Thursday, December 30, 2010

Scaring Up a Splendid Stay in Salem, Part Eight

In my last post on our recent stay at the Hawthorne Hotel I showed you some the pictures of the door to Room #612 and the rather 'odd' bits of white light that appeared in the picture of the hallway in front of the door. I also mentioned a glowing green light on the side of the hotel closest to Salem Common that appeared near the 6th floor that I really couldn't figure out. While going through pictures for this post, I found that glowing green light again but this time it was located on the other side of the building and, just like before, definitely near the 6th floor!

The Hawthorne Hotel at Night

The picture above is a straight-out-of-the-camera shot that I took from across the street from the hotel shortly after we had returned from seeing the Salem Trolley presentation of "A Christmas Carol".  As you can see there's a green traffic light on the corner as well as a street light on a pole to the side of the hotel in addition to a couple of other lights on the left-hand side of the picture.  With so much lighting it definitely wasn't necessary for me to use a flash to get a semi-clear shot of the Hawthorne at night without too much glare and flare.

Room #612 is located at the top right-hand corner of the hotel and consists of three windows on the front side of the hotel and two on the right-side.  Going from left to right, the first window is the bedroom, the middle window is the bathroom, and then the third one is the living room area as are the two on the side.  There are actually a couple of things wrong with this picture with the very first one being that when we left to go see "A Christmas Carol", I am quite sure that we turned off the lights as I was raised by a father who taught me to always turn off the lights when you left a room regardless of whose room it was.  I wasn't paying the electric bill at the Hawthorne but I know that they take a lot of pride in being as "green" as possible and I really don't think I would have left our room for several hours with the lights still on.  I double-checked with the girls and they both told me that they were pretty sure the lights were off when we left but they distinctly remember them being on when they went back up to the room from the Tavern after dessert.  It's also quite obvious from this picture that the lights are on in the living room area as well as apparently in the bedroom.  Considering we hadn't spent any time at all in the bedroom, I find it very hard to believe that I would have left a light on in there but something's obviously glowing.

If you look at the middle front window which is the bathroom window, there is no light showing however there's that strange green glow again in the window that was previously on the other side of the building.  What's additionally "odd" is that the bathroom has two doors - one that opens onto the bedroom and another that opens onto a small foyer that leads into the living room.  I am quite certain that we didn't close both doors to the bathroom and yet, there is no light from the other rooms showing in the bathroom window at all - just that green glow.

Green Glow in Window

I don't remember ever reading anywhere that there have been reports of lights turning on by themselves in Room #612 and I'm also pretty sure that I haven't read anything about green lights hanging around up by the 6th floor either, however - there they are.  I'm sure there's probably some sort of logical explanation but I really can't think of one at the moment!

Now ... even though you folks think I'm dragging this out for effect, please believe me that I'm not as I had all good intentions of finishing off this series today but I kind of got sidetracked going shopping with my Mom and Amanda most of the day yesterday and then I popped off to the pub to meet a friend for a bit last evening. Needless to say, finishing this post kind of took a backseat - especially when I started noticing things in pictures that I hadn't noticed before - and  thus I'm only doing a partial post rather than a wrap-up post like I had intended.  Please bear with me for one more final post about the Hawthorne and our stay there but also please understand that it may take me a day or two to get to it being that I've got to do that pesky thing called work which makes it possible for me to go on these jaunts to begin with!


  1. Cue the Twilight Zone music.... Do do do do .... Hahahahaha!

    Seriously? Teenagers = lights left on.

    Don't work TOO hard. I could do an occasional 16 hour shift, but I can't imagine how people like you and my bil Jim the cop do them regularly.

    Big hugs :]

  2. Hi Duchess,
    I am going to read Part 8 without having read 1-7. I hope to catch up with you soon.

  3. So...are you saying that ghosts turned on the lights after you guys left?

    Well I believe they did, Duchess Linda!

    What fun that must have been to stay there.

  4. Thanks to you, I am absolutely in love with the Hawthorne. It has definitely made the must stay there list.

  5. You are dragging this out Linda, and doing it very well too. We don't mind.

    Barb may be right about the teenagers and the lights.

    Have a terrific day at work. Big hugs from sunny but cold California. :)

  6. I'm enjoying your Salem trip, Linda.

  7. I am totally enjoying your trip!

    Big hugs...

  8. Anonymous4:44 PM EST

    I can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

  9. take your time, life gets in the way sometimes. well, not mine but still... (kidding!)

    smiles, bee

  10. Anonymous7:24 PM EST

    awesome, and I'm all for shopping. we'll wait! Have a great Thursday.


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