Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Raving Fan Writes

From: Adam O
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 3:07 PM
To: Juli Lederhaus
Subject: Our Recent Stay


My name is Adam and over the weekend my partner Jessica and I stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel. I just wanted to let you know that our visit was phenomenal and that we have every intention of staying at the Hawthorne during subsequent visits. Salem is one of our favorite weekend getaway spots, but we don't generally spend the evening in the city. We've officially decided that we will from now on! Your hotel is both beautiful and staffed by people who are extremely friendly and professional. Our room was spotless and well-kept. We were consistently impressed by the way the Hawthorne Hotel has managed to maintain the warm historic feel while also providing modern accommodations. We literally have nothing but compliments to give regarding our visit. Thank you so much for giving us such a great place to stay in Salem (at a very reasonable rate). We will see you again soon.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cute Cake

This past weekend we hosted two different baby showers in two of our function rooms; one in the Essex Room and the other in Sophia's.  This cake was so different, and so cute, that one of our staff members took a photo with her iPhone and checked with the hostess to be sure it was okay for me to blog.

I thought it was definitely worthy of a quick blog post.

The cake was made by a friend of their family who happens to make cakes professionally.  Her company is "cakewish," and her website is, and phone contact is 781-635-3978.

I hope you enjoy this information.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Princess Tea Pronounced "Fun" by All

'This past weekend we hosted Princess Tea, the First, and it was definitely an event worthy of an encore, so we are doing it again on March 31.  If you were not able to attend the first one, but still want to come on March 31, please call us at 978-825-4311 or 4360 to make your reservations right away.

Here is the link to all of the photos: Princess Tea Photo Album, February 25, 2012

Here are some photos of the fun:
Posing with the Disney-esque Princesses

The room was full, a sold-out event enjoying the food, live music, dancing, and more.

Even Chef Steve Nelson got caught up in the spirit of the day!

The Hawthorne Princesses were engaged with our young guests from the moment they arrived,
and throughout the entire event.

Many of our guests were part of the Hawthorne Hotel's fan club.

And some were members of our own staff bringing their young ladies to Tea.

The face painting, and jewel station were hits, as were the other craft tables.
I hope to see you here soon.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 27 through March 4, 2012

We are flying the flag of the Dominican Republic this week on Dominican Republic Independence Day, at the request of a number of our staff members, and in honor of our team members who are from the Dominican Republic

Monday, February 27 Dominican Republic and Wyoming 

The flag of the Dominican Republic, as described by Article 96 of the Dominican Constitution, features a centered white cross that extends to the edges and divides the flag into four rectangles—the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue. A large coat of arms featuring a shield with the flag design and supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right) is at the center of the cross; above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Fatherland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon (this red ribbon is depicted in more recent versions as having its tips pointing upward). In the center of the shield, flanked by three spears (two of them holding Dominican banners) on each side, is a Bible with a small cross above it and said to be opened to the Gospel of John, either to chapter one or chapter 8, verse 32, which reads Y la verdad nos hará libre (And the truth shall make you free). 

The blue on the flag stands for liberty, the white for salvation, the red for the blood of heroes. The civil ensign follows the same design, but without the charge in the center. The flag was designed by the leader of the Trinitarians, the founding father (Padre de la Patria) Juan Pablo Duarte. To create distinct flags for state and civil use, the coat of arms, adopted in 1844, was placed on the state flag. The motto had been the password of the Trinitarians.

Tuesday, February 28 Iraq and Alabama 

Wednesday, February 29 Ireland and Alaska 

The flag of the state of Alaska consists of eight gold stars, forming the Big Dipper and theNorth Star, on a dark blue field. The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Majorwhich symbolizes a bear, an animal indigenous to Alaska. As depicted on the flag, its stars can be used as a guide by the novice to locate Polaris and determine true north, which varies considerably from a magnetic north.
The design was created by Benny Benson of Seward and selected from among roughly 700 entries in a 1927 contest.
More than 30 years before Alaska was to become a state, the Alaska Department of the American Legion sponsored a territorial contest for Alaskan children in grades seven through twelve. Winning the contest in 1927, the design of Benny Benson, a 13-year-old Alaska Nativeresiding at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in Seward, was chosen to represent the future of the Alaska Territory. Up to that time, Alaskans had flown only the U.S. flag since the territory was purchased from Russia in 1867. Benson's design was chosen over roughly 700 other submissions from schoolchildren territory-wide in grades 7–12. Most other entries featured variations on the territorial seal, the midnight sun, the northern lightspolar bears, and/or gold pans. To celebrate his achievement, Benson was awarded US$1,000 and an engraved watch.
Benny looked to the sky for the symbols he included in his design. Choosing the familiar constellation he looked for every night before going to sleep at the orphanage, he submitted this description with it:
The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength.

