March 7, 2012
March is such a wonderful month- the whispers of spring can be heard and already the buds are starting to peak out of the thawed ground (was it ever frozen?). As the warm weather slowly begins to blow our way, we look forward to seeing the many tulips bloom in our English Garden. Until then, we have lots of fun planned for the month to keep busy!
We’ve planned a couple of evenings this March in celebration of Celtic Heritage. We will host our first beer dinner of 2012 on Friday, March 9th. This dinner will feature delicious, ales paired with traditional Celtic dishes. If you enjoy good beer, this evening should not be missed!
The following Friday, March 16th, come down to Cocoon Coffee House for The Eve of St. Patrick’s traditional Irish dinner followed by traditional Irish music at Harmony Presents, Hawley’s newest performance space. If you haven’t had a chance to experience a performance at Harmony, this is a great opportunity to check it out! Reservations for this festive evening can be made online at Harmony’s website – please reserve by made by March 12th.
As we bid farewell to the winter that never was, come celebrate the Vernal Equinox and ring in Spring on March 23rd with our annual Vernal Equinox Dinner. Guests will enjoy an evening with a 5-course dinner that highlights the flavors of the season. As always, our menu will feature items from local growers and there will be some fabulous wines to taste.
As we awaken from winter’s slumber, be sure to get out and enjoy all there is to do in the country in early spring. Come celebrate the new season with us and take advantage of the warm weather!
February 9, 2012
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love is in the air! We celebrate this day to show appreciation and gratitude for the ones we love the most. This year, take some extra time and be creative with your plans. Whether you are in a new relationship or you are celebrating many happy years together, we’ve got some ideas that will make any Valentine blush!
Create a handmade Valentine’s Day card. Making something from scratch is a beautiful display of love and expresses your personality. Find classic poetry or create your own and your Valentine will fall to their knees!
Make a CD. We all have special songs that make our hearts gush and that remind us of love. Put together a collection of songs enjoyed as a couple and ones that remind you of each other. If you need some help finding songs, Cutelovesongs.net has some great, creative love-song lists.
Pick the perfect flowers. Get creative with your flower choices. Roses are beautiful, but there are so many different flowers that represent love and loving intentions. See this list of flower’s traditional meanings for some great ideas. Also, consider potted flowers that can be kept as a reminder of your love throughout the year.
Create a lover’s coupon book. Skip the “Honey Do” list and make some coupons redeemable throughout the year. Create some practical coupons, like “Mom’s night off – I’ll do the dishes and put the kids down.” Then add some special ones – he’ll love a coupon for a free candlelit massage!
Plan a lover’s getaway. Spend some quality time away from your regular day-to-day. The Settler’s Inn has some fantastic getaway packages, including a Valentine’s Day getaway, Spa Weekend, and some great adventure-filled packages. Just a short trip away will surely rejuvenate!
Whatever you decide to do, make this Valentine’s Day truly special and give from the heart. Be creative and show your Valentine how special they really are, not just on February 14th, but every other day as well. Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!
January 30, 2012
Until last week, it seemed as if winter had forgotten all about us. But the snow finally fell and it became a winter wonderland here in Hawley. We finally had a chance to get out and play in the snow! A full day of cross-country skiing up here in the Pocono Lakes Region can’t be beat!
Getting out into nature during these cold months is a favorite pastime of ours. Nearby Dorflinger Wildlife Sanctuary offers some really beautiful winter walks. Strolling through the Sanctuary, you can hear the calls of all the birds who brave the cold, while hearing the crunch of snow underfoot. Promised Land State Park also offers some really beautiful winter scenes to explore by foot, snowshoe, or even cross-country ski! There is so much to see and explore during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine spending the winter days inside!
What are some your favorite winter activities?
December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 10, 1987 was the first Victorian Christmas Celebration at The Settlers Inn. The event was conceived when Jeanne Genzlinger and Marcia Dunsmore were on a walk in Bingham Park and got to talking about our holiday traditions, childhood memories, and fantasies about Christmas.
Shortly thereafter Grant and Jeanne invited Marcia to join us to create a holiday celebration honoring the traditions of the Victorian Era. Our first invitation was mailed to our guests and members of the community. We invited you “to turn back the hands of time and return to an era of style and grace”. We were obsessively authentic creating the menu and found the White House cookbook to be a wealth of information.
We had consommé, bisque, Chincoteague oysters, French hens, pickled pears, mince tarts and plum pudding. The sugared plums were truly a vision.
Our focus at the time was to create a holiday event that encompassed all that we felt Christmas could be. Antiques from the turn of the century were borrowed from Peggy Murphy and Curt Reed as well as our grandmother’s attics. We polished silver, tea stained lace, decked the halls, trimmed the trees, hired the horseman, baked the gingerbread house, engaged the choir, dressed the staff in period attire, lit the candles and… magic was created!
