The Clipper Ship Inn

The Clipper Ship Inn

Everything you need to know about the Clipper Ship Inn in a minute-long video! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information about the Clipper Ship Inn.

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Clipper Ship Inn. More Info about the Clipper Ship Inn: Staying at The Clipper Ship Inn: There are 60 large, clean and quiet rooms in property. Before making your choice, you should be aware of the prices and amenities of each type of room. Once you book it, this becomes a non-refundable deal. The rates of the rooms range from $105 to $165 (excluding Halloween surges). At this price point, the motel simply cannot be beat so you should hurry up to book your favorite room. As of December, 2019 Standard Room 1 King Bed: $105 Standard Room 2 Queen Beds: $115 Suite 1 King Bed (include refrigerator and microwave): $125 Suite 2 Queen Beds (include refrigerator and microwave): $135 Hours of Operation: You are always welcome to visit the motel, as their reception is open 24/7. Location: The address: 40 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at the Clipper Ship Inn.

 


 

What's Inside The Clipper Ship Inn

This motel is exactly the kind of place you'll remember long after your visit to Salem. Its unique and classic charm is emblematic of the Witch City itself. On the other hand, if you're looking to enjoy a hotel with a bunch of fancy amenities, this may not be the place for you. However, the Inn does offer you a quaint and clean motel, with a lot of character at a reasonable price. Besides, Clipper Ship Inn is only about a 10 minute walk from Salem, in a wonderful safe location, so you won't miss out on anything.

You'll be greeted by a pleasant and helpful staff who will be delighted to help you out with information on the best places to eat and the coolest things to check out in the city.

 


 

 

 

Staying at The Clipper Ship Inn

There are 60 large, clean and quiet rooms in property. Before making your choice, you should be aware of the prices and amenities of each type of room. Once you book it, this becomes a non-refundable deal.

The rates of the rooms range from $105 to $165 (excluding Halloween surges). At this price point, the motel simply cannot be beat so you should hurry up to book your favorite room.

 


 

  • As of December, 2019
    • Standard Room 1 King Bed: $105
    • Standard Room 2 Queen Beds: $115
    • Suite 1 King Bed (include refrigerator and microwave): $125
    • Suite 2 Queen Beds (include refrigerator and microwave): $135

 

Hours of Operation

You are always welcome to visit the motel, as their reception is open 24/7.

 

Location

The address: 40 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970


Wylie Inn and Conference Center

Wylie Inn and Conference Center

Everything you need to know about the Wylie Inn and Conference Center in a minute and a half! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information about Wylie Inn and Conference Center.

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center. More Info about Wylie Inn and Conference Center: Staying at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center: The Wylie Inn offers a wide area of staying packages, such as Whale Watch, Brewery, Dinner or Bed and Breakfast. Also, to honor the men and women who serve or served America, the Inn has a package called Salute to the Heroes. The rates of the rooms range from $159 to $199, excluding taxes and fees. This places Wylie on the lower-cost end of the Salem fare. But be aware prices can and do inflate in the Autumn. When booking your room, be sure to check the amenities offered to get the best deal. As of November, 2019: Standard King Rooms: $199 Petite Queen Rooms: $159 Standard Queen Handicap Accessible: $179 Classic 1 Queen Bed: $179 Keep in mind that all prices mentioned before don’t include taxes and fees. Hours of Operation: You are always welcome to visit the hotel, as their reception is open 24/7. Location: The address: 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center.

 

History

Located just 4 miles from downtown Salem, the Wylie Inn is the perfect place to stay if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of town. Actually, you'll find multiple buildings on-site, each of them with its own unique history.

 


 

The building known as, "The Wylie Inn" was built in 1958 on Endicott College land, intended to be residence hall. Long after, the building was renovated and a new wing added. In fact, the Conference Center, built in 1955, was originally used as the college's gymnasium.

The Wylie Inn and Conference Center is no stranger to quality. It's even been accredited by the International Association of Conference Centers.

 

What's Inside the Wylie Inn and Conference Center

If you are planning touring the historical side of Salem, but you also want to enjoy a peaceful place to spend the night (especially near Halloween), this Inn is the perfect spot. Close to the city and reasonably priced, Wylie harmoniously combines traditional and modern amenities. On the front lawn, you'll find a truly monumental fountain that's super selfie-worthy.

 


 

This oceanfront property offers 91 guestrooms which may vary in shape and size, but never in quality. As they were converted from old dorm rooms, they are a bit small, but with a nice decor.

 

Staying at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center

The Wylie Inn offers a wide area of staying packages, such as Whale Watch, Brewery, Dinner or Bed and Breakfast. Also, to honor the men and women who serve or served America, the Inn has a package called Salute to the Heroes.

The rates of the rooms range from $159 to $199, excluding taxes and fees. This places Wylie on the lower-cost end of the Salem fare. But be aware prices can and do inflate in the Autumn. When booking your room, be sure to check the amenities offered to get the best deal.

  • As of November, 2019
    • Standard King Rooms: $199
    • Petite Queen Rooms: $159
    • Standard Queen Handicap Accessible: $179
    • Classic 1 Queen Bed: $179

Keep in mind that all prices mentioned before don't include taxes and fees.

 

Hours of Operation

You are always welcome to visit the hotel, as their reception is open 24/7.

 


 

Location

The address: 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915

 


Fidelia Bridges Guest House

Fidelia Bridges Guest House

 

Everything you need to know about the Fidelia Bridges Guest House in a minute and a half! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information about the Fidelia Bridges Guest House.

