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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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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CHESTER Luggage: 11 Reasons I Love My Adorable Carry On

Chester Carry On Spinner Luggage

I was in search of a good-looking and durable carry-on suitcase within airline carry-on size limits for my long-haul flight from Boston to Los Angeles. That’s when the CHESTER Minima, a stylish, hard-shell suitcase, saved the day. Now, I can’t imagine traveling with it. Read my Chester luggage review, below.

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Awesome Cape Cod Family Resort in Dennis | Fun for All

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Sesuit Harbor House Lodging

We explored the charming town of Dennis, Massachusetts and discovered miles of soft-sand beaches, delicious fine and casual dining options, and a friendly New England community within Barnstable County. We stayed at Sesuit Harbor House, a Cape Cod family resort that was a pleasure to call home for the weekend.

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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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Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine

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Where to go in Brunswick ME for Seafood

I love discovering great places to eat amidst a sea of overpriced dining and chain restaurants when I’m on the coast. There’s a good selection of dining options in Brunswick, Maine’s downtown. But we were looking for a hidden gem. And that’s exactly what we found at Pepper’s Landing. In fact, we may have found the best seafood restaurant in Brunswick Maine.

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Your Packing Checklist for Fall in New England

Fall in New England

Planning a Fall trip to New England? Autumn is a season that sneaks up on you in New England. One minute, you’re frolicking in beach waves along the coastline; the next, you’re wrapping a fleece blanket to your nose. You’ll be better prepared once you check out our “Packing checklist for fall in New England,” … Read more

Where to Stay in Boston: Mandarin Oriental

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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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Awesome Sarong Wrap Can be Worn Four Ways

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Sarong Wrap: Best Beach Wear for Women

I love traveling light. When I find a wardrobe piece like this sarong wrap that does double-duty, you can bet it’s going in my suitcase. This Cotton Tassel Wrap from Mer-Sea & Co. easily replaced five (yes, 5!) items that would have otherwise been in my luggage.

It surpassed my every expectation from versatility and quality to style. Read my review to see if it’s right for you.

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Discover Waterfront Luxury at this Bed and Breakfast in Falmouth MA

Bed and Breakfast in Falmouth Vineyard Sound

Falmouth Massachusetts is one of the best destinations on Cape Cod. Situated on the southern coast of what’s called the “Upper Cape,” it boasts multiple inlets that create miles and miles of coastal access, beautiful beaches, and waterfront properties along the Atlantic Ocean. That’s just one reason I loved staying at Inn on the Sound, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Falmouth.

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