With duck decoys, porcelain ducks, duck paintings, even duck coasters gracing surfaces throughout the sprawling country inn, the Wooden Duck Bed and Breakfast never leaves you wondering how it got its name.
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The Wooden Duck B&B
140 Goodale Road
Number of rooms: 10
Yet despite the significant waterfowl presence, the ten-room inn just outside Newton is attractively modern. The large guest rooms are filled with light, both the natural kind that pours in through numerous windows and skylights and flickers in gas fireplaces, and the lightness provided by natural wood furniture, cream-colored walls, and white, fluffy bedding.
Beth and Karl Krummel bought the Wooden Duck in 2005, after their children went off to college and they were looking for a new business to take them into their retirement years. The previous owners had converted the 1970s country-style home into a B&B in 1995. Coming from a family of seven children, Beth Krummel says she was used to preparing elaborate meals, especially breakfast, her favorite part of running the Wooden Duck. One modification the Krummels made was to ditch the communal dining table in favor of several smaller tables.
“Most people coming here want to relax and reconnect, and they don’t really want to talk to other people,” Beth says.
For the adventurous, Sussex County offers plenty of sites to explore. The inn’s wooded, 10-acre property adjoins Kittatinny Valley State Park, where you can hike and bike. Elsewhere in the Skylands region, High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest provide good hunting and fishing; numerous restaurants can be found in Newton and on the lakes in Sparta and Walpack. Nightly rates year-round go from $139 on a weeknight for the Scoter, which sleeps four ($30 additional per person for more than two), to $279 for a weekend night in the deluxe Golden Eye suite, with its two-sided gas fireplace, two-person soaking tub and a private balcony.
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