Saturday, March 31, 2007

Things to Do in the Area around Salem, Massachusetts

One of the lovely amenities that we have here on the North Shore of Salem, Ma. is the North Shore Music Theater, located in Beverly, Massachusetts. The NSMT is a theater in the round, and thus EVERY seat is a terrific seat. You are never more than a few rows away from the stage, and you are seated in VERY COMFORTABLE chairs.

But it goes beyond convenience and comfort -- the productions mounted are always terrific. Here is a list of the upcoming shows.

If you plan to come to the area to see a production, be sure to check out one of our great packages at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We hope to see you here.


April & MAY

North Shore Music Theatre

Crazy For You April 24 – May 13, 2007 Tickets: $70 - $35

Audiences will delight in the adventures of a stage-struck New York City playboy in a Nevada mining town — where romance, mistaken identities, and show-stopping musical numbers all add up to irresistible fun. Plays: Tue – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees Wed at 1:30pm, Sat and Sun at 2pm. Tickets:, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers May 29 – June 17, 2007 Tickets: $70 - $35

Based on the MGM film, this audience favorite is filled with daredevil dancing and features a rip-roaring score. Plays: Tue – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees Wed at 1:30pm, Sat and Sun at 2pm. Tickets:, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.


Jackie Mason May 19, 2007 at 8pm Tickets: $52 & $42

Widely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, now more popular than ever, combining pungent political satire, insightful observations on the foibles of modern life with impeccable comedic timing. For Tickets, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Another Nice Commentary on a Recent Stay at the Hawthorne Hotel

This was posted on TripAdvisor this week. I thought you might be interested in reading it, too!
If you want to see the original post, go to and do a search for hotels in Salem, Ma. You will easily find this review and the one I posted earlier this week.

Let me know what you think about your stay with us.



: "Awesome Gem in the center of the city! Great Location and not a
dud" lip89,
Roslindale, MA Mar 28, 2007

experience with this property took place in:
March, 2007
Would I recommend
this hotel to my best friend? absolutely!
My ratings for this hotel
Check in / front
I recommend this hotel for: An amazing honeymoon, A
romantic getaway, Girlfriend getaway, People with disabilities, Older travelers,
Families with teenagers, TouristsI do not recommend this hotel for: Young
singles, Great pool scene, Pet owners, Families with young children
selected this hotel because ... Museums / Cultural / Historical sites,
Outdoor / Adventure
My age: 35-49
Traveling group: Spouse / significant
My visit was for: Romantic getaway
First off, I read every review on
here and have to say, I stayed here anyway. I am very glad I did. This is a very
charming, older hotel that has a few quirks, but in all is a fine establishment
with a very unique personality all its own. Its set directly in the center of
this city and is a focal point for many residents to dine at its very good

I stayed here with my spouse andwe were just site seeing and we checked in
very early to this hotel and they were glad to let us check in at this time. We
have stayed at many hotels both good and bad and some very fancy and some very
run of the mill. This was a homy, nice romantic place to stay.

The staff was very nice and they checked us inpromptly. The lobby is very
nice and old fashioned. We went to our room which was somewhat small, but we
expected this from an older hotel.

Depite what I heard, there is individual controls in the room to control
the temperature and we adjusted it accordingly. There is no heat in the
bathrooms, but by keeping the door open, it was fine. Its an old hotel, thats
what you have to expect in an older hotel. Thebed was comfortable and the
hallways were very nicely decorated. We ate at the tavern downstairs for lunch.
and it was very good. The service was excellent.

We asked the staff for extra pillows and they brought them immediatly.
There wereseveral weddings going on in the large ballrooms in the hotel and they
looked very nice!!

We ate breakfast the next morning at Nathaniels restaurant downstairs and
it was awesome! Very good service and food and coffe. Many regulars were eating
as well.

The location is prime since its walking distanceto everything. In the end,
I would definetly stay here again and would recommend anyone else trying this
out. For the price and the charm, its well worth it.

The bad reviews I read about this place, did not seem to be accurate. This
is a hidden gem and should be looked at as a place to stay in a historical

This TripAdvisor Member:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Our Guests Seem to Really Love Us, Just Look What They Write!

If you ever look on TripAdvisor about the Hawthorne Hotel, you might be perplexed at what you read. While the majority of the reviews are very positive, there are a few that are downright mean. I really wish, if those people really stayed here, and those experiences were real, that they would contact me directly so that I could do something about what supposedly occurred. It makes me wonder if they are simply written by a competitor, in the guise of a review. Unfortunately there is no way to find out.

