1978-2002 – The Settlers Inn Ltd. began when a group of friends, including Jeanne Genzlinger, opened a restaurant in Hawley, coincidentally on Jeanne’s 27th birthday in December 1978. The little restaurant in the former Eddy Hotel became wildly popular and the group was encouraged to move to a larger venue. The larger venue was the old White Deer Inn on the corner of Route 6 across from Bingham Park. On November 15, 1980, The Genzlinger family jumped in and the first generation, Grant’s parents, Bob and Muriel Genzlinger became the majority owners of the business along with Jeanne and Grant and several other investors including friends and family. The 1980’s saw much growth and improvements in the restoration and revitalization of the structure and steady growth in business and reputation. In the late 1980’s Marcia Dunsmore joined the business and together with Grant Genzlinger this mighty duo put the inn on the map as a fine dining farm to table establishment. Bob and Muriel Genzlinger retired in the mid 1990’s and the remaining trio of Jeanne, Grant and Marcia continued building the successful business which was now known as a AAA four diamond award winning property. Marcia retired in 2003 and Jeanne and Grant continued and expanded the business.
2018-Today – In 2018 Settlers Hospitality branched out once again with the management of Hotel Anthracite. The venture marked the company’s expansion into Lackawanna County. Settlers Hospitality oversaw the remodeling and rebranding of the 51-room contemporary boutique hotel on Main Street in Carbondale. Tribute was paid in name and décor to the city’s rich coal mining history. Hotel Anthracite also features the largest event space in the area, Gravity Hall, and an upscale restaurant, Kōl Steakhouse. That same year Settlers Hospitality formally purchased The Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem. The growth in 2018 meant there were now five hotels and five restaurants under the Settlers Hospitality umbrella.
At a time when much of the world was on pause, 2020 brought a flurry of activity to Settlers Hospitality. It began with the acquisition of The Retreat at Millbrook Cove from Tanglwood in June 2020. The vacation condos on the western shore of Lake Wallenpaupack operate as a satellite location of Silver Birches. There are eight units in all offering one and two-bedroom suites. Settlers Hospitality also signed a management contract to oversee Lakeside Cabins. The new construction cabins are located in Tafton and managed as part of Silver Birches. Settlers Hospitality diversified its venue offerings through partnerships with other local businesses in 2020. An arrangement with Camp Oneka, the historic girls summer camp located on Fairview Lake, has Settlers Hospitality acting as event coordinator and caterer for weddings corporate retreats, reunions and more at the authentic Adirondack-style camp. Blu Stone Caterers made its debut in 2020. The division of Settlers Hospitality was created to service off-site events. Grant’s Woods was a major addition to The Settles Inn in 2020. Located between the Inn’s manicured gardens and Lackawaxen River, the woodland dining experience features posh picnic cabins, an oversized fire pit, outdoor demonstration kitchen and increased recreational space for guests. The Sayre Mansion introduced in-house caterer Karen Hunter, which expanded dining options on-site as well as launching an off-site catering business for Settlers Hospitality in the Lehigh Valley region.
Another business opportunity took root in 2021. Settlers Hospitality launched Gorgeous Floral with renowned local florist, Katherine Brown at the helm. In addition to creating floral arrangements for all of life’s occasions, the retail shop located on Route 6 just above the Hawley Silk Mill offers unique garden-related home décor and gifts, potted plants, plus elegant living and dried centerpieces.