Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Art in Public Spaces

One of the things that makes city living enjoyable is the "public art" that many cities have to offer.  Seeing a bright swath of color, or an interestingly shaped sculpture while going about your normal activities in a city brings a smile to my face, and I am sure it does the same thing for many of you.

As I was hurrying to get a task done for the Hotel today, on this last day of 2013, I happened upon some public art that was installed this fall in our City Hall Annex.  It was actually a happy accident that led me there, and now I know why -- to see this lovely installation.





 These photos tell the story of how this work came to be, who sponsored it, and who created it.




I hope you get a chance to see it yourself.  It is located in the building called City Hall Annex which is at 120 Washington Street, very near the whimsical sculpture so many visitors to Salem like to see -- that of Samantha Stevens in her role on the TV show Bewitched, which is located at the corner of Essex Street and Washington Street.

And of course, I hope to see you here.

Jui

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Five Things to Do in Salem in the Winter

Salem is a year-round visitor destination, with a very heavy emphasis on visitation in the summer and fall, especially the month of October.  I really wish that all the people who want to come in October, who try to come in October, and who do come in October would try us out in the winter.  There are still great things to do here, and you can do all those things without having to wait in line at so many places, and jostle with crowds on the streets.  Believe me!

So, here is my list of the top five things that you should plan to do when you come to visit in the Winter:

1.  Go to the Peabody Essex Museum.  This is an amazing place.  I could make a top 10 list just out of all the reasons you will love PEM.  They have the ONLY Chinese house outside of China.  That should be reason enough, all by itself, to come, but they have so much more.  If you want to read all about it, go to their website.  You can find out everything you want to know.  www.pem.org

2.  Visit the Salem Witch Museum.  While you are in Salem, you need to find out why Salem is famous as "The Witch City" and this is the place to start that exploration.  They tell the story of the famed "Witch Trials" very well, and also will inform you about the history of the "modern" witch.  Here is a link to their website: http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/ for more information.

3.  The House of the Seven Gables is open year-round, save the period of January 1 -10.  It is located just a few minutes walk or drive from the Hawthorne Hotel, and learning more about Nathaniel Hawthorne is a natural for any visit to Salem, especially one that begins with a stay at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.  Here is a link to their website:  http://www.7gables.org .

4.  Go to one of our famous psychics here in Salem and see what the future holds for you.  This is a great way to kick off a new year, right?  Here are some that we recommend:  Crow Haven Corner, Enchanted, Magika, and Pyramid Books.

5.  Go to a movie at CinemaSalem.  They have both first-run movies, as well as locally-made movies that are specific to Salem and the North Shore.  It is only one block away, and they have awesome popcorn and a wide variety of beverages and snacks, in addition to the traditional movie candy.  Here is a link to their website so you can see what is playing:  http://cinemasalem.com/ .

BONUS information:  Question - Why are March 6 - 13 such special dates?  Answer - Because those are the dates of the 2014 Salem Film Fest, which is an absolutely amazing event if you, like me, enjoy well-made documentary films.  Here is the link to that information:  http://salemfilmfest.com/2013/?p=5643

Remember, we are offering a "Winter Warmth" package here at the Hawthorne Hotel to encourage you to come in the winter, so please be sure to ask about it when you call to book your room.  978-744-4080.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Sunday, December 29, 2013

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 30 through January 5, 2014

West Virginia
Monday December 30 United States of America, and Alaska * By Special Request.     
Tuesday December 31 United States of America and Ireland * By Special Request
Wednesday January 1 Mexico and West Virginia        
Thursday January 2 Federated States of Micronesia and Wisconsin           
Friday January 3 Monaco and Wyoming  


Mauritania

Saturday January 4 Mongolia and Alabama             
Sunday January 5 Montenegro and Alaska   
 
  

*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

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, December 29

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


Hotel Notes
Do you have dinner plans for New Year’s Eve yet?
From 5 pm-10 pm, join the Hawthorne Hotel for a spectacular dinner! Call 978-825-4311 for more details and to make your reservation.