Today, when we read the following review in TripAdvisor, we certainly were pleased. It seems our guests who really do stay here, really do love us. Thanks so much to you and your daughter, and thanks for taking the time to write about your very positive experiences here at the Hawthorne!


I felt compelled to write a review on behalf of the Hawthorne Hotel! My
teenage daughter and I were there in early October and loved everything about
it. I am amazed at some of the reviews I have read. The location was great. We
loved the history of the hotel itself. The food at Nathaniel's was terrific. Our
server was very efficient and personable. Our room was much larger than we
expected. I personally loved the fact that I could open the window and look out
onto the street. The nights were just cool enough to be enjoyable. The beds were
comfortable, even though I must admit that I'm not in the habit of stripping the
linens and inspecting the mattresses to see if they are stained, as apparently
some reviewers do. Our overall experience was excellent. I truly prefer the
character of the older hotel. One naturally sacrifices some of the more mundane
conveniences for such an historic experience. I'm certain I could have adjusted
the thermostat at the Best Western, but seriously, what kind of trade off would
that be? My daughter and I will return. We loved it.!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A VIP Guest with Four Paws

Sometimes we have to give a little extra attention to our guests. In this case, our guest, "Sparky" came complete with four paws and a furry white coat.

Here you can see him with Rudy Scott, our Night Manager, who took some extra special care of one of our pampered pet guests.

Did you know we were pet-friendly here at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA? Perhaps this would be a service of value to you.

I hope to see you (and your best friend) here at the Hawthorne.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Peeking at another guest room

From time to time we like to give you a little peek into one of our guest rooms. This happens to be the bedroom of suite 612. I love how simply elegant this room looks, warm and inviting, and like you want to stay in bed for a good long time.

I hope to see you here.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 26 through April 1, 2007

Monday , March 26 ~~ Indonesia and North Dakota
Tuesday , March 27 ~~ Iran and Ohio
Wednesday , March 28 ~~ Iraq and Oklahoma
Thursday , March 29 ~~ Ireland and Oregon
Friday , March 30 ~~ Israel and Pennsylvania
Saturday , March 21 ~~ Italy and Puerto Rico
Sunday , April 1 ~~ Jamaica and Rhode Island

Somehow flying the flags of Jamaica and Rhode Island together seems somehow appropos for April Fool's Day. What do you think?


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel Names Edi Rovi ~~ Part-time Employee of the Month

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you will already know that we operate the food and beverage facitilites at the Peabody Essex Museum (aka PEM), just one block away from the Hawthorne Hotel.

Here you see James Kluge (Dining Services Manager for the Hawthorne Hotel and the restaurant operations at PEM) and me presenting Edi Rovi with the award for Part-time Employee of the Month for January.

If you look closely you will see that Edi has a cast on his right arm, which delayed us from presenting his award to him until today.

Edi works for us at the Atrium Cafe in the PEM, as well as at the Hawthorne Hotel. He is a multi-talented individual who contributes much to our various operations, and we sincerely appreciate what he does to make our operations successful.

Thanks for all you do, Edi, and congratulations!


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Date Change for Mannersmith Event

Modern Manners at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel

While enjoying a three-course meal, you will learn how to enjoy dining in any setting, whether it is a casual bite, family dinners or a formal affair. This program is a combination of tutorials, activities and exercises that are designed to ensure learning is both educational and entertaining. Come learn to comfortably handle any eating situation.

Instructor ¤ Venue ¤ Dates

Instructor ~Jodi R. R. Smith has been promoting better behaviors since 1986 and her business, Mannersmith, celebrated its eleventh anniversary in January 2007. Jodi consults to organizations, corporations, educational institutions and individuals on a variety of etiquette topics. Jodi is well known among her clients for her educational and entertaining presentation style. Jodi has been seen on the NBC Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America and the CBS Early Show. She can be seen in the Greater Boston area every Monday on Fox 25 News. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. The second editions of her two etiquette books, From Clueless to Class Act, are now available through Barnes & Noble.
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Venue ~The Story of the Hawthorne Hotel: In the 1920s, inspired by civic pride, the citizens of Salem established an unusual public subscription drive to build "Salem's own hotel to meet the needs of Salem, its guests and visitors..." The Hawthorne has been a unique and integral part of the city and Boston's North Shore ever since its completion in 1925. The beautifully restored, stately Federal-style hotel is named for author Nathaniel Hawthorne, who spent his childhood in Salem and returned in 1846 to serve for three years as Surveyor of the Port at the Custom House.
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Dates ~Sunday, April 29th, 5:30 - 7:30 pmSunday, November 4th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

~Modern Manners at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel is a rare open enrollment event sponsored by Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting and the Hawthorne Hotel. This program is being offered in response to on-going interest in dining etiquette for both personal and professional situations.

