Late winter is an enlivening time to enjoy snow-covered local trails. Bring snowshoes or cross country skis along for your March stay at The Settlers Inn.
Only a few miles away, the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary offers untrammeled trails that wind throughout the Sanctuary’s preserved natural landscape. Promised Land State Park also sees plenty of winter action as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy miles of trails that meander along waterways and through cathedral-like hemlock groves. Let your hosts Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger tip you off to their favorite spots.
Following an invigorating day spent exploring exciting natural landscapes, filling your lungs with pure Pocono Mountains air and freshening your winter-weary senses, return to the Inn to warm up with a satisfying signature cocktail, like the Irish Coffee profiled in this edition of The Settlers Inn newsletter.
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend
March 16 to 18
Feel like you’ve discovered a pot o’ gold as you indulge in a March getaway to The Settlers Inn and enjoy authentic foods of Ireland from our St. Patrick’s Day tasting menu.
Rite of Spring Brunch
Sunday, March 25, Noon
Cost: $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Join The Settlers Inn to support Hawley’s Black Bear Conservatory of Music and its excellent work while sampling a sumptuous 3-course brunch. The Conservatory provides a local opportunity to study with faculty who are acclaimed scholars and performers. This quickly growing community resource is in need of a new piano. Conservatory students and faculty will perform live at The Inn.
Sunday, April 8
12:30 to 5:30 PM
The splendor of spring renewal will be abundant at The Settlers Inn Easter Celebration. Be sure to reserve your table early for this popular gathering and dining experience.
Maple sap is flowing and trees are being tapped as the spring thaw approaches. Did you know the state of Pennsylvania is the nation’s second largest producer of maple syrup? The Settlers Inn is pleased to have found Journey’s End Farm in nearby Newfoundland and is proud to purchase maple products from this certified organic family farm located only minutes away from the Inn.
Sample the super-fresh syrup during a three-course benefit brunch on March 25 at noon. “The Rite of Spring” is a fundraising event sponsored by The Settlers Inn to help Hawley’s Black Bear Conservatory of Music in its efforts to purchase a new piano.
Featured maple treats will include maple crème brûlée, maple shortbread cookies and chocolate cake with maple frosting. Students and instructors will further enhance the dining experience as they perform for guests. The cost is $50 and reservations are required.
The Settlers Inn is especially enthused to welcome the Delaware Highlands Conservancy to its new office on River Street in downtown Hawley. In February, the local land trust moved into a restored Craftsman bungalow that features hardwood floors and a fireplace built with chunks of glass likely salvaged from the glass factory once located on the site of today’s Riverside Park.
Settlers Inn Proprietor Grant Genzlinger is a Founding Board Member of the Conservancy, and says, “It is truly inspiring to see the great strides made by this organization in its first decade. This work toward preserving our open spaces and quality of life will have resounding positive effects as our region grows.”
Since the early 1990s the Conservancy has protected almost 10,000 acres in the Upper Delaware Region through agreements called conservation easements. Visit www.delawarehighlands.org to learn more.
Bartender Melinda Sanderson shares a recipe for The Settlers Inn’s signature Irish Coffee. Brew up a batch and enjoy it fireside.
Coat the rim of an 8 ounce glass with turbinado sugar (or substitute Sugar in the Raw). To coat, dip the rim of the glass in a saucer of Kahlua, then immediately dip in the sugar. Briefly heat the sugar with a match or lighter until it hardens like rock candy.
In the glass, add:
- 1 ½ ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
- ½ ounce Kahlua
- Fill remainder of the glass with coffee (The Settlers Inn uses Starbuck’s)
- Top with whipped cream (The Settlers Inn uses house-made Chantilly Cream)
Add a straw and enjoy!