Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Washstands for Our Renovated Bathrooms

The white ones will go into the rooms, with the round ones going in the rooms with slightly smaller bathrooms.  They will have feet and shelves added to them before they are installed. (See the black one below for a look with the shelf.) This was a preview to check the finish and color.

These handsome black ones will go into the suites bathrooms.

They will all be topped with granite counters, new undermount Kohler sinks, and sport all new faucet sets, connected to miles of new copper pipes.

I hope you enjoy this little preview of what is going on in our guest room bathrooms.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Benefit to Assist the Victims of the Salem Common Apartment Fire

Two weeks ago there was a horrific fire in a large apartment complex on the opposite side of the Common from the Hawthorne Hotel.  Many of the victims had no insurance, and some were low-income families, that now need some assistance. 

Here is one way you can help while learning more about the history of the Washington Square/Salem Common area, by attending a talk by Jim McAllister, who is immensely entertaining:


The Salem Common Neighborhood Association and Derby Square Tours are presenting a lecture by Jim McAllister at 11:30 am on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the Salem Knights of Columbus 94 Washington Square to benefit victims of the March 18 fire at 98 Washington Square.

Jim’s talk, “An Uncommon Common” will highlight historical events and persons from the Washington Square area.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 11:15 am

If you cannot attend this event, but want to make a contribution, you can use the following list of resources:

There are several ways to make donations to help the victim’s of the recent fire at 98 Washington Square East:
A Salem Fire Victims’ Account has been established and anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can contact North Shore Community Action Programs at (978) 531-0767 or mail a check made out to “Salem Fire Victims’ Fund, care of NSCAP” to 98 Main Street, Peabody, MA 01960.

Gift cards that can be used to purchase household items, medications and food are also needed. Catholic Charities will be collecting and distributing gift cards. To make a donation, please drop them off at the Salem office – 280 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970 – or call (978) 740-6923.

Pamplemousse (185 Essex Street, (978) 745-2900) and Bewitched in Salem (180 Essex Street, (978) 744-9904) will collect donations of small household items.

For questions or additional information about making a donation, please contact Meghann Ackermann, Director of Constituent Services in Mayor Kimberley Driscoll’s Office, at (978) 745-9595 ext. 5601 or



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Educating Rita" at the Huntington Theater in Boston is a Delight

I had the opportunity to see this play in Boston recently, and can highly recommend it.  Since I am not a theater critic, I thought you might enjoy reading about the play in the following articles.  If you have a chance to see it, you will not be disappointed.

"AN EFFERVESCENT CROWD PLEASER! This play has craft and wit and heart, and moments of piercing truth, too"

"Part of the enjoyment is watching what Jane Pfitsch and Andrew Long, two skilled actors, bring out of each other. Pfitsch is a delight, consistently finding fresh ways to bring a comic fizz to the proceedings. Long displays expert timing and a gift for the double-take."
-- review

"EXQUISITE! Educating Rita merits high grades. Actors Jane Pfitsch and Andrew Long have great chemistry - they sweep us off our feet."  --

"A delightful comedy! A theatrical treat! Educating Rita is a breath of springtime!"

Here is a link to their website.  This play will be ending after April 10, so don't delay!



Monday, March 28, 2011

Supporting Arts for Children in Salem, MA

This is a community service initiative and Pop art program for elementary school students.

Wednesday March 30 from 6 to 8 PM

Reception and Auction at the Peabody Essex Museum

Admission is ONE can of food or other non-perishable food item.  They would love a 16-ounce can of soup for their soup can installation.  The food and auction proceeds will all go to the St. Joseph's Food Pantry.
(Obviously you are welcomed to bring more than ONE can -- how about a whole bag of food?)

There will be:

Junior Pop Artists Displays
Hands-on Pop Art Activities
Soup Can Installation, created from 16-ounce cans of food
Art CAN Silent Auction
You can visit the Eye Spy, Playing with Perception exhibit in the Art and Nature Center

I hope you will take this opportunity to support the arts in Salem.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 28 through April 3, 2011

Where is this year going?!!  It is nearly April already!!

Here are our flags of the week for this bridging week of March/April.  We have no special requests this week, but if you do have a request, call us at 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444. 

