A friend and I spent the past weekend in Salem, MA. A getaway that was long overdue and necessary. I came home feeling recharged and relaxed as well as in awe, still, that the Salem Witch Trials ever happened. Seriously, it boggles the mind, but it is not like we have not seen that history repeat itself in many ways grand and small.
I had gone to college for two years in Massachusetts and had only been to Salem once so this was quite a treat. All I recall from my trip long ago was driving past the museum and going into one store.
After a very long drive to get there, there was a horrific accident on NY State Thruway so we were diverted to back roads. Then the Merritt Parkway and the Mass Pike had traffic. Believe me when I say we cheered when we got off the Salem exit. Technically the trip should take all of 5 hours from New Jersey, but this time it did not. Made us think we should have flown to Boston. Haha!
We stayed at the lovely Coach House Inn B&B where the owner Pat was an incredibly gracious hostess. Here are some pictures of the place.
Funky little door on the main floor
Just a little obsessed with this window and how it opens.
Every morning at 8:30am there is a basket left at your door filled with croissants, muffins, fruit and other goodies. It was a wonderful way to start the day.
One of the bigger surprises was how good the restaurants are in Salem. Granted the town is only about 17 miles from Boston, but they have a lot to offer. We ate at Finz our first night there and had a delicious lobster mac and cheese for our main dish. We also had this very tasty appetizer of warm goat cheese, olives and garlic, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and warm bread. Heaven!
The second day was spent shopping, eating, drinking, repeat. My friend had a spot on reading by a very nice, young witch at The Coven's Cottage. Lovely people and store, they practice Nordic based magic was unusual to me, but very welcoming. The whole store was filled with herbs so the place smelled amazing.
We ate at our lunch at Rockafella's. Had a nice glass of wine and delicious flatbreads. Mine was all vegetables and pesto, hers was fig and prosciutto.
We decided to pass on the Salem Witch Museum because it is basically a retelling of The Crucible, which we have both read and loved, and it is animatronics. 45 minutes of that is not worth our time so instead we headed to the Old Burying Ground and saw the Witch Trial Memorial. A lot more interesting to read the old tombstones from the 1600's. I was amazed how many people lived longer than what I believed. One guy was 98! The trees were phenomenal in there presence.
He was the only "witch" killed this way.
That night we went to a place called Opus and sat at the bar. We got a bottle of wine and some appetizers and had a great time. Everyone we met were very nice which is always a plus.
On our last day we went to The House of the Seven Gables. I highly recommend the tour as it was fascinating to learn the history of the house and how it came to play a big part in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. There were no inside photographs allowed so I took as much as I could off the house and it's charming grounds.
Even though it was a misty day, the flowers smelled divine.
There were all sorts of tours offered day and night, but since we were pressed for time, we did not take advantage of any of them. The offerings are plenty so if you are ever in Boston, take a day trip to Salem, hell stay overnight, and check it out, I promise you will not be disappointed.