Because I lived in Alaska for 14 years, I feel very connected to that state.  One of my favorite songs is the Alaska Flag Song, so I am including a link to a YouTube version that I particularly like:
Alaska Flag Song  I hope you enjoy it too.

Thursday, March 1 Israel and American Samoa 

Friday, March 2 Italy and Arizona 

Saturday, March 3 Jamaica and Arkansas 

Sunday, March 4 Japan and California


The state flag flying at San Francisco City Hall
The first official version of the Bear Flag was adopted by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Hiram Johnson in 1911 as the official state flag.
The 1911 statute stated:
The bear flag is hereby selected and adopted as the state flag of California. ... The said bear flag shall consist of a flag of a length equal to one and one-half the width thereof; the upper five-sixths of the width thereof to be a white field, and the lower sixth of the width thereof to be a red stripe; there shall appear in the white field in the upper left-hand corner a single red star, and at the bottom of the white field the words 'California Republic,' and in the center of the white field a California grizzly bear upon a grass plat, in the position of walking toward the left of the said field; said bear shall be dark brown in color and in length, equal to one-third of the length of said flag.
In 1953, the design and specifications for the state flag were standardized in a bill signed by Governor Earl Warren. The Californian state flag is often called the "Bear Flag" and in fact, the present statute adopting the flag, Gov. Code 420, states: "The Bear Flag is the State Flag of California."

"Monarch" the bear is used as a basis for the Californian flag
The modern state flag is white with a wide red strip along the bottom. There is a red star in the upper left corner and a grizzly bear facing left (toward the hoist) in the center, walking on a patch of green grass. The size of the bear is 2/3 the size of the hoist width and has a ratio of 2 by 1. The five-point star is actually taken from the California Lone Star Flag of 1836.
The bear on the current flag of California was modeled on the last wild Californian grizzly bear in captivity. The bear, named "Monarch", was captured in 1889 by newspaper reporter Allen Kelley, at the behest of William Randolph Hearst. The bear was subsequently moved to Woodwards Gardens in San Francisco, and then to the zoo at Golden Gate Park. After the bear's death in 1911, it was mounted and preserved at the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park.
The flag is also used as the state ensign.
In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. stateU.S. territorial, and Canadian provincial flags. After the survey was completed, NAVA members chose the flag of California to be ranked 13th out of the 72.

I hope you enjoy learning more about some of our State flags, as well as the flag of the Dominican Republic.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Follow Up To Job Shadow Day

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will have read the story about Ike, and Job Shadow Day recently. Here is a thank you note that Alaina received from him. We were quite taken with this letter, and thought we should share it with you, fair blog reader.

We were touched by this, and felt you might be too. Thanks to Alaina Ferriero of our Dining Services Management Team for taking the time to participate in this worthwhile community service project. Juli

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Testimonial That Delights Us

I love to share my correspondence with you, fair blog reader.

Here is the latest delightful letter that appeared in my email box this week:
From: Dan P[]
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 2:17 PM
To: Juli Lederhaus
Subject: Our Recent Stay

Juli – My wife and I recently stayed at the Hawthorne once again – our first time was on our honeymoon 25 years ago.

A bit of a backstory if I may: 25 years ago, we were originally scheduled to stay at the Sheraton Tara in Braintree for our honeymoon. After two days there, due to the amazingly poor service and rude staff, we decided to check out, and find somewhere else to stay. Driving north, we decided to check out Salem, a town where my wife had gone with her family as a child. We saw the Hawthorne, and decided to check in. What a great decision that turned out to be! The staff treated us like we were royalty! Nathaniel’s was being renovated at the time, so we ate in the bar, by the fire each night. Service was amazingly attentive and friendly. It was a fantastic experience, and one we have related to many people over the years.

Hence our decision to stay for our 25th this past weekend. I have to say, our anniversary stay was every bit as memorable as our honeymoon. You have an amazing staff, who clearly care about their guests! The food was excellent, and the servers were great! I have a background in the hospitality industry, so I tend to be a bit….. picky…about service! Once again, everything was absolutely perfect!

 I just wanted to thank you personally, rather than through a survey, for a fantastic stay, more great memories, and a beautiful weekend. I would like to make reservations for our 50th in 2037… T

hanks again for such a memorable anniversary!


