Salem, MA - Home to witches, history, and nothing but cobblestones.
Salem is only a 45 minute train ride from Boston so the perfect mini trip to take if you find yourself in the Boston area. The train drops off in the heart of the city, right outside of the Visitor's Center, giving you plenty of information and maps on Salem.
Our first stop was the Salem Witch Museum, which gives you a 45 minute history of the Salem Witch Trials and a 20 minute presentation on the term "witch" in it's historical and present day meanings. The $12 entry fee also gives you discounts on various stores and resturants throughout the town.
Around the corner of the Peabody Essex Museum is an amazing sculpture from artist Patrick Dougherty, from his Stickworks series. Designed to mimic the historical houses in Salem this interactive site is a great photo opportunity.
While you walk around the city don't forget to wave to Samantha from Bewitched - another popular photo opportunity.
If you're interesting in learning about witch culture that doesn't feel cheesy and over the top, we highly recommend HausWitch. This store carries unique, handmade products from local artisans, spell kits, and adorable home goods. If you spend over $75 you even earn a free tote.
A few blocks down is the "Witch House" - Although no witches actually lived here, it's an accurate representation of life during the period of the trails. This colonial "mansion" as it was considered in it's day was owned by trials judge Jonathan Corwan. Preserved to maintain it's historical accuracies this house is a unique blast from the past.
The last stop in Salem was the waterfront. We passed the Salem Maritime National Historical Site but was saddened to find that the ship is being repaired, thus all it's sails were removed. To cheer ourselves up we caffeinated with some coffee at Jaho.
There wasn't the best food options in Salem but we stopped for a quick bite at Salem Beer Works before heading back into Boston.