I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that I'm off on another jaunt up to Salem, Massachusetts which has most definitely become my "go to" place on the East Coast this year. What can I say? I can't help it! It seems like every time I come up here there's something new to see and do or maybe even something to re-see and re-do - especially if it the last time I did it was back in 1975!
Yesterday was a little bit of both as first I took a tour of the House of the Seven Gables, a place that I originally went to way, way back when I was a Junior in High School and where we took a field trip after reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale.
Things have definitely changed a bit since that long ago tour but that's to be expected after lo' these 36 years! One of the major things that changed was the addition of the birth home of Nathaniel Hawthorne which now sits nearby the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (which is the real name of the house).
I'll be filling you in on more of that over at The Distracted Wanderer once I've had the chance to go back over to the House of the Seven Gables today and do a private walk-through with the Deputy Director and Curator who is going to allow me to take pictures inside the house - something that isn't allowed on regular tours. Do I feel lucky to be able to do that? Oh heck yeah! The history nut in me can't wait!!
In addition to the something old, I had the chance to do a couple of new things last night as I went to dinner with Walt & Juli at the Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, one of Salem's newest restaurants having just held their Grand Opening a few days prior to Halloween.
Red Lulu has been described as "exceptional food ... in a chic environment ... paired with incomparable service" in a recent article in NorthShore Magazine and I'm going to agree with the author on that one! I'm also going to kick myself for not bringing my Nikon to dinner with me but Juli had her iPhone 4 with her so there is photographic proof that I was there (as witnessed above) and again, once I get it together I'll be doing a post at The Distracted Wanderer. I had the pleasure of meeting Josh, Red Lulu's owner, and he said that there were some great pictures on their Facebook page I can use so I will, I will!
Following dinner we attended the opening night of the Salem Theatre Company's latest show, An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf which was quite excellent! It had me both laughing and crying and saying "Olé" as well as applauding enthusiastically at the end.
Ya know, maybe if Norwich had some interesting things like Salem does, I'd stay home more but until that happens (and I won't hold my breath for it to) then I'm very glad there's someplace where I can go to experience history, hospitality, humor, and good food - more of which I'll get to experience today.
I really wish Salem would adopt me!