Boston to Salem Day Trip: 13 Thrilling Attractions Beyond Halloween

One Day in Salem MA

Salem, Massachusetts is a favorite fall destination in New England that’s especially popular during October. It makes a great Boston to Salem day trip. With historic and present-day ties to witchcraft, Salem rings in the Halloween spirit with loads of seasonal activities from pumpkin carving to a Witches Ball. But did you know Salem is a waterfront hub brimming with fine dining, cultural attractions, and a vibrant arts community worth visiting year-round?

We spent a magical day discovering a cool summer slice of this historic colonial town. It was a quick day trip from Boston but we could have lingered or spread these activities (and more) over a long weekend. Instead, we powered through one day in Salem we won’t soon forget. Check out these things to do in Salem in Fall or most any time of year.

RELATED: Set in both historic and modern-day Salem, the novel The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe is a page-turner. It is a fictional follow up to The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane I couldn’t put down! 

How Far is Salem from Boston?

Salem is on the waterfront about twenty (20) miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. There are a few ways to get there, whether you’re taking a day trip from Boston or staying longer:

  • Drive a car and park for free all day at the Blaney Street Pier
  • Take the bus from Haymarket Square (#450 or #455) to downtown Salem
  • Ride the Salem Commuter Rail from North Station; take the Rockport/Ipswich Line to Salem Depot
  • Ride the Salem Ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf, disembarking at the Blaney Street Pier.

> Pro Travel Tip: Boston’s Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Salem. (Sorry, the only direct flights to Salem MA are by broom!)

Getting Around Salem

Once you arrive, getting around Salem is easy. Salem is a very walkable town. We covered all the more ground in one day thanks to Salem Trolley tours. They picked us up at the Blaney Street Pier, and our entertaining guide, Ron, narrated important Salem landmarks as we drove along. We hopped on and off throughout the tour to explore further on foot. Once you buy a ticket, it’s free all day! We loved the vintage interior and air conditioning, too.

Salem Trolley Tours in Salem Massachusetts

> Pro Travel Tip: Taking the Boson to Salem Ferry? You can save time and money by getting a Combo Ticket that covers both the Ferry and Trolley.

1-Day Salem Itinerary: Boston to Salem Day Trip

You can pack your visit with activities like we did for a Boston to Salem day trip, or easily spread these attractions over several days for more in-depth exploration. We enjoyed so many fabulous things on this day trip to Salem MA!

1. The Peabody Essex Museum

Did you know you can find the only Chinese House in America at The Peabody Essex Museum? The museum rescued Yin Yu Tang (“Hall of Plentiful Shelter”) from the mountains of Anhui China and reconstructed it piece-by-piece for this incredible permanent exhibit.

Touring this late 18th Century multi-generational home is an experience like no other. The building features ornate decorative details throughout, a ceiling open to the sky, koi fish swimming in the reception hall, and family sleeping spaces in each corner of the two levels.

It holds sixteen shared bedrooms. You’ll notice how different life in this two-storied home might have been from western-style homes, our nondescript single-family boxes so insulated from the natural environment.

I felt almost transported through space and time, imagining a day of journaling the day’s work behind an ornate wooden screen with views to the sky above.
Roof with a view to the sky at the Chinese House, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem
Chinese House bedroom at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA
Writing desk at the Chinese House exhibit, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Mass.
Our guide pointed out speakers above, through which Mao Tse-tung and the Communist Party piped political propaganda into this mountain village home.

Chinese relics at the Chinese House at the PEM, Salem Massachusetts

Hallways wrap the perimeter of the second floor with a shuttered balcony overlooking the floor below. You’ll find a small window that gives view to the tiled roof and Chinese architecture commissioned by a Chinese merchant for his family.

Yin Yu Tang is a permanent exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum and well-worth making the visit. In fact, we could have spent several hours among the exhibits, but we had lunch reservations and a full day ahead.

If you have the time, plan to spend at least two (2) hours, ideally the better part of a day for a more thorough tour of the Peabody Essex Museum. With its latest expansion in 2019, PEM ranks in the Top 10 North American art museums, covering maritime, American, Asian, Oceanic, African art.

2. Finz Seafood and Grill

If you’re looking to dine on the waterfront and enjoy the freshest seafood, look no further than Finz of Salem. We give this upscale-casual restaurant high marks after having enjoyed an exceptionally well-crafted lunch here.

