Saturday, June 30, 2007

Fourth of July Festivities in Salem

Forget about the HUGE crowds on the Esplanade in Boston for the fourth -- Salem is the place to celebrate. Here is what is on tap for that evening, all funded through private donations:

4 pm -- Kids' Space will open with a DJ to entertain the kids, dancing, games, contests and prizes. Free face-painting and arts and crafts.

5 pm -- Singer Juliet Lloyd performs original pop, rock and soul songs.

7:15 pm -- Opening ceremonies at Derby Wharf including a flyover by the 104th Air National Guard A-10 Fighter Wing Unit

Immediately following -- the Hillyer Festival Orchestra playing 2 hours of pops music.

9:15 pm -- Fireworks display over Derby Wharf.

The Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel makes a great place to stop for dinner before you go, since we serve food in that room from 11 am to 11 pm, it will also be a good place to stop afterwards, for something to finish off the evening.

I hope to see you here.


Friday, June 29, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

Here are some comments from our guests, that I thought you might enjoy reading:

A very large charitable organization's executive director and development coordinator wrote,

"Dear Juli and Karen:

On behalf of the Spring Gala Committee, we want to convey to you how pleased we were with Color Our World: Spring Gala 2007. We are especially grateful for your efforts to make it such a fabulous event. Thank you for sharing your creativity and vision.

As always, the hotel staff exhibited professionalism and was committed to making our event a success. They were helpful from beginning to end and made sure each detail was in place. The decorations and food were absolutely wonderful and we continue to get complements on both.

Again, thank you for everything you do for us!"

Marie of Bangor, Maine said

"FANTASTIC! It's great to return after 50 years! It was worth the wait."

Gil & Doreen of Union City, New Jersey wrote,

"To the Staff at the Hawthorne,

Just wanted to thank you all for a wonderful visit to Salem --

Everyone was so courteous and friendly and being it was our 25th anniversary we really can't say enough!

From Steve, the night manager, to Judy in Nathaniel's, our stay was a pleasure.

Our 25th anniversary in Salem is one we will never forget.

Many thanks to all and we will definitely return."

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel Made "The List"

We recently learned that Salem has received a designation as one of the 1000 Places to See Before You Die, in the book of the same name, written specifically about places to see in the USA and Canada, by Patricia Schultz.

Not only did Salem receive this special designation, but indeed so did the Hawthorne Hotel, about which Ms. Schultz said "Hang your hat at the Hawthorne Hotel, which joins several attractive buildings surrounding the Salem Common and is the classiest choice in town."

Her original book about the 1000 places to see before you die (in the world) was on the New York Times best seller list for longer than any other travel book. There is no doubt that this follow up book will be equally as popular.

If you are looking for a copy, we do have some for sale at our front desk.

I hope to see you here.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

When it's really hot outside, where do you like to go?

For me, nothing beats cooling off in front of a giant movie screen with a Fresca and a bag of popcorn with real butter! And that is exactly what you can get at Cinema Salem.

Now I know you might think I could be getting paid big bucks for these plugs, but it is really just a place I like, and I want you, my loyal Hawthorne Hotel Blog readers, to know about my favorite places. They could triple my pay and I would still get ZERO for this effort. I just like to see non-megaplex, non-giant, locally-owned and operated businesses succeed.

Cinema Salem is awesome. Not only is it great in terms of quality, but it is also the most reasonably priced movie experience around. I'm guessing that people who live in Boston could come up here on the train, walk the two blocks to the theater, and save boatloads of money on the price of admission and snacks, versus the cost to go out in Boston, even counting the trainfare! That's how inexpensive it is.

Here are exerpts from their weekly newsletter which I thoroughly enjoy. If you want to sign up for your own (FREE) subscription, you can go to their website, which is and do just that.


Wow! It feels like the summer has arrived with a vengence. We're celebrating with frigid cold air conditioning and a bevy of new films.

Before we get to the big schedule, some of you have written in asking if we could possibly present some world-class entertainment in the Café this Friday night at 8:30 featuring at least one distinguished-looking man -- for free! The answer is: yes; we've arranged for jazz singer-guitarist- humorist Michael Kirsch to perform, starting at 8:30.

Now the schedule: Opening this Friday is the only major film we've ever seen this close to its opening with a unanimous 100% rating on (a compendium of critics' reviews). RATATOUILLE (PG- 110 minutes) is charming, sophisticated, funny, heartfelt, and dazzling. "Pixar has packed so much fun and entertainment into their latest that you'll probably want to see it again as soon as it's over." writes Rolling Stone adds, "What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you. And get a load of that score from Michael Giacchino, a perfect compliment to a delicious meal."

The great RATATOUILLE will play every day at CinemaSalem at 11:15 AM, 1:45, 4:15, 7:00 and 9:30.

Then, as if that isn't enough, we'll premiere another huge picture on Monday night at 8 and 11:15, the long-anticipated TRANSFORMERS (PG-13 - 130 minutes). Before we describe the movie, it's our civic obligation to let you know the somewhat disturbing news that aliens will be taking over the world next week, and our last chance for survival rests in the hands of a young man named Sam, who looks a lot like Shia LaBeouf.

Often, when things aren't going well in the news (such as aliens taking over the world), the public likes to head to air conditioned movie theaters for a little escape. We think TRANSFORMERS might be just the sort of film to take your mind off the invasion. Emmanuel Levy writes, "Artistically what might have been like a big, noisy amusement park with lots of attractions to choose, is actually more unified and involving due to Spielberg's creative input and LaBeouf's acting."

TRANFORMERS will open on Monday night with a huge premiere at 8 pm, followed by another show at 11:15, for those people who want to escape the stresses of every day life twice in one night. Tuesday-Thursday, the movie will play at 11:40 AM, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00

My daughter and I are heading to EVAN ALMIGHTY (PG - 90 minutes) this week, buoyed by reviews like this one from the Film Journal International, "Both fun and serious as it bestows its important messages about family, responsibility and the environment," and this one from the Underground Online, "It's like a lazy summer day - too light and inconsequential to really get excited about, but you have to be pretty cranky to complain too loudly."

At first glance, it's hard to say for sure whether EVAN ALMIGHTY has a 100% rating on, but it did inspire this inscrutable rave-of-the-year from the Philadephia Daily News, "If Jerry Falwell weren't dead already, this movie might have killed him," and that was in a positive review!

EVAN will entertain crowds at CinemaSalem every day at 12:15, 2:45, 5:25, 7:35 and 9:55. On Monday, July 2, we will present EVAN ALMIGHTY as the special Mom and Baby show at 11 am (replacing the normal 12:15 screening).

Thanks to the Boston Globe's Nick Zaino III for giving our Mom and Baby Shows a big writeup in Sidekick this past Monday!

And finally, OCEAN'S 13 has proven so popular that we're holding it over until Monday. That means if you're in the mood for sophisticated entertainment featuring good-looking men, you'll have to choose between this movie and Michael Kirsch playing the guitar on Friday night in the Café.

OCEAN'S 13 (PG-13 -- 113 minutes) will play Friday-Sunday at 11:40 AM, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 and 10:00. On Monday it will play at 11:40 AM, 2:15, and 4:50, making way for the alien invasion that evening


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Getting to Salem

Did you know that you can come and go from Salem via the Salem Ferry? With the warm weather upon us, there is nothing nicer than a cruise on the open water, and the Salem Ferry is such a lovely, and relatively inexpensive way to do it.

Once you arrive in Salem, you can take a trolley right into the heart of downtown Salem, where you can continue on the trolley ride to get a general orientation to the city. It stops right at the Salem Visitor's Center, where you can also see a free video that gives a great overall view of what there is that is special to learn about in Salem. For more information, go to

For more information on the Salem Ferry, go to Be sure to check out the special late afternoon rates. A very good deal, and a nice way for you to ride the ferry to Salem for dinner.

