About Us

We craft the marketing solutions the hospitality, event, and wedding industries rely upon to reach and attract customers. We boast an award-winning team of designers, writers, salespeople, and marketers dedicated to creating more loyalty, more sales, and more opportunities for every client. We are Hawthorn Creative.    

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We are hospitality, travel, and event specialists attuned to the needs of the industries we serve, melding design, editorial, financial, and sales experience to craft award-winning solutions for our clients’ needs. Meet the leadership team responsible for your next successful campaign.


Jessica Kaiser



Melissa Wannop


Ben Morse


Ryan Brandt


Aimee Skidds


We put our time and expertise where our hearts are, donating our creative services and energies to making a difference in the organizations that improve lives and the world around us.



Whether it’s closing a deal or designing a first proof, creativity and strategy are at the heart of every role here at Hawthorn.

Come work with us.

Digital Content Writer

Does your writing make birds sing and part seas? Is results-driven social media management and posting second nature to you? We are looking for a digital content writer to join our on-site team in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to write content both for Hawthorn’s blog and clients’ blog sites focused on leisure travel, as well as manage Hawthorn and client social media channels. The right candidate will have a way with words, in addition to strong social media management skills. He or she will also have a strong understanding and comfort level with the functionality and analytics tools associated with all primary social media platforms, WordPress, and on-page SEO.


What You Will Be Doing:

  • Report and write journalistic-style stories and travel posts for destination blog site client projects.
  • Develop the post ideas and write for Hawthorn’s blog, using analytics to inform future post topics.
  • Manage primary social media channels for Hawthorn and client content projects, including review of analytics to inform both overarching strategy and future post ideas you will develop on your own.
  • Serve as primary managing editor on client digital content projects, including both social media and blog site execution.
  • Assist with a variety of other Hawthorn marketing communications tasks, including development and content writing for email campaigns and one-off marketing copywriting projects.
  • Leave work every day with your cup full because of the challenging, entrepreneurial, and never-the-same-old approach we employ in every project we execute.


What You Need for this Position:

  • 2+ years in marketing/editorial digital communications.
  • A way with words.
  • Extensive experience using primary social media platforms (can be for personal use), plus analytics tools thereof.
  • Strong understanding of how SEO and keyword tools will inform every word you write.
  • Ability to understand Hawthorn and client marketing objectives and strategy and to always communicate with the right audience in mind.
  • Understanding and comfort level with interviewing sources by phone and ability to write with journalistic-style voice.
  • Working understanding of WordPress, keyword tools, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Bonus points: experience with Salesforce, Pardot, and HubSpot.
  • A desire to work with a team, both leading and filling the necessary tasks asked of others in the execution of projects with minimal supervision.
  • An unwavering commitment to deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task a large volume of projects and tasks.
  • BA/BS degree, most likely in a marketing, journalism, or communications field.


Top Reasons to Work with Us:

  • Industry leader known for powerful aesthetics, beautiful design, and compelling content creation for top names in the hospitality and tourism industry – resorts and hotels, ski resorts, hotel brands, and beyond.
  • Ability to see the beautiful results of your work come to fruition, working hand in hand with top designers, developers, photo editors, and senior leadership.
  • Opportunity to grow writing skills within a team of strong content writers and editors.
  • Entrepreneurial company with dynamic work environment where creativity and coming up with new ideas are always encouraged.


What’s in It for You:

  • Competitive salary: DOE.
  • Full benefits package: medical, dental, vision, FSA, LTD and Life, STD.
  • Generous PTO with additional time off for hitting company goals.
  • 12 paid holidays.
  • 401K plan with a match.
  • Subsidized gym membership.
  • Plus, holiday party, company outings, monthly meeting with breakfast provided, and charity giving-back events. Also, we are a dog-friendly office!


If you would like to use your content marketing and writing skills in a challenging, fun, and dynamic office environment in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we would like to hear from you. Please send resume, three writing samples (journalistic style, if available), and cover letter to

Content Writing Internship

Hawthorn Creative is always looking to pay it forward to young professionals looking to break into the industry. Primary responsibilities include writing for both print and web, blogging, SEO analysis, article and industry research, fact checking, and assisting with marketing initiatives, like e-mail campaigns.


To apply, send resume and three clips/writing samples (ideally non-fiction of various lengths, published or for class) to Joni McNeal at Final applicants will be contacted to come in for interviews.


Hours: 8–16 hours per week; exact schedule TBD with final candidate

Candidates: English, journalism, communication, and marketing majors

Start date: TBD

Graphic Design Internship

We are looking for an intern for 16 hours per week to assist in supporting our design team with various duties, including production, image cropping, file management, and photo research. Candidate must have solid technical skills in Photoshop and InDesign, as well as a positive attitude and strong work ethic.


This internship is unpaid; however, you will be doing actual work that our designers do currently and not fetching coffee. If you like to work hard and want to learn skills you will actually use in the job force, this is the internship for you.


Requirements: must be enrolled in or have graduated from an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in Graphic Design.


Electronic samples are required. Please send resume and five to ten electronic design samples or link to online portfolio to Candidates must be local and available for an in-person interview.