This event is schedule to be offered twice during 2007. The first will be on Sunday April 29th and the second on Sunday November 4th.This event will begin at 5:30 and will run for approximately 2 hours.Dinner will be served. The courses will include a soup, entrée and dessert. Participants will select their entrées in advance. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions as detailed on the registration form.In addition to dinner, participants will receive program materials and signed copies of Jodi's newest books From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern World.

Well behaved children, ages 8 and above, are welcome to attend this program when accompanied by a responsible adult.

The cost participant for this event is $100.00, inclusive of all materials, meals, taxes and tips.

Complimentary parking is available adjacent to the hotel.

For registration, go to:

We hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 24, 2007

They Sang Like Angels

The Hawthorne Hotel was pleased to host the Jones High School Concert Choir on Spring Tour last weekend.

*The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation – with the help of Boston Lyric Opera – brought a tremendous cultural offering to Massachusetts by bringing the acclaimed Jones High School Concert Choir from Orlando, Florida for a Spring tour of Boston and the North Shore. Members of the choir were here from Thursday, 15th March along with teachers and chaperons.

On Saturday 17th March they were right here in Salem, Massachusetts. The tour featured two formal recital events by the choir; the first was sung on Friday 16th March in the sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Salem with a repeat performance on Sunday 18th March at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston.

Kelly Griffin, soprano and Tarard Chester, bass will appeared as featured soloists. Gale Jones Murphy was at the piano.

Despite dwindling arts education funding, Orange County Public Schools continues to promote the Jones High School Concert Choir as a program to help students grow intellectually, learn appropriate behaviors, develop sound character and become accomplished musicians. Darlean Coleman, Director of Choral Music, conducts this group of superior singers as they delight audiences with their mastery of the choral repertoire.

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We were so happy to have them here, and as you can see by this photo, they appeared to be pleased to be here as well. We hope to see you here soon.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel Names Jonah Pringle Full-time Employee of the Month

Yesterday we presented Jonah Pringle with what is possibly the longest-running string of Employee of the Month awards that the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts has ever experienced.

Jonah has been with us for six years, and we are pretty sure that he has won this award each year he has been here. That is why we took these photos in front of the placques from the prior years.

Here you see him with Shannon Civitarese, our Director of Rooms, on the left, and Donna Daly, our Purchasing and Receiving Manager on the right. Jonah works in both departments, and you can see that these two managers could not be more proud of their star team member.

Way to go, Jonah!
Thanks for all you do!!!
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Nathaniel's Food Tastes as Good as it Looks

One of the nicest things about eating in Nathaniel's is our DEMI-PORTIONS. Here you see our pumpkinseed haddock with herbed risotto in the smaller-sized portion. This kind of engineering allows you to eat an appetizer, and entree, and definitely still have room for dessert. Or maybe you would like to have two entrees, one as an appetizer and one as a main course. With our DEMI-PORTIONS you can do exactly that.
I hope to see you here at the Hawthorne Hotel, in Nathaniel's for dinner. We hope you come here soon!
P.S. We begin dinner service at 5 pm daily. Calling for reservations is a nice idea, so we are ready for you when you arrive. Our direct line for Nathaniel's is 978-825-4311 or 4371.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Peek at a VERY SPECIAL Wine Dinner ~~ Save the Date

On April 25 we are going to do something unprecendented. We are going to offer a second wine dinner in the same month as one of our regularly scheduled wine dinners.

