Day Trip to Salem

Massachusetts from Hotel AKA Back Bay

As the crisp autumn breeze begins to sweep through the streets of Boston, there's no better time to embark on a picturesque day trip to one of New England's most historic and enchanting destinations—Salem, Massachusetts. Located just a short drive from Hotel AKA Back Bay, Salem offers a delightful blend of rich history, captivating tales, and fall foliage that will leave you spellbound. Join us on this journey as we uncover the magic of Salem during the autumn season.

A Tall Building With A Sign On It

Getting There from Hotel AKA Back Bay

Start your day trip from the comfort of our luxury hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. Salem is approximately 25 miles northeast of Boston, and you have several options for reaching this charming town:

  • Drive: Rent a car or take a ride-sharing service for a scenic drive that typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
  • Train: Hop on the Commuter Rail from Back Bay Station or North Station to Salem Depot. Trains run regularly, and the journey takes around 30-40 minutes.
  • Ferry: For a unique experience, consider taking a ferry from Boston's Long Wharf to Salem's Blaney Street Dock. The ferry ride offers breathtaking coastline views and usually takes around 50 minutes.

A Large Brick Building With A Statue In Front Of It

Exploring Salem's Historic Sites

Once you arrive in Salem, you'll be greeted by the town's historic charm and the crisp autumn air. Here are some must-visit attractions to explore:

  • The Salem Witch Trials Memorial: Pay your respects to those who suffered during the infamous witch trials of 1692. The somber yet powerful memorial is a moving reminder of Salem's history.
  • The House of the Seven Gables: Explore the iconic mansion that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. The house is surrounded by beautiful, enchanting gardens in the fall.
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site: Discover the maritime history of Salem at this site, which includes historic ships and waterfront views.
  • Peabody Essex Museum: If you're an art enthusiast, don't miss this museum, home to a diverse collection of art and cultural artifacts.
  • Salem Harborwalk: Take a leisurely stroll along the harborwalk, where you can enjoy picturesque views of the harbor, historic architecture, and colorful foliage during the fall.

A Group Of Pumpkins In A Wooden Box

Embracing the Fall Spirit

Salem truly comes alive in the fall with seasonal events and activities that capture the essence of the season:

  • Haunted Happenings: Salem is renowned for its Halloween festivities throughout October. You can enjoy ghost tours, haunted houses, and other spooky attractions.
  • Pumpkin Picking: Visit one of the nearby pumpkin patches to select the perfect pumpkin for carving or decorating.
  • Witch Tours: Join one of the many witch-themed tours to learn about the town's supernatural history. 
  • Fall Foliage: Remember to savor the breathtaking fall foliage. Salem's tree-lined streets and nearby parks offer a kaleidoscope of autumn colors.

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Indulging in Salem's Culinary Delights

A day trip to Salem would only be complete with delicious food. Salem boasts a diverse culinary scene with options to satisfy every palate:

  • Seafood: Sample fresh seafood dishes at local restaurants along the waterfront.
  • New England Clam Chowder: Warm up with a bowl of creamy chowder—a New England classic.
  • Autumn Flavors: Try seasonal treats like apple cider donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and caramel apples at local cafes and bakeries.

A day trip to Salem, Massachusetts, from Hotel AKA Back Bay is a perfect way to experience the enchantment of autumn in New England. With its rich history, bewitching attractions, and fall festivities, Salem offers a memorable and picturesque escape that will leave you with cherished memories of this charming town. So, pack your bags, embrace the fall spirit, and embark on an unforgettable adventure to Salem this season!