I hope to see you here, at the Hawthorne Hotel, perhaps in our casual Tavern, or our more elegant Nathaniel's Restaurant.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 25 through July 1, 2007

It is likely that if you check back through prior Flags of the Week posts, that Ireland (requested for this Saturday June 29) is probably the most-requested country flag we have. This is a pure guess on my part, so if any of you loyal blog readers want to check and let me know, I would be happy to hear the real 'winner' from you.

Monday , June 25TH ~~ Swaziland and Idaho
Tuesday , June 26TH ~~ Sweden and Illinois
Wednesday , June 27TH ~~ Switzerland and Indiana
Thursday , June 28TH ~~ Syria and Iowa
Friday , June 29TH ~~ Ireland and Kansas
Saturday , June 30TH ~~ Tajikistan and Kentucky
Sunday , July 1ST ~~ Timor and Louisiana


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Our Guests Offer Their Perspective On Visiting Salem

Several months ago we were fortunate to be one of the hosts to a group of international travel writers visiting Salem. I happened upon the article that one of them wrote about Salem, and thought that it shed an excellent perspective on "A stroll in New England", that you might enjoy reading as well.

Here is the link:

Let me know if you find this helpful.

I look forward to seeing you here.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Our Customers Say the Nicest Things About Us!

The following letter came to us from a group of people who were in the hotel for several days having a number of meetings:

Linda and I express our sincere gratitude to the "Team" at the Hawthorne Hotel, from the time we checked-in to the time we checked-out and all the moments in-between your "Team" was top notch.

We experienced a very pleasant, knowledgeable and accomplished group of employees at the Hawthorne Hotel. This group did not seem like employees but more as a team of people available to make our stay and event a memorable experience. Linda and I were impressed at how flexible The Hawthorne Hotel Team was with the change of venue starting on our first night by allowing a forty-five minute delay in serving the meal, at our request, to the last day of serving the meal forty-five minutes earlier than planned, again at our request. This team is awesome and inspiring.

We consider the facility and meals, but most of all the "TEAM" to be one of the major contributing factors for a successful Region 1 meeting. Again, thank you for all your hard work to have made The Hawthorne Hotel a great experience of the (name of group) Region 1 annual meeting.



Friday, June 22, 2007

Beautiful Wedding Flowers and Accessories

Being in the hotel business has definite advantages, and one of them is that we get to look at beautiful flower arrangements virtually every weekend.

These photos of the arrangements at a recent wedding show another style, one that was enhanced by the use of table cards that related to various dance styles. These were from the wedding of Laura and James Wrisley.

We hope you enjoy this insiders view of another detail of life here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Roberta Clement of the Salem Common Neighborhood Association, Etc.

Recently I read an article in the Salem News about Roberta Clement winning an "Unsung Heroine" award which was presented to her at the State House. She was nominated for this award by Representative John Keenan for all of the work that she has done for the community of Salem through her extraordinary involvement in a number of projects, such as the restoration of the Roger Conant statue, her work with the Salem Garden Club in beautifying a lot of Salem, and her work for the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.
Roberta was thrilled and completely surprised by this award, but we at the Hawthorne Hotel were not, because we know just how much Roberta does for Salem.

This past week the Garden Club had a dinner meeting at the Hawthorne, and I was able to congratulate Roberta on behalf of the Hotel, and to snap this photo of her.

It is so nice to be part of a community where so many people really care and work toward making it a better place for us all. I thought you would enjoy learning a little bit more about how Salem benefits from the people who live here and love it here.

Thank you, Roberta, for all that you do for Salem!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel Presents Part-time Employee of the Month for May

Here you see Danny Matias and Marcus Wilcox congratulating Tiffany Mento on her award as our Part-time Employee of the Month for May, 2007. Tiffany works as a server in both the Tavern and Nathaniel's Restaurants. She can adapt easily to either the casual atmosphere of the Tavern, or the more upscale service in Nathaniel's.
Tiffany has grown and developed during her tenure with us at the Hawthorne Hotel -- she is the kind of person who always strives to improve each day over her performance on the day before, and it shows in her abilities in both rooms.
Tiffany even helps out in banquets from time to time. We are very grateful to her, and others like her on the Hawthorne Hotel team, because as a team we continue to succeed in providing our guests with the very best in service.
Congratulations, Tiffany! Thanks for all you do.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel Presents Full-Time Employee of the Month May 2007

Here we are congratulating Bill Soper on his award, Full-Time Employee of the Month for May 2007. Bill is one of those 'unsung heroes' of the Hawthorne Hotel.

He works in our banquet department as a set-up person, which means he is one of the people who makes sure that all of the banquet rooms are set up exactly as each individual meeting or function specifies. He sees to the cleanliness of the function rooms, and makes sure that every detail is perfectly set in place.

In addition, Bill often functions as a steward for the banquet department -- another role which is unseen by our guests, but a hugely important part of the heart of the Hawthorne Hotel's operation.

Bill, thanks for all you do, and CONGRATULATIONS!


Photo left to right: Juli Lederhaus, Bill Soper, Claire Kallelis and Liz Dube
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 18 through 24, 2007

Here are this week's flags that will be flown on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel each day. In addition, we will fly the flag of the United States of America on the roof of the hotel, on top of our giant flagpole.

Monday , June 18th ~~ Slovenia and Connecticut
Tuesday , June 19th ~~ Somalia and Delaware
Wednesday , June 20th ~~ South Africa and District of Columbia
Thursday , June 21st ~~ Spain and Florida
Friday , June 22nd ~~ Sri Lanka and Georgia
Saturday , June 23rd ~~ Sudan and Guam
Sunday , June 24th ~~ Suriname and Hawaii

If you have a special request for us regarding country or state flags, please do ask.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Wisteria in Bloom

Ropes Mansion Gardens, Essex Street near Summer Street, Salem.

I am fortunate to be able to walk through these gardens, which are open to the public, and owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, every morning and evening on my walks to and from the Hawthorne Hotel.

I thought you might enjoy seeing these photos which I took last month. I apologize for the delay in getting them posted.

The historic nooks and crannies of Salem are part of the delight in both living and visiting here. I hope you are able to enjoy these kinds of views on your next visit to Salem.
I hope to see you here.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Before and After

One weekend ago we had a unique wedding couple here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

They enjoy dancing, and they surprised everyone in the room by making a second entrance, this time in their Tango Clothing, for a spin around the dance floor doing an outrageously good tango.

Here you can see them in the same place in the hotel, in both outfits that they wore that afternoon.

We love to see how differently couples will do their special events here at the hotel, and thought you might enjoy seeing too!

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Friday, June 15, 2007

17th Century Saturdays in Salem

Are you interested in learning more about Salem. Check out this informational article published by the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For some photos of these places in Salem, go to

Celebrate Salem
Four Centuries of Architecture and Design
Celebrate historic Salem’s architectural heritage. Special exhibitions, house tours, workshops and more highlight the city's impressive array of period homes and historically significant neighborhoods. Plus, take advantage of special packages at Salem area hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts.

Salem has been designated one of the Top Twelve distinctive destinations in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Celebrate Salem is the collaborative effort of a group of Salem organizations in recognition of this honor.

Architectural Heritage

A City by the Sea
Salem, Massachusetts was founded in 1626. By the end of the seventeenth century, one English traveler was pleasantly surprised to find “in this towne are some very rich merchants.” Those merchants made money from the codfish trade, shipping dried fish and timber products to sugar plantations in the West Indies, then moving molasses, sugar, rum, and other products between British ports on both sides of the Atlantic. That wealth allowed large timber-framed mansions to be built for merchants as well as more modest homes for mariners and craftsmen. These homes contained as many imported porcelains, textiles, and furniture as their owners could afford.

In the eighteenth century, Salem reached the heights of prosperity and power as merchants profited from privateering during the American Revolution and the post-revolutionary East Indies trade. Large “mansion houses,” as their owners described them, were built along Essex and Derby Streets, while less successful merchants and captains built smaller homes along the side streets of the town. By 1800, Chestnut, Essex, and Federal Streets were lined with the three-story, box-shaped houses that were very fashionable during the Federal era.

Salem lost her prominence as an international seaport in the 1820s and 1830s as American shipping centralized in deeper harbors like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The Industrial Revolution, however, meant that factories moved into the city, and thousands of immigrants flooded into the area to work in the mills. The workers moved into multi-family homes situated between the houses of earlier generations, and Victorian office buildings and stores replaced some of the merchants’ mansions on Essex and Washington Streets.

Today, as you walk the streets of Salem, you can see the best of four centuries of architecture contained within the one-mile-wide center of historic Salem. From the 1668 House of the Seven Gables, to the grand mansions of Chestnut Street, to the charming Victorian cottages near the Salem Common, the City of Salem is rich with architectural treasures.

Historic Sites

Step back in time…
Spend a day or two exploring Salem’s historic streets and neighborhoods, world-class museums, and National Park Service site. Begin your visit at the National Park Service Salem Regional Visitor Center , located on New Liberty and Essex Streets, where the rangers and volunteers can help you plan your visit. Next to the Visitor Center is the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continuously operating museum in the country. PEM was founded by Salem merchants in 1799 and features exquisite works of art and culture from New England and around the world. Its architectural holdings include the John Ward House (1684), the Gardner-Pingree House (1804) by Samuel McIntire, and Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house from China reassembled in its entirety at the museum. The museum also houses an important collection of American decorative arts, featuring period furniture, portraiture, costumes and folk art.

The McIntire District
Just a 10 minute walk up Essex Street takes you to the City’s west side and the McIntire District. This historic neighborhood is named for Salem’s renowned architect and carver Samuel McIntire (1757-1811). Many superb examples of the Federal style for which McIntire was known can be found in this area, alongside other fine examples of American architecture.

On the corner of Essex and North Streets is The Jonathan Corwin or Witch House (before 1675). The Corwin Family was one of the many merchant families of 17th century Salem, and Jonathan Corwin, who bought the house in 1675, was one of the judges of the 1692 witchcraft trials. The interior has been restored and furnished to the late 17th century.

Two doors west of the Corwin House is the First Church of Salem. The church was founded in 1629, and it is the second oldest congregation in the United States. The current church was built in 1835, and is one of the best examples of early Gothic style architecture on the North Shore.

Next door is the Ropes Mansion (1727, renovated 1894), built in the Georgian style and later renovated in the Colonial Revival style. Behind the mansion is a beautifully restored Colonial Revival garden, which is open to the public daily. The house, which is owned and operated by the Peabody Essex Museum, is open by appointment.

Across from the Ropes Mansion is The Salem Athenaeum (1907). Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the building in 2007, the Athenaeum is a Colonial Revival copy of the Carroll family’s Federal mansion “Homewood” in Baltimore, Maryland. The Athenaeum is a membership library founded in 1760. It offers exhibits, lectures, and courses to the general public, as well as housing an extensive collection of rare and contemporary books.

One block south of Essex Street is Chestnut Street, which was called by P.D. James, “one of the most beautiful streets in America.” Chestnut Street was laid out between 1796 and 1805, and many of the houses were built between 1805 and 1825.

On the western end of Chestnut Street is Historic New England’s Phillips House (1800/1821, renovated 1911-12), a Federal style mansion that was renovated in the early 20th century Colonial Revival style by architect William G. Rantoul. It contains art and artifacts from five generations of the Phillips family.

On the eastern end of the street is Hamilton Hall (1805), designed by architect and woodcarver Samuel McIntire. The Hall, originally a gathering place for the local Federalist party, boasts fine examples of McIntire’s work, including carved swags and a Federal eagle at the roof line. (return to top)

The Derby Street District
Just a short walk from the NPS Visitors Center will bring you to Salem’s historic waterfront where you will find two significant groups of architectural treasures. Salem Maritime National Historic Site’s holdings include the Narbonne House (1675), the Derby House (1762) and the imposing Custom House (1819), the building described in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s American classic, The Scarlet Letter.

Further down Derby Street is The House of the Seven Gables (1668), one of the finest 17th century wooden mansions in New England. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name. Hawthorne’s birthplace, an 18th century middle class home, and several other 17th and 18th century buildings were moved to the grounds in the 20th century.