We have been given the opportunity to host a winemaker from Italy, and taste a number of fabulous wines from Tuscany in sunny Italy. Given how cold and miserable we all are right now, it seems like a lovely idea to be transported to this wonderful region, if not in reality, then at least in wine and food. Here are the wines we are tasting to be able to match the food for the event:

Castello di Monastero - Chardonnay Toscana
Poggio alle Sughere - Morellino di Scansano
Castello di Monastero - Chianti Classico Riserva
Coldisole - Rosso di Montalcino
Coldisole - Brunello di Montalcino
Castello di Monastero - Lunanuova Vin Santo del Chianti
You can be certain I will be there, as they say "with bells on". Don't miss out on this terrific event. The Mr. Marchesi will be there, and is reserving 25 seats at this dinner. That means there are only 30 seats remaining. Do not be disappointed. Make your reservations NOW!
Call 978-825-4311 or 978-825-4371.
See you in April.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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Sunday's are Judy's Day at Nathaniel's in the Hawthorne Hotel

Each and every Sunday evening, Judy Ryer plays the piano for the guests at the Hawthorne Hotel in our Nathaniel's Restaurant. Here you can see her photo which I took just this week.

Judy has been playing the piano since she was five years old, and she is a professional piano teacher. Judy has over 50 students, and she travels to each of their homes to teach. She told me that way she can interact with the entire family, which she feels is more beneficial to everyone. It also gets her out and about, which she really enjoys.

When Judy comes to play at our restaurant, she feels pure joy in her job. It is the one time each week when she can just sit and play for the pure pleasure of it. We can really tell that Judy does enjoy this work, if you can call it that, by what the staff told me about Judy. When she comes to work and sits down at the piano, she keeps working for the entire evening, playing straight through without a break, just because she enjoys it.

I hope to see you here, at the Hawthorne Hotel, in our Nathaniel's Restaurant, to meet and listen to Judy! She is terrific.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Wee ~~ March 19 through 25, 2006

Monday , March 19 ~~ Guinea-Bissau and Nebraska
Tuesday , March 20 ~~ Guyana and Nevada
Wednesday , March 21 ~~ Haiti and New Hampshire
Thursday , March 22 ~~ Honduras and New Jersey
Friday , March 23 ~~ Hungary and New Mexico
Saturday , March 24 ~~ Iceland and New York
Sunday , March 25 ~~ India and North Carolina

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

May is National Historic Preservation Month . . .

. . . and we have a package of historic proportions for you.

From Our House to Salem’s Historic Homes
Join us throughout the month of May for an exclusive offer of historic proportions.

This two-night package includes overnight accommodations for two and breakfast each morning, a narrated tour of the Hawthorne Hotel, including a rare opportunity to visit what we call "our rooftop treasure", the Salem Marine Society, located on the rooftop of the Hawthorne Hotel and headquarters of Salem’s oldest organization founded in 1766 by 18 Salem area sea captains. Package also includes two tickets to the famed House of the Seven Gables and two tickets to the Peabody Essex Museum, America’s oldest continually operating museum including its collection of historic homes spanning three centuries.

The Marine Society has never been open for tours like this before, and this special is ONLY going to be available during the month of May, in honor of Historic Preservation Month. This package has limited availability, so you should book now if you want to make sure you get in on this very special event.

Rates start at $372 plus tax. You may book directly on our website, by going back to , and clicking on the link to RESERVATIONS, or you may call us at 978-744-4080, or 1-800-729-7829 (SAY-STAY).

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Manners Matter, Especially in Business

As a manager who interviews managers, I am often appalled at how often candidates, who seem perfectly good otherwise, do not have very basic knowledge of manners and etiquette. It does color my viewpoint of those candidates, and I often find myself in a situation where that one thing can be the tipping point in my decision-making.

In speaking with someone at a business meeting recently, it seems that there are many instances where people simply do not know what to do, because they never had the opportunity to learn.

If that is you, then we have just the thing to set you on the right course.

"As humans we are social by nature. Our abilities in other areas are generalized based upon our social behaviors. Individuals who are comfortable with social graces experience the best success ... Whether you are interviewing for a new position, building your business or seeking new social relationships, etiquette and manners matter."
- Jodi Smith


Sunday, March 25, 2007 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
You are cordially invited to join nationally known etiquette expert Jodi Smith, founder of Mannersmith, at the charming and historic Hawthorne Hotel for an elegant evening of gracious and gourmet dining. While enjoying a three-course meal, you will learn how to enjoy dining in a setting, whether it is a casual bite, family dinners, or a formal affair. This program is a combination of tutorials, activities and exercises that are designed to ensure learning is both educational and entertaining. Come learn to comfortably handle any eating situation.

Modern Manners at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel is a rare open enrollment event sponsored by Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting and the Hawthorne Hotel. This program is being offered in response to on-going interest in dining etiquette for both personal and professional situations.

