Salem is a hot spot come fall, but there’s much more to it than witches and witch hunts. We love to go to Salem for the Peabody Essex Museum, where right now you can also check out something way more powerful and intriguing than witches (well at least as intriguing): The Strandebeest. There is also Salem Willows which is so much fun, with it’s grassy area, small beach and the piece de resistance, it’s boardwalk with lots of old school video games and rides. Salem also has some great spots to eat. We’ve had fun as a family dining at the Flying Saucer Pizza Company with it’s all things space and aliens themed dining room. I think they even had a Star Trek version of Monopoly we could play. There are the treats and sweets being made at Harbor Sweets and I’ve heard that there are some great bakeries in town too.
I was recently invited to a tasting at Turner’s Seafood and this time I was joined by my oyster loving daughter Isabelle. Isabelle and I headed up to Salem for a girls’ afternoon one Sunday and joined a group of fellow food bloggers at the Oyster bar. I can’t really head up toward the North Shore without craving a little seafood. The seafood I usually get though is the steamer, clam shack variety, I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect at a sit down restaurant “up North”. Us city folks can get a little spoiled and snobby and although I know the North Shore has some great surprises I haven’t had a chance to discover them yet.
Turner’s Seafood was a great surprise not only was the food excellent, but the space is fabulous. I could spend any Friday night there for a cocktail and some oysters, a lazy Sunday morning for brunch or just about any night of the week for dinner with friends.