Friday, March 31, 2006

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has finally arrived in Salem, and the feeling of euphoria that one finds in everyone in Salem is a tonic for us to share. I think we all feel we 'invented' spring!

Temperatures in the 60's and sunshine are just what we have all needed after a long and especially windy-cold late winter.

The first flowers of the year will be installed in our window boxes next week, and some long- awaited major projects will be done the week after that (new carpet in the ballroom, and new roofs on the kitchen, the Essex Room, and Sophia's).

Many new things are happening at the Hawthorne. Stay tuned and I will fill you in as each becomes available.

I hope to see you here soon.


Thursday, March 30, 2006

School Vacation Week Special at the Hawthorne Hotel

APRIL 20-22, 2006


$372 Per Package, plus tax

This special two-night package is filled with activities for children of all ages! Package includes two-night stay in deluxe accommodations, passes to the Salem Witch Museum, daily passes to the Salem YMCA, a hearty full American breakfast each morning and a special welcome treat for kids. On Friday evening we’ll gather around the 'campfire' (which may more closely resemble the fireplace) to enjoy s'mores while Jim McAllister, noted historian and storyteller, frights and delights with tales from his Terror Trail Tour.

Package is based on 2 adults and 2 children
For 1 child, deduct $25 and for 3 children, add $25 to the package price above.
Available only April 20-22, 2006
Reservations may be booked on-line by going to our website, and clicking on the link to Reservations on the
front page, or you may call the hotel directly at 978-744-4080 or 800-729-7829

Stay Wednesday night and enjoy a special rate of $129 per room
Please call the hotel directly at either of the numbers above
if you wish to include the Wednesday night.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Painting Summer in New England at the PEM

Harbor # 9, 1999, Alex Katz. Oil on canvas, 96 x 240 in. © Estate of Alex Katz/ Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo: courtesy Pace-Wildenstein, New York

Doesn't this painting make you want to forget about Spring and launch right into Summer. I can just feel the warm sand squeezing between my toes as I walk in these waves at the ocean's edge.

Someone who worked with us at the Hawthorne Hotel for a number of years had a quirky, but endearing habit of counting down the days to a certain special event. She would greet us at the beginning of the day with her latest number, "only 125 more days" and so on.

I wish she was working for us now, because she could help with counting down the number of days until this new exhibit opens at the PEM on April 22.

For more information on this upcoming exhibit, you can go to If you wish to book one of our Art Escapes packages, just go back to our website,

I look forward to seeing you here!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

On-line Collection of "Things Salem"

On March 20, 2006, the Salem News ran a story about Paul Plecinoga who collects things that say "Salem" on them, specifically related to Salem, Massachusetts, of course.

I clipped the article so I would remember to check it out, and I did so today. Here is a link to Paul's website, Paul set this site up over two years ago, and it is very interesting to see, so I thought I should send you there to see for yourself.

A copy of the Salem News article is available on Paul's website.

Have fun learning a little more about the people who love Salem as much as I do!


Monday, March 27, 2006

Flags of the Week, March 27 -- April 2, 2006

Monday , March 27 ~~ Marshall Islands and Washington
Tuesday , March 28 ~~ Mauritania and West Virginia
Wednesday , March 29 ~~ Mauritius and Wisconsin
Thursday , March 30 ~~ Mexico and Wyoming
Friday , March 31 ~~ Micronesia and Alabama
Saturday , April 1 ~~ Monaco and Alaska
Sunday , April 2 ~~ Mongolia and American Samoa

Do you know the difference between Mauritania and Mauritius? If not, perhaps now is a good time to find out.

Did you think I was going to do everything for you?


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Recipe Request -- Caesar Salad at the Hawthorne Hotel

We receive a number of requests for several of our regular menu items. One of those items is our Caesar Salad. It is a very tasty version of this classic dish. Here is that recipe, in case you are one of those requesting persons.

If it looks like too much work, then just stop by Nathaniel's or the Tavern to enjoy our Caesar salad made fresh for you right here.

Either way, I hope you enjoy your meal!


Hawthorne Hotel
Caesar Salad

4 each anchovies
½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
1 Tbl. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic
3 each whole eggs, coddled in hot water for 1 minute
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup white wine vinegar
¼ small white onion coarse cut

2 cup olive oil

1 head romaine leaves
¾ cup croutons
2 Tbl, Parmesan cheese shredded
4 each soft sun-dried tomatoes cut in thin strips

Put the first 9 ingredients in a blender or a food processor. Use the pulse mode, on and off, till the ingredients are just blended. Add all of the olive oil in a slow stream, with the blender on low, till the oil is emulsified or completely blended.

In a large mixing bowl toss the romaine, croutons, and enough dressing to coat the leaves. Sprinkle the shredded Parmesan cheese and the sun-dried tomatoes over the top of each serving.

Serves 4 to 6 with extra dressing for the next time.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Happy Anniversary from the Hawthorne Hotel

Today while I was visiting with guests in the Tavern, I came across Lori and Kevin O'Donnell, of Danvers. They told me they were staying with us in the Hawthorne Hotel because it was the tenth anniversary of their wedding, which took place right here at the Hawthorne.

They said they got married here because they used to come to the Tavern, and they always thought of it as a very special place.

We are so pleased to know when we play a part in the special moments of our guests' lives.

So congratulations on your special anniversary, and thank you for sharing yet another milestone with us at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel hosts the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Dinner

On Wednesday, March 22 we turned our regular wine dinner in Nathaniel's into a joint event to help the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives group promote their work in the fisheries off of New England. We prepared a meal from recipes from their latest cookbook. They spoke to us about their work, and even sold copies of the cookbook.

The Hawthorne Hotel is proud to be a very active member of the larger community called the world, and there are times when we want to reach out to others to make this a better place. This wine dinner was one of those times.

While we all had fun, and it was a delicious dinner, the focus was slightly shifted on this evening to enable more people to know about the tremendous work of this dedicated group of women.

Thank you for all you do!


Shown in this photo are, standing: John San Filippo and Josphine Wilkins; seated: Mary Brancaleone, Jane Alexander, Gaetano Brancaleone, Pat Allen, Nina Groppo and Hannah Stringer. Posted by Picasa

Impassioned and Italian equals hands flying while we talk

Shown left to right are Anne Lowell, Angela San Filippo (our guest speaker from the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives group), and Carol Murray of our staff.

Angela is one of the most interesting, dedicated and impassioned speakers I have heard in a long time. She speaks from the heart, and as the heart, for the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives group that were part of the wine dinner held in Nathaniel's on Wednesday night.

Thank you for all you are doing!

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Brigitte Beltran, Nathan Ostberg, Diana Lauring, Mary Ann Genovese, Jillian LaFlan, Giovanna San Filippo, Sauna Donavan and Ginelle Pisa (we hope we have all your names spelled correctly and in the right order -- please let us know if there are corrections) all attended the wine dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel on Wednesday night this week. Posted by Picasa

Claire Kallelis, Ace and Charlene Chase, Jackie Littlewood

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Twice the fun for twins on their Birthday at the Hawthorne Hotel

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Left to right are Dave, Laura and Danielle O'Brien and Deanna, Clayton and Doug Lyons.

On Sunday March 19, the twins, Danielle and Deanna, and their families got together to celebrate the twins joint birthday. This has been their family tradition for five years now, and they are already planning their next get-together at the Hawthorne.

We love being part of the many and varied lives of our customers, and sincerely appreciate the fact that we are a integral element in these kinds of special family celebrations.

I look forward to seeing you at the Hawthorne Hotel too!


Sisters enjoy Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel

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Danielle O'Brien and Deanna Lyons -- our special customers of the week!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Art that transports, coming to the PEM

Summer, 1909, Frank Weston Benson. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 44 ½ in. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Gift of Isaac C. Bates. Photograph by Erik Gould.

As we struggle through the final days of winter here in New England, the frigid temperatures and biting winds make us so ready for summer, that we simply cannot wait. Exactly one month from today you will be able to enjoy a wonderful preview of summer.

Painting Summer in New England, the next big exhibit coming to the PEM, is just the solution. As I look at this painting by Frank Benson, I am transported to a warm and idyllic place.

While the exhibition does not begin until April 22, I hope you enjoy the previews of it that I am able to share with you on the Hawthorne Hotel blog, right here.

If you are planning to come to Salem to see Painting Summer, please check out our on-line reservation service which you can access through our website, We have a very nice package put together to make your visit easy and inclusive of this terrific exhibition at the PEM.

For more information, please go to

I look forward to seeing you here.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Hawthorne Hotel is Pet Friendly

Our Director of Sales and Marketing, Susan Babine, stopped by to show off her new puppies, Chloe (left) and Moe (right), this week. That reminded me that it was a good time to let you, fair reader, know that we are a pet-friendly hotel.

If you are planning to bring your pet, be sure to check out our VIP package (Very Important Pet). You can see that package, and our other packages, right on our reservations section of our website. Just go to and click on the link for reservations.

We look forward to seeing you and your pet(s) at the Hawthorne.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Flags of the Week, March 20 -- March 26, 2006

Monday , March 13 ~~ Luxembourg and South Dakota
Tuesday , March 14 ~~ Madagascar and Tennessee
Wednesday , March 15 ~~ Malawi and Texas
Thursday , March 16 ~~ Malaysia and Utah
Friday , March 17 ~~ Maldives and Vermont
Saturday , March 18 ~~ Mali and Virginia
Sunday , March 19 ~~ Malta and Virgin Islands

Please let us know if you have any special requests for flags to be flown.


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel presents the full-time employee of the month award for February to Ana Jerez

Left to right are: Steve Nelson, Executive Chef; Ana Jerez, Employee of the Month; Ken O'Keefe, Offsite Chef; John Pellecchia and Jennifer Normant, Sous Chefs.

Ana is an important part of our culinary team. She works the pantry station where she is responsible for making all of the salads and desserts that we serve in the evening. Ana has been with us for ten years next month.

In addition to being a good worker, she has a fun personality, always enjoying a good joke.

Congratulations Ana, and thank you for all you have contributed to our TEAM!

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Margarita Gonzalez named Hawthorne Hotel's part-time employee of the month for February

Here you see me, Juli Lederhaus (left), and Shannon Civitarese, our Rooms Division Manager (right), congratulating Margarita on her selection as our part-time employee of the month for February 2006.

Margarita has been an important part of the housekeeping team for almost five years. One of the many special things that Margarita does is that she really cares about 'her' rooms, including making sure that the little plants we keep in some of the rooms are well cared for.

Congratulations Margarita, and thank you for your good work!

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Friday, March 17, 2006

St. Patrick's Day at the Hawthorne Hotel

Here are our menu specials for today,

St. Patrick’s Day

Parsnip and Apple Soup

Field Green Salad with Endive chiffonnade
Smoked Salmon and Steamed Fingerling Potatoes, Mild Green Onion and
Fresh Dill Creamy Dressing

Sliced Corned Beef Sandwich
with Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard on rye bread
served with Chips and a pickle

Corned Beef Brisket Dinner
Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes with Horseradish Cream
Irish Soda Bread

Minted Crème Caramel

Bailey’s Irish Marble Mousse
I hope to see you here.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Peter Barter Florist

Virtually every day I see guests stop by the flowers on the table in the lobby to smell them or touch them, to see that they are real. In an age where so much goes to plastic, and to less-real, it is nice to be part of an organization that values the FRESH and REAL.