Pescatarians will be happy to know the Finz menu is a creative and extensive selection of freshly prepared seafood. In addition, built-in raw and sushi bars team with fresh fish on ice and made-to-order Sushi, Nigiri, and Sashimi.

Raw and Sushi Bar at Finz of Salem

> Pro Travel Tip: Not in the mood for fish? You’ll also find choices on the Finz Menu for meat lovers, including Black Angus Burger, BBLT (double bacon), and Filet Mignon prepared with a demi-glace, crispy onions, and blue cheese drizzle.

We began our lunch with the House Green Salad, a simple blend of field greens, tomato, avocado, and carrots dressed with just the right amount of a zippy balsamic vinaigrette.

Next, we sampled one of the best clam chowders I’ve tasted in a long time. Finz Clam Chowder is rich and creamy with sweet undertones. I could have easily made a meal of the chowder paired with the warm rolls and whipped butter.

Delicious Entrees

The Baja Fish Tacos featured three corn tacos filled with ample fried haddock, topped with lettuce, tomato, and Cotija cheese, then drizzled with cilantro creme fraiche. They arrived with a festive side of tomato avocado salsa. The tacos were excellent—almost too much food for lunch (said my dining partner).

Baja Tacos, Finz Seafood and Grill in Salem MA

My North Atlantic Haddock was delectable, too. Stuffed with lump crabmeat and served alongside a dollop of whipped potatoes and just-tender cauliflower and broccoli spears, the haddock rested upon an indulgent pink seafood sherry cream sauce. I lapped up every luscious drop.

Crab Stuffed Haddock lunch at Finz in Salem Massachusetts

The upscale-casual dining room itself is spacious, featuring walls of windows overlooking Salem Harbor and Finz’ outdoor seating. The Harbor Room is also well-suited for cocktail style or seated private events overlooking Salem Harbor.

It was an honor to receive a personal visit from Finz Owner and host, George Carey, who ensured our table was satisfied with our meals and overall dining experience. We couldn’t have been happier.

As if all this weren’t enough, it’s worth noting that Finz prepares dishes that honor seasonality, sustainability, and the fishing community. No wonder Finz is award-winning!

3. Schooner Fame

Our next stop on our day trip to Salem, MA was sailing on the Fame of Salem. According to TripAdvisor, it’s the top-rated outdoor activity and top-rated boat ride in Salem. It gets high marks on our Boston to Salem day trip, too!

Schooner Fame of Salem Massachusetts

Depending on the season, these sailing tours aboard an 1812 privateer replica embark from Pickering Wharf Marina up to five times daily for a 90-minute tour. You can buy tickets online or right at the wharf, subject to availability. They also offer special group rates and sunset sails.

For this adventure, you want to wear sensible shoes, sun protection, and a sweatshirt or light jacket for cooler air and sea winds. You can buy beer, wine, drinks, and snacks aboard the Schooner Fame. You can even bring a sandwich on board if you’d like. (Leave BYOB drinks and coolers behind.)

With Capt. Mike’s guidance and the help of crew-members, Charlie and Parker, we raised the three beautiful sails. They filled with sea winds strong enough to move us along at a good clip!

Fame of Salem Sails, Best Boating Activity in Salem MA

The prevalent weather and seas determine the sailing route. We cruised out of and around Salem Harbor and back, while Capt. Mike shared entertaining seafaring stories about the history of the vessel and the War of 1812.

Steer the Fame with the Tiller

The Fame uses a long wooden tiller as opposed to a wheel to steer the ship’s course. Several of us took turns navigating between the buoys at sea and in Salem Harbor.

Capt. Mike even fired the miniature cannon that the Schooner Fame would have used to seize vessels in the waters of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

> Pro Travel Tip: Cover your ears; the cannon is small but loud!

On our return, we cruised past Derby Wharf Light. Built in 1871, this white square tower is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its original light was a fixed red oil lamp with a Fresnel lens but is now solar powered. Ships can see the signature red flash as far as four (4) nautical miles from shore.

> Pro Travel Tip: You can also walk out to Derby Wharf Light on foot.

We enjoyed a perfect sailing day aboard the Schooner Fame. Fortunately, the only “Dark and Stormy” I encountered was my tasty drink, made with local rum. My favorite part of the tour was relaxing and taking in the peaceful vibe of smooth sailing aboard The Fame of Salem.

