Monday, May 25, 2015

Salem's maritime history is certainly no secret to many who visit our city. From the early days of trading, to the current sailing and recreational water activities, the lure of the ocean has always been a blessing for the city. One of the biggest "hidden secrets" of Salem is also maritime related as this week the Salem Ferry was scheduled to restart its commute to and from Boston.


Often overlooking as a great commuting alternative, the ferry takes you from Salem into Boston under an hour and spares you an expensive parking headache. Navigating through the Salem Sound, passing by Marblehead and into the busy Boston harbor, the trip makes for a spectacular entry and is a relaxed exploration for a day visit to one of the most beautiful cities in the USA.


Next time you are staying at the Hawthorne, or even when you are in Boston looking to visit Salem, try this alternative transportation and enjoy the trip! The ferry runs until October 31 and tickets can be found at Salem Ferry.

Regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 25, 2015 through May 31, 2015

Croatia  


Monday, May 25 Croatia and Georgia      
Tuesday, May 26 Cuba and Guam
Wednesday, May 27  Cyprus and Hawaii            
Thursday, May 28 Czech Republic and Idaho
Friday, May 29 Denmark and Illinois

Guam


Saturday, May 30 Djibouti and Indiana
Sunday, May 31 Dominica and Iowa



*Denotes special request 
 
FAQs about our Flag Program
Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?
A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.
Q.  How long has this program been in existence?
A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.
Q.  Where are the flags flown?
A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q.  How are the flags chosen?
A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.
Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?
A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.
Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?
A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.
Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?
A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.
Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?
A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.
Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?
A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)
 

Regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, May 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, May 24, 2015.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate                                 
 Diana Thyssen & William Baker                                    
on their wedding today!
We are proud to be a part of your special day!

Please let us know if you or your guests should need anything at all.


Weather Forecast  
Mostly sunny, pleasant and warmer.
High of 79F. Winds W 13mph

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Jennifer Hills!

Flags of the Day
Côte d’Ivoire
Florida

This Day in History
The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on this night in 1935 in Major League Baseball’s first-ever night game, played courtesy of recently installed lights at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.


Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Friday, May 22, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, May 23

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, May 23, 2015.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate               
Melissa Gallagher & David Landry
on their wedding today!
We are proud to be a part of your special day!
Please let us know if you or your guests should need anything at all.

Weather Forecast  
Warmer with times of sun and clouds in the afternoon.
High of 74F. Winds SSE 8mph.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Sue Douglas!

Flags of the Day
Italy
New Jersey

This Day in History
On this day in 1934, wanted outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police officers as they attempt to escape apprehension in a stolen 1934 Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager