Yes ... Salem was once upon a time gripped in the throes of mass hysteria during 1692 ...
... and for a lot of people, the picture above may be exactly what they conjure up at the thought of Salem, Massachusetts - eerie cemeteries with centuries old gravestones.
But Salem is also a coastal town and there are things to see and do down by the water, too.
Amanda and I walked around downtown and stopped in at a consignment shop with lots of neat old things. Good thing I don't own a pick-up truck!
Even though fall was obviously waning and a lot of the leaves had fallen from the trees ...
... there was plenty of beautiful autumn color to still be found!
This picture that I took from the corner of Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard of the Hawthorne Hotel almost looks like a postcard, doesn't it?
This is Room #418 which was our ginourmous and beautiful room for the two nights that we were there.
It was week one of Salem's Restaurant Week so I treated myself to dinner at Nathaniel's after Amanda took the commuter rail down to Boston to visit with friends.
The first course of my three-course meal was a bowl of Steven's Seafood Chowder and it was so delicious I was tempted to embarrass myself by picking up the bowl and licking it to make sure I got every drop!
The next night I went out to dinner with Juli and Walt but the meal wasn't nearly as good as the one at Nathaniel's. That said, the company was fabulous! Later that evening, after I had been editing pictures for a few hours, I went down to the warmth of the Tavern to treat myself to a drink.
My Vanilla Creamsicle martini was delicious and went perfectly with the Pumpkin Cheesecake that was calling my name from the kitchen. Yes, I probably ate WAY too much on this trip but it's not like I eat like that every day - which is probably a good thing!
The next day I took more pictures of different parts of Salem including this beautiful house on Chestnut Street. I don't suppose there's any chance the guy that owns the place is single and looking for a wife?? Oh to live in a house like that!
On Friday Amanda and I went to the Peabody Essex Museum to see a new exhibition that would officially open on November 12th but we were lucky enough to get in to see it before then.
No matter how you look at it - the PEM is beautiful ...
... and their newest exhibition - "Unbound, Highlights from the Phillips Library at PEM" - is fascinating and fantastic! I am so glad that Amanda and I had the chance to see it and you can see part of it too if you visit my post at The Distracted Wanderer - Rare Objects Become "Unbound" at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
No matter how many times I go up to Salem, there is always something new and different to see and do so there's never any danger of me being bored or running out of things to occupy my time! As a matter of fact, I'm plotting my next trip up already as Salem is quite beautiful at Christmastime and there just might be something good to take a picture of!