4. Salem Food Tours – One Day in Salem for Foodies!

We took a customized and very entertaining food tour courtesy of Salem Food Tours. The tour was a combination of on-foot and trolley ride, led and narrated by a 1950’s housewife character played by Karen Scalia. She was dressed in full ‘50s attire including a stylish 50’s skirt. In character, Karen shared 1950’s supermarket ads, amusing trivia, and naivete to modern ways. She ushered us through stops for wine, cheese, and chocolate.

We thoroughly enjoyed our custom tour with Salem Food Tours. I’d love to check out their other food tours, coffee walks, and spirit tours, too! What better way to explore the culinary renaissance underway in Salem?

> Pro Travel Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella if the weather calls for it. Consider bringing a shopping bag along for any temptong purchases along the way, too!

Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours aboard a Salem Trolley Tour, Salem MA

5. Pamplemousse

On our food tour, we stopped at Pamplemousse, a European inspired gourmet market, to sample some delicious local wines. Pamplemousse hosts a weekly wine tasting on Saturdays from 2-4.

I especially liked Mead, or honey wine, one of the oldest alcoholic drinks made from fermented honey and water. It was sweet and earthy, and it can be consumed cold or hot. We had it chilled, but I imagine it would be oh-so soothing on a cool fall day.

At Pamplemousse, you’ll also find sandwiches, gift baskets, a wine club, gourmet grocery, kitchen gadgets, and homeware, and much more.

Mead or Honey Wine Tasting at Pamplemouse in Salem MA

6. The Cheese Shop of Salem

Next, we stopped at The Cheese Shop of Salem to sample delicious (and beautiful!) hors-d’oeuvres prepared for us. The Cheesemonger described each of the cheeses he presented in combination with savory or sweet ingredients, as well as fitting wine pairings. All the samples were tasty, but everyone really loved the raspberry-topped soft cheese and crackers.

The Cheese Shop of Salem MA cheese samples

Then, we sampled some of the cheese from the counter. My favorites were a delicious hard Manchego from Spain and a creamy blend of goat and sheep milk cheese called “Aussie Magic.” This soft cheese from an Austalian dairy was soaking in garlic-infused oil, herbs, and peppercorns and believe me, it tastes out of this world!

7. Kakawa Chocolate House

At Kakawa Chocolate House, we got a behind-the-scenes look at chocolate making, along with a tasting of a variety of delectable chocolate samples including white, semi-sweet, milk, and dark. We also drank some luxurious Chocolate Chili Elixer amped up with a slow chili burn.

It turns out that chocolate and chili make a wonderful combination! You’ll even find roasted Arbol Chilis dipped in caramel and chocolate at Kakawa for the spice-lover in your life. Perhaps it’s a sweet-spicy nod to Kakawa Chocolate House’s flagship locations in Santa Fe New Mexico.

This laid back chocolate shop has a relaxed vibe and a fully stocked chocolate counter that invite guests to stay awhile to enjoy a delicious cup of sipping chocolate, truffles, and other sweet confections.

Kakawa Chocolate House in Salem, chocolate making

> Pro Travel Tip: While you’re in Salem, don’t forget to check out a few other sweets spots in Salem, like Turtle Alley Chocolates, Harbor Sweets Chocolates, and Popped! Gourmet Popcorn.

8. Modern Millie

If you’re curious about the 1950’s outfit Karen is wearing, she got her whole vintage-inspired look at Salem’s Modern Millie Shop, a popular and unique shopping destination with local notoriety. (Perhaps you remember the 1967 movie, Thoroughly Modern Millie.)

What is Modern Millie?

9. Artists’ Row

Love art? Then check out Salem’s Artists’ Row, a seasonal incubator where local artists and artisans have an opportunity to build their audience and engage with visitors.

In addition to admiring fine art, we had some good laughs modeling hats made from recycled plastic bags and shopping curative hand-made soaps by Hervor Soaps at Grace & Diggs. There’s even an “Oh Snap!” selfie studio to capture those instagrammable moments in Salem.

You’ll find Artists’ Row in downtown Salem across from the Old Town Hall and Derby Square. It is a City of Salem Arts Space Initiative and is open from April to early November.

> Pro Travel Tip: Watch for Artists’ Row Artist Application Forms 2020 early in the new year.

