Friday, December 31, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 3 through 9, 2011

Wow, I actually typed the year correctly the first time I tried!  That should bode well for a successful 2011 for us all!!

Here are the Flags of the Week for this coming week.  If you have a special request, be sure to let us know.  You can call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322. 

Monday , December 3 ~~ Germany and Rhode Island

Tuesday , December 4 ~~ Ghana and South Carolina

Wednesday , December 5 ~~ Greece and South Dakota

Thursday , December 6 ~~ Grenada and Tennessee

Friday , December 7 ~~ Guatemala and Texas

Saturday , January 8 ~~ Guinea and Utah

Sunday , January 9 ~~ Guinea-Bissau and Vermont

I hope to see you here.


A Christmas Carol in Your Future Too?

Every New Year's Eve should be filled with a bit of planning for the coming year.  Today is no different.

Now I know that it is a little bit early to start planning for Christmas 2011, but in the travel business we think it is never too early to plan your next trip.

After you read Linda Orlomoski's blog post, you may want to consider making this YOUR Christmas tradition as well:

There are also some hints about her stay in 612 in this post, so if you are interested in knowing whether or not she had a "ghostly experience" here, you may wish to read this post as well.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Eve = Very Special Menu in Nathaniel's

Here is the prix fixe menu we are serving in Nathaniel's tomorrow night.  We do still have a couple of tables left, so if you want reservations, call 978-825-4311 or 978-825-4360.

I hope to see you here, enjoying this delicious dinner!


Nathaniel's New Year's Eve Menu


Amuse Bouché


Select One

Roasted Vegetable and Cheese Terrine
tomato chutney, petite melba toast

Foie Gras Torchon
fig marmalade, toasted brioche

Super Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
brandied-horseradish sauce, arugula

Bacon-Wrapped Quail
apple-cherry chutney, warm fennel and spinach

New England Waters Seafood Bouillabaisse
lobster, scallops, cod and clams in rich seafood broth with saffron and tomatoes


Select One
Classic Caesar Salad
Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons and Mediterranean white anchovies

Iceberg Salad
vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, bleu cheese dressing

Goat Cheese and Dried Cherry Salad
field greens, caramelized butternut squash, apple vinaigrette

Arugula Salad
dried pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, ricotta salata, cider vinaigrette

Select One
Shrimp and Scallops Sophia
 sautéed shrimp and seared scallops with sauce Béarnaise,
grilled asparagus, steamed spinach and herbed risotto

Pan-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
Champagne-caviar beurre blanc, lobster risotto and wilted greens

Filet Mignon
grilled tenderloin of beef, Burgundy demi-glace with fresh chanterelles,
truffled mashed potatoes and haricots verts

Pan-Roasted Foie Gras-Stuffed Chicken Breast
blackberry-chicken jus, roasted sweet jewel potatoes and asparagus

Venison Osso Bucco
New Hampshire’s Yankee Farmers’ Market red deer braised with pearl onions and baby carrots, served with gorgonzola mashed potatoes


Select One

Blood Orange Crème Brulee
with whipped cream

Raspberry Mascarpone Mousse
raspberry mousse layered with mascarpone and finished with a light sponge cake

Puccini Hazelnut Joconde
coffee-almond cake soaked with espresso, coffee mousse and caramel glaze

Sacher Torte
flourless chocolate truffle torte with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Individual Almond-Pear Torte
almond cake filled with poached pears, Bavarian cream, buttercream and toasted almonds



$85 per person
plus tax and gratuity

The Salem Marine Society and the Hawthorne Hotel

If you have ever wondered about the Salem Marine Society, located on the top of the Hawthorne Hotel, this blog post by our good friend and guest, Linda Orlomoski, tells a lot of the story very articulately, and features some great photographs.

Linda, thanks again for being a great guest blogger!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I love that our customers are so pleased with what we do for them, that they write us the nicest letters, notes, and emails. It makes us blush, but makes our days so wonderful, nonetheless!

If you are thinking of planning a meeting, you may want to read this letter -- it will tell you all you need to know about how we will treat your group here at the Hawthorne Hotel. Just click on the images to enlarge them for ease in reading.

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We hope to see you here.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blizzard of 2010 -- Hawthorne Hotel Weathers the Storm

If one picture is worth a thousand words, then this post should be worth thousands of words. I hope you enjoy looking at "us" in the blizzard of 2010.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Upcoming Events at PEM -- Plan Your Trip Now

Here is the list of special and on-going events at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for January and February, to help you in planning your visit to Salem, MA.

I hope to see you here, and remember, we always have packages available that include tickets to this terrific museum.



Tuesday, January 4 – Sunday, January 9
5 - 8pm


Extended evening hours! The museum will stay open until 8 pm for the last six nights of this special exhibition: Tuesday, January 4, through Sunday, January 9. After 5 pm, just pay the special admissions price of $10! As always, members, children and Salem residents are free. Visit for details.

