Saturday, April 30, 2011

PEM's Garden Restaurant Opening Soon, Menu Looks Delicious!

You may or may not know that Hawthorne Hotel's Catering Division runs the restaurants at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Now you know for sure!
We are opening the Garden Restaurant for the season on May 4.

Here is the menu:

Chilled Asian Five-Spice Shrimp
basil-ponzu sauce, julienned cucumbers
light, cool and refreshing

New England Clam Chowder
Chive Oil
Cup,  Six ~~ Bowl, Seven-Fifty

Caesar Salad

Romaine, Parmesan, sun-dried tomato crostini

Demi Portion, Six-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Ten

Crab and Corn Chowder

Cup,  Six ~~ Bowl, Seven-Fifty

 Garden Vegetable Herb Soup
vegetable broth, asparagus tips, peas,
pea pods, mint and basil

Cup,  Five-Fifty ~~ Bowl, Seven

Mixed Green Salad
carrot ribbons, daikon radish, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and sesame-soy vinaigrette

Demi Portion, Six-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Ten

Curried Roasted Vegetable Stack
roasted potatoes and goat cheese

Raspberry Chicken Salad

chicken, raspberries, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans, mixed greens and raspberry vinaigrette
Demi Portion, Nine-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Thirteen 

Chicken Caesar Salad

Romaine, chicken breast, Parmesan,
sun-dried tomato crostini
Demi-Portion, Nine-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Fourteen

Crab Trio

crab cake with basil-ponzu sauce,
chilled citrus-chive crab, crab and corn bisque

Seafood Special ~~ Panini Specials
See the daily special sheet for today’s choices
We offer a vegetarian panini too!

Soup and Salad Meal

Choose a bowl of chowder or soup
and a demi-portion Caesar or mixed greens salad
bread and tapenade spread


 Seared Statler Chicken Breast
chicken stuffed with cranberry-goat cheese, served with pear compote, roasted potatoes
and green beans amandine

 Hoisin-Barbecued Flank Steak
ginger-scented rice
and mélange of spring vegetables

Asian Five-Spice Shrimp
served warm over mixed greens with sesame vinaigrette, carrot ribbons, daikon radish, Mandarin oranges, cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds
Demi-Portion, Twelve-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Eighteen

Open Holiday Mondays and Every Wednesday thru Sunday 11:30-2:30 pm
Reservations Recommended   978-542-1618

Let's keep all good thoughts for the same kind of excellent weather that we are enjoying today for all the days the Garden is open.  That means it can rain on Mondays and Tuesdays only.  

I hope to see you there, rain or shine, as we do have indoor seating as well.  But let's keep the good weather thoughts going.

Outdoor Seating in the Garden

Shrimp Appetizer

Friday, April 29, 2011

Romantic Specials in Nathaniel's

Just in time for the arrival of our group of Romance Writers, our very romantically-inclined chef, Steve Nelson, offers these Specials for this weekend, in Nathaniel's here at the Hawthorne Hotel:

The Courtship

Coldwater Oysters

Served on the half shell with Champagne-caviar mignonette

Spicy Arugula Salad

Grilled fig, goat cheese, walnuts, yellow teardrop tomatoes,
sweet and zesty vinaigrette


The Romance of Nathaniel and Sophia

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grilled “tenderlove” of beef, morel mushroom demi-glace,
roasted banana fingerling potatoes and wilted watercress

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
Sautéed shrimp and seared scallops with sauce Béarnaise,
grilled asparagus, steamed spinach and herbed risotto

The Happily Ever After

Trio of Chocolate
Chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries
and chocolate-covered nuts

The Paradise
Passion fruit, mango and coconut mousses
layered with vanilla sponge cake and Cape gooseberries

3 courses, $45 per person

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Menu for the Specials for the Royal Wedding

These are the specials that we will be serving tomorrow morning (in addition to our regular breakfast menu) as we all "tune in" to the Royal Wedding, beginning at 6:30 a.m. in our Tavern. The tables will be set with proper linens and fresh flowers, we will be wearing our own version of royal finery, and we will offer all of our guests at the time that the happy couple appears on the balcony a toast of "bubbly" on us.

I hope to see you here,


Royal Wedding Breakfast Specials

Full English Breakfast
Two Fried Eggs, Two Rashers of Bacon,
Two Pork Sausages, Baked Beans,
Sautéed Mushrooms, Fried Tomatoes, Toast, Juice and Coffee or Tea

Scotch Woodcock
Scrambled Eggs over Anchovy-Buttered Toast with Watercress

Join us for a sparkling cider toast when the couple appears on the royal balcony!

Romantic Cocktails On Tap for the Romance Writers

They are arriving this Friday, and we will be offering these three very special cocktails, in their honor, all weekend long.  I hope you might want to join in the fun and enjoy one of them too!

Sophia’s Passion Cosmopolitan
Pinnacle Citron Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice and Fresh Lime

Sophia Peabody met and fell madly in love with Salem Neighbor Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Friend believed it was love at first sight; her sister, however, claimed Sophia stole Nathaniel from her!  Married in 1842, they remained happily so until his death in 1864.  Experience this passion.

