Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Day Brunch, A Served Menu

If going out on New Year's Eve is not 'your thing' perhaps you prefer the more leisurely tradition of welcoming the New Year on the morning of January 1. If so, here is our special menu that we will be serving in Nathaniel's. It sounds so delicious -- I am sure that there is something here to please everyone.

I hope to see you here! I like the symmetry of this date 01-01-10!! Welcome to you and the New Year!



Happy New Year!
Friday, January 1, 2010

Entrée Specials

Quiche Loraine
served with a small salad and fresh fruit

Chilled Calamari Salad
crispy shiitake mushrooms, almonds, fresh Mandarin oranges,
baby arugula with yuzu-coriander vinaigrette

New York Sirloin Steak and Eggs
eggs, any style, served with home-fried potatoes and toast

Salmon Eggs Benedict
two poached eggs with spinach, dilled Hollandaise,
and a pan-fried salmon patty, served with home-fried potatoes and toast

Buttermilk-Fried Squab
Red-eye gravy and cheddar grits

Belgium Waffle
warm blueberry compote and whipped cream

Mexican Potato Omelet
topped with salsa and served with a small salad

Lobster, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese Omelet
served with home-fried potatoes

Thank You to Destination Salem -- List of January Happenings

In case you think because it is wicked cold outside that there is not much to do in Salem, MA, think again! Our excellent visitor services folks at Destination Salem has put together a list of things to do in Salem this coming month. With their permission, I am re- posting it here.

Thank you, Kate Fox, and friends at the National Park Service!


P.S. Don't forget that the Hawthorne Hotel is open 365 days a year, and we always have excellent dining options for every meal period. We NEVER close! And the fire is always stoked in the Tavern, so come get WARM by the fire at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.


The National Park Service Salem Regional Visitor Center has provided this very helpful list of what is open in Salem, Massachusetts this January. Many of Salem's sites and attractions are closed for the winter, and some of the sites that are open year-round close in January for maintenance purposes.

The Visitor Center, located at 2 New Liberty Street, is open daily 9am-5pm. For information on places to stay, shop, and dine in Salem, please explore

Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd:
Peabody Essex Museum
Phillips House
Salem Witch Museum
Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Monday, January 4th:
Salem Maritime National Historic Site from 1pm - 5pm

Tuesday, January 5th through Thursday, January 7th:
Peabody Essex Museum

Salem Maritime National Historic Site from 1 pm - 5pm

Friday, January 8th:
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem Maritime National Historic Site 1 pm - 5pm
Salem Witch Museum

Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 10th:
Peabody Essex Museum
Phillips House
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salem Witch Museum

Monday, January 11th:
Salem Maritime National Historic Site open 1pm to 4pm

Tuesday, January 12th through Thursday, January 14th:
Peabody Essex Museum

Salem Maritime National Historic Site 1 pm - 5pm

Friday, January 15th:
The House of the Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem Maritime National Historic Site 1 pm - 5pm
Salem Witch Museum

Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th:
The House of the Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum
Phillips House
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salem Witch Museum

Monday, January 18th through Friday, January 22nd and Monday, January 25th through Friday, January 29th:
The House of the Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum (Closed January 25th)
Salem Witch Museum

Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th and Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st:
House of the Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Phillips House
Salem Witch Museum

Many thanks to the Salem Regional Visitor Center for creating this list! And, remember, you can find information on places to stay, shop, and dine in Salem on

Best wishes,

Kate Fox

Executive Director

Destination Salem

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Special Occasion Brunch for the Holidays at the Hawthorne Hotel

If you have ever wondered what goes on in the Hawthorne Hotel on days like Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, here is a blog post that can put it all in perspective for you.

On each of those special occasions, we offer one of our very special holiday buffets. We generally serve around 500 people on each of those days, and this blog post by The Hungry Mouse (a wonderful food blog, written by an excellent food blogger right here in Salem) tell the story.

I hope you enjoy seeing this as much as we did:

Thanks so much for making us blush, Jessie!


Managers of the Hawthorne Hotel

Once each month all of the managers that make up the management TEAM here at the Hawthorne Hotel get together for one big informational meeting. This month we met today, and I thought of taking a photo so you can see just how big a team it does take to run the Hawthorne Hotel.

