Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another Cross-Reference

There is a post on our Wedding Blog for today that I think you, as a general reader of things "Hawthorne Hotel" might be interested in seeing. If you are, go to and check it out. It is an anniversary story of a couple who were married here one year ago, and who came back to celebrate with our Sunday Jazz Brunch in Nathaniel's.


Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week

We know from experience that when we fly a 'special' flag in the front of the hotel, it makes someone feel special. We can tell that by the number of people we see having a photo taken of them in front of the hotel with 'their' flag flying in the background.

As you can see by the 'out of order' flags for next Sunday, we do have another special request this week.

Can we help make someone's stay special? Let us know by calling Lucie Ogeron at 978-744-4080.

Monday , December 1 ~~ Mauritania and Nothern Marianas Islands
Tuesday , December 2 ~~ Mauritius and Ohio
Wednesday , December 3 ~~ Mexico and Oklahoma
Thursday , December 4 ~~ Micronesia and Oregon
Friday , December 5 ~~ Monaco and Pennsylvania
Saturday , December 6 ~~ Mongolia and Rhode Island
Sunday , December 7 ~~ Greece and Massachusetts

We look forward to seeing you here.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Our Guests Get Crafty This Year for Thanksgiving

This year was a bit of a 'first' for me here at the Hawthorne Hotel, despite my nearly ten years as the General Manager. We had not one, but two tables of guests who brought 'touches of home' in the form of small hand-crafted items, to enjoy as part of their Thanksgiving. Here are the photos to show what I am talking about:
This young lady in the center of the photo above made the hand-crafted turkey sculpture that she brought with her as a table decoration.
This woman brought hand-made place cards to put out for each person in her party. They were a lovely, homey touch, and I asked her to hold one up for the photo that I snapped of her and her family.

I hope you enjoy seeing these more personal touches to our Thanksgiving buffet.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Link to Thanksgiving Photo Album

For those of you who came to enjoy our bountiful Thanksgiving Buffet today, here is the link to the photo album of all the photos I took today.

Once you get to the album, the best way to see it is to choose "slideshow".

I know you will enjoy these photos as well as you enjoyed your time with us today.

Thank you for coming to see us, and we hope to see you again soon. Don't forget that we are open the other 364 days of the year, and that we have terrific 'weekday specials' on Sunday through Wednesday nights. A great three-course meal for only $14. You cannot go wrong with these specials.

Until I see you again,


Our Blog Connects Us to Our Guests

As I went table to table today to greet our Thanksgiving Day guests, I realized that our blog is a great 'connector' for us to the people who are our guests. Here are some photos that illustrate that story.

Seth, Richard and Lesley Poisson are from Salem, and love coming to our hotel. They told me this is their 'favorite spot'. They subscribe to our blog, so they get it delivered by email every day (because I post every day), and often forward the posts to friends who live in other parts of the country. I just loved hearing that, and the compliments heaped upon the blog -- made me blush!

As I walked up to this large table, I was greeted by Denise Rudland. She showed me the print out of the blog post I had done of her family three Thanksgivings ago. I had to get a photo of her and the original blog post, just because her story touched my heart.

I hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about how our use of technology helps us to make one of the most elemental things happen -- connections of people to people.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another nice testimonial

We received this email today, and I thought you might like to see that we handle a broad range of events here, including TEAM BANQUETS. So, if you perhaps think we might be too expensive for your event, please don't assume that -- we work with all kinds of budgets.


Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 10:20 AM

To: Karen Cotton

Subject: Thank you

Hello Karen,Just wanted to tell you what a great soccer banquet we enjoyed last Sunday! The food and service was great, everyone was pleased. The woman who was in charge of making sure things ran smoothly was very nice and a pleasure to deal with as was the waitstaff. I also appreciated your working with us, a bit disorganized.... you were patient and accommodating.. THANK YOU!

I am blessed to have two daughters who both love soccer.... my second daughter was nominated Captain for next year, soooo I look forward to working with you again. Everyone really enjoyed having the banquet be a buffet...

