Travel Guide || Salem, MA

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You could say all of my Halloween dreams came true just a few short weeks ago in Salem, MA.  Two of my best girlfriends and I have been wanting to venture to this spooky city for years.  We finally put it on the books and made it happen!  By far, it was one of my most memorable trips I’ve been on to date.  If you are into Halloween like me or have a deep love for fall, this is the town for you!  Not only does it have enormous amounts of witchy American history, it is also home to the most charming architecture and quaint street I’ve ever seen!   You could say we were the happiest girls in all of the land 🙂
It is fairly easy to get to.  We flew direct from LA into Boston and then hopped on the train to Salem.  The ride is only 30 minutes.  You don’t need a car as we walked the majority of the time and grabbed an Uber when we needed to.
What is there to do in Salem??  Well boos, SO much!!  When we first arrived we got the lay of the land by walking around down town where the old town hall still remains.  See below for all of my top recommendations on what to DO,  where to EAT and where to STAY in Salem.  Also scroll down to see my photo journey through Salem… it’s epic!!

Do

[1] Shop around the witch shops… yes, this may sound weird BUT they are filled with SO many cool things – sage, crystals, “potions”, candles, oils and legit BROOM STICKS!! I was in heaven.  Scroll down and you will see me with my broom stick.
[2] Ghost Tour – this happens at night… in the dark.  Yes, you read that right! 😉  It was my most favorite thing we did.  The tour is packed full of Salem’s history and you may even see a ghost 😉  Check them out here!
[3] Check out iconic Hocus Pocus locations.  Allisons’s House – 318 Essex Street (white house pictured above), Cemetery – Old Burial Hill, Marblehead, Old Town Hall – 32 Derby Square and Max & Dani’s House – 4 Ocean Avenue.
[4] Get a Palm Reading.  Many of the witcheries in town have readers.  You can’t miss them!
[5] Get your Harry Potter on at Wynott’s Wands.  It is legit a wand shop like you see in the movie.  They hand-make every wand right in their shop.  How cool is that?!!

Eat

[1] Red’s Sandwich Shop – we went for lunch when we arrived in Salem.  Perfect place to start out.  Many locals and felt like the hometown dine!
[2] Turner’s Seafood – we had a yummy seafood dinner and later found out on our ghost tour that the building is haunted! Muahahaha!  This is one of the nicest restaurants in town.
[3] Sea Level Oyster Bar – we had a lovely lunch with a view of the bay (sit upstairs).  Two of us had fresh fish and the other a delicious lobster roll.  I mean, we were in Massachusetts!  Yum 🙂

Stay

[1] Airbnb – we rented THE most charming cottage in Marblehead.  This town is adjacent to Salem and also sits on the water.  It was one of the most beautiful little towns I’ve ever visited, with every home having a unique character of it’s own.  Click here for the home we stayed in.  I would recommend renting a home so you get the real east coast vibe.  One of the mornings we grabbed a cup of coffee at the starbuck in town and walked all around the neighborhood.  I even came across a PINK house (pictured below).  Wherever I go, I always come across a blush beauty!  It was screaming my name 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my travel guide about Salem.  Comment below or email me with any specific questions!

 

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