Museums Celebrate Women’s History Day

The House of the Seven Gables joins the City of Salem in celebrating the notable roles women have played in the region’s history. Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll proclaimed March 25, 2018, Salem Women’s History Day. Special programs will be held at The House of the Seven Gables, the Phillips House Museum and the Witch House.


Women's History Day

The House of the Seven Gables, the Phillips House Museum, and the Witch House celebrate Women’s History Month on March 25. This portrait was taken in Salem in 1904 in the North End.

The House of the Seven Gables

Events at The Gables include two special house tours and two lectures, each taking up aspects of women’s roles in historic preservation. The Gables’ events are scheduled for Sunday, March 25, from 12 to 3 p.m. Programs are free for members and Salem residents. A fee of $15 grants nonmembers access to one of the special house tours and admission to both lectures. Space is limited for all events.

12 to 12:45 P.M. — HOUSE TOUR
A special tour of The Gables focuses on some of the more significant ways women have influenced the history of the region and this National Historic Landmark property.

1 to 1:45 P.M. — LECTURE
My Patriotic Duty — Women and the Preservation of Old South Meeting House, Boston
The public reacted with outrage when Boston’s iconic Old South Meeting House was threatened with demolition in 1876. A group of Boston-area women, led by philanthropist Mary Hemenway, became the driving force behind the building’s successful preservation. The “20 women of Boston,” as this group came to be known, organized fundraisers to secure a mortgage and ensure the building’s preservation and security. Among the women involved with preservation in the 1870s to the 1880s were author Louisa May Alcott and Mary Tyler, who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Erica Lindamood, director of education at Old South Meeting House, will share highlights from this colorful historic preservation success story. She will address Hemenway’s claim that advocacy for the building was her patriotic duty in light of 19th-century politics and social history.

2 to 2:45 P.M. — LECTURE
The Tireless Traditionalist: Mary Harrod Northend and Old Salem, 1904 – 1926.
Donna Seger, Ph.D., chair of the History Department at Salem State University and author of the Streets of Salem blog, presents a fascinating lecture about one of Salem’s most entrepreneurial representatives of the Colonial Revival movement. Salem-born author Mary Harrod Northend (1850 – 1926) wrote 11 books and scores of magazine articles between 1904 and her untimely death in 1926. She advanced an earnest, idealistic vision of New England and “Old Salem” that still serves as a reference point for style and historic depictions of the region’s culture.

3 to 3:45 P.M. — HOUSE TOUR
A special tour of The Gables focuses on some of the more significant ways women have influenced the history of the region and this National Historic Landmark property.

Phillips House Museum

The Phillips House staff will lead special guided tours that explore the role of women through the years at the 34 Chestnut St. museum. Tours begin on the half-hour and run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for the public; free for Salem residents and Historic New England members.

Witch House

The Witch House presents an exhibition on Anne Bradstreet, America’s first published poet. Bradstreet sailed into Salem with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. The public is invited to view the exhibition and tour the Witch House at 310½ Essex St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are $10.25 and self-guided tours are $8.25. The exhibition and tours are free for Salem residents.

About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association

The mission of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve The Gables’ National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide educational opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit

In 2018, The House of the Seven Gables celebrates a singular milestone. Built 350 years ago, it is still a place where stories are made. Ever the provider of shelter and support, The House of the Seven Gables inspires us as it once inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. Where sea captains once found their footing, immigrants become citizens, visitors explore period rooms, historians pore over archives, children frolic in the gardens, and authors find inspiration. Celebrate this milestone with us and make your own stories at The House of the Seven Gables.

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Irish History in Salem, MA

To learn about Irish history in Salem, Massachusetts, visit the Phillips House for The Irish Experience on March 17.

During the early 20th century, the Phillips family employed a number of Irish servants at their home on Chestnut Street. Like many servants at the time, most of the servants the Phillipses hired were young, white, single females who were either immigrants themselves or first generation Americans.

By 1919, the Phillips House servant quarters were home to three Irish women and a couple of Irish men. The women lived in the servants’ quarters, located on the third floor of the family’s home, while the men lived off the property often with their own wives and families.

The women often took on roles within the home, sometimes caring for children as was the case for Catherine Shaughnessy who was a nursemaid to Stephen Phillips. As Stephen eventually moved out of the home to attend boarding school, Catherine, or “Catty,” continued to work for the Phillips family for 52 years as an assistant and maid.