Thanks again,


Michelle Gallant

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Day at the Hawthorne Hotel

The chef's will be carving up our giant pumpkins for use as serving bowls on our Thanksgiving Buffet. I can't wait to see the table this year.

We are nearly sold out for our Thanksgiving Day Buffet, but I just learned that we have four tables left for the 11 am seating. So, if eating early enough to be able to enjoy the rest of the day by walking off dinner has an appeal for you, call us to snap up one of these remaining tables.

Don't forget that we offer to take photos of everyone who attends the buffet on Thanksgiving Day, so you can even leave your camera at home, and be assured of a photo remembrance of this special family day.

I hope to see you here on Thursday. I'll be the one with the camera.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Weddings Are Our Specialty

(This photo is from our files, and not of the wedding mentioned in the 'thank you' email below)

We received the following email yesterday, and it really made our day! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did.


Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 8:57 PM

To: Kristie Poehler

Subject: Thank you

I was at your hotel this weekend for a wedding and I wanted to write a special note to thank all of the staff at the hotel for making my brother-in-law's wedding such a beautiful and memorable day. Before we even checked in I received great service from Abby in changing our reservation to accommodate the bride on her wedding day. We wanted to upgrade to a larger room so the bride would have enough room to get ready with all of her family and Abby worked that out for us at the last minute.

From the moment we checked in Jamie at the front desk, along with everyone else was just awesome. Its not often you stay at a hotel and receive excellent customer service at every level from intelligent and pleasant people. All the bride's requests, as well as my own, were handled swiftly and with minimal explanation of our requests - which is no easy task if you knew our family.

Liz who handled the coordination of my brother-in-law's wedding was just great. She rolled seamlessly with last minute changes and accommodated every request made to her. The food for the wedding was excellent and the service was prompt and accompanied by light-hearted humor from the wait staff.

The rooms were cozy, super clean, and comfortable and the maid service was swift and efficient. We called for extra towels on our last day and they were delivered in minutes with a big smile.

Even on our last day at brunch we sat in the tavern and were waited on the most hysterical young man who was bursting with good humor and charm. The tavern was impressive also, it was so cozy with a nice fire and the rich woodwork. In fact, the whole hotel and staff embraced an earlier time when hotels were cozy and personable - it was like going back in time and was simply magical.

Thank you so much for helping to make my brother-in-law's wedding so special and thank you for making the Hawthorne such a great hotel!

Julia Lisinski

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Flags of the Week ~~ November 24, through 30, 2008

Here are the flags for the coming week. We do have a special request for the Chinese flag to be flown at the end of the week.

Monday, November 24 ~ Malawi and Nevada
Tuesday, November 25 ~ Malaysia and New Hampshire
Wednesday, November 26 ~ Maldives and New Jersey
Thursday, November 27 ~ Mali and New Mexico
Friday, November 28 ~ Malta and New York
Saturday, November 29 ~ Marshall Islands North Carolina
Sunday, November 30 ~ China North Dakota


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Second Floor is the Smoking Floor

Many hotels have become completely 'non-smoking' but the Hawthorne Hotel still maintains one-half of a floor of smoking rooms. We do this in deference to the many international and other travelers who still find themselves wanting to smoke in their rooms. These are some photos of our second floor, which is our smoking floor. There are a total of five rooms on this floor, including this suite which you see pictured here.

I hope you enjoy seeing a little more of the Historic Hawthorne Hotel, and knowing just a little more about what we do to keep our guests happy.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Happily ever after. . .

Here is a lovely thank you note with a romantic photo. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as we do.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cinema Salem -- Our Favorite Movie Theater

Just one block away from the Hawthorne Hotel, and a really special place even if it were not so close, if you haven't given this independent theater a try, you really should. I'm torn between their popcorn with real butter, or tea and a specialty brownie from their little cafe. Not many theaters make the calories worth the splurge, but Cinema Salem certainly does.

I hope you get a chance to try it soon.


