When I say I’ve wanted to visit Salem, MA in the Fall since the very first time I saw Hocus Pocus on the Disney Channel, I mean it. It’s true ‘fame’, however, comes from the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, when local women were accused and tried for practicing witch craft in the town. Regardless of your reason, Salem is a must see if you visit the Boston area.
We picked up lunch at the Trader Joe’s on Boylston Street (T Stop: Hynes Convention Center), took the T to North Station and then boarded the commuter train from Boston ($10.50 roundtrip) for a quick 25 minute train ride to the destination. Once we arrived, we walked about 4 blocks to the beginning of the ‘historic district’ (follow the red line painted on the ground, friends!)
I must have squealed with delight about 10 times throughout the course of the day. “It’s just like the movie!” I shrieked.
What perfectly magical town. Old houses with peeling paint, cemeteries,the remnants of original buildings and the surplus of (witch)craft supply stores all contribute to the overall spooky and magical feel of Salem. There are several museums available for those interested. I didn’t want to waste a moment touring through a ‘Witch Trial’ Revival…there were sights to be seen!
We toured the town and took time to stop into interesting looking shoppes- some claiming the sale of magical items and others for pure touristic value. I happened to find the one kitchen supply store in the whole town :)
Pamplemousse was a very fun, tiny boutique with kitchen goods. I decided to purchase a vintage looking glass jar with pie weights and a cookie cutter in the shape of a witch for my souvenirs.
After stopping in a local coffee shop, we set out in search of some more treasures. We visited Salem Harbor, browsed through Pickering Warf, filled with small shops, and stopped into the oldest candy shoppe in the United States to pick up some goodies for L. Believe it or not, they still use huge copper pots (cauldrons ? ) in which to brew their candy :)
Salem is a must see for those interested in the witch trials or those just looking for a quick escape from city life. Salem truly left an impression on me. A reminder that in day to day city life, that you should always take time to slow down and enjoy the scenery.