Men at the Phillips House performed roles outside the home, as was the case for Patrick O’Hara who served as the family’s chauffeur. Patrick was responsible for not only driving the Phillips’ family vehicle but also for its care and upkeep.

In addition to special events like The Irish Experience, guests may tour the Phillips House between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday beginning May 1 and running through October 31. Tours begin every half hour with the last tour at 4:00 pm.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music, traditional corned beef dinners, and more throughout downtown Salem this Saturday, March 17. Click here to view a complete list of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day events.


“T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America” at the Peabody Essex Museum

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America at the Peabody Essex Museum celebrates the life and work of one of the most influential Native American artists with 90 works including paintings, music, and poetry. Cannon’s work ties his heritage and personal experiences with the ongoing questions of ethnic identity, social justice, land rights, and cultural appropriation which continue to be relevant in today’s society.

Viewers can understand Cannon’s personal life as a Vietnam War veteran who created the majority of his work in the late 1960s-early 1970s through his inclusion of both Native and non-Native design elements. The exhibit features paintings that draw inspiration from artists like Van Gogh and Matisse, while still including traditional Native designs giving another layer to Cannon’s artistic identity.

Cannon’s written and musical works are displayed alongside his paintings to enhance our understanding of his art. The exhibition also features music by Samantha Crain, a Choctaw alt-folk musician who was commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum to write and perform a song based on one of Cannon’s most influential pieces. While encountering Epochs in Plains History: Mother Earth, Father Sun, The Children Themselves (1976-77) viewers can take in Crain’s admiration of Cannon with audio tracks and a video display of her work.

T.C. Cannon (1946-1978, Caddo/Kiowa), Abbi of Bacabi, 1978. Oil on canvas. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon.

Cannon provided a voice for Native people during a time when land removals and a turbulent political climate threatened their identities. With influences ranging from his experiences as a paratrooper during the Tet Offensive to his determination to change the way Native culture was viewed by non-Native people, Cannon ultimately succeeds in creating a foundation for other artists and marginalized groups during his time and through the present.

His contributions to the art community during his lifetime led to a feature exhibition at The Natural Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum). Following this exhibition’s success, the collection began a worldwide tour with stops in Berlin, Belgrade, Istanbul, Madrid, and London. In addition to the 50 paintings he completed, he sketched regularly and wrote music and poetry before his tragic death in a car accident in 1978.

T.C. Cannon (1946-1978, Caddo/Kiowa), Epochs in Plains History: Mother Earth, Father Sun, the Children Themselves, 1976-77. Oil on canvas, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Seatle, Washington. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon. Photo by Gary Hawkey/iocolor.

Cannon’s artwork is becoming increasingly important for museums and galleries in today’s society as we are moving towards a more expansive and inclusive view of American art. Following its run at the Peabody Essex Museum, T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America will begin the first national tour of Cannon’s work since 1990.

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America is on view March 3 through June 10, 2018.

Salem-Zagster Relaunches for the Season

Salem-Zagster has relaunched for the 2018 season! Zagster is Salem’s bike-share program that provides on-demand bikes to Salem residents and visitors as a way to get around town. Last year Zagster recorded 2,480 total rides from 1,153 riders throughout downtown Salem, 60% of which were visiting from out of town.

Riders can take advantage of the 10 bike stations with downtown locations at the MBTA Commuter Rail Station, Federal Street, Front Street, and Hawthorne Boulevard. Additional stations can be found at Congress Street, Appleton Street, the Salem Ferry terminal, the Salem Willows, and Salem State University.

Zagster functions with a user-friendly mobile app (available for iPhone and Android) or online at Simply use the app to unlock a bike at the station of your choice and enjoy the ride. The bikes come with built-in locks, so you are not required to lock them back up at a station until you are completely finished.

The program features 50 Zagster 8 bikes, which are renowned for their easy handling, comfort, and practicality to fit the needs of a range of riders. They all come with safety features like automatic lights, bells, and reflectors. Remember that riders must be 18 years or older, and it is important to obey traffic laws, wear a helmet, and be a safe rider.

Learn more about riding with Zagster around Salem at

Salem, MA Military History

“Salem has a rich military history that stretches all the way back to the Seventeenth Century, and continues on today. Salem’s designation in 2013 as the birthplace of the National Guard, and Salem’s privateer connections get most of the military heritage attention, but there is much more to this story.