Here is their weekly newsletter:

Dear Juli,

Wow. A lot of you went to the movies at CinemaSalem this past week. Thank you very much!

Feel free to come on back this weekend to see anything you didn't already see, such as Bolt (PG- 96 minutes). Shockingly, it's current rated 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and some critics have compared it with a Pixar flick. Starring John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, the tale concerns a TV star superdog who doesn't understand special effects until he runs off-set and has to live like a real dog for awhile.

Bolt will play Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 9:20; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:20; Sunday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30) and 7:15; Monday and Tuesday at (4:30) and 7:15; Wednesday at (2:15), (4:30) and 7:15; and Thanksgiving Day at (4:30) and 7:15.

In case you didn't hear it, James Bond is back. Quantum of Solace is the number one movie in America and around the world this week. Salon enjoys the more complex secret agent: "Quantum of Solace is best when director Marc Forster allows his star the latitude to explore emotions that, until Craig stepped into the shoes of the character, we didn't know Bond had."
Quantum of Solace (PG-13 - 106 minutes) will screen Friday at (4:45), 7:30 and 9:55; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), 4:45, 7:30 and 9:55; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:30; Monday-Tuesday at (4:45) and 7:30; Wednesday at (2:00), (4:45) and 7:00; and Thursday at (4:45) and 7:30.

Perhaps because of the banking meltdown, even The Wall Street Journal loved Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG- 99 minutes): "The sequel is good-natured, high-spirited and perfectly enjoyable if you take it for what it is." The Crystal Lake, Illinois, Northwest Herald goes all geographic on us: "Except for the moronic title (Madagascar is part of Africa, so it's not much of an escape, is it?), the sequel is more enjoyable than the original." I suppose next they'll be grumpily complaining that Quantum isn't even near Solace.

Madagascar 2 will play Friday (5:00), 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:00), (3:00), (5:00), 7:00 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:10 AM), (1:00), (3:00), (5:00) and 7:00; Monday- Tuesday at (5:00) and 7:00; Wednesday at (3:00), (5:00) and 7:00; and Thursday at (5:00) and 7:00.

Many of you are arriving early (or staying late) to experience the awesome Cinema Café. Feel free to bring your laptop or iPhone to check email using our free wifi access. It's a great place to relax and enjoy talking about the movies and (if you're from Crystal Lake, Illinois) geography.
And stayed tuned for more exciting news, soon, about the new CinemaSalem Screening Room, where we'll be presenting art films, indie films, world cinema, fringe and experimental flicks, beautiful documentaries and other quality films for the hardcore movie buffs of the North Shore!
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another Peek at the Wedding Blog

I received some good response from some of you who look at the regular blog (perhaps you are a subscriber and have it delivered to your email box everyday) about the post I made recently regarding a wedding, so I thought I would put another cross-post here.

Last night we had our quarterly wedding tasting and there are some photos from that event on the wedding blog. Here you go:

I hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Great Reason to Come for a Visit to the North Shore This Winter

Mark your calendars and make your plans -- here is the perfect thing to do when you come to Salem this winter to see the new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, "To the Ends of the Earth", and stay at the Hawthorne Hotel utilizing our package of the same name.

In the evening, you can go to the North Shore Music Theater, one of the best values for legitimate theater in all of the U.S. (how is that for a superlative!?!!), to see this upcoming producton.

Here is their press release, and it is not too soon to be buying your tickets and making your reservation at the Hawthorne Hotel.
I hope to see you here.

Beverly, MA— It may be cold outside but it will feel like summer inside North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) as it is transformed into the Lava Springs Country Club for DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2. Following the first Disney High School Musical success last summer, NSMT is pleased to present the second regional production and the New England premiere of DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 from December 18, 2008 through January 11, 2009. Press Night scheduled for Friday, December 19th.

