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).