Monday, June 7, 2010

How we see Salem: Innkeeper John Brick

Salem has some great bed & breakfasts, including Stepping Stone Inn. Stepping Stone is located in the heart of downtown Salem, next to the Salem Witch Museum, across the street from Salem Common and the statue of Salem's founder, Roger Conant, and around the corner from the Peabody Essex Museum.

Stepping Stone was built in 1846 for naval officer Benjamin True. When the inn was restored each of the eight unique bedrooms were refurbished in the elegant style of the 19th century. Each room has its own private bath. You can watch a video I took inside the Stepping Stone Inn here.

Here is how Stepping Stone Innkeeper John Brick sees Salem.

John W Brick, Innkeeper
Stepping Stone Inn

Where are you from originally?
Des Moines, Iowa

How long have you lived & worked in Salem ?
19 years

What is your favorite thing about Salem?
Love the Farmers' Market, shops on the waterfront, and the beautiful beaches.

What’s your favorite place to eat in Salem?
I have two wonderful places where I like to eat: The Grapevine & Bella Verona

What’s your favorite place to shop in Salem?
There are three great places to shop in Salem: The variety of shops on Front Street, Pickering Wharf, and the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.

What is the first thing you do with guests from out of town?
First, I explain that they are in the heart of the city and all attractions are within walking distance. I point out that there are great places of interest, and I recommend they use the Trolley tour to get an overview of the city.

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If you want to shop, dine, and explore like John, here are the links for more information:

Bella Verona

Pickering Wharf
Visit for information on other shopping and dining districts.

Salem Farmers' Market
Salem Trolley

For more information on the Stepping Stone Inn, visit

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