Today we were actually a bit smaller of a group than normal, due to some challenges, some of the managers could not make it. Below this photo I have listed each staff person's name and their title.
Left to right, in the back row, standing are: Ian Delph, Off-site Catering Division Sous Chef; Thomas MacDonald, Corporate Sales Manager; Lindsay Otis, Off-site Catering Division Sales Manager; James Gilliss, Chief of Maintenance; Mark Hardin, Food and Beverage Supervisor; Adam McInnes, Evening Manager; Tom Bracken, Assistant Controller; Liz Dube, Banquet Manager; Lucie Ogeron, Front Office Manager; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager.
In the front row, seated, are: Penny Petronzio, Dining Services Manager; Rebecca Cope, Food and Beverage Supervisor; Kristie Poehler, Director of Sales and Marketing; Laura Abraham-Miller, Catering Sales Manager; Karen Cotton, Director of Catering; Donna Daly, Purchasing and Receiving Manager; Megan Campbell, Executive Housekeeper; and Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager/Director of Food and Beverage.
We have never done anything like this before, and have now decided that we should do a portrait like this once a year to keep in this "daily diary" as a part of our ongoing history.
I hope you enjoy getting a bit of an insiders' look at what it takes to run a hotel organization like the historic Hawthorne Hotel.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Weekend at the Hawthorne Hotel

If you are already planning to spend New Year's Eve with us here at the Hawthorne Hotel (a great choice, by the way!) you will be pleased to know that we are offering a terrific special so you can turn it into a weekend.

And if you still haven't made your plans, you will be doubly happy to know about that very same offer. Here is the deal:

Spend New Year's Eve with us, and have a late check-out on New Year's Day, up to 4 pm, for only $50. Or, even better, snuggle back down in bed, and spend New Year's Night with us too, for a 50% discount off of our normal rates (or 25% any special package rate) when you spend New Year's Eve here too.

We only have a few rooms left for New Year's Eve, so you will not want to waste any time getting your reservation for NYE booked. You can do it by calling us, at 800-729-7829 (800-SAY-STAY) or going to our website, and booking on-line. You should make a note in the comments section that you want the special discount for the second night's stay if that is your intention.

Be sure to check out yesterday's post for our New Year's Eve menu in Nathaniel's! Just think, a great dinner, live entertainment, a cozy room, free parking, walking distance to all that downtown Salem has to offer -- just a great way to kick off 2010!

I hope to see you here.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Second Santa Brunch Photos

December 20, 2009

Here is the link for the second set of Brunch with Santa Photos, taken on this date.


New Year's Eve Menu in Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel

For New Year's Eve our chefs love to pull out all the stops, and do an over-the-top special menu for the occasion. In addition to the lovely menu, we will have live entertainment to play for you while you dine.

If you are looking for JUST the place for a romantic dinner, Nathaniel's is the place for you. Call us at 978-825-4311 to make your reservations.

Here is the menu which sounds so delicious, just writing this post is making me hungry!

I hope to see you here.


First Course

Foie Gras Terrine
Sauternes reduction, grilled pears

Duxbury Oysters on the Half Shell
Champagne vinegar mignonette

Tuna Firecrackers
Rare tuna in crispy filo wrap,
with cilantro pesto, and tomato salad

Golden Beet Soup
goat cheese crouton, chive oil

Second Course

Baby Iceberg
bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, creamy Gorgonzola dressing

Classic Caesar Salad
Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons and white anchovies or apple-smoked bacon

Chilled Calamari Salad
crispy shiitake mushrooms, almonds, fresh Mandarin oranges,
baby arugula with yuzu-coriander vinaigrette

Baby Greens Salad
Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts, white balsamic vinaigrette


American Red Snapper
Chardonnay-chestnut butter sauce, braised endive, and purple potato purée

Grilled Lamb Loin
minted lamb jus, herb- and feta-stuffed sweet peppers, and braised barley

Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Syrah wine sauce, fingerling potato-bacon hash, sautéed Swiss chard

Roasted Squab
blackberry-pinot jus, winter blend rice, and sweet dumpling squash

Heirloom Bean Cassoulet
oyster mushrooms and root vegetables

Walnut-Pear Galette
vanilla bean ice cream

Chocolate Marquis
vanilla Anglaise

Crème Brulée Ice Cream Torte
Raspberry Coulis

Trio of Sorbets

Five-Course Menu
$75 per person

School Vacation Week and Now What Do We Do With the Family?

I would suggest the following:

1. Visit the Peabody Essex Museum, aka PEM. Best museum around, and the Trash Menagerie Exhibit is still there, and great for the entire family. Don't miss IRIS APFEL, Rare Bird of Fashion.

