Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bridal Extravaganza

On Sunday April 3 from 12:30 to 4 pm we will be joining with DeScenza Diamonds in their Bridal Extravaganza at 161 Andover St. (Route 114) in Peabody. Also participating are Yolanda's of Waltham (Bridal Gowns) and Montillio's Cakes, as well as limousine service companies and photographers. If you are planning a wedding, this can be your one-stop shop. A fashion show and over $20,000 in prizes make this a worthwhile ticket.

Here are some links:

We hope to see you on Sunday,

Karen Cotton and Christine Turner
Director and Assistant Director of Catering
Hawthorne Hotel

Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom Beautiful Wedding Event Posted by Hello

Sweetheart Table with Lighted Arch in front of Palladian Windows, Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom Posted by Hello

Wedding Cake in the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Meet our Staff - Susan Dodge

Susan Dodge is our Sales Coordinator at the Hawthorne Hotel. She has worked at the hotel for a total of nine years, and was recently named as our full-time Employee of the Month. Susan handles the group bookings for all social events, as well as handling a multitude of tasks for Susan Babine, our Director of Sales and Marketing.

In addition to her work at the Hotel, Susan is very well known for her art and artistry. She helps us often by sharing her creativity, sometimes handpainting things such as backdrops, or creating what appears to us as 'something out of nothing.'

Should you wish to speak with Susan to book a group block of rooms, please contact her on her direct line at 978-825-4359.

Susan Dodge, Sales Assistant Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Bedroom of the Suite of the Suzannah Flint House Posted by Hello

Parlor of the Suite of the Suzannah Flint House Posted by Hello

Suzannah Flint House

Did you know that we purchased, renovated and are operating a bed and breakfast in Salem? It is called the Suzannah Flint House. It was built in 1805 and has three rooms plus a beautiful suite.

Breakfast is provided at the Hawthorne Hotel. The Suzannah Flint House is just on the other end of the Hotel's parking lot, making access to all of the amenities of the Hotel very convenient.

I got to play 'doll house' with the Suzannah Flint House last spring, and each room is decorated individually. It has wide pine floors, decorative fireplaces (one possibly carved by Samuel McIntire), and Oriental carpets throughout.

Over the next few days I'll be posting some pictures of the rooms. I hope you enjoy seeing them, and will plan to visit soon.

Kind regards,


Monday, March 28, 2005

Hawthorne Hotel History Lesson

Do you know what was on the site where the Hawthorne Hotel is located, before the hotel was built? When I first came to the Hawthorne in 1999 I had thought it might have been a vacant lot, but I soon learned that there was an office building on this site. It was called the Franklin Building. The building was razed in 1924 to allow the hotel to be built.

Some of the functions carried on in that building were the club meetings of the Salem Marine Society, the oldest charitable society in Salem. The Marine Society was organized in 1766 for the dual purposes of sharing navigation information and providing benefits for needy members and their families.

The Salem Marine Society continues to meet at this site in what we call the Hawthorne Hotel rooftop treasure. On the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel stands an exact replica of a cabin from the Taria Topan, one of the last Salem vessels to ply the lucrative East India trade.

While the cabin is not open to the general public, if your group is planning a meeting at the Hawthorne Hotel, sometimes we are able to persuade the Marine Society to allow a brief tour of the cabin.

Kind regards,


Sunday, March 27, 2005

Easter Bunny and friends at the Hawthorne Easter Brunch  Posted by Hello

Thelma, Katia, Hannah and Nina, our Harpists for Easter Brunch Posted by Hello

Sisters in their Easter dresses Posted by Hello

Three new friends of the Hawthorne Hotel Posted by Hello

Easter Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel Posted by Hello

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Day to all who celebrate this occasion. Here are some photos of our Hawthorne Hotel Easter Brunch.

Today we will be taking digital photographs of those who would like to have them, while they are dining with us for brunch. I started doing this on Thanksgiving last year, and it has proved to be an excellent addition to the traditions of the Hawthorne Hotel. We will try to post some of those photos on this blog.

