Days 45-46 – Salem, MA

After a brief break to fly home for a dear friend’s wedding, Jasper and I were back in the car (thank the Lord, it was safe!) and headed back north a little to Salem, MA…until I realized I accidentally booked Salem, NH. No wonder I was able to find the night at the La Quinta! My first booking mistake…luckily it was not much further of a drive. But it was late, as our flight didn’t land until 6, so we crashed out soon after arriving.

Fresh and ready to go the next morning, we headed to Salem, MASSACHUSETTS. Found free street parking a couple blocks from the old town, and in typical Natalie-fashion, looked for what to do upon arrival. Luckily, I found a tour that allowed dogs (Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tours). While waiting for our tour, we got some ice cream. The tour allowed dogs and was only $8…so I’m just going to say it wasn’t my favorite, but I’m sure their other tours are good – they have a good rating on TripAdvisor. Our guide came out to greet the group smoking a cigarette, he didn’t seem to temper his stories with a little girl there, he walked so much faster than the group, and told long stories that were not always related to the sights we were seeing. The little girl kept asking when it was over, and I felt the same way. The tour was not in a circle, and dropped us off at the start of their next tour (sneaky, huh?), but he provided no direction as to how to get back to the starting point. Thanks dude.

Salem is fairly dog friendly, and we easily found a patio for lunch at Rockafellas. A decent burger, fries, and beer. We then got back on the road south to Plymouth for the night. For dinner, I found a little restaurant that I would not typically pick (as it was in a MALL), but the ratings were good. Bar Rustic was pretty nice, though there was no hostess to greet patrons, and it took a bit for the bartender to notice me (there was maybe 2 others at the bar). That aside, he was friendly, I got $1 oysters, and a couple of drinks.

In the morning, we went downtown Plymouth…at 10…nothing much was open and their was construction all over. And I was antsy to get to Falmouth/Cape Cod. After a quick picture or two, we were back on the road for our last 2 nights in Massachusetts.

Stayed At: (1) La Quinta Inn & Suites Salem – $107.37 (used CC points), dog friendly; (2) Baymont Inn and Suites Kingston Plymouth Bay – $164.58 (used CC points), dog friendly ($15)

Ate At: (1) Maria’s Sweet Somethings – $4.50 Milky way ice cream (dog could be carried inside); (2) Rockafellas – $12 Angus Burger, $5.50 Notch Beer, dog friendly; (3) Bar Rustic – $4 Oysters (x4), $9 Cecchi wine, $12 Paper Plane cocktail

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