Monday, September 30, 2013

More Fun to be Had in Salem ~~ October 17

Another unique event, offered free of charge to Salem residents, and for a minimal admission fee to others. This is taking place at the Peabody Essex Museum on October 17.
I hope to see you there, or here!

Juli

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Monday, September 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Monday, September 30, 2013.




Hotel Notes
Stop in to our pub style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and order our cocktail of the week, our Pumpkin Spiced Martini.  With pumpkin spiced vodka, vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, and a splash of cream, it’s too delicious to pass up!

Weather Forecast
Mainly dry day with a high of 66 degrees and a low of 49 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem State Faculty Jazz Concert
Monday September 30th at Salem State University Central Campus- Recital Hall (71 Loring Ave) from 7:30pm-9:00pm
Salem State’s music faculty presents an evening of original music and jazz standards. Donations at the door to benefit the John Finnegan scholarship fund.

Flags of the Day
Bolivia
Louisiana

This Day in History
On September 30, 1954, the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 30 through October 6, 2013

Minnesota

Monday September 30 Bolivia and Louisiana 
Tuesday October 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina and Maine
Wednesday October 2 Botswana and Maryland
Thursday October 3 Brazil and Massachusetts      
Friday October 4 Brunei Darussalam and Michigan   


Burkina Faso

Saturday October 5 Bulgaria and Micronesia       
Sunday October 6 Burkina Faso and Minnesota 



 

FAQs about our Flag Program

Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?

A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.

Q.  How long has this program been in existence?

A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.

Q.  Where are the flags flown?

A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q.  How are the flags chosen?

A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.

Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?

A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.

Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?

A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.

Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?

A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?

A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.

Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?

A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)


We hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, September 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, September 29, 2013.


Hotel Notes
Stop in to our pub style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and order our cocktail of the week, our Pumpkin Spiced Martini.  With pumpkin spiced vodka, vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, and a splash of cream, it’s too delicious to pass up!

Weather Forecast
Mostly sunny skies with a high of 72 degrees and a low of 47 degrees.     

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 20-22 & September 27-29, 2013!
Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, paddles, historical tours and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area's 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.
Visit www.trailsandsails.org to plot your course and use all the features the website has to offer.

Flags of the Day
United States of America
Kentucky

This Day in History
On September 29, 1988, Stacy Allison of Portland, Oregon, becomes the first American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. Allison, a member of the Northwest American Everest Expedition, climbed the Himalayan peak using the southeast ridge route.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 23 through September 29, 2013


Kentucky

Monday September 23 Bangladesh and Hawaii
Tuesday September 24 Barbados and Idaho
Wednesday September 25 Belarus and Vermont*
Thursday September 26 Pride Flag* and Massachusetts*      
Friday September 27 Belize and Iowa 



Belgium


Saturday September 28 Benin and Kansas       
Sunday September 29 United States of America* and Kentucky 


*Denotes special request  

FAQs about our Flag Program

Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?

A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.

Q.  How long has this program been in existence?

A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.

Q.  Where are the flags flown?

A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q.  How are the flags chosen?

A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.

Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?

A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.

Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?

A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.

Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?

A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?

A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.

Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?

A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)


We hope to see you here!

Juli

A Tiny New Addition to the Lobby

We recently were directed to remove the palm tree that had always graced the "side" entrance to the lobby. Even though it had been there for decades, the building inspector decided it should no longer be there.

So in an effort to keep some greenery there, and make the entryway look less stark, we decided to find another solution. I found these wall-mounted planters on line and had our supplier, Nunan's Greenhouses, fill them with an assortment of small tropical plants, and now the set is hung up to welcome you to the Hawthorne Hotel Lobby. New curtains are also being added soon, so stay tuned.

I know it is not a "big deal" but just wanted to keep you updated on what we do to make a warm and cozy atmosphere for you when you visit.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, September 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, September 28, 2013.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Amanda Brown and James Davis on their wedding today! We are so happy to be a part of your special day, and we hope that all of your guests enjoy their time here with us as well. Cheers!

Weather Forecast
Mostly sunny skies with a high of 71 degrees and a low of 47 degrees.     

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 20-22 & September 27-29, 2013!
Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, paddles, historical tours and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area's 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.
Visit www.trailsandsails.org to plot your course and use all the features the website has to offer.

