This is the second in a series of suggested ways to explore Salem. Destination Salem will feature a new itinerary each Tuesday (#traveltuesday!). These itineraries are not available as a package, and are only suggested ways to explore Salem. Please contact listed sites for hours, rates, and schedules.
This week, we are celebrating food, fish, and history, all three of which can be found in a Salem Food Tour. Some of the businesses listed are tour partners of the Salem Food Tour, so we recommend flexibility if you are interested in following this itinerary. While we originally crafted this itinerary as a day trip, everything is better when you spend the night, so we have paired the food, fish, and history with the historic Morning Glory B&B.
Historic New England’s Phillips House
34 Chestnut Street, Salem
(978) 744-0440 | HistoricNewEngland.org
Included in this itinerary for the kitchen, dining room, and pantry, Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family and their domestic staff during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.
Salem Food Tours
(978) 594-8811 | SalemFoodTours.com
Salem Food Tours are guided food and cultural walking tours of historic Salem. They feature tastings at some of Salem’s best food shops and restaurants, and participants will enjoy talking with chefs and fellow food lovers. Learn about early colonial dinners, local history and culture, Salem’s illustrious maritime spice trades and more.
Salem Spice at the Picklepot
978-744-6678 | SalemSpice.com
75 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem, MA 01970
Salem Spice is located on Pickering Wharf in Salem, where the spice trade in North America began. In 1797, Captain Jonathan Carnes arrived in Salem Harbor with his ship loaded in pepper from Sumatra which provided him with a 700% profit and started the spice trade which remained centered in Salem for over 50 years. Today Salem Spice is Salem’s source for culinary spices, sauces, marinades, rubs, teas and cooking supplies.
Joe’s Fish Prints / Fished Impressions
104 Wharf Street, Salem, MA
(978) 944-1709 | FishedImpressions.com
Fished Impressions is the parent company of Joe’s Fish Prints, and features quality reproductions of the best fish prints Joe Higgins has made. Lucky shoppers may find making new prints from his most recent catch.
Ye Olde Pepper Companie
122 Derby Street, Salem
(978) 745-2744 | YeOldePepperCandy.com
America’s oldest candy company, Ye Olde Pepper Companie has been dishing out the best treats since 1806. Local famous favorites, Gibralters and Black Jacks, are offered alongside traditional New England sweets like saltwater taffy, delicious fudge, and turtles that were one of Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things (2009).
Finz Seafood and Grill
76 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf, Salem
(978) 744-0000 | FinzSeafood.com
Finz features innovative and inspired menus, a raw bar serving fresh seasonal oysters, and a carefully chosen wine list. The menu at FINZ emphasizes seasonal, fresh seafood and creative preparations.
245 Derby Street, Salem
(978) 741-2442 | ScratchKitchenSalem.com
Scratch Kitchen features a menu focused on regional and local farm fresh ingredients including house smoked meats and homemade bacon, breads, condiments, and pickles. Scratch Kitchen also has Sunday Brunch and a selection of craft beers and wines. Don’t miss the chowder, which is made from a recipe that dates back to the 1800s.
Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast
22 Hardy Street, Salem
(978-741-1703 | MorningGloryBB.com
This charming Georgian Federal, circa 1808, is owned and operated by Bob Shea, a native of Salem. Graced with New England elegance, the comfortable guestrooms, each with its own private bathroom, provide a refuge for guests to unwind.