 gift certificate from the Whistling Swan. The lovers can then relax in the luxury of their suite, perhaps drawing a romantic bath. After a night of restful slumber, they are treated to private in-room breakfast service, or a gourmet breakfast in the dining room. The Victorian Elegance Weekend is $654 per couple.
Or lover's can bask in a Weekend of Romance. This Valentine's package includes two night deluxe overnight accommodations for two, a chilled bottle of champagne, as well as strawberries glazed in chocolate and a $50 dinner gift certificate at one of our four fine area restaurants. The Weekend of Romance package is $354 per couple ($474 per couple for a suite).
||Recipe Corner - Caramel Popcorn|
| 4 cups freshly popped corn, lightly
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup light corn syrup
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda
Put popcorn in shallow roasting pan (large pan). In heavy saucepan mix sugar, butter and corn syrup. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Continue boiling 5 min. without stirring. Remove from heat; add vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn; stir to coat well.
Bake in preheated 250-degree oven for 1 hr., stirring several times. Cool, break apart and store in tightly covered container. (Cool on waxed paper so it won't stick to pan) Note, if desired 1 cup of peanuts may be added to popcorn BEFORE adding caramel sauce.
We published a new cookbook last fall 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 as a holiday gift please send us an email and we will send you an order form. The cost is $9.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.
||20% off 2004 Whistling Swan Inn Gift Certificates|
| Give the romantic gift that's
good all year long. Treat your loved ones to a renewing, relaxing,
and restoring bed and breakfast getaway!
Gift certificates may be purchased in any dollar amount starting at $25. They must be purchased by December 31, 2003 and may be used Jan 1, 2004 to Dec 31, 2004 (The only exclusion dates are February holiday weekends, and Sept 1 thru Oct 31).
Plan your 2004 getaway now - a great gift idea for yourself, your loved one, friends, Mom and Dad, the bride & groom, the anniversary couple, everyone on your list!
Call the Whistling Swan Elf now to help you put together a personalized gift certificate that is right for you at 973-347-6369 or email email@example.com to order in time for the holidays.
| There are many other exciting events in the
Stanhope area, and you can find them on our website with links to
information on many of these events. Every weekend in December and
January has something from folk concerts to local theatre to
antiques to .. The list is really too long to mention.
Saturday, December 20; Morristown RIVER CITY BRASS BAND HOLIDAY SHOW. 8:00pm. $42 /$37/$37/$32. 100 South Street. Morristown Community Theatre, 973/539- 8008
Sunday, December 21; Morristown SOUL ON FIRE: LIGHT THE LIGHTS. 8:00pm. $40 /$37/$35/$30. 100 South Street. Morristown Community Theatre, 973/539-8008
Wednesday, December 31; Morristown FIRST NIGHT MORRIS. A family-oriented, non-alcoholic New Year's Eve celebration, on and around the Morristown Green. Artists will perform in a wide variety of arts and culture from the entire Morris County area. Performances include dance, music, exhibits, poetry readings and street performers. Events begin at 7pm and culminate with a firework display over the green at midnight. $12. 44 Market St. First Night Morris, 973-455-0708
Wednesday, December 31;Wed. 31 New Year's Eve with Peter Karp!!!,