Saturday, January 15
1 pm - 3 pm
For all ages
FREE with museum admission


Honor of Martin Luther King Jr., help create a large kite filled with hopes and dreams for the community. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Saturday, January 15 &; Sunday, January 16
1 pm - 6:30 pm
Morse Auditorium

FREE with museum admission
Reservations by January 13

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the rights of people around the world. It believes that international standards of human rights apply to all people equally, and that sharp vigilance and timely protest can prevent the tragedies of the 20th century from recurring. They remain convinced that progress can be made when people of good will organize themselves to make it happen. Andrea Holley, deputy director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, joins us on Saturday, January 15, to introduce the films and to discuss the organization’s work and the goals for these film festivals taking place around the world. Made possible by ECHO.

Saturday, January 15

Pushing the Elephant (2010)
1 pm
84 min.

Pushing the Elephanttells the story of Rose Mapendo’s separation from her 5-year-old daughter, Nangabire, during the 1998 conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After 12 years apart, Rose and her other children are reunited with Nangabire in Phoenix, Ariz. Through the story of their reunion, we come to understand the decisions Rose made in order to survive and the complex difficulties Nangabire faces as a refugee in the United States — torn between her painful past and a hopeful future. In English, Kinyamulenge and Swahili with English subtitles.

Out in the Silence (2009)
3 pm
66 min.

Out in the Silence captures the controversy that ensues when filmmaker Joe Wilson’s same-sex wedding announcement is published in the newspaper of the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the challenges of negotiating the morally charged issue of sexual orientation and the potential for building bridges when people approach each other with openness and respect.

The Red Chapel (2009)
5 pm
87 min.

Comics Jacob and Simon were born in North Korea and adopted as infants by Danish parents. Together with Mads Brügger, who poses as their manager, they get permission to put on a show in Pyongyang as a form of cultural exchange. The Red Chapel gives us rare insight into North Korea through the eyes of two hilarious and sensitive individuals as well as the behavior of the people they meet on their journey. In English, Danish and Korean with English subtitles.

Sunday, January 16

Enemies of the People (2009)
1 pm
94 min.

Enemies of the People follows Thet Sambath, whose parents were among the approximately 2 million people who perished under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. With unprecedented access and confessions from the notorious “Brother Number Two,” Nuon Chea, and from numerous grassroots killers, Sambath uncovers terrifying personal explanations for the genocide by allowing the perpetrators to speak for themselves. In English and Khmer with English subtitles. Winner: 2010 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize.

The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom (2009)
3 pm
79 min.

This film examines the interplay between the personal and the historic, the spiritual and the political. The tension between the Dali Lama’s efforts to find a peaceful solution and the impatience of the younger generation provokes questions about the “right” way forward and what that means for the future of Tibet. In English, Mandarin and Tibetan with English subtitles.

Friday, January 21
8 pm
Members $20, Non-Members $24, Students $12

East India Marine Hall
Reservations by January 19

The ensemble continues its survey of Schubert’s string quartets with his touching Rosamunde Quartet in A minor. Paired with Dvorak’s colorful and folkloric final Quartet in A flat, Opus 105 and a mystery piece. Bayla Keyes and Tatiana Dimitriades, violins; Edward Gazouleas, viola; Jonathan Miller, cello.

Sunday, January 23
2 - 3 pm
FREE with museum admission

PLAYING WITH POP-UP ART: Robert Sabuda’s Winter’s Tale
Reservations by January 21

Enjoy an eye-puzzling journey through David A. Carter’s One Red Dot, in the Eye Spy, Playing with Perception exhibition. Then, delve into Robert Sabuda’s amazing pop-up Winter’s Tale as inspiration for creating your own series of pop-up animals!


Saturday, February 12
11 am - 5 pm
All programs FREE with museum admission

Weekend Festival: Lunar New Year

The color red is the ultimate Chinese symbol of joy, used in celebrations and on special occasions. Red is also believed to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune and is commonly worn throughout Chinese New Year. Come join the festive mood in the Atrium — watch dance performances, create red and gold carp, explore red objects in the museum and wear red! Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO

Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion Dance Troupe
11:30am - noon & 2:30 - 3 pm

Gund Kwokreturns to PEM for a lion dance performance to celebrate the New Year.

Drop-in Art Activity: Create a Carp
11 am - 3 pm

Modern Chinese New Year hangings often feature carp, which symbolize the desire for prosperity in the year to come. Create your own beautiful fish to take home.

Ribbon Dance and Diabolo performance
12 pm

The Chinese Folk Art Workshop presents traditional dances and more to celebrate the New Year. Watch amazing tricks with the diabolo, an ancient Chinese yo-yo used for play and exercise. The graceful Ribbon Dance is performed in cultural festivals in China. Meet the performers and try some moves yourself.

