Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 1 through 7, 2010

Monday , February 1 ~~ Oman and Alaska
Tuesday , February 2 ~~ Pakistan and American Samoa
Wednesday , February 3 ~~ Palau and Arizona
Thursday , February 4 ~~ Panama and Arkansas
Friday , February 5 ~~ Papua New Guinea and California
Saturday , February 6 ~~ Paraguay and Colorado
Sunday , February 7 ~~ Peru and Connecticut

This week we have no special requests, so we are strictly flying the flags of the countries and states in alphabetical order.

If you have any special requests, call us and leave a message at 978-825-4322. We will do our best to make it happen.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, January 30, 2010


Monday , February 1 ~~ Oman and Alaska
Tuesday , February 2 ~~ Pakistan and American Samoa
Wednesday , February 3 ~~ Palau and Arizona
Thursday , February 4 ~~ Panama and Arkansas
Friday , February 5 ~~ Papua New Guinea and California
Saturday , February 6 ~~ Paraguay and Colorado
Sunday , February 7 ~~ Peru and Connecticut


Monday , February 1 ~~ Oman and Alaska
Tuesday , February 2 ~~ Pakistan and American Samoa
Wednesday , February 3 ~~ Palau and Arizona
Thursday , February 4 ~~ Panama and Arkansas
Friday , February 5 ~~ Papua New Guinea and California
Saturday , February 6 ~~ Paraguay and Colorado
Sunday , February 7 ~~ Peru and Connecticut


Monday , February 1 ~~ Oman and Alaska
Tuesday , February 2 ~~ Pakistan and American Samoa
Wednesday , February 3 ~~ Palau and Arizona
Thursday , February 4 ~~ Panama and Arkansas
Friday , February 5 ~~ Papua New Guinea and California
Saturday , February 6 ~~ Paraguay and Colorado
Sunday , February 7 ~~ Peru and Connecticut

From Beginner to "Expert" in Four-plus Years

Someone once gave an offbeat definition of an expert. Here it is "An X is a has-been, and a spurt is a drip under pressure." So that makes a pretty unflattering description, which is why I put the word in quotes.

Several months ago I was asked to present as an 'expert' on blogging as part of a panel at a local tourism conference. I was persuaded, and here is the photo to show you that it happened.

I am not sure I am much of an expert, although I do blog every day, and we think that it has been successful for us here at the Hawthorne Hotel when compared to the standard which we set for ourselves over four years ago -- that is for this to become the daily diary of the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Here I am, with Judi Window and Kate Fox, just before the panel that we presented at the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau annual conference yesterday.

I spoke about blogging, Judi about Twitter, and Kate about FaceBook. Judi runs a huge group of volunteers who TWEET back responses to visitors and potential visitors to New Hampshire. If you are going there, and want to visit a "virtual" visitor's center, tweet @AskNH -- you should get back a nearly immediate response to your question.

Kate runs Destination Salem, our local visitor organization. She blogs (she says she does it because I told her to!) and she tweets as well as posting on
FaceBook, as we all do. If you want to follow Kate, you can do so on Twitter at @DestSalem.

I hope you enjoy learning more about what is going on in my life as the GM of the historic Hawthorne Hotel. We might be historic, but we are far from moldy-oldie!


Friday, January 29, 2010

Another Hidden Treasure of Salem -- The Athenaeum

A beautiful mural on the staircase is just one of the many art treasures in this historic building.
Jean Marie Procious, Director of The Salem Athenaeum, and Francie King, President

After Hours for the Salem Chamber of Commerce -- many attended and enjoyed great conversation and networking.

The Stacks of the Salem Athenaeum

Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

I am very embarrassed to say that I have never been inside the Salem Athenaeum until last night, despite the fact that I walk by it at least 100 times a year. My stock excuse is that when I walk by in the morning on my way to work, and in the evening on the way home, it is closed.