Hervor soaps at Grace & Diggs, Salem MA

Witchy Things, Fortune-Telling & Healing

No trip to Salem would be complete without delving a bit into the otherworldly. Salem is imbued with all things witchy, including fortune-telling, healing arts, and new-age magic. We made two fun stops on our day trip to Salem.

10. HausWitch

We visited HausWitch | Home + Healing, a welcoming den of intention candles, house spells, essential oils, healing crystals. and more. This modern metaphysical shop aligns herbal and other magic with interior home design. You can also find energy healing, creative services, moon sister retreats, and immersive group trips at HauseWitch. In a word, it’s enchanting.

RELATED: HausWitch founder, Erica Feldmann wrote the book HausMagick which dives deeper into six elements of interior space principles. If you’re setting up house or just need to re-energize your space, checkout this a unique transformative guide. 

HausWitch Shop crystals and other goods on display in Salem MA

11. OMEN Psychic Parlor and Witches Emporium

If it’s divination and witchcraft you’re seeking, look no further than OMEN. It’s chock-full of crystals, gems, and jewelry, occult books and tarot cards, spell kits, amulets, candles, incense, herbs and potions–even broomsticks!

You can consult Spirit Mediums and Tarot Readers at Omen, as well as participate in Salem Seances and other psychic events. You can even submit a note of intention to the Healing Alter over which the Witches of OMEN will meditate.

I indulged in a 15-minute in-person tarot card reading and I loved what my psychic reader had to say about my future.

Tarot Card art at Omen Psychic Parlor and WItch Emporium, Salem MA

12. House of the Seven Gables

I vaguely remember visiting The House of the Seven Gables on a childhood field trip after reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book of the same name. I happily returned here with full appreciation for its history and lore.

The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion in Salem was built in 1668 and served as the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous 1851 novel. It has undergone multiple architectural modifications over its 350 years, most recently restoring the seven roof points or “gables” and adding fictitiously-inspired elements such as the Hepzibah’s Cent Shop and the hidden staircase to align with the novel’s setting and plot.

Our knowledgeable tour guide, Michael, pointed out many fascinating historical and architectural details.

Beyond its preservation, this early home is spectacular in many ways, including waterfront views and colorful seaside gardens. We enjoyed a cocktail on the grounds overlooking Salem Harbor, which makes a lovely backdrop for weddings and private parties.Seaside gardens in bloom at the historic House of the Seven Gables in Salem Massachusetts
Dining Room at House of the Seven Gables in Salem MA
House of the Seven Gables grounds overlooking Salem Harbor, Salem MA

13. Opus

We celebrated a perfect day with Happy Hour at Salem’s Opus!

Opus has an extensive appetizer menu and creative signature drinks, making it a popular stop for patrons near and far. The sushi is outstanding and the appetizers are exceptional, flavorful and made with care.

Confession: The Hibiscus Bloom cocktails were so smooth, it was like drinking fruit punch. (Good thing we took the trolley!)

This diverse mix of amazing flavors and good fun ended our Boston to Salem day trip on a positive note. Did I mention the bar glows?!

Appetizers and sushi at Opus in Salem MA Hibiscus cocktail at Opus, Salem MA

Conclusion

Salem is one of the best day trips from Boston, rich in history and culture, as well as hosting a burgeoning culinary and art scene. While it’s best known as one of the Best Halloween Destinations, this coastal community is gaining popularly year round–with plenty of great things to do in Salem well before and beyond Halloween.

After this adventure, Salem just may be my favorite north of Boston day trip from Boston.

> Pro Travel Tip: You’ll find Salem to be much less crowded during October weekdays and months other than October.

I’d love to know in the comments below, where is your favorite day trip from Boston?


Boston to Salem Day Trip: Resource List

(listed alphabetically)

A-M

Artists Row
24 New Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-619-5685

Boston Harbor Cruises (Salem Ferry)
1 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
contact@bostonharborcruises.com
617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE (733-9425)

Destination Salem
P.O. Box 630
Salem, MA 01970
info@salem.org
978-744-3663 or 877 SALEM MA (725-3662)

Fame of Salem
86 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf
Salem, MA 01970
SchoonerFame@gmail.com
978-729-7600

Finz Seafood & Grill
86 Wharf Street
Pickering Wharf
Salem, MA 01970
salemcontact@hipfinz.com
Tel: 978-744-8485

Grace & Diggs
Artists Row
24 New Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: (978) 619-5685

Hervor Soaps
HervorSoaps@gmail.com
Tel: 978-304-9652

Harbor Sweets*
85 Leavitt Street
Salem MA 01970
1-800-243-2115
* Home of the Sweet Sloop

Hauswitch Home + Healing*
144 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: (978) 594-8950
* Check out their book!

