Salem Travel Guide

Articles about Salem

By Jaime Gross
What WMF project are you most excited about these days? We’ve helped organize an unprecedented exhibition of furniture and interiors from the 18th-century Qianlong Garden, in Beijing’s Forbidden City, which is being restored. The show, “The Emper...
The port town of Salem, Massachusetts, has always been associated with the spooky, the exotic, and the downright weird. Sea captains of the late 18th and early 19th centuries returned from Pacific voyages with private hoards of curiosities—shark- ...
By Elizabeth Garnsey
You know you're in Salem and nowhere else, says 11-year-old Brooke, when you spot a hearse tour of haunted houses or pass a gaggle of black-robed Wiccans skulking down the sidewalk—and it's not even Halloween. A lot of strange stuff still goes on ...
By Barbara Benham
In Salem, Massachusetts, the witch-on-a-broomstick image is everywhere—it even appears on the badges of the town's police officers. Indeed, this site of colonial-era witch hysteria is a modern-day magnet for all things Halloween, all year long. Ps...

Hotels in Salem

The wharf-side hotel overlooks the harbor and the full-size, rigged schooner Friendship of Salem, and it also tempts kids with its heated indoor pool.

Restaurants in Salem

Find no-fuss seafood with marina views at Pickering Wharf. At this dockside grill, the New England clam chowder is made with applewood-smoked bacon.

Things to do in Salem

This institution retells the awful tale of the famous trials with life-size figures, while across Salem Common, a Qing Dynasty merchant’s house from around 1800 was moved, stone by board, from China and re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum.