Because I hadn’t legitimately traveled in over a year, I spontaneously decided to spend a girls’ weekend in Salem, Massachusetts with my close friend and roommate Rachel. The second week in October, we packed our most festive fall clothes and headed north on a 10-hour road trip to Witch City. I am a total sucker for art, history and the holiday season, so Salem this time of the year was an absolute dream for me.
Sightseeing in a new city never gets old, and we were able to explore so many unique places–and try a ton of new foods!–in a relatively short amount of time. I hope to make this weekend trip a tradition, and return to Salem every year for Halloween!
Day 1 | Look 1
On day one we explored downtown Salem, ate fresh seafood at Turners on Church Street and took an informational walking tour of the city with Bewitched After Dark. I wore a mock neck sweater by American Apparel, corduroy overalls by Free People and matte black Dr. Martens. My lipstick is Stone by MAC Cosmetics–one of my favorites for autumn! Salem is definitely a walking city, so I was more than happy to rock this low-maintenance, practical look.
Day 2 | Look 2
We woke up bright and early on the second day so we could explore all the city’s major landmarks, including Derby Wharf and The House of the Seven Gables. After lunch we took another tour, this time with Spellbound. The tour guide was super knowledgable and told us quite a few of the most interesting ghost stories in Salem.
To perk ourselves up after our 7 a.m. wake-up call, we grabbed coffee at Jaho on Derby Street. Usually I prefer tea to coffee, but their maple soy latte was irresistible. Later, we visited the Witch House on Essex Street; this stunning home belonged to Jonathan Corwin, a judge during the 1692 witch trials.
After dinner at an oyster bar called Sea Level, we had a couple of drinks at Far From The Tree on Jackson Street. I absolutely love hard cider, and their drink Ember, which has a cozy blend of chai spices and vanilla, made the alternative to beer even yummier.
The second day was colder than the first, so I sported a gray crewneck sweater, a black and gray printed cardigan, brown paper bag shorts and black stockings. I also wore matte black Dr. Martens and rust-colored chandelier earrings.
Day 3 | Look 3
The morning of our last day in Salem we visited the gorgeous beach off Lynn Shore Drive on the Essex Coast. Then, we journeyed to Gallows Hill and made our way downtown to indulge in fried food from the food trucks and check out the carnival. For dessert we opted for ice cream cones at Maria’s Sweet Somethings on Front Street. I had a scoop of pumpkin (which tastes much better than it sounds) and a scoop of “green monster” (aka mint chocolate chip).
To shield myself from the cold New England air, I wore a vintage leather coat with fringe details, an army green utility jacket and a white t-shirt with plaid trousers and black Nikes. I also took my black sunhat with me for our morning at the beach, of course!