Things to do


Salem is a quick 15-20 minute drive from our recommended hotels. While it's well known as a Halloween destination, there are still plenty of shops and museums to keep you busy for a fun day trip!


Visit Boston for the day! Drive into the city or take the commuter rail in from Salem station (about a 30 minute drive or train ride). Here's a list of our favorite things to do, eat, and drink around the city:

Things to do:
  • Museum of Science: there are always fun rotating exhibits.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: an art museum with an amazing courtyard.
  • Freedom Trail Tour: join a walking tour that guides you along the historic freedom trail, or follow the brick trail on your own.
  • Walk along the Charles River - the Esplanade is on the Boston side or you can walk across the Longfellow/Mass Ave bridges to walk along the Cambridge side to see the Boston skyline. You can also rent a BlueBike to ride along either of these paths.
  • Have a picnic in the Boston Public Garden.
  • Visit The Lawn on D for drinks and lawn games.
  • Go on a Harpoon Brewery tour - make sure to grab some of their homemade pretzels!

Things to eat and drink:
  • Quick, "healthy" meals:
    • Dig Inn - veggies, protein, mac & cheese
    • Sweetgreen - salads
    • Clover Food Labs - vegetarian
  • Cafes and coffee bars:
    • Flour Bakery and Cafe - sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and tea
    • Tatte Bakery and Cafe - sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and tea
    • Thinking Cup - sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and tea
    • Ogawa Coffee - coffee, tea, and pastries
    • George Howell - coffee, tea, and pastries
  • Wine and dine
    • Marliave - French
    • Grotto - prix fixe Italian
    • Toro - Spanish tapas
    • Santouka - ramen
    • Giacomo's - Italian
    • Yvonne's - American tapas
    • Buttermilk and Bourbon - Southern tapas
    • Boston Burger Company - burgers and milkshakes
  • Drinks
    • The Landing at Long Wharf
    • The Trillium Garden on the Greenway
    • Night Shift Owl's Nest Esplanade
    • Backbar (Somerville)
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