However, I finally had the opportunity last night, because they opened their doors for the Salem Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. I am so happy that they did this, because it truly is a treasure for Salem to have one of only 16 membership libraries in the United States.

The photos above will help to explain how beautiful it is inside.

Anyone may enter and use the library when it is open. The hours are as follows:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 1pm to 5pm

Thursdays: 5pm to 9pm

Saturdays: 10am to 2pm

You do not need to be a member to use the books and other offerings there. There is much of historical value to see in the Athenaeum, so visitors should make it one of their Top 10 Free Things to See in Salem.

If you do want to check books and materials out of the library, you do need to become a member, but at only $90 per year for a household, it is a great bargain. And you can even become a proprietor of the library if shares become available. Just think -- being 1/100th owner of all this great history, and all these terrific books! You do have to wait for a proprietorship to become available for purchase, but I am certain that offering must go to members first.

I do hope you won't be like me, and wait 10 years before you take the opportunity to go inside to see this lovely resource. It is in the historic McIntire District, only a 10 minute walk from the Hawthorne Hotel, and is located at 337 Essex Street here in Salem, MA.

Their phone number is 978-744-2540, and they do host a number of notable events, including readings, talks, and musical events. Again, you do not need to be a member to attend these events, but you will pay less if you are.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Thank You for a Special Occasion Celebration in Nathaniel's

From: jaenk@

Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 4:38 PM
To: Mark Hardin
Subject: Re: Hawthorne Hotel


I meant to send this a week ago. I wanted to thank you and your staff for all of your help with celebrating my mom's 81st birthday. She so enjoyed herself and it was a complete success. Thank you from the H Family

thanks, Eilish H

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Hardin"
To: jaenk@S

ent: Friday, January 8, 2010 5:19:35 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: RE: Hawthorne Hotel

Not a problem! I will make a nice menu with her name at the top indicating her birthday celebration. We will do our best to make sure you all have a wonderful time. Any other questions please call me here.

From: jaenk

Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:17 PM
To: Mark Hardin
Subject: Re: Hawthorne Hotel

Mark, we spoke yesterday regarding a birthday dinner for my mother - i spoke today with someone on your staff to confirm reservations for sat the 9th of jan (tomorrow) at 6pm for 10 - 15 people the menu could consist of - soup du jour; steve's chowder, winter veg ravioli - ceaser salad, mixed green salad - haddock mass bay col - mapleglazed chic breast, grilled top sirloin -- we will bring a cake

we would love it if you could include something about it being a dinner in honor of our mother's 81st birthday (her name is Mary Jane )

thank you,

Eilish H

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Valentine's Weekend Specials in Nathaniel's Restaurant

Because Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, we will be celebrating this day of love all weekend long. Beginning Friday night in Nathaniel's, this special love-themed menu will be available in addition to our excellent winter menu.

Reservations are filling up quickly, so do not delay in calling 978-825-4311 to reserve your special table for Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening.

NATHANIEL'S at the Hawthorne Hotel



Heart-Shaped Lobster and Cheese Ravioli
lobster-corn sauce, and arugula

Two-of-Hearts Salad
hearts of romaine and hearts of palm, tomatoes, crispy shallots
cracked peppercorn dressing


Grilled Filet of Beef
cabernet sauvignon reduction, scalloped potatoes and heart-shaped grilled squashes

Pan-Roasted Black Cod
beurre rouge sauce, long-stemmed artichokes and roasted potatoes


Red Velvet Cake
strawberry sauce and fresh blackberries
Six-Ninety Five

Raspberry Heart Torte
layers of rich fudge cake, raspberry preserves, deep chocolate mousse
garnished with raspberry puree
Six-Ninety Five

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Employee of the Year -- Part-time -- Ingris Arias

This past weekend we were finally able to catch up with our Part-time Employee of the Year, Ingris Arias, to present her with her award. Ingris works as a room cleaning attendant in the housekeeping department. As you can see in the photos below, she was very pleased to have been chosen.

