Food, Fish, and History: An Itinerary.

This is the second in a series of suggested ways to explore Salem. Destination Salem will feature a new itinerary each Tuesday (#traveltuesday!). These itineraries are not available as a package, and are only suggested ways to explore Salem. Please contact listed sites for hours, rates, and schedules. Click here to read our Two-NightItinerary for a Family. 

Food Itinerary

This week, we are celebrating food, fish, and history, all three of which can be found in a Salem Food Tour.  Some of the businesses listed are tour partners of the Salem Food Tour, so we recommend flexibility if you are interested in following this itinerary.  While we originally crafted this itinerary as a day trip, everything is better when you spend the night, so we have paired the food, fish, and history with the historic Morning Glory B&B.

Historic New England’s Phillips House
34 Chestnut Street, Salem
(978) 744-0440 |
Included in this itinerary for the kitchen, dining room, and pantry, Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family and their domestic staff during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.

Salem Food Tours
(978) 594-8811 |
Salem Food Tours are guided food and cultural walking tours of historic Salem. They feature tastings at some of Salem’s best food shops and restaurants, and participants will enjoy talking with chefs and fellow food lovers. Learn about early colonial dinners, local history and culture, Salem’s illustrious maritime spice trades and more.  

Fish Itinerary


Salem Spice at the Picklepot  
978-744-6678 |
75 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem, MA  01970
Salem Spice is located on Pickering Wharf in Salem, where the spice trade in North America began.  In 1797, Captain Jonathan Carnes arrived in Salem Harbor with his ship loaded in pepper from Sumatra which provided him with a 700% profit and started the spice trade which remained centered in Salem for over 50 years. Today Salem Spice is Salem’s source for culinary spices, sauces, marinades, rubs, teas and cooking supplies. 

Joe’s Fish Prints / Fished Impressions
104 Wharf Street, Salem, MA
(978) 944-1709 |
Fished Impressions is the parent company of Joe’s Fish Prints, and features  quality reproductions of the best fish prints Joe Higgins has made. Lucky shoppers may find making new prints from his most recent catch.

Ye Olde Pepper Companie
122 Derby Street, Salem
(978) 745-2744 |
America’s oldest candy company, Ye Olde Pepper Companie has been dishing out the best treats since 1806. Local famous favorites, Gibralters and Black Jacks, are offered alongside traditional New England sweets like saltwater taffy, delicious fudge, and turtles that were one of Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things (2009).

Dine Itinerary


Finz Seafood and Grill
76 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf, Salem
(978) 744-0000 |
Finz features innovative and inspired menus, a raw bar serving fresh seasonal oysters, and a carefully chosen wine list. The menu at FINZ emphasizes seasonal, fresh seafood and creative preparations.

Scratch Kitchen
245 Derby Street, Salem
(978) 741-2442 |
Scratch Kitchen features a menu focused on regional and local farm fresh ingredients including house smoked meats and homemade bacon, breads, condiments, and pickles. Scratch Kitchen also has Sunday Brunch and a selection of craft beers and wines. Don’t miss the chowder, which is made from a recipe that dates back to the 1800s. 


Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast
22 Hardy Street, Salem
(978-741-1703 |
This charming Georgian Federal, circa 1808, is owned and operated by Bob Shea, a native of Salem. Graced with New England elegance, the comfortable guestrooms, each with its own private bathroom, provide a refuge for guests to unwind.

A Two-Night Salem Itinerary for a Family

This is the first in a series of suggested ways to explore Salem. Destination Salem will feature a new itinerary each Tuesday (#traveltuesday!). These itineraries are not available as a package, and are a suggested way to explore Salem. Please contact listed sites for hours, rates, and schedules.

This is a suggested itinerary for a family that is coming to Salem for the first time. The kids are 8+, and the family as a whole is somewhat aware of the Salem Witch Trials history, and does not know about Salem’s rich maritime history.  They are taking advantage of Salem’s proximity to Boston – just 14 miles north – and spending a couple of days in Salem before flying home from Logan International Airport.


The  Salem Trolley, 8 Central Street, Salem (tours begin at the Visitor Center)
Venture aboard the Red Trolley! Salem’s original Trolley tour. This one-hour narrated tour spans nearly 400 years of history, stops at all major area attractions, and serves as a shuttle service between sites. (978) 744-5469 |

The Witch House, 310 ½ Essex Street, Salem
Home of 17th century witch trial Judge Jonathan Corwin, the Witch House is the only building in Salem with direct ties to the 1692 trials. Architecture, furnishings, and information regarding the day to day life of the Corwin family provide a deeper understanding of this period in colonial history. (978) 744-8815 |

The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem
Discover the secrets of the House of the Seven Gables, which inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel. Admission also includes access to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace, spectacular seaside gardens, and a unique Museum Store. (978) 745-0991 |

Itinerary for SalemDAY TWO

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem
Journey through a world of art and culture at the Peabody Essex Museum, where the wealth and power of historic Salem are showcased in an unrivaled collection of art and culture from New England and around the globe. Explore the city’s international connections through extraordinary works of art from China, India, Japan and beyond, including a 200-year-old Chinese house. PEM for families: At PEM, there are plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Pick up a family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and search for animals or explore life at sea.  (978) 745-1876 |

Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street, Salem
Wander this National Park which preserves one of America’s most influential ports and discover the history behind the buildings, wharves, and the replica vessel Friendship, all of which played a large role in establishing trade between the young American nation and the Far East. Ranger-guided tours of the site are scheduled daily, and reservations can be made through the visitor center at 2 New Liberty Street.  (978) 740-1650 |

Schooner Fame of Salem, Pickering Wharf Marina, Salem
Fame is an authentic and active replica of a War of 1812 privateer. The schooner sails daily from Pickering Wharf and provides a unique setting for a tour of the islands, lighthouses, and forts surrounding Salem. (978) 729-7600 |

Itinerary for Salem MADINE 

Red’s Sandwich Shop
15 Central Street, Salem
If you’re looking for the real Salem, try Red’s Sandwich Shop for breakfast or lunch. John and Lisa and the friendly staff of Red’s welcome you to Salem’s most popular landmark for over 50 years. The hearty food has won many awards over the years-most notably for the North Shore’s best breakfast, best luncheon, best coffee and best bagels. Red’s also won the Heritage Days’ Chowderfest and has been praised on the Boston Globe’s “Cheap Eats” and on the Phantom Gourmet’s “Hidden Jewel”.   (978) 745-3257 |

Capt’s Waterfront Premium Steak and Seafood, Pickering Wharf, 94 Wharf Street, Salem
Serving charcoal grilled premium steak and seafood for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch with Salem’s best harbor views. Dine either downstairs in Capt’s Pub’s relaxed atmosphere or upstairs on Capt’s Topside & Deck for a more intimate dining room experience with full-sized menu portions. (978) 741-0555 |

Salem ItinerarySTAY

The Salem Inn, 7 Summer Street, Salem
The Salem Inn is comprised of three historical homes: the Captain West House, the Curwen House, and the Peabody House, blending the warmth and charm of yesterday with the comfort and convenience of today. Located in downtown Salem, the Inn is easy walking distance from historic attractions, museums, shopping and restaurants. Be sure to ask about the family suite! (978) 741-0680 |