Kind regards,

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Sophia's Window Overlooking Essex Street Posted by Hello

Sophia's newly painted in Nathaniel's Red Posted by Hello

What color red paint, is that, anyway?

We are often asked that question about the paint in Nathaniel's Restaurant. So I thought I'd post the information here, just in case you are one of those people who are interested. I'll also post a photo so you can see what it looks like, just in case you've never been to the Hawthorne Hotel.

Home Decor Group, Peabody, Massachusetts. Phone 978-535-5100
Color: Nathaniel's Walls, Regal Aqua Velvet Base 4B
Formula: OY=2Y29.5 MA=6Y19.26 GY=1Y31.25 WH=16.25

By the way, we decided we like it so much, we just painted Sophia's (the back dining area to Nathaniel's) this same color, this past week.

Juli (wearing my "Decorator-of-the-Hawthorne-Hotel" hat today)

Friday, March 25, 2005

Ray puts the finishing touches to a window box

Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts Posted by Hello

John planting the first flowers of 2005 at the Hawthorne Hotel Posted by Hello

Spring Has Sprung

Here are photos to prove it -- spring has arrived in Salem, Massachusetts. Our pansies in the window boxes are always the first harbinger of spring for the residents of Salem. Once they are planted, everyone else in town knows its okay to come out of hibernation.

We would love for you to come by in person to 'smell the flowers'. If you think it's still too cool to be outdoors, the fire is still burning in the Tavern fireplace, so come on in for a drink or a meal. Please tell us that you saw this post on our blogspot. If you are the first to do so, we'll buy your meal!

Our guests frequently ask us where we get our beautiful flowers for the planter boxes. They are grown especially for us by Nunan's Greenhouse in Georgetown, Massachusetts. If you go there, please be sure to say 'hi' to Steve, and tell him we sent you. Here is a link to their website:

If you are planning a trip to Salem, here is our website -- you can go right there to make reservations, or you can call us at 1-800-729-7829. Ask for the Manager's Special, and tell our reservationist that you heard about that on our blogspot.

With best regards,


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Spring Delayed One Day

Okay, so the forecast threw us for a loop. The weather guys and gals said up to 11 inches of SNOW for today. Can you believe that?

So, the PLANTING of the PANSIES has been delayed until tomorrow, Friday, March 25. But they will be there for Easter.

See you then.

Hawthorne Hotel "Team Planterbox"

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Wine Dinner at Hawthorne Hotel

Do you enjoy good food and wine combinations? Would you like to learn more about wine? Are you interested in a convivial atmosphere of like-minded people?

Then you need to come to our wine dinners at the Hawthorne Hotel. The next one is Tuesday April 12. Reservations are nearly sold out, but we do have a few seats available. Want to reserve one? Call the dining room directly at 978-825-4311.

Are you interested in seeing the menu and the wines? Please copy and paste this into your browser to go right to our website page with the menu and wines:

Our chefs always knock themselves out to do an awesome job on these dinners. It's one of their big opportunities to shine, so it's something you don't want to miss. I'll be there and I hope to meet you then.

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Spring in Salem

After record snow-falls (over 120 inches this winter), we are now certain that Spring is arriving in Salem. How are we certain? Well, our owner, ever the flower box fancier, has ordered the PLANTING OF THE PANSIES in our famous window boxes.

So, while there are still piles of snow around Salem, the window boxes will have flowers in time for our Easter Sunday Brunch. Come by and enjoy them. . . they could be the only outdoor flowers you will see for awhile. Thursday, March 24 is planting day.

See you then!

From the General Manager

Hello, and welcome to the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts.

My name is Juli Lederhaus, and I have been the General Manager of the Hawthorne since 1999. I set up this Blog in order to be able to help visitors to Salem, and to the Hawthorne, to be able to have a more customized visit. If you have any questions about our hotel, Salem, or the area (that is the North Shore of Massachusetts) that I may be able to answer, please feel free to write.

I look forward to welcoming you. If you wish to visit our 'official' website, the address is: