Thursday, July 29, 2010
It is a great spot.
Winter Island is a great green space that makes you forget you are anywhere near suburbia or the urban confines of Boston.
Camping facilities include tent sites tucked away in the woods, and RV sites with harbor views.
Originally Fort Pickering, Winter Island was one of Salem's earliest military forts. Prior to being a military fort, it was used for drying fish and launching fishing vessels. More of Winter Island's history can be found on Salemweb.com.
Pickering Light still guides vessels into Salem harbor today, and it's a great backdrop for scenic photographs!
You can learn more about Winter Island, the camping, parking, and function fees and calendar on Salem.com.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
25 Front St., Salem
Live Theater Venue
In late 2009, Salem Theatre Company got a new lease on life, so to speak, with its new 60-seat venue on Lafayette Street. What hasn’t changed is the quality of performances you’ll find here, ranging from cultural to classic to contemporary. Whether it’s a musical, a play, or a concert, you’re bound to see a great show every time.
Salem Theatre Co.
90 Lafayette St., Salem
2 East India Square Mall, Salem
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This Sunday, August 1st, they are offering a leisurely Sunday afternoon paddle (that may include an ice cream stop - who can beat that?!) This paddling excursion is appropriate for all ages and all abilities. They will make a couple of beach stops for swimming (and the aforementioned ice cream).
The tour departs Salem Willows at 1:00 pm (participants should meet at Salem Kayak at 12:45) and returns at 4:00 pm. Participants will paddle along the Danvers River to Beverly and back to Salem Willows.
Cost is $55 per person for a single kayak, $50 per person for a tandem. Email Kevin and Gillian at KayakSalem@gmail.com to reserve your space on the tour.
Here's a map link to help you find Salem Kayak at Salem Willows.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Some of the most ambitious, authentic, and skillfully crafted dishes available anywhere can be found at Sixty 2 on Wharf in Salem. Chef and owner Antonio Bettencourt cooks like an obsessive Italian grandmother while the wait staff is comprised of convivial, articulate, well-informed food aficionados who love their jobs, love the restaurant, and, above all, love the food. You will, too. With plenty of house-made items (charcuterie, cheeses, pasta) and thoughtful portions, this relative newcomer on the Salem culinary scene has quickly raised the bar as the top dining destination.
Sixty2 on Wharf,
62 Wharf St., Salem
Al Fresco Readers’ Choice:
Finz Seafood Restaurant
76 Wharf St., Salem
Beer Menu Readers’ Choice:
Gulu- Gulu Café
247 Essex St., Salem
Breakfast Readers’ Choice:
Red’s Sandwich Shop
15 Central St., Salem
Sure, their Sunday brunch has your typical eggs and bacon, but when you eat at Nathaniel’s in Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel, you’re in for more than just a meal—it’s an experience. An elegant atmosphere is accentuated by live jazz and an assortment of menu options that feature virtually any ingredient that your appetite can crave. This is what Sunday mornings were made for.
18 Washington Sq., W. Salem
When you take your taste buds for an exotic tour at Passage to India in Salem, they will thank you afterwards. Try blends of savory spices in their samosas, tandori, and curry soups; also try the Garlic Naan, which is always fluffy and flavorful.
Passage to India
157 Washington St., Salem
Bella Verona is a little taste of Italy, right in Salem. Small and cozy, this Italian haven is perfect for an intimate date or cocktails with friends. The food is flavorful without being overly saturated with oil, butter, or garlic. We’re fans of the Caprese Salad and the Veal Scallopini. Throw in a bottle of Chianti and it could be a while before you finally say “ciao.”
107 Essex St., Salem
For a complete list of all of the winners in the Dining category, visit nshoremag.com.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
“Pillage the Village: Pirates Invade Salem!” is a special event for the entire family that will feature a treasure hunt, period music, sword fights and more. Guests can wear pirate finery for adult and children’s costume contests, bring a picnic for the day, or join a pirate crew while witnessing the chaos of the Salem village under ‘attack.’
Local actors will bring f
Local actors will bring famous pirates from New England’s past to life. The village will be crawling with characters including Captain Ned Low, “Black Sam” Bellamy and even Lynn’s Rachel Wall, who was the last woman hanged on Boston Common.