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at the Fidelia Bridges Guest House. More Info About the Fidelia Bridges Guest House: Staying at the Fidelia Bridges Guest House: The house features three charming guest rooms and one tastefully decorated suite with a small kitchen and parlor. Each room offers you a slice of that oh-so-Salem Federal period with the low ceiling and antique wide pine floors. Additionally, all guests may enjoy the services and amenities offered at the Hawthorne Hotel. If you’re interested in staying at the Fidelia, you should really hurry up to book your favorite room as they fill up quick, especially in the summer and autumn. Book your stay here: https://tosalem.com/fidelia-bridges-g... Location: The address: 98 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at the Fidelia Bridges Guest House.

 


 
 

History

Dating back to the early 19th century, the house is a fine example of that Federal period architecture. For nearly two hundred years, the building remained a single family residence. In the late 1980s, the dwelling was converted into a guest house under the name of the, "Suzannah Flint House."

The Hawthorne Hotel purchased the guest house in 2003. Shortly after, they researched the building's history and discoveredt its famous resident - Fidelia Bridges. In her time, she was one of the country's leading watercolorists, the hotel's owners changed the house's name to the, "Fidelia Bridges Guest House."

 

What's Inside?

Once you enter the building, you will be greeted by the incredibly kind and helpful staff. The atmosphere inside is definitely different than any other hotel or Bed and Breakfast in Salem, but it still evokes the historical feel of the neighborhood.

 


 

The guest house is actually behind the Hawthorne Hotel, so it's within walking distance to all the things you may want to see or do in Salem.

 

Staying at the Fidelia Bridges Guest House

The house features three charming guest rooms and one tastefully decorated suite with a small kitchen and parlor. Each room offers you a slice of that oh-so-Salem Federal period with the low ceiling and antique wide pine floors. Additionally, all guests may enjoy the services and amenities offered at the Hawthorne Hotel.

If you're interested in staying at the Fidelia, you should really hurry up to book your favorite room as they fill up quick, especially in the summer and autumn.

 

Hours of Operation

With the hotel reception open 24/7, you are always welcome to visit the guest house.

 


 
 

Location

The address: 98 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970


The Salem Inn

The Salem Inn

If you want a slice of this historical city, but also want to spend the night in a peaceful and serene location, you definitely have to check out The Salem Inn. The Inn's three elegantly restored houses are located in the heart of the city, so you'll be within walking distance of nearly everything Salem has to offer.

 

More info about the Salem Inn: Staying at The Salem Inn: The Salem Inn offers a nice variety of packages, such as “Family Fun,” “Bewitched in Salem,” “Suite Dreams,” “Salem Sampler.” or “Witch Way to Salem.” The rates of the rooms range from $189 to $455. As is typical in Salem, the closer you are to Halloween, the more expensive it’s going to get. Be aware of the prices and the amenities of each type of room before making your choice. Here are some general prices pulled form November, 2019: Classic Rooms: from $189 to $295 Classic Rooms with Adjacent Bath: from $169 to $270 Deluxe Rooms: from $199 to $295 Whirlpool Suites: from $199 to $325 Family Suites: from $219 to $395 Deluxe Family Suites: from $329 to $455 Deluxe Whirlpool Suites: from $219 to $325 Book your stay with ToSalem.com and support the site! If you’re into eerie sensations be sure that you check out room 17! It’s known as the most haunted place in The Salem Inn. Hours of Operation You are always welcome to visit the hotel, as their reception is open 24/7. Location The address: 7 Summer St, Salem, MA 01970 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

This video is part of the Salem Spotlight series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts, all in bite-sized videos. Let's dive deeper into The Salem Inn.

 

History

Captain Nathaniel West was the first Salem captain to circumnavigate the entire globe. In 1834, he built the West House which reflects the craftsmanship of the Federal period. About 35 years ago, Dick and Diane Pabich bought the house, and converted it into The Salem Inn.

Shortly after, the couple also purchased the Peabody House and the Curwen House. After all the necessary renovations, they managed to expand the Inn to more than 40 rooms. Each is stuffed with historical background and tone. The Pabichs in general have spent tons of time supporting Salem-area real estate development projects in order to help revitalize the community.

 


 

What's Inside The Salem Inn

If you want a slice of this historical city, but also want to spend the night in a peaceful and serene location, you definitely have to check out The Salem Inn. The Inn's three elegantly restored houses are located in the heart of the city, so you'll be within walking distance of nearly everything Salem has to offer.

The owners offer a wide variety of unique rooms, from one-bedroom singles to two-bedroom family suites. Also, you can join them for breakfast or even to relax with the "afternoon wine and cheese" option. Actually, the breakfast room is located in the original kitchen of the Captain Nathaniel West House!

 

My Experience at The Salem Inn

Of all the places I've stayed in Salem, Massachusetts, The Salem Inn is my personal favorite. That being said, there are definitely a few things you should know before you book your stay.

The biggest consideration is probably parking. The West House, which is the main building, is fairly limited in terms of on-site parking, while the Curwen and Peabody Houses both feature on-site lots.

I've never stayed at the Peabody, but of the two that I have slept at, I prefer The Curwen House. It's a little bit farther from town (a few blocks away from town, past The Witch House on Essex St.), but it's such a short walk, I'll take it anytime. I've stayed at The Curwen during both the peak and off-peak seasons and it remains the place I check before any others when I'm visiting town.

The interior of the Curwen is absurdly charming. It shares a common aesthetic with the rest of The Salem Inn. In-room fireplaces, clean and classic design, a general lean toward a more colonial feel - all of these are, in my opinion, perfect set-pieces for your stay in Salem.

In truth, I actually prefer the location of The Curwen as well. It's just far enough from town that you genuinely feel out of Salem, but just close enough that a quick crepe at Gulu Gulu Cafe is just a few minutes away. The traffic also doesn't tend to back up that far down Essex and, if you're crafty, there are ways to avoid having to drive through the busier parts of Essex and Summer Streets entirely when leaving from or arriving to the Curwen.

Honestly, even though I can't personally vouch for The Peabody, I have no doubt that it's wonderful as well. So I feel pretty confident in saying that any stay at The Salem Inn is worth the cost (even if it is a peak cost).

 


 

Staying at The Salem Inn

The Salem Inn offers a nice variety of packages. These include: "Family Fun," "Bewitched in Salem," "Suite Dreams," "Salem Sampler." and "Witch Way to Salem."

The rates of the rooms range from $189 to $455. As is typical in Salem, the closer you are to Halloween, the more expensive it's going to get. Be aware of the prices and the amenities of each type of room before making your choice.

 

  • Here are some general prices pulled form November, 2019:
    • Classic Rooms: from $189 to $295
    • Classic Rooms with Adjacent Bath: from $169 to $270
    • Deluxe Rooms: from $199 to $295
    • Whirlpool Suites: from $199 to $325
    • Family Suites: from $219 to $395
    • Deluxe Family Suites: from $329 to $455
    • Deluxe Whirlpool Suites: from $219 to $325

Book your stay with ToSalem.com and support the site!

If you're into eerie sensations be sure that you check out room 17! It's the most haunted place in The Salem Inn.

 


 

Hours of Operation

You are always welcome to visit the hotel, as their reception is open 24/7.

 

Location

The address: 7 Summer St, Salem, MA 01970 


The Merchant

The Merchant

 

Everything you need to know about The Merchant in a minute-long video! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information.

 

Everything you need to know about The Merchant in a minute-long video! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information. Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at The Merchant. More info about The Merchant: Touring The Merchant: The hotel’s eleven comfy rooms vary in size and shape, but never in quality. This is perfectly exemplified by the fact that in 1789, president George Washington came to Salem and enjoyed staying the night in this storied establishment. The room he slept in is now called the, “George Washington King Deluxe room,” and the owners are happy to share its history with their guests. Additionally, the building has the spooky reputation of being a quite haunted place, due to the land on which it’s built. Sheriff George Corwin, who interrogated every person suspected of witchcraft in 1692, lived and maintained his jail in this location. It’s said that the spirit of some of the innocent victims still roam the building. Hours of Operation: The Merchant is open 24 hours per day. Book a room above to support the site and get a fantastic rate while you’re at it. Location: Address: 148 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at The Merchant.

 


 

 

History of The Merchant

A well-known sea merchant in his time, Joshua Ward commissioned the construction of a new home in 1784. He acquired his fortune through the import of tea, spices, molasses, and Sumatran pepper which back then was colloquially known as "black gold". The house he ordered was located on a wharf, so he literally could see his ships entering the harbor from his home.

Nowadays, that home is The Merchant, a luxury accommodation located in the heart of the city. As a matter of fact, the owners honor Ward's legacy both with the hotel's name and with the tagline "Rum, pepper, and a little bit of mystery."

 

 


 

What's Inside The Merchant?

The stunning Federal-style house was created by Salem's own Samuel McIntire. Opened in 2015, the exquisite boutique kept the home's historical treasures, such as McIntire's staircase and woodwork. Also, in the hotel's common room you will find the original fireplace.

The owners tried to maintain the building's historical character but also to bring it a modern flare. Therefore, inside you'll find a blend of classic and contemporary decor, especially in the guest lounge.

 

 

Touring The Merchant

The hotel's eleven comfy rooms vary in size and shape, but never in quality. This is perfectly exemplified by the fact that in 1789, president George Washington came to Salem and enjoyed staying the night in this storied establishment. The room he slept in is now called the, "George Washington King Deluxe room," and the owners are happy to share its history with their guests.

Additionally, the building has the spooky reputation of being a quite haunted place, due to the land on which it's built. Sheriff George Corwin, who interrogated every person suspected of witchcraft in 1692, lived and maintained his jail in this location. It's said that the spirit of some of the innocent victims still roam the building.

 


 

Hours of Operation

The Merchant is open 24 hours per day. Book a room above to support the site and get a fantastic rate while you're at it.

 

Location

Address: 148 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970


Hawthorne Hotel

Hawthorne Hotel

 

The Hawthorne Hotel is one of the most storied, haunted places to stay in Salem MA. Here's everything you need to know.

In a hurry? Watch this video to learn about The Hawthorne Hotel in a minute-long video. Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information.

 


 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts all in a minute! Today we're having a look at The Hawthorne Hotel. <yoastmark class='yoast-text-mark'>More Info on the Hawthorne Hotel: Staying at the Hawthorne Hotel The Hawthorne Hotel offers a wide area of staying packages, such as VIP (Very Important Pet), Bed and Breakfast, Witch Way, History and Culture and Dinning on the Green.</yoastmark> Check their website for their current offerings. The rates of the rooms available for October range from $314 to $374 and for now, the current occupation level is up to 50%. <yoastmark class='yoast-text-mark'>But, hurry up to book your favorite room as they fill up quick and you'll definitely want to enjoy this wonderful stay in a classy and elegant environment.</yoastmark> Be sure to check bellow the detailed info about the room types and features: As of October, 2019: Traditional Queen: $314 (2 people, 1 double bed) Standard King: $334 (2 people, 1 king bed) Standard Double Queen: $344 (4 people, 2 queen bed) Superior Queen: $334 (3 people, 1 queen bed Deluxe Double Queen Full Bath: $364 (5 people, 2 queen bed) Deluxe Double Queen One and a Half Baths: $374 (5 people, 2 queen bed) Hours of Operation With the hotel reception open 24/7, you are always welcome to visit Hawthorne. <yoastmark class='yoast-text-mark'>Also, you can share your experience through the contact form available on their official web page.</yoastmark> Location The address: 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970 Music used in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rQ4KJcOzX4 Check out all the Salem Spotlight Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkFgzepSsLCQ28SqzBEGlgxlZovTMvYep Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/

 

This video is a part of the Salem Spotlight series. Browse the entire series to learn everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts.