“As we discovered at last year’s performances, DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL presents an opportunity for new generations to experience live musical theater,” said Barry Ivan, NSMT’s Artistic Director and Executive Producer and Director/Choreographer for DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2. “We are thrilled that through this show, many young people will partake in the art form for the very first time. It is our hope that they develop a life-long interest and appreciation for live theater as they enjoy this musical together with their families this holiday season.”

DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 is a fun and fresh new stage version of the record breaking Disney Channel Original Movie. School’s out and Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the East High Wildcats are spending the summer working at the Lava Springs Country Club, owned by Ryan and Sharpay's family. With the club's annual talent show right around the corner, things begin to really heat up when Troy agrees to sing with Sharpay. Will Troy and Gabriella realize that they're meant to be, or is it too late for them to sing one last song together? Complete with electrifying dance numbers and popular songs from the top selling CD, DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 will also feature 10 talented teens from the local community.

“I continue to be impressed by the level of talent in our local communities,” Ivan added. “Many local young actors were featured in Disney High School Musical last season as well as in several of our 2008 season musicals. We are pleased to give these young performers the exciting opportunity to appear on the mainstage and work side-by-side with professional equity actors in this production also.”

DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 stars last year’s lead actors Addi McDaniel and David Nathan Perlow as Gabriella Montez and Troy Bolton. Also returning is Kate Rockwell (Sharpay Evans) who recently appeared in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. They are joined by Christopher Williams (Ryan Evans) and Benjamin Mapp (Chad Danforth). The cast features Mitch Dean (Jack), Carla Duren (Taylor), Omar Lopez-Cepero (Zeke), Dana Steingold (Kelsi), Emily Walton (Martha) and Ron Wisniski (Mr. Fulton).

The Ensemble includes: Brandon Arrington, Jameson Cooper, Calli Freyschlag, Kyle Leland, Lonna Marie, Kelly Martin, Tim McGarrigal, Taela Naomi, Mara Newbury, Kristin Piro, Courtney Romano, Casey Tuma and Brendan Turanich.

Local Youth Ensemble members include: Bernie Baldassaro (Peabody, MA), Max Clayton (Manchester, NH), Michaela Della Russo (Melrose, MA), Kyla Fallon (Danvers, MA), Samantha Goober (Burlington, MA), Michael Graceffa (Waltham, MA), Molly Grant (Boxford, MA), Michayla Lupien (Hookset, NH), DJ Plunkett (Lynn, MA), and Ben Raffalli (North Andover, MA)
In addition to Director/Choreographer Barry Ivan, the creative team for DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 includes Brian Usifer (Music Director), Campbell Baird (Scenic Designer), David Neville (Lighting Designer), John Stone (Sound Designer), Gerard Kelly (Wig Designer), Chris Saunders (Associate Choreographer), Adam Wachter (Assistant Music Director), Mara Newbery (Assistant to the Choreographer), Peggy Imbrie (Stage Manager) and Jerry Lame (Assistant Stage Manager).

Tickets for DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, December 18, 2008 – January 11, 2009, are on sale now and make excellent and unexpected holiday gifts. Bring the family for a school vacation week treat! Tickets prices are $65 and $79. Subscriber, senior, group and youth discounts are available. For tickets please visit, call (978) 232-7200, or stop by the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More on "To the Ends of the Earth"

Here is a link to an article in the Salem Gazette on this very interesting exhibit of paintings:

This included a link to a video of the curator of the exhibit talking about two of the pieces there.

I hope you are planning your trip to Salem right now, and that you consider our "To the Ends of the Earth" package which is a great value and terrific way to see this exhibit.

Click here to go to our website and check out the details of the package, and reserve.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ November 17 through 23, 2008

Here are this week's flags that will fly on the front of the hotel.

Monday , November 17 ~~ Lesotho and Michigan
Tuesday , November 18 ~~ Ireland and Micronesia (Ireland is by special request)
Wednesday , November 19 ~~ Libya and Minnesota
Thursday , November 20 ~~ Liechtenstein and Mississippi
Friday , November 21 ~~ Lithuania and Missouri
Saturday , November 22 ~~ Luxembourg and Montana
Sunday , November 23 ~~ Madagascar and Nebraska

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Suite Slide Show

One of the terrific things about the Hawthorne Hotel is the uniqueness of the rooms. Every room has something different that sets it apart from the next room.