100-Couples Martini

Pinnacle Pear Vodka, apple and lemon juices, simple syrup

From our first wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel in 1925 (the year we opened), we now host close to 100 weddings each year.

 Wedded Lemon Bliss

Pinnacle Citron Vodka, Orange Curacao, simple syrup and Rose’s Lime

In 2008 a highly successful wedding exhibition called “Wedded Bliss” was created and on display at PEM for several months.  It considered weddings throughout time and in various cultures, and inspired this cocktail.

I hope to see you here.  In the Tavern.  With a Romantic Adult Beverage in hand!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Unusual Thank You Letter

This lovely letter arrived recently, and really made our day. It is not very normal to receive a thank you note like this one for two reasons.

The first is that it is written and sent by normal mail. In this day of email, and on-line posts, text-messages, and the like, to get a "regular" letter is simply out of the norm. It seems like all the regular mail we get anymore are simply asking for money -- either donation requests or bills.

The second reason is that it thanks us for just doing your job.

We especially like the fact that it mentions several of our staff members by name. We know it is our staff members that set us apart from our competition, and we love seeing this recognition.

(To enlarge the letter, simply click on it.)

I hope you enjoy this look at the week's mail. I did not scan the bills and daily appeals. You get the picture!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Okay, We Can't Be Left Out of the Royal Wedding Fever

Since none of us received an invitation, we decided to throw our own "bash" for the Royal Wedding.  This Friday morning we are moving breakfast to the Tavern so that we can "tune in" to watch all the festivities on our big screen televisions.
We are adding some British-style specials to our regular (and might I add very delicious) breakfast menu, so you can order exactly what you feel like having while you enjoy watching the Royals at the height of Royal-dom!

We open at 6:30 a.m. but you can certainly join us earlier if you wish for coffee or tea.

When the newly anointed couple make their way out onto the balcony to greet the throng, we will serve everyone in the Tavern a glass of "bubbly" to toast the event.

For those of you who can't make it for breakfast, we will keep the TV tuned all day, and we will be serving British-style specials in the Tavern all day long.

So "jolly good" and all that!  Come join us at the Tavern of the Hawthorne Hotel for this extra-special event.


Mother's Day -- Oh, My Goodness, It Will Be Here SOON!

With the late date of Easter this year, Mother's Day will be here before you know it -- in fact in only two weeks!  If you just haven't thought about it because you have been focused on Easter, you should think about it quickly.

Here are the details for our lovely Mother’s Day Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel:

Sunday, May 8, 2011 10:30am - 6pm

Adults $40.95 Children (12 and under) $16.95

Some of Mom’s Special Recipes

From 11am to 7pm

Crustless Quiche Lorraine with Ham, Emmentaler and Gruyere Cheeses

Spanish-Style Seafood Stew with Scallops, Fish, Shrimp, Vegetables and Saffron

Poached, Sliced Chicken Breast and Tarragon Cream

Peas and Pearl Onions

Spring Vegetable Medley

Shell Pasta with Edamame, Mushrooms, Garlic and Herbs

Spring Pilaf, Rice, Grains, Couscous and Orzo

New Potatoes with Butter and Dill

Carving Station

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, and Horseradish Cream

Honey-Baked Ham with Honey-Mustard Sauce and Pineapple Relish

Roasted Turkey Breast, Cranberry Relish and Maple Aioli

Favorites from the Garden and Farm

Mixed Greens Salad with Zinfandel Vinaigrette and Creamy Maple-Butternut Dressing

Seasonal Fruit Bowl with Strawberries

Baked Brie, Spiced Pecans, Grapes, Berries and Breads

Smoked Salmon, Tomato, Caper and Parsley Salad

Assorted Breads, Muffins, Bagels, Danish, Sliced Fruit Breads

Vermont Grafton Aged Cheddar Wheel with Crackers and Breads

White Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion and Lemon Vinaigrette

Berry Ambrosia, Pineapple, Oranges and Fresh Berries with Toasted Coconut and Fresh Mint

Bowtie Pasta Salad, Creamy Spinach Dressing and Roasted Cauliflower

Chilled-Steamed Asparagus with Raspberry-Citrus dressing

Here is the changeable part of our menu:

From 11am to 3 pm

Scrambled Eggs

Bacon, Sausage Links

Belgian Waffles, Strawberry Sauce,

Maple Syrup, and Whipped Cream

From 3 pm to 6 pm

Baked Butternut Squash Soufflé

Baked Haddock with Corn Crumbs and Lemon Butter

Spinach and Leek Gratin with

Blue Cheese Crumbs

All Day Long, Sweets for the Sweet

Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding, Whipped Cream

Lemon Layer Cake


Flourless Chocolate Torte

Apple and Blueberry Pies

Pecan Bourbon Pie

Raspberry Cream Torte

Cappuccino-Chocolate Mousse with Shaved Chocolate

Assorted Mini Pastries, Cookies, Brownies

For Reservations Please Call (978) 825-4311

18 Washington Square West, Salem, Ma 01970

Monday, April 25, 2011

More Easter Photos from the Hawthorne Hotel

These photos are pretty self-explanatory. I just thought you might enjoy seeing them.

