Sunday, September 30, 2012

Before it is Too Late

With the end of the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) next weekend, they have decided to extend the exhibit hours during its final week.

Starting Tuesday October 2 to Friday October 5, PEM will be open 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in addition to their regular hours of 10 am to 5 pm. They will be offering a reduced museum admission price of $10 (still free to both Salem residents and PEM members).

Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge takes guests on a tour of water in its many forms from ice, snow, rain, mist, and clouds. It is a beautiful exhibit and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting or living in Salem. This is one not to be missed. It will be your last chance to see it before it moves on the the England National Maritime Museum.

I hope to see you there or here,


Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ October 1 through October 7, 2012

Here is the line up for the flags that will be flying above the Hawthorne Hotel this week. 

No special requests were made this week. If you would like to make a request, please give us a call at 978.825.4444.

Monday October 1 Korea and North Dakota

Tuesday October 2 Kuwait and Ohio

Wednesday October 3 Kyrgyzstan and Oklahoma

Thursday October 4 Laos and Oregon

Friday October 5 Latvia and Pennsylvania
Saturday October 6 Lebanon and Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Sunday Lesotho and Rhode Island

I hope to see you here, 


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, September 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, September 30.

I hope to see you here.


New Fall Menu at the Garden Restaurant

Now that we can finally feel the fall weather upon us, it is time to unveil the new fall menu being served at the Garden Restaurant at the Peabody Essex Museum. 

I had a chance to take some photos and taste some of these new items. The warm pumpkin bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds is sure to become an Autumn favorite.


with crispy leeks     cup   6.5       bowl   8

with toasted pumpkin seeds and crispy sage                       cup   6      bowl   8

SOUP OF THE DAY     cup   6       bowl   8
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

on a bed of baby arugula with lemon-peppercorn crusted goat cheese, roasted garlic and white          balsamic vinaigrette
demi-portion     10          regular     13


julienned cucumber, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot and red pepper strips, white balsamic vinaigrette    
demi-portion     7         regular     10.5

Parmesan cheese and house-made croutons
demi-portion     7         regular     10.5
with chicken     10 / 14.5

with caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries, tart green apple slices, spiced, roasted butternut squash, maple-balsamic vinaigrette
demi-portion     9         regular     12.5

raspberries, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans, mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette
demi-portion     10         regular     13.5

with chilled potatoes, Kalamata olives, haricots verts, cherry tomatoes and hard-cooked egg with romaine and mesclun greens, sherry-mustard vinaigrette    
demi-portion     12.5       regular     16


balsamic-marinated Portobello mushroom with roasted shallot mayonnaise, greenleaf lettuce and tomato on a toasted brioche roll      12.5

served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard    11

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection


your choice of a bowl of soup and a demi-portion Caesar or mixed greens salad    14

with root vegetable purée and haricots verts,        demi-glace     17

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection
served with your choice of a
demi-portion mixed greens salad or sliced fruit    

roasted Yukon gold potatoes, lemon-infused candied carrots, cranberry-quince chutney    15

with scallions, carrots, snap peas and bean sprouts
over warm Thai peanut noodles     13

served with bulgur wheat salad, roasted seasonal vegetables tossed in lemon-thyme vinaigrette     15

I know I often remind you of this, but you do not need to pay the museum admission to dine at the Garden Restaurant. However, there is only one week left to see the Ansel Adams exhibit, which I highly recommend.

We hope to see you here or there,


Friday, September 28, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, September 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, September 29.

I hope to see you here. 


UPDATED Comprehensive October and Halloween Information from the Hawthorne Hotel

Halloween at the Hawthorne Hotel
Everything you need to know for now for October, 2012
Halloween and beyond!

Topics covered in this post, in the following order:
  • Haunted Happenings Parade
  • Hawthorne Hotel's Giant Pumpkin Display and Contest
  • "Stop by for a Spell" Children's Costume Brunch
  • Hawthorne Hotel's Annual Halloween Ball  ~~  "Solstice of Souls"
  • Special hours for Nathaniel's and the Tavern 
  • Reservations for accommodations this October, 2012
  • Reservations for accommodations for NEXT October 2013
  • More information links for other Halloween events
  • Accommodations contacts at other lodging properties in the area
Haunted Happenings Parade 

Thursday evening, October 4, 2012.