Here are the details you need to know for an excellent day of Piracy at Pioneer Village:
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 students, seniors, and military, $6 for children 4-12 . All proceeds will go toward the continuing restoration of the Village.
Saturday, July 24: 10am - 4pm
Sunday, July 25: 12pm - 4pm
Pioneer Village is America’s oldest living history museum, built for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Massachusetts in 1930. It features thatched cottages, the colonial governor’s “Fayre House,” and even an English-style “wigwam.” Interpretation at the Village is provided by the Institute for Public History at Gordon College, which also produces Cry Innocent!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
You can download it now, for free, in the iTunes store!
The App includes our calendar of events, things to do, restaurant and shop listings, and ticket sales for the Salem Trolley and Phillips House.
Check the app often, because we already have updates and improvements in queue for version 2!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
1) You get a one-hour narrated tour that includes downtown Salem, Salem Willows, Winter Island Maritime Park, the McIntire Historic District and Chestnut Street, Salem Common, Pickering Wharf, our two lighthouses, historic districts, and Salem's multi-faceted history.
2) Your ticket is good all day, so you you have a shuttle between 13 stops in Salem so you can easily navigate back to the sites you see on your trolley tour.
If you do take a trolley tour, you may be lucky enough to have Ron Olson as your driver and guide. In addition be being a great driver, Ron gives an awesome tour of Salem, and - as you'll see from his picture - he has a great sense of humor.
Here is How Ron sees Salem.
Ronald K. Olson, Driver/Guide
The Salem Trolley
Where are you from originally?
How long have you lived in Salem?
How long have you worked in Salem?
Your Top Five:
- Place to Eat: Bella Verona
- Place to Shop: Trolley Depot
- Special Event: Halloween in Salem
- Museum or Attraction: Peabody Essex Museum
- Hidden Gem: Winter Island Maritime Park
A multifaceted historical city replete with pleasant surprises and great restaurants!!
What is the first thing you do with guests from out of town?
Take them on a Salem Trolley Tour!
Halloween in Salem (Haunted Happenings)
Peabody Essex Museum
Winter Island Maritime Park
The Salem Trolley
Friday, July 16, 2010
1. Cruise & Dine on the Salem Ferry. Whether you are cruising to Salem or cruising to Boston, your Salem Ferry is worth a discount (usually 10%!) at restaurants on both ends of the trip. Here are links to the lists of participating restaurants: Cruise & Dine Salem / Cruise & Dine Boston.
2. Stroll along the new South River Harbor Walk, which officially opened yesterday! This beautiful walk connects downtown Salem at Derby Street (across the street from Rouge Cosmetics and Engine House Pizza with Pickering Wharf). The path along the South River includes tables, seating areas, and a playground. Check out the tiles painted by Salem children along the way! Map
3. Discover treasures at The Common Yard Sale, hosted at the Hawthorne Hotel. This community-wide yard sale will feature craft items, oriental rugs, light fixtures and more! Saturday, July 17, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Ballroom.
4. Dip your toes in the water at one of the beaches at Salem Willows, while eating an ice cream cone, of course! This classic amusement park gives you a taste of yesteryear with its arcades, kiddie land, mini-golf, fishing pier, and Hobbs' famous ice cream and popcorn. The Hobbs family was the first to introduce the ice cream cone to America in 1906! Who doesn't love edible history?! SalemWillowsPark.com
5. Check out the Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea and The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, Photographs by Richard Avedon exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum before they're gone! Both close on Sunday!
6. Discover the secrets of Curious Punishments of the Puritans and Courting in Colonial America, both special exhibits at The Witch House. This is the only structure with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials that is still standing in Salem. Tour the home of Trials judge Jonathon Corwin, and learn about Colonial American lifestyle.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
This is a cool addition to any family trip to Salem.
Tours, led by the ever charming Prudence Adams, are held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Amesbury Sports Park less than an hour north of Salem in Amesbury, MA. They do winter tubing and summer tubing, priding themselves on the steepest tubing hill in New England. In the summer, they also OGO, which is the 11' plastic orb that people climb into. There are to options for the OGO - dry and in a 7-point harness, or in a suit with 5 gallons of water (think indoor private water slide). We were dressed for work, so the water option was out yesterday. I may have to go back to try it, though. They say you can put two or three people in with the water... and then they push you off the hill.