Monday , March 28 ~~ Saint Lucia and Illinois

Tuesday , March 29 ~~ Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Indiana

Wednesday , March 30 ~~ Samoa and Iowa

Thursday , March 31 ~~ San Marino and Kansas

Friday , April 1 ~~ Sao Tome and Principe and Kentucky

Saturday , April 2 ~~ Saudi Arabia and Louisiana

Sunday , April 3 ~~ Senegal and Maine

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Delightful Comedy at Salem Theatre Company

One of the wonderful things about Salem is the terrific arts community we have here.  There is so much to do, just steps away from the Hawthorne Hotel, that you can be entertained every single day, in lovely ways.

One of those ways you can be entertained is to go to the Salem Theatre Company, located on Lafayette Street.  This tiny theater houses a passionate and professional group of people who bring us some of the best live theater in the area.  With just 48 very comfortable seats, arranged in just two rows, with the back row on a riser, every seat is a perfect seat.

I was able to see "Dead Man's Cellphone" there last night, and can highly recommend you make plans right away to get there and see it before its run ends on April 2.

For guests and friends (which means if you read it here or on FaceBook or Twitter, just say you are a guest) of the Hawthorne Hotel, there is a $3 discount available from their already very reasonable prices of $22 adults, and lesser prices for seniors and students.  Here is a link to their website in case you want to learn more.

BTW, Dinah Cardin, who has the role of Jean, does an exemplary job!

I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful gem of a little theater, and that you don't miss this particular production.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Malden High School Friends from 1948

Today this sprightly group of women came to have lunch with us in the Tavern. They had gathered together to celebrate Sally's birthday, and were tickled when we offered to take their photo and put it on our daily diary.

At first they said they were from the Class of "Unknown" but Claire Kallelis, our Director of Food and Beverage cajoled them into giving up their real class year, 1948!

We always enjoy getting a tiny bit more personally connected to our guests, and this photo opportunity was one of those times.
We hope you enjoy meeting them as much as we did, and we hope to see you all back again very soon.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Salem's Spring Restaurant Week Coming Soon!

As you might already know, Salem is becoming quite a "restaurant destination" and we are very happy for that fact -- both because we live here, and because we run a few restaurants here.

Destination Salem wrote a great blog post about Restaurant Week in Salem, and I asked if I could just share that with all of you, fair blog readers, so here it is:

Maybe this is a great reason to come to stay in Salem that week?  You could eat at a different restaurant every night, and get a bargain each time.  What an idea!!

I hope to see you here.


P.S. If you do elect to stay here for the entire restaurant week, tell the reservationist "Juli said" to give you an extra 10% off the best rate you can get otherwise.  I have to do something for all my Social Media friends!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Everyday for the Past Six Years -- Our Hawthorne Hotel Blog

When I started blogging for the Hawthorne Hotel on March 22, 2005, I told my staff that I planned to do so every day, as a kind of daily diary on the life of the Hawthorne Hotel.  So far, I have kept that pledge.  (They all looked at me as though I had taken leave of my senses -- virtually none of them even knew what a blog was then.)

Looking back, I think it was a good idea, because it put us in the forefront of social media.  Today, we link the blog posts to Twitter and Facebook, but do other things there as well. 

In a day and age when few hotel managers stay in their position for even a couple of years, the fact that I have been blogging, as G.M. of the Hawthorne Hotel, for six years straight is something that even I marvel at , in looking at it from the outsiders' perspective.  It is amazing how many times now we search our own blog for tidbits of information, using it, literally as a reference diary.

I hope you will subscribe to our blog, or "friend" us on FaceBook or follow us on Twitter, or all three!

Happy anniversary!

Juli (and all of the team of the Hawthorne Hotel)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bunny Text, Bigger

Hopefully NOW you can read the interview.


Northshore Magazine Interviews the Easter Bunny at the Hawthorne Hotel

I just received my April/May copy of Northshore Magazine, and was delighted to see on the inside back page this article. If you want to be able to see it more clearly, just click on the image.
As you can see, the Easter Bunny was speaking in the Ballroom at the Hawthorne Hotel.  Northshore Magazine was here for this very special event, and took the opportunity to interview the Bunny.

Easter is very late this year, April 24, so the Bunny had some extra time to make this unique personal appearance, and to answer some personal questions.

I hope you enjoy learning more about the happenings at the Hawthorne Hotel!


P.S. If you need to make reservations for our fabulous Easter Brunch, and have not done so yet, please call us right away at 978-825-4311.  Bunny will be there in person for photos, but no more interviews!
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 21 through 27, 2011

Here is this week's list of flags that we will be flying on the front of our building.  If you have a special request, please let us know!

Monday , March 21 ~~ Portugal and Delaware

Tuesday , March 22 ~~ Qatar and District of Columbia

Wednesday , March 23 ~~ Republic of Moldova and Florida

Thursday , March 24 ~~ Romania and Georgia

Friday , March 25 ~~ Russian Federation and Guam

Saturday , March 26 ~~ Rwanda and Hawaii

Sunday , March 27 ~~ Saint Kitts and Nevis and Idaho

For special requests, call us at 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.  I hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chase Checks In

Chase is the "son" of Twilla Duncan, and a very friendly and happy dog who loved his stay with us here at the pet-friendly Hawthorne Hotel. According to Ms. Duncan, Chase really enjoyed his stay with us, and hopes to return soon.  Ms. Duncan rescued Chase from a shelter, and now he really leads "the life" thanks to her love.

Adam McInnes, our Night Manager, was happy to assist Chase during his most recent visit.  As you can see, Chase was most comfortable during his visit to our hotel.  According to Adam, Chase was a favorite of our staff, who always seemed to be able to make time to give and receive a little "dog love" during his stay.

I hope you enjoy getting to know one of our furry friends here a the Hawthorne Hotel.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

One Holiday Leads to Another -- Easter Will be Here SOON!!

Now that St. Patrick's Day is behind us, we are working on our special Easter Brunch. Here is the menu and other information for you:

Easter Brunch Buffet at the Hawthorne Hotel

Sunday April 24, 2011 10:30am - 6pm

For Reservations Please Call (978) 825-4311

Peter Cottontail’s Choices from the Garden

Fennel and Shredded Cabbage Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Black Bean and Corn Salad with Cilantro and Cumin

Smoked Salmon with Red Onion, Tomato and Parsley Salad, Dilled Dijon Mustard Sauce

and Bagel Chips and Rye Bread

Field Greens Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette or Bleu Cheese Dressing

Assorted New England Cheese Selection with Grapes and Berries, Baguettes and Crackers

Fresh Mixed Fruit Bowl with Fresh Mint

Poached Asparagus with Balsamic Dressing, Shaved Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Baby Carrot Salad with Scallions, Chives and Vidalia Onion Dressing

Shrimp, Bok Choy and Daikon Radish with Chile-Plum Dressing

“Easter Bread Basket” Fresh Breads, Rolls, Muffins,

Fruited Sliced Breads and Hot Cross Buns

Easter Bunny’s Favorites including Carrots, of Course!

Baby Carrots with Maple Butter Glaze

Spring Vegetable Medley

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Scallions

Mixed Grains with Dried Fruit and Fresh Herbs

Penne Pasta with Sausage Bolognese

Oven Poached Haddock with Mushroom, Dill and Chiffonade of Fresh Spinach

Braised Chicken with Olives, Apricots and Pearl Onions

BLT Strata, Bacon, Leek and Sundried Tomatoes with Swiss Cheese

“Ham-What-I-Yam” Carving Station

Honey Baked Easter Ham, Country Style Honey-Mustard Sauce and Pineapple Relish

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

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mint Jelly

We Saved the Best for Last, Our Easter Desserts

Maple Sugar Bread Pudding, Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce and Whipped Cream, Mini-Pastries,

Assorted Cookies and Brownies, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Mousse with Shaved Chocolate and Lady Fingers,

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, and, of course, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

From 10:30am to 3pm

Crisp Bacon and Sausage Links

Scrambled Eggs

Belgian Waffles with Maple Syrup,

Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote and Whipped Cream

From 3pm to end of Buffet Service

Shrimp and Cabbage Stir Fry with Fried Rice

Butternut Squash Chipotle Gratin

Aged Cheddar Cheese and Macaroni with White Truffle Oil

Adults $40.95 Children (3-12) $16.95

Of course the Easter Bunny will be here to pose for photos with your family, and I will be taking photographs of everyone who wants that special service, with our compliments.