Starts at 6:30 pm, winds through Downtown Salem ending at the Common.  The Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel is a great place for pre- or post-parade meals.  First-come seating, so come early.

Hawthorne Hotel Giant Pumpkin Display

Our Giant Pumpkin will be on display by the date of the parade, and our "Guess the Weight" contest will be available all month long.  Entries need to be made by visiting the pumpkin display which will be available through midnight on October 31, 2012, or for as long as "Jack" lasts.

The photos below are from prior years.

Annual Costume Brunch
Sunday October 21, 2012
“Stop by for a Spell" Children's Costume Brunch  11am - 2pm 

Children are encouraged to come in costume! Decorate pumpkins and receive Halloween treats. 

Live music and dance floor for children to dance to kid-friendly spooky music.

Details:   Adults -- $28.95 Adults, Children -- $16.50.
For more information and to make reservations (highly recommended)  call 978-825-4311  In some prior years we have done two of these, but this year we can only fit in one, and it will not be a really large one this year either, due to space constraints.  Don't be disappointed, make your reservations early.


Annual Halloween Ball
"Solstice of Souls"

The Biggest, Longest-Running, Most Fun Halloween Costume Ball in all of "Halloween Central" -- Salem, MA.  This event is the one that marks the absolute highlight of the Halloween season for us and for many of our guests who come every year.  This is the event that should be on everyone's "Bucket List".

Every year this ball is attended by approximately 1,000 costumed party-goers.  Each year we have a different theme, and this year it is "Solstice of Souls".

Time ~ 8pm-midnight (Doors open at 7:30 pm)

 Our Plan for Your "SOUL" for the Evening:

Food ~ Cocktail-style food all night long, featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and stationed cocktail food as well.  Anything you can eat with your fingers, and maybe even some "finger sandwiches", minus the bloody stumps of course!

Photographs ~ Photo stations in two places.  We will take your photo either individually or as a group, with multiple shots.  Photos will be available and completely free of charge, on-line, by the Monday evening following the Ball. If you were here last year, and missed "us" doing this for you, never fear. We are back!

Entertainment ~ Live band, "Hush" will be playing dance music all night long in the Grand Ballroom.  DJs will be performing in both Sophia's and the Library, with dance floors there as well, so virtually any kind of party music you can imagine will be available in those three areas.

Costumes ~ Everyone comes in costume, and there is a great costume contest which is the highlight of the Ball.  Cash prizes given for First, Second and Third place in both the Group and Individual categories.  Judges pass out wristbands to those costumes they have selected to participate in the contest.

Even if you don't get into the costume contest, the "people watching" is the best.

Wander ~ Cruise the different rooms where the party takes place.  Three levels of Halloween decor for you to check out, along with a different "vibe" in every space.

Souvenir ~ Each guest receives a souvenir tee-shirt with the logo of this year's ball, and the date, as a parting gift when they leave.  All size XL.

Drinks ~ Cash bars and beer buckets available all throughout the party.  ATM on site.

Age ~ Must be 21 and older to attend

Price ~ $90 per person

TICKET INFORMATION— Click on this link to go to , call 978-744-4080 to purchase your tickets, or come in to the front desk of the Hawthorne Hotel.

"Solstice of Souls" Theme features Adventure, Mysticism, Fantasy and Mystery

Costume Ideas ~ We will set the stage and it is up to each of you to fill it and this year our concept is a blend of reality (people, places and time) and fantasy (the mythology and lore) and as such there are many directions to take and consider when planning your costume.

Things You Must Know -- No weapons,  either real or fake, can come in to the Ball.  No outside alcohol or any beverage containers allowed in to the Ball.  Photo ID required at the door for admission.


ADDED October 8, 2012:

Some things just need to be even more comprehensive than others.  When it comes to passing out information about the biggest, best Halloween Party in all of Halloween Central, #SalemMA, you just can't be too informative.