Salem Common was “Ye Olde Training Field” when Captain John Endicott organized the first training day to drill settlers in 1630. In 1637 the first militia muster was organized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony Court.


Cadet Band, ca: 1910, led by Jean Missud.

Today we know Winter Island for its beach, boat ramp, and beautiful lighthouse. Originally named for King William, the original fort dates back to 1643-1667. It was renamed for Salem’s Colonel Timothy Pickering in 1799, and became a Coast Guard Air Station in 1935.

Six weeks prior to the “shot heard around the world on Lexington Green,” British Colonel Alexander Leslie retreated from a gathering of angry citizens on Salem’s North Bridge. Leslie and the 64th regiment had been sent by the British governor general of Massachusetts, Thomas Gage, to seize Colonial cannons and gunpowder in Salem. Leslie’s Retreat is considered by many to have been the first armed resistance of the American Revolution. Learn more about Leslie’s Retreat in this article from The Boston Globe.

Salem Privateers made a name for themselves during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Privateers were privately owned vessels that had government permission to capture enemy vessels during wartime, and during the Revolutionary War alone Salem sent out 158 privateers that captured 444 prizes (enemy ships), more than half the number taken by all the Colonies during the war. Today you can sail aboard a replica Salem Privateer, Schooner FAME, out of Pickering Wharf.

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Salem Coast Guard matchbook (front).

Include the Pickering House on Broad Street in your visit to       Salem, and you will be exploring the birthplace of Colonel Timothy Pickering, who was an officer in the Continental Army and   Quartermaster during the Revolutionary War. Pickering’s career went on to include Adjutant General of the Army, Secretary of State, and   Secretary of War. Pickering, who was known for his unwavering integrity, lack of prejudice, devotion to justice, and commitment to service, is buried in the Broad Street Cemetery.

Glover’s Regiment claims Marblehead as its home, but Colonel John Glover was born on St. Peter’s Street in Salem. A good friend of General George Washington’s, Glover’s Regiment ferried Washington across the Delaware River, and Glover’s Schooner HANNAH was the first commissioned ship in the US Navy.

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Salem Coast Guard matchbook (back).

Salem mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch wrote “The New American Practical Navigator.” Known as “The Bowditch,” a copy of this book was been onboard Naval and Coast Guard vessels since the War of 1812.

Residents and visitors still remember when two US Naval Submarines were docked at Derby Wharf, used as training vessels during World War II.

Salem’s military connections continue today, most notably in newly-elected Congressman Seth Moulton, who served in the Marine Corps in the Iraq War.

Armory Park, adjacent to the Salem Regional Visitor Center, pays tribute to more than 365 years of military heritage in Essex County and includes a timeline tracing the history of the citizen soldier and the Second Corps of Cadets.

Material for this feature was provided by Bonnie Hurd Smith, Nelson Dionne, Schooner FAME, and

Black History Month in Salem, Massachusetts

February is Black History Month, and we’re sharing two walking tours that focus exclusively on Salem’s black heritage.

Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure for Salem’s African American Heritage Sites from the Salem Regional Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street. (You can also view and print the tour online here.)

Salem Regional Visitor Center

Following the tour to Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street, where Curacao immigrant John Remond ran a successful catering business in the early 19th century. Remond was a successful local businessman whose catering business was responsible for planning important events like Salem’s 200th anniversary and a dinner for President Andrew Jackson. Today, Hamilton Hall continues Remond’s legacy by hosting social events each year including weddings, catered dinners, themed balls, lectures, and more.

Continue to Harmony Grove Cemetery, where John Remond and members of the Remond family are buried. From here, learn about Remond’s children, Charles and Sarah, who became known for their activism during Salem’s abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century.

Salem Abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond

Sarah Parker Remond

The two traveled throughout the U.S., Ireland, Scotland, and England where Sarah stayed during the Civil War to convince British Parliament to offer no assistance to the Confederacy. Following the war, she stayed in Europe and moved to Florence, Italy, where she became a physician.

Charles was selected by the American Antislavery Society to work as a representative at a world convention in London, where he also continued to travel from speaking about the importance of the abolitionist movement. His work was supported by abolitionists in Salem as well as William Lloyd Garrison. During the Civil War, Charles worked as a recruiter for the Massachusetts 54th Regiment.

