The Historic Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, maintains this blog to help us keep in touch with our guests, our staff, and our community, as well as to document interesting and unusual happenings here at the Hotel, as well as in Salem.
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Juli Lederhaus, General Manager
Tuesday, June 2 Ecuador and
Wednesday, June 3 Egypt and Louisiana
Thursday, June 4 El Salvador and Maine
Friday, June 5 Equatorial Guinea and Maryland
Saturday, June 6 Eritrea and
Sunday, June 7 Estonia and Michigan
*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
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
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
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
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.)
Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, May 31, 2015.
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to
Carrie MacKenzie & Chris McMaster on their wedding
We are happy to be your home away from home!
Please let us know if you or your guests should
need anything at all.
and not as warm with periods of rain.
High of 71F.
Winds E 15mph.
VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their
VIP of the day Danielle Brunette!
Flags of the Day
This Day in History
On this day in
1859, the famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the
320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in
Westminster, London, for the first time.
Like any historic venue, maintenance and upkeep are an important part of the daily operations. At the Hawthorne Hotel we are always looking to see where we can make those positive changes.
This week the hotel focused on both the Tavern bar and our parking area, that is conveniently located adjacent to the hotel. For our Tavern, it was time to refinish the bar and the floor, and below you can see some photos of the Northern Lights Restoration team starting the prep work.
The solid oak floor certainly needed some attention after years of extensive use. Here you can see our contractor in action starting to strip the floors before putting on a new protective coat. What an amazing difference.
And of course not only the inside of the hotel needs attention, but we also make sure that our exterior looks pristine. This photo of our parking lot was taken from our 6th floor just before the stripes were painted over our resurfaced lot.
Make sure to stop by and say hello this summer and see all of the changes yourself.
Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, May 28, 2015.
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty
view May 14, 2015 to December 31, 2016
Essex Museum, Essex St
Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that
dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around
them. Constructed from saplings collected by area volunteers, the natural
structure will provide dramatic counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame
Crowninshield-Bentley House that dates to the early 18th century. This is
the first time PEM has commissioned an outdoor sculptural
cloudy early, Scattered thunderstorms in afternoon.
81F.Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.Chance of rain 60%.
Low of 59F overnight with
VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel
would like to welcome their VIP of the day Ms.
Flags of the Day
Day in History
Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president
of the United States, leads an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen on
this day in 1754. The battle is later credited with being the opening salvo in
the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763).