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LEDGES HOTEL

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Historic Hotel – Modern Luxury

There are no bad views from the windows at the Ledges Hotel – whether you’re looking in or out.

Ledges Hotel Window View
The Settlers Hospitality Group offers its guests a year-round view of the waterfalls and gorge alongside Ledges hotel. All photos by Joan Mead-Matsui unless otherwise noted.

Each Settlers Hospitality Group property has its own unique story. The group’s five restored lodging options are nothing short of architectural gems redesigned with the Genzlinger family’s flair and commitment to respectful preservation.

Ledges Hotel suites offer a glance at the property before you set out to see property on foot.
The architects and designers planned the project so the grounds and interior compliment one another.

Seeing is believing.

Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger, with the help of architects, specifically, the world-renown Bohlin Cywinski Jackson team, renovated the property with a highly-focused vision that allowed them to effectively incorporate the natural landscape and the nearby community’s history, antiquity, and charm with their adaptive-reuse initiative. Custom-designed furniture is the finishing touch to the impeccably stylish decor.

Repurposing historic buildings is a mission Settlers’ co-founders, Grant and Jeanne Genzlinger set out to accomplish more than 30 years ago when they bought Settlers Inn, an art and craft-style hotel that sits along Main Street Hawley. Ledges Hotel is one of five properties owned and managed by Settlers Hospitality Group.

Whether you enter the property from Route 6 or the lower end, through a series of side streets, you’ll immediately realize why the hotel’s name, Ledges, is appropriate.

Ledges Hotel is a perfect fit for guests who come to Hawley, Pennsylvania to engage in a variety of activities you’ll only find in a historically rich town. Antique and other specialty shops, restaurants and diners, and businesses line the streets in downtown Hawley. The Genzlinger family has worked tirelessly to make your overall experience engaging, active, authentic, and educational and their efforts are far-reaching. Co-founder Grant Genzlinger works with other local business owners and organizations to broaden the array of recreational opportunities available to visitors.

Originally constructed as a home to the John S. O’Connor Glass Factory, Ledges Hotel sits adjacent to a series of waterfalls that drain into a tree-lined gorge. The property is worthy of mention in itself, set adjacent to massive rock ledges and Paupack High Falls. They’re a wonder you won’t want to miss.

Now IS the Ideal Time to Visit

If you want to experience the Wallenpaupack Creek as it gushes over the natural stone ledges into the river gorge, now is the perfect time to plan a Ledges Hotel weekend getaway. Record rainfall has allowed the waterfalls to flow non-stop with the sight and sounds of cascading water. The landscape is quite beautiful at any time of the year but the steady progression of blossoms and ever-changing scenery are all part of the overall beauty of a Northeastern Pennsylvania spring.

If you yearn for a day on the water, plan to spend a few hours in or by the scenic Lackawaxen River, a 31.3-mile-long tributary of the Delaware River.  Outdoor enthusiasts will find ample opportunities to fish or launch their canoes and kayaks. If water sports are not your first choice for entertainment, Ledges is close to hiking and cycling trails, restaurants, churches, shops, and other services guests might want.

Ledges Hotel window view
Sunlight floods the sitting area on the first floor of the two-story suites.

The view from the first and second floors of my one-bedroom two-story suite can be enjoyed while lounging on the hotel’s custom-designed furniture or soaking in the Japanese-style soaking tub.

Ledges Hotel Master Bathroom
One and two-bedroom two-story suites feature a spiral staircase that leads to a spacious master bathroom complete with a Japanese-style soaking tub and open shower stall with a rainfall showerhead.
Ledges Hotel custom-designed furniture
When bedtime arrives, the second-floor master suite is a heavenly reprieve perfect for a sound sleep.

DINE IN AT “GLASS”

“Glass” wine. bar. kitchen is Ledges Hotel’s on-site restaurant and a popular gathering space for local residents and guests who want to listen to live music while dining al fresco alongside the waterfalls and gorge. The chef created a variety of small plate dishes that are perfect for sharing and late night fare.

(I ordered the tasty Seared Ahi Tuna, Shiso sesame crusted, jicama apple slaw, and sweet onion dashi with a side of crispy Brussels Sprouts).

Dining Ledges Hotel
When staying close to your room appeals to you, Ledges Hotel offers a dining option that allows you to appreciate the scenery while enjoying a chef-prepared menu that’ll impress beyond words.

The outstanding accommodations, landscaped grounds, and gracious hotel staff make this the quintessential choice for a wedding or special occasion venue. Visit https://ledgeshotel.com/hotel for more information.

Ledges Hotel, built in 1890, is a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2013.

Disclaimer

Throughout the year, I cover a variety of properties from historic hotels to fishing lodges. Rest assured, my trips were comped but my opinions are my own and based on my experiences.

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