The tour continues to include stops at Lyceum Hall, which was home to the Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society, Pond Street and Rice Street, where the homes of many African American sailors and merchants are located, and Cedar Street, whose residents have included a number of volunteers in the Massachusetts 54th Regiment as well as Regiment Captain Luis Emilio.

Salem's Black Heritage TourPrefer an audio tour instead? The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice sponsors an audio tour that you can download (for free) on your smartphone. Download the UniGuide mobile app and select “Salem’s Black Heritage” to visit 24 stops around town associated with Salem’s black history. This tour covers historical figures and events from the role of Tituba in the Salem Witch Trials to the success of contemporary author Stephen Hemingway.

Be sure to keep the UniGuide app after your tour, as additional Salem tours, as well as tours for sites around the country, may be found on the app.

5 Must-Do’s During Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Salem with the sweetest event of the year during the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! The festival co-hosted by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce features an annual chocolate and wine tasting, stunning ice sculptures, deals and promotions, and more. Get the most out of your visit to Salem’s So Sweet with our five must-do’s:

1. Ice Sculptures Around Town

Salem's So Sweet ice sculptures

Photo: John Andrews.

This year’s ice sculptures make their debut on Saturday, February 10 with themes including “Love Potion #9,” a Dragon, the Salem State University Superfan, the Gloucester Fisherman, Princess and Frog, and more! From 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, get around town with the Salem Trolley for just $2 for adults (free for children, and weather permitting). For a complete list of sculptures, and a map of the festival pick up a guide from a local shop or visit

2. Special Illuminated Stroll with Retonica

Salem's So Sweet ice sculptures

Photo: John Andrews.

Stay downtown after dinner on Saturday for an evening stroll to see the ice sculptures lit up by Retonica. Grab some hot chocolate and take your time exploring as the ice sculptures will be illuminated from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

3. Golden Ticket Promotions

Salem's So Sweet Ye Olde Pepper Companie

During the festival’s Golden Ticket Promotions, make a full-priced purchase at one participating business to earn 10% off the next one! Downtown businesses will offer additional chocolate and Valentines-inspired sweets and treats during the festival. Offers are valid only February 10-11 and some restrictions apply. A list of participating locations may be found in the Salem’s So Sweet map and online.

4. Additional Events

Salem's So Sweet House of the Seven Gables

Salem’s So Sweet doesn’t stop there! Additional events around town include a pop-up event and cask beer release with Goodnight Fatty at Notch Brewing, the Pop Rocks Pop-Up Craft Market at Old Town Hall, and Dearest Dove featuring readings of love letters by Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne at the House of the Seven Gables. View a complete list of events in the Salem’s So Sweet map and online.

5. Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Event

Salem's So Sweet chocolate wine tasting

Tickets for this year’s event are sold out. Be sure to follow Salem’s So Sweet on Facebook to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for next year’s Chocolate & Wine Tasting. Salem’s So Sweet kicks off with a Chocolate & Wine Tasting event on Friday, February 9 at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate samplings and sip wine from local restaurants, stores, and sweet shops, and enjoy live music by Molly Pinto Madigan during this annual kick-off event.

Visit for more information about this year’s festival, and share your Salem’s So Sweet adventures by using #salemsosweet.

“Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style” at the Peabody Essex Museum

The latest exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style delves into the iconic artists’ work in relation to her personal fashion and aesthetic. The exhibition comes to PEM from the Brooklyn Museum where it was organized by guest curator Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University. It is the first exhibit on O’Keeffe to display her paintings side by side with portraits of the artist and never-before-seen handmade garments.

Tony Vaccaro, Georgia O’Keeffe with “Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow” and the desert, 1960. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Courtesy of Tony Vaccaro Studio.

O’Keeffe’s clothing when displayed in a collection of her portraits and artwork presents a deeper understanding of her public persona for contemporary viewers. As Austin Barren Bailly, organizing curator and PEM’s George Putnam Curator of American Art notes, “O’Keeffe considered her clothed body as another canvas on which to proclaim her modernism… The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe, exploring how she expressed her identity and artistic values.”

Image by Brittany DiCologero.