Drop-in Art Activity: Chun Lian
1 - 4 pm

Chun lian, or spring couplets, is a special type of two-line poem used to decorate doorways for Chinese New Year. Make a happy, uplifting message for the coming year.

Story Time: Happy, Happy Chinese New Year!
1:30 pm
Recommended for children ages 3 and up with adult

Hear all about the special activities that take place during the Chinese New Year, including cooking, eating, setting off firecrackers and even sweeping and dusting! Explore the symbols in this story through vibrant illustrations by author Demi.

Family Gallery Tour: Don’t Pet Dragons: Art from China
2 - 2:30 pm
For children ages 5 and up with adult

Join us for this hands-on gallery adventure!

Film: Last Train Home
Morse Auditorium
3:30 - 5 pm
Recommended for teens and adults
Reservations by February 10

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their villages for the New Year holiday, a mass exodus that reveals a country caught between its rural past and industrial future. Last Train Home focuses on one family’s struggles with seeing each other only once a year. 87 minutes. In Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with English subtitles.

Presentation: Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love and Language by Deborah Fallows
Morse Auditorium
1 pm
For adults
Reservations by February 11

Author, linguist and China expert Deborah Fallows shares the surprises of learning Mandarin, China’s most common language. While living in Shanghai and Beijing, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying the language of her adopted home provided clues to the habits of its people and its culture’s conundrums. A book signing follows the presentation. Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO.

Friday, February 18t
8 pm
Members $20, Non-Members $24, Students $12

East India Marine Hall
Reservations by February 16

The great clarinet player Thomas Martin joins the ensemble for the beloved Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major. The program also includes Brahms’ masterful Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Opus 51. Thomas Martin, clarinet; Bo Youp Hwang and Tatiana Dimitriades, violins; Beth Guterman, viola; Jonathan Miller, cello.

Monday, February 21 – Friday, February 25
10am-5pm daily

All activities are FREE with museum admission

Exercise your eyes (and your brain!) with activities inspired by the interactive exhibition Eye Spy, Playing with Perception. Meet artists, see special performances, participate in collaborative art making or put yourself in the art — stand inside an impossible cube or bend your face in our fun house mirrors! Made possible by the Lowell Institute & ECHO.

Monday, February 21

Drop-In Art Activity: Disappearing Drawings
10 am - 1pm
Create your own disappearing drawings and experiment with surprises in color and light.

Performance: Shadows around the World
11am - noon & 3 - 4 pm

Join artist Jim Napolitano from Nappy’s Puppets for a journey around the world to discover shadow puppets in different cultures! Nappy’s Puppets have been featured on the award-winning PBS show Between the Lions.

 Art Activity: Shadow Puppets
12 - 3 pm

Will your puppet have jointed legs? What about a head that nods? Design your own shadow puppets. Then try them out behind our shadow screen.

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm
Exhibition tour recommended for children ages 5 and up with adult

Artists use many tools to make their viewers feel “part of the action.” Discover how, on this trip through the Maritime Art galleries.

Workshop: Puppet Making with Nappy
Art Studios
1 - 2 pm
Recommended for children ages 5 and up with adult

Find out how master puppeteer Jim Napolitano makes his puppets. Then create and perform with your own!

Tuesday, February 22

Demonstration and Drop-In Art Activity: Eye-Popping Paper Art!
10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1 - 3 pm
Book signing 3 – 3:30 pm

Meet Salem author and illustrator Giles Laroche, who creates 3-D illustrations through intricately cut and layered paper. See some of his original work, and try out his techniques. Add your creation to the collaborative 3-D mural.

Drop-In Art Activity: Disappearing Drawings
11 am - 3 pm

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm

Workshop: Kaleidoscopes
Art Studios
1:30 - 2:30 and 3 - 4 pm
Recommended for children ages 5 and up with adult

Play with symmetry and color as you assemble your own kaleidoscope.

Wednesday, February 23

Demonstration and Drop-In Art Activity: Eye-Popping Paper Art!
10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1 - 3 pm
Book signing 3 – 3:30 pm

Story Time: White Is for Blueberry
Bartlett Gallery
10:30 - 11:30 am
Recommended for children ages 2 to 5

What color is a blueberry? What color is a crow? Are you sure? Challenge your ideas about color with White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon.

Drop-In Art Activity: Fractal Pop-ups
11 am - 3 pm

Turn a flat sheet of paper into an amazing multiplying staircase and more!

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm

: How to Create 3-D Photography
Art Studios
1:30 - 2:15 & 3 - 3:45
For children ages 8 and up with adult
Reservations by February 21

Meet Eye Spy featured artist Ron Labbe and learn how he creates his compelling 3-D photographs. Then try it for yourself and leave PEM with your own 3-D print! Digital cameras are available or bring your own with appropriate USB cable.