The Easter Bunny's visit did appeal to people of all ages.

I hope to see you here for our next special occasion buffet on Mother's Day, May 8.


Brunch Set-up for Easter

 Lobby Buffet, in the foreground is the breads station, complete with Hot Cross Buns.
 Two double-sided lines insure speedy self-service with little if any wait to get your goodies.
Dessert Table in the Ballroom (there is also one in Sophia's)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Bunny Brunch Was a Hit with All Ages

It does not matter how old you are, believing in the Easter Bunny can be as simple as can be. Especially when you have a lovely EB like this to encourage that belief.

I hope you enjoy these few selected photos from today's brunch.  If you are looking for your photos, go to and click on the link for the Easter Photos on the home page.  It will take you to the web album we have prepared for you.  You can download, print, or email your photos right from the web album.

Happy Easter,

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Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 25 through May 1, 2011

Monday , April 25 ~~ Togo and Rhode Island

Tuesday , April 26 ~~ Tonga and South Carolina

Wednesday , April 27 ~~ Trinidad and Tobago and South Dakota

Thursday , April 28 ~~ Tunisia and Tennessee

Friday , April 29 ~~ Turkey and Texas

Saturday , April 30 ~~ Turkmenistan and Utah

Sunday , May 1 ~~ Switzerland and United States of America

We are flying the flags of Switzerland and the USA on Sunday by special request.  If you have a special flag request, be sure to give us a call.  978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Another FABULOUS Review of "Golden" at PEM

No, I am not secretly on the payroll of the PR department of PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum), but Yes, I do love the place and think we are so very blessed here in Salem, MA to have such a gem of a big museum (depending on who you listen to, somewhere between the 14th and 18th largest in the whole U.S.A is pretty big in my book!)

Here is a review of the current special exhibit that will put into words what many are saying -- that "Golden" is exactly that!

“Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.”

Now that I have read this spectacular review, I will need to return for my fourth visit.  This is just too good a show to only see once!

I hope to see you here, or there.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Pet-Friendly "R" Us

Meet Hansel and Dirk, a pair of miniature dachshunds visiting the hotel this week.  They were both very sweet and well-behaved visitors.

Hansel, the brown and grey dog, loves squeaky toys, so I had him test-squeak our latest Hawthorne Hotel squeaky toy. He pronounced it "ruff-right."

I hope to see you and your well-behaved pets right here at the historic, and pet-friendly, Hawthorne Hotel.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Updates on New Bathrooms

If you have been following our blog posts, you may have already seen a preliminary photo of one of our bathrooms.

Here are a couple more, with the mirrors showing (in the first round we had temporary mirrors so I didn't photograph above the backsplash.)

I thought you might like to see an update.  This is of the bathroom for suite 612, one of our most popular rooms.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Senator Scott Brown Lunches at the Hawthorne Hotel

 Left to right:  Juli Lederhaus, General Manager of the Hawthorne Hotel and Salem Chamber President; Senator Scott Brown; Karen Cotton, Director of Catering of the Hawthorne Hotel

Today the Salem Chamber of Commerce hosted Senator Scott Brown at a Chamber Membership Luncheon here at the Hawthorne Hotel. 

There were nearly 200 people in attendance, and the event went off very nicely.  Senator Brown spoke about his work as our Senator, and how he has reached across the aisle to get things done.  He joked that if he were to rely solely on members of his own party, he would have a group about the size of our table of 10.

The Hawthorne Hotel is often chosen as the venue for business and political events due to the high quality of our service.  This lunch certainly was a great example, as we opened the buffet tables at noon, and all guests were finished eating by 12:40 pm, so the speeches could begin early and end early.  This left plenty of time for mixing and mingling afterwards, and allowed everyone to get back to work in short order.

I hope you will consider choosing the Hawthorne Hotel for your next business meeting or social event, so I can see you here, too!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Miguel Lozano Named Employee of the Month

As we all walked into the Ballroom today to surprise Miguel with his award, he was working away, getting the room set up with tables and chairs for 190 people for an event tomorrow. 

He was pleasantly surprised when we diverted our course, and zoomed in on the area where he was working.

We recognized Miguel for Part-Time Employee of the Month for March.  He works in both our banquet department, and our receiving department when we need extra hands, and wherever he works, we are happy to have him.  We know he always does the very best job he can do, and he will willing pitch in to help the Hawthorne Hotel TEAM in the fulfillment of our mission to provide great service to our guests.

