Day Trips – Salem, MA – Boston

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With witches in every direction, Salem, Massachusetts during Halloween turns into a real life Tim Burton movie. Even when it is not Halloween-time, you will still see your fair share of witches. But as the old saying goes, “The more witches, the more lines.”

Today, we are going to let you in on a few of our favorite spots in town. High quality spots in low traffic areas.

Deb’s Diner

Located outside of the main stretch of Salem is one of the city’s most precious gems. Some say that Deb’s is even more of a must-see than the Salem Witch Museum (That might only be us saying that…).

This spot is as “old-school diner” as you can get. Here, you can grab a seat at the counter and watch the staff masterfully whip up your breakfast. Like at most good diners, you get a great bang for your buck, and will certainly not be leaving hungry.

Deb’s pancakes overflow off the plate, and you never know what delicious flavors they will have on their Specials menu. From Oreo cream to Fruity Pebbles, they have done it all.

Another classic is their grilled muffins– homemade muffins cut in half and heated up on the grill. Want something a little more savory to start the day? Look no further than any of their monster omelettes, or their vast selection of out-of-this-world benedicts. This is the only place where you’ll truly start your day drinking across Salem right.

Sea Level Oyster Bar

We can’t think of many better ways to spend an afternoon than at an open-air bar overlooking the water. Located just down the street from Salem’s main drag, Sea Level Oyster Bar is the perfect spot to relax, take in the views, and avoid the crowds of downtown.

With “Oyster” in the name, you know that those will be good– but what you might not expect from this seafood spot– killer buffalo wings. We definitely recommend all of the seafood here, but if there is any extra room, the mango buffalo wings take the classic buffalo wing to another level.

Another item– which you probably won’t find on any other menu– is the chowder fries. Yup, French fries topped with clam chowder and cheddar cheese. We can’t help but think that this is the “New England twist” on the classic Canadian dish poutine.


Located just across the way, Finz also has dockside seating, and offers a more upscale experience for those looking to experience the finer things in Salem, MA. With a robust seasonal drink menu, this is the perfect spot to switch it up from your old reliable vodka sodas.

Finz takes your favorites and puts a twist on them. With drinks like the Spicy Ginger Mango Margarita and the Blackberry Gin Ricky, each libation sounds more mouth watering than the last.

Food-wise you can’t go wrong at Finz. Whether you split a bunch of their seafood apps or go for a full entrée, you will be leaving satisfied.

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