Sunday, June 12, 2011

Salem, the Witching Hour

This city is truly magical. The brick-lined walkways make you feel as if you are in another century. It's totally pedestrian-friendly, even if you've forgotten your trusty broom. True to it's roots, there are potion shops and fortune tellers ready to direct you in affairs of the heart or other such matters. You can find the perfect witch's hat or let a wand choose you; so long as your intentions are good, all will be well. There are costumed tour guides ready to take you for nightly ghost tours, but, sadly, we didn't get to attend.

The Salem Witch Museum is a must-see for anyone with a desire to learn more about those historic trials. I think I found a relative or two in there. Don't forget about the house of the Seven Gables. And, yes, there is a statue of Elizabeth Montgomery near the center of town. Incidentally, two of us purchased vintage copies of the Hawthorne novel while in Brimfield. What a unique souvenir!

There is also plenty of modern day muggle shopping neighboring the potion shops. Urban Elements was a cool, edgy shop housed in an old building. This place had hot home furnishings as well as awesome accent pieces for home or office, and the shopkeeper was super friendly.

As for vintage shopping, Modern Millie offered consignment finds ranging from 50's prom attire and lingerie to up-to-date casual. Lots of great accessories too! They even advertise that they host after-hours mixers for you and your friends.

I wish we could have taken more time to spend in Salem, but there's always next year.

Stay tuned, up next we're visiting the church camp cottages in Oak Bluffs at Martha's Vineyard.



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