Literary Travel :: Salem

Place: Salem, Massachusetts. I LOVE this city. It is so much fun and is a very short trip from Boston.

What to Pack: If you’re going in the fall, think warm. Salem is right on the water and it can get chilly there, especially at night. The leaves on the trees are amazing colors (worth bringing your camera), and the town is incredibly walkable.
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Fall - Site seeing

What to Do: Stay at The Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast. Take the trolley tour (it’s worth it). Visit Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house, which is included in the tour of the house with the seven gables. Visit the oldest candy shop in America, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie.

What to Read:
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: Fun, magical, historical fiction and current times all rolled into one. This was a page-turning easy read. 
  • The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry: Barry is from Salem and writes current novels set there. Not only are the stories good, she incorporates a lot of real places (and sometimes people) in them – so it make delightful reading when you are visiting!
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne: I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve toured the house which inspired it and kick myself for not buying a copy there. It’s on my to be read list – possibly this fall?

Have you read these titles? 

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7 thoughts on “Literary Travel :: Salem

  1. And for fun, read Lizzy and Diesel–Janet Evonovich!! She describes Salem, Marblehead, Boston and Cambridge in her wicked series!! Can’t wait for the next!


  2. It’s funny, I’ve read all of them except The House of the Seven Gables, but I’ve toured the house too! It’s crazy in Salem around Halloween, just to warn everyone—they shut down the streets to traffic on Halloween night and there are always TONS of people.

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