One of the cities that I always wanted to visit and finally managed to fulfill this wish is Salem. It is very close to Boston, so it is a good tour option if you plan to go to the United States and travel through that region. The residents of the city are super receptive and the cuisine of the place will make you want to spend days there.
In addition, the place is beautiful and the houses are super charming. All the streets look like a movie set, you know? As an old city, founded even before Boston, it is full of incredible traditions and stories. I have separated some incredible information and tips about the city for you to fall in love with it as much as I do 😉
The Salem Witches Story
Anyone who has heard of Salem has certainly read something about witches. To understand this relationship, I will explain the context to you. During a very cold winter, one of the families who lived in that area had been attacked by some Native Americans. To complete the situation, the children of these families began to have strange dreams and nightmares because of the stories they heard from slaves. Were you able to imagine the scenario?
Children began to act strangely and the reason they found to justify these behaviors was witchcraft. In 1692 there was a great trial of women who were appointed as witches, as if it were a witch hunt! People were sentenced without hard evidence and sentenced to death. These trials were only closed when the governor’s wife was considered a witch. He stated that she was not a witch and that, from then on, people would only be condemned if there was evidence that she had actually committed witchcraft. It’s a pretty crazy story, right?
Nowadays, Salem has one of the parties of Halloween liveliest in the United States. If you’ve always dreamed of attending an American Halloween party, this is the perfect city! The atmosphere of witchcraft spreads throughout the city and everyone gets into the spirit of the party.
Where to stay
Since Salem is close to Boston, most people end up staying there. If this is the case, the Commonwealth Hotel is a great option. It was the accommodation chosen by us and the room we stayed in was huge! We love the decor and it was very comfortable. If you want to see the room tour we did for the vlog just click here!
Other interesting hotels around Boston are the The Verb Hotel it’s the The Boxer Boston. Now, for those who want to stay in Salem, the best alternative is, without a doubt, the The Salem Hotel. He is very young and super modern, the way Paulo and I like it. We stopped by for a drink at their bar, called The Rooftop, and we were delighted with the location.
Getting to Salem is quite simple, both car as by some other means of transport. Paulo and I, for example, chose to go ferry. Leaving Boston, the trip takes about 50 minutes.
If you are driving, in less than half an hour you can reach the city. As for city tours, you can be sure that you will be able to do everything on foot! All locations are very close to each other. In addition, you have the opportunity to enjoy the region more by walking through the streets and exploring the city with more tranquility.
Where to eat
I had already advanced this information for you, but it does not hurt to reinforce it. Salem’s cuisine is simply wonderful. As the city is very close to the sea, most dishes are based on Seafood. For those who enjoy this type of freshest cuisine, Salem’s restaurants are paradise.
Paulo and I just went to Tuner’s Seafood, but we wanted to visit several other places. Paulo asked for a fish taco accompanied with guacamole and I for a pasta with tomato sauce and cherry pepper. We both love our choices! In addition to it, two other incredible options are the Ledger Restaurant it’s the Dolly.
If you are like me, who love to try new ingredients and dishes, I recommend taking a food tour around the city. If you are interested, just click here 😉
Museums and historical landmark
As you may have noticed, Salem is a place full of history. For that reason, the museums there are super interesting. For those who were curious to know more about the history of witches, the Salem Witch Museum is one of the best options. Adult tickets cost $ 12! Those who enjoy art will also love to know the Peabody Essex Museum. AN his entrance is a little more expensive, costing $ 20.
Unlike most museums, it was divided by regions of the world and with a very different way of displaying the pieces. You see a lot of things at the same time, but you still don’t get tired or bored.
Last, but not least, the The House of Seven Gables. These triangular topped houses served as inspiration for a book of the same name, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The house was also a museum and the money from the tickets was converted into aid for immigrants arriving in the region. Worth a visit, and admission is around $ 16 🙂
Even though it is a small town, the variety of shops in Salem is wonderful. THE Ye Olde Pepper Company cannot be left out of your script. It was the first candy and candy production company in the United States, founded in 1806. The two most iconic sweets there are Gibralters and Black Jack.
AN Houswitch Home + Healing it is another store that cannot be missed. They sell candles and various products in order to make the environments more pleasant or to make you feel good, you know? Besides them, those who enjoy handmade beauty products will love to know the Artemisia Botanicals. If you are interested in getting to know pieces by local artists, Artist’s Row is the ideal store!
I could spend a week in Salem without getting sick of walking around the city and seeing different places. And you, did you feel like visiting the city too?