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Hawthorne Inn Home-Made Maple Syrup

Hawthorne Inn Maple Syrup

Hawthorne Inn Maple Syrup

The sap has been flowing at the Hawthorne Inn. We have a tradition of tapping a selection of our Sugar Maple trees in March each year. The process of refining the sap to syrup is simple, but labor intensive. There is NOTHING like fresh syrup from the tree. We have added a delightful breakfast offering to help convey the syrup to the taste-buds of our willing guests: Croissant French Toast! Delightful. Be sure to look at our recipe section for the Buttermilk Pancakes.

A Winter Walk

We took a walk down the famed “Battle Road”, just a few miles from the Inn, over the New Year’s weekend. This is a photo of the 18th century Hartwell Tavern. The day was unusually warm, with 60 degree temperatures quickly melting the snow. We saw many people enjoying the weather, including a 3 year-old boy who was happily jumping up and down in a knee-deep mud puddle.

Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in

There is a spectacular exhibit of large-format, color photos only 10 minutes away from the inn that we highly recommend!

For the past 15 years, photographer Quang-Tuan Luong has traveled across the United States, treasure hunting. Not for gold or hidden oil reserves, but to capture in photographs the spectacular beauty of our national parks. Luong has single-handedly documented all 58 U.S. national parks, a feat that no other photographer has accomplished. The result of his quest is featured in the exhibition, “Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus.”

To get his pictures, Luong kayaked through iceberg-laden waters, canoed down wild rivers, scuba-dived tropical seas, climbed to the summit of Mt. McKinley, and frequently trekked the trail-less terrain of the back country, all while lugging his 75-pound, large-format camera, photo gear, and camping equipment. He once had to sacrifice his gear to escape a bear attack.

For mor info go to:http://www.monh.org

Treasured Land

Treasured Land

Inns at Blackberry Commons

Our guests often ask us where we go to get away. We try to stay at the finest of the small Inns. Earlier this summer we had the pleasure to visit with Jim and Cyndi, owners of the beautiful Inns at Blackberry Common in  Camden, Maine.  This fine property (of two adjacent buildings) is restored true to  period  with crisp detail and rich colors. The Inn is a short walk down to the bustling ocean-side town with many restaurants, fine-arts shops and scenic vistas. Camden, a deep-water port, is an easy 3 hour drive along the coast from Concord. We had time to stop for some lobsters on the way. On our second day we took the kayaks inland a few miles to a stunning lake surrounded by consevation land. We returned home refreshed from the outing. You can find the Inns at Blackberry common: www.innsatblackberrycommon.com

A day near Camden

A day near Camden

Turtle Days of Summer

Grand-Daddy Snapper near the North Bridge
Grand-Daddy Snapper near the North Bridge

We took a little kayak trip down the Concord River and caught sight of a monster snapping turtle sunning on a rock. That is the Old North Bridge in the background.

Whale-Watching

Have you ever been up close to a 50-foot, 40-ton whale? Once you have, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. According to the World Wildlife Fund,  Massachusetts is one of the top-ten whale-watching spots in the world!

Whale-watching is a fun day-trip from the Hawthorne Inn.

You can be dock-side in less than an hour from the Inn. Onboard with a naturalists you’ll head out  25 miles to Stellwagen Bank and be treated to awe-inspiring sights of humpback, pilot, minke and blue whales breaching and spouting through the deep Atlantic Ocean.  The season runs April-October.

We have gone out several times with Seven Seas and have always seen many beautiful animal. Once, while drifting among a pod, we were looking over the boat-rail directly onto the back of a lounging humpback, he opened his blow-hole and spouted all over us. Now that is a close look at whales.

Seven Seas Whale Watch http://www.7seas-whalewatch.com/

Cape Ann Whale Watch  http://www.seethewhales.com/

Did you know: "Mobey Dick" was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Did you know: "Mobey Dick" was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne.

 

 

 

 

Martha’s Vinyard

We took a quick overnight trip to Martha’s Vinyard to visit some of our favorite beaches. Catching the early ferry we took in the salt air. We noticed an enigmatic (glow-in-the-dark) symbol  displayed  throughout the ferry 6-inches off of the floor. I got down on my belly to get an image. None of the crew could explain what it means! Thank goodness we did not need to follow the directions implied to save our lives.
We headed straight for Chapaquidick for a long walk on the beach. We discovered a hapless harbor seal tangled up in a net and chain. He scooted back into the surf when we came by and bobbed up and down 30 feet out. We got in touch with the New England Aquarium Mammal Rescue Squad with our report. Farther down the beach, near where the last great hurrican cut through the sandbar, we found a dead whale being fed upon by seagulls. 
We spent the night in a 19th century Victorian Cottage in Oak Bluffs then set off for the colored clay cliffs of Aquinnah. On the way we stopped in the Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters to visit with our friend, Nefetiti.
Ate a great lobster roll before catchiong the ferry back to the mainland at Woods Hole.

 Martha's VinyardEnigmatic Symbol

Keyes Road Burial Ground

The Autumn light is brilliant making every view of Concord worthy of a photograph.

The Last Days of Fall

Eternal Presence

Eternal Presence

Tiger steps

Tiger steps

Park view

Park view

We took advantage of the beautiful weather of the wanning days of fall to visit the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Set on a sloping rise, high above Flint’s Pond, the museum is a scenic 10 minute drive from the Inn. We ambled about the open lawns and wooded glades to discover over 75 sculptural works. We saved time to view the museum’s revolving exhibit and photography collection and to relax in the sun  on the stone-lined patio.

On the River with Volker

Recently I invited my friend, who was visiting from Germany, to accompany me on the Concord River for his first kayaking adventure. Volker first visited the Hawthorne Inn fifteen years ago as a guest who was travelling on corporate business. We have since become fast friends.

We set off early in the morning and silently glided through drifting mist that was electrified by the rising sun. A grey heron took flight, church bells echoed from the distant village and I espied wild grapes hanging in ripe purple clusters by the river’s edge. As we enjoyed the gift of an unexpected breakfast of juice-bearing fruit, while riding upon the slow flowing waters, I was immersed in the beauty of God’s creation.

Minute Man Statue in the Morn

Minute Man Statue in the Morn