Daniel P
East Lyme, Ct

Thursday, February 23, 2012

We Recycle Around the Hawthorne Hotel

With about 120 employees working at the Hawthorne Hotel, it should come as no surprise that we would provide an employee breakroom for our staff. Since we recently got new furniture for the Tavern we decided to brighten up our staff dining room by moving the old Tavern furniture there. It seems to have been well-received by our team.
Left to right:  Mike O'Meara, Tinia Suggs and Scott Gardner

I hope you enjoy this look at our "heart of the Hawthorne Hotel" and the rest of the story of what happened to our Tavern furniture from "before."


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Food, Glorious Food!

Here are some more of our Nathaniel's dinner menu items for you to enjoy with your eyes, until such time as you can make it in here to enjoy them with the rest of your senses.  Believe me when I tell you it is well worth the trip to do just that!
Apple and Butternut Squash Risotto Appetizer.  So yummy, with squash that has been roasted to concentrate the flavor.
Top Sirloin Steak au Poivre, pink peppercorn-brandy sauce, truffled potato au gratin, and caramelized Brussels sprouts
Grilled Pork Flat Iron Steak, Calvados-fennel sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, braised cabbage
Demi-portion of Grilled Salmon, brown sugar-butter sauce, caramelized butternut squash, spicy winter-blend rice, grains and legumes

For reservations, call us at 978-825-4311 or 978-825-4360, or go to Reserve Table in Nathaniel's OnLine to reserve your table.

I hope to see you here, enjoying the delicious aromas and flavors, as well as the beautiful presentations of the dinner menu items in Nathaniel's.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What is a 3 3 3 Special?

We know you love Restaurant Week, so we thought we would offer what we usually do for Restaurant Week as a special for the next 3 months, 3-course, on the first 3 days of each week, in Nathaniel's.  Only $25.  Such a good deal!!

This is one of the best "specials" you will find anywhere, because it allows you to order off of our regular dinner menu.  Choice of starter, including all our yummy appetizers.  Choice of demi-portion entree.  Choice of any dessert from our regular menu.

For reservations call 978-825-4311.  You can also make reservations on our website Dining Page, by clicking here:  Reserve Tables in Nathaniel's

See you on any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday through May 31 for this terrific event.

I hope to see you here.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Sweet Fun in Salem

This is one of the places I always send our guests when I have a chance to talk to them.  After all, shopping, candy and history all combined into one destination can only be great.

I hope you enjoy this post by fellow blogger, Linda Orlomoski.  I sure did!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 20 through 26, 2012

Monday, February 20 ~~ Haiti and Utah
Tuesday, February 21 ~~ Honduras and Vermont

Vermont's flag consists of the state's coat of arms and motto on a field of azure. While the pine needle supporters of the coat of arms are represented throughout New England, the pine tree in the middle of the coat of arms represents the Vermont forests. The cow and three sheaves of wheat represent the dairy and agriculture industries. The deer head on top represents Vermont's wildlife. The Green Mountains are in the background as well. The motto, "Freedom and Unity", is also used. The motto balances two different ideals, the freedom of the individual citizen, and the welfare of the common good.

Wednesday, February 22 ~~ Hungary and Virginia
Thursday, February 23 ~~ Iceland and Virgin Islands

Iceland's first national flag was a white cross on a deep blue background. It was first shown in parade in 1897. The modern flag dates from 1915, when a red cross was inserted into the white cross of the original flag. This cross represents Christianity. It was adopted and became the national flag when Iceland gained independence from Denmark in 1918. For the Icelandic people the flag's colouring represents a vision of their country's landscape. The colours stand for 3 of the elements that make up the island. Red is the fire produced by the island's volcanoes, white recalls the ice and snow that covers Iceland, and blue for the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, February 24 ~~ India and Washington

The National flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of deep saffronwhite and India green; with the Ashok Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre. It was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947, when it became the official flag of the Dominion of India. The flag was subsequently retained as that of the Republic of India. In India, the term "tricolour" (Hindiतिरंगा, Tirangā) almost always refers to the Indian national flag. The flag is based on the Swaraj flag, a flag of the Indian National Congress designed by Pingali Venkayya.

The saffron color represents courage and sacrifice; white - truth and purity; green - peace and prosperity; and the Ashok Chakra represents the Laws of Dharma (righteousness).

Saturday, February 25 ~~ Indonesia and West Virginia
Sunday, February 26 ~~ Iran and Wisconsin


There are no special requests for this week.  Therefore our flags on the front of the historic Hawthorne Hotel will be flown in alphabetical order, flags of the countries of the United Nations, and alphabetical order, flags of states of the USA.

If you have a special request, call us at 978-825-4444 or 4322.

I hope to see you here.