Bewitched: A Day Trip to Salem, Massachusetts

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Intrigued by the folklore of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 and after watching Practical Magic for the hundredth time, two of my best witches and I decided to explore Salem, Massachusetts for a ghoulish good time.  It can be a bit touristy but I love the historic charm and haunted vibes.  With the festive fall foliage and Halloween fast approaching, it’s the perfect day trip from Boston.

Getting There

– Take a scenic trip on The Salem Ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf to Salem’s Blaney St. Dock (Runs: May 21 – October 31 / Adult Round Trip Cost: $45 / Time: approx. 1 hour)

– By Car:  approx. 35 minute drive

– By Bus: From Haymarket Square take bus #450 or #455 to downtown Salem

– By Train:  Take the Rockport/Ipswich Line from North Station to the Salem Depot (approx. 30 minutes). From there it’s a 5 minute walk to the Visitor Center

– By Broomstick: couple wind gusts North

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Things’a Brewin’

– The Visitor’s Center is a great starting point – stock up on free maps, brochures, activity guides and you can book tours here.

– Stroll down the pedestrian cobblestones on Essex Street – we got a tarot card reading at the Pagan Witch Shop and perused potions at Hex Old World Witchery.

– Salem Spice is a neat spot to stock up on traditional blends and fine teas

– Salem Witch Village & Museum

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– Old Burying Point Cemetery

– The House of Seven Gables (the setting that inspired Nathanial Hawthorne’s book of the same name)

– Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery (from the T.V. Show), feels a bit like an outlier but still worth a “magical nose crinkle” when you walk by.

– Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. (we skipped this one as we wanted to adventure around outside but I hear good things!)

– Check www.salem.org for daily/weekly events (lots happening around Halloween especially!)

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Eat, Drink & Be Scary

The Boston Hot Dog Co. was our first stop on Washington Street.  I know it might not sound like much but their hot dogs were arguably the best we’ve ever tasted.  Our Boston Cream Donuts on the train weren’t enough to satiate our hunger (treat yourself!) so we splurged on their specialty selection. Even my Vegetarian friend was impressed with their veggie dog choices (I think I even went for the smoked apple and sage one!)

Finz Seafood & Grill has a great view of the water and is famous for their buffalo calamari and lobster ravioli.  You can’t go wrong with most seafood spots in Massachusetts!

Scoping out the best coffee shops in any new town or city makes me creepily happy. Front Street Coffeehouse, Gulu Gulu Café, and Derby Joe are my top picks in Salem, MA.  

Happy Hauntin’ !

Louise shares her Boston experiences as a newcomer, including her experience on “Blind Girl Dates”. Check out all of Louise’s posts here – and be sure to catch up with her on her blog (we are obsessed with her travel section), and on Twitter and Instagram.

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