She even made a nice speech to those assembled in our employee lunch room, thanking the Hotel for the honor, and pledging to work even harder to continue to be worthy of this award.

Megan Campbell, Juli Lederhaus, Ingris Arias

Ingris Arias

Carmen and Candida are colleagues of Ingris who wanted to wish her well, so we included them in this photo.
Congratulations, Ingris!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Living with Pets is Our Partner in Providing a Pet-Friendly Welcome

Welcome gift for your cat, from Living with Pets, when you stay at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. This special pet store is located just a short 1-1/2 block walk from the hotel, and we certainly hope you will bring your pet by to say hello while you are in Salem, MA.

Welcome gift for your dog, when you stay at the Hawthorne Hotel.

These are the goodies currently awaiting each dog that checks in to the Hawthorne Hotel.

. . . and your cat will currently receive the items shown above.

All items are at the whim of the owner of Living with Pets, so they are subject to change!

In addition, you dog will receive a logo-embellished dog squeaky toy from the Hawthorne Hotel.

Many pet owners have told us this toy has become their dog's new favorite.

We hope to see you (and your pet) here soon!


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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 25 through January 31, 2010

Monday , January 25 ~~ Nepal and Rhode Island
Tuesday , January 26 ~~ Netherlands and South Carolina
Wednesday , January 27 ~~ New Zealand and South Dakota
Thursday , January 28 ~~ Nicaragua and Tennessee
Friday , January 29 ~~ Niger and Texas
Saturday , January 30 ~~ Nigeria and Utah
Sunday , January 31 ~~ Norway and Vermont

No special requests this week.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Iris After Dark at PEM

Iris after Dark!
Closing weekend of Iris Apfel exhibition, PEM stays open late with music, film, cocktails and shopping

Friday, February 5th | 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Admission $10 | FREE to Salem residents & Museum Members

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates the closing weekend of Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel in style with extended hours, music, film, outrageous shopping and suitably elegant refreshments. One of PEM’s most successful exhibitions ever — nearly 50,000 visitors since mid-October­­­ ­— Rare Bird of Fashion closes to the public on Sunday, February 7th after an exceptional run at the Museum.
See what the critics have been saying about Rare Bird Of Fashion:

"Experimental, challenging, fun" ––The Boston Globe

"Not since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has a closet held such magic" ––Boston Herald

"If the body is a canvas, then Apfel has long been painting in broad, bold strokes with every color on the palette" ––Stuff Magazine

"Geriatric glamazon, muse to millions" ––Bust Magazine

About the Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Cool Things to do at PEM This Weekend

This weekend seems jam-packed with something for everyone, from the artist-within-you, to the fashionista, to a little one craving a great story hour followed by an arts and crafts session -- PEM has it all.

Don't forget we still offer great weekend packages here at the Hawthorne Hotel that include your tickets to PEM, so give us a call at 978-744-4080.

I hope to see you here (or there!)


Meet at the information desk
Drop in to sketch, doodle or create a masterpiece. Artist Jim Chisholm provides materials and inspiration.

FREE with museum admission
Reservations by January 20

See Fashion Group International’s Spring/Summer 2010 Trends report and watch a screening of the latest runway shows from around the world. Then listen as fashion insiders discuss how to translate the season’s most popular styles into looks that work with your personal wardrobe. Moderated by Jay Calderin of Fashion Group International of Boston and the School of Fashion Design in Boston. A Q&A follows.

STORY TIME – FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW: Sunday, January 24 2 - 3 pm
FREE with museum admission
Reservations by January 22
For children ages 3 to 6 with accompanying adult

Track down the creature that left footprints in the snow outside Mr. Wolf’s home. Then, create your own wintry “paw” print out of plaster and natural materials.

