Settlers Hospitality Group Immersed in History
(All photos by Joan Mead-Matsui unless otherwise noted).
My recent visits to two immensely 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.
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.
At first glance, you’ll understand why Grant has built his life around the hospitality industry. 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 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.
What is Grant’s favorite property? Suffice to say, the mere mention of any of the company’s trendsetting accommodations brings a smile to his face and a willingness to discuss in detail the cuisine, decor, history, and restoration. You can learn more about Grant Genzlinger in a series of interviews I had with Grant while I was a guest at the Settlers Inn.
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 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. Nightly specials offered throughout the year range from fish and seafood to meat and pasta. Dinner reservations are recommended.
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.