We have seven suites all together on the property -- six in the hotel and one in our bed & breakfast building, the Suzannah Flint House.

I put together a detailed slide show of all of these suites. This show shows views from all angles of each of the suites, so it is if you were really inspecting the rooms, rather than just looking at one or two shots. That means there is a lot to look at.

If you want to see it, just click on the link below:

I hope you enjoy this more detailed look at our suites.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Nice Thank You Note

We recently had the opportunity to host a retirement event here at the Hawthorne Hotel. This simple, but heartfelt note, tells the story.

Kelly Lilly was the catering sales person who handled all the details. She does a suberp job, and if you read this blog backwards, you will see her being recognized for her contributions to the hotel.

If she can help you, please call her directly at 978-825-4358, and mention that you saw this on our blog.

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Great Neighborhood

Right in the middle of our October madness here in Salem, we received word that downtown Salem had been named one of the most livable communities in America. What a nice designation, but hardly a surprise to those of us who live and work in downtown.

I thought you might enjoy learning this little fact, too. And remember, when you stay at the Hawthorne Hotel, you are technically 'living' in downtown Salem.

I hope to see you here.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tavern Offers Terrific, Tasty Value Menu

Two Three-Course Dinners for $28.00 (Yes, Virginia, that is only $14 per person)

Each Entrée served with a Small Mixed Green Salad
Or Cup of the Soup of the Day,
Chef’s Choice of Dessert

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

Grilled Skirt Steak with Beef Gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans
(A great "comfort food" choice)


Chilled, Grilled Chicken, Corn and Black Bean Salsa, over Romaine greens, cilantro vinaigrette
(This menu item could not be a more healthy choice, yet it was so tasty, just writing about it gets my mouth watering all over again.)


Apple and Pumpkin Risotto
(Great for the vegetarian in your group)

I hope to see you here.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel Names October Employee of the Month

On Friday we had the happy duty of surprising Michelle Tejeda, of our Dining Services Department, with the October Employee of the Month award for a part-time employee.

Michelle is such an awesome member of our team here at the Hawthorne -- she just doesn't know how to say "no" to any work that is requested of her. She has assisted in a number of departments in addition to her own, so everyone here has high respect for the kind of worker that she is.

Once again, you can see that she is also a happy person, with a terrific smile. Michelle's happy demeanor makes her a perfect part of the Hawthorne Team, a team that consistently draws rave reviews from our guests for our great service.

Congratulations and thanks so much for a job well done, Michelle!


Juli Lederhaus, General Manager, and Michelle Tejeda, Part-time Employee of the Month for October 2008

Danny Matias, Dining Services Supervisor; Juli, Michelle, and Penny Petronzio, Dining Services Manager

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Monday, November 10, 2008


Here is a link to our wedding blog. I send it to you today because of the Pet-Friendly post that I put up there -- it speaks to the general nature of the hospitality offered at the Hawthorne Hotel, as well as to how we treat our wedding guests.

I hope you enjoy taking a look.


Essex Room

When it comes to just plain creepy, its hard to top the Banquet Department. Every year they find a way to send chills right down my spine with their decor.

They decorated the Essex Room this year. I heard rumors that they swiped some of the hand-made stencils from the Front Desk Department for part of their decor. Can that be true? A hotel with 'midnight requisitions'? Hmmmm. . . . actually, I don't know of a hotel that doesn't follow that time-honored tradition at some point.

Banquets, you ROCK!


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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ November 10 through 16, 2008

Every day we change the flags flying on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel. We fly the huge version of the flag of the USA on the roof.

