As lazy summer days become crisp autumn afternoons, we surrender the lush green season to fall’s dramatic and diverse palette. Leaf peepers as well as wine lovers relish the change, for as leaves turn to brilliant bursts of color our craving for red wine reemerges.
What better way to celebrate the changing season than with a hike along a scenic Pocono Mountains trail capped off with a relaxing glass of red wine and fanciful fall feast at The Settlers Inn? Come see vibrant reds of Autumn.
For the sixth year in a row The Settlers Inn has received the Award of Excellence presented by Wine Spectator magazine. The honor recognizes a well-chosen selection of quality wine producers, along with a thematic match to the Inn’s menu in both price and style, according to Wine Spectator.
The Settlers Inn is one of two Pocono Mountains Region restaurants and one of four in all of northeastern Pennsylvania to receive the prestigious Award of Excellence. “Over the years I have expanded our wine list to an international representation covering the major wine regions in the world,” says Settlers’ Wine Steward Claude Briere. “I am very proud that over the last six years Wine Spectator has recognized The Inn as part of the 15% of award winners that offer an ‘inexpensive’ wine list.”
On Friday, October 5 guests to The Settlers Inn will have an opportunity to enjoy a specially chosen selection of wines from the Pacific Northwest complimented by cuisine such as Willapa Bay oysters and wild mushrooms by Guest Chef David Campiche of the award-winning historic Shelburne Inn, a relaxing retreat for city dwellers and sublime sanctuary for nature lovers located in the small town of Seaview, in southwest Washington State on the Long Beach Peninsula.
The Shelburne menu features dishes that highlight the great abundance of local foods like fresh salmon, sturgeon, halibut, oysters, crab and clams; a variety of wild mushrooms, berries and edible grasses; as well as regional meats, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
The October 5 event is part of The Inn’s 2007 Wine and Food Pairing Series. Gathering is at 7 PM, with dinner at 7:30. Cost is $90 per person, plus tax and gratuities.
Reservations are now open for The Inn’s legendary annual Victorian Christmas celebration to be held November 30, December 1 and 2.
Call early (800-833-8527). Reservations sell out quickly for the chance to experience The Settlers Inn adorned in full Victorian splendor including hundreds of yards of live princess pine, wreaths and greens, and several mammoth trees. Other amenities include a collection of art glass ornaments in the upstairs bay window, and clusters of hand-crafted Santas and decorated doll houses and a three-foot gingerbread replica of the Inn that takes one person 30 hours to create.
The holiday fantasy doesn’t end at twinkling lights and mulled wine. The Inn’s entire staff dresses in period clothes, including a doorman who welcomes guests and points them toward a horse and carriage ride through Bingham Park just across Main Avenue.
If all this talk of Santa and celebration has you in the Christmas spirit be sure to stop by The Potting Shed this month to check out our new items—like the spectacular National Geographic home and garden collection—that will fill even the Grinchiest heart with holiday joy.
“The Pacific Northwest” Wine and Food Pairing
Friday, October 5
Gathering is at 7 PM, dinner at 7:30
Savor a specially chosen selection of wines from the Pacific Northwest complimented by cuisine such as Willapa Bay oysters and wild mushrooms by Guest Chef David Campiche of the award-winning historic Shelburne Inn
Cost: $90 per person, plus tax and gratuities
Saturday, October 27
Enjoy a seasonal feast at The Inn, which will be decorated with more than 100 uniquely hand-carved pumpkins.
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax and gratuities
“Tuscany” Wine and Food Pairing
Friday, November 9
Gathering is at 7 PM, dinner at 7:30
Settlers Inn Owner and Executive Chef Grant Genzlinger joins forces with his son to create a special evening featuring many of Justin's personal recipes gathered while living in the Tuscany region of Italy.
Cost: $100 per person, plus tax and gratuities
Thursday, November 22
Noon - 6 PM
November 30, December 1 and 2
Call early. Reservations sell out quickly.