Monday, December 19, 2011

Salem featured in Good Housekeeping... in 1982!

This morning a fantastic travel piece about Salem from a 1982 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine came into our world at Destination Salem.  It tells us a lot about what has changed, and what has not in our bewitching seaport.

Here are a few things that have not changed... 
  • In the early 1980s, Salem was inviting visitors to "Stop by for a spell!" Today we are still making history! 
  • "Salem remembers [the Witch Trials of 1692] part of its past not with pride, however, but as a warning of what can happen when rational reasoning gets drowned in a flood of emotionalism."
  • We are still a "city to walk in - ideal for visitors - with attractions of interest for every age group." 
  • And we still boast "fine residences to house [sea captains'] curious from distant lands. These historic gems, many designed and built by Samuel McIntire, are a proud testimonial to the past."
And what has changed... 
  • We remember the Trials with the Witch Trial Memorial
  • The Peabody Museum and the Essex Institute merged into the Peabody Essex Museum, and then expanded into the PEM of today.
  • Shops and restaurants are not restricted to Pickering Wharf! There are more than 150 businesses throughout the downtown, including Pickering Wharf.  
  • The Voyage of the India Star is gone, but we now have Where Past is Present, the free film shown daily at the Salem Regional Visitor Center. 
  • The Hawthorne Inn is now the full-service Hawthorne Hotel, and rates are slightly more than $30 - $40 per night! (And worth it!)  Visitors today have a variety of accommodations to choose from, which can be found on
Lots of things have changed, and continue to change, in this vibrant city, but one thing remains the same: We hope you will visit for a day, a night, an afternoon, or a weekend.  Especially if you haven't been since 1982!

1 comment:

Linda said...

I can tell you that things in Salem had most definitely changed since I had first visited Salem on a class trip in 1975 - especially the PEM as back then it was simply located in the East India Marine Hall. I always remembered the figureheads though and the other maritime art and I was so happy to see that it was all still there when I returned to Salem over thirty years later.

These days I can't seem to get enough of a city that has more than enough history to keep me coming back from Connecticut over and over again to do some more exploring. As I told a friend yesterday, when I go to Salem it's like following a trail of breadcrumbs as I find one wonderful thing that leads to another and another and another and ...!

Salem is truly like no other city I know!