 

History

Established in 1925 and a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Hawthorne Hotel is a must see in Salem. Located in the heart of the city, it has hosted over 1 million guests! The grand ballroom at the Hawthorne is also one heck of a spot for a party and as such is a frequently rented for weddings, prom celebrations, Halloween parties, and more. Obviously, the hotel was named after Salem's favorite son: Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Hawthorne was even voted as the Best City Center Historic Hotel in 2015, which definitely demonstrates the staff's continued commitment to excellence and prestige.

 

What's Inside The Hawthorne Hotel

Once you enter the building, you will be greeted by the hotel's team. You'll then find the hallway, well-known for its historical architecture, and the tastefully-furnished rooms. But be sure to watch out for the room 612! This is known as the most haunted location of the hotel.

At the very top of the Hawthorne Hotel, there's also the mysterious meeting place of Salem's Marine Society. Ask at the front desk for access, but don't get your hopes up. The meeting place is referred to as "The Cabin." The Society has used buildings on this land to hold meetings for generations. Perhaps that's why one of the many specters said to haunt the Hawthorne Hotel is actually a pirate. There's little doubt that hundreds, maybe even thousands, of mariners have spent many hours on this block. So there may be more truth to this legend than seems apparent at first glance.

 


 

Is Salem Massachusetts haunted by more than its past? In this paranormal look at Salem Massachusetts, I explore five places you can visit in the Witch City to find out! Get your EMF readers ready and your proton packs primed - we're getting spooky! <yoastmark class='yoast-text-mark'>You'll dive in the deep end with a thorough overview of Salem's haunted past with a once-over on a wide range of haunted Salem history from such eras as: The Salem Witch Trials, Prohibition, The Revolutionary War, Salem's Era of Maritime Trade, The Civil War, and more!</yoastmark> Here are my selections! 00:01:07 Number 5 - Wicked Good Books 00:02:40 Number 4 - Bunghole Liquors 00:04:23 Number 3 - Mercy Tavern 00:07:04 Number 2 - The Gardner-Pingree House 00:12:44 Number 1 - The Hawthorne Hotel Please support the site and YouTube channel by subscribing to the channel and throwing your email on the newsletter at ToSalem.com. <yoastmark class='yoast-text-mark'>You can also support us financially by purchasing some of the books below!</yoastmark> ToSalem.com https://www.facebook.com/ToSalemSite/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.instagram.com/tosalemsite/ Supplementary Reading from this Episode: Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City (Haunted America): https://amzn.to/2MbFY3F The Ghost Chronicles: A Medium and a Paranormal Scientist Investigate 17 True Hauntings by Ron Kolek: https://amzn.to/332fqJ3

 

The seasonal cuisine of the restaurant offers a large range of dishes and an extensive menu of wines. Also, you can enjoy dinner to the soothing sounds of live piano every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

 

Staying at the Hawthorne Hotel

The hotel offers a wide area of staying packages, such as VIP (Very Important Pet), Bed and Breakfast, Witch Way, History and Culture and Dinning on the Green. Check their website for their current offerings.

Also, the rates of the rooms available for October range from $314 to $374 and for now, the current occupation level is up to 50%. But, hurry up to book your favorite room as they fill up quick and you'll definitely want to enjoy this wonderful stay in a classy and elegant environment. So be sure to check bellow the detailed info about the room types and features.

 


 

General Prices

As of October, 2019:

  • Traditional Queen: $314 (2 people, 1 double bed)
  • Standard King: $334 (2 people, 1 king bed)
  • Standard Double Queen: $344 (4 people, 2 queen bed)
  • Superior Queen: $334 (3 people, 1 queen bed)
  • Deluxe Double Queen Full Bath: $364 (5 people, 2 queen bed)
  • Deluxe Double Queen One and a Half Baths: $374 (5 people, 2 queen bed)

 

Hours of Operation

With the hotel reception open 24/7, you are always welcome to visit Hawthorne. Also, you can share your experience through the contact form available on their official web page.

 

Location

The address: 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 0197


Paranormal Salem - 5 Haunted Destinations You MUST Visit

Paranormal Salem - 5 Haunted Destinations You MUST Visit

 

Today we're diving into the deep end with a thorough overview of Salem's haunted past. In this video, you'll get a once-over on a wide range of haunted Salem history from such eras as:

  • The Salem Witch Trials
  • Prohibition
  • The Revolutionary War
  • Salem's Era of Maritime Trade
  • The Civil War
  • And more!

