My husband recently attended a weekend of business meetings in New York, and our 15 year old son and I tagged along for a mini vacay in the Big Apple. Being the history buffs we are and since my son was also on spring break the following week, we decided to visit the Concord area for a little sightseeing. We have never been to that part of the country before, and since we were so close, we thought "Why not?" A collegue of my husband recommended the Hawthorne B & B, and we were so glad we took his recommendation. We stayed for three nights and wish it could have been longer.
The inn is conveniently located to Concord, Lexington, Boston, Salem, etc. The innkeepers, Marilyn and Gregory, were the consummate hosts. I was astounded at how effortlessly they seemed to go about the business of running a 5-star inn, but when you stop to think they've been doing this for 35+ years, it's not surprising. They really love what they do, and it shows.
We stayed in the Alcott room which was very comfortable. The bed, pillows, and linens were fresh and sumptuous. The tub/shower combination was very satisfying, allowing for a relaxing soak after a day's sightseeing. We enjoyed chatting with the other guests in the afternoons and at breakfast each morning. We also really looked forward to the afternoon repast of tea or coffee and delicious snacks like homemade brownies or Chinese Chews. I'm telling you, the hosts really have this inn keeping thing down. Nothing store bought, everything fresh and wholesome. They even tap their own trees to make syrup and have THE BEST homemade granola we've ever tasted. We even tried to convince them to package it and sell it online.
Breakfast was amazing -- fresh brewed coffee or tea, fresh fruit, THE BEST homemade granola (or food for the gods I call it -- it's really that delicious) with yogurt or milk and then the main course. One morning was a to-die-for croissant french toast, the next, a yummy veggie omelet and the last, a delicious poached pear with marscapone and light-as-a-cloud pancakes (something between a pancake and a crepe but not as chewy or thin as crepes) -- food fit for royalty. Marilyn and Gregory were very generous with the afternoon indulgences and breakfast items, always offering second and even in some cases, third helpings of anything you desire.
We all loved (especially my son) to visit with the wonderful pets -- German Shepherds, Sky and Pashka and the resident house cat, Hector. The animals were very well behaved, extremely people-friendly, and were not allowed in the guest area unless requested by the guests. So if you have any allergies, don't worry, just inform Marilyn and Gregory, and they will see to it that the pets stay on their side of the Mason Dixon line (haha- a little southern humor there). I think the three things my son misses the most about our trip are Pashka, Hector, and THE BEST granola in the world. Sorry Marilyn and Gregory, he loves you too, but you know teenagers!!! :)
I could go on and on about the wonderful places where we visited, shopped, and ate, but then I'd be writing for the next hour or so. Marilyn and Gregory know so much about the history of the area and good places to eat, just ask them. But I will let you know the antique shops are very reasonably priced (unlike those here in Louisiana) and the wine and cheese and candy shops in town are fabulous. We even purchased wine, cheese and chocolates one day and had that for dinner, when we returned to the inn, that evening.
All in all, the inn is extremely well maintained, clean, classy, and a breath of fresh air and relaxation for serious travelors. Marilyn and Gregory are so accommodating. I'm sure after 35+ years, they've seen and heard it all. We didn't have any specific requests, but they seem like the kind of innkeepers that are more than willing to serve their guests in any way they can -- all you have to do is ask!!
Our ONLY regret is that we live so far away. We'd love to be able to visit and enjoy the Hawthorne Inn and the hospitality of Marilyn and Gregory more often.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relaxed Elegance. An Intimate Bed and Breakfast Refuge where History, Literature and Nature gracefully entwine. Seven vibrant guestrooms, pairing modern amenities & time-burnished antiques, contemporary artwork & ancient artifacts, create a balanced harmony. Guests enjoy a popular multi-course continental breakfast around a convivial common table. Close to the village shops & restaurants, museums, Walden Pond, Minute-Man National Park and homes of the Authors: Hawthorne, Emerson, Alcott. Just 19 miles to Boston and an easy day-trip to scenic coastal villages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hawthorne Hotel Concord