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Story of St. Patrick

If you are interested in learning more about St. Patrick, here is some information provided by our "most Irish" staff member, Deirdre, who works at our front desk:


When he was about 16 he was captured from Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the Church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on March 17, the date of Patrick's death. It is celebrated both in and outside of Ireland, (America) as both a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation and outside of Ireland, it can be a celebration of Ireland itself

During the six years of Patrick's captivity he acquired a knowledge of the Celtic tongue which he would later use. Also during this time, as Milchu his master was a high druid, the young saint became familiar with the details of the aboriginal Irish religions.

The saint recounts in his "Confessio" how he heard a voice in his sleep compelling him to leave his master and find a ship that awaited him, and after the six years of servitude he fled his cruel master. "And it was there of course that one night in my sleep I heard a voice saying to me: "You do well to fast: soon you will depart for your home country." And again, a very short time later, there was a voice prophesying: "Behold, your ship is ready." And it was not close by, but, as it happened, two hundred miles away, where I had never been nor knew any person. And shortly thereafter I turned about and fled from the man with whom I had been for six years, and I came, by the power of God who directed my route to advantage (and I was afraid of nothing), until I reached that ship.

According to the latest reconstruction of the old Irish annals, Patrick died in AD 493 on March 17, a date accepted by some modern historians.

St. Patrick is said to be buried at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, alongside St. Brigid and St. Columba.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Menu Specials in Nathaniel's & the Tavern

Because I'm the General Manager, I get to do pretty much what I want when it comes to our blog, and other social media.  Here are the menus for our St. Patrick's Day specials in Nathaniel's and the Tavern. 

Here is our social media special for March 17:  If you mention that you saw this post on our blog, Twitter or FB, your dessert is on us when you purchase a lunch or dinner entree.

I hope to see you here.  Green or no green!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AAA Travel Marketplace Show a Big Hit

Destination Salem's Booth
What a huge turnout!

Carl Richardson, Director of Travel Administration of AAA Southern New England, and Heidi Webb of the House of the Seven Gables, with our very own Thomas MacDonald.  Carl was in charge of this entire show!

This couple, Ron and Mary Plutnicki, stopped by our booth to chat with Thomas MacDonald, our Assistant Director of Sales, and they shared with him their association with the Hawthorne Hotel.  They were married here 47 years ago.  But even more fun than that, was the fact that Ron was a teammate of Michael Harrington (our owner's representative) on the Mapleleaf baseball team, "back when" -- Ron was the pitcher, and Michael played third base!

Keep that fact in your head, because we may use it in an upcoming trivia game.  Who knows!?!

I hope to see you here.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Tiny Destination Wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel

This month we hosted a wedding for a couple from Alabama, who chose our hotel for their destination wedding.  They and the entire wedding party flew up here for the sole purpose of having a wonderful wedding in an historic hotel.

We thought you might enjoy seeing some of the photos of how we handled this very special event.  In the top two photos, you see the mezzanine.  This is furniture that already "lives" in this area, and it was arranges this way by the couple themselves.  (We offered to do it for them!)

The stationed hors d'oeuvres table, set just outside the Pickman Room, where the dinner was to take place.

The decorative fireplace in the Pickman Room with a beautiful floral arrangement by Peter Barter Florists.

The table and wedding cake.
The menu.

We loved that they chose the Hawthorne Hotel simply based on their research on the Internet, and their passion for historic hotels.  We also were thrilled that they were flexible about dates, since this wedding was held on a Monday night -- typically a slower night of the week for us, so we were really able to focus on this tiny wedding, and give it our very special attention.

I hope you enjoy this insider's view of life at the Hawthorne Hotel, and I hope to see you here!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 14 through 20, 2011

Naturally we had several requests to fly the flag of Ireland on Thursday, March 17.

If you have any other special requests, just give us a call.  978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.

