Celebrate the Joy and Spirit of the Season at the Settlers Inn

By Allison Mowatt

The traditional ambience of the Settlers Inn, a beautifully restored Arts and Crafts lodge, is heightened throughout the holiday season, and guests delight in the magical beauty and warmth it emits with the crackling fireplace, soft music, twinkling lights, glowing candles, scents of rich spices and woodsy pine, deep evergreens, wreaths, large Christmas trees adorned with tinsel and delicate ornaments, glimmering outdoor luminaries, and even a gingerbread replica of The Settlers Inn.

What many people remember as the Settlers Inn’s most popular dinner event, “The Victorian Christmas Celebration,” is now called the “Candlelight Christmas Dinner.” The Victorian Christmas Celebration was first introduced on December 10, 1987, and people have anticipated this unique dinner gathering every year.

The cherished event no longer focuses on the Victorian theme, but instead the Inn is getting back to its Arts and Crafts roots and simplifying the details while honoring what is most important: the pure joy of the holiday season, farm fresh food, flickering candlelight, the glow and warmth of the fireplace, and seasonal music.

“The Candlelight Christmas is a special dinner,” said Proprietor Jeanne Genzlinger, who manages the Inn with her husband, Grant, who is also the Executive Chef. “Our Inn is beautifully decorated with our annual holiday décor and the addition of candlelight. The simple and elegant holiday dinner features fresh, farm to table seasonal ingredients people recognize and come to anticipate. We like to think that it’s a new version of an old tradition for us.”

The Candlelight Christmas Dinner takes place on December 4th, 5th and 6th h from 6 to 9:30 p.m. An elegant holiday dinner is offered each evening in the dining room. Entertainment includes The Bradley Bunch on Friday and Saturday and the Wallenpaupack Area High School High School Choir on Sunday. This time-honored event is $75 per person. Reserve your table today. Call (570) 226-2993. The Settlers Inn is located at 4 Main Avenue in Hawley, PA. For more information, visit www.thesettlersinn.com. Be sure to stop by the Potting Shed, the gift shop in the garden behind the Inn, for special one-of-a-kind gifts.

Candlelight Christmas Dinner Menu

Amuse Bouche

Crispy Polenta with Chevre and Quince Pepper Jam

Roasted Concord Grapes with Olives and Mascarpone Crostini

Proscuitto Wrapped Fuyu Persimmon with Rosemary Skewer


Roasted Partridge and Pear Tart with Chestnut Cream


“Red and Green” Salad, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato “Icicles,” Poached Cranberries, Clementines


Pan Seared Shrimp, Citrus Saffron Vanilla Sauce, Beet Risotto, Brussels Sprouts

Pan Roast Goose with “Figgy Pudding” and Rosemary Demi Glaze, Holiday Gathering Vegetables

Braised Jamison Farm Lamb Shank with Chianti Jus Lie, Marble Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Pan Seared Red Snapper with Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Black Rice, Blood Orange Supremes

Beef Two Ways:

Grilled Petite Filet Mignon, Cabernet Reduction

Holiday “Pot Roast” over Mashed Yukon Potatoes, Pan Reduction

Butternut Squash Gratin


English Toffee Pudding

Peppermint Pillow Ice Cream “Baked Alaska”

House Made Holiday Sorbets