Boston to Salem Day Trip: 13 Thrilling Attractions Beyond Halloween

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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 most any time of year.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated in May of 2022.

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Top Sailing Vacations for Couples | 3 Romantic Sea Adventures for Empty-Nesters

Sailing Vacations for Couples

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking sailing vacations for couples, there’s no better time than when you become an “empty-nester.” Now that the kids have grown and you have a little extra money in your pocket, it’s a perfect opportunity for an adventure.

It’s also time to rekindle your relationship. 

When you’re surrounded by the beauty of the sea, caressed by gentle breezes, and aboard a luxury sailboat, it’s hard not to be charmed. Below, you’ll discover three sailing experiences to take as a couple, from a short day sail to a more immersive trip. Not only will you have the carefree time of your life, but you just might fall in love all over again.

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Boston vs NYC: Which World-Famous City Has the Better Boutique Hotels?

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Boston vs NYC is a long-standing and heated discussion for many – especially when it comes to sports! But which world-famous city has the better boutique hotels? You’ll find plenty of gorgeous, upscale hotels in each for your travel pleasure.

So, continue reading and we’ll help you settle the argument with the comparison, below. You might just be surprised!

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Best Haunted Houses in Boston for Halloween Fun

Boston Common at Night

No doubt, you’ll find plenty of historic places to visit in Boston, Massachusetts, but do you know which ones are haunted? This vibrant, pre-Revolutionary city with a past holds a few secrets, and in some instances, they are downright disturbing.

In fact, all kinds of spooky things are going on. You just need to know where to look. Whether you book a haunted tour or plan a self-guided expedition, these mysterious spaces and places will enchant you. So, read on to learn more about the best haunted houses in Boston–and more!

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Culture Trip: The Best Art Museums in New England

RISD Art Museum

Perhaps New England is known best among travelers for its quaint towns, historic charm, and vibrant fall foliage. As if that weren’t reason enough to visit, you’ll find plenty of local and world-class art in the region.

Here are what we think are the best art museums in New England to round out your itinerary.

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Romantic North End Seafood Restaurant Celebrates Feast of the 7 Fishes

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As you navigate the narrow waterfront streets of Boston’s “Little Italy,” you could easily overlook il Molo. But you won’t want to miss it, especially if you love fresh seafood.

Once you experience this romantic North End Seafood Restaurant, it may just become one of your favorite places to eat in Boston.

I had the recent pleasure of being hosted at Il Molo on my birthday. Read on to hear about our dining experience.

You’ll also learn a bit about the North End of Boston and an Italian Christmas Dinner tradition served Christmas Eve known as the “Feast of the Seven Fishes.”

Editor’s note: We updated this article in June 2022 to keep it up to date.

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Holiday Happenings in Boston at Mandarin Oriental & Bar Boulud

Holiday Happenings in Boston

Let the Holiday Celebrations Begin!

The Mandarin Oriental Boston is hosting an array of Holiday Happenings in Boston that appeals to all ages. The festivities celebrate the season true to the hotel’s legendary hospitality, refined taste, and culinary excellence.

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Where to Stay in Boston: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Boston Reception

Luxury Boston Hotel Delights the Senses

I was deciding where to stay in Boston for a conference when I became utterly enchanted by Mandarin Oriental Boston. My senses were uplifted by an intoxicating fragrance the moment I stepped through the door at 776 Boylston Street. The scent placed somewhere between freshly baked cookies and the luscious center of a fragrant rose. It begged me to stay.

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