So, here is some more information about the Theme of this year's party, and I am adding this to the BIG post you see here:


Theme ~ Adventure, Mysticism, Fantasy and Mystery

Costume Ideas ~ We will set the stage and it is up to each of you to fill it and this year our concept is a blend of reality (people, places and time) and fantasy (the mythology and lore) and as such there are many directions to take and consider when planning your costume.  If you plan to dress to the theme this year it is our hope to provide you with a little inspiration to get you going with a little push in two possible directions:
Reality--Relating to a specific time period such as Renaissance or Medieval England.

Visit these websites for more information:  

Fantasy--Gods, Monsters, Legends and Lore of Ancient Cultures and Lost Civilizations.

Visit these websites for more information:

What not to bring ~ We do not allow any weapons or items that look like a weapon. If we find a weapon as part of your costume, we will confiscate it and return it to you at the end of the evening. Also, no alcohol may be brought into the hotel. Any alcohol found on you will be confiscated and disposed of, and to that end, no beverages or beverage containers may be brought in to the hotel.  

More information ~ 
Please call us at 978-744-4080 with any questions.

Make-up assistance:

Makeup Artist GinC


Special Restaurant Hours

Saturday October 27

Breakfast in Nathaniel’s
Breakfast (menu) hours: 7am – 11am
Breakfast buffet hours: 9am – 12:30 pm

  • Adults $16.95, children under 12 $9.95, children under 3 are free

Tavern:   11am – 2pm   The Tavern will CLOSE to everyone at 2 pm on this day in order for us to get ready for the Ball.  Hotel Guests may order from Room Service.

Room service
From 11 am to 11pm

Sunday October 28

Breakfast in Nathaniel’s and Sophia’s

NOTE:  Very important!!  Reservations are an excellent idea as we anticipate being very busy this day.
Breakfast hours: 7am – 10am (regular menu)
Breakfast buffet: 9am – 1:00 pm

  • Adults $16.95, children under 12 $9.95, children under 3 are free

Sunday Jazz Brunch: The normal BRUNCH menu will not be offered on this date, but the breakfast buffet will be extended until 1 pm AND we will have entertainment on this date from 10am to 1 pm.

All-Day Dining in the Tavern

Lunch & Dinner in the Tavern:   11am – 11pm

Nathaniel’s for Dinner

Dinner in Nathaniel’s:   5pm – 9pm

Monday October 29

Breakfast in Nathaniel’s
Breakfast (à la carte):   6:30am – 11am


Reservations for overnight accommodations in October 2012

As of the date of this blog post, we still have some availability for nights in October, especially for mid-week dates.

The "Ball Package" for the nights of October 26, 27 and 28 is sold out.

Most weekends are completely sold out, so availability for those will be limited to any cancellations that might take place.

We have a three-night package for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29, 30 and 31, and there is still some availability for that package as of this date.  In order to book that package, you need to fill out a special form and fax or email it in to us. Click on this link for the form: Reservations for October 29, 30, 31 Package  Directions are on this form.

For other nights in October, you might try our website to reserve.  Here is the link that will take you right to our own reservations page.  Hawthorne Hotel Reservations You will see the same availability for the hotel that our reservationists see on our website.  The only rooms that you cannot see there are the four rooms in our Fidelia Bridges Guest House.  For those rooms you should call the Hotel at 978-744-4080.

Reservations for overnight accommodations in 
October Next Year, 2013

Here is a link to the blog post I wrote in September about how to reserve a room for a weekend in October, 2013:  Thinking ahead to 2013  It contains all of the information you need to know.  The important thing to remember is that reservations for weekends in October require a one-night, NON-REFUNDABLE deposit.  You need to understand that the deposit is not going to be refunded for any reason, so if that is an issue for you, you should not make a reservation, or you should buy traveler's insurance from a reputable agency, in case you are unable to make the trip.

Other information for October and Halloween 2012 in Salem, MA.

Here are some links where you can obtain other information for your visit to Salem:

Haunted Happenings Haunted Happenings Website
Destination Salem for All Visitors to Salem, MA  Destination Salem
Salem Chamber of Commerce C of C
City of Salem, MA City of Salem October Calendar


Lodging Other Than at the Hawthorne Hotel

Emerson Inn-by-the-Sea, Rockport, MA

Here is a list of other lodging establishments in the area.  Our number-one recommendation for any property not located right here in Salem is The Emerson Inn-by-the-Sea in Rockport.  Their phone number is 978-546-6321.  The reasons for the recommendation are four-fold.  1) It is a lovely historic property right on the water.  2) They will take you to the commuter rail, and you can take the train right into downtown Salem so you don't have to fight the traffic, which can be mind-boggling.  3) They are nice people there, just like we are at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. 4) You won't have to find a place to park, because you can take the train here.  Seriously, avoiding the traffic and the parking issues, especially on the weekends in October is a HUGE deal.  