 

Is Salem Massachusetts haunted by more than its past? In this paranormal look at Salem Massachusetts, I explore five places you can visit in the Witch City to find out! Get your EMF readers ready and your proton packs primed - we're getting spooky! You'll dive in the deep end with a thorough overview of Salem's haunted past with a once-over on a wide range of haunted Salem history from such eras as: The Salem Witch Trials, Prohibition, The Revolutionary War, Salem's Era of Maritime Trade, The Civil War, and more! Here are my selections! 00:01:07 Number 5 - Wicked Good Books 00:02:40 Number 4 - Bunghole Liquors 00:04:23 Number 3 - Mercy Tavern 00:07:04 Number 2 - The Gardner-Pingree House 00:12:44 Number 1 - The Hawthorne Hotel Please support the site and YouTube channel by subscribing to the channel and throwing your email on the newsletter at ToSalem.com. You can also support us financially by purchasing some of the books below! Supplementary Reading from this Episode: Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City (Haunted America): https://amzn.to/2MbFY3F The Ghost Chronicles: A Medium and a Paranormal Scientist Investigate 17 True Hauntings by Ron Kolek: https://amzn.to/332fqJ3 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Support ToSalem on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tosalem Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 


 

Is Salem Haunted?

What I really love about Salem is that it's a place that keeps giving. The more you look, the more you see in the Witch City. And the haunted history of Salem Massachusetts is no different. So it should be no surprise that what began as a somewhat idle curiosity about the haunted history of the Witch City should evolve into a weeks-long affair.

What really surprised me is that The Salem Witch Trials has almost nothing to do with the supposed ghosts that roam the brick-lined streets. Only a handful of the specters floating about had anything to do with that storied era in 1692.

It's for this reason that I actually think Salem's haunted history is actually a really good pathway into the town's history in general (by the way, that last link leads to what I consider to be the definitive online source on Salem's past and present, so click it if you're interested).

 

Skimming the Surface

The thing that initially drew me to Salem is still true for me today. Namely, you can feel the history of the place in every alleyway, on ever shore. And I'm not just talking Witch Trials here either. While I was somewhat surprised to find that Salem's haunted past goes as deep as it does (believe it or not, this 18 minute video is really just skimming the surface), I wasn't surprised that it existed necessarily. It seems all of Salem is like this: you think it's one thing and it turns out to be another entirely.

So, is Salem haunted? Yes. Haunted by ghosts? Well, that's another conversation altogether. Stay weird, witches!

 

More on Haunted Salem

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Hello witches and welcome to Salem, the weirdest place on earth. Today we’re getting ready for the oncoming Autumn by having a look at five of the more notorious haunted locales in the witch city. To appear on this list, a location had to meet two criteria. First, the history surrounding the purported haunting has to have been genuinely fascinating. And second, every single location on this list you can still visit today. Please do take a moment to subscribe to the channel and hit the bell to be notified when our witchy goodness makes its way to the YouTube. Now get your EMF readers ready and your proton packs primed. Let’s get spooky witches.

 

5) Wicked Good Books

We’re starting this list off with Salem’s official haunted bookstore which, in a town filled with shops that claim to traffic in occult knowledge (how people believe that consumerism and hidden knowledge play so nicely together is beyond me), is saying something. Wicked Good Books is a quiet, unassuming little shop on Essex Street that most visitors to Salem will likely recognize. The shop maintains a nice collection of local books and never fails to organize its window dressing in exactly the way you’d want a New England bookstore to.

 

 

Oh and it’s also super haunted. Guests and employees have both reported instances of books flying off shelves. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon for Wicked Good Books either. The shop was formerly called Derby Square Bookstore and was rather infamously known for its floor-to-ceiling stacking system. Even in that store’s 40 year run, there were reports of hauntings about. When the Derby Square Bookstore finally closed its doors, local lawyer Denise Kent stepped in to open another book shop in its place.

 

During the renovation process, Kent called in renowned paranormal investigator Ron Kolek of New England Ghost Project fame to check out the recently-discovered tunnels beneath the shop in an effort to determine if there was indeed any support to the long held local belief that the building was haunted. Kolek returned “convincing” evidence of human remains as well as two supposedly entombed runaway slaves. I did look for some kind of documented evidence of Kolek’s hunt, but had trouble finding any. So if you happen to have some primary sources, please let me know in the comments below. I’d be fascinated to check it out.

 


 

4) Bunghole Liquors

Speaking of hidden chambers and basements, Bunghole Liquors is not just an irresistibly amusing thing to say, it’s also a rather popular spot down by the water in the Pickering Wharf area. But before this liquor store was a hole for bung, it was a hole for cadavers. It served as a funeral home for some time, most notably during the Prohibition-era.

 

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like a stiff drink every now and then. But I’m not sure I would go to the lengths that Prohibition-era Salemites did to get one. With limited access, the owners of the funeral parlor decided to run a sort of tavern out of the basement. This was, quite grossly, the exact same spot where bodies were embalmed in preparation for their ultimate rest.

After Prohibition was lifted and the parlor received its second liquor license, one of the original owner’s relatives (who was actually a priest), suggested that the now-governmentally permissioned liquor spot adopt the name that locals had taken to calling it during the Prohibition. Ya know that little hole in a barrel? That thing was called a bunghole in 1930’s slang and it commonly became shorthand to refer to the Parlor without any interested parties knowing what the heck you were talking about. So, instead of saying, “Hey Brian, let’s meet at the funeral parlor later and drink whiskey next to corpses.” You could simply say, “Hey Bri-bri. Bunghole later?”

These days, shoppers at the Bunghole claim that a female spirit and black cat both haunt the establishment. Perhaps they are the spectral remains of frequenters from the speakeasy era. Or maybe the black cat could’ve been a stowaway from a recently-docked pirate ship. Oh, you didn’t know Salem had pirates? Yeah, totally did. Speaking of which...