Our flowers are done by Peter Barter Florist. They are located at 201 Derby Street, Salem, just one block away from the Hawthorne Hotel. If you wish to call them, their phone number is 978-744-3144. They also sell lovely gifts and collectibles.

If you do stop in, be sure to tell Peter and Hilda that Juli at the Hawthorne sent you.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Painting Summer in New England

Painting Summer. Just the name evokes thoughts of lazy days, an easel set up at the shore, blue skies, laughing children, and waves lapping the warm sand of the beach.

During these blustery days of March, nothing is nicer to contemplate than a New England summer. We just cannot wait until the new PEM exhibit, Painting Summer in New England, opens on April 22.

If you are thinking of coming to see it, please check out our website at for links to our reservations section where we have all of our packages which you may book right on line.

I look forward to seeing you at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Someone once told me "you have to blow your own horn sometimes"

Okay, so if I take that advice to heart, I must admit I would have to tell you about a very nice article that the Salem News wrote about me today.

You can see for yourself by going to . Scroll down to the section entitled Lifestyles and you will see an article about me, written by Christine Torode. Given how complicated my life has been, she got most of the details right.

However, let the truth be told here -- I don't speak, and have never spoken, any German! And the idea for the flags on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel is to be entirely credited to Michael Harrington. However, I did have the idea to post them on this BLOG.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week, March 12 - 19, 2006

As I was writing this week's flag post, it occurred to me that the entire week of flags that contained Iran and Iraq flags had passed by without incident. This is progress with a capital P, since in several prior years we have had minor telephone blitzes and even a person who came in person to tell me of her disgust regarding our efforts toward world peace.

Perhaps there is some small glimmer of hope in the world, after all?

Monday , March 13 ~~ Latvia and Ohio
Tuesday , March 14 ~~ Lebanon and Oklahoma
Wednesday , March 15 ~~ Lesotho and Oregon
Thursday , March 16 ~~ Liberia and Pennsylvania
Friday , March 17 ~~ Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Puerto Rico
Saturday , March 18 ~~ Liechtenstein and Rhode Island
Sunday , March 19 ~~ Lithuania and South Carolina


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Ruby Beet Ravioli with Prosciutto and Spinach, Gorgonzola Cream

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Grilled Sea Scallops and Tenderloin Tips

Nathaniel's Offers New Menu Items for March

Two Dinners for
Fifty Dollars

March Selections

Wedge of Iceberg
iceberg lettuce wedges topped with red onions,
cherry tomatoes with bleu cheese dressing

Grilled Tenderloin and Scallop Duo
marinated tenderloin tips and seared sea scallops grilled with mushrooms
wild rice pilaf and roasted tomatoes

Ruby Beet Raviolis
caramelized onion cream sauce
with shaved prosciutto, spinach and Parmesan cheese

Warm Chocolate Lava Cake
with vanilla ice cream and walnuts

Offered Sunday through Wednesday

Saturday, March 11, 2006

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Tavern Offers New Two-For One Price Specials for March

Tavern on the Green

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
From 5pm – 10pm

March Choices:

Cheese Ravioli
mushroom marinara and Parmesan cheese
Buffalo Calamari
French fries and coleslaw
Beef Stroganoff
Beef tips sautéed with mushrooms,
brown sauce with sour cream
served over orecchiette pasta
Each Entrée comes with a Small Mixed Green Salad
and our Chef’s Choice of Dessert
Two Dinners for only $26
(or $13 per person)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Raspberry Chicken Salad is a Tavern Favorite, at the Hawthorne Hotel


Here at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, one of our all-time best-selling menu items is this Raspberry Chicken Salad. Since one picture is worth a thousand words, I let this photo entice you to come in and enjoy it.

The Tavern is open and serving food from 11 am to 11 pm every day. So if you happen to be in the mood for a late lunch, or an early or late supper, we are probably just the place you are looking for.