Celebrate Salem Members
Destination Salem
Essex National Heritage Commission
Hamilton Hall
Historic Salem, Inc.
House of the Seven Gables
John Corwin House
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Peabody Essex Museum
Historic New England’s Phillips House
Salem Athenaeum
Salem Chamber
National Park Service


© 2007 North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Used by permission.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel Blog Wins National Award

If you read this blog "from cover to cover" you will already know that it won a Massachusetts Lodging Association Stars of the Industry award earlier this year.

Yesterday we were presented with the same award, but this time it was a national recognition, given by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Here is a link to the story in Hotel Motel Magazine.

It is so nice to be recognized by such a prestigious award as this!


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

One of Our Favorite Customers

Last week I snapped this photo of Dr. Nancy Harrington, as she prepared to give her last welcome speech to those of us gathered in the Grand Ballroom before the Salem State Series Event.

Dr. Harrington is retiring as the president of Salem State College, after a long and illustrious career.

But the real reason I took this photo is that Nancy is a great friend and customer of the Hawthorne Hotel. She regularly uses the Tavern as a place for a casual meal, and often stays with us when storms threaten her waterfront home.

She will be missed at Salem State, but we hope she will continue to be one of our favorite customers at the Hawthorne Hotel!

The Hawthorne Hotel thanks you so much for all you have done for our community.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Jake Benjamin Girard's Bar Mitzvah

This past weekend we had a unique bar mitzvah celebration here a the Hawthorne Hotel The theme was football, as you can see by these photos.

We hope you enjoy seeing another slice of life here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


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Monday, June 11, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 11 through 17, 2007

Here are the flags for the coming week. If you have a special request for a country or state flag to be flown, please just ask.

Monday , June 11th ~~ Sao Tome and Principe Alabama
Tuesday , June 12th ~~ Saudi Arabia and Alaska
Wednesday , June 13th ~~ Senegal and American Samoa
Thursday , June 14th ~~ Seychelles and Arizona
Friday , June 15th ~~ Sierra Leone and Arkansas
Saturday , June 16th ~~ Singapore and California
Sunday , June 17th ~~ Slovakia and Colorado


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Father's Day Is Coming ~~ We have a gift that is the BEST!!!

If you don't know what to get Dad, here is a great suggestion ~~
our upcoming BEER dinner in July is just the thing!
Here is the menu, and all the details:

“Ipswich Ale Beer Dinner”
“Uncommon Food and Beer, on the Common, in Salem, MA”

Here is the menu you have been awaiting.
Please make your reservations EARLY as these special dinners ALWAYS are fully subscribed. Don't be disappointed. This menu is awesome!

Lobster Tacos
Sausage and Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza
Oyster and Oatmeal Stout Shooters, micro celery and black pepper
New England Cheddar Sampler, breads and crackers
Ipswich Ale and Ipswich Summer
Cranes Beach Cooler (vodka with watermelon and raspberry-lime soda)

First Course ~~ Fish and Chips
Beer-battered fried local cod served in a crispy potato cup,Ipswich mustard and malt vinegar sauce, garnished with fried Ipswich clams
Ipswich I.P.A.
Second Course ~~ Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sate
Local greens with soba noodles and sesame-soy vinaigrette
Ipswich Nut Brown Ale
Third Course ~~ Summer Kobe Beef Sampler
The “Perfect Mini Cheeseburger”Grafton cheddar, heirloom tomatoes and lettuce on a sesame roll
Grilled Kobe Beef Flank Steak
Home-made steak sauce
Barbequed Kobe Beef Short Rib
Porter barbeque sauce, served with shoestring French fries
Ipswich Porter
Fourth Course ~~ Dessert
Soft and Warm Center Chocolate Cake
Caramel and stout sauce and a short mocha frappe
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Wednesday July 18, 2007 at 6:30pm
$75 Per Person including tax and gratuity
For ticket information please call (978) 825-4311

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A Link to Our Wedding Blog

Even if you are not planning a wedding, you might be interested in this post. We, here at the Hawthorne Hotel, get a 'front-row seat' to see lots of different things each week. One of the things we get to see is lots and lots of weddings.