Left to right:  Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Steve Nelson, Executive Chef; Miguel Lozano; and Liz Dube, Banquet Manager

Congratulations, Miguel!  Thank you for all the great work you do for us all.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Romance Writers Reuniting in Salem, and You are Invited

Jennifer O'Connell and Jessica Andersen are two of the authors who will be here in Salem for the
17th Annual Conference of New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America®

Annual Book Fair for Literacy - Open to the Public

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West

Salem, Massachusetts

4pm to 5:30pm

Featured Authors
Anne Stuart, RWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and NYT Best-selling author of Fire and Ice, Night and Day, The Widow. Co-author of Dogs and Goddesses

Annette Blair, award winning author of the Works Like Magick series and The Accidental Witch Trilogy

Lani Diane Rich, aka Lucy March, NYT and USA Today Best-selling author of Wish You Were Here and Dogs and Goddesses, co-written with Anne Stuart and Jennifer Crusie

Donald Maass, Agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction
Anne Stuart is the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and NYT Best-selling author of Fire and Ice, Night and Day, The Widow. Co-author of Dogs and Goddesses

Annette Blair is the award winning author of the Works Like Magick series and The Accidental Witch Trilogy

Lani Diane Rich, aka Lucy March, is the NYT and USA Today Best-selling author of Wish You Were Here and Dogs and Goddesses, co-written with Anne Stuart and Jennifer Crusie

Donald Maass is a literary agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction

K.A. Mitchell writes gay romance, and is a local author from Maine

Sherri Browning Erwin writes historical and contemporary fiction, often with a paranormal twist. Her books have been mentioned in People magazine, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. Her historical Jane Slayre is a mashup of the Victorian era Jane Eyre.

Judith Arnold helped launch a brand-new line of reality-based romances. True Vows made its debut in September, 2010. Her book Meet me in Manhattan is based on a true love story. Judith's out of print backlist is beginning to appear in ebook format, so you can enjoy these classics from the past.

Judi Phillips/Pepper Goodrich is a local Maine author who writes paranormal ghost stories, contemporary mysteries, time travel and several erotica short stories.

Marie Force lives in Rhode Island and writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her romantic suspense Fatal Attraction and Fatal Justice are the first books in a series featuring the same hero and heroine. Her latest release is Everyone Loves a Hero from Sourcebooks.

Michelle Libby/Jillian Hallowell is a local author from Maine. She writes sassy romantic adventures and romantic suspense.

Gretchen Craig writes page-turning historical novels. Her lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love.

Maurissa Guibord writes teen fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic and with a touch of humor. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband and three kids who make her laugh.

Kim Harrington is the author of CLARITY, a YA paranormal mystery from Scholastic. Kim Harrington lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

Miranda Neville writes sexy, sophisticated historical romance. She now lives in beautiful rural Vermont with my daughter.

Dalton Diaz erotica and cougar stories and has no idea why people want to know what makes me… me, but here it goes: My favorite hobby is reading, and I am a complete romance snob. If a story doesn’t have romance, it isn’t worth it.

Shirley Ann Howard is a local Boston area author of the Tales series set in and around the Boston area.

Corrina Lawson has written seven books, a blend of romance with various other genres.

Freya’s Gift from Samhain is her first published fiction story.

Caroline Linden is a local Boston author who writes about historical spies in love and classical regencies.

Ashley Kath-Bilsky is visiting from Texas. She writes regency historical fiction filled with gothic mystery. Her regency Voted one of the 1001 Best Romance Books Ever Written by readers of Romantic Times Booksellers.

Barbara Wallace is a local Massachusetts author who writes contemporary romance stories as updated versions of those old movies with dashing heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

Jessica Andersen is a local New England author who writes romantic suspense as well as the Novels of the Final Prophecy, mixing action and elements of Mayan myth-- from a voyage to the underworld to a fantastic high-stakes ballgame-- with soul-searching, lust and romance.

Christina James is a local Boston area author who writes Naughty and Wicked Romance....With No Strings Attached. Discover her hot erotic and steamy contemporary romance stories that will warm up your cold nights and brighten the dreariest of days.

Meg Maguire is a North Shore area author who writes contemporary romance with Harlequin Blaze and Samhain.

Kate George lives in the backwoods of Vermont and writes mystery with a side of laughter.

Amber Skyze is a local author who writes erotica including contemporary, BDSM, M/F, M/M and M/M/F.

Patricia Grasso is a national best-selling author who writes historical and contemporary romance. She's a New England Reader's Choice award winner.

Mia Marlowe learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. She writes timeless historical romance and BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe “the queen of saucy historical romance.”

Michelle Picard/Michelle Polaris. Michelle Picard is a local author of fantasy, romantic fantasy and urban fantasy novels. She loves to write dark, angsty characters with smart mouths, and a whole lot of potential for growth. Michelle Polaris writes erotic romance exploring the intersections of sensuality, taboo, drama and the pain and pleasure of falling in love.

Deborah Blake is best known for her Pagan/Wiccan books, but also writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. She's visiting from upstate NY.

Gina Ardito is visiting from Long Island and writes lighthearted romantic comedy and historical romance under her pen name Katherine Brandon.

Coralie Hughes Jensen is a world traveler who lives in Massachusetts and books set in exotic places like Canada's Newfoundland/Labrador, Tuscany, New Zealand, and Tudor England. Her latest book is closer to home, taking place in an early 19th century Shaker community in western Massachusetts.

Leeann Burke lives in Canada and writes romantic suspense. Proceeds from her first novel, DEADLY SECRETS, go to breast cancer research.

Marley Gibson lives in Boston and is the author of the GHOST HUNTRESS series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She also writes non-fiction. THE OTHER SIDE: A TEEN’S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL was co-written with truTV’s Haunting Evidence star, Patrick Burns, and Darkness Radio’s Dave Schrader.

