Although the city has capitalized on its haunted happenings over the month of October, it has plenty to offer throughout the entire year. Winter may just be the perfect time to visit as the tourism has subsided and the wait for tables and fresh pints is non-existent. A short, simple commuter rail trip from the Garden will bring you right to the doorstop of all that Salem has to offer.Your first stop, roughly 300 paces from the train, should be The Naumkeag Ordinary, a gastro pub offering a wide selection of 12 rotating craft beers and our personal favorite a charcuterie board featuring a variety of hand picked cheeses from The Cheese Shop of Salem. You are sure to find something to stimulate your taste buds.After a pint at Naumkeag you may find yourself needing a pick-me-up, venture over to Gulu-Gulu for a caffeine fix. While you’re there check out their deep and impressive list of hard to find craft beers, imports and locals alike.As you venture closer to the Center of town the dining and entertainment options certainly do not fall short! Here are some of our favorite spots. If you are in the mood for some comfort food we recommend the Lobster Shanty for their famous lobster mac and cheese. Wash this down with your choice of Mayflower Golden Ale or Mayflower Porter. If you find yourself in town for a Sunday Funday head on over to Tavern in the Square to catch the Pats game and wash the victory down with a tall IPA. If pizza is what you are looking for head over to Bambolina for an authentic Neapolitan style pizza made in their handmade 925 degrees wood-burning oven. For the best views of the Salem’s waterfront head down to Pickering Wharf and check out Victoria Station and Sea Level, both offering a rotation Mayflower option. While down on the Wharf, should you have a hankering for shuffle board, pop into Longboards for a pint and their killer hummus plate. After a game of shuffle board if you’re still in the mood for some games, head over to Essex Street where you will find The Village Tavern. Here you will find a selection of billiards and darts and a constantly rotating draft list. End your trip in the cozy confines of Olde Main Street pub with a pint of Mayflower Porter to top off your day and warm you for the trek home.
There is nothing quite like New England in the winter, and Salem certainly brings this picturesque time of year to life! Even though the spookiness has subsided, Salem remains vibrant and has something to offer for everyone!