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Charleston Christmas Fun

The Restoration Hotel Christmas package
The Restoration Hotel Christmas package
Creating new memories that will last a lifetime is how Chelsea Nightengale, The Restoration Hotel general manager, describes the “Christmas Tree Package.” You’ll find the details below in my interview with Chelsea.

Reserve Your “Restoration Christmas” in Charleston

Home for the Holidays at The Restoration Hotel

Charleston Christmas Fun awaits you, but of course, with the Southern hospitality tourists have come to relish.

If coastal and historic fit your vision of the perfect Christmas getaway, add The Restoration Hotel to your 2019 holiday itinerary. It’s not too late to book your hotel or residences’ suite at The Restoration Hotel, low-country, high-quality historic lodging at the heart of the New South.

A mild Charleston climate is the perfect home base to visit landmarks and connect with the outdoors but meanwhile, back in your guest room, The Restoration Hotel ‘s over-the-top Christmas Tree package epitomizes “home for the holidays.”

Scroll down to read my interview with Chelsea Nightengale, The Restoration Hotel general manager. She’ll fill you in with the package details.

“Guests feel truly at home in historic downtown Charleston,” Chelsea says. “We offer the tree placed in your room and decorated upon arrival or a DIY kit so our guests can recreate traditions and memories from home.”

Chelsea Nightengale, The Restoration Hotel general manager
The Restoration Hotel Christmas Tree Package screams Southern Hospitality in Charleston, SC.
Spend your holidays in the Low Country at The Restoration Hotel, a posh historic hotel in the heart of iconic Charleston.

Chelsea, please elaborate on the Christmas Tree Package and why it’s so much fun?

Our over-sized, apartment-style suites allow our guests to live like a local in Historic Downtown Charleston. The idea for our Christmas Tree package was to make our guests truly feel like they are “home for the holidays”. We offer the tree placed in the room and decorated upon arrival or a DIY kit so our guests can recreate traditions and memories from home.

How did you create a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests?

We are always looking for a way to make our guests feel at home, and even more so during the holidays. We want to be able to share traditions and make new memories with them.

The Restoration Hotel Christmas Tree Package will light up your Charleston holiday getaway.
Brighten your holidays at The Restoration Hotel, Charleston, SC. Experience Southern hospitality at its finest.

What are some of the highlights of your Christmas tree package?

We always tuck a personalized ornament into the tree, either with the guest’s name or something that signifies their trip. We tie a small note to the ornament to let them know to take it with them upon leaving. Our hope is that our guests continue to place this ornament on their tree for years to come, reminding them of their memories of Charleston. Also, upon a requested time, we will deliver Eggnog and Sugar cookies to the guests’ room to get everyone in the Holiday Spirit.

What’s happening in the surrounding community that guests should explore?

There is nothing like Christmas in the Low Country. Our winters are mild so we love to spend time outside. We have our annual Downtown Christmas Parade, the Holiday Market at Marion Square, and my personal favorite is the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park.

See more photos of this magnificent hotel and book your Christmas getaway today.

Many thanks to The Restoration Hotel management for participating in our holiday showcase.


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The Settlers Inn

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The Settlers Inn gardens bloom continuously spring summer and fall

Connecting Communities

Settlers Hospitality Group Immersed in History

(All photos by Joan Mead-Matsui unless otherwise noted).

Settlers Inn
The Settlers Inn is owned and operated by Settlers Hospitality Group. You’ll find breathtaking gardens throughout the property and individualized guest rooms with outstanding comfort.

Grant Genzlinger: Chef Turned Hotelier

My recent visits to two popular Hawley, Pennsylvania properties opened the door to an informative and candid interview with the man behind Settlers Hospitality Group.

Grant Genzlinger, Settlers Hospitality co-founder, was a chef at Settlers Inn when he saw an extraordinary opportunity to offer travelers the best of all possible worlds. Properties with a history combined with the modern conveniences guests crave are a few of the reasons the company’s properties are celebrated.

Settlers Inn main course
Cravings…we all have them. The Settlers Inn chef adds his touch to dinner options that are as delightful to see as they to eat.

A Storyteller at Heart

I encourage you to listen to my interview with Grant as he taps into his storyteller personality and engages in heartfelt conversation about what makes Settlers Hospitality Group properties stand out. You’ll find the link at the bottom of this post.

Five Unforgettable Experiences

You’ll understand why Grant has built his life around the hospitality industry after you read this article. Welcoming guests and setting up an exemplary experience is his specialty and with his wife, Jeanne, as co-founder, the team has meticulously crafted five unforgettable properties.

The Settlers Inn, Silver Birches Resort, Ledges Hotel, Hotel Anthracite, and The Sayre Mansion are perfect lodging options that are ideal for a wide variety of customers’ tastes and needs.

The Settlers Inn gardens bloom continuously spring summer and fall
The Settlers Inn gardens bloom continuously spring, summer, and fall.

Creating The Settlers Inn Model

The Settler’s Inn was Grant and Jeanne’s first opportunity to create their extraordinary hospitality model that laid the groundwork for continued success. Each property evolved in response to a perceived need and the couple was spot on. The Sayre Mansion, for example, got its start at the same time as their son, Justin, was a student at Lehigh University. The neglected structure, rundown and in need of tender loving care, beckoned the Genzlinger couple to give birth to the Lehigh Valley boutique hotel.

Redefined Adaptive Reuse

What is Grant’s favorite property?

Suffice to say, the mere mention of any of the company’s trendsetting accommodations brings a smile to Grant Genzlinger’s face and a willingness to discuss the cuisine, decor, history, and restoration.

Scroll down to watch my interview with Grant Genzlinger.

Settlers Inn Custom-Designed Guest Rooms
The Settlers Inn guest rooms are all one-of-a-kind and surrounded by antiques and collectibles selected to blend seamlessly with the decor.

Eye for Design

All guest rooms feature a different look and feel with a mix of hand-crafted furniture, accessories, and a carefully chosen color palette, a product of Grant and Jeanne’s vision and dedication to originality. Together, the elements are indicative of a well-developed eye for design and an ability to combine those elements without fussiness. Extreme comfort is the result.

The Settlers Inn guest rooms
Guests can expect a guest room that speaks of yesteryear with modern conveniences.

Outstanding Cuisine

The Settlers Inn is an architectural gem that stands in the heart of downtown Hawley. Begin and end your day with a meal in the dining room served by overtly polite servers who uphold the impeccably high standards Settlers Hospitality management promise their guests. Likewise, nightly specials offered throughout the year range from fish and seafood to meat and pasta. Dinner reservations are recommended.

Settlers Inn menu
The Settlers Inn dining room is open for breakfast and dinner daily.

The Settlers Inn Photo Gallery

A Must-See Interview with Grant Genzlinger


My stay at The Settlers Inn was comped but my opinions are my own and based on my experiences.

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