Destination Salem Blog
Holiday lights always seem to get all of the attention this time of year. If you want to revel in non-illuminated, traditional decoration paired with stunning architectural design, I recommend you check out the McIntire District in Salem. Take a stroll down Chestnut, Essex, and Federal Streets, and be sure to wind through some of the cross-streets in between. These homes are elegant and stately and their seasonal garlands and wreaths highlight their beauty.
Bundle up and take a seasonal walk while the garlands still adorn these homes. I spent about 90 minutes strolling the neighborhood with a friend and my camera, and it was just the right amount of time.
Schedule your stroll between 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM on a Saturday or Sunday, and include a tour of the Phillips House on Chestnut Street. Include a tour of the 17th Century Witch House if you pass its historic door between 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Wednesday - Friday, or between 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM on the weekends.
You may want to pick up a self-guided walking tour map at the Salem Regional Visitor Center, located at 2 New Liberty Street (Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM). You can also download Architecture in Salem and The McIntire District prior to your walk (click here for links).
I love this illustration. This is how the holidays should be. This is quintessential New England. This is Salem! This is Salem meets holiday shopping meets Richard Scary. Don't you think? I can't wait.
The Salem Holiday Market is a new annual indie craft show in the heart of downtown historic Salem MA, featuring 50 of the best local and regional designers and artists from New England. The Salem Holiday Market presented by New England Open Markets, runs from 11am-5pm on Saturday, December 20, 2014, and will be held at the beautifully historic Old Town Hall. Admission: $2, children under 12 free