Thursday, February 24
Workshop: Kaleidoscopes
Art Studios
10-11 am and 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Drop-In Art Activity: Spot the Spots
11 am - 3 pm

Ready, set, hide! How good are you at spotting the hidden animals? Create your own camouflaged creatures and test your friends!

Artist Presentation: Animal Defenses - Camouflage and Beyond
Morse Auditorium
11 am - 12 pm and 2 - 3 pm
Book signing noon – 12:30 pm

Meet Darlyne Murawski, nature photographer, biologist and author. Hear about her travels for National Geographic magazine, the amazing world of animal camouflage and taking photographs of everything from rain forest canopies to microscopic diatoms!

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm

Drop-In Art Activity: Nature’s Pattern Play
Art Studios
2 - 4 pm

Make your own kaleidoscopic photo art with photographer Henry Olds. Learn about reflection and symmetry while working with nature’s rich array of patterns.

Friday, February 25th

Workshop: Kaleidoscopes
Art Studios
10 - 11 am and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Drop-In Art Activity: Spot the Spots
11 am - 3 pm

Live Animal Presentation: Camouflaged Creatures of the Seas
12 - 1 & 2 - 3 pm (drop in)
1 - 2 pm presentation

Meet some of nature’s masters of disguise and deception with educators from the New England Aquarium.

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm

Drop-In Art Activity: Nature’s Pattern Play
Art Studios
2 - 4 pm

Saturday, February 26 & Sunday, February 27
FREE with museum admission

OPENING WEEKEND FESTIVAL: Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection Explore PEM’s newest exhibition through tours, film, art making and our new Saturday Art Series! Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO


Members-only Gallery Talk: Furniture from the Dutch Golden Age

Loek van Aalst, Dutch furniture expert, leads an in-depth discussion of the Dutch and Flemish furniture in the exhibition. Reservations by February 24.

10 - 11:30 am
Members $60 for the 3-program series, nonmembers $75 (single programs are not available)
meet at the information desk
For adults and teens age 17 and up
reservations by February 24

The three experts leading our new Saturday Art Series invite you to discover layers of meaning and surprising stories behind the works of art on view in Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.

In the first of the three gallery-based programs, coordinating curator Karina Corrigan leads an introductory exploration of this new exhibition. Using close observation, debate and discussion, explore the practices of painting and patronage in the 17th century. An empire of trade rather than land, the Netherlands’ international maritime strength created and defined Dutch wealth and national pride during one of the greatest artistic and cultural chapters in history. You’ll also look more broadly at the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the role that Asian goods played in Dutch life during the 17th century.

Docent-led Exhibition Tours
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
meet at information desk
Tickets available at admissions desk on day of tour

Studio Saturday: Portraits and Still Life
1 - 3 pm
For all ages

Explore portraiture with artist Christopher Mullins as he demonstrates his painting techniques and talks about his interest in the tradition of portraits. Afterward, create a portrait of your companion or collage a contemporary still life. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

FILM: Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Rembrandt
Morse Auditorium
1:30 pm
For adults
Reservations by February 24

Renowned art historian Simon Schama’s film transports viewers to the intense moments when Rembrandt created his greatest works of art. He does this through a combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and his distinctive style of storytelling. 1996, 60 minutes.

PRESENTATION: 17th-Century Dutch Paintings and Furniture
3 - 4:15 pm

Dr. Frederik J. Duparc, guest curator, and Loek van Aalst, Dutch furniture expert, give short talks on the Dutch and Flemish masterworks in the exhibition. Then, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo join the scholars for a lively discussion about the highlights and development of their collection. Reservations by February 24.


Windmill Adventure
Reservations by February 25

Celebrate the opening of Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection and hear the legend of Katje the Windmill Cat, as told by Gretchen Woelfle, inspired by a true story from the Netherlandsflood of 1421. Investigate windmills in the exhibition and then build your own miniature working windmill!


StoryTrails - New Program!
3rd Sundays
FREE with museum admission
For children ages 5 to 8 with adult
Meet at information desk

Investigate something new in your world every month at PEM! Experience the magic of stories read in the galleries and discover your own creativity by making something special to take home.Made possible by ECHO.

Saturdays and Sundays, 1 - 3 pm
Art and Nature Center
FREE with museum admission

Come create! Explore art, nature and more at weekend drop-ins. Pick up a monthly schedule in the Art &; Nature Center.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 27 through January 2, 2011

We now have a special request for Friday, December 31.   If you have a special request for a flag to be flown in your honor (or someone you care about that is staying at the Hawhtorne Hotel), please call 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322. 

Monday , December 27 ~~ Ethiopia and North Carolina

Tuesday , December 28 ~~ Fiji and North Dakota

Wednesday , December 29 ~~ Finland and Ohio

Thursday , December 30 ~~ France and Oklahoma

Friday , December 31 ~~ Greece and Oregon

Saturday , January 1 ~~ Gambia and Pennsylvania

Sunday , January 2 ~~ Georgia and Puerto Rico

I hope to see you here.