Rockport is approximately a 30-minute drive from Salem, and about an equally long train ride.

Here is a complete list of properties you can try:

·The Stepping Stone Inn: 978-741-8900 (across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel)
·Amelia Payson House: 978-744-8304
·The Daniels House: 978-744-5709
·Morning Glory B&B: 978-741-1703
·The Salem Inn: 978-741-0680 (NOW PET FRIENDLY!)
·Coach House Inn: 978-744-4092
·Henry Derby House: 978-745-1080
·Northey Street B&B: 978-397-1582
·Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina: 978-740-8788
·Clipper Ship Motel:  978-745-8022

·CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort: 978-777-2500 (Pet Friendly)
·Days Inn: 978-777-1030
·Courtyard by Marriott: 978-777-8630
·Comfort Inn North Shore: 978-777-1700 (Pet Friendly)
·Residence Inn: 978-777-7171 (Pet Friendly)
·Knights Inn by Cendant: 978-774-6500
·Motel 6: 978-774-8045 (Pet Friendly)

·Lakeview Motor Lodge: 978-922-7535
·Beverly Farms B&B: 978-922-6074
·Wylie Inn & Conference Center: 978-867-1800

·Peabody Marriott: 978-977-9700
·Holiday Inn: 978-535-4600
·Hampton Inn: 978-536-2020 (Service Pets Only)
·Homewood Suites: 978-536-5050 (Pet Friendly- $75 fee)
·Mainstay Suites: 978-531-5000

·Harbor Light Inn: 781-631-2186
·Marblehead Inn: 781-639-9999
·The Nicholson House: 781-631-0909
·Marblehead on Harbor 781-631-7967

· Emerson Inn By the Sea: 978-546-6321
· GREAT suggestion because they are near the commuter rail that comes into downtown Salem

·Sheraton Colonial: 781-245-9300 (Pet Friendly)
·Lord Wakefield: 781-245-6100 (Pet Friendly-occasionally)


I know this is probably the longest blog post we have ever put up here, but hope you find it worth perusing to see the information that is included.  Hopefully at least some of it will be of use to you, or to friends, or visitors from out of town.

I hope to see you here!


Employee Open House

Two weeks ago, we had an Employee Open House at the Hotel. We wanted a chance to touch base with employees on the changes that have been made in the past year. The managers also wanted to offer some quick tours of the newly renovated rooms for employees who may never go to the guests floors.

We decided to raffle a beautiful thirty-two inch flat screen at this event, just to keep things interesting. The event had a great turn out, but only one person could go home with the television and that lucky man was one of our banquet servers, Robert Leonard.

Chatting with Nancy Stewart, who has been a part of the Hawthorne team for almost thirty five years.
Robert and his winning ticket.
Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager and Food and Beverage Director; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Robert Leonard, Banquet Department
Congratulations Robert!

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the "behind the scenes" things we do to communicate with our team members here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Friday, September 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, September 28

I hope to see you here. 


Free Museum Day

If you are thinking about visiting a museum, this Saturday is the day you should really do it.  Why?  Because it is a day when you will be able to get into a LOT of museums in the country for free.  It is called Smithsonian Museum Day and is sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Two museums in Salem are taking part in this special day.  You must go to the website and get your tickets there, so please don't just show up at the door and expect to get in for free.  Here is the link:
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and it will take you right to the Salem museums that are participating -- the Salem Witch Museum and the Phillips House.

Once you are on that site you can search for other museums throughout the country.

This is something you really don't want to miss.

I hope you enjoy your day, and be sure to stop in to the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel for lunch or a beverage either before or after your visit.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, September 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, September 27.

I hope to see you here. 