Flags of the Day
Benin
Kansas

This Day in History
On September 28, 1941, the Boston Red Sox's Ted Williams plays a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the regular season and gets six hits in eight trips to the plate, to boost his batting average to .406 and become the first player since Bill Terry in 1930 to hit .400. Williams, who spent his entire career with the Sox, played his final game exactly 19 years later, on September 28, 1960, at Boston’s Fenway Park and hit a home run in his last time at bat, for a career total of 521 homeruns.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Friday, September 27, 2013

Creating Happy Memories

Being in the hospitality business is as much about creating happy memories as it is about any other aspect of what we do.  I constantly remind our team members that we are not in the HOTEL business, we are in the HOSPITALITY business, and when you remember that, everything else flows along just perfectly.

This past weekend we encountered Elizabeth Masters, who along with her husband Stephen, was chosen as  our VIP of the Day on Saturday, September 22.  They are here celebrating Elizabeth’s birthday. 

As part of our VIP of the Day program, we ask if we can honor our guest(s) by flying any particular flag that we own for them while they are here.  Elizabeth and Stephen requested the Virginia flag  and we flew it in their honor.  

Here are some pictures of them with the flag and the Hawthorne Hotel awning (they really wanted all of that in the picture, so it is a little far away from them) and also with Elizabeth over by our Bewitched memorabilia. Elizabeth is a HUGE Bewitched fan, and a big fan of Elizabeth Montgomery in particular.





Today I received a very kind and detailed email from Elizabeth about her stay, and learned about the travails she experienced that had to do with her just getting to our hotel.  Here is a bit of her email for you to read: 

 . . . . . .your staff and hotel room, food was everything I pumped myself up for.  These folks need to be given kudos for a job well done.  I will forever hold the Hawthorne Hotel as my number one place I stayed in as the best everJ  . . . 

We are so pleased to have created such perfect hospitality for the Masters, and look forward to welcoming them back again soon.  

I hope to see you here as well, to experience the best Hospitality that the Hawthorne Hotel has to offer.

Juli

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, September 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, September 27, 2013.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Hurley-Campo wedding. We are so happy to be your home during this special occasion, and we hope that you have a wonderful time tonight celebrating. Congratulations Meredith & Stephen!

Weather Forecast
Mostly sunny skies with a high of 67 degrees and a low of 50 degrees.     

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 20-22 & September 27-29, 2013!
Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, paddles, historical tours and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area's 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.
Visit www.trailsandsails.org to plot your course and use all the features the website has to offer.

Flags of the Day
Belize
Iowa

This Day in History
Just after midnight on September 27, 1869, Ellis County Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok and his deputy respond to a report that a local ruffian named Samuel Strawhun and several drunken buddies were tearing up John Bitter's Beer Saloon in Hays City, Kansas. When Hickok arrived and ordered the men to stop, Strawhun turned to attack him, and Hickok shot him in the head. Strawhun died instantly, as did the riot.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Thanksgiving Menu 2013

THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET
November 28, 2013
11am-7pm

Appetizers, Salads and Breads
Smoked Salmon, Red Onion- Caper- Tomato Salad with Petite Bagels
New England Cheddar and Other Cheeses with Dried Fruits and Nuts
Mixed Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette and Creamy Orange-Peppercorn Dressing
Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Brown Sugar-Sage Vinaigrette
Assorted Artisan Breads, Cornbread, Biscuits, Muffins, Danish, Sliced Fruit Breads
Ten-Grain-Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette
Thai Baby Shrimp and Three-Cabbage Slaw with Chili-Lime Dressing
White Bean-Tomato Orecchiette Pasta Salad with Creamy Tomato Dressing
Assorted Fresh Fruits and Berries

Chafing Dishes
Strata in the Style of Eggs Benedict
Hawthorne Green Bean “Casserole”
with Fresh Green Beans, Mushroom-B├ęchamel Sauce and Crispy Fried Onions
Roasted Butternut Squash with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Salmon with Pecan-Basil Pesto
Sweet Potatoes with Orange- Brown Sugar-Butter and Marshmallows
Cranberry Wild Rice and Almond Stuffing
Traditional Bread Stuffing ~~ Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes
Autumn Harvest Ravioli with Walnuts, Spinach and Cinnamon Cream Sauce

Carving Station
Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Relish, Cranberry Jelly and Turkey Gravy
Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus, Horseradish-Sour Cream Sauce

Desserts
Traditional Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan and Blueberry Pies
Pumpkin and New York Cheesecakes
Handmade Brown Sugar Cake with Cranberry Compote
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Carrot Cake
Warm Dutch Apple Crisp
Freshly Whipped Cream
Assorted Mini-Pastries, Cookies, Brownies and Cupcakes



$44.95 Adults; Children $2 per year of age

978-825-4311 for Reservations