Kakawa Chocolate House*
173 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
617-548-4567
* Locations in Santa Fe, NM

Modern Millie Shop
3 Central Street
Salem, Ma 01970
info.modernmillie@gmail.com`
Tel: 978-745-0231

N-Z

OMEN Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium
184 Essex Street
Salem MA 01970
Tel: (978) 666-0763

Opus
87 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970<
info@salemopus.com
Tel: 978-744-9600

Pamplemousse*
185 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: 978-745-2900
* Also in Reading, MA

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
information@pem.org
Tel: 978-745-9500

Popped! Gourmet Popcorn
84 Wharf Street,
Salem, Ma. 01970
Tel:978-594-0609

Root NS
Harbor Point Event Space, non-profit
Shetland Park
35 Congress Street, Suite 2350, 3rd Floor
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: 978-616-7615

Salem Food Tours
Salem, Massachusetts
info@salemfoodtours.com
Tel: 978-594-8811

Salem Trolley
8 Central Street
Salem, MA  01970
Tammy@SalemTrolley.com
Tel: 978-744-5469

The Cheese Shop of Salem*
45 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA, 01970
Tel: (978) 498-4820
* Free Wine Tastings Fridays 5-7PM and Saturdays 4-6PM

Turtle Alley Chocolates
318 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
yummy@turtlealley.com
Tel: 978-740-0660

 


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Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

36 thoughts on “Boston to Salem Day Trip: 13 Thrilling Attractions Beyond Halloween

  • September 18, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    Never been to this part of Boston before. Salem looks like there so much to see and do and i would love to visit. The baja tacos photos has me drooling haha I want try this out!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:00 am
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    I love how you included the food choices here at least when we’re able to visit this place we have a place in mind. This is an interesting post and it might be a lively place during Halloween season?

    The boat ride is a relaxing part of your visit and able to see some historical sites is a win-win situation.

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    • September 18, 2019 at 8:11 am
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      Thank you! Lively is an understatement when it comes to Halloween in Salem. There’s so much going! In fact, I’d recommend going mid-week if you go in October. 😉

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Oooh, those raspberry-topped soft cheese and crackers are calling out to me – would love to sample those! Didn’t know there was so much to do in Salem. The sailboating adventure sounds fun!

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    • September 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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      As you can imagine, those delicious raspberry and cheese treats went fast! LOL

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    Salem has some very interesting places to see. The Chinese House at the museum looks absolutely fascinating. I would love to see that. The foodies tour sounds wonderful, with the market and cheese shop. I’m curious to try the honey wine.

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    • September 17, 2019 at 9:48 am
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      I couldn’t agree more about Salem. I’ve come across honey wine more than once in my travels and I really like it. Give it a try!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    Salem looks like such a fun weekend getaway. You sold me with all the food – it looks delicious. Cheese, wine, chocolate! Also, I love how there are so many unusual things to do in the area. Would love to check it out one day.

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    • September 17, 2019 at 8:04 am
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      I hope you find your way to Salem, soon! It’s a place like no other. 😀

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  • September 16, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    Chocolate and chili make a wonderful combination? Sounds interesting – I will have to try it. Actually, the food tour sounds very interesting as there seems to be a bit of everything. I wish I had known that 2 years ago when we were in Boston.

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    • September 17, 2019 at 7:55 am
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      Yes, quite an unusual combination but steeped in history! Sounds like it might be time for a return trip. 😉

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  • September 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    You had me at Pamplemousse, cheese, and chocolate! I also didn’t realize how close Salem was to Boston. Plus anytime I can play on a boat is a fun day in my book.

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    • September 17, 2019 at 8:00 am
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      Isn’t it wonderful that it’s so close to Boston? Such a fun experience all around.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    I had no idea that Salem had so much going on, especially other than Halloween-related things. And wow did you pack in a lot in one day. I especially liked the sailing excursion. And as a fellow blogger, I LOVE your resource list at the end. What a great idea.

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    • September 17, 2019 at 8:02 am
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      Thanks for the kind words, Jordan! It really was a whirlwind (but I loved every minute)!