This event is schedule to be offered twice during 2007. The first will be on Sunday, March 25th and the second on Sunday, November 4th.

Dinner will be served. The courses will include soup, entree and dessert. Participants will select their entrées in advance. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions as detailed on the registration form.

In addition to dinner, participants will receive program materials and signed copies of Jodi's newest books From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern World.

Well-behaved children, ages 8 and above, are welcome to attend this program when accompanied by a responsible adult.

The cost per participant for this event is $100 inclusive of all materials, meals, taxes and tips.

Complimentary parking is available adjacent to the hotel.

For reservation and information visit:

Or call the Hawthorne Hotel at 978-825-4358

Friday, March 16, 2007

Looking for an interesting package at the Hawthorne Hotel?

The Explorer’s Package takes you through one of America’s premier museums of art and culture. Discover the unrivaled spectrum of New England’s artistic and cultural heritage, as well as outstanding collections from Asia, Africa, Native America, and the Pacific islands including the only 200-year-old Chinese house on exhibit in the United States. Overnight Accommodations for Two; Admission to the Peabody Essex Museum; $30 gift certificate towards lunch for two in the Hawthorne Hotel's Tavern --a terrific value for only $160 plus tax, per couple.

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Our Customers Say the Nicest Things

Here are some of those things:

From Linda & Al, who had a small wedding reception here:

To Nathaniel's Restaurant and Staff,

Thank you for the wonderful service that we received during our wedding celebration dinner. Everything was appreciated and could not be improved on.

Also, congratulations to you, James on your award! We're happy for you.

From a baby shower planner:

There was great comfort in knowing that the food quality and presentation was beautifully done. We received many positive comments and I was truly able to enjoy myself as well.

Unfortunately I don't recall the name of our server, however he was extremely gracious in meeting our needs. There was no need to ask for anything because he was always aware and prepared.

Christine and Elizabeth also made the function effortless. Kristine still mentions how much she enjoyed her shower.

From a couple that had their wedding reception in the Ballroom:

We had a wonderful experience. Everything went off without a hitch.

Liz Dube was outstanding, well organized, and took care of the smallest of details.

Karen Cotton was thorough and attentive at our many meetings. You should be proud to have such a dynamic duo.

It is always so nice to read these guest comments. I thought you might enjoy catching up with them as well.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Easter is around the corner at the Hawthorne Hotel

Easter Brunch Buffet at the Hawthorne Hotel
Sunday April 8, 2007 11am - 3pm
For Reservations Phone (978) 825-4311

Adults $36.95 ++ Children (3-12) $13.95

Peter Cottontail’s Choices from the Garden
Steamed Asparagus Salad with Green Onions, Tahini and Lemon Dressing
Smoked Salmon, Capers, Red Onions, Mustard Vinaigrette, Rye Breads and Mini Bagels
Field Greens with Grape Tomatoes, English Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots,
Radishes, Bleu Cheese and Balsamic Dressing
Three Cabbage, Chick Pea and Shredded Chicken Salad with
Dried Cranberries and Tarragon Dressing
Brie, Camembert, Jarlsberg and Vermont Cheddar Cheese Display with
Grapes, Strawberries and Assorted Crackers
Green Pea, Water Chestnut and Baby Shrimp Salad with Sweet Chile and Curry Dressing
Penne Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pine Nut Pesto, Carrots, Mushrooms,
Snap Peas and Parmesan Cheese
Singapore Green Bean and Mango Salad, Red Onions and Cherry Tomatoes
“Easter Bread Basket” Fresh Breads, Muffins, Cinnamon Sticks and Hot Cross Buns
Seasonal Fruits, Grapes and Berries

Easter Bunny’s Favorites including Carrots, of Course!
Baked “Eggs Benedict” Bread Pudding
Scrambled Eggs with Chives and Cheese
Crisp Bacon and Sausage Links
Belgian Waffles, Strawberry Sauce, Maple Syrup
Cheese Blintzes with Fruit Compotes
Three Cheese Ravioli, Crispy Leeks and Green Peas and Three-Onion Alfredo Sauce
Minted Carrots with Orange Juice and Ginger
Baked Potato, Bacon and Cheese Casserole with Ritz Crumb Topping
Chicken and Sausage Hunter Style, Mushrooms, Onions,
Tomatoes and Demi Glace with Red Wine and Herbs
Baked Salmon Filet with Horseradish and Mustard Sauce, Panko Bread Crumbs and Herbs

