Destination Salem Blog

Visitor Questionnaire (Volume I)

It is entirely possible that Jim and Alicia are Salem's biggest fans. We are taking advantage of their enthusiasm by featuring them in our first published Visitor Questionnaire!  If you would like to share your thoughts on visiting Salem, click here for the questionnaire!

Jim and Alicia at the Gables

Name: Jim & Alicia

Hailing from: West Warwick, RI

How many times have you visited Salem: 76, 77th will be next weekend, 78th will be for a week in October (unless we return in September)

Why did you originally visit Salem? Our original visit was in October on 2003, we came with another couple to visit the city the night before Halloween. We both love Halloween and had an interest in learning about the Salem Witch Hysteria. We immediately fell in love with the city, had such an amazing time, we came back a few weeks later and I proposed to Alicia at The Salem Inn. We had a fabulous dinner at Bella Verona that night where we both had our favorite dish, Spaghetti alla Matriciana. We've been back for it many times.

What draws you back? We loved it the minute we arrived in Salem, which explains why we came back 75 times after. We love the rich history, including the witch trial history which we do find very interesting, we love the architecture, unique shops, great restaurants & the people. We also love the fact that you can walk the city. When we arrive, we park our car & walk everywhere, we brought a pedometer a few times & discovered we had walked at least 10 miles each day. We've walked everywhere from Chestnut Street to the Willows to Winter Island & back.

What is your favorite season in Salem? The fall, particularly October’s Haunted Happenings - but to be honest, we’ve been during every month & love it all year long. We’ve come many times with friends, in fact I brought 26 people last year- provided them with a full walking tour of the city! 

What is the funniest thing you have seen in Salem? We’ve seen some great magic shows during Haunted Happenings, but I would have to say some of the funny costumes people wear during October. We love to people watch & there’s no better time & place than in Salem in October.

Is there one thing you do on every visit? Yes, there are so many. We always visit certain shops like Bewitched in Salem, Aroma Sanctum, Jaho Coffee Shop, Salem Wine Imports, and Passage to India. We always take a walking tour, our favorites: Bewitched After Dark and The Salem Night Tour. We always stop by (& sometimes stay) at our favorite B&B - The Morning Glory. We’ve become close friends with the owner, Bob Shea. The Morning Glory is our favorite place to stay, but there are many great places as well. One thing is always certain, a few walks up and down Chestnut Street, which is one of our favorite places in Salem.

Do you have a favorite Salem souvenir? We have a collection of wood carved/painted Salem icons, such as the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum & the Old Burying Point. We picked them up at the Trolley Depot.

Salem has changed a lot over the years…

What is your favorite change? Always new shops & restaurants popping up. Our new favorite is Opus.

What is not longer here that you miss most? Signatures Clothing Store, Coven [restaurant], Salem Toy Museum, haunted houses.

Posted by Kate on 08/22 at 08:30 AM Permalink

Salem Award Nominations Are Open

Salem Award Foundation Logo

The deadline for submission of nominations for the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is September 15th.

Countless people are doing important, and often unheralded, work under the human rights and social justice umbrella. Each year the Salem Award Foundation (SAF) recognizes an individual or organization whose work alleviates discrimination, promotes tolerance, and achieves justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.  Nominations for the Salem Award are now open.

The work and achievements of nominated individuals or organizations are in keeping with the mission of the SAF: to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.

The individual or organization to whom the award is given must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment through their work in human rights and social justice issues particularly in the two years preceding the nomination;
  • Demonstrate courage in the face of bigotry and intolerance;
  • Demonstrate that their efforts further the cause of human rights and social justice for an individual or group of individuals.

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice nominations are screened by an SAF committee and then submitted to the entire Board of Directors for a vote. Persons or organizations selected for the Award are usually notified in mid-November. A ceremony to honor the recipient is held in the Spring in Salem, Massachusetts and is open to the public. The award recipient is usually invited to speak on a topic that is pertinent to the reason of why they were selected. Please go to for a complete list of past recipients.

About the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice
Established in 1992, the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice Foundation sustains its mission to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.
The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice,, is given each year to an organization or individual who speaks out against injustice and promotes tolerance. Salem Award recipients include: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Fahima Vorgetts, Afghan Women's Fund; James McCloskey, Centurion Ministries; Robert Raiche, Friends Forever; Leonard Zakim, Anti-Defamation League, New England Region; Vicky Guzman, The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health; Aaron Fuerstein, Malden Mills; Harry Wu, Chinese dissident; and Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center; Thomas Doyle and Horace Seldon; and 2014 recipients, Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph.

Posted by Kate on 08/21 at 01:03 PM Permalink