Here are a few pics from our experience. It's a great family-friendly option if you're staying in Salem for a few days. There's a restaurant on site, too, so you can grab a bite to eat and then head back out to the tubing hill.
Here's the tubing hill. The trails are lined in plastic and have berms, so your tubes stay on track as you race down the hill. The tubing is fast (at least for my mind). And wear sneakers!
Here's Susan from the CVB heading up the hill. One of the best parts about Amesbury Sports Park is the lifts! You ride a conveyor belt to the top of the hill. No huffing and puffing!
Climbing into the OGO.
This is Destination Salem's fabulous summer intern, Tatyana, strapped into the OGO and ready to go!
And here is the OGO coming down the hill. You roll head-over-heels inside of the orb for about 45 seconds. Notice the other OGO being pulled back to the top on the right.
This is a fun place to check out. I have it on good authority from a 9-year-old that the summer tubing is, "Wicked!"
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Included in the list was the New England Pirate Museum, which had a nice write-up on Boston.com today:
Frankly, the most pirate history Mass. vacationers seem to get these days come from those miniature golf courses down on the Cape. Enter Salem's Pirate Museum though, and visitors can learn about the notorious characters that once roamed the North Shore.
- Charter Street Burial Ground
- Chestnut Street
- Essex Street Pedestrian Mall
- The Hawthorne Hotel
- The House of The Seven Gables
- Misery Islands in Salem Harbor
- Peabody Essex Museum
- Phillips House
- Pickering Wharf Lighthouse (Derby Light)
- Salem Maritime National Historic Site
- Salem Willows Park
- Salem Witch Museum
- The Salem Athenaeum
- Winter Island
- The Witch Dungeon Museum
Monday, July 12, 2010
The Beehive will celebrate its grand opening with a party on Monday, July 19th, 5pm - 9pm. The Beehive offers the sassier side of cards and gifts. The shop is filled with laugh-out-loud items that will make you call your friends over from the across the store (it's true, I've done it). Featuring cheeky greeting cards and coffee table books to slinky dogs and squirrel underpants, The Beehive is filled with gifts you've gotta get and give.
But wait, there's more! The Beehive is not only adjacent to Roost, but the two stores are attached inside. So, there will be drinks, eats, and store(s)-wide discounts! If you won't be around on the 19th, no need to wait. The stores are both open now.
We are going to start the celebration a week early on Salem.org by finding out how Roost and Beehive owner Kate Leavy sees Salem. Congrats and best wishes to Kate and Jamie on both stores.
Kate Leavy, Owner
Roost & The Beehive
Where are you from originally?
Born in Virginia, but call Portsmouth, NH home
How long have you lived in Salem?
1.5 years (we opened Roost 8 months ago)
Your Top Five:
- Place to Eat: Sixty2 on Wharf
- Place to Shop: (Other than Roost!) Two Girls Shop for clothing
- Special Event: The Scooper Bowl
- Museum or Attraction: PEM
- Hidden Gem: Mahi Mahi Cruises
Fun, friendly and quirky with a very bright future.
What is the first thing you do with guests from out of town?
Grab a drink at the Shanty
Two Girls Shop
Sixty2 on Wharf
The Lobster Shanty
Mahi Mahi Cruises
The Scooper Bowl (On August 4, part of Salem Heritage Days)
To learn more about Roost and The Beehive, visit them online at roostsalem.com and salembeehive.com.
Friday, July 9, 2010
AND we've been helping a few visitors who are standing on a corner looking from map to street sign to map in a confused manner. I hope the families and couples I ran into this week found the Witch Trials Memorial, the Witch Dungeon Museum, the Tall Ship Friendship, the visitor center, and the right restaurants for cooling off and chilling out!
Here are a few thoughts for this weekend. The weather report looks a little spotty, but we desperately need the rain so don't let it stop you. (Besides, how many times has the weather forecast been completely WRONG?!) Salem beckons...
1. Take in the free film, To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street. This free (did I mention free?) 18 minute film presents the history of Salem's maritime trade and the traditions it inspired.
2. Make a weekend out of it with a package at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites. New packages include Mahi Mahi Cruises or Salem Kayak, so you have a place to stay overnight and a way to see Salem from the water. Packages include an overnight for two, breakfast in the Regatta Pub and either a 90-minute paddling tour with Salem Kayak or a two-hour harbor cruise aboard Mahi Mahi.
