History & Philosophy

The Story Behind the Style

The Settlers Inn, built in 1927, stands as a fine example of English Arts and Crafts design.

Throughout every aspect of The Settlers Inn experience, Proprietors Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger infuse the true spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement, a philosophy which emerged in the 1860s in England in reaction to the heavy ornamentation and industrialization of the high Victorian era.

“The head had been separated from the hand during the industrial revolution,” argued early proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement such as William Morris and John Roskin.

“We are very ‘hands on’ in our approach to hospitality,” says Jeanne.

Homage to Arts & Crafts

From The Inn’s farm-to-table menus highlighting quality products of local farms and purveyors to the beautiful and useful furnishings in its guest rooms and gathering spaces, Jeanne and Grant have given homage to the movement that has inspired their work.

“Grant is our Executive Chef, and he loves the connection of the farm and garden to the kitchen,” says Jeanne. “He enjoyed planning The Inn’s gardens and is passionate about working with our region’s local farmers to bring healthy and delicious meals to our guests.”

“Jeanne finds the same creative outlet in searching for authentic hand-crafted products and materials that adorn The Inn and The Potting Shed,” says Grant. “She selects chestnut and cherry woods from our native forests, hand screened Bradbury and Bradbury wallpapers, hand made Fulper tiles, and earth-friendly products like pure bamboo fiber shawls and artful recycled tin wall hangings sold to benefit the Haitian artists who create them.”

Jeanne and Grant remain true to their mission, “to create a handcrafted and memorable hospitality experience for each guest.”


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