A Day in Salem, MA
When we planned a long weekend trip to Massachusetts - I knew I had to see one of my favorite places in history, Salem. I actually sewed a dress from witch silhouette fabric before my trip to wear for the occasion, (which I received several compliments on.)
Salem is only a 45 minute train ride from Boston, perfect for a day trip. The train station drops in the heart of the city, right outside of the Visitor's Center if you don't like to do research beforehand on where to go. This will give you plenty of information about Salem.
I directly headed to the Salem Witch Museum. This museum 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 meaning. The entry sticker also gets you discounts on various stores and restaurants from around the town.
We found lunch at Scratch Kitchen, a sandwich place that had NC style BBQ on the menu. While we didn't try the sandwich we did notice that they used vinegar based BBQ instead of tomato so we know it was definitely Eastern inspired.
On my way towards town - we walked by Samantha from Bewitched!
After lunch we made our way through the square and to the only shop I was excited about, HausWitch.
This is a new store in Salem but it embodies everything that actual witchy stores should be. Instead of cheesy, over the top items, this store had unique. handmade products from local artisans, spell kits, and adorable gifts. I ended up spending over $75 and earned myself a free tote. (Did I mention I stopped here twice)
With a charming store front and enticing smells, I'd almost guarantee the owner puts a spell on passerbys to come inside. (Expect a post on this store and the goodies I picked up coming soon)
After getting some recommendations of places to visit we headed down to the "Witch House." Although no witches actually lived here, it's a representation of life during the period of the trials. This colonial "mansion" as it was considered in its day was owned by trials judge Jonathan Corwan. Preserved to maintain it's historical accuracies this house is an unique blast from the past and a great picture opportunity.
One of the elements of history I was super excited about was the discovery of the actual spot of the witch hangings. Thought to have been held on Gallows Hill, the actual location wasn't confirmed until January of this year. These locations are quite far from the town of Salem if you're walking and can be quite a trek, especially when you consider that it's just an area of rocks. However for me, it was a very interesting cultural spot, and although I didn't take a photo, I did get to see the grassy and wooded spot behind the Walgreens where they say the actual hangings took place as we made our way back into town.
The last stop in Salem was all the way to the waterfront. We took a stroll past the Salem Maritime National Historic Site but was saddened to find that the ship was being repaired, thus all it's sails were removed. With strong winds coming from the sea, we needed to take a stop in another coffeeshop.
Jaho was probably our favorite shop that we found all weekend. With a wide variety of lattes and alternative milk it was the perfect place to relax before dinner.
This serene waterfront gives passerby's great views and is minutes from Salem Brew Works where we caught a quick bite to eat before heading back to the train and into Boston.