“Ham-What-I-Yam” Carving Station
Easter Ham, Country Style Mustard Sauce
Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Double Jus
Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mint Jelly

We Saved the Best for Last, Our Easter Desserts
Easter Cupcakes, Easter Candy Corn and Chocolate Eggs, Ricotta Pie,
Double Chocolate Layer Cake, Pecan Cranberry Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream, Boston Cream Pie, Cheesecake with Berry Sauce, Lemon Cream Torte,
Mini Pastries, Cookies, Brownies and Congo Bars

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fund Raiser for Danversport Chemical Explosion Victims a Huge Success

The Hawthorne Hotel was pleased to host an event on Sunday night, March 11, as a benefit for the people who lost their homes in the chemical explosion that occurred this past November in Danvers, Massachusetts. We raised over $5,000 for the victims, which is being transmitted to a fund that has been set up to assist.

Here you see Julie Dougherty and her band, as they played during their segment of this show that featured over 15 bands and groups.

Here you see Claire Kallelis (right), the Hawthorne Hotel's Director of Food and Beverage with Honey O'Neil, who helped out with the event by working at the door that day. Honey used to work in our Tavern from 1976 to 1993, and she worked with Claire for a lot of those years.

Claire was so pleased to see Honey, along with a number of former staff members from the Hawthorne, at this event.

Here you can see an 'aerial view' of the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom, taken from our 'grandmother windows', with the band that was on stage at the time of this photo.

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Thank you to all of the bands and individuals who participated in making this event the huge success that it was, with special thanks to Julie Dougherty and Claire Kallelis for setting it all up!


Monday, March 12, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 12 through March 18, 2007

Monday , March 12 ~~ Georgia and Massachusetts
Tuesday , March 13 ~~ Germany and Michigan
Wednesday , March 14 ~~ Ghana and Micronesia
Thursday , March 15 ~~ Greece and Minnesota
Friday , March 16 ~~ Grenada and Mississippi
Saturday , March 17 ~~ Guatemala and Missouri
Sunday , March 18 ~~ Guinea and Montana

Each and every night our custodian changes the two flags flying on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel here in Salem, Massachusetts. We do this to help everyone stop, think and consider that we are all people of the world, and not just of our little communities.

We also will fly a special flag, so if you or someone you care about has a reason to request a special flag be flown when they are staying here, please do let us know.

We look forward to seeing you here.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Another Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party at the Hawthorne Hotel

On Friday night we were privileged to host yet another sweet sixteen birthday party, for another member of our staff. Emmy works here, as does her Dad (he's our chef, Steve), and as you can see, it appeared to be a big hit with Emmy and her friends. This party had a black and white theme, and Emmy was the standout in Red!

If you are planning a similar event, or virtually any kind of event, please contact our catering office for their able assistance. The staff there are so professional, and will help you think things through in the way that will make the best outcome for you and your guests. I know that they were very helpful to me in thinking of things that I had not considered, when we were planning my daughter's party.

The direct number is 978-825-4358. The office is staffed Monday through Saturday, every week.


Kayla, Emmy, Alex, Trina and Liz

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel Names Sandy Sinagra Part-time Employee of the Month February 2007

Sandy Sinagra is one of the most centered, poised, and efficiently friendly servers that I have ever experienced. I know if she is working an event, there is never going to be even so much as a hiccup that will be visible to our guests.

While Sandy only works for us part-time, we can truly tell you that she is a dedicated member of the Hawthorne Hotel team, and she has such terrific enthusiasm for what she does, even after the number of years that she has worked with us.

Sandy is like another set of eyes for the managment team of the Hawthorne Hotel, for she truly views each and every event that she does for us as though it were the most important event of the year.

We were so pleased to be able to present the part-time employee of the month award to her last night, and we are very grateful to have such stellar staff members on our team.

The photo on top could not be more apropos, with the star shining near Sandy's head, because she is most certainly a star to us.

Thanks for all you do, Sandy!

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Friday, March 09, 2007

The Hawthorne Hotel's Next Wine Dinner will be on April 11, 2007

Here are some photos from one of our previous wine dinners.

