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.





Henry David Thoreau Event- July 8-11

Join us for the Thoreau Society’s annual gathering, entitled “New England Transcendentalism Then and Now”. You can stimulate your mind and spirit with four days packed with workshops, panel discussions, artist gallery talks, visits to Walden Pond and the Thoreau birth home, and collaborative event with the Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Margaret Fuller Societies. Bringing together, authors, environmentalists, artists, intellectuals and the curious from around the world this is a time to visit Concord not to be missed. You can preview the program: www.thoreausociety.org/_activities_ag.htm

The Hawthorne Inn is offering special rates for a three-day visit.

Call for room availability 978-369-5610H.D. Thoreau born 1817.

National Preservation Month in Lowell

In recognition of National Preservation Month, Doors Open Lowell takes place May 14-16, 2010. This free event celebrates the city’s architectural heritage, urban living, history and culture by allowing visitors to tour several historic buildings not generally open to the public, including historic mills, banks, mansions, churches and an 1870s Boston and Maine Railroad depot. Come and see what makes Lowell such an exciting place to live and work! For a complete schedule of events, map and list of buildings, visit www.doorsopenlowell.org.

Historic Mill in Lowell

Historic Mill in Lowell


Boston Pops New Season

Pops New Season Scedule
Pops New Season Scedule

On May 4, 2010, join the celebration as Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops kick off the 2010 season and the 125th Pops Anniversary with guest artist Doc Severinsen – one of the few artists to have performed with all three Maestros - pianist Michael Chertock and “Wicked” star Idina Menzel. Join this tribute to “America’s Orchestra” as the Boston Pops salutes the legacies of Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart.

Spring in Abundance- Walk in a Garden

Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum

Meander through the flower-filled Boston Public Garden, then hop on a Swan Boat. Savor the sweet smell of lilacs on May 9th, Lilac Sunday, at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. Peruse more than 1,000 native plant species, many rare and endangered, at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.  Discover the Secret Garden and its fragrant perennials at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston. At the Mount Estate & Gardens in Lenox, admire Edith Wharton’s formal Italianate walled garden. In Shelburne Falls, stroll the Bridge of Flowers, an old trolley bridge, now a riot of color in spring.

The Poetry of Advent

Excerpt from a Homily delivered November 29, 2009,


The Poetry of Advent


If the Season of Advent were a book I would file it on a shelf, right at eye-level, foremost among the great works of poetry. Advent is a poem of a bright new beginning. Advent is a love poem written to us from God.


This poem of the season of Advent is set to the meter of eternity, the rhythm of our hearts and in the cadence of now.


In the poem of the season of Advent we are pregnant with Mary. We are filled with our hopes for future, our longing for love and our trust in God. We live each day carrying within our bellies the expectation and the reality of the divine.  


In the poem of Advent all words rhyme with love. Even Already, even “Not Yet”


In the poem of the season of Advent every line contains hope as “we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our lord”


Advent is a love poem written to us from God.


And, we already know the substance of this poem for it is inscribed on our heart. “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”

Buttermilk Pancakes with Banana Topping

2 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Dash Salt

3 Tablespoons Sugar

2 Eggs [large]

3 Cups Buttermilk

Dash Vanilla

4 Tablespoons Butter [melted]


Whisk eggs, buttermilk, butter and vanilla        .

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.

Gently combine leaving small lumps; do not overmix.


Cook on a pre-heated, buttered, cast iron pan.

I begin with a very hot pan and then lower the heat and cook the pancakes slowly.

Turn them over once they begin to bubble.




Quarter and chop Bananas into large chunks.

Sautee in butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and/or spiced Rum.


Place Banana’s on top of Pancakes and serve with a side of Maple Syrup.

We always use either our own Syrup [from our Maple trees] or locally made.  It really tastes so much better then store bought, processed, syrup.


Poached Eggs with Hollandaise Sauce

Poach Eggs in an Egg Poacher


We serve on either Toasted and Buttered French White or English Muffins


Drizzle over Hollandaise Sauce and add a sprig of Parsley for color


Hollandaise Sauce


3 Large Egg Yolks

1 ½ Tablespoons Water

1 ½ Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

8 Tablespoons Melted Butter

Kosher Salt


In either a double boiler or a heat proof bowl set over simmering water whisk the egg yolks with 1 ½ tablespoons water until the mixture thickens [about 4 minutes].

Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.

Whisk in the melted butter until it thickens and season with salt.


Science & Nature Museums




Boston Science Museum:  some offerings:  IMAX shows, Planetarium, Simulator Experience, Laser Show, and changing exhibits from a “Butterfly Garden” to “Harry Potter” to “Mapping the World”.     www.mos.org


New England Aquarium:  dive into the world of water without getting wet by viewing the giant ocean tank:  explore the numerous exhibits from Amazing Jellies to Amazon Rainforest to Penguins and Sea-dragons.     www.neaq.org




Harvard Museum of Natural History: was established in 1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum.  Don’t miss the famous Glass Flowers a unique collection of over 3,000 models was created by glass artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and the collection represents more than 830 plant species.


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology:  one of the oldest museums in the world {1866} devoted to anthropology houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.   www.peabody.harvard.edu






Museums of Contemporary, Colonial, Ancient Art & Antiquities




Concord Art Association: The permanent collection of the Concord Art Association includes a wide variety of paintings, drawings and sculpture acquired during its early years of the 20th century. Gallery Shows and Juried Competitions. www.concordart.org


Concord Free Public Library:  sculptures by Daniel Chester French, a Concord History and Archive and Genealogy collection. www.concordlibrary.org


Decordova Musem & Scupture Park:  largest Sculpture Park in New England nestled on a reservoir; Museum with changing exhibitions. www.decordova.org


Gropius House: Walter Gropius (1883-1969) was a celebrated German architect and teacher, founder of the school of design known as the Bauhaus in Germany, and a leading proponent of modern architecture. This house was his first architectural commission in the United States, built in 1938 as his family home after coming here to teach at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. This was Walter Gropius’ home from 1938 until his death in 1969. Property maintained by: www.historicnewengland.org




 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:  a 15th Century Venetian-style Palace housing a collection of 2500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, rare books….  all surrounding a spectacular indoor courtyard brimming with flowers and fountains.  www.gardnermuseum.org


 Museum of Fine Arts:  check their site for their permanent and changing exhibits, music, film, lectures series and more…www.mfa.org 


The Institute if Contemporary Art:  Contemporary Art in all mediums in Boston’s newest Art Museum on the waterfront.  www.ica.org




Fogg, Busch Reisenger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums:  The Sackler Museum will have an ongoing exhibit until a new building is completed which will incorporate all 3 museums. www.artmuseums.harvard.edu


 Longfellow National Historic Site:  built in 1759; used by George Washington as his headquarters for 9 months during the siege of Boston and visited by Benjamin Franklin and Abigail & John Adams; later occupied from 1837-1882 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his wife Frances where they hosted Emerson, Hawthorne and Charles Dickens.  www.longfellowfriends.org


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology:  one of the oldest museums in the world {1866} devoted to anthropology houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.   www.peabody.harvard.edu




New England Quilt Museum:  several exhibits a year showcasing both traditional and contemporary quilts; library and resource center housed in an 1845 Greek Revival Style building.  www.nequiltmuseum.org


Whistler House Museum of Art:  a permanent collection of 19th & 20th Century New England Representational artists and etchings by James McNeil Whistler.   www.whistlerhouse.org




Peabody Essex Museum:  one of the nation’s major museums for Asian art, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian along with the finest collection of Asian Export art extant and 19th century Asian photography; the earliest collection of Native American and Oceanic art in the nation- all of exceptional standing.  The historic houses and gardens, and American decorative art and maritime art collections provide an unrivaled spectrum of New England’s heritage over 300 years.  www.pem.org




Museum of Russian Icons:  a collection of 370 Russian icons, the largest in North America spanning six centuries.   www.museumofrussianicons.org