Issue Four of Linda's Stay at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel

This post features room 612.  I hope you enjoy it!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel, 2010

Every year, on every major holiday where we offer one of our buffet extravaganzas, I offer to take photos of our guests.  This year is no different.

Here is the link to those photos, with full credit to Linda Orlomoski for the Cover photo on the album:

I hope you enjoy seeing these.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Awwww. . . so Sweet!

This week we held our annual holiday party for the children of our team members. They always seem to have the best time telling Santa exactly what they want for Christmas, and doing the various activities we have for them.

Laura Abraham of our Sales and Catering Department brought her family, and her oldest daughter wrote the owner of the hotel a lovely thank you letter for putting the party on. We thought you might like an inside look.

 Virginia, meet Santa Claus
Laura Abraham and Family
To see a bigger version of Virginia's letter, just click on it!

I hope to see you here.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our Holiday Gift for YOU!!!

Click on this link to get your gift from our "house" to yours!

We hope you enjoy each and every one of your gifts.

Happy Holidays!


Another Post by Our Guest Blogger, Linda

I just love her photographs of the hotel.  And her posts are so informative -- what more could a hotel manager ask for in a guest?  She is the Best!!

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Are You Coming for Christmas Eve Dinner?

If you are one of the lucky guests who have already secured a reservation to enjoy dinner in Nathaniel's on Christmas Eve, you will be happy to see this lovely menu that will be served on that evening:

Appetizers, Soups and Salads
The Demi-Portions of our Entrees also make great Appetizers

Traditional Shrimp Cocktail
four large shrimp, cocktail sauce, lemon

Bacon-Wrapped Quail
apple-cherry chutney, warm fennel and spinach

Sautéed Local New England Mushrooms
roasted chestnut-onion soubise with orecchiette pasta and Parmesan cheese

Native Apple and Roasted Pumpkin Bisque
a spicy and creamy vegetarian soup

Chestnut and Pear Bisque

Steve’s Seafood Chowder
of historic proportion, our well-loved version includes shrimp, scallops, haddock, clams and potatoes in a creamy New England-style soup

Arugula Salad
pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, ricotta salata and cider vinaigrette

Goat Cheese-Dried Cherry Salad
field greens, caramelized butternut squash and apple vinaigrette

Caesar Salad
Mediterranean white anchovies, Parmesan cheese and garlic croutons

Iceberg Salad
vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers and choice of dressing


Christmas Holiday Specials

Roasted Turkey
apple-sage stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes and butternut squash

Braised Lamb Shank
stewed root vegetables in thyme-scented natural broth

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib
au jus, horseradish-cream sauce, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts

Nathaniel's Dinner Menu Specialties

Shrimp and Scallops Sophia
Our signature dish, named for Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
sautéed shrimp and seared scallops with sauce Béarnaise,
grilled asparagus, steamed spinach and herbed risotto

Twenty-eight ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Herb-Baked Haddock
lobster sauce, baby carrots, green beans and steamed rice
Twenty-five ~~ Demi-Portion Sixteen

Hoisin-Glazed Roasted Salmon
steamed rice, spinach sautéed with eggplant, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds
Twenty-two ~~ Demi-Portion Fifteen

Grilled Free-Range Chicken Breast Dundee
Chef Steve’s Dundee sauce of Scotch, cream and Dijon mustard, with toasted almonds, Lyonnaise potatoes, roasted carrots and green beans
Twenty-two ~~ Demi-Portion Fifteen

Grilled New York Sirloin
onion- and mushroom-mashed potatoes, green beans
and fresh thyme-Madeira demi-glace

Stuffed Eggplant, Spinach and Feta Rollitini
sautéed spinach, feta cheese and pine nuts,
with plum tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
Eighteen ~~ Demi-Portion Eleven

Movies and the Holiday Tradition

Many people make going to the movies over the holidays one of their special family traditions.  In honor of that I thought you might like to see what will be playing at our wonderful, local theater, CinemaSalem.  Here is their newsletter:


Happy holidays to all from CinemaSalem. We hope your festivities are going smoothly, and that you get plenty of time to enjoy your family and friends this season.

We had our annual CinemaSalem holiday party Sunday night and it reminded me what an awesome, intelligent, fun and capable staff we have at the movie theater. So next time you visit CinemaSalem, wish them happy holidays!

Here's what's up for this week!

Now Playing: Gulliver's Travels (PG); Little Fockers (PG-13); Tron: Legacy (PG); Four Lions (R); and Harry Potter 7A (PG13)!

