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October 31, 2011

Road Trip Day 4 + 5: Salem, Massachusetts

Day 4 and 5 of our road trip were spent in Salem, Massachusetts, infamous for the Salem Witch Trials, among other things (so it's appropriate that I'm writing this on the spookiest day of the year -- Halloween!). Let me first say that we had a ball in this little town -- I highly recommend it for a weekend getaway, especially in the fall. The Salem Inn was a great place to stay -- it was the one place where we splurged on the road trip, and it was worth it. The inn was comfortable, and we loved that the walls had seen so much history. It was built in the 1700s and was converted to one-room apartments when it served as a male boarding house for much of the 20th century (a la the old sign of "house rules" framed over the check-in counter!). While we had a great two night stay at the Salem Inn, I am sorry to report that we didn't see a single ghost. You can't have it all, I suppose. 

For it being October in one of the most Halloween-hyped cities in the country, it was relatively quiet, but the weather was gorgeous and we couldn't complain -- it was nice that we sometimes felt we had the town all to ourselves. Salem has a red paint line on the sidewalk that guides walking tourists around the town, taking you to everything you want to see -- no map necessary, and all for free. I loved the old neighborhoods with historical markers by the front doors of homes, wacky shops that sold everything from Halloween decor to books to vintage goods (Modern Millie is a must -- I bought the prettiest vintage brooch for only $14 on my birthday! Happy birthday to me!)

The red paint line dead ends at Salem Harbor, one of the oldest seaports in the country, where little boats and yachts float like little dots on the horizon. Nathaniel Hawthone's home, The House of the Seven Gables and Old Burying Point Cemetery are all right around the corner (more on these tomorrow), and the Salem Witch Museum isn't too far away, either. We skipped the witch museum via the advice of locals we met at a local coffee shop (Gulu Gulu), but they told us we couldn't leave without eating breakfast or lunch at Red's. We stopped in for lunch, ate mouthwatering crab rolls and left completely stuffed -- happy to follow the red line back to the Inn and walk off some of our lunch. 

Part deux of our trip to Salem will come tomorrow, but in the meantime, I hope this helped put you all in the spirit for Halloween! Who is excited for a little trick-or-treating? James and I hope that we have our first batch of tiny ghouls and goblins ring our doorbell tonight...if we don't have a good crowd, you might find us in a sugar-induced coma due to all of the candy that will be leftover at our house. Eeks! 

I hope you all have a happy, safe and festive Halloween! xoxo

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