Monday , November 10 ~~ Kenya and Iowa
Tuesday , November 11 ~~ Kiribati and Kansas
Wednesday , November 12 ~~ Kuwait and Kentucky
Thursday , November 13 ~~ Kyrgyzstan and Louisiana
Friday , November 14 ~~ Lao People's Democratic Republic and Maine
Saturday , November 15 ~~ Latvia and Maryland
Sunday , November 16 ~~ Lebanon and Massachusetts

If you have a special request, be sure to let us know. You can call the hotel at 978-744-4080.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, November 08, 2008

To the Ends of the Earth Exhibit at PEM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! What a collection of paintings!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the Press Preview hosted at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) of their newest exhibition, "To the Ends of the Earth", and I have to tell you I was so impressed.

There is something you may or may not know about me, from reading this blog, because I haven't mentioned it in some time. I lived in Alaska for 14 years, from 1977 through 1990, and I think it is such a special place.

So, this collection of paintings that comprises the newest exhibit and which includes so much of the Alaskan landscape and "airscape" certainly touched my heart. Why "airscape", a word that I just conjured up and know probably doesn't exist? The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are such a spectacular thing to experience, and living there for such a long period of time gave me that opportunity often.

Many of the images, even though they are from other parts of the Arctic, and even the Antarctic, are so similar to the things that I had the opportunity to see for myself, that they filled me with a bit of longing to visit the place I call my second home.
According to Sam Scott, the curator of this exhibit, these remote regions were considered, during this period of the 19th and 20th centuries, the kinds of places which have the feeling we get thinking about visiting the moon would be in our time -- very remote, dangerous, unexplored, and yet ready to be explored. These paintings do just that -- help us sense that stepping into such places during that time frame.

The images in this blog post were provided by PEM, and I think do a good job of representing these works. However, nothing can really duplicate the in-person visit. You have to go there, and experience these paintings first-hand, to really understand what you are seeing, and the dynamic that becomes evident in how the works are curated.

To make it easier and inexpensive for you to come to Salem to see this exhibit, we have created a "To the Ends of the Earth" package. The package includes overnight accommodations, admission to the Museum, Lunch in the Museum, and a wonderful Baked Alaska dessert in our Nathaniel's Restaurant to end your special day. For more details, you can check on line at and click on Reservations. You can check any date to see if the package is available, and to see the price. The price depends on the number of people in the room, and whether or not you come on a weekday or weekend. Prices start at $131 per night for all of these elements.

I hope to see you there AND here. This exhibition opens to the general public TODAY.


Lawren S. Harris (1885–1970)
Icebergs, Davis Strait, 1930
Oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Gift of Mr.
and Mrs. H. Spencer Clark

View from Norskoyenen on Spitsbergen, 1879, Franz Wilhelm Schiertz (1813 - 1887), Oil on canvas, 14 x 20 inches. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NG.M.00763

David Abbey Paige (1901–1979)
Halo, dogs, snow drift, ca.1934
Oil on board
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Courtesy of The Ohio State University Archives, Papers of Admiral
Richard E. Byrd, 455-54

May, North Greenland, 1935 -1937, Rockwell Kent, 44 x 55 inches, oil on canvas, Collection of Deborah and Ed Shein, by permission of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Plattsburgh College Foundation, Rockwell Kent Collection, bequest of Sally Kent Gorton

Icebound Ship, ca. 1880, William Bradford (1823 - 1892), 29 x 47-1/2 inches, Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1996

The Iceberg, 1891, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Frederic Edwin Church (1826 - 1900), Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: Howard N. Eavenson Memorial Fund for the Howard N. Eavenson Americana Collection

William Bradford (1823–1892)
Sealers Crushed by Icebergs, 1866
Oil on canvas
72 . x 120 . inches (184.2 x 306 cm)
Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 1972.33

George Chambers (1803–1840)
Bark Auriga in Antarctic Waters, ca. 1834
Oil on canvas
28 1/2 x 48 inches (72.4 x 121.9 cm)
Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Fritz Gold, 1998, M27411

Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900)
Aurora Borealis, 1865
Oil on canvas
56 x 83 . inches (142.2 x 212.1 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eleanor Blodgett

Friday, November 07, 2008

Lobby at Halloween

Our culinary team decorated the Lobby this year. Their theme was the "Grand Entrance to the Carnival" and they, too, really worked hard to develop their decor to go with the theme of the ball.

