Salem is Beyond Witches
For most visitors to Salem, Massachusetts, the lure is witches, witch hunts, and Halloween.
But the city, sixteen miles from Boston, is an historic sea port, rich in Colonial history and commercially, once a global trading partner to far off lands and places.
Salem’s signature architecture are its handsome Federalist buildings that complement the city’s rich literary tradition. This of course is the home of “The Scarlet Letter,” and the scene for Arthur Miller’s play about the famous with trials, “The Crucible.”
It’s also home to the world-class Peabody Essex Museum with its three centuries of New England Art, and extensive Asian-culture display. The exhibits are almost always provocative and uncommonly interesting, and sitting in the light-filled Atrium or having lunch outside in the Garden Restaurant, is a destination in and of itself.
The Salem Inn is a good base for a weekend visit.
The 41 thoughtfully-designed rooms often feature fireplaces and the luxury of in-room whirlpools and double Jacuzzis.
Built in 1834 by a former sea captain, the handsome, Federal-style buildings, furnishings and design reflect colonial Salem’s rich legacy, and the innkeepers’ careful attention.
Salem is a fun, educational 2-3 day visit any time of the year. Of course during Halloween it’s almost surreal with a jumble of characters, kids, costumes and wild energy.