Little Fockers opens today at CinemaSalem, featuring Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, and many other big stars. Several critics love it, including Film Journal International: "Third go-round for the Focker family recycles gags from the earlier two films while playing up sensitivity over raunchiness," and "It is fun to revisit the characters and see what they're up to now." Commenting on the awesome cast, the Seattle Times notes: "Between them, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Laura Dern, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand have 20 Academy Award nominations (six of them wins)."

Little Fockers screens today and Thursday at (4:45) and 7:00; Friday at Fri: (12:00) and (2:15); Saturday at (2:15), (4:45) and 7:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:45) and 7:00.

Opening Saturday is the promising Gulliver's Travels, adapted from Jonathan Swift's enjoyable satire. Digital Spy loves its star: "Jack Black is a force of nature!" and Cut Print Review finds that "the 3D is better employed here than it was in Tron: Legacy," and Filmink Australia calls it "family-friendly and entertaining."

Gulliver's Travels is screening in 3D here in Salem and will screen on Christmas at (1:45), (4:00) and 6:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:40 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 6:45. Please note that this film opens on Christmas Day, not Christmas Eve.

The number one movie in America is Tron: Legacy which will screen on Friday at (11:20 AM) and (2:00); Christmas at (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:20 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15. The Diva Review gives it a maximum rave: "All action and escapist fun, 20 years after its sire, the glorious-looking, totally enjoyable Tron Legacy represents a new height in digital cinema and pure entertainment right down to its amazing Daft Punk score."

Last week, we thought that Harry Potter 7A would be dis-apparating today, but it was so popular over the weekend that we're holding it over today, tomorrow, and Friday. Showtimes today and tomorrow are (4:30) and 7:20; and on Christmas Eve at (11:00) and (1:45).

Arriving on Friday in the Screening Room is Four Lions, which is drawing raves from all over the globe. Time Magazine: "Brilliantly incendiary." Slate Magazine: "The very existence of Four Lions is an act of audacity; the fact that it's also smart, humane, and frequently hilarious is nothing short of a miracle." New York Times: "You laugh until the laughter turns to ashes in your mouth. And then you laugh some more."

Four Lions will screen on Friday at (12:15) and (2:30); Saturday at (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem, and happy holidays!

Paul Van Ness




phone: 978 744-1400



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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

More From Linda On Their Stay in Room 325, Part Deux

Another well-written post by our wonderful guest, Linda regarding her recent stay in room 325.

I hope you enjoy reading this!


Details of Brunch with Santa, Part Deux

Here are some details of our most recent Santa Brunch photos.  I hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I did.

Cooper and his Mom.
Cooper wanted a "water train" for Christmas. Mom and Dad were hoping Santa would have a clue as to what a "water train" actually was.

Jeff Turben, Doreen Marquis, Dave Mercer and Linda Summer Mercer. (not quite sure which are which, but the kid was funny and said "let me write this down 'cuz we all have different last names."

Santa with darling little Beatrice
The Fitzpatrick Family
Repeats to our blog, this group of women have been meeting for the Santa Brunch for the past 10 years.   They all grew up together in Lynn, went to grade school together, and look forward to this day to catch up with each other, eat (a lot, they said!) and get their photo taken with Santa.
Luke and Grace brought their toy soldiers with them.
Porter was obviously dressed by his dapper Dad, in the most darling outfit.
Last but not least, Mackenzie in an adorable Santa's-Little-Helper look, perfect!

Monday, December 20, 2010


I have to say, if this guest lived in Salem, I could give up blogging for the Hawthorne Hotel and just let her do it.  What a fabulous post!!  A terrific firsthand account of a visit to our hotel, complete with terrific photos. 

Thanks so much to Linda and her daughters for telling us all about their experience here.  We cannot wait for the next installment.  Be sure to click on this link below to read her fabulous report. 

:-)  Juli

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 20 through 26, 2010

 Here is the line-up for this week's flags hung on the front of the hotel.  There have been no special requests so far.

Monday , December 20 ~~ Dominican Republic and Montana

Tuesday , December 21 ~~ Ecuador and Nebraska

Wednesday , December 22 ~~ Egypt and Nevada

Thursday , December 23 ~~ El Salvador and New Hampshire

Friday , December 24 ~~ Equatorial Guinea and New Jersey

Saturday , December 25 ~~ Eritrea and New Mexico

Sunday , December 26 ~~ Estonia and New York

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

House of the Seven Gables

The Salem News is on a roll this week, with some terrific stories about some of our local treasures.  While Salem is well-known for its rich history, many people who have been here for years are not familiar with some of the aspects, so I thought I would continue to share.

Here is an article about Christmas history at the House of the Seven Gables.  Again, even better than reading an article would be a visit in person to see this great site.

I hope you have the opportunity to come to visit while this exhibit is going on.


Friday, December 17, 2010

An Art and History Treasure in Marblehead

Salem, MA -- One of the places I always take out-of-towners to see when they come to visit me is to Abbot Hall in Marblehead.  Of course, the iconic "Spirit of '76" is what everyone wants to see, but "touring" the entire hall is so worth the time, especially when one of the docents are there to assist.

