Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Quick Recap of My Latest Trip to Salem

Can I just say that my work schedule rocks? How many people can say they get four days off every week - provided there's no overtime available - so that they can traipse around the countryside exploring new places or revisiting old favorites? Well, I don't know how many others can say that but I can tell you that this kid can and I take advantage of that fact every chance I get - including this past week when I was invited back up to Salem, Massachusetts to work on a project for the Hawthorne Hotel.  For those of you who are thinking that I was just up there at Halloween and numerous times before that "how much is there really to see and do?" let me just say LOTS!  Allow me to share:

Yes ... Salem was once upon a time gripped in the throes of mass hysteria during 1692 ...

Salem's Burying Point Cemetery

... 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! 

A Common bench and lamp post.

Even though fall was obviously waning and a lot of the leaves had fallen from the trees ...

Another view of the house and foliage.

... there was plenty of beautiful autumn color to still be found!

The historically beautiful Hawthorne Hotel

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? 

Room #418 at the Hawthorne Hotel

This is Room #418 which was our ginourmous and beautiful room for the two nights that we were there.

A view of the elegant Nathaniel's shot through the window.

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. 

Steve's Seafood Chowder - delicious!

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 warmth of the Tavern at night.

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.

The best cheesecake in New England!

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!

A home on Chestnut Street

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! 

The exterior of the PEM

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.  

A spiral staircase in the PEM

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!


  1. Oh, that brick building framed with tree and the yellow leaves looks like a picture perfect postcard shot to me!

    I haven't been to Salem in ages! Must.Do.Soon! One of these days, I'll be living back there again and maybe I can go on a few of these trips with you. Heaven, I tell you!

    Now I'm hungry for pumpkin cheesecake. Bugger.

  2. I find the picture of the light post and bench to be oddly compelling. It is framed so well. Depending on one's mood, it seems to have either a peaceful feeling or a sinister one.

    Nice work!

  3. Anonymous9:23 PM EST

    I'm in love with that photo of the park bench. I always love your pictures...but that one, that one is definitely going in my top ten favorites. ;)

    Glad that you had a good time in Salem. I'm kind of curious enough to maybe venture up there again one day. I didn't get to explore it very much the only time I was there.

  4. the trees are lovely! a perfect autumn weekend! good for you!

    smiles, bee

  5. Love all of these shots, really like the bench from above and the spiral staircase. Beautiful!

  6. Perfect autumn colors! Our leaves are all gone :(
    Enjoy your time off! You have a very demanding job :)

  7. Have to agree with the bench shot, there is something special about that one. Not sure whether it has a romantic or lonely vibe, ,maybe a mixture of both.

    Also love the spiral staircase too.

    Yet again you have been a great tour guide to Salem :)

  8. Going where you love to be is what all of us should do. Good for you.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  9. I would love to visit Salem!

    The words 'Pressed To Death' conjure up a frightening image.

    Fabulous photos as always Linda. :)

  10. Beautiful photos! I see I have a lot of posts to go check out. This was another lovely trip. I don't get tired of seeing it.

    Big hugs, honey...

  11. Now you know why I love going to Niagara Falls all the time, no matter how many times I go, there's always something different to see and do:-) How I'd love to be making those trips to Salem with you, I'm amazed that they even have graves from as far back as the 1600's! I get all excited when I see a grave from the 1800's!! lol Your pictures are, as always, gorgeous. You have such a good eye for composition and it shows in your pictures.

    Vanilla Creamsicle martini? Pumpkin Cheesecake?? Linda, you're killin' me here! lol You have me drooling all over my laptop again. Slurppppp!!!

    The room you stayed in is amazing, no wonder you so love staying there:-) God willing, one day I'll make it there and then you can show me around!! xoxo


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