Hats Off to the Hawthorne Team

Today we received a lovely thank you letter from one of our clients and good friends here at the Hotel, Maryann Curtin. Every year Maryann and the North Shore Bad Girls host a fund raiser tea at the Hotel for the Hospice of the North Shore.  This year the event raised over $10,000 for this worthy cause.

Maryann Curtin in her "Jubilee" hat.
We are always happy to assist a variety of non-profits in the North Shore area, and this entity in particular is one that is very dear to us.

 If you would like to see the previous blog post on this event, click here: Hats On For Hospice.

Thank you so much Maryann for such a thoughtful note.

I hope to see you here,


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, September 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, September 26. 

I hope to see you here. 


Two Happy Endings in One Morning

Lost and Found in Hotels

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you will already know our opinion about dealing with Lost and Found.  If you are new to this blog you can easily do a search on any topic, so feel free.  The short answer is that it is a hassle that (some) people can be careless, especially because the most common reaction is to blame the hotel staff for taking their things.

So, when we have a day that starts off like this one did it often seems like it is not going to be a good day.  However, today both situations were resolved, each with a happy ending.

The first thing this morning we received a phone call from a guest who felt certain they had left a special luggage-insert laundry bag on their bed yesterday, and when they returned it was gone.  We searched the laundry high and low, going through everything (read a lot of bins of soiled linens) to try to find this cloth bag, and then searched the room thinking maybe it could have fallen behind the bed.  No luck.
Something like this.
Everyone was depressed because this was something important to our guest, and they were sure our housekeeper had something to do with its disappearance.  We offered the guest an apology in the form of something that would show our seriousness, and simply asked if they found it upon returning home to let us know, because we really felt that housekeeper would never be so careless.

About 10 minutes ago I received a phone call from the guest.  The item was found in the trunk of their car.  It had never even been in the hotel.  Thanks all around, and a nice tip for the housekeeper was in the offing for "offending" her (guest's words.)

Happy ending number one.

The second call was from a guest who was missing a wedding band. They last remember seeing it on the edge of the sink or the shower.  In that case we had to wait until the guests who were currently occupying the room checked out.

For illustration purposes only.

As the guests departed that room they turned in the ring that they had found wedged in the drain of the bathtub.  We are so happy to have honest guests!

Happy ending number two.

Lessons to be learned, dear guests?

Please remember that our staff members are very honest, here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, and it is a good practice to not put small things near drains, because you never know about the situation that could occur.

I hope to see you here.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Suite 512

Here is the next suite in our series of photographic essays of our unique suites.  I hope you enjoy seeing each one.  Each of our suites in the hotel occupies a corner of the building, so there is a lovely amount of light for each of them. The "12" suites all overlook historic Salem, with some windows looking out toward the harbor, and others towards the Peabody Essex Museum and their collection of historic homes just across the street.

I hope to see you here. Juli

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's REVISED Flags of the Week ~~ September 24 through 30, 2012

Here is the line up of the flags that will fly above the Hawthorne this week. 

We did not have any special requests this week but as always if you do have a request, please give us a call at 978.825.4444

Monday September 24 Israel and Nebraska
Tuesday September 25 Italy and Nevada

Wednesday September 26 Jamaica and New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Thursday September 27 Japan and Pride Flag*

Friday September 28 Jordan and New Mexico

Saturday September 29 Kazakhstan and New York

Sunday September 30 Kenya and North Carolina

I hope to see you here,


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, September 23

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, September 23. 
We hope you enjoy your Sunday. 

I hope to see you here. 


Winner of Our "Ansel-Adams-in-You" Contest

We are pleased to announce the winner of our "Ansel-Adams-in-You" contest is Stanley Slysz.  Here is his take on an Ansel Adams-like water's edge photo shot in Essex County.

We look forward to welcoming him to the Hawthorne Hotel , as he is the winner of a two-night stay here at the Hawthorne Hotel, along with the PEM package goodies that are part of our PEM Overnight Package.

It was certainly a difficult choice for the judges to make as we had many excellent submissions.  Here are the two runners-up.

By Henry Zbyszynski

By Mariamne Shin
Thank you to everyone who entered this contest.  We hope you enjoyed participating.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, September 22

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, September 22.
We hope you all have a fun and restful weekend.

I hope to see you here.