Wednesday, March 3, 2010


[photo by Lois Heyman, Courier News]

It's mid-week, and what a great way to spruce up our spirits at The National Hotel, than to pick up the Courier News (and Home News Tribune), to see a most incredible write-up about our establishment! Thank you, thank you, Lois Heyman, for penning such a superbly written article: We also owe a debt of gratitude to Chris Poh, editor of the American Public House Review and Pub Talk, the American Public House Review blog. And thank you Walter O'Brien, fellow journalist at the Courier News for introducing us to Lois when we first took over The National Hotel.

[photo by Lois Heyman, Courier News]

As if that weren't enough, we are also featured in their Photo Gallery, which has some outstanding photos of some of our dishes, our guest suites...even Marlon Aranha, our GM, is there checking his cell phone (always checking on everything...what would we do without him!!), as is Ron Rittenhouse, our executive chef (who is also nicely featured in the article).

Wait...& there's more: I received an email from a fellow member of the Frenchtown Business & Professional Association (FBPA), who shared an article that will appear in approximately 100 community newspapers in western PA and Ohio (CNHI News Service), about Frenchtown itself, where we are mentioned as "the" place to dine if traveling here. I've placed all these articles on our website's In The News page.

So much to write about...I've got to separate some of these into different posts, but I'll squeeze in 2 other items that I wanted to share: Don't forget about tomorrow night's Open Mike Night. It's a tradition now; every Thursday night, with sign-ups starting at 8:30 p.m. and music beginning at 9:00 p.m.

And how could I forget about this past Sunday's star performance of The Jericho Mountain Grass ("The Grass"), who returned to a standing-room only afternoon at The National Hotel. All the tables filled up fast as soon as they started playing their traditional ballads blended with new-grass tunes. We had every generation in the room, from a baby all the way up...and boy did that baby dance in her mother's arms!!! It was just so entertaining, so lively and warm. What a great way to close out the weekend.

We do hope you'll join us for our next musical afternoon...more on that for another post. Let us know if you'd like us to feature anything in particular, or have a comment about anything on this blog. You can also reach us directly at 908.996.3200 or click here to contact us via email. Enjoy the it really going up to 50 degrees by next Monday/Tuesday???

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