The pieces showcased follow O’Keeffe’s style evolution from the early 20th century when she resided in New York, to her later life when she embraced the Southwestern landscape of New Mexico. While her interest in colors and subtle design features changed geographically, the exhibit shows how she always worked certain motifs into her sense of style with sharp lines, solid colors, and understated geometric details.

Image by Brittany DiCologero.

The portraits in the exhibit create a complete image for how O’Keeffe preferred to create her personal looks based on the locations of the shoots and her signature black-and-white style. “O’Keeffe drew no line between the art she made and the life she lived,” guest curator Wanda M. Corn explains, “She strove to make her life a complete work of art, each piece contributing to an aesthetic whole.” Many of the photos shown were designed and taken by her husband Alfred Stieglitz, who is known for photographing iconic artists including Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.

Image by Brittany DiCologero.

O’Keefe’s interest in her own aesthetic draws parallels with today’s audience through the use of social media, where we are often able to curate our appearances and craft certain images of ourselves. Collections and curatorial staff who worked on the exhibition were fascinated with how images from the Brooklyn exhibition on social media created another kind of branded appearance based on the users taking the photos. Join the discussion and share your vision of the exhibit on social media by using #PEMOKeeffe.

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, 1929. Gelatin silver print, 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 in (8.6 x 11.6 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1980.70.247. © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is on view at the Peabody Essex Museum December 16, 2017 – April 1, 2018.

Holiday Gift Experiences in Salem, MA

We’ve covered local holiday gifts by price and by recipient, and this week we’re wrapping up our gift guide series with a list of Salem experiences you can give this holiday season.

Food & Dining


The Cheese Shop of Salem offers three different levels of membership for three months of wine, cheese, or both. The Wine Club includes four bottles of wine with detailed tasting notes for $80/month, the Cheese Club includes four cheeses (about 1/3 lb. each) with delicious accompaniments and detailed tasting notes for $60/month, and the Ultimate Club includes all items from the Wine and Cheese Clubs for $130/month.

For another wine club, visit Pamplemousse where the Inquisitive package includes three bottles for $30/month and the Wine Lover package includes six bottles for $60/month. Wine may be picked up instore on the first Saturday of the month, instruct your gift recipient to visit between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for the store’s weekly wine tasting.

Salem Spice

Need to spice up dinner to go with the wine? Visit Salem Spice for salt box gift sets, made specially for the holidays. The salts included come in a variety of flavors including Jalapeno Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, and more.

Another gift idea for foodies may be a gift certificate to a local Salem restaurant. Gift certificates are available for each downtown restaurant, and some even come with incentives to purchase (in the form of deals like “spend $50 on a gift card and get a $10 gift card for yourself”). Click here to view a complete list of downtown restaurants. Gift certificates are also available for both the Salem Waterfront Hotel and the Hawthorne Hotel, and they may be used on dining or towards room reservations.

Museum Memberships

The House of the Seven Gables

Gift a membership to The House of the Seven Gables and have your loved ones enjoy unlimited admission to the museum and hour tours, special rates on lectures, exhibits, and events, discounted admission to the annual gala, Taste of the Gables, and access to member-exclusive events like author meet and greets, behind-the-scenes tours and more. Membership at the Gables also includes a special invitation to Celebrate the Fourth of July with the perfect view from the Gables Seaside Lawn.

Members of the Gables also receive 10-20% off in the museum shop—if you are thinking of becoming a member yourself you may even be able to save some extra money on holiday shopping! Lastly, gifting a membership to the House of the Seven Gables helps to support the site’s dual mission of education and preservation.

Phillips House

Another membership option for history buffs may be found at Historic New England. A membership to Historic New England includes admission to two historic houses in Salem, the Phillips House and the Gedney House, along with dozens of other homes across the New England states, programs and events that are free to members, and more while supporting a mission to preserve the region’s history.

Art lovers will love a gifted membership to the Peabody Essex Museum, which includes free admission to the museum along with invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, admission to PEM/PM evening parties, curator-led gallery talks, and member-exclusive museum shop sales and event. The sponsor level and above also includes admission to over 660 North American reciprocal museums, and all levels support PEM’s mission to “celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses.”

Psychic Readings & Healing Sessions


Give the gift of spiritual guidance with a certificate for a psychic reading from HEX: Old World Witchery or OMEN Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium. Both shops offer readings in Tarot, palmistry, spirit mediumship, clairvoyance, astrology, and past lives. For guidance on love, gift a reading and love potion from Crow Haven Corner with Lorelei, Salem’s famous love clairvoyant. Additional readings like Animal Energy Tarot Readings, and healing sessions including reiki, shamanic rituals, and chakra balance are available through HausWitch and NOW Age.

