Eric and I used to hop on the Fung Wah bus all of the time to take the $15 trip to Boston, but this time around we went out of our way to try some new things while we were in Massachusetts. We used Salem as our home base (hotel prices in Boston were insane because of the marathon), and I think it was one of the highlights of our trip. While Salem may be most widely known for the infamous witch trials and other “supernatural” occurrences (a fact which they pander to immensely for the tourist crowd), the city also boasts a rich maritime history and the wonderful Peabody Essex Museum. We stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel which may or may not be haunted. Ghosts asides, the pancakes in the main dining room were out of this world, and I would gladly return for the breakfast alone.
We spent the day at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum before venturing into Boston for a stroll along Newbury Street and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants: Grotto. I’ve sung its praises before, but the garlic soup and spaghetti with meatballs will knock your socks off!