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.


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).  Visit the Salem Calendar for a complete listing of events and


The Hawthorne Hotel
TAG Approved
On the Common, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-4080 | HawthorneHotel.com

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina
TAG Approved
225 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-8788 | SalemWaterfrontHotel.com

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
22 Hardy Street, Salem, MA 01970
978.741.1703 | MorningGloryBB.com

Northey Street House B&B
30 Northey Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 397.1582 | NortheyStreetHouse.com

The Salem Inn
7 Summer Street, Salem, MA 01970
978.741.0680 | SalemInnMa.com

Stepping Stone Inn
19 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
978.741.8900 | TheSteppingStoneInn.com


Links of Interest

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