Road Trip Adventures, Stop 5: Salem, MA

It’s stop #5 on our spring break road trip! Today I’ll tell you about all the cool places we visited in Salem!

{If you want to follow along with the road trip from the beginning start with this post.}


Despite traveling into Salem almost daily when were in Marblehead (it’s where the train station was to get to Boston), we didn’t spend a ton of time there so this post will be a bit shorter than the others 🙂

salem 1

Where to Eat:

  • Howling Wolf Taqueria – Confession: We ate there 3 times in our short visit. It was that good!
    • What to order: Queso + chips and the Tofu Burrito (the pineapple salsa + grilled achiote-marinated tofu = what vegetarian dreams are made of).
  • The Ugly Mug Diner – this diner is quirky and cool as sh!t. They have a giant crocheted egg and bacon hanging from the wall as decor (so obviously I thought it was a super neat place). It’s a little greasy so plan a big walk and smoothies for the rest of the day 😉
    • What to order: Vegiluxe Deluxe Egg Sammich (Fried Egg, Portobello, Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomato & Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese – YES please) and Home Fries.

Where to get COFFEE (because when on vacation you can never drink too much coffee!): Jaho Coffee & Tea (197 Derby Street)

  • What to order: The Coconut Chai Latte – please beware: this latte is life changing! It was amazing. I am now in the midst of research and experimentation attempting to create a mock version (so far it’s been a total flop, but my sister-in-law/former-Starbucks-barista/fellow-latte-lover has given me some great tips to try – stay tuned!).

Where to find souvenirs:

  • Peabody Essex Museum Gift Shop – While we didn’t tour the museum, we did visit the gift shop twice. It’s lovely! There are so many beautiful, unique gifts.
salem fountain
The fountain in front of the Peabody Museum – the raised area is a map of the city (lower parts are the “old city” & the higher parts are the “new city” if I remember correctly…)

If you’re into witchcraft, add Salem to your bucket list! There are witch museums, trinket shops and witch walks/tours everywhere! {Yes, I realize there is some history to explain why this may be the case}

Though – according to Cat – if you aren’t a fan of big crowds: avoid October. Salem swells with visitors – especially around Halloween (for obvious reasons).

If you’re planning a trip to Salem – check out the Official Guide to Salem, MA for additional ideas (like 10 free things to do in Salem) – and happy travels! 🙂

If you’ve ever been to Salem, I’d love to hear about your favorite places to visit so I can add them to my list for our next trip!

Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

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