Historic shipping port with loads of character. . .and, yes, witches . . .

Explore America's oldest continually operating museum, hear tales of intrigue and mass panic, and stroll the decks of a reconstructed 1797 merchant ship. This coastal town on Boston's north shore may be best known for the 1692 Salem witch trials (and the many attractions dedicated to the history of that hysteria), but so many other activities welcome guests in Salem. Visit and discover a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture, a wide selection of dining options, wares from modern artists and artisans of many skills and trades, and the beautiful beaches and lighthouses in nearby Marblehead.

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The Merchant


The Merchant has lived many lives prior to becoming a chic and intimately sized Salem boutique hotel. Our name and tagline are an homage to Joshua Ward, the post Revolutionary War sea merchant and privateer who commissioned this stunning federal style building.

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The Hotel SalemOpening Summer 2017


Exposed brick, loft-style rooms, and an underground event space with shuffleboard lend a funky vibe to this retail-inspired boutique hotel. Located just off Salem’s acclaimed pedestrian mall, this 44-room hotel was a former anchor department store in the heart of “witch city.” Includes restaurant and rooftop bar.

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Where to Dine

Naumkeag Ordinary

(978) 744-4968   View Website   118 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Craving comfort food with a creative twist? Cozy up to Naumkeag Ordinary. We come for the burgers and excellent selection of craft beers, but we hear the rest of the menu - made with fresh, locally available ingredients - is pretty tasty, too.

Milk and Honey

(978) 744-6639   View Website   32 Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Tucked away in a picturesque brick building, this green grocer is your one stop shop for picnic provisions. Shelves and displays are stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, sweets, and prepared foods. Want to know the farm where your produce was grown? Just ask. Wine, a staple in our picnic basket, is also available.


(978) 744-9600   View Website   87 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

East meets West at Opus, a quirky yet refined spot. Dine on creative sushi combinations and cocktails or a three course meal in the main room and then retire to the dimly lit Morroccan-style Opus Underground lounge for nightly live entertainment.

Turners Seafood

(978) 745-7665   View Website   43 Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

You've heard of farm to table, but how about dock to dinner? Located in Salem's storied Lyceum Hall, this authentic "shuck and serve" oyster bar is also home to the city's only true seafood market. 

Ugly MugNoteable

(978) 745-6844   View Website   122 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Indulge in a mischievous take on the classic American diner, located right next to The Merchant. Order up some eggs, bacon, and biscuits, or take your taste buds for a walk on the wild side with a Mexiluxe (fried egg, hash, poblano & cotija cheese) and a Screaming Nancy (a spicy twist on hot chocolate).

Life Alive

(978) 594-4644   View Website   281 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Flavorful, organic, vegetarian food fast is what you’ll find at Life Alive. Based on the belief that good food nurtures the soul and spirit, their menu is chock full of vegetable and grain-based dishes and a plethora of sides that allow you to craft your own perfect meal.

Front Street Cafe

(978) 740-6697   View Website   20 Front Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01923

A homegrown, neighborhood cafe with a heart. And sandwiches, lots of sandwiches. We dare you to dream up a combination that the Front Street Cafe staff didn't conceive of first. Loads of soups, salads, and fresh juices, too.


(978) 594-1832   View Website   155 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

While stellar seafood is the star in Salem, Adriatic does it with a geographic twist.  The menu is full of market-fresh dishes inspired by the Meditterranean location of its namesake sea, topped off with a thoughtful wine list of imported varietals and blends.


(978) 744-8485   View Website   76 Wharf Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

We like our seafood with an ocean view on the side, please. Finz, surrounded on three sides by windows overlooking sparkling Salem Harbor, offers just that with both inside and outside dining options. The menu features a raw bar and an innovative menu that includes options for landlubbers as well.

Firenze Trattoria Salem

(978) 219-1188   View Website   2 Lynde Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Enjoy the flavors of gourmet Italian cuisine without leaving the North Shore. This little gem (which does not accept reservations) blends authentic Tuscan-style cooking with Salem’s neighborhood vibe.

Flying Saucer Pizza CompanyBuzz-Worthy

(978) 594-8189   View Website   118 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

This stand-out pizza parlor turns the traditional pie on its head and gives it a healthy gourmet spin. With an eclectic menu built on seasonal ingredients, Flying Saucer has something for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

A&J King Bakery

(978) 744-4881   View Website   48 Central Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Pastries, bread, sandwiches, and coffee, oh my! Using traditional baking techniques, A&J King spends hours creating artisanal breads and pastries for you to enjoy (almost) as slowly. The array of fresh offerings changes seasonally and based on local availability of ingredients.