On the Water

Schooner Fame

Though it’s a little too cold to go for a sail during the holidays, you can always purchase a gift certificate to enjoy a maritime experience when the 2018 season starts back up. Both Schooner Fame and Mahi Cruises offer gift certificates for cruises and events beginning in May 2018. Sea Shuttle offers season passes, which can be used for Salem Sound Tours during the season in 2018.

Don’t forget that many of Salem’s retailers have online shops! If you can’t make it downtown before the holidays, visit our Shop page for a complete list of stores with their websites and contact info.

Find Gifts for the Whole Family in Salem, MA

Still shopping for the holidays? Salem’s shops are here to help with gifts for him, her, the kids, and even pets!

For Him

Clothing & Accessories

For high-quality winter weather clothing items like jackets, vests, hats, gloves, and more, visit Avalanche Company Store. Additional men’s clothing options can be found around downtown Salem with Ocean Chic Boutique’s recently launched men’s collection, an assortment of ties from the Peabody Essex Museum Shop, and Emporium 32’s variety of men’s accessories including aftershave, soaps, mustache combs, brass tie clips, formal and casual hats, and more.

Books & Gifts

Literary fans can find gifts for him at The Marble Faun Books & Gifts, which stocks books featuring literary cocktail recipes and Shakespearean editions of Star Wars. You may also find gifts for the beer or spirits enthusiast in your family with gift cards, apparel, or glassware from Notch Brewing and Deacon Giles Distillery.

Home Décor

Decorate a man cave with a locally-made fish print from Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints, or gift a printing class to learn how to create fish prints. Additional nautical décor and pieces based on a series of rotating art exhibits may be found at the Peabody Essex Museum Shop. For the history buff, shop at Waite & Peirce and find items based on Salem’s maritime history, or pick up a candle from the men’s collection at Witch City Wicks.

For Her


Shop for jewelry for her around Salem at local boutiques and jewelry shops like Clever Diva, RJ Coins and Jewelry, and the Peabody Essex Museum Shop. For a gift you won’t find anywhere else, check out RJ Coins and Jewelry’s Roman Glass sterling collection, which features pieces all made with 2,000-year-old glass excavated from archaeological sites in Israel.


From memorable souvenir tees to contemporary sweaters, clothing for her may be found at a variety of different retailers. To remember a trip to Salem, pick up a tee or sweatshirt from Witch Tee’s, Salemdipity or Trolley Depot. For a more high-fashion gift, look to J. Mode or Curtsy, or shop for beachy fashions at Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar.


Give the gift of relaxation with bath salts, candles, and soap. Shop for rose and lavender soaps at The Marble Faun Books and Gifts or pick up an all-natural soap or clay facial mask from Artemisia Botanicals. Include some ritual bath salts and candles from HausWitch Home + Healing, and you’ll have the perfect gift for an at-home spa day

For Kids


Pick up a historical children’s or young adult books at Wicked Good Books, or at a favorite attraction like the Salem Witch Museum Store or The House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop or let the kids’ creativity run wild with a coloring book from the Peabody Essex Museum. Planning on coming back to Salem or visiting some National Parks? The Salem Regional Visitor Center and Waite and Peirce stock Junior Ranger passport books so the kids can collect stamps and complete activities for each park they visit.

Toys & Games

Classic board and card games with a Salem twist, replica colonial games, puzzles, and more may all be purchased at local attraction gift shop and Waite & Peirce. Find gifts for family game night, add a new plush animal to the kids’ collection, or plan to work together on a puzzle after your holiday celebrations.


Salem’s shops include gifts for the youngest members of the family as well. Shop for little ones with baby toys, clothing, and accessories at Curtsy, or pick out a Salem onesie from a variety of colors at Coon’s Card and Gift Shop.

For Pets


Shop for pets at Coon’s Card & Gift Shop/Penelope’s Pet Boutique, and find a variety of dog toys and clothing for your furry friend at home. For locally-made dog biscuits, visit New England Dog Biscuit Co. and pick up a box of holiday dog treats. Shopping for a cat instead? New England Dog Biscuit Co. also carries cat toys and treats.