Here is a link to our Wedding Blog, where you can see the most recent post about wedding details. There are photos of the wedding that we had in the Ballroom on Friday night, which show how creative our guests can be when it comes to the kinds of details that they enjoy doing for their special event.


Friday, June 08, 2007

The Big Double-Nickel!

On June 7, 1952, Mary and Edmund Reinhalter of Hamilton, Massachusetts, had their wedding reception in the Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel.

Yesterday, they came in for lunch to celebrate their FIFTY-FIFTH anniversary. That is quite a milestone, and I didn't want to let it go without marking it by posting this photo on our Blog.

There were here for every anniversary since they were married, and last year I blogged the occasion. They told me when visited yesterday that even friends in New York picked up on the article.

So, once again, CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks so much for making the Hawthorne Hotel part of your special celebration.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

A Nice E-Mail and Interesting Connection

I have belonged to a 'users group' on the Internet for about 12 or 13 years. It is a group of chefs, current, former and wanna-be's. Many of the members have been on as along as I have, and consequently I have a number of friends whom I have never met. This week, that changed a bit, and I got to meet Jim Nardulli.

He posted the following to our users' group, and I thought you might enjoy his perspective, in spite of the fact that he made Salem sound more like Seattle:

Well, I can tell you a few things about Salem, MA. To begin, I think that there is a serious problem there. No one has told the people there that it is June. They were wearing coats! This is acceptable behavior in June only in San Francisco. Strongly worded letter to the mayor will be forthcoming.

Another observation is that it rains in Salem. A lot. And, when it is not raining, there is this sort of misting thing going on. Not a good thing for the creases in one's trousers.

I was unable to spot a single witch. This is unacceptable. There are references, a museum even, but not a witch to be found. I had with me a long list of much needed evil-mongerings together with a pocketful of cash - I figured I could settle a few scores by buying some spells and causing some misadventures to befall a certain group of people who over the years have pissed me off. I left Salem with my list and my cash. (Well, most of it.)

So, forget Salem if what you need is a witch or two, evil spells, balmy, sun-filled days, or an airport experience that is a step up from root canal. You won't find those things there.

What you will find is the Hawthorne Hotel. Some of you might recognize this as the Hotel that is run by our own Juli Lederhaus.

Well to Salem I went, and Juli I met. . . . If pressed to describe Juli, recognizing that it is always a dangerous undertaking to attempt such a description, I would have to do so by describing instead the environment she has created and the people that surround her.

The Hawthorne HOtel is old. And so, it has all of the charms of an old building. Everything that you might conjure up when thinking about old New England hotels is right there. I happen to love that sort of hotel, so I felt right at home.

The place is well maintained and really very well appointed. But, the thing that struck me was that each staff member I met during my two night stay was someone I would hire.

I arrived after midnight on Sunday night, and was warmly greeted. The bartender, even though he had done last call already, made sure I had something to drink.

The service in the restaurant was outstanding. Lots of small details looked after and always a smile from everyone. The mark of a good waiter or bartender is an ability to anticipate what you want, and this was the case with everyone I met there. That is, frankly, a hard thing to achieve.

Juli - great to meet you and thanks for the hospitality!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Nathaniel's June Dinner Specials

Two Dinners, three-courses each, for only $50 total ($25 per person) is such a great value. This month's choices are: Smoked Black Sea Salt and Herb-Crusted Haddock, lemon buerre blanc, wild rice pilaf, sauteed broccolini, and wild mushrooms, as shown in the top photo.

The bottom photo is of the Grilled Balsamic Duck Breast, served over spinach salad with Mandarin oranges, pistachios, and grilled vegetables.

Chocolate Polenta Cake is the most awesomely rich chocolate torte ever devised. If you crave chocolate, this is the dessert for you.

For reservations call 978-825-4311. I hope to see you here.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tavern June Specials

Each month we offer some special value menus in each of our two restaurants. Here are June's specials for the Tavern.

Starting at the top we have Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza. This is a delicious combination, which makes a very substantial meal for one person, with plenty to take home.

