We arrived in Salem well ahead of our check-in time. Luckily, not only were we able to park in our hotel lot, but they allowed us to check in as well (love when that happens!). Once we dropped off our suitcases, we were back out the door and checking out Pickering Wharf.
Salem was once one of the main trade centers of America. Evidence of its history in trade is all over Salem, but nowhere more than at the wharf. The only problem was that it was raining like crazy and photography wasn't really possible...
We briefly made it into the center of town to check out Burial Point. Many of Salem's citizens are buried here, including one of the children of Reverend Cotton Mather, a minister who had his own impact on the Salem Witch Trials. At this point, it began to pour, so we packed it in and headed out for lunch.
Our favorite place to eat in Salem shows our utter lack of gourmet palates, I'm afraid. But we are simple people with simple palates...and we don't like change...so we headed immediately to the Salem Beer Works. It's part of a small chain of microbrewery restaurants (Boston, Salem, Lowell, etc.). Good beer (which I don't like and drink about once every never years) and great pub food!
Um...should I even be here?
The rest of the first day in Salem was spent shopping for umbrellas, ducking from the misty rain that seeped into every pore, and retreating to the hotel room for a game:
"Here comes the monster!"
We went to bed hoping that the next day would be sunny and warm....Heh.