2. Have lunch in the Tavern. Something for everyone, including a real wood-burning fireplace to toast your fingers and toes. Eggnog Martinis for the grown ups.

3. Head over to Cinema Salem for a great first-run feature film, including SHERLOCK HOLMES! Real butter on the popcorn. Excellent coffee and tea. Fresca. Good prices. Need I say more? Well, in case you want to know more, here is a copy of their newsletter, which will take you through December 31.

May we be the (roughly) 360th to wish you a happy holiday season, and a joyful and peaceful new year.

We have four great films to complement your holiday celebrations, so here goes!
SHERLOCK HOLMES opens on Christmas Day, and The New Yorker can't wait: "Downey and Law are terrific together. For me, watching them act is the movie's principal pleasure." CinemaBlend concurs: "Guy Ritchie combines his kinetic direction with the limitless charms of Downey Jr and Jude Law to come up with terrific entertainment that's equal parts brains and brawn."

SHERLOCK HOLMES opens Friday at (1:45), (4:30) and 7:15; Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:45), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:50; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:00 AM), (1:45), (4:30) and 7:15.
Also new this week is Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in IT'S COMPLICATED, which AO Scott of "At the Movies" loves: "Streep and Baldwin are terrific, and if you like your romance bittersweet you won't want to miss this one." But how does Urban Cinefile feel? "Divorce has never been so much fun in this smart and funny romantic comedy about getting back together (or not) long after the happily ever after scenario has dried up." And Rex Reed pulls up the rear: "A silly but mostly delectable holiday confection guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep it there."
With about 235 Hannah School students, I got a chance to watch THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG last week and loved it. We got about 235 thank you notes today, including one which described the favorite moment in the movie being "when the aligater got briars in his bum". Best question: "How long did it take you to make the movie?"

Roger Ebert loves it with a vengeance: "This is what classic animation once was like! No 3-D! No glasses! No extra ticket charge! No frantic frenzies of meaningless action! And...good gravy! A story! Characters! A plot!"

TP&TF will screen on Friday at (2:00), (4:15) and 6:45; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15) and 6:45.

In the Screening Room is ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING, a startlingly beautiful martial arts film with exhilarating action. Sky Movies writes: "Some of the most exhilarating martial arts action to hit screens in recent years. Ong Bak: The Beginning is a showcase for Tony Jaa's abilities." The Stranger is mesmerized: "Head-thumping nirvana ... By the time a dude in a bird suit starts fighting on top of a moving elephant, it seems like a logical, completely awesome progression."

ONG BAK 2 will screen Friday at (2:10), (5:15) and 7:40; Saturday at (12:00), (2:10), (5:15), 7:40 and 9:45; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (2:10), (5:15) and 7:40; Tuesday at (12:00), (2:10) and 7:40; and Wednesday and Thursday at (12:00), (2:10), (5:15) and 7:40.

I hope to see you here (or there) ~~


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 28, 2009 through January 3, 2010

We are back on track with our flagpole on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel, thanks to the work of American Steeple and Tower, so now we can fly the flag of the USA there again.

This week's lineup includes two special requests; both are for Thursday, December 31, which explains why we will be flying two state flags that day instead of one state flag and one country flag.

Monday , December 28 ~~ Luxembourg and Maryland
Tuesday , December 29 ~~ Macedonia and Michigan
Wednesday , December 30 ~~ Madagascar and Micronesia
Thursday , December 31 ~~ Massachusetts and Virginia
Friday , January 1 ~~ Malawi and Minnesota
Saturday , January 2 ~~ Malaysia and Mississippi
Sunday , January 3 ~~ Maldives and Missouri

If you have a special request, call us on the "flag hotline" at 978-825-4444 and leave us a message with your phone. If your request involves some guest of the hotel, or a special event at the hotel, we will do our best to fulfill it.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lovely Compliment on Our Exemplary Service

All of us in management at the Hawthorne Hotel know that we are in the HOSPITALITY business here, but we have a lot of staff members whose job it is to actually convey that to our guests. We are a team of approximately 150 people.

It is so gratifying, therefore, when we get an email such as the one that follows here. I hope you are able to experience the kind of service that Kate gave these guests, and I really hope to hear from you if you do.

This made my day!