We do seating on a first-come, first-served basis in the Tavern.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Easter is Just Around the Corner

Every year we sell every available seating for our Easter Sunday Brunch. The Easter Bunny comes and has two egg hunts for the little ones. The chef offers a lovely and extensive brunch menu. The entertainment is all booked, and the staff is anticipating this first big holiday affair of the year.

So, fair reader, please act soon if you intend to join us for our wonderful event here at the Hawthorne Hotel. We are already booked for most of the last seating. We anticipate selling out completely again this year, and we don't want you to be disappointed.

For reservations and information, please call us on our direct line, 978-825-4311. I hope to see you here.


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Are You Looking For Something to Do in Salem?

This weekend the PEM is offering two very interesting and unique events. On Saturday the ECHO/New Trade Winds Festival of Performing Arts, which includes storytellers, dancers, musicians and artists from Alaska, Hawaii and Massachusetts will be performing several times during the afternoon.

On Sunday, Adventures from Thornton Burgess with the Gerwick Puppets will perform in Morse Auditorium. Peter Rabbit, Hooty Owl, Whitefoot the Woodmouse and Jimmy Skunk are among the characters who will be part of this show. Tickets are limited, and registration is required. There will be unclaimed tickets released 10 minutes prior to the start of the show, which is at 1 pm. Call 978-745-9500, x 3011 today!

For more information, be sure to call the Peabody Essex Museum at 978-745-9500 or go to

If your idea of something to do must include a great meal, preferably with some live entertainment, please remember to come to Nathaniel's. Here is our line up for this weekend:

Friday and Saturday Evenings: Stephen Belgiorno on the piano
Sunday Brunch: Rick Costa Jazz
Sunday Evening: Judy Ryer on the piano

Reservations are not always necessary, but they are always suggested. Our direct line is 978-825-4311.

I hope to see you soon.


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Carol Murray, Manager of the Quarter


After all of the results are in from each quarter, I have the privilege of selecting our manager of the quarter for the Hawthorne Hotel. For the final quarter of 2005, my choice was Carol Murray. Carol is one of our sales managers for the Hawthorne Hotel, and we are very proud of all that she has accomplished.

Even though 2005 was not an easy year for us, Carol managed to produce sales in excess of eight percent over the previous year. This was not an easy task, but Carol is constantly working, even when she is not working. We joke about the fact that she is never far from her supply of business cards, handing them out at the fitness club and the beach, or wherever the situation arises for a potential piece of business.

Carol is the epitome of a sales manager who earns business by building relationships. She also exemplifies hospitality in everything she does, going that extra mile to make sure that our guests are welcomed and made comfortable whether their stay with us is overnight, or for several months.

If you are considering bringing a group to the Hawthorne Hotel, or have need to place a long-term stay with us, we encourage you to work with Carol who is one of our corporate sales managers. Please feel free to contact Carol on her direct line at 978-825-4361.

Thanks for your hard work and extra efforts on our behalf, Carol!

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week, March 6 - March 12, 2006

While we rotate our flags in alphabetical order, when we have special guests in the hotel, and receive requests to fly 'their' flag, we usually do so. That is why this week you will see us flying Alaska, Hawaii, and Massachusetts' flags out of rotation.

Monday , March 6 ~~ Jordan and North Dakota
Tuesday , March 7 ~~ Kazakhstan and Alaska
Wednesday , March 8 ~~ Kenya and Alaska
Thursday , March 9 ~~ Kiribati and Hawaii
For more informaiton on Kiribati, click on this link:
Friday , March 10 ~~ Kuwait and Hawaii
Saturday , March 11 ~~ Kyrgyzstan and Massachusetts
Sunday , March 12 ~~ Lao People's Democratic Republic and Massachusetts


Sunday, March 05, 2006

Is Art truly "In the Eyes of the Beholder?"

Here is your chance to test that theory. Painting Summer is coming to the PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum, and we are so excited we've created a package to help you attend.