Monday , March 14 ~~ Panama and Alaska

Tuesday , March 15 ~~ Papua New Guinea and American Samoa

Wednesday , March 16 ~~ Paraguay and Arizona

Thursday , March 17 ~~ Ireland and Arkansas

Friday , March 18 ~~ Peru and California

Saturday , March 19 ~~ Philippines and Colorado

Sunday , March 20 ~~ Poland and Connecticut

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Place Settings Are Available at the Hawthorne Hotel

On Wednesday night we hosted our quarterly "wedding tasting" for our future couples to be able to see and begin selecting the food, wine and other details related to their wedding receptions here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

This time we were able to display upgraded flatware, glassware, china, linen and chairs for all of them to see. While not everyone has a budget that would allow some of these extras, some people do, and this display enabled everyone to see things in the Grand Ballroom setting, to really get a sense of how the upgrades look in our beautiful room.

I thought to write about these items in our "regular" blog, because sometimes people are planning to have other kinds of events here in the Hawthorne Hotel, so these new items might be of interest more broadly than just our "wedding" blog.

Please note that while we are showing items as a set, each item from the set may be ordered individually.  So, for example, if you just love the look of the blue water goblet, or really like to have upgraded "flutes" for your champagne toast, those items can be chosen separately.

For more information, simply call our catering department at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here.


Friday, March 11, 2011

"Golden" at PEM Profiled by WGBH Boston Television

If you want a video look at the smashing exhibit, "Golden" which is currently at PEM here in Salem, watch this lovely piece what was on WGBH on Thursday night, March 3. 

One of the things about the show that is most lovely is the way in which the objects and paintings are displayed.  This show was staged in a very simple, but striking manner, utilizing colors of the walls in each sub-gallery to enhance the objects therein.  You will be able to get just a glimpse of that terrific staging in this piece, but you really do need to come and see it in person to truly appreciate how wonderful a job PEM did in this regard.

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Ad for Salem

This ad is part of the new marketing campaign for Salem, created by Rattle advertising agency.  It is part of the new branding concept which they created, and I think it is a terrific ad.  What do you think?
This will be appearing in the North of Boston Visitor's Guide for 2011.

I hope to see you here, in Salem, where we are Still Making History.


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Appreciation and Our Sunday Jazz Brunch

I recently received this email, which was entitled "Appreciation" and it was greatly appreciated by all of us here at the Hawthorne Hotel.  I thought you might like to see it too!


From: Robert

Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:41 AM

To: Juli Lederhaus

Subject: Appreciation


On Sunday my family and I attended the Jazz Brunch at the hotel. I wanted to let you know that it was a terrific experience and truly enjoyed by all. Everything was just perfect. The service was impeccable, the menu very impressive, the food was to die for (and plenty of it), and the jazz was smooth, just the way I like it. You have a world class operation on your hands there.
Thanks again for all you do.


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Easter Bunny Drops by for a Photo Shoot

While Easter is about as late as it can be this year (April 24) it is coming more quickly than you think.  The Easter Bunny dropped by for a photo shoot for North Shore Magazine recently, and we caught the photographer taking photos of the Bunny.  Hopefully you will see this as a gentle reminder to start making your plans for Easter Brunch fairly soon. 

We are taking reservations now, and you will need to call soon if you want to make sure we can accommodate you, and that you get your choice of room and time for this special day.

The direct lines to Easter reservations are 978-825-4311 or 978-825-4360. 

I hope to see you here.


Monday, March 07, 2011

March Locals' Specials in the Tavern

Did you know you don't need to be a Local to order the Locals' Specials in the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel? You just need to come there, and Sunday through Wednesday night, and act like a local. Just kidding!

So why do we call these the Locals' Specials? Because they are so well known by our local following in the Tavern, that is why!

Here are this month's selections:

 Locals’ Specials

The Tavern at

The Hawthorne Hotel

On Sundays, Mondays,

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

From 5pm – 10pm

March Choices

Penne Pasta Europa

with broccoli, roasted garlic and aged Belgian Gouda “Alfredo”

Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Sausages

served with vinegared onions and peppers, and mashed potatoes


Multi-Seed Crusted Pork Flat Iron Steak

grilled and served with buttered broccoli and sweet potato fries


Each Entrée served with a Small Mixed Green Salad

or a Cup of the Soup of the Day

and Chef’s Choice of Dessert

$14.50 per person

Seeded Pork with Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken Sausages with Mashed Potatoes
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