From: E, Rebecca

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 1:58 PM

To: Claire Kallelis

Subject: Brunch with Santa 12/20/09

Good afternoon Claire,

I wanted to take a moment and provide some feedback on the excellent service provided by Kate Bonci yesterday morning during the Brunch with Santa. I would like to say that all of the servers were very attentive and friendly but Kate really went “beyond” in my opinion.

As Santa was about to enter the room, my husband realized that he had left the memory card for our camera at home. Fortunately, we don’t live very far away so he ran home in the snow to retrieve it with the hope that he could get back in time to get some pictures at the table of our 4 ½ year old son and Santa.

Just after he had left, Kate stopped by the table to see if we would like more coffee. When I explained that he had to run home because of the mishap, she immediately, without missing a beat, said, “then let me take his coffee so it doesn’t get cold and when I see him return from being out in the snow, I’ll bring him a new hot, fresh cup!”

And, she did just that before he had even got his jacket off!

I was so impressed! I would not have thought twice if she had just smiled and said she’d check back when he returned. Clearly exceptional service comes naturally to her.

I work in a service industry as well and I understand the value of employees like Kate, she is a great role model to your employees and testament to customer service at the Hawthorne! We are already looking forward to attending our fourth brunch with Santa next year!

Thank you for your hospitality.

Happy Holidays.

Becky E

Director of Operations

[name of company suppressed by Hawthorne Hotel]

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day Buffet at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel

Every Christmas we serve a bountiful buffet meal during the day, which is very well-attended. Here are some photos of our buffet as we were getting ready for the first seating.

Over and over, as I visit table to table, I hear over and over again from our guests how lovely everything is, how good the food is, but most importantly, how great the service is -- how our staff members exemplify hospitality. That is music to my ears, because we feel we are in the HOSPITALITY business -- that is the art of making people feel welcomed, cared for, and attended to with the utmost care.

If you were here for brunch today, and want to obtain your photos that I took, here again is the link for you:

Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year!


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flagpole Climbed By the Best

The line that carries the American flag up the flagpole on our roof snapped in a bad windstorm a couple of weeks ago. Since then we have been waiting for a calm, non-rainy, not-so-cold, not-snowing day to get it replaced.

Today was the day, so despite it being Christmas Eve, thanks to the good folks at American Steeple and Tower here in Salem, MA. the job was done.

I hope you enjoy seeing the photos of how this scary job took place.

They lashed a big ladder to the flagpole, and kept tying it to the flag pole as they climbed to the top. Once there, threading the new rope was quickly accomplished, and as you can see in the last photo, the flag of the United States of America is once again flying proudly atop the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope to see you here.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Big Winter Projects

When the hotel business is slow, we really gear up in many ways to make sure we are ready for the next busy season. Right now is a prime example, where we are installing new public area carpeting, and new flat-screen televisions in all the rooms.

How would you have liked finding 100 flat-screen HD televisions under YOUR Christmas tree? That is what you see in the photos below, since we used the Ballroom as a place to receive the televisions when the truck arrived.

Here are our old TVs which are being donated to a local shelter's thrift store, to help keep people in need taken care of.
This is the new carpet which is being installed in the public areas of the Hawthorne Hotel. We did the entire second floor this week. Other areas of the hotel will be completed in January.
The Ballroom was also used a a place to cut the new carpet, so this photo below shows all of the concurrent activities in the hotel in one place.
I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about what we do to keep a hotel running, and looking good for you!

Shopping and Lunching

If you are like me, and still have shopping to do, here is a great suggestion:

Come to PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) today on your lunch hour. Admission to the Gift Shop and the Atrium Cafe are both FREE. You can shop in their terrific gift shop which has something for everyone, and everything is of lovely quality and thoughtfulness -- not your usual shop at all!

Then you can breeze into the Atrium for a quick lunch, either there or 'to-go' and be back to work in no time. We have salads and sandwiches packaged up and ready to grab and go, and there are two soups, the Soup of the Day, and our excellent New England Clam Chowder. Both the bowl and the cup are very generous servings, and you will love our sandwiches made on bread from A & J King Artisan Bakery right here in Salem.