 

3) Mercy Tavern

One of those incredible areas that tourists don’t usually explore when they come to Salem is the town’s world-famous maritime trade industry. Honestly, this is way too big of a topic to get into in this video, but here are the highlights. Following the Revolutionary War, many of the burgeoning seaport towns on the east coast were financially decimated. This was not true for Salem. In many cases, Salem’s early maritime merchants actually came out richer than they were before. The reasons for this are numerous, but a large part of it is definitely owed to Salem’s natural harbor being absolutely perfect and a healthy spirit of industriousness being totally woven into Salem’s cultural fabric.

 

 

After the war, many international traders were eying Boston as the most likely Massachusetts. The burgeoning Salem maritime elite needed a big plan and they needed it fast. Luckily their ports were positively stuffed with armed trading vessels from the war. Thus began an era of trade and privateering (or legal piracy) that vaulted Salem into the ranks of serious international trade player, competing even with the likes of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charlston.

 

In this era, the Pickering Wharf area became an infamous red light district of sorts. The reason why is pretty obvious - it’s a long stretch of businesses and houses right by the ports and, as we’ve already discussed, Salemites are industrious like nobody else.

 

So with the swell in privateering and an unending flood of incoming travelers from China, India, Sumatra, and Arabia as well as whatever American ne’erdowells happen to have found their way to the Salem ports, Derby Street businesses shifted to seedier enterprises to capitalize. One such establishment is present day Mercy Tavern. A few years ago, the tavern was called “In a Pig’s Eye” and the patrons of it claimed to often hear disembodied voices, see sea captains disappear into walls, and be shocked by sudden, untraceable screams. Mercy Tavern is even reported to be linked via a secret network of underground tunnels that Pirate-era Salemites would use to traffic illicit goods and stolen people from Salem proper to the oceanfront in an effort to whisk them out to sea on some dark vessel. Geeze, what is it with Salem and secret tunnels?

 

2) Gardner-Pingree House

Many tourists’ first indication that Salem’s history might have a bit more to it than witches alone rests at the intersection of Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. This particular spot has three historically-fascinating spots all within a few block radius and each coming from a wildly different era of Salem’s past.

 

Our second-to-last haunt reportedly inspired the following passage, an abridged performance of which I now humbly beg your indulgence for:

 

 

"No doubt I now grew very pale; — but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased — and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound — much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath...I foamed — I raved — I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting,{j} and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder — louder — louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled...Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed! — tear up the planks! — here, here! — it is the beating of his hideous heart!”

 

Edgar Allen Poe was inspired to pen the famous Tell Tale Heart based on the murder of Joseph White at the Gardner-Pingree House in Salem on the night of April 6th, 1830. The house is very much still a major part of the Salem scenery and is positioned right across the street from a few of the more frequented witch shops in town. So, if you’ve been to Salem, you’ve likely seen this place. And, if you’ve taken a ghost tour or two in the past, you may have even heard of the gruesome assissanation that occurred within.

 

On that early April eve, the 82 year-old Sea Captain and former slave trader Joseph White was asleep in his bed when John Francis (or Frank) Knapp crept in through a downstairs window and silently made his way up the stairs to the bed chamber. There he bludgeoned White to death with a club-like weapon fashioned by co-conspirator Richard Crowninshield.

 

Very long and fascinating story short, Knapp and Crowninshield had occasion to believe that if Joseph White were to die with his will having disappeared, his considerable wealth would be spread out among his surviving relatives. As it turns out, one of those was Knapp’s mother-in-law. So that explains why Knapp wanted White dead, but what about Richard Crowninshield. Turns out, he was just a bastard and everyone knew it. He frequented spots of ill repute and was known locally as “disreputable.”

 

The conspirators met at the Salem common and planned the theft of the will and subsequent violent slaying. Unfortunately for them, none of it really worked out. Frank’s brother Joe (another conspirator) attempted to steal the will from an iron lockbox before the murder, but took the wrong document which was, as White was old and not a complete idiot, already safe in his lawyer’s lockbox. So, in the end, a fascinating hunt insued after White’s murder and John Francis Knapp was eventually apprehended as an accomplice to the crime. He rolled over on Richard Crowninshield as the principle in the murder and, therefor based on the legal system of the time, the first to be tried. Richard found this out from a friend before his trial date could occur and as a final insult to the legal system, hanged himself before the authorities could do it. This caused a bit of a problem as the law at the time held that the principle agent in the murder must be tried in order to pursue the accomplices. Cue the legendary Daniel Webster.

 

 

Honestly, this segment is already super long, so I’m not going to go in-depth with who Daniel Webster was and why he’s one of the most iconic Americans who has ever lived, but suffice it to say his coming into this ordeal was a massive affair. He went on to deliver one of the most beautiful, elegantly phrased prosecutorial arguments in the history of my country’s legal system all in an effort to shift the principle blame from the now-deceased Crowninshield to Frank Knapp. Webster was successful and a few months later both Frank and his brother Joe were hanged.

 

The murder and trial were such that the echoes of them reverberated all the way even to New York City and influenced the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne who was in his mid-twenties at the time. These days, the Gardner-Pingree house still stands as a reminder of the brutal slaying and almost cinematic aftermath of it. Plenty of visitors report hearing odd footsteps, doors slamming. They see odd, ghostly faces in the windows. Some even claim that on a certain night in April, if you listen very closely, you can hear the thwack of the club and groans of the old captain as his life slips gruesomely away.

 

1) Hawthorne Hotel

Now, Salem is like a lot of old New England towns in that it can be difficult to draw distinctions between historical facts and legends. Unfortunately, to even begin talking about the historical reasons behind our final haunting, we have to indulge in a bit of legend. Bridget Bishop was the first victim of the Salem Witch Trials and she was, to put it mildly, someone of an enigmatic character in 1692’s Salem. The next video we’re putting together is all about her, actually, so if you’re interested, check out the channel for that.