Patrick Burns lives in Boston and is a paranormal investigator and star of television's “Haunting Evidence”. He co-authored the book The Other Side with Marley Gibson.

D.D. Scott writes about sexy, sassy, smart, career-driven women and the men who complete them...if only they can find time for love in their day-planners and in their hearts D. D. Scott debuts her sexy, sassy, smart stories with The Bootscootin’ Books. It's romantic comedy w/a chick-lit, gone-country twist!

J.M. Griffin lives in rural Rhode Island and writes romantic suspense that tickles your funnybone.

Christyne Butler lives in Massachusetts and writes contemporary romances full of life, love, a hint of laughter and perhaps a dash of danger too.

Marissa Doyle lives on Cape Cod and writes historical and romantic fiction with a magical twist.

Frances Stockton lives in Massachusetts and invites you to come and meet the Abcynians and explore her writing, where she's combined her love of history, animals, and sensual Paranormal Romance, and let her imagination soar!

Hannah Howell lives in New England and is the author of the Scottish historical series about the great Murray clan and the late-Georgian England families the Wherlockes and the Vaughns as well as vampire tales and westerns.

Laura Moore lives in Rhode Island and writes contemporary romance. Her book, Remember Me, finaled in the 'Mainstream with Romantic Elements' category of the 2011 New England Reader's Choice Bean Pot Award.

Catherine Anne Collins is visiting from Canada. Her book, A Witch's Lament, is set in Salem, Massachusetts.

Tracy Wolff writes about sexy men, bold women and wicked romance. She writes young adult as Tracy Deebs & Ivy Adams and paranormal romance as Tessa Adams.

Sponsored by NEC RWA in partnership with

The Book Oasis, Stoneham MA

A portion of proceeds are donated to the Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts.


I hope to see you here.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 18 through April 24, 2011

Here is the line-up of flags which we will be flying on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel this coming week.  We fly them in alphabetical order, the countries of the United Nations, and the States and associates of the USA.

Monday , April 18 ~~ Switzerland and North Carolina

Tuesday , April 19 ~~ Sweden and North Dakota

Wednesday , April 20 ~~ Republic Syrian Arab and Ohio

Thursday , April 21 ~~ Tajikistan and Oklahoma

Friday , April 22 ~~ United Republic of Tanzania and Oregon

Saturday , April 23 ~~ Thailand and Pennsylvania

Sunday , April 24 ~~ Timor Leste and Puerto Rico

However, if you have a special request, be sure to give us a call at 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.
I hope to see you here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Linda Stays in the Suzannah Flint House

One of our nicest customers writes a travel blog for her friends and followers.  She recently stayed in our Bed and Breakfast, the Suzannah Flint House, and here is a link to her post.  It is filled with a lot of photos, so you can really get a sense of what it is like.  I hope you enjoy her post.

And I hope to see you here!


Friday, April 15, 2011

New "FreePort" Exhibit at PEM

The Peabody Essex Museum here in Salem, Massachusetts continues to impress!  The newest exhibit of "FreePort" is by a Swiss artist, Marianne Mueller, entitled "Every House is a Home".  It is a contemporary art exhibit that blends photos from Ms. Mueller's own work, with photos from PEM, as well as artifacts from PEM's collections in a unique way.

The following article does a much better job of explaining what is happening with this unusual exhibit.  I do strongly suggest you make a visit to the museum to see and experience it for yourself.

I hope to see you here, or there!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Window on a Wedding

Have you always wanted to see more than a glimpse of a wedding?  This slide show shows a whole lot, from the getting ready part here at the Hawthorne Hotel, to the church, to the reception at the Peabody Essex Museum..

I think the photographer did an awesome job, both in taking the photos and in editing them to show detail.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we all did:


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Information on Slow Art Day

Slow Art Day is an event that occurs at museums around the world on the same day, April 16. The day is very simple - people are invited to come to the museum, look at a few pieces art on their own (viewing each piece for several minutes), and then meet as a group to discuss what was seen.

People can view anything they like, but each year we will offer a theme and some recommended art works that are great for longer viewing. This year's theme will be "Encounters: Art about meetings, exchanges, connections and collisions." A few of the works we'll be looking at include Sandison/Figurehead; Ishi, the Last Wild Indian; Jan Ken Po in the Japanese Gallery (a sculpture resembling a kimono); a fireboard in ADA depicting the pilgrims landing at Plymouth; and selected objects from Eye Spy and Chinese Export Art.

To register for the event (recommended) we ask people to RSVP at this website:

The project is coordinated by an international group of people who love art, and anyone can participate or volunteer to lead a Slow Art Day at any museum. It's structured virally so it doesn't depend on the museums to "officially" coordinate.

Last year was PEM's first year trying Slow Art Day. We had about 12 people participate, and it was a great success - really good conversation, and people enjoyed meeting each other and remarked on how amazing the experience of spending time with a work of art was.
Some resources that may help:

Last year's article in the Salem News:

North Shore Art Throb on Slow Art Day last year

Slow Art Day website:

Slow Art Day recent press:

I do hope you will consider participating in this really terrific event.  Just think, right here in Salem you will be able to participate in a world-wide event.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Slow Art Day is THIS Saturday, April 16

Last year my husband, Walt, and I participated in Worldwide Slow Art Day at the PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) here in Salem.  We loved it, and have shared our experience with many people.

