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City Life

Has Witch City Lost Its Way?

On a recent afternoon, visitor traffic was light at the Salem Witch Dungeon Museum. Outside, near several stockades, two bored-looking husbands sat on a bench, […]


The 13 Best Restaurants in Salem Right Now

Massachusetts’s most spellbinding seaport may experience a peak tourist season every October, but to be honest, the North Shore city’s restaurant scene is strong enough […]

Arts & Entertainment

The Best Events, Shows, and Things to Do in Boston All Fall

Attend an art-world reunion centuries in the making. Besides that empty wall space where a stolen Rembrandt once hung, Renaissance painter Titian’s The Rape of […]

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Home & Property

On the Market: A Salem Single-Family with Seaside Views and Entertaining Spaces

20 Naples Road, Salem Price: 1,350,000 Size: 3,412 square feet Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3 If you pictured yourself sipping mint juleps and waltzing through a […]


Explore the Unexplainable At These Mysterious Sites in New England

Sure, tourists flock there every fall to see the sights, but Salem doesn’t have New England’s exclusive rights to the mysterious, and October doesn’t have […]

Home & Property

On the Market: A “Witchy Modern” Single-Family Conversion in Salem

121 North St., Salem Price: $665,000 Size: 1,766 square feet Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1.5 When she set out to renovate this previously unassuming Salem property, […]

Home & Property

Either-Or: A Monochromatic Weston Home vs. a Colorful Salem Manse

Matthew Ortins/Lux Life Productions (Weston); Mike d’Amore/Remark Visions (Salem) 9 Newton Street, Weston Sale Price: $1,265,000 38 Chestnut Street, Salem $1,249,000 28 2,841 square feet […]


Six Haunted Restaurants You Need to Try Near Boston

At some Boston-area restaurants and bars, the spirits aren’t just behind the bar—at least, not if you believe the spooky tales that abound in historic […]

Arts & Entertainment

Calling All Hocus Pocus Fans: A Sequel Is on the Way

Attention lovers of Salem, Halloween, talking black cats, and Bette Midler yodeling “boooook”: Rumor has it there will soon be a Hocus Pocus 2. According to […]

City Life

Salem Horror Fest Changes Venues after Dispute over Political Commentary

Update, 10/11/19 1 p.m.: This story has been updated to add context and comment from Essex Heritage officials. Having to relocate a film festival months in the […]

Arts & Entertainment

Here’s How a Salem Film Festival Is Tackling the Political Horror Show of the Trump Era

As the witching hour approached on November 8, 2016, Kevin Lynch watched the presidential election results through his fingers, scared to look at the TV. […]

Home & Property

These Are the 10 Oldest Homes for Sale in Salem

Before Nathaniel Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter in 1850, he spent his days working at the Salem Custom House and living in a Federal-style manse at 18 […]

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Ledger’s New Brunch Menu Makes Fall Visits to Salem Less Scary

If you’re anything like me, you avoid Salem in the fall like the Wicked Witch avoids water. No disrespect to the beautiful Witch City—draws like […]


The Breakdown: Ledger’s Swordfish Chop

Chef Matt O’Neil brings 19th-century-inspired cuisine to a historical bank building in downtown Salem.

Arts & Entertainment

Virtual Reality and Public Art Collide in “Augmented Landscapes”

Get ready for the Pokémon Go of public art installations. Opening May 27 at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, “The Augmented Landscape” brings together four […]