Here is today's list of specials in the Atrium, to whet your appetite:

Atrium Specials
December 23, 2009

Soup of the Day
Coconut-Carrot Ginger Soup with Lemongrass
Cup $3.75 Bowl $5.00

Sandwich of the Day $ 7.50
Roasted Turkey, Gruyere Cheese,
Caramelized Apple Aioli, Dijon, Tomatoes,
Sliced Red Onion and Boston Bibb on Multigrain Bread

Salad of the Day $8.25
Blackberries, Aged Gruyere, Sliced Chicken,
Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Walnuts over Spinach

Salad of the Month $8.25
Sliced Chicken, Toasted Hazelnuts, Aged White Cheddar, Balsamic Cipollini Onions, Fuji Apples and Cherry Tomatoes over Romaine Lettuce

Chicken Salad of the Week $6.50
Dried Cherries and Toasted Almonds
(Also Available on Salads for an Additional $3.75 per Scoop)

You never know, I may see you there!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Storm Closings? Not For the Team of the Hawthorne Hotel

Angie and Kate

Given the raging snow storm, and the news of 'blizzard conditions' in New England, it was a small miracle that our Santa Brunch even happened this weekend. It is due in no small part to the dedication of a staunch group of New Englanders who constitute the staff of the Hawthorne Hotel. While they may not be born and raised in these parts, they have adopted that 'can do' spirit that makes the Hawthorne Hotel one of the places that you can absolutely count on to be open and running well, no matter the outside conditions.

We know it is our staff who make the difference, day in and day out, but the ones who were on the schedule and made it to work on Sunday definitely deserve a "high-five" or "attaboy" whenever you see them next.

Here is a link to the photos we took of the children who came to this annual event.

The dessert table was very popular.

A different view of the room where we served the Santa Brunch, the Grand Ballroom.
Rosa, Angie, Stephanie and Kate are just a few of our team members who made the trek through the snow storm in order to be here to take care of our guests who also made the journey, secure in the knowledge that we would indeed be open and ready to make our guests happy with our great food and service.

I hope to see you here, whether the weather is fair or foul. We will be here, waiting to serve you.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Teddy Bear Tea for Toys for Tots Was a Big Success

On Saturday we hosted our annual toy drive for the Marines effort to collect Toys for Tots. It was a great success, and here are a few photos.

If you came for the tea, you can click on the link here to get your photos:

Thank you for helping us collect toys for children who might otherwise not receive these gifts.
I hope to see you here.

Guest Photographer Got Some Great Shots of the Hotel and Common in the Snow

Our wreaths and planter boxes laden with a mantle of snow.

The gazebo in the Salem Common, as seen from the Hawthorne Hotel.

The Salem Common, seen through the screen in a window of a '20 guest room.
I love this photos of our Hawthorne Hotel and the neighboring Salem Common taken by a guest of the hotel yesterday. I hope you enjoy seeing them as well.
Thank you to Lisa Poehler for the lovely shots!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 21 through 27, 2009

We are still in limbo regarding our rooftop flagpole. We have found someone to climb up there and re-rig it, but (silly him) he wants a day without gale force winds to climb up a 40-foot flagpole. So we have our fingers crossed that Monday might be the day. Stay tuned. Our blog will certainly have photos of this feat!

In the meantime, we are optimistically listing our flags to return to their normal pattern of a state and a country flag on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel, flying in alphabetical order (unless we have a special request) while the flag of the USA flies on the roof.

Think good weather thoughts!

Monday , December 21 ~~ Latvia
Tuesday , December 22 ~~ Lebanon and Illinois
Wednesday , December 23 ~~ Lesotho and Indiana
Thursday , December 24 ~~ Liberia and Iowa
Friday , December 25 ~~ Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Kansas
Saturday , December 26 ~~ Liechtenstein and Kentucky
Sunday , December 27 ~~ Lithuania and Louisiana

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ingris Arias Named Hawthorne Hotel Employee of the Month for September 2009

Today we finally caught up with Ingris, a member of our housekeeping team, to present her the award which was voted on a few months ago. It seemed that our process didn't quite ever work out with timing to present this to her, but we were able to make it happen today.
Ingris was surprised and appreciative of the recognition of her excellent work.

Congratulations, Ingris, and thank you for all that you do for us!

Ingris Arias and her supervisor, Megan Campbell, our Executive Housekeeper.

Ingris, now you are eligible for our Employee of the Year Award, so stay tuned!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Poinsettia Tree Changes Appearance

While hardly a contestant for "Extreme Make-Over" our lobby's poinsettia tree definitely acquired a different "look" today. We decided that all red was getting a bit boring, so we added a stripe of cream-colored flowers to jazz things up a bit.