This year Slow Art Day is this Saturday April 16, and once again our lovely PEM is participating.  Unfortunately we will not be able to attend this one, but we are still very enthusiastic about it, and hope to help get more people interested in this rather grass roots movement to slow down and appreciate things like art on a different level.

Here are some links of information for you.  The first is the Slow Art Day website, and the second is a link to sign up for PEM's event.  The participation in the event is free, once you are inside the museum.  So, if you are already a member, or a Salem resident, you can get in the museum that way.  Otherwise you would need to pay admission (or better yet, JOIN!)

I hope you do take this opportunity to do something very different, and slow down!


P.S. If you can tell me what is wrong with this painting, I will enter you in a drawing for a gift certificate for Lunch for two in the Tavern.  Now you really will have to slow down just a bit!

Monday, April 11, 2011

PEM Events for May and June

We are so very lucky to have the Peabody Essex Museum here in Salem.  There is such a wealth of both exhibits and special programming, that there is always something to do and see there.  The following is their list of upcoming activities:


Thursday, May 5
9:30 am
Reservations by May 3
Members $15

Members-Only Gallery Talk: Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.

Also Tuesday, May 24, and Saturday, June 18. Space is limited. Members $15. Curator Karina Corrigan leads these tours.

Sunday, May 8
11 am - 3 pm
Garden Restaurant

Mother’s Day Brunch
For Reservations and Information, Call 978-745-9500, ext. 3157

Brunch $36 (children under 12, $15.95) plus tax & gratuity
Members get 10% discount

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a sumptuous brunch prepared by Hawthorne Catering and served in the Garden Restaurant. Visit the museum galleries* and the Museum Shop, where you can exchange your brunch voucher for a complimentary gift just for Mom! *Museum admission rates apply for nonmembers.

Friday, May 13
2 - 9 pm
Morse Auditorium and Atrium

Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Reservations for Some Events by May 12

Activities at PEM include readings, poetry set to music, My Favorite Poem, with celebrity readers, and expressive arts inspired by the museum’s collection. FREE for Poetry Festival Attendees. Visit

Saturday, May 14
10 am - 4 pm

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

See May 13 listing.

Saturday, May 14
1 - 3 pm
FREE with Museum Admission
All Ages
Art Studios

Studio Saturday: Sculpt Chinese Guardian Lions
Use clay to create your own guardian lion, inspired by PEM’s magnificent lions.

Sunday, May 15
2 - 3 pm
Reservations by May 13
Children Ages 5-8 with Adult

StoryTrails: Cover the Earth with Green

Read Mama Miti and discover the story of Nobel Peace Prize–winner Wangari Maathai. Try fabric printing.

Friday, May 20
1 - 5 pm Seminar, 5 - 6:30 pm Reception

Huis ten Bosch, A 17th-Century Dutch Palace

Members and Seniors $30, Nonmembers $50, Students $15

(Includes lectures, coffee break and evening reception)

Huis ten Bosch Palace, the current home of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was built in the 1640s as a summer residence for the Dutch Stadtholder. Join distinguished scholars for an in-depth exploration of the palace, its gardens and the Oranjezaal, a grand hall filled with paintings by leading Dutch and Flemish artists.

Saturday, May 21
1 pm
Meet at Information Desk
Reservations by May 6

Gallery Talk: FreePort[No. 002]: Marianne Mueller

Space is limited; Photography Curator Phillip Prodger leads this tour.

Tuesday, May 24
11 am
Meet at Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex St., Salem

Garden Program: Wake Your Garden from Winter’s Slumber
For Adults

It’s time to greet fresh green shoots from brown garden beds. What we do in spring sets the tone for the seasons ahead. Join gardener Robin Pydynkowski, of Cape Ann Tree Service, as she shares gardening tips and design strategies for the Ropes Mansion Garden, and answers your gardening questions. Made possible by the Ropes Botanical Garden Lecture Fund.Reservations by May 20.

Tuesday, May 24
9:30 am
Reservations by May 22
Members $15

Members-Only Gallery Talk: Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.

Also Saturday, June 18. Space is limited. Curator Karina Corrigan leads these tours.


Sunday, June 5
2 - 3 pm
Meet at Information Desk
Reservations by June 3

StoryTrails: Going Buggy!
For Children Ages 5 to 8 with Adult

Meet David Biedrzycki, author and illustrator of the Ace Lacewing series! Discover how real insects influenced his illustrations, and try some drawing techniques.

Saturday, June 11
11 am - 5:30 pm
All Programs FREE with Museum Admission

Celebrating Surrealism Festival: Man Ray
Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism

Opening day films, art and personal accounts enliven the discussion of Surrealism and two artists who forever shaped the discipline: Man Ray and Lee Miller. PEM Photography Curator Phillip Prodger introduces the Man Ray films. Reservations for films and presentations by June 10. Note: Films are for adults. Viewer discretion advised: nudity.

