The Merchant in Salem: A Relaxing Getaway


A few weeks ago, Laura (along with her husband Dan and baby S) and I headed north to charming Salem for a weekend getaway. Lark Hotels recently opened a new boutique hotel, The Merchant, in Salem’s historic district, and we jumped at the chance to check it out. Laura had previously stayed at Lark properties in Kennebunkport and Portsmouth, and loved both experiences.


We drove the 45 minutes north to Salem and arrived at a stately brick building on Washington Street. The Merchant has had many previous lives. Commissioned in 1984 by wealthy molasses importer Joshua Ward, the grand home hosted President Washington on his visit to Salem in 1789! The Lark Hotel group did an amazing job renovating the historic building to a modern boutique hotel while paying tribute to its roots.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the innkeeper, Jennifer, who was incredibly warm and gracious. We immediately felt right at home! I was instantly drawn to the design of the hotel. The small creative details caught my eye, such as the lounge area’s dark blue paint, and the side tables with cute bird feet as legs. There were plenty of cozy corners to relax, and two fireplaces – one gas, and one wood-burning. Perfect for a snowy night!

I travel often and our getaway to The Merchant really resonated with me. It can often take days to relax and feel at ease, even while on vacation. This quick one-night getaway was the ultimate refresher. The best part? The incredible bed! The sheets were so soft, the pillows just right – it was such a treat.

The creative design was inspiring, and its central location made it easy to visit the many interesting landmarks in historic Salem. And to top it off, the cozy, luxurious amenities at The Merchant left us feeling rested and happy. I’m already thinking of a reason to visit again!

Image credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman

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