For more shopping tips this holiday season, check out our holiday gift guide by price.

Salem Holiday Gift Guide by Price

The holiday shopping season has officially begun in Salem, and to help you find something for everyone on your list, we’ve outlined some of our favorite local gift ideas by price.

Under $100

Outerwear & Sweaters


As the holidays approach, outerwear and sweaters are always at the top of the list for winter gift ideas. Many of Salem’s downtown clothing retailers stock high-quality jackets and sweaters, along with all the accessories you are sure to need to stay warm this winter. For just under $100, shop for weather-resistant outerwear at Avalanche Company Store or pick up a cozy sweater from J. Mode.



Salem has plenty of shops to help you find the right jewelry gifts this season. The Peabody Essex Museum Shop features pieces designed after current and past exhibitions as well as various motifs in the art world. Thinking of purchasing some jewelry but aren’t quite sure where to start? RJ Coins and Jewelry can help with ring-sizing, wish lists, and refreshments during Wish List Wednesdays (weekly through December 20).


Sweets & Treats


Tis the season to indulge in your sweet tooth, and what better way to do so than with some locally made chocolates? Candy gift sets are available from both Harbor Sweets and Ye Olde Pepper Companie, and a variety of sweet treats and gift items may also be found at Maria’s Sweet Somethings. For a more savory treat, visit Pamplemousse for a specialty gift basket or bottle of wine, or purchase a set of spice blends from Salem Spice.

Under $50


Salem’s shops offer something for everyone on your list in terms of hats, gloves, scarves, handbags, and more. Whether you’re shopping for fans Harry Potter at Trolley Depot or a Lilly Pulitzer at Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar, you’ll find all the accessories you need to complete your holiday shopping this season in downtown Salem.


Art & Home Décor

Whether you’re shopping for the new homeowner, art enthusiast, or modern witch, you can come across everything you need with a walk through downtown Salem. Handcrafted witch balls like the one shown above are sold at Crow Haven Corner, Artemisia Botanicals, Salemdipity, and the Witch History Museum Gift Shop, and additional witchy décor pieces like statuary, prints, and candles may be found around town at HausWitch Home + Healing, HEX: Old World Witchery, and Nu Aeon.

Original art and reproduction prints are available at the Peabody Essex Museum Shop and Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints. The shops on Artists’ Row also create beautiful décor pieces, accessories, and original paintings and prints. You can keep up with each shop’s hours and products online at the Artists’ Row Facebook page.

Under $25


Add a personal touch to your family’s tree with a Christmas ornament from your visit to Salem. Remember a visit to your favorite attraction with an ornament from The House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop, the Salem Witch Museum Store, or the Salem Maritime National Historic Site at Waite and Peirce or browse through a variety of styles from Halloween to Christmas themes at Partridge in a Bear Tree.



Stay under $25 and impress the coffee and tea lovers on your list with uniquely “Salem” mugs. Pick up the Witch City mugs featured above at HausWitch Home + Healing, or find just the mug to go with your attraction ornaments at the Salem Witch Museum and The House of the Seven Gables.



Score the sweetest stocking stuffers with made-in-Salem snacks! Pick up a couple of bags of popcorn from Popped! Gourmet Popcorn, or shop for candied treats gummy worms and “catch of the day” candy fish from Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie.

Can’t make it to Salem to shop in time for the holidays? Many local retailers have online shops in addition to their downtown storefronts. Visit our Shop page to view a complete list of retailers and learn more.

2017 Salem Restaurant Week

Salem Restaurant Week kicks off just one week from today! Organized by the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Restaurant Week allows guests to enjoy specially crafted pre-fixe menus from 17 local favorite restaurants. This year’s event runs from December 3 to 7, and menus and contact information for each are available online. Prices per person are $20 or $30 and do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity.

Participating restaurants include Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, Aurora Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bella Verona, BonChon, Finz Seafood & Grill, Ledger Restaurant, Longboards Restaurant & Bar, Nat’s at the Hawthorne Hotel, Opus, Regatta Pub at the Salem Waterfront Hotel, Rockafellas, Salem Beer Works, Sea Level Oyster Bar, Smokin’ Betty’s BBQ + Bar, Thai Place, Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall, and Victoria Station & Vic’s Boathouse. Complete information is available online at, and reservations are recommended.