 


 

Anywho, our final haunting could really be subtitled “A Tale of Two Orchards.” Oddly enough, for reasons I don’t really understand, Bridget Bishop’s apple orchard is somewhat famous in Salem. Both the Lyceum or present-day Turner’s Seafood and The Hawthorne Hotel claim to be built upon the land where the apples once fell. Perhaps they both were? I’m not really sure. Maybe I’ll find out in the course of researching Bishop.

 

 

Anywho, the hauntings of The Hawthorne Hotel begin, at lease chronologically with Bishop and her apple orchard. She is one of many spectres that have reportedly haunted the Hawthorne over the years. Visitors report seeing her spectral visage wandering the halls, bringing with it the scent of freshly bitten apples. She seems to favor room 612. Why that particular room? Well, I’m no numerology expert, but here are some guesses. She was hanged in 1692. There’s an obvious 1, 6, and 2 in there. She was killed on June 10 of that year. So, that would be 6-10-92, which is also kind of close. But this one’s the most interesting. If you actually add up all of the numbers in her death date, you get 1708. Then, divide that number by 2.79 to get 612. What’s 2.79 you ask? A number that works for this scenario. Again, I’m really not an expert.

 

Bridget Bishop has unfortunately been relegated to the set of familiar names connected to The Salem Witch Trials, but few know her story. Today, I'd like to change that. This in-depth analysis tracks Bridget's life, failed marriages, lost children, pre-trials history with witchcraft, role during the Salem Witch Trials, death, and everything in-between. Some of what you'll learn in this episode: 00:01:37 How did Bridget Bishop Die? 00:03:16 When was Bridget Bishop born? How Many Times Has Bridget Bishop Been Married? Bridget Bishop was married three times. 00:03:25 First was to Samuel Wasselbe in 1660. 00:05:29 Bridget married Thomas Oliver in 1666. 00:14:17 And finally Bridget married a prosperous sawyer named Edward Bishop in 1685. 00:17:36 Who Accused Bridget Bishop of Witchcraft? 00:18:33 Why Was Bridget Bishop Accused of Witchcraft? 00:10:03 Did Bridget Bishop Have Kids? For a full transcript of this video and a few other resources connected to Bridget's life, check out the site page here: https://tosalem.com/the-salem-witch-t... As always, when visually depicting people alive in the 17th century, one doesn't generally have portraits to draw from. As such, this episode features several stand-in likenesses for anyone whose portrait I could not locate. These include: Thomas Oliver, Mary Leman, William Stacey, Christian Oliver, and Edward Bishop. There are also a few images of women who are not actually Bridget Bishop, including one contemporary shot, the image of pregnant Bridget, among others. The sources for this episode are numerous, but there are three books in particular that were useful in constructing this episode. They are: - Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials: https://amzn.to/2RFpOTL - A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The Salem Witch Trials: https://amzn.to/2xvOlnh - The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege: https://amzn.to/2Vamces Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Support ToSalem on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tosalem Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite Watch All of the Players in the Salem Witch Trials series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

 

But Bridget isn’t the only deceased denizen of the Hawthorne. The hotel is rather famously the home of The Salem Marine Society. Now, again, this is a topic that’s bigger than this video. But, for our purposes here, know that many sea voyagers have made their way into somewhat hidden alcoves in The Hawthorne. And some of these reportedly never left.

 

Sea captains, mariners, pirates, all have been reported in The Hawthorne. If I had to suppose such a thing, I would suppose that The Hawthorne is probably the most haunted place in Salem in terms of sheer volume and claims of sightings. Why exactly? I’m not sure. It certainly doesn’t have as colorful a history as some of the other places even on this list. It was only built in 1925, which by Salem standards, isn’t that old. Perhaps it has more to do with the venerable nature of its location and namesake. Everything about the Hawthorne feels like Salem. It is, in my opinion, the most Salem of the Salem hotels. Perhaps its very Salemness and the transient nature of its inhabitants, both marine or otherwise, somehow creates a liminal space between our material world and another, less graspable one.

 

I don’t know, really. But I do know that the spirits here aren’t just seafarers and apple pickers. Infant ghosts reside here as well. Room 325 is a coldspot of electrical fault. The plumbing disrupts, the lights falter with no reason behind any of it. Perhaps that’s what’s truly terrifying about The Hawthorne - the sheer variety of seemingly malevolent, inexplicable entities prowling its halls. Viewed through such a lens, one almost longs for the comfort of a known ghost. A woman in the orchard, a drunkard in the cellar, an elderly victim in his deathbed, a merchant creeping through a darkened tunnel. The lens of history reshades each of these into yet more maddening horrors. But none such as these are as chilling as the infant with no name, the slow unexplained motion of a captain’s wheel untouched, yet still revolving on its axis, the moans from nowhere to noone. The Hawthorne Hotel has each of these and more in wait for any and all who dare to invite them in.

 

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Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

 


 

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites is one of the more popular places to stay in Salem. This is true throughout the entire year, but especially the case during the October rush. Is it a good spot for your stay in Salem Massachusetts?

 

Location, Location, Location

Perhaps the most alluring aspect of The Salem Waterfront Hotel is its location directly on Pickering Wharf. From here, you are directly beside witch shops, restaurants, and clothing retailers. The Waterfront is also closest to the ocean (Bed and Breakfasts omitted). So it's easy to get to less witchy and more naturey.

 

From the Wharf, you're also only about a ten minute walk from the Essex Street Pedestrian walkway which is the heart of Salem. While it's not as close to this as say The Hotel Salem, Salem Inn, or Hawthorne Hotel, it's definitely not out of range either. I'd say the distance will only really be a consideration during the coldest months of the year. But, if you're headed to Salem during those months, I'd bet you know what you're in for cold-wise anyway.

