Stay at the Whistling Swan Inn and Tour the Valley Shepherd Creamery

In keeping with the “Better Way to Stay” campaign of our professional organization, PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International), I am continually searching for the finest, freshest ingredients for my room packages. Nothing against ShopRite, but I prefer to patronize local specialty shops. It helps local business, and the quality is far superior.

A mere 10 miles from the Whistling Swan Inn, is the Valley Shepherd Creamery, where I am now getting all my cheese for my wine and cheese basket. Nestled in the New Jersey countryside, Valley Shepherd is a working creamery where where you can watch as they milk the sheep and make farm-fresh dairy products. From April through November they are also open for weekend guided tours.

The Sheep Shoppe…a cheese lover’s mecca

I could barely contain myself in The Sheep Shoppe. Not only can you taste a wide variety of comestibles, such as kalamata olive oil, balsamic vinegar and, of course, cheese, they also feature one-of-a-kind sheep and farm-themed gifts, furnishing, toys and artwork. Allison helped me select an eclectic sampling of cheeses and was extremely knowledgeable regarding their differences. Mmm…good.

Why not plan a fall getaway soon to the Whistling Swan Inn and plan to sample some of these delicacies yourself?

Valley Shepherd Creamery
50 Fairmount Rd.
Long Valley, NJ 07853
Open Thursday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Weekend guided tours at 1 pm and 4 pm

Eating is one of my favorite activities…join me.


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The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
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