I wanted to take a day trip to Salem, since 1) it’s only an hour away and 2) I have never really walked around there as a tourist. Usually when I have been there it is to visit friends, and we mostly went to dinner and such.
But I had such a good time!
We started out at the mini mall they have attached to the main parking garage, and walked around all the various shops. The guy dressed as a demon thing kept scaring people - it was hilarious. The way he walked was kind of like floating.
My overall goal was to sightsee as much as I could. I didn’t get to go on any specific tours, but it was still a lot to see in the 5 hours we were there.
We walked down to the “Witch House”, past the bewitched statue, and back up so we could go to the Lobster Shanty for food. From there we walked to the Burying Point, and I got to see my 13th generation Grandfather’s grave: Simon Bradstreet. Found out that Anne Bradstreet, his wife and my 13th generation grandmother is buried in Andover. Boo.
Through that was the Witch Trials memorial that butts up against some older style homes. We walked past that and down to the maritime wharf, and sat on the dock for a bit. By that time, after shopping and lunch, it was almost 5pm, and well - there was one more store.
We went to Ye Olde Pepper Companie, and Nick bought so much candy it made my teeth hurt. But, I got some Peppermint Gibralters which are kind of famous, and I am a sucker for peppermint candies so I was happy.
Second to last stop was the House of the Seven Gables. We were too late for a tour, but I snapped a few pictures. There was a wedding reception in the back courtyard facing the water, so we had to leave.
On the way back to the car we stopped at the mini beach next to the wharf. We found little crabbies! Nick also found me some sea glass and other things.
Back to the car, and back home. All in all a good day, and I am already planning my next day trip.
Some more pics up next from our day, and a picture of my “haul”.