3. Find out what happens in "happily ever after" at Summer Theatre at Salem's production of Into the Woods. Characters from various fairy tales take to the stage through July 18th.
4. Don't let the scaffolding scare you away, and visit The Salem Witch Museum, which is open through restoration of the building's exterior. We're really excited to know the Salem Witch Museum is preserving its iconic building, and you should know that the presentations and gift shop are open for business behind the curtain. The Salem Witch Museum's presentations will leave you with lessons of tolerance from 1692 and a new understanding of what the word "Witch" really means.
5. Make Art in the Garden at The House of the Seven Gables. This program is for families with children ages 6 and up, and you will create art using a variety of art materials. The fee includes all supplies, and the program is limited, so do make reservations. 10:00 AM Saturday. Please call 978.744.0991 x.104 to make reservations.
6. Explore Salem by foot. Salem has excellent guided walking tours that will illuminate all sides of Salem's history. Whether you are interested in Salem's architecture, the haunted history, or Witch Trial heritage there's a walking tour for you. Check out the options on Salem.org.
However you spend it, have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
TASTING EVENT AT PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Thursday, July 8th at 6:30 P.M. | pem.org
Take a delicious journey into the art, culture, and history of Maya chocolate beverages with Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) curator George Schwartz and locally-based Taza Chocolate co-founder Alex Whitmore at Beer + Chocolate = Food of the Gods on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Known to the Maya as kakaw (cacao), the chocolate beverage was a cherished luxury good considered fit for the gods. Recent archaeological research has confirmed that a fermented chocolate "beer" preceded the non-alcoholic chocolate drinks of the New World. Chocolate continues to inspire brewers today.
Beer + Chocolate begins with a tour of Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea led by Schwartz. Following the tour is a presentation and tasting featuring beers such as Dogfish Head’s Theobroma and Southern Tier’s Choklat, along with Taza’s renowned stone-ground organic chocolate. Guests will also try their hand at creating a chocolate beverage in the style of the Maya, and enjoy Maya-inspired cuisine.
Schwartz and Whitmore will discuss the importance of cacao and chocolate beverages in the Maya world, linking the discussion to the watery themes of Fiery Pool, and revealing through imagery and demonstration how Maya beverages were made and continue to be made today. The event closes with a tasting of modern Taza chocolate and discussion of how it is inspired by ancient Maya and Mesoamerican cacao beverages.
THURSDAY │ JULY 8 │ 6:30PM │ Members $55; Nonmembers $65
MONDAY, JULY 26th – FRIDAY, JULY 30th
PEM’s Arts Adventures Club | Session I | July 26 - July 30, 2010
For information or to register, please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3129
Members: $220 | Nonmembers: $250
Camp runs daily from 9am - 3pm
Monday, July 5, 2010
This was the eleventh annual Salem Celebrates the Fourth. I hope to see you back on Derby Wharf next year.
Above: Britannica warms up the crowd with classics from the Sixties and Seventies. (And there was much dancing.)
Above: Free games, ice cream, and Italian ice in the Kid Space from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Above: The Hillyer Festival Orchestra takes the stage, and opens (after the National Anthem) with kids conducting.
Above: Beautiful light on the tall ship Friendship and Pedrick's Store House.
Above: Cast members from the Summer Theatre at Salem production of Into the Woods entertain the crowd during intermission. (Into the Woods opens on Thursday.)
Above: YES, that is a rainbow. It was a spectacular night on Derby Wharf.
Above: The crowd and a beautiful sunset over the Custom House.
I didn't take any fireworks pictures, but they were spectacular. It was a Top Ten night in Salem.
Friday, July 2, 2010
There are two great videos of Cry Innocent on YouTube. The first is their promotional video, and the second is a bit more fun - the cast of Cry Innocent was featured in the "ambush" from an episode of TLC's What Not to Wear in 2010. Watch the intro here.
Cry Innocent is produced by the Institute for Public History at Gordon College, which also runs the interpretation and tours at Salem Pioneer Village 1630. Pioneer Village is Massachusetts' oldest living history museum. Dormant for a number of years, visitors today will have an "immersion" experience, where they can interact with villagers and get a sense of what it was like to live in Salem in the 17th Century.
For more information, visit:
History Alive! Gordon College
Salem Pioneer Village 1630