 

 


 

Salem Waterfront Hotel Amenities & Reviews

 

Now, if you have a gander at the reviews for The Salem Waterfront Hotel, you're going to notice a few recurring themes:

  • Location is awesome.
  • Comparable prices to other central hotels in Salem.
  • Holy crap, great parking.

But it's around the discussion of amenities section that things get a little topsy-turvy. Here are some quotes:

  • Clean but low-tech rooms, they had HD TVs, old school clock radios and a Keurig machine but that was it, no charging stations etc. 
  • The negatives would include no refrigerator or microwave in the room, no hot showers...warm at best.
  • The air conditioner in our room (429) was LOUD! and it didn't cool the room very well.  We had to leave it on high fan full cool to be able to get the room cool enough (in October) cool enough to sleep in. 

Themes are emerging. You might also come across a variety of comments from guests who have suffered a myriad of disappointing interactions with the hotel staff. Large event planning and food seem to be the big culprits here.

 

 


 

My Thoughts

I have stayed at The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites during the peak season and echo a few criticisms. When I stayed, the staff was somewhat cold and disconnected. But, I chalked it up to Halloween in Salem (as one does so many times with so very many things).

 

I never had issues with the amenities in the room, but did find the parking situation a bit strange. I'm no spring-chicken to Salem hotels. So, when I was asked to move my car from the hotel lot on my final day at The Waterfront, I found it odd. Most of the Salem places I've stayed at are totally fine with checkouts at 11am and leaving the car in the lot until you leave that afternoon. The Waterfront? Not so much. I was asked to drive it across the Congress St. bridge and leave it in a public lot. I mean, I know it's Halloween, but I'm paying for the central parking as much as anything. So this particular request I found more annoying and unnecessary than any other.

 

To be honest, when I go to Salem, if I'm paying this amount for a hotel, The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites is not on the top of my list. It's somewhat antiquated, but without the charm of The Hawthorne Hotel. It's pseudo-modern, but is outpaced now by The Hotel Salem. And it's location is nice, but so are others'. Were it actually on the ocean, presented interesting theming, had exceptional food, was more affordable than its competitors, had banging amenities, or handled its parking efficiently, I would be inclined to give it a go. But, as it is, The Salem Waterfront is neither really on the waterfront, nor where I want to be when I'm in Salem.

 

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

225 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970

(978) 740 - 8788


The Hotel Salem

The Hotel Salem

The Hotel Salem is, as of this writing, the newest offer to the Salem Massachusetts hotel landscape. It was constructed in 2018 and enjoyed its first big influx of visitors during October of that year. Not coincidentally, that’s when I decided to stay in the brand spanking new hotel and boy oh boy do I have some opinions.

 



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The Pros

Perhaps the biggest draw of this new hotel is its central location. It’s literally right on Essex Street in the middle of downtown Salem. This is a HUGE draw as no other hotel in Salem can claim the same. The two nearest ones by my estimation are The Hawthorne Hotel and The Salem Inn. But, these two are on the east and west side of the main stretch in Essex respectively.

Another draw is the rooftop bar. Full discretion here, I didn’t go on my visit. It was cold, windy, and I thought to myself, “I’d much rather be indoors.” There’s also a bar on the first floor and a soon-to-open one in the cellar as well. I didn’t drink at the first floor bar during my stay, nor did I sample the food. But, you can check out the menu here.

 

The Price and Amenities

The Hotel Salem fancies itself an tad on the upscale side and nightly rates definitely reflect that. They’re on average about $150 – $250 per night. For this you get the central location, interesting rooms, priority seating at the bars/restaurants, wifi, access to a complimentary beverage station (that includes coffee, tea, and water).

 



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My Review of The Hotel Salem

Now for my experience with the hotel. The Hotel Salem was rushed in its execution and that’s super clear. In my room alone, there were unpainted swaths of the ceiling, broken hanging hooks, and a toilet paper dowel/mount that was perhaps broken or perhaps totally ineffective – I’m not really sure. The lack of a shower door (which I think was intentional) actually makes the showers much chillier than normal which, in already chilly Salem, is annoying.

 

 

The location is very nice, but the layout of the lobby forces you to constantly pass the bar/restaurant to go to your room or exit the hotel. The result is that your entrance and exit don’t feel very Salem-like. In fact, I think that’s pretty valid descriptor of the hotel in general. I know in a place as varied as Salem, that’s a bit of a strange criticism. Still, there’s nothing spooky, homely, witchy, New Englandy, Halloweeny, Oceanic, Historical, Nautical, etc. about this place. The staff is also inexplicably interested in everything you do. Every time you enter the hotel, you’re asked by at least one person if you’re going to your room. This is due to the fact that they need to sort the bar/restaurant patrons from hotel guests, but being asked constantly seems a cumbersome, inhospitable way to do that.

 

Final Verdict

Having stayed in both of The Hotel Salem’s nearest geographical competitors, I can definitely say that on my next trip to the witch city, I have no intention of returning to this place. The management seems to be at least partially aware of this as I was given, without explanation, a $30 gift certificate upon checkout toward a potential stay at any of The Hotel Salem’s sister-hotels. Kind? Sure. A little desperate? Also sure. If you’re coming to Salem, I’d recommend The Hawthorne Hotel or The Salem Inn before I’d go here. And that’s just if you want to stay downtown. If you can get a little bit further from Essex, the Salem Waterfront Hotel or any of the end and breakfasts are better bets as well.



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