Let us know what you think. Do you like the all-red tree, or the latest iteration with the cream-colored stripe?

I hope to see you here.


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Updated Availability for Special Event Reservations for the Holidays at the Hawthorne Hotel

I just learned that we do have a few seatings left for our TEDDY BEAR TEA this Saturday, as well as for our CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH next Friday.

If you have not yet made plans, or if you had tried to make reservations here and could not get in, you should give us a call at 978-825-4311 or 978-825-4360.

I hope to see you here!


Mystery of the Day at the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA

When I go to work each day, I never can begin to imagine what might wind up coming to my attention. This morning started out like many others, looking at reports, scanning the Salem News for relevant information for the Hotel, reading email and following up on issues with different members of my staff.

A little before 9 our Dining Services Manager, Penny Petronzio, walked in to my office with today's mystery item -- an envelope that had been nearly shredded to pieces by post office processing machinery. The envelope had no return address, not even a postmark so that we would know where it came from, and held inside, wrapped in an also nearly shredded sheet of plain white paper, two keys to room 404.

So, why the mystery? Well, we have not used keys like those in at least 12 years, maybe longer. So we are trying to figure out why someone would have kept them all that time, and just now have decided to return them. Some members of our staff were having fun thinking up all kinds of scenarios, but I have a feeling that this will always remain a mystery.

I thought you, fair blog-reader, might enjoy this "behind-the-scenes" look at what might happen in any given day here at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts.

I hope to see you here, mysterious or not!


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Need to Shop? Here are some Great "Mall-Less" Solution

Great article about our Peabody Essex Museum Gift Shop and two other suggestions for very special gift shops.

Don't forget about Gift Cards from the Hawthorne Hotel! Right now, if you mention our promotional special, you can get a gift from us, just for buying a gift card for whomever. If you purchase at least a $25 gift card, we will give you a $5 coupon to use in the Tavern, and a $10 coupon to use in Nathaniel's.

You can order our gift cards right on line, by going to and we will take care of the mailing.

Other gift shops we love:

Sophia's Gifts of Artistry and Elegance (right across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel)
Bernard's Jewelers (just up Essex Street from the Hawthorne Hotel)
Kensington-Stobart Gallery (in the Hawthorne Hotel, with a separate entrance)
J. Mode Women's Clothes and Accessories (on Front Street)
Peter Barter Florist and Gifts (just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel) on Pickering Wharf
The Picklepot (also on Pickering Wharf) features all hand-made items
Rouge Cosmetics (on New Derby Street)
Treasures Over Time (on Washington Street)
Modern Millie (also on Washington Street)
The Salem Chamber of Commerce (for Shop Salem Gift Checks) 978-744-0004

I hope to see you shopping around Salem this year, and keeping the mall craziness out of your life.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel Children's Holiday Party Highlights

Every year for as long as we can remember, the Hawthorne Hotel has put on a holiday event, with Santa, for the children of the Hawthorne Hotel staff. This year was more of the same, but it seems this year we had quite a baby boom as well.

Kelly Ann Cotton, center above, volunteered to sing a medley of holiday songs. We couldn't resist that kind of impromptu and generous entertainment offer, and Kelly Ann took center stage with two of her back-up singers assisting. It was quite a show.

Also volunteering to sing was Katie Bonci, of our Dining Service Department. Katie has a lovely singing voice which harmonized very nicely with our 'regular' entertainer, Julie Doherty. (Katie is on the right, above, and Julie on the left.)

Here is an example of our 'baby boom' -- babies and their moms who all work for us here at the Hawthorne Hotel. Left to right are: Lori Anne Cirome and Amy; Brooke O'Keefe and Brayden; Christine Turner and Jillian; and Liz Dube and Lila.

We did not have an opportunity before this to profile another Hawthorne Hotel baby, Amy, seen with her mother, Lori, above. Lori works for us in Dining Services, and she has been with us for a very long time. We know many guests come in specifically so that Lori can take care of them. Congratulations, Lori and family, on your new bundle of joy!

Yet another part of the Hawthorne Hotel baby boom, here you see Kristen (of our Banquet Department) with her little one, Emma, who was actually born late last year. Santa serenaded everyone with his electric fiddle as he made his way to his place of honor to hear the children's holiday wishes.

We hope you enjoy learning more about the 'behind-the-scenes' happenings of the Hawthorne Hotel. Happy Holidays to everyone!

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