Decisions are hard! I have two recommendations for "two things" to do this weekend in Salem.
If this is your first trip to Salem, you need to do two things:
1. Take a Salem Trolley Tour. This one-hour, narrated tour will take you through Salem's historic neighborhoods and tell you things you never would have known. When I take the trolley with residents who have lived in Salem for 20 years, they inevitably have at least one "I didn't know that" moment during the tour. Lighthouses, historic sites, gardens, beaches, remarkable tidal areas, curious naming practices, significant residents of Salem... you'll learn about all of it and more on a Salem Trolley Tour. And (but wait, there's more!) your ticket is good all day for hop-on-hop-off shuttle service between 14 stops around Salem. Ding Ding!
2. Visit The House of the Seven Gables. If you love historic homes and the stories of the people who built and lived in them, you will appreciate the different eras of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and how they have been preserved and interpreted. If you are a literature enthusiast who has a passion for beautifully crafted words, you will love exploring the rooms that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you are a gardener, you will love the authentic and beautiful beautiful seaside gardens. If you are traveling with kids, your family will enjoy posing on the dinghy and looking through the spyglass in the Counting House.
If you have been to Salem, or perhaps you are a local, and you are looking to dive a little deeper:
1. Go all-in on Salem's Witch Trials history with a Bewitched After Dark walking tour. Led by historian and guide Jeff Page, these tours will give you insight into Salem's colonial history, the witch trials and associated hysteria, present day witchcraft, and many details in between. Tours happen during the day and in the evening.
2. Visit The Phillips House on Chestnut Street. The only house on Chestnut Street that is open to the public, the Phillips House is a gem of Salem. The tours tell the stories of the Phillips Family, who moved into the house in 1912, and their domestic staff. It's a little bit Downton Abby, a little bit Newport Mansions, and entirely Salem. Don't miss the family's collection of carriages and automobiles in the garage!
This is Memorial Day weekend. Please take a moment to remember the Troops and the families who have given everything for our country. Click here for Salem's Memorial Day commemorations.