The next photo is of the Country Fried Chicken, with mashed potates, gravy, peas and baby carrots. The chicken is all breast meat, boneless, and breaded right here. It is so delicious, my mouth is watering just thinking about tasting it again.

The last photo is of the Sesame Salmon Kabobs, served with lemon rice and fresh broccoli. If you are looking for a healthy dinner that is delicious at the same time, this is the dinner for you!

These special items are served as a three-course meal, including salad and dessert of the day, all for only $13 per person. There is no better value in Salem than the Tavern, Sunday through Wednesday nights. I hope to see you here.


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Monday, June 04, 2007

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 4 through 10, 2007

Monday June 4 ~~ Russian Federation and Utah

Tuesday June 5 ~~ Rwanda and Vermont

Wednesday June 6 ~~ St. Kitts and Nevis, and Virginia

Thursday June 7 ~~ St. Lucia and Washington

Friday June 8 ~~ St. Vincent and West Virginia

Saturday June 9 ~~ Samoa and Wisconsin

Sunday June 10 ~~ San Marino and Wyoming


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Paul Beausoleil Named Hawthorne Hotel's Employee of the Month for March 2007

Left to right: Shannon Civitarese, Director of Rooms; Paul Beausoleil; and Juli Lederhaus, General Manager

On Saturday night we all gathered together at approximately 10:30 pm to surprise Paul with his award as employee of the month. Between vacations and other obligations, it took us a couple of months to make our way to the hotel in enough strength to make an impact, and to really let Paul know how much we appreciate his work as our overnight custodian.

During the month of March this year, if you remember reading this blog, we replaced nearly every rug in the lobby and other public areas of the Hawthorne Hotel. Paul is the person on our team who is most adept at taping these Oriental carpets down so that they stay put in the places where we want them. So, for that reason and many others, we chose to recognize him for extraordinary accomplishments.

Thanks, Paul, for all that you do, and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Juli and the team of the Hawthorne Hotel

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

What Others Are Saying About the Hawthorne Hotel

Here is a link to an article in a newsletter/blog called Time Out New York. We thought it was a very good perspective of what many people expect when they come to Salem. It was well-written, and has some good photos. I hope you enjoy reading this couple's take on visiting Salem, from New York.

I look forward to seeing you here at the Hawthorne Hotel, in historic Salem, Massachusetts,


Friday, June 01, 2007

Hot Summer and Great Food and Cold Beer -- Is There a Better Combination?

The Hawthorne Hotel Presents
an Evening of Great Food and Great Beers
“Ipswich Ale Beer Dinner”
“Uncommon Food and Beer, on the Common, in Salem, MA”
Here is the menu you have been awaiting. Please make your reservations EARLY as these special dinners ALWAYS are fully subscribed. Don't be disappointed. This menu is awesome!

Lobster Tacos
Sausage and Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza
Oyster and Oatmeal Stout Shooters, micro celery and black pepper
New England Cheddar Sampler, breads and crackers
Ipswich Ale and Ipswich Summer
Cranes Beach Cooler (vodka with watermelon and raspberry-lime soda)


First Course ~~ Fish and Chips
Beer-battered fried local cod served in a crispy potato cup,
Ipswich mustard and malt vinegar sauce, garnished with fried Ipswich clams
Ipswich I.P.A.

Second Course ~~ Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sate
Local greens with soba noodles and sesame-soy vinaigrette
Ipswich Nut Brown Ale

Third Course ~~ Summer Kobe Beef Sampler
The “Perfect Mini Cheeseburger”
Grafton cheddar, heirloom tomatoes and lettuce on a sesame roll

Grilled Kobe Beef Flank Steak
Home-made steak sauce

Barbequed Kobe Beef Short Rib
Porter barbeque sauce, served with shoestring French fries
Ipswich Porter

Fourth Course ~~ Dessert
Soft and Warm Center Chocolate Cake
Caramel and stout sauce and a short mocha frappe
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout

Wednesday July 18, 2007 at 6:30pm
$75 Per Person including tax and gratuity
For ticket information please call (978) 825-4311