11 am & 1 pm
Meet at Information Desk
Reservations by June 11

Docent-Led Gallery Tours: Man Ray
Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism

Tickets available on day of tour.
11 am
Morse Auditorium
For Adults

Short Films: Man Ray’s Le Retour à la Raison (Return to Reason) and Emak-Baki

For Le Retour à la Raison, Man Ray placed objects over film inside a darkroom, and then turned on the lights to print their shadows. There is no audio track. 1923, 3 minutes. Viewer discretion advised: nudity. Emak-Bakiais a series of unrelated images, revolving and often distorted. 1926, 16 minutes.

11:30 am
Morse Auditorium
For Adults

Film: Man Ray — Prophet of the Avant-Garde

Follow Man Ray from New York to his achievements in Paris and finally, to the impact his work left for future generations in a variety of fields. Recovered archival materials include candid film footage shot by Man Ray, a never-before-seen video interview and drawings from his student days that have not been seen since 1908. 1999, 60 minutes.

1 - 2 pm
Morse Auditorium

Presentation: Introducing Surrealism

Surrealism is one of modern art’s most exciting, baffling and riveting isms. Lynda Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator of PEM, and Phillip Prodger, PEM photography curator, unravel the fascinating world of images and ideas that Surrealist artists explored in paintings, sculptures, collages and photographs. A Q&A follows.

1 - 3 pm
Art Studios

Studio Saturday: Automatic Drawing

Draw without lifting pen from paper and without looking at the shapes being formed. Then, look for the “hidden” shapes and figures to create a work visible only to your eyes and mind.

3 - 4 pm
Morse Auditorium
For Adults

Presentation: The Legendary Lee Miller, with Antony Penrose

Explore the life of Lee Miller, told with reference to those with whom she exchanged creative inspiration — artists and photographers Man Ray, Roland Penrose, Pablo Picasso and David E. Scherman, and her father, Theodore Miller, and son, Antony Penrose. Antony Penrose’s presentation has been acclaimed for its ability to embrace different levels of the history of art and photography, social commentary and emotional connection with the subject — his mother. A Q&A follows.

4:15 pm
Morse Auditorium

Film: Lee Miller — Through the Mirror

Lee Miller’s son, Antony Penrose introduces the film.Lee Miller, a photographer, Vogue model and muse to artist Man Ray, lived a full life. Inspired by the artists’ community in Montparnasse, France, in the 1930s, she made a name for herself as a post-Surrealist photographer and a war correspondent. 2006, 55 minutes. Directed by Sylvain Roumette.

Saturday, June 18
9:30 am
Reservations by June 16
Members $15

Members-Only Gallery Talk: Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.

Space is limited. Curator Karina Corrigan leads these tours.

Saturday, June 18
10 am - 4 pm
All Programs FREE with Museum Admission

Weekend Festival: Splish Splash!

Enjoy a wet and wonderful day at PEM in celebration of Ripple Effect, The Art of H20’s opening in the interactive Art & Nature Center! Free icy treats from Rita’s of Salem, from 1 to 3 pm.

9:30 - 11 am
East India Marine Hall
Reservations by June 15

Opening Day Breakfast for Family Members

Bubble artist Keith Michael Johnson reveals the science and art of bubbleology. Bagels, muffins and fruit will be provided.

10 am - 12:30 pm

Artist Demonstration: Shimmering Surfaces — Painting Water
Talk to artist Jim Chisholm as he demonstrates techniques for painting natural scenes.

10 am - 1 pm
Art Studios

Drop-in Art Activity: Ice Cube Painting

Create multicolored paintings with ice cube “brushes.”

11 - 11:30 am & 2:15 - 2:45 pm
Meet at Information Desk

Family Gallery Tours: Watery We
Ages 5 and Up with Adult

Explore how water shapes our view of the world, on this special tour of the Maritime and American Art galleries. Tickets Available On Day of Tour.

11 am - 2 pm

Artist Demonstrations: Shaping Ice

Meet artist and master ice carver Craig McConnell, from Images in Ice, and watch a sculpture take form.

11 am - 2 pm

Sculpting Water

Ripple Effect featured artist Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh sculpts tsunami waves and glacial moulins. Watch her in action, and create your own forms inspired by water.

11:30 am - noon & 1:30 - 2pm

Performances: Cloacina’s Adventures and Other Stories

Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings water to life with her performance of folklore and original stories.

11:30 am - 3 pm
Atrium and Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

Performances: Silver Swimmers

Dressed in 1900s swimming costumes and silver body paint, the Silver Swimmers silently swim in a world where air feels like water.

Noon - 3 pm
Art Studios

Drop-in Art Activity: Coffee Filter Chromatography

Water reveals the hidden color patterns lurking in a box of markers.

Noon - 3 pm

Interactive Games: A Splash of Fun

Eureka! Puzzles, in Brookline, Mass., returns to PEM with puzzles and games featuring water.

Noon - 3 pm
Asian Garden

Installation: Watermist Sculptures

Meet artist Joan Brigham, creator of Watermist, a series of interactive mist sculptures installed in the Asian Garden in conjunction with the Ripple Effect exhibition. Watermist is on view June 18–August 25.