I hope you enjoy these photos.


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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Our Fall Harvest Menu will get your mouth watering

Last night I had the opportunity to taste a number of our new Fall Harvest Menu items, and to take some photos which I hope will interest you in coming to Nathaniel's to try this very special menu.

These items are in addition to our regular house specialties, such as Steve's Chowder, our excellent Caesar Salad, and our Shrimp and Scallops Sophia, as well as our "Meat and Potatoes" menu that hearkens back to a simpler time.

Our special salad is mesclun greens with fresh local pears, and local blue cheese with lemon-basil vinaigrette. It was so good, I wanted to lick the plate, but I did restrain myself.

(Below) Pumpkin Wedge with Cranberry Weslenydale Cheese
pumpkin seeds, maple vinaigrette, frisée
Eight Fifty

(Below) Taylor Bay Scallops
curried coconut milk, roasted native pumpkin and shiitake mushrooms

(Below) Steamed PEI Mussels
white wine, garlic butter, arugula, chiffonade of local watermelon radish.
toasted baguette
Nine Fifty

(Above, the Demi-Portion) Northeast Family Farms Grilled Top Butt Steak
red wine demi-glace, garnished with fried parsnips, New England medley of mushrooms, garlic and rosemary fingerling potatoes, sautéed arugula ~~ Twenty Eight ~~ Demi-Portion, Sixteen

(Below) Roasted Mahogany Duck
apple cider and Cape Cod cranberry-glazed Long Island free range duck half, Brussels sprouts, walnuts and butternut squash, rice pilaf with cranberries and orange
Twenty Five

(Above, the Demi-Portion) New England Shellfish Stew
local lobster, PEI mussels, Taylor Bay Scallops, tomato and fennel shellfish broth, braised greens, roasted diced butternut squash and fennel pollen
Thirty ~~ Demi-Portion , Nineteen

Hook-and-Line Haddock with PEI Mussels
mirepoix of leeks, carrots, celery, white wine, stock and cream
sautéed braising greens, New England Yukon Gold potatoes with fresh herbs
Twenty Five ~~ Demi-Portion,Fourteen-Fifty

Grilled Lucki 7 Ranch Porterhouse Pork Chop
apple-wine gastrique, port wine-braised red cabbage, roasted local sweet potatoes,baked Cox Pippin heirloom apple
Twenty Six

Poached pear in red wine.

Pumpkin Creme Brulee (OMG, this was SO GOOD!!!)

Apple Tarte Tatin
The following are other menu items which are not pictured, but certainly sound delicious:

Roasted Pumpkin- Apple Bisque
cinnamon mascarpone


Shrimp and Scallops Sophia
Our signature dish, named for Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
sautéed shrimp and seared scallops with sauce Bearnaise,
grilled asparagus, steamed spinach, herbed risotto
Twenty-eight ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Braised Veal Short Ribs, Osso Buco Style
local winter vegetable stew, turnips, parsnips, leeks, fresh rosemary, Vermont cranberry beans, braise reduction, finished with crumbled local blue cheese and fresh thyme
Twenty Eight

Pan-Seared Arctic Char
native leek and onion soubise, braising greens, sweet potato- Parmesan risotto
Twenty Six ~~ Demi-Portion Fifteen

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Risotto
winter vegetable stew with mushrooms, parsnips, turnips,
Brussels sprouts, braising greens and Vermont cranberry beans
Eighteen ~~ Demi-Portion Fourteen

One and One-Quarter Pound Native Lobster
simply steamed, drawn butter, broccoli, red bliss potatoes and lemon
Twenty Six
This menu will be served through November 19, so whatever you do, don't delay in coming to Nathaniel's to try it before it leaves.
For reservations, call Nathaniel's directly at 978-825-4311.
I hope to see you here.