Hawley historic lodging: Settler’s Inn breakfast and gardens

Hawley historic lodging

White table linens and classical music to begin your day

History and architectural buffs will be in awe of this Hawley historic lodging option. Think for a moment about the many mornings you’ve grabbed a granola bar or yogurt out of your refrigerator and dashed off to work or errands. While we all eat breakfast on-the-go from time to time, imagine a weekday or weekend when your day begins on a much more relaxed note, with soothing classical music playing in the background, white table linens and extraordinary service.

A “go to” breakfast choice

The Settler’s Inn at Bingham Park, Main St., Hawley, PA, is not only a favorite go-to breakfast choice for local residents but it’s also a highly-regarded getaway for couples and business travelers. It’s one of those establishments that has continued to evolve for nearly a century. I suspect customers have been praising the top-notch service and cuisine for as long as the inn has been in business. During my stay at Silver Birches Resort, a sister property, I opted for a full breakfast at The Settler’s Inn.

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The Settler’s Inn – Photo courtesy of The Settler’s Inn

A brief history

You can thank an enlightened community and the local chamber of commerce that had the vision, imagination, and wisdom to build The Settler’s Inn.  The hotel was built in 1925 but historical documents note the onset of the Great Depression and World War II delayed the opening until 1944. Proprietors, Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger have continued their tradition of careful attention to details and a “hands-on” approach to customer service since they purchased the property in 1980.

Arts and Crafts Lodge

As you drive along Main Street and you come upon The Settler’s Inn, you will be mesmerized at the mere sight of this 1920′s English Arts and Crafts-style lodge set on the corner of a busy intersection in Hawley. The Arts and Crafts period in American architectural history is synonymous with “Mission Style,” which both challenged the tastes of the Victorian era and epitomized the international arts and crafts movements that flourished in Britain, Europe, and North America between 1880 and 1910. Simple forms and traditional craftsmanship are a few of the hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts’ trend.

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Settler’s Inn dining room Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui

Breakfast lovers WILL DELIGHT

My eyes opened wide when my server arrived from the kitchen with a muffin and a small bowl with a dollop of jam. Moments later, he brought to me a silver tray of pure breakfast bliss: farm-fresh eggs cooked my way, over easy; crispy (non-greasy) oven roasted potatoes, two sausage links with the skins crisped, two strips of bacon and two slices of (gluten-free) toasted bread. Orange slices garnished my plate. The Country Breakfast is $7 and one of the selections on the menu. Sample menus are available

The Country Breakfast is $7 and one of the selections on the menu. Sample menus are available here. If too much time has passed since you’ve had a leisurely breakfast, take treat yourself to a breakfast at The Settler’s Inn.

What shall you do with the rest of your morning…

Explore the six acres of land that surrounds The Settler’s Inn. Your first stop after breakfast should be the magnificent herb and flower gardens and The Potting Shed gift shop located behind this Hawley historic lodging. I met The Settler’s Inn longtime friend and gift shop employee, Susie George, while she was tending to the garden plants. Be sure to watch George describe some of her Hawley childhood memories.

Side trips, tours and activities in Hawley

The management has provided a list of activities that range from fitness to dining options in and around Hawley. Visit thesettlersinn.com to see the updated information.

Depending on the length of your stay, you should consult this page for outdoor sports, hiking, and fishing opportunities.

To learn more about Silver Birches Resort, one of the Settler’s Hospitality’s other properties, follow this link.

The property is bordered by the Lackawaxen River, which offers anglers hours of fishing and relaxation.

What’s blooming in The Settler’s Inn gardens.

Take a brief tour of the gardens with Susie George


AAA Four Diamond Award (2009 – 2014) — Lodging and Dining

Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau 2008 Green Award

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Award 2014

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 

Open Table Diner’s Choice Award – 2013 through 2016

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2013 and 2014

Many thanks to the management at The Settler’s Inn for their hospitality during my recent sponsored stay at Silver Birches Resort. Rest assured, my opinions are my own.  

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