The Hawthorne Hotel is proud to participate in North of Boston's year-long celebration "Art Escapes". Whether you define art in a painting, an architectural design, a picturesque village, a scenic coastline, whether it is life interpreted or life happening, the North of Boston region presents a rare opportunity to experience the many faces of art in one neat package. Whatever inspires you is just minutes away and at the end of a day, all roads lead you back to the Hawthorne Hotel.

Our package includes, for two people, a two-night stay, breakfast each morning in Nathaniel's restaurant, passes to the PEM including Painting Summer in New England, Salem trolley passes, sample itineraries and detailed maps (or let your adventurous spirit guide you.)

Available to book now, for arrival beginning April 22, 2006.

Rates start at $399 per package based upon double occupancy. All our available packages may be booked on-line by going to our website, Just click on the icon for RESERVATIONS.

I look forward to seeing you during Painting Summer.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Endicott College Students Do Case Study on Hawthorne Hotel

For the past several weeks I have been interviewed by this group of students from Endicott College. The purpose of the interviews is to fulfill a requirement for one of their business courses in writing a case study on a local business.

I have come to enjoy talking to this engaged group of students, seen here in this photo, left to right, in the top row: Andrew Bettencourt, Dory Noll, and Vinny Orlanto, and seated: Catherine Qin Shi and Emily Benincasco.

As they finished up and left me today, I felt a little part of 'us' go with them. I hope they will, by their newly found, and somewhat intimate knowledge of the Hawthorne Hotel, become ambassadors for the Hawthorne Hotel, and I especially hope they will get an "A".

Good luck, and keep up the good work!

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Friday, March 03, 2006

We Enjoy Being of Help, and in Making History Come Alive

Sometimes we, at the Hawthorne Hotel, function as a kind of information clearing house, and we must admit that we enjoy that part of things, as much as we do our 'regular' work.

Today these two guests, Marie Araujo of New Bedford (left), and Lynda Gunderway of Brockton(right), shown here with Melissa Allain (center), came looking for assistance. They are on a kind of 'roots' quest, looking for information about their parents. Melissa was able to provide them with some directions to the location of childhood homes here in Salem.

As it turned out, their parents, Albert and Lucy Gunderway got married at the Hawthorne Hotel in 1934. We don't know much more than that, because Lynda and Marie don't know much more than that, but it was a great experience for them to walk around the hotel and see some of the historical memorabilia that we have hanging up.

As an example of that, I showed them the grandmother windows that overlook the ballroom, and right next to those is a photo of a dinner that occurred in that ballroom in 1932. The tables were set in the style of the day, long banquet tables, with a huge, long head table, all connected together, and with people sitting on both sides of these long tables.

The style we typically use today is to set banquets up with round tables. These were popularized and really turned into the standard by Jackie Kennedy when John took over the White House.

We salute our special guests of the day, Lynda and Marie, for their search for some more information about their history, and we are happy that as a Historic Hotel, we were able to play a small part in that search.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Hawthorne Hotel is in the Center of Salem

Just one block away from the Hawthorne Hotel you will find the SalemVisitor's Center. This is a perfect place to begin any visit to Salem, as it is staffed with knowledgeable hosts, has a great selection of brochures, and best of all, they show an orientation video several times an hour.

All these services are free to the public, and well-worth experiencing.

We want to make your visit to Salem exactly what you want it to be. We hope to see you soon.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Is this a McIntire Fireplace?

This is one of the rooms of the Suzannah Flint House. A historian who toured the house as part of an assignment to write a detailed social history of the house, thought it might be.

We hope to find out the answer before the celebration marking McIntire's presence here in Salem.

The Suzannah Flint House is a bed and breakfast operated by the Hawthorne Hotel, and located on the far side of our parking lot. If you would like to make reservations for this particular room, ask for room 2-1, the Red and Gold Room.

I look forward to seeing you here (or there!)

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