The Hawthorne Hotel Presents
an Evening of Great Food and Great Wines
Featuring Sebastiani Winery
“Uncommon Food and Wine, on the Common in Salem, MA”

Fried Zucchini, white bean hummus
Seared Spice-Crusted Ahi, marinated cucumbers and capers
Grilled Chicken Skewer, minted gremolata
Braised Pulled Pork, on mini polenta cakes with Roquefort encrusted goat cheese
2005 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
2003 Merlot, Sonoma County

Fresh steamed asparagus
over wilted arugula, garnished with butter-poached lobster,
lemon butter with black truffles
2004 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River

Seared Cervena Venison Strip Loin Carpaccio
Fava bean puree, porcini mushroom oil, balsamic syrup and fresh pecorino
2004 Zinfandel, Dry Creek

Free Range and Natural Trio
Grilled spring lamb rib chop with rhubarb-lemon rind relish,
seared jumbo sea scallop, free-range duck confit with fennel,
potato and spring onion gratin
2004 Secolo, Sonoma Red Wine

Fresh Passion Fruit Sabayon
with tropical mangos, kiwi and strawberries served with almond lace cookies
2004 Symphony Clarksburg, California

Wednesday April 11, 2007 at 6:30pm
$75 Per Person including tax and gratuity
For ticket information please call (978) 825-4311

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Salem News Talks About Our Community Outreach Event, Sunday March 11, 2007

This article was published today by the Salem News, and I thought you might be interested in reading it.

Helping hands: Local musicians stage concert to benefit victims of Danversport explosion

By Rebecca Schoonmaker , Staff writerSalem News

SALEM - Performing at the Hawthorne Hotel on Christmas Eve is a holiday tradition for Salem musician Julie Dougherty. Each year during the concert in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, she passes around a hat to collect donations for different causes. Last Christmas, that cause was to help the victims of November's Danversport explosion.

But Dougherty and the hotel managers wanted to do more for those affected by the blast."We thought, 'Why don't we do something larger?" hotel manager Claire Kallelis said.While the Environmental Protection Agency worked to clean up the explosion site, Dougherty went to work rounding up local musicians to play at a benefit concert. "Initially, I thought we'd have four or five bands," Dougherty said.

But once the word got out, everyone in the local music scene wanted to help; more than 15 North Shore and Cape Ann artists agreed to hop on board for an all-day show in the Hawthorne Hotel's Grand Ballroom this weekend."It's the same spirit as Christmas Eve, but we're doing it in March," Kallelis said.

The concert is shaping up to be sort of a reunion afternoon for many of the musicians involved. It's a chance for them to catch up and see each other perform, which they say they seldom get the chance to do. "Getting all these musicians together in one place doesn't happen that often," said Sal Baglio of Swampscott, who will perform with his trio. Some, like Dougherty and Baglio, are looking forward to seeing each other and playing for their loyal local fan base.

For other musicians, like cover band Night Owls, this concert is a chance for good exposure. A group of old friends from Beverly and Gloucester, the Night Owls haven't had many opportunities to play live since they formed about two years ago."We've only played out maybe 12 times," says the Night Owls' Roger Carmody, who says the band plays "oldies with a twist" - the lesser known "B side" songs by groups such as the Byrds. Guests at the benefit will be able to view a slew of local blues, rock, folk and cover bands.

And many bands will have their CDs available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Danversport victims as well.The event will also feature raffles for gifts donated by local businesses and a cash bar. Guests will get a stamp allowing them to come and go from the event throughout the day.

"It's the sister city reaching out and helping," Dougherty says.

* What: Concert to benefit victims of the Danversport explosion
* When: Sunday from 1 to 9:30 p.m.
* Where: Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square, Salem
* How: The cost is a $10 donation.
Performance schedule:
Guy Ford, 1 p.m.
Jesse Ciarmatarro, 1:35 p.m.
Night Owls, 2:10 p.m.The Merj, 2:45 p.m.
The Brian Maes Band, 3:20 p.m.
Greg Tower and Jennifer Tobiasz, 3:55 p.m.
Erinn Brown Band, 4:30 p.m.
The Moes, 5:05 p.m.
Sal Baglio Trio, 5:40 p.m.
Marty Rowen and Last Call For Blues, 6:15 p.m.
5-Day Weekend, 6:50 p.m.
Taylor Armerding, 7:25 p.m.
Julie Dougherty, 8 p.m.
Dan King, 8:35 p.m.
Bobby Keyes Trio, 9:10 p.m.
Guest appearances throughout the day by Dave Mattacks
We hope to see you here, and also send our special thanks to Rebecca Schoonmaker and the Salem News.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A special ceremony in the Lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel

All last week we were privileged to have a very special group of people staying with us at the Hawthorne Hotel. They were here as part of the PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) programming, and as you can see here, they bonded in a very special way with their hostess for the week, Merry Glosband, of the PEM staff.