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Morse Auditorium
Reservations by June 16

Artist Presentation: From Ice to Steam
For Adults and Children Ages 7 and Up

Walter Wick, featured photographer in Ripple Effect and co-creator of the acclaimed I Spy series, takes you behind the scenes of his award-winning book A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder.

1 - 4 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Watercolor Painting

Create a water-inspired still life with the help of painter and arts educator Jim Chisholm.

3­­ - 4 pm

Performance: The Secret World of Bubbles

Bubbleologist Keith Michael Johnson creates an Eiffel Tower. Find out how water, soap and air interact to create bubble art, and maybe even stand inside a bubble!

Wednesday, June 29
9:30 am
Meet At Information Desk
Reservations by June 28

Members-only Gallery Talk: Man Ray
Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism

Photography Curator Phillip Prodger leads this tour. Members $15.

Thursday, June 30, 5:30-8:30 pm
No Reservations Required

NEW! Summer Evening Series: Art After Hours

Members and Salem Residents $8, Nonmembers $10
Cash Bar

Experience PEM and its special exhibitions in a new way… after hours. Bring friends and join us for a summer garden party, once each month in June, July and August. Enter though Asian Garden on Essex Street.

The first Art After Hours event, Soundscapes, is offered in conjunction with FreePort[No. 003]: Susan Philipsz. Sound artists James Forrest, Scott Buchanan and Noel Snow create unexpected atmospheres using voice, acoustic and electric instruments, recorded music and digitally created sound. Modern dancer Sarah Slifer and her ensemble offer an immersive dance performance in East India Marine Hall. Also, make your own sound art, listen to tracks from the DIY recording projects The RPM Challenge and hear what’s new from Dorkbot Boston, a group inspired by the creative blending of art, science and electricity.


I hope to see you here, or there!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 11 through 17, 2011

Monday , April 11 ~~ Somalia and Montana

Tuesday , April 12 ~~ South Africa and Nebraska

Wednesday , April 13 ~~ Spain and Nevada

Thursday , April 14 ~~ Sri Lanka and New Hampshire

Friday , April 15 ~~ Sudan and New Jersey

Saturday , April 16 ~~ Suriname and New Mexico

Sunday , April 17 ~~ Swaziland and New York

This is the lineup for the coming week.  We do not have any special requests this week.  If you have a special request for this week, or even later in the year, please call us a 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.
We hope to see you here.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Second Princess Tea Today

Last year we only had one Princess Tea, but this year it was so popular we did two of them.  Today was the second one.

For photos from today's Tea, go to our website, and click on the link for the Princess Tea.

I was just about to write my post about it, when I received this link on our FaceBook page, written by one of the attendees of today's Tea.  It is such a wonderful story, with great photos, I thought I would simply share the link to this wonderful mother's blog post:

It is so nice to continue to stay connected to our wedding couples this way -- continuing to be part of their family's lives.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Friday, April 08, 2011

Easter and History at the Hawthorne Hotel

One of our staff members, Karen Cotton, showed me this photo yesterday. It was taken, we guess, in the late 1980s, and Karen is in the photo, although I doubt you would be able to find her. She was masquerading as the Easter Bunny that year, at least for this photo.

So why does she have this photo after all these years? Because this is a picture of her family, the O'Kane's who celebrate many happy family occasions at the Hawthorne Hotel.
The most recent O'Kane family event that took place here was the wedding of Karen's niece, Cortney Pupolo, just last month.  You can see Cortney in the photo above -- she is the one in the white hat in the center of the group of children.

We love being part of family events, here at the Hawthorne Hotel.  If you have any "recent history" photos that show the Hawthorne Hotel even as part of the background, please consider letting us scan them to add them to our history collection.

And remember, here in Salem, Massachusetts, we are "Still Making History" so come be part of that!

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

Name Our Halloween Ball for 2011 -- Contest

OK...picture this...each room of the Hawthorne Hotel decorated to represent a different era of dancing, such as flappers from the 1920’s, a 1950’s sock hop or 1970’s disco, and more--then put a crazy HALLOWEEN spin on it--

We need your help with a creative title for our 2011 HALLOWEEN BALL! If your title wins, YOU win! Two tickets to the ball, that is!  (Or equivalent value for use within the Hawthorne Hotel.)

We are accepting titles until April 22...GOOD LUCK!

You can post a comment here, on our FaceBook Fan page, or email us at:

List in the Subject Line:    Halloween Ball Contest

Rules, regulations and whatnot:

The Hawthorne Hotel reserves the right to choose one or none of the entries, based solely on subjective criteria.  If we like it and we use it, it will win.

In the event of multiple entries of the same title, the entry submitted first will be the winner.

Contest is not open to employees of the Hawthorne Hotel, nor to their immediate family members.

Entries may be submitted either via the Internet by email, posts to this blog, or FaceBook to the Hawthorne Hotel Fan Page, or by other normal delivery methods, including U.S. Mail, faxed to 978-745-9842, or hand-delivered to the Hawthorne Hotel.

Entries must be received by 11:59 pm, on April 22, but remember, in case of a tie, the first submission is the one that will win.

(Not these kinds of flappers!)

Good luck, and I hope you win!