Weather Forecast   
Mostly cloudy skies with rain arriving after 2pm with a high of 42 degrees and a low of 30 degrees.    

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Don’t forget to stop by The House of Seven Gables and see their special tour during the month of December that blends the unique history of the mansion with the little known history of Christmas in Colonial Massachusetts.  This special tour is offered during regular hours in December except during the production of a Classic Christmas. For more information you can visit the House of Seven Gables website at 7gables.org or call 978-744-0991.  
  
Flags of the Day
Marshall Islands
Virginia

This Day in History
On December 29, 1916, James Joyce's book Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published in New York. The book had been previously serialized in Ezra Pound's review The Egoist.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Through the Grapevine

We know that one of the reasons people come to Salem is because there are so many wonderful aspects to our small city.  One of the advantages we have here in #SalemMA is the fact that we have so many excellent restaurants, most of which are within an easy walk of the Hawthorne Hotel. While our two restaurants at the Hawthorne Hotel are rated in the top three of all restaurans in Salem, we know that many of our guests stay with us for multiple nights and want to be able to try more differing experiences by dining out some of the nights they are with us.

One such restaurant is the Grapevine, which is located only one block from the Hawthorne.  The Grapevine changed hands earlier this year, and the entire restaurant was renovated, and a new menu was created for it.  The focus is on Mediterranean cooking, with an amazing wine list, arguably one of the best wine lists in Salem.  In fact, the wine service was one of the most enjoyable aspects of our recent visit.

Here are some photos I snapped with my iPhone.

 A simple tablesetting and clean design puts the focus on the food and wine.
 The window coverings are cleverly made of grapevines woven into "shades".
 One of our favorite wines was the Cellar Can Blau which is a lovely, berry-ful rich red wine.  Delicious!  One of the things we enjoyed the most about their wine by the glass service is that they offered us tastes of each wine before we committed to the glass -- and that was very helpful.  They also offered a large selection of wines by the glass, with 30 different choices.


Our appetizers of Steak Tartare $14 (above) and the Lamb Duo $14 (below) were both very tasty.
The lamb duo consisted of a lolliop chop on eggplant-almond caponata, and a lamb kasseri turnover in filo, served with Greek yogurt.
 Probably the most successful dish that we tried was this entree of Pan Seared Scallops, Truffled Lentils, Roasted Corn and Pancetta Relish, and Sauce Americaine, for $28.  The scallops were perfectly cooked, and all the flavors worked extraordinarily well together.


The other entree we tried was the Sopa de Pescado, which consisted of local cod, clams and shrimp, served in a tomato-saffron broth, served with grilled rustic bread.
 The bread pudding came highly recommended, and one bite was all I needed to see why.

Bread Pudding

Golden Raisins, Bourbon-Butterscotch

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$8Poached Local Apples

Spiced Port, Pumpkin Spice Cake, Pavan Creme Anglaise
The local apples poached and served with pumpkin-spice cake was seasonally very appropriate.

In addition to dinner each night, Grapevine also serves a nice menu Sunday brunch, so if you cannot get in to Nathaniel's because we are completely booked (which happens often) you should give the Grapevine a try.

Here is a link to their website so you can check out both menus for yourself:  http://grapevinesalem.com/

If you want to make reservations at Grapevine, give them a call at 978-745-9335, and be sure to tell them that the Hawthorne Hotel sent you.

I hope you enjoy your experience there as much as we did.

Juli

Friday, December 27, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, December 28

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



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Durant- Bocchichio Wedding! We hope that you all enjoy this special night and Congratulations to Katie and Mike!

We would also like to welcome the guests of the Kendzior-Hyde Wedding, Congratulations John and Dave!

Weather Forecast   
Sun and clouds, breezy, with a high of 44 degrees and a low of 26 degrees.   

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Don’t forget to stop by The House of Seven Gables and see their special tour during the month of December that blends the unique history of the mansion with the little known history of Christmas in Colonial Massachusetts.  This special tour is offered during regular hours in December except during the production of a Classic Christmas. For more information you can visit the House of Seven Gables website at 7gables.org or call 978-744-0991.  
  
