Happy October! This time of year one of my favorite things to do is visit Salem, MA. When I received my undergrad in college my favorite part of America History was the Salem witch trials. Living within driving distance of this small city has always been one of the factors that has kept me in New England. There is so much history there to soak up and ruminate about.
Personally, I enjoy all things witchy. I am no expert on any of that stuff but Salem is a fun place to submerge yourself into the lore of it. I like to stop and wonder how the original settlers of the town would feel about what the space has evolved into. Their hysteria and sacristy mindset of the time has sparked not only a major tourist trap but around every corner you are invited to learn -explore and dive deep into witch craft something the people of 1692 were terrified of.
This year exploring around Salem was quite different then what I would normally do. Crowds are still a major no go for me with the state of the current pandemic – so when traveling we have been careful to limit our exposure to these types of situations. This trip has been no different but honestly the experience may have been even better.
When traveling always check travel bans for your state and the CDC we site. This was the first thing we did before leaving our house in the morning to go explore the city. Once you have a clear idea of what you are comfortable with – here are some fun things for you to check out in Salem that I have always enjoyed and some that I have just discovered!
Upon arriving to Salem we found a really amazing plant shop called Oak and Moss. Inside they had all sorts of nik-naks and amazing plants. My sister ended up leaving with a beautiful Hoya Rope while I just grabbed a macrame plant hanger – I need to limit my plant purchases since I am low on space. I appreciated how the employees in the store were working on making sure they kept everyone safe. They made sure social distancing was maintained in the line to enter the shop and only allowed a few costumers inside at a time.
I have been disappointed with the food in Salem during most of my trips there but- there is a pizza place that I highly recommend called Bambolina. They serve personal sized pizzas that are delicious. The margarita and hot oil pies are my favorites on their menu!
There are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy and after we had some pizza we headed over to the house of seven gables. We got there after they had closed but the campus is beautiful and right next to the water. We took pictures of the buildings and water here. It’s worth stopping by just for the views.
On the walk from the center of town to the house of seven gables we stumbled upon a small shopping center near the water that I would highly recommend. Not only is there no crowding which makes it feel a lot safer – there were some really cool shops to explore. We ended up heading into a shop called The Cauldron Black – what trip to Salem isn’t complete without a stop in a witchy store. The employees here were beyond personable, helpful and knowledgeable. The experience was no where like when you visit a shop like this on the main strip.
I ended up purchasing some herbs and a cast iron pan to burn them in – almost like incense. I am excited to try it out at home and fill my space with the scent of roses and lavender especially after a long day at work.
Social distancing and staying out of crowds has forced us to think outside the box when exploring and experience new things. It has opened us up to new possibilities and helped us enjoy the small things. Remember to do your research and travel with caution but if you do choose to check out Salem this October I highly recommend checking these places out.