I thought you might be interested in seeing some photos that we took of the ceremony that they conducted in our lobby, as they gave Merry some thank you gifts on the evening before their departure.

They were from Alaska and Hawaii, and in their honor we flew the flags of those two states last week. Check out our flags of the week postings every Monday, it you want a hint about any special guests staying with us.


Jack Dalton from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, with Merry Glosband of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Performers from the ECHO Performing Arts Festival, featuring storytellers, musicians and dancers from Hawai`i, Massachusetts and Alaska, gather in the lobby of the Historic Hawthorne Hotel, for a few moments of celebration at the end of a full day of performances at the Peabody Essex Museum. The festival has traveled from Hawai`i to Martha's Vineyard, to Salem, MA, and will continue at New Bedford's AHA!, Thursday evening March 8th, before heading to Alaska on March 18th.

Pictured here are (standing from the left) Jonathan Perry, Kamakoa Page, Debra Dommek, and Sarah Parks. In front: Jack Dalton and Merry Glosband.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

March Specials in the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel

Here are photos of the entrees that are the main courses of the three-course meals that you can purchase in our Tavern Restaurant this month, Sunday through Wednesday evenings, for only $13 per person, or two for $26. These special dinners are available from 5 pm to 10 pm on those nights of the week.

We hope to see you here.


Chicken Mojito, rum, lime and mint sauce, steamed rice, julienne carrots and green beans.

Baked Haddock with mushrooms "Bonne Femme", boiled red bliss potatoes, and steamed broccoli.

Antipasto Pizza, andouille sausage, fresh mozzarella, artichokes, roasted peppers and shaved Parmesan Cheese.
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 5 through 11, 2007

We are back to our normal alphabetical order again this week, now that our special guests from Alaska and Hawaii have gone back home. If you have a special request related to a stay in the Hawthorne, or a special event here, or in the City of Salem, please let us know.


Monday, March 5
Ethiopia and Indiana

Tuesday, March 6
Fiji and Iowa

Wednesday, March 7
Finland and Kansas

Thursday, March 8
France and Kentucky

Friday, March 9
Gabon and Louisiana

Saturday, March 10
Gambia and Maine

Sunday, March 11
Georgia and Maryland

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A nice note from some guests. . .

Here is a note we received from someone who is in the same business as we are. She and her family stayed with us in December. I just happened upon her email and realized I had never posted it, so here it is:

Dear Shannon,

This weekend I stayed at your facility with my husband and two children. I was the lucky winner of the gift certificate you donated to our holiday party last year. (We did a trade for our hotel as well.)

As a veteran traveler and member of the hotel industry I wanted to let you know our stay was wonderful! The size of the room was very comfortable (especially having 2 closets) the staff was very attentive and helpful with giving us directions, making dinner reservations, providing maps, etc.

Thanks to you and your staff we truly enjoyed a relaxing weekend during this very busy holiday season.


Newport, R.I

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Another Very Special Occasion at the Hawthorne Hotel

Lisa and Kevin Gauthier, with daughters Alison and Angelina, celebrating the adoption of Angelina into the Gauthier family

The occasion was called a celebration of sisters, because it was the joining of Alison and Angelina together as sisters.

Lisa used to come to the Hawthorne Hotel as a child, when our restaurant was called the Main Brace, and she has enjoyed many special events, and holiday celebrations with us.

We are so pleased that you and your friends and family, shown in the photo below, chose to celebrate this very special occasion with us!

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Congratulations Maureen & Stephen!

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If you read our blog, you will already know that we love helping our customers celebrate occasions, whether big or small. Today we happened upon Maureen and Stephen who were here celebrating the purchase of a new home in Newburyport.

It was actually a bit of a double celebration, because they got married here five years ago, and so this was a kind of anniversary celebration as well.

Maureen is from Malden, and Stephen is from Roslindale, but they had moved to Chicago, and now are moving back to the North Shore because they love it here so much.

They told me that they chose the Hawthorne Hotel for their wedding reception because they had been so impressed with the excellent attention to service detail that they had observed when they came here to check us out, and that all proved to be spot on, as the night of their wedding was simply perfect.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Maureen and Stephen. We look forward to your return.

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