I could’ve split this post into several topics but I wouldn’t want to bombard your inbox. Instead I’m sharing a quick recap/guide of our recent summer trip to Salem, MA. Our excursion began with a trolley ride through the historic town of Salem courtesy of Salem Trolley. We also toured the town on foot and stopped at some great local landmarks and shops. Wine tasting was involved as well as a sailing trip around Salem Sound on board the Schooner FAME. Salem is not just for October! For a summer in Salem, follow our guide to this quaint New England town for a beautiful, educational and delicious experience. Remember to bring comfortable clothing during the summer. A great simple dress, comfy shoes and hat in hand is a must!
GETTING AROUND SALEM:
The Salem Trolley is the best way to see Salem and to experience the town’s unique and colorful past. The Salem Trolley provides visitors with a narrated one hour tour and all day shuttle service through the historic town. image via
TRAVEL TIP: If coming from Boston, take the Salem Ferry at Long Wharf straight into Salem. When you arrive hop on the Trolley for all day rides. If driving into Salem, (like I did) park your car, free parking at the lot, and take the Trolley for all day access throughout the town.
Sail on The Fame: The day tour combines the beautiful sights of a sailing trip in Salem, the fun of helping the crew with the sails, and the educational experience of learning about the history of the vessel and the War of 1812.
The House of The Seven Gables: Built in 1668, it’s a beautiful old house on Salem Harbor that was destined to become one of America’s most beloved historic homes! It’s also the subject matter of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s titular book “The House of The Seven Gables.’
Peabody Essex Museum: Tour of Yin Yu Tang, an incredible multi-generational Chinese House rescued from the mountains of China. It was painstakingly reconstructed piece-by-piece as a permanent exhibit at the Peabody.
SHOPPING & EATING:
Finz Seafood & Grill: A fabulous waterfront dining venue with a seasonal patio. Features fresh seafood brought in daily, raw bar, full grill menu, and private function room.
The Cheese Shop of Salem: Our favorite shop! Peruse and taste artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, wines, craft beers, ciders and gourmet goodies!
Pamplemousse Salem: A European-inspired boutique featuring fine wines, craft beer, kitchen gadgets, gourmet food, and gifts! Wine tastings available.
Kakawa Chocolate House: Get ready for a unique and delicious chocolate experience! Sample historic drinking chocolate elixirs, artisan chocolates, ice cream, and much more all handmade on the premises for you to see!
Opus: Happy hour cocktails and sushi, new American cuisine & veg-friendly specialties!
These are just some of the highlights from our trip to Salem, obviously there is so much more to do, see and taste. It’s hard to play favorites in New England but Salem is definitely one of those towns you won’t soon forget. I enjoyed the history that makes up this quaint town along with the amazing architecture that transcends back to humble beginnings.Ropes Mansion located in the McIntyre District of Salem. It was built in 1727 in the Georgian style and renovated in 1894 in the Colonial Revival style by the firm Stone, Carpenter & Wilson. Ropes Mansion was home to three generations of the Ropes family.
Fun Fact: If this house looks oddly familiar that’s because this is also the house featured in the ever so popular hit movie HOCUS POCUS!
The Penn-Townsend House, circa 1771. Steps from Salem Harbor and The House of the Seven Gables. Penn Townsend was the colonel of the local militia and was Speaker of the Massachusetts House.
Special thanks to Destination Salem for hosting this trip! All views expressed are my own.