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10 Spots to Visit in Salem, MAssachusetts in October

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Sep 27, 2017 5:04:57 PM

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If there’s one place to be in the fall, it’s Salem, Massachusetts! During the month of October, the town welcomes over 250,000 visitors. Best known for the Salem Witch Trials, the town has a unique history and plenty of museums and attractions to see. People flock to the north shore town in the fall and there’s always an excitement in the air during the season. Since the town is so busy, we recommend making your itinerary ahead of time. To help you plan for your trip, we’re sharing our 10 favorite sites to see while you’re visiting Salem!

1. The Witch Museum
19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970

Naturally, the Witch Museum is top of the list for any trip to Salem. The museum highlights the Witch Trials of 1692. Guests experience the dramatic events of that period through life size exhibits and narration. It’s a great place to start your trip and to get a grasp on Salem’s darker history. The museum recommends planning to spend at least an hour for your visit.

2.  Ye Olde Pepper Companie
122 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970

Ye Olde Pepper Companie is America’s oldest candy company, which has been in business since 1806. They offer classic candies and a delicious variety of chocolates. It’s the perfect place to fill a goodie bag, or to stock up on Halloween treats! 

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3. HausWitch Home + Healing
144 Washington Street, Salem, MA, 01970 

This boutique on Washington Street carries a unique variety of home goods and accessories, and “has everything you need to bring good vibes home.” Shop owner, Erica Feldmann, curates a beautiful shop full of products from local makers. We love the minimalist style and their offerings from candles, to crystals, to furnishings, and more.

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4. Bambolina
288 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970

Our vote for lunch in downtown Salem is Bambolina! We never miss a chance to go when we’re in the area. They offer delicious hand crafted wood fired pizza and Italian small plates. When it comes to pizza, their menu has unique combinations like the "Forest Mushroom" with smoked mozzarella, wood fired mushrooms, organic kale, and truffle oil, and the "Beef and Blue" with Gorgonzola dolce, caramelized pearl onions, cured beef, and local honey.

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5. Notch Brewery & Tap Room
283 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970

Notch Brewing is conveniently across the street from Bambolina, making it the perfect spot to stop for a few brews. Founded in 2010, Notch is the "first brewing company in the US to focus exclusively on session beer." At their Salem location, they have outdoor seating right along the river and it’s an ideal place to kick back on a nice fall day. As a bonus, dogs are welcome in their outdoor Biergarten. Or if cider is more your thing, Far From the Tree tap room is also nearby!

6. Max’s House from Hocus Pocus
4 Ocean Avenue, Salem, MA, 01970

If you’re a fan of the 1993 classic movie, Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, you’re in luck because there are several sites from the film located in Salem. One of the most recognizable sites is Max and Dani’s house. It’s a short drive or 20 minute walk outside of downtown, located in a quiet neighborhood on the water on Ocean Avenue. If you choose to visit, please be respectful as this is a private home.

7. Salem Open Market – Outdoor Market
Essex Street and Derby Square

Every weekend throughout the month of October, you can find over 100 vendors lining the streets of downtown Salem, as a part of the Salem Open Market. All of the vendors are local artisans offering handmade goods, like photographs, painting, jewelry, and more. Stroll from vendor to vendor and spend time browsing and shopping, as you explore downtown.

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8.  The House of Seven Gables
115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 09170

Salem is full of historic sites, so you may have to pick and choose if you’re only visiting for a short period of time. The House of the Seven Gables is a National Historic Monument and has over 350 years of history. Built in 1668, the mansion was “built for Captain John Turner I, the head of one of the most successful maritime families in the New England colonies.” Located right on Salem Harbor, the home has a stunning water view. Tour the home and get a feel for what life was like in Salem in the 1600s.

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9. The Ropes Mansion
318 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

Run and maintained by the Peabody Essex Museum, the Ropes Mansion is another wonderful historical home to visit. The home was built in 1772 and is filled with original furnishings. They offer free self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday throughout the fall, and they have a stunning garden in the back of the property. The Ropes is another filming location from Hocus Pocus – you may recognize it as Allison’s house from the beginning of the movie.

10. Haunted House

If you’re looking to be spooked, we recommend visiting one of Salem’s haunted houses. There are plenty of options, from the Chambers of Terror to the Witch Mansion. Salem’s haunted houses take scaring seriously, and many are put together by professional haunted house design firms. No matter which you pick, you’re sure to scream!

These are ten of our top picks, but there are plenty of additional attractions in Salem, and we recommend visiting Salem.org and Haunted Happenings to make your itinerary. Salem is about an hour outside of the city, making it an easy day trip. To get there, you drive (there are plenty of ZipCars in the area) or take the commuter rail from North Station, which stops in downtown Salem. If you’re in Boston during the month of October, it definitely warrants a day trip! Do you have other favorite sites to visit in Salem? Share them in the comments below!

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