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“"A Pleasant Surprise"”
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Hawthorne Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Concord B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 April 2012

We gambled on the Hawthorne Inn when we couldn't get into our regular Cambridge inn for our anniversary weekend. It surpassed all our expectations - kudos to our three hosts, Marilyn, Greg and Hector (the handsome inn cat). Marilyn and Greg are incredible cooks, Greg's art (almost everything you see) is wildly imaginative and professionally accomplished, and Hector has the wisdom to know whom to cuddle up to and whom to leave alone. The inn is clean, charming and hospitable, and a short walk or drive (in one case, across the street) from everything you'll want to see in Concord. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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dundeedog, Owner at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2012

Thank-you for such kind words. Alas, dear HectorCat, our unofficial 'greeter' has passed. No longer will he be meeting our guests at their cars and walking with them hoping for a good scratching!
We still have our elusive Hippocrates who is only ever seen in the distance due to lingering fear from his early days as a NYC street cat.
We hope to see you on your next anniversary....perhaps a week late in order to celebrate Patriot's Day, too.

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

My wife and I just finished our 4th stay at the Hawthorne Inn. We love the history, particularly the literary history in this beautiful town. The Hawthorne Inn is as warm, friendly and cozy as could be. The owners are always welcoming, making you feel more like an invited friend than like a guest. They could not be more helpful with driving directions, recommendations for museums, outings, restaurants, even some valuable advice on raising kids (which we requested).

The Inn itself is marvelous and warm. Everything in the Inn is extremely neat, clean, and beautifully decorated. The 1870 Inn has a Victorian feel, with a an international flavor. There is so much to look at in every room, everything carefully chosen and arranged by the owners, reflecting their wide interests.
The location of the Inn is excellent - just across the street from Hawthorne's Wayside home, and a few doors up from the Alcott's Orchard House.
The Hawthorne Inn is a good bargain, the breakfast is terrific, the location is great, the decor is fun and cozy, and the innkeepers are extremely warm and helpful. I can't recommend the Hawthorne Inn highly enough, just staying there is as much a treat as all the great historical sites in town. We hope to stay there many more times (small children permitting).

Room Tip: I've seen just about all of the rooms and they are all fun and unique (and named after Concord h...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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dundeedog, Owner at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2012

What sustains us as Innkeepers are the long lasting relationships we develope with our returning guests. Your visits have brightened our days and we are honored to see you grow in your relationship from Newlyweds to New parents. We so look forward to meeting your children and having them choose a gift from our "goodie" basket and seeing their delight in our "secret hiding place" under the steps. Be Well and Many Blessings! M & G

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Reviewed 28 March 2012

This was my second stay at the Hawthorne Inn and I just loved it again! From the minute I walked in, the owners, Marilyn and Greg, treated me so graciously. They were so nice to offer me a lovely fresh juice when I came in as I had had a rough journey that day and was parched. The first time I was there, I stayed in the Alcott room, which is my personal favorite. This time I stayed in another equally lovely room (I forget the name though!). The Alcott is spacious and has a gorgeous antique wooden poster bed. The bedspread is an elegant gold satin color. Both times I have stayed, the linens have been super immaculate and so comfy (nice high thread count for those of you who take your sheets seriously like I do!) I really loved the decor in both bathrooms - simple, but welcoming, with sumptuous thick towels. The Inn is very quiet, so no worries there. There is a lovely sitting room in the front of the house. A fire was lit and some other guests from Australia and I enjoyed chatting in front of the fire. This is a great place to just hang out and read a book too.
Breakfast was wonderful. They have amazing coffee (not sure what makes it so good!?) and it is served with a smile by the owners. The offered fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice as well as other juices. And first they serve you something healthy-ish - perhaps fruit and/or yogurt and granola. I asked for just fruit and and everything was very fresh and delicious. Then comes the hot meal. I had an omelet with vegetables and cheese. So yummy! And they will even work around dietary restrictions as one of the other guests at the table couldn't eat peppers, so Greg made hers without any. There are special breads too with amazing jam.
On my departure, Marilyn and Greg were very efficient and helpful with directions. They are there in a heartbeat to help with anything you need.
In summary, I really feel like it is just a home away from home and I can't wait to go back and visit again soon. By the way, I stay in a lot of Bed and Breakfasts, and this is my favorite. It is very charming, super clean, and has great breakfasts and fabulous service from the delightful owners and has just the right amount of eclectic to make it interesting. What more could you ask for? The photos on Tripadvisor just don't do it justice at all....