The Salem News wrote this terrific article about Abbot Hall today, so I thought I would take the opportunity to share their link.  I am uncertain how long the link will be valid, but the real pleasure is in touring this fabulous and historic place rather than reading about it.  So don't miss it when you come to Salem for a visit.  Best of all, it's free (although they would appreciate a free-will donation.)

I hope to see you here (or there!)


Thursday, December 16, 2010

We Love Thank You Notes

We recently received this lovely thank you note. Because WE like to read things like this, we thought perhaps you might enjoy reading it as well, fair blog reader!

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We love to do those little extra things for our guests that surprise and delight them, such as what the front desk did for these special guests.

I hope you enjoy this inside look at a bit of Hawthorne Hotel operations.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Going Green

Going Green is all the rage, everywhere one turns. We know that continuing to utilize our historic buildings is one of the "greenest" thing we can do, and so staying at the historic Hawthorne Hotel is one of the "greenest" things you can do when it comes to choosing a place to stay in Salem, MA.

If you follow this blog you will already know that we recently installed all new lamps in all of the guest rooms. The old ones worked fine, but were starting to show some signs of their age, and we felt our guests deserved a fresh look in our guest rooms.

You will be happy to know that NONE of the old lamps went to a landfill -- they were all adopted by our staff members, and a local thrift store that funds a food pantry took the rest. So we recycled, helped our staff members, and helped feed some people who need help.

In addition, we bought all new light bulbs for those new lamps, and the new ones are compact florescent bulbs, which are a "greener" alternative. The photo above is the cases of new bulbs arriving in the building.

There are more "Green" initiatives on the horizon for us here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and we will be sure to tell you about them as they happen.

I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Such Nice Customers!

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When are guests are like these, we simply cannot thank them enough. Imagine taking the time to write a thank you note, just for doing what we always do. That is SO NICE, and really makes our day.

I hope you enjoy reading my correspondence with me from time to time. When I receive notes like this one, I just have to share.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Brunch with Santa, Part I

Yesterday at our first Santa Brunch of the season our photographer took these darling photos of children with Santa
 This is Katie, who at six months old was seeing Santa and experiencing Christmas for the first time.

 These two young lads brought their list for Santa with them, and read it out loud together before sitting on Santa's lap -- just to make sure that got it all right.

 While Brunch with Santa was taking place in the Ballroom, there was also a surprise 80th Birthday Party taking place in the Essex Room for Aspie Cassidy.  Santa went up and serenaded her with his fiddle-rendition of "Happy Birthday" -- an extra surprise for the day.
 These young ladies were obviously of an age to not need Santa to get what they want for Christmas, but they enjoyed having their photo with him, nonetheless.
 This young man brought Santa a work of art -- maybe trying to butter him up?
This is little Gracie, who was in attendance at a birthday celebration that also came to enjoy the Santa Brunch.

We have one more Santa Brunch to go, this coming Sunday.  It is nearly fully subscribed, but we do have a couple more spots available, so if you missed yesterday, please give us a call right away to reserve your table.  978-825-4311.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 13 through 18, 2010

This week things did change, and we are flying particular flags on Thursday at the request of a special guest.

As usual, we are flying the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags of the states and territories of the USA in alphabetical order this week. 

If you have a special request, call us at 978-744-4080 and let us help you with your request.

Monday , December 13 ~~ Cyprus and Massachusetts

Tuesday , December 14 ~~ Czech Republic and Michigan

Wednesday , December 15 ~~ Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Minnesota

Thursday , December 16 ~~ England and Connecticut (by special request)
Friday , December 17 ~~ Denmark and Missouri

Saturday , December 18 ~~ Djibouti and Montana

Sunday , December 19  ~~ Dominica and Nebraska

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Edi Rovi Named Part-Time Employee of the Month

This week we surprised Edi Rovi with our Part-Time Employee of the Month award for November. While he is a three-time recipient now, he was still fully delighted to receive this recognition, as you can see by these photos.  Edi works for the Dining Services Department, and he has filled many roles, from busser to server, cashier, to host.  He has also assisted in the Banquet Department.

(Left to right:  Juli Lederhaus, Edi, and Angie Rovi)

Edi's sister, Angie, seen with him above and below, is such a ham, and she was working at the same time so she had to get in on the act.  You can tell how proud his older sister is to be working with such a well-respected member of our team.

Rebecca Cope, the Dining Services Supervisor who nominated Edi, is seen with him above.  In nominating Edi, Rebecca cited his willingness to help, his steadfastness, but most importantly how much he has grown and developed since joining the Hawthorne Hotel team over five years ago.