Flags of the Day
Ireland
New Jersey

This Day in History
On December 28, 1895, the world's first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by Louis and Auguste Lumiere, two French brothers who developed a camera-projector called the Cinematographe. The Lumiere brothers unveiled their invention to the public in March 1895 with a brief film showing workers leaving the Lumiere factory. On December 28, the entrepreneurial siblings screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life and charged admission for the first time

I hope to see you here!

Juli

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

South Carolina
Monday December 23 Madagascar and South Carolina     
Tuesday December 24 Malawi and South Dakota   
Wednesday December 25 Malaysia and Tennessee         
Thursday December 26 Maldives and Texas           
Friday December 27 United Kingdom* and Massachusetts*   


Malawi

Saturday December 28 Ireland* and New Jersey*            
Sunday December 29 Marshall Islands and Virginia 
  
  

*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

Nice Note

We thought you might enjoy seeing this nice note we received from the Bertram House for the card and cookie visit we did.


I hope you enjoy "peering over my shoulder" as I read the mail.

And of course, I always hope to see you here.

Juli

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, December 27

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



Hotel Notes
Do you have dinner plans for New Year’s Eve yet?
From 6 pm-10 pm, join the Hawthorne Hotel for a spectacular dinner! Call 978-825-4311 for more details and to make your reservation.

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny skies with a high of 38 degrees and a low of 21 degrees.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Don’t forget to stop by The House of Seven Gables and see their special tour during the month of December that blends the unique history of the mansion with the little known history of Christmas in Colonial Massachusetts.  This special tour is offered during regular hours in December except during the production of a Classic Christmas. For more information you can visit the House of Seven Gables website at 7gables.org or call 978-744-0991.  
  
Flags of the Day
United Kingdom
Massachusetts

This Day in History
At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its December 27, 1932 opening, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts, and special events.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

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

South Carolina
Monday December 23 Madagascar and South Carolina     
Tuesday December 24 Malawi and South Dakota   
Wednesday December 25 Malaysia and Tennessee         
Thursday December 26 Maldives and Texas           
Friday December 27 United Kingdom* and Massachusetts*   


Malawi

Saturday December 28 Malta and Vermont          
Sunday December 29 Marshall Islands and Virginia 
  
  

*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

Winter Wedding in the Grand Ballroom

Last weekend we had yet another lovely wedding in our Grand Ballroom.  We thought you might like to see the photos we snapped of it. Just click on this link to our Wedding Blog to see the entire post.

http://weddingsatthehawthornehotel.blogspot.com/2013/12/winter-wedding-loveliness.html


Did you get engaged over Christmas?  Now is the time to start reserving the various services you will need, and a place for your reception should be high on your list.  Here is the direct line to our Catering Office for your use:  978-825-4300, as well as a link to our request for more information if you prefer to work on-line:

Request for information - Click on this link.

We hope to see you here.

Juli and the Team of the Hawthorne Hotel



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 at the Hawthorne Hotel

This Christmas Day blog post is offered in appreciation to two hugely important groups of people -- our staff here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and all of you who are guests, past, present and future, of the hotel.  Thank you all!

Here are some photos of our Christmas Day Grand Buffet today.  At the bottom of this post is the link to our entire Christmas Day photo album.

Holiday-themed Salads





Tri-Colored Tortellini

Chef Ken flanked by his two ace carvers for the day, Sal (L) and Nicole (R) 
The Lobby is where we set up the Grand Buffet.  A room FULL of food!

Our Staff, Thank You SO MUCH to you and all your colleagues who make these days so special for our guests!

Our Staff having fun!

Dessert Buffet with Entertainers in the Grand Ballroom

Christmas Yule Log Desserts





Seating in Sophia's

Dessert Buffet

Dessert Buffet

One of our very "regular" guests asked to have her photo taken with me because she liked my outfit and hat so much, so I obliged.  We do most anything to make our guests happy!

Here is the link to the photos taken today:

Christmas Day Photos 2013

Thank you again to everyone, and Merry Christmas,

Juli