Meet the Innkeepers

35 years ago, Dick and Diane Pabich purchased the 1834 home of Captain Nathaniel West and converted it into a bed and breakfast. Thus, the Salem Inn was born.

Since then, the couple bought and renovated the Peabody House and the Curwen House, expanding the Inn to more than 40 unique historic rooms.

The Pabichs and their three grown children have spent the last three decades helping to revitalize the Salem community through various real estate development projects as well as philanthropic efforts. The family recently installed a freight farm at Salem High School to teach students about hydroponic agriculture and good business practices.

Equally committed to culture and the arts, you’ll find some of daughter Jill Pabich’s artwork at the Peabody Essex Museum, and much of the artwork at the Inn is the work of both Diane and Jill. Diane and Dick are often on-site at the Inn. Over a glass of wine or sherry, ask Dick about his days at Boston College where he met Diane. He’ll proudly tell you the story of Diane’s days at BC. She was one of seven women admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1959 — an honor other women would not receive until 11 years later.

As you walk through the Inn, Diane will point out the antiques meticulously refinished by her husband for each guest room. Diane and Dick, along with the rest of the Salem Inn staff, are looking forward to your stay and are happy to answer any questions you may have about Salem, the Inn or their personal favorites around town.