"Lola" Visits the Hawthorne Hotel

Meet "Lola" and Kate, her human, who are staying with us in the pet-friendly Hawthorne Hotel. I came upon them in the Lobby, while Kate was doing some work with a colleague (using our free Wi-Fi), and thought that "Lola" looked very at home on our new carpet.

Kate and "Lola", the Wheaten Terrier

Doesn't she have the sweetest countenance?

I hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities that the Hawthorne Hotel has to offer, and that I will see you here soon!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cookie Cook Off at the Hawthorne Hotel Tonight

The Girl Scouts are holding a fund raising event here in our Ballroom tonight, beginning at 6 pm. Seven area chefs, including the chef of the Hawthorne Hotel, are participating in creating a dessert made with Girl Scout cookies as one of the key ingredients. These photos are of Chef Jenn Normant's creation of an Upside Down Cheesecake called Girl Scout Pride because it showcases the Girl Scouts emblem on the crust which is the top of the cheesecake.

You can still attend, so stop on by.
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Salem's So Sweet Chocolate Festival is Fast-Approaching

Salem’s So Sweet 2010

Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Over a dozen artfully carved ice sculptures will grace downtown Salem starting February 6 as part of the 8th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival.

While the photos above are from a prior year's festival, this year's Ice Sculpture Themes will range from the Eiffel Tower to the Salem Witch. This year will also feature an ice sculpting demonstration at 1:00 p.m. downtown Salem on February 6.

Over 30 downtown businesses will offer discounts and free chocolate during the weekend as well. The festival officially kicks off with a scrumptious Chocolate and Wine Tasting event in Hamilton Hall February 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and local retailers, restaurants and businesses invite you to attend the 8th annual Salem’s So Sweet, Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures and Valentine’s Day shopping…don't miss Salem's sweetest event of the year!

The Tasting, on Friday, February 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut Street. This luscious tasting event features wine, beer and chocolate samplings from restaurants, stores and sweet shops. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, or at Hamilton Hall the night of the event.

In celebration of the chocolate weekend, many of Salem’s finest restaurants will feature special chocolate offerings on their menus, including desserts, cocktails, and inventive sauces. Participating Salem retailers will offer in-store promotions, innovative displays and items geared toward chocolate and Valentine’s Day. Once again, Golden Tickets will be available in downtown Salem. Pick up your Golden Ticket and have it validated at participating businesses (no purchase necessary) then enter to win a Salem's So Sweet gift basket. The Salem's So Sweet gift basket features many fine items from area retailers.

Not to be missed are a dozen sparkling ice sculptures on display throughout downtown Salem, and Pickering Wharf on Saturday, February 6th & Sunday, 7th. Max from Where the Wild Things Are, a phoenix rising from the flames, the Eiffel Tower and the Salem Witch are among this year's ice sculptures. Maps showing the locations of the ice sculptures can be picked up at participating retailers and restaurants.

Schedule of Events :

Chocolate and Wine Tasting - Friday, February 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Hamilton Hall (tickets $20)

Ice Sculptures on Display - Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7 in Downtown Salem and Pickering Wharf.

Ice Sculpting demonstration, February 6, 1pm at Pickering Wharf.

Promotions, Events, Window Decorating Contest and Great Shopping - February 6 - 14.

Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel Cuts a New Rug

Today the carpet installers put the new carpet into the Tavern here at the Hawthorne Hotel. I must say, the quality of both the product, and the expertise of the workers from Business Floors, Inc. from Hopedale, MA. have been outstanding.

Not only did they come up with a unique pattern in just the right combination of color and quality, but they did it within our budget. The installation team, headed by Joseph, was top-notch. The pattern-matching that they did for us is terrific. (Next time you are in, just take a look at how well the pattern matches as you look up the stairs from the lobby.) They also never wavered from the mission, despite several curve-balls that we threw their way. This is the first time we have done business with them, but it certainly will not be the last.

Special thanks to Larry, Ann-Marie, and their entire crew!

I hope to see you here,