We’ve all heard about the notorious 1692 Salem Witch Trials. The intrigue of these lengthy-ago events turned this small Massachusetts town into a tourist attraction where witch decals are displayed on windows and auto bumpers, tour guides lead groups around town pointing out historic landmarks, psychics are all over the place and ready to predict your future, and present shops shelves are lined with potions and books filled with witches spells.
Salem had been on my to-do list for many years. This past fall my crew had a twenty-hour layover in Boston and fortunately our hotel was only a few blocks from a train quit. We handed over $ 5, then 20 minutes later we arrived in Salem. This Boston suburb keeps its witch-themed ambiance year-round, but the month of October Salem especially taps into its heritage with its Haunted Happenings celebration which consists of parades, costume balls, haunted houses, town tours and witches all over the place you search.
We couldn’t have visited on a a lot more glorious day. The weather was crisp and the tree leaves were the vibrant oranges, reds and yellows you often think about when dreaming of autumn.
Our goal was to not devote a lot of cash so we started our morning off with a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts (that was my 1st work in high school, by the way). I ordered a Boston Scream (notice the title chance to match the season). These preferred donut shops are identified on each corner on the East Coast as nicely as sprinkled during the United States, though I have however to find one in Minnesota.
The rest of the day we roamed the town stopping into witch-themed gift outlets that were filled with herbs, oils, incense, books and the conventional tourist souvenirs.
One of the most well-known photo ops is the statue of Roger Conant, the founder of Salem, which was erected in front of the Salem Witch Museum.
An additional popular statue is the a single honoring author Nathaniel Hawthorn. His family was from Salem and had connections to the Salem Witch Trials.
As we roamed the cobblestone streets, admiring the historic landmarks, humorous bumper stickers, and costumed canines we also ran into a handful of witches.
We passed on the a lot of tours that have been provided – but we did meander into The Burying Point, “The Oldest Burying Ground in the City of Salem”. It was a pretty graveyard with mature trees and fading inscriptions.
Immediately after our self-guided town tour we agreed it was time to discover some lunch. We ended up at the waterside restaurant of Victoria Station to sit on the patio with a quite view.
And… a delightful bowl of clam chowder.
Following a stop at the coffee shop we headed back to our hotel pleased with our day. We agreed it was one o f the greatest layovers we had ever experienced. The $ 5 train ride, $ three at Dunkin’ Donuts, an $ eight lunch and a two-buck coffee at Starbucks created for an affordable day in Salem – all for about $ 18. We saw historic landmarks, fairly scenery, took some entertaining pictures and crossed the destination off our checklist. It doesn’t matter where you go…you can always find a way to experience a place with no spending a lot of money, even Salem. The best component, you really don’t even require a magic potion.
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