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Salem, just north of Boston, is one of the nation’s oldest port cities. From the beautiful waterfront and harbor, to its vibrant streets, there is plenty to love about downtown Salem. The downtown district’s square mile is incredibly walkable, making it perfect for strolling and exploring the classic architecture, artesian shops, and 60+ restaurants and food establishments. Not only that, Salem happens to be one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the country, having received a perfect score in the HRC Equality Index. Salem’s recent Age-Friendly Initiative also aims to ensure that couples continue to love and live here comfortably, no matter their age!
If you go: Wake up and enjoy a leisurely morning at The Merchant hotel—this boutique hotel has fireplaces in every room! If you’re there in the summer, grab some goodies at the Cheese Shop of Salem and head to the waterfront for a picnic. If you’re there for Valentine’s Day, stroll through town to check out the ice sculptures at Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival. Later that evening, treat yourself to a romantic dinner at Firenze Trattoria, then sip a craft cocktail with locally-distilled gin before hitting the dance floor at Opus.
Salem Main Streets is a Standard Member of the National Main Street Center.
It’s no secret that we love Main Streets. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing the #MainStreetLOVE with a list of the Most Romantic ones we could find. Whether you prefer cozy small towns or vibrant city neighborhoods, these romantic destinations will have you packing your bags for an amorous weekend getaway.
Check out the podcast we did with Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan last year
Creative Salem Podcast – Episode #001 Kylie Sullivan of Salem Main Streets Discussed in this episode. Salem Main Streets Salem Arts Festival Salem Arts Festival Fundraiser Salem Farmers Market Creative Salem and Salem Main Streets have also begun a monthly feature showcasing a unique and creative downtown business that brings something wonderful to the downtown.
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