Room Tip: Sometimes if you are extra lucky, Marilyn might let you pick a room if she has a few free. This is r...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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dundeedog, Owner at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2012

It was a pleasure sharing food and drink and conversation with D.! Thank-you!

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My husband and I were looking for something extra special for our quick honeymoon and historic Concord was some place we had each wanted to visit for years. We didn't want to stay at a typical "chain" hotel so the Hawthorne was just what we were looking for.

Gregory and Marilyn were very gracious hosts; when we checked in, Gregory took the time to sit down with us and go over the local map to show us where some of the more favorite eating spots were in town and also some of the historical places we shouldn't miss. Gregory also has some wonderful artwork that he created on display throughout the house and although I didn't see them for myself, I know that Marilyn has some hand crafted quilts decorating some of the beds in the Inn.

Hector the cat was usually around to greet us and we were honored by the company of Pashka the German Shepherd at breakfast. Gregory and Marilyn also have another cat and another German Shepherd that live with them as well.

Marilyn prepared the most delicious breakfast for us; she served us home made fruit salad and home made granola with strawberry yogurt. Next came French toast made from...are you ready for this?...CROISSANTS!!!!!! It was absolutely fabulous!!! Marilyn also took the time to sit down and visit with us during our leisurely breakfast.

We stayed int he Emerson room; it was very comfortable and decorated with the perfect mix of antique furniture and Oriental art...we didn't get to use the fireplace alas, but it didn't make our stay any less romantic.

The Inn is located but a short walk from the center of town and some of the historical sites as well but is situated on a quiet road so there is not a lot of traffic noise from traffic.

We would definitely recommend the Hawthorne Inn to our friends that are looking for something way above average in a place to stay and we would defintely return to stay with Marilyn and Gregory again; this time we would even bring our 8 year old daughter as they are very accomodating to families and the Inn is very kid friendly.

If you stay at the Inn, don't forget to record your experiences in the journal that is left in each room. I couldn't say enough about it and took up almost two whole pages and it was nice to see what other people had to say about their trips as well.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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dundeedog, Owner at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2012

It's great to get up in the morning and sit at breakfast with our guests and know that they are happy! Thank-you for staying with us after your marriage; the Orchard House beckons your daughter and I know that our dogs, Paska & Sky, would love to have her throw the frisbee for them. Many Blessing! M & G

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Reviewed 17 March 2012

We stayed at the Hawthorne Inn for two nights in August last year. The accommodation, service and breakfast were all excellent. Gregory, Marilyn and Hector made us feel very welcome and we were given some good restaurant and other recommendations. We enjoyed meeting other travellers at the communal breakfast. Concord is a lovely town and holds a special fascination for anybody with an interest in US history or literature. The Hawthorne Inn is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PeterandRichard
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dundeedog, Owner at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2012

From Australia to Concord: our lovely town, filled with the history of the American Revolution and the homes of the Transcendentalists; and the lofty to the sublime: a simple grey and white cat named Hector, who loves to welcome and to get a good scratch! We are pleased that we could offer you a lovely taste of the States.

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Additional Information about Hawthorne Inn

Address: 462 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742-3729
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Concord
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Concord
Price Range: ₹ 6,174 - ₹ 15,921 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hawthorne Inn. We are a boutique bed & breakfast situated on Concord’s historic mile, just steps away from the heart of American Literary and Revolutionary history; on land once owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The property was built in the 1860’s and has been functioning as a bed and breakfast for more than 40 years. Inspired by design and elegance, the Inn has recently been fully renovated to incorporate 7 luxury guest rooms and ample shared public spaces to create a truly unique experience for our guests. We offer the perfect balance of elegance, charm and privacy whilst still being within walking distance of Concord’s Historic Center, the Old North Bridge, the homes of Concord’s most famous writers and the Minuteman National Park. We aim to offer a luxury and unique all season experience to our guests whether they are tourists visiting for the spring/summer/fall season or business guests visiting many of the multi-national corporations located in the area. ... more   less 
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