Congratulations, Edi!  We sincerely appreciate all that you do for us and our guests.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

New Favorite Item in the Tavern

The Tavern here at the Hawthorne Hotel is a great all-around American restaurant. Of course, you expect me to say that because I am the General Manager, but I know that our guests think so too, because the Tavern seems to always be busy. :-)

The chefs recently added another "slider" choice to our menu -- these are Buffalo Chicken Sliders and they are simply delicious. (We already offer traditional burger sliders, crab cake sliders, and barbecued pulled short rib sliders.)
The sliders are listed with the appetizers, but I think an order to share as an entree, with a salad or bowl of soup, or a side of our great sweet potato fries, would make an awesome lunch as well.

P.S. If you are really into value-dining,  we do offer the Buffalo Chicken Sliders on Tuesday evening for Happy Hour, so if you want to just try one (and I dare you to just eat one!) you can get it for only 90 cents from 4:30 to 6 pm when you come in for a beverage.

However, if getting here during that specific time, on that particular day is just too much trouble, you can come ANYTIME we are open, which is 11 am to 11 pm, and get an order of three sliders for a still-ridiculously-low price of only $7.95.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Christmas Day Menu is Ready

If you are planning to go out for brunch or dinner on Christmas Day, you really need to make your reservations soon, as many people have already reserved their tables.  Since we are one of the very few places that are open on Christmas, you would be well-served to act quickly.

Chef Steve and his little elves have been busy working on the menu for our Christmas Day Buffet, which we will be serving from 11 am to 7 pm that day.  Here it is:

Christmas Day Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel
Saturday, December 25, 2010 11am-7pm

Cold Buffet

Baked Christmas Brie, Dried Fruits, Spiced Pecans and Crackers

Smoked Salmon, Caper and Tomato Salad, Flat Bread and Bagels

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Display

Cranberry and Pumpkin Breads, Freshly Baked Muffins,

Cinnamon Rolls and Assorted Dinner Rolls

Tossed Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Creamy Peppercorn Dressings

“We Three Things of Orient Are” Salad
Lo Mein Noodles, Cashew Chicken, Water Chestnuts

“Nuttin’ for Christmas Salad”
Gingered three-seed “Coal”Slaw

“Let It Snow” Pea Salad
Pea Pods, Red Peppers, Edamame, Soy Vinaigrette

“Jingle Bell Salad”
Brown Rice Salad, Orange-Chipotle Vinaigrette with Cilantro and Black Beans

“These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” Salad
Marinated Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Mushrooms

Hot Buffet

11 am to 3:30 pm
Scrambled Eggs
Crisp Bacon, and Maple-Sausage
Belgian Waffles with Maple Syrup,
Whipped Cream, and Fruit Compotes

3:30 pm to 7 pm
Pumpkin Ravioli Carbonara
Creamed Spinach with Water Chestnuts
 Penne with Meatballs, Roasted Tomatoes,
and Parmesan Cheese

Coastal Seafood, Basil Cream Sauce, Steamed White Rice
Sausage, Leek and Cheese Strata
Cheese Blintzes with Strawberry Sauce
Buttered Mashed Potatoes,
Maple-Butternut Squash
Peas and Pearl Onions,
Glazed Carrots
Scalloped Potatoes

Carving Station
Roast Turkey Breast with Stuffing, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Baked Ham with Honey-Mustard Sauce
Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, au Jus, with Horseradish Cream

Warm Apple Crisp with Gingersnap Streusel
Chai-Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Whipped Cream
 Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Diamonds
Spice Cookies
English Trifle
 Gingerbread People
Carrot Cake

Assorted Mini Pastries
 Chocolate Layer Cake
 Bûche de Noel

Reservations (978) 825-4311

Adults $40.95 ~~ Children 12 and Younger $16.95

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Jessica Herrick Named Part-TIme Employee of the Month for October, 2010

The month of October is SUCH a busy month for us, it is really difficult for anyone outside of our business to understand just HOW different one month can be from all the rest. Getting through that crazy, busy time is never easy, but when you have someone like Jessica on your "bench" it can make it seem a lot easier than it really is.

Lucie Ogeron, Front Office Manager; Jessica Herrick, Juli Lederhaus, General Manager

Lucie and Jessica were clowning around a bit and we caught this darling photo of them.

Jessica used to work for us full-time at the front desk while she went to college, and once she graduated she was able to find a great job in her field. However, she never fully abandoned us, and when she heard this past summer that we were in a bit of a bind, she offered her services on a part-time basis to help us get through the situation.

Since that time, she stayed on board in a varying part-time capacity, working when we needed her (read -- the month of October) and happily not working when we did not need her.

In addition to being "there" for us when we needed her, Jessica is also a pro in every sense of the word, so her work is always of the highest caliber. We are so happy to be able to honor her with this award, as a small thank you for everything she has done for us.

Congratulations, Jessica! Thank you for all that you have done for the Hawthorne Hotel TEAM!!


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