Our fondest memories of the first years of Victorian Christmas were the involvement of our families. The children were young and all wanted to be a part of this scenario. Emily Dunsmore, age 5 along with her Grandmother, Wendy Reafler and Grant’s Mother, Muriel Genzlinger passed the hors d’oeuvres. Stuart Dunsmore, age 8, was the doorman and Justin Genzlinger, age 11, managed the coat room. Our daughters, Carrie and Janna, age 14 and 16 assisted the dining room servers. Uncle John’s doll house was brought out of the attic and Aunt Mary Lou became the official photographer.
The guests loved the event. Peter Rodgers said, “This is like a community Christmas party!
And so it continues for the twenty fifth year… We thank you, Dear Friends, for joining us for this special Settlers Inn tradition. Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year too!
October 3, 2011
The Settlers Inn and Grant and Jeanne in particular are delighted to welcome Carol Stoudt founder and brewmaster of Stoudt’s Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa.
Grant and Carol’s relationship goes back more than twenty years. Grant developed an interest in the history of brewing in Pennsylvania and traveled the state to find small independent brewers to be represented on the Settler Inn’s newly formed beer menu.
Some of the breweries he located had an amazing tradition like Yuengling in Pottsville, and Rolling Rock, Stegmaier, and Pennsylvania Pilsner but the hands down favorite for Grant was discovering the new microbrews like Dock Street Brewing Co. in Philadelphia and especially Stoudt’s in Adamstown.
Stoudt’s was (and still is) gathering many gold and silver medals for beer making on the national level. We were thrilled to offer these award winning beers and ales at The Settlers Inn and thus began the long tradition of tasting the likes of Scarlet Lady, American Pale Ale, Double Honey Maiboch, and Oatmeal Stout Today Carol is known as the “Queen of Hops” and we are exited for you to meet her at our Octoberfest dinner on October 14.
Carol has selected Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout, Stoudt’s Fest, American Pale Ale, Scarlet Lady ESB, and Triple Belgian Abbey Ale,that complement Grant and Chef Ben’s four course special menu which includes pasture raised chicken, venison, a selection of house made charcuteries that reflects the Pennsylvania October tradition and pairs beautifully with these beers.
The American Pale was just honored with the highest star rating and one of the top three in the United States by The New York Times tasting panel. Join us for the Carol and Grant reunion and learn more about the brewing process from brewmaster icon Carol Stoudt. The gathering time is 6:30 and cost is $65.
March 3, 2011
We’re sprucing up our restaurant, giving it a fresh coat of paint and getting it ready for Spring. As a result, it will be closed from March 7-17, reopening on Friday, March 18. Breakfast will be served at our coffee cafe, Cocoon Coffee House. We’re also offering a lodging special during this time — Stay 2 nights, get the second night free! Check availability here or call 800-833-8527 (or locally) 570-226-2993 for details.
August 3, 2010
The action is heating up at The Settlers Inn this month with a number of sizzlin’ summer events. Every Wednesday, our shaded terrace lights up with Jazz on the Deck. Don’t miss the renowned quintet Voyage — featuring Stefan Bauer on vibes — on August 18. On August 20, local Celebrity chefs Marsha Dunsmore and Colleen Stevens prepare a special menu of their favorite dishes while Sommelier Leslie Chappell-Britt pairs her favorite wines grown by her favorite women winemakers. Then, on August 27, the back lawn beckons with BBQ and brews. Sip craft beer and savor a menu of baby back ribs, housemade salads, and much, much more.
July 9, 2010
We are pleased to be featured on the newest cover of the Select Registry guidebook. The photo, taken by the fabulous Jumping Rocks Photography (read their wonderful blog post about us here.) was chosen from the hundreds of inns in the Select Registry network. Thanks SR and thanks to Matthew and Mark from Jumping Rocks!
July 7, 2010
The eighth annual Jazz on the Deck series begins tonight at The Settlers Inn.
We are proud to spotlight high-caliber performers from both near and far to play on our shaded deck in the Pocono Mountains
Kicking off a month of music tonight is PBJ, featuring the vocal stylings of DeJay Branch and Steve Faubel on the piano. Click here to check out the season’s full line-up — the grooves continue every Wednesday evening from 6-9 pm until August 25.
July 2, 2010
Pedal your way through our rural scenic back roads with our new three-day biking package.
Your journey will follow rivers and rolling meadows, arriving at historic sites and beautiful places for rest and reflection, such as a woodland pond. Innkeeper Jeanne Genzlinger has personally developed two detailed itineraries to follow over lovely Pocono hill and Pennsylvania dale. The package includes a three night’s stay, dinner in our farm-to-table restaurant one night, breakfast each morning, and more!