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Families will love:

  • Home of the Salem Witch Trials
  • Easy daytrip from Boston
  • Quintessential New England town

The reason so many know the name Salem is the infamous Witch Trials, which took place 400 years ago in the sleepy New England seaside town just north of Boston. Made even more infamous by Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Salem's history of accusing and executing 20 people for witchcraft resulted in hordes of visitors seeking to understand the world of witches. ... more
The reason so many know the name Salem is the infamous Witch Trials, which took place 400 years ago in the sleepy New England seaside town just north of Boston. Made even more infamous by Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Salem's history of accusing and executing 20 people for witchcraft resulted in hordes of visitors seeking to understand the world of witches. Admittedly, the town is now home to many self-proclaimed witches and warlocks, as well as psychic readers and fortune tellers adding to the mysticism of Salem. At Halloween, Salem is filled with hundreds of people celebrating the witching hours and the holiday where witches gather.

However, Salem is more than witches and warlocks. The town began as a sea merchant town, with its harbor home to ships that traveled around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope to bring back the most exotic of goods to the colonies and eventually the United States. The charming village is also lined with its original homes and structures, harkening back to its original New England beginnings and providing visitors with a look at the early colonial life that is sprinkled throughout the area and Massachusetts. Visitors can sail the same harbor in tall ships and take in the beautiful views -- not to mention dine on some of the freshest seafood on the East Coast.

Salem is a charming village, and within an hour of Boston. It makes for a wonderful weekend getaway or a day trip add-on when visiting Boston or nearby Cape Ann's Gloucester and Rockport for a North Shore coastal tour of Massachusetts.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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