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  • September 16, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Goodness, there is sooooo much more to Salem than witches! I wasn’t sure if it was the same place until you mentioned all the otherworldly things near the bottom of the post.

    I love the sound of the foodie tour, and I was wondering about the guide’s gorgeous outfit, so I am glad you included info about the Modern Millie Shop too!

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    • September 17, 2019 at 8:03 am
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      Nice to get a fresh perspective on a familiar destination, isn’t it? I felt that way, too! (Modern Millie is one of a kind!)

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  • September 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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    I didn’t know that Salem is that close to Boston! I’d love to visit the Peabody Essex Museum! It’s so cool that they reconstructed it for the exhibit. Seeing chocolate making at Kakawa Chocolate House would be on my list too.

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    • September 16, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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      Yes, it really is worth adding a day (or more) on to your Boston trip to check out Salem. The PEM exhibit is really incredible. (So is the chocolate at Kakawa, I might add!)

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      • September 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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        I had not thought of visiting Salem for the food before, but I do now! The Pamplemousse looks like my kind of place with wine and mead. And I love that you got to go out for a ride on the Fame!

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        • September 17, 2019 at 7:58 am
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          Food is definitely not the first thing most people think of when it comes to Salem, which is why I was happy to include it. Truly delicious, especially paired with a day sail!

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  • September 16, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    I don’t know much about Salem but it looks like there are lots of great things to do. I noticed a lot of your list of 13 things to do included food! That’s my kinda travel. Love discovering what a new city is doing with food.

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    • September 16, 2019 at 6:19 am
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      Yes, Salem is experiencing something of a food renaissance, Paul. We barely scratched the delicious surface in that regard. The Salem food scene is one worth exploring, for sure.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    We were in Boston three years ago but we just spent one day there. What a pity if I knew this place at that time. It looks like that we could spend a week there. The foodies look so exotic! A nice excursion for family with kids as well.

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    • September 16, 2019 at 6:25 am
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      I hope you get an opportunity to visit again, Mijia! You’re right, there’s plenty to do in Salem to fill MUCH more than a day trip. I’m spoiled since it’s so close to Boston.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    What a comprehensive guide. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve always been fascinated with Salem – particularly coz of the witch trials – but now i see theres so much more to it than that and so much delicious food as well!! I’m also loving that Chinese House. I love anything from the olden days actually. Its so fanscinating. We have a similar Chinese house in the Philippines thats been reserved from over hundred years ago and is still lived in by the family today 🙂

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    • September 16, 2019 at 6:44 am
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      I’m glad you found it useful, Kristina. Salem is a town rich in history, founded in 1626! You can learn more about the Salem Witch Trials in the Salem Witch Museum and Witch Trials Memorial. (The witch museum also explores witchcraft today.) But for sure, you’ll want to experience the dining and cultural scene in Salem. They’re fabulous!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    The foodie tour sounds like a lot of fun, especially the wine tasting at Pamplemousse. I’m very curious about OMEN and what a note of intention is.

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    • September 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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      The food tour (including Pamplemousse) was great! And OMEN is a pretty cool place, too, Sherianne! About the notes of intention…You can write a note like “My friend Jane is very sick” and then fold and leave it on the altar for the witches to meditate over and send healing light. It’s a little like a prayer-chain in a way if you’ve ever heard of those.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    I never knew about the day trip to Salem when I visited Boston, but it really looks worth visiting with so many attractions. I would love to visit 18th century Chinese house – The Peabody Essex Museum as it looks very interesting. Sometimes I love to check my Tarot or physic readings so I would love to visit OMEN Psychic Parlor and Witches Emporium and check some of my future readings too.

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    • September 15, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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      Yes, you would love Salem, Yukti! I have to say, the Chinese House is really surreal. That alone is worth the visit. Tarot and psychic readings are fun, too!

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    • September 15, 2019 at 11:45 am
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      Me too! I’m always up for trying new wines. The Mead was unique and delicious!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    Gutted, Salem has been on my bucket list forever – love reading horror books! But I never realised it was so close to Boston! Can’t believe I was just 20 miles away, I must look at maps more often. I would totally love to do all the Witchy stuff. And there’s cheese and chocolate too !! I think next time I’m that way, I’ll base myself in Salem and visit Boston as a day trip.

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    • September 15, 2019 at 11:48 am
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      Yes, it’s a great take! I like your idea of staying there and visiting Boston by day. Good call!

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