Pickering Wharf is a great shopping and dining district in Salem. The wharf is bordered by the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites, Salem Harbor, and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The horseshoe of Wharf Street is worth exploring in any season.
(They are top of mind right now because I am working on the Haunted Happenings calendar of events, and Pickering Wharf will become HalloWharf for October.)
When you walk to Pickering Wharf from downtown Salem, and you turn right onto Wharf Street you will discover incredible restaurants, including Sixty2 on Wharf, Finz, Victoria Station, and Capt.'s. Finz, Victoria Station, and Capt's all have water views and outdoor dining. Victoria Station has a salad bar and great prime rib - and they just opened the new Vic's Boathouse section of the restaurant for casual dining. Capt.'s has great seafood and features both pub and dining options. Finz has creative and fresh seafood and great gazpacho. Sixty2 on Wharf is a more formal dining experience - no kids' menus here! - with the freshest local ingredients and delicious fare from apps to dessert.
A progressive meal through these restaurants wouldn't be a bad way to spend an evening!!
Between the restaurants, you'll find great shopping at The Picklepot, Awakening Guild, Salemdipity, QuintEssentials, and Artemisia Botanicals - among others.
The Picklepot has a bead bar, so you can shop for or make your own artistic originals! QuintEssentials has great accessories and jewelry. Salemdipity is the best stop for souvenirs and t-shirts. Awakening Guild is a Witch shop filled with unique gifts from around the world. At Artemisia Botanicals you can have a reading done and shop for holistic herbs, oils, and remedies.
Schooner Fame sails out of Pickering Wharf, too - her berth is adjacent to Victoria Station.
Need I say more? Shop, dine, explore...Pickering Wharf!