West vs. West

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  Miniature Portraits of Captain Nathaniel West and Elizabeth Derby West Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Captain Nathaniel West (1758-1851), who built the Salem Inn’s West House in 1834, eloped with the daughter of Elias Hasket Derby, Elizabeth “Betsey” Derby, in 1783. Elias Derby owned or held shares in many privateering ships during the American Revolution, which made him …

The Salem Inn Is Rising to New Heights

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  Built in 1834, the West House of the Salem Inn Bed and Breakfast is a fine example of Federalist architecture. It consists of 3 townhouses, 5,7, and 9 Summer Street. As such, it has lots of staircases. Some are grand; others small and winding. We have wanted to meet our guests’ desire for an elevator to bring their luggage …

Say Hello to Our Zebra FInches

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  When you enter the main office of the Salem Inn, you will hear the cheerfully beeping call of our zebra finches as they sing to each other. Housed in a large cage, they flit back and forth, play on their perches, and have babies! Lots of babies. If you look at the nesting baskets provided for them, you will …

Chestnut Street

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A view down Chestnut Street Chestnut Street, right around the corner from the Inn, is a treasure trove of architectural beauty. Mostly built between 1796 and 1805 on farmland, its stately mansions were homes to wealthy sea captains and merchants looking to find some peace away from Salem’s busy waterfront. The houses are examples of Federal architecture, with additions and …

Punto Urban Art Museum

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The Red House by Ledania Sure, the Peabody Essex Museum is a great museum. Expansive in its collections, outreach, and community presence, it plays a big role in the culture of Salem. But did you know there is another museum in Salem, right under our noses—an exciting, free, vibrant museum that represents the diversity of Salem, its people and their …

The Ropes Mansion Formal Garden

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Across the street from the Salem Inn’s Curwen House is the Ropes Mansion at 318 Essex Street, owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. A leafy arbor forms a shady entryway to the treasure that lies ahead—a gorgeous one-acre formal garden. Concentric pathways wind around beds of dahlias, roses, lilies, delphinium, and many other native and exotic plants. Koi swim among …

Hocus Pocus!

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Hocus Pocus! If you’re a fan of Disney’s 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, Salem’s got some treats for you! Many of the places in the movie were actually filmed here. Pioneer Village, at Forest River Park, 310 West Avenue, is where the opening scenes were filmed featuring Binx in his human form before he was cursed and changed into a cat. …