Welcome to Salem!

Riley Plaza. Photo credit: Gigi


A unique seaside community, Salem, Massachusetts is a small, dynamic city of 41,000 people.  We welcome nearly one million visitors each year, and are home to a changing population of students at Salem State University.  Featuring an active art and culture scene, visitors and residents enjoy local theatre, music, comedy, art, and excellent dining.

Boutique shopping and unique dining will round out your Salem experience.  Our shops range from wine to witch balls, home goods to herbs, accessories to antiques.  Salem has a diverse restaurant scene as well - whether you need to grab sandwiches for the family on the fly or have time to linger over creative cocktails and a raw bar, Salem has a restaurant to suit your palate.

Salem has an annual calendar of festivals, summer theater, and special events.  Notable festivals include Salem Holiday Happenings in December, Salem Film Festival in February, Massachusetts Poetry Festival in May, Salem Arts Festival in June, Salem Lit Fest in September, and - of course - Salem Haunted Happenings in October.  And don't miss our two restaurant weeks - April and November - when restaurants strut their stuff with delicious prix fixed three and four course meals!

Salem's culture and heritage includes early American, maritime, and military history, architecture, literature, art, and theater.  The world-class Peabody Essex Museum has incredible permanent collections and a schedule of changing exhibitions.  A perfect destination for families seeking out the stories of America and New England, Salem is also a popular cultural escape, romantic getaway, and destination wedding location.


Give Out Loud event. Photo: Social Palates


Live music, theatre, dance, dining... Salem has an active social scene for those who are seeking it (and lots of quiet nooks and craneys for those who are not).  Follow Go Out Loud for events that are hosted by and for the LGBT community.

The Second Annual North Shore Pride Parade will be in Salem on June 29, 2013. NorthShorePride.org


Breakfast at the Amelia Payson House. Photo: Jared Charney


  • Amelia Payson House - B&B

  • April through October
  • 16 Winter Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • 978.744.8304
  • AmeliaPaysonHouse.com
  • Coach House Inn

  • May 1 - November 30
  • 284 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • 978.744.4092 | 800.688.8689
  • CoachHouseSalem.com
  • Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast

  • Year-Round
  • 22 Hardy Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • 978.741.1703
  • MorningGloryBB.com
  • Northey Street House B&B

  • Year-Round
  • 30 Northey Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • (978) 397.1582
  • NortheyStreetHouse.com
  • The Salem Inn

  • Year-Round
  • 7 Summer Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • 978.741.0680
  • SalemInnMa.com
  • Stepping Stone Inn

  • April through November
  • 19 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
  • 978.741.8900
  • TheSteppingStoneInn.com

2012 North Shore Pride Parade


Links of Interest

Go Out Loud LGBT MassachusettsNorth Shore Pride