The Salem Insider

Insiders guide to food, entertainment & living in Salem Massachusetts for tourists and residents.

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Parking in Salem

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Categories: community, tourism, travel

UPDATE: due to some changes in Salem MA parking policy we wrote an update to this post, Parking in Salem – an update. People visit Salem year round. Obviously October is the busiest month of the year but tourists flock to this historic city from April till November, giving the residents a brief respite during […]


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Tattoo art in Salem

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Categories: art, community, history, tourism

In this post local photographer and contributor Forrest Frazier tells us about a new photography exhibit at the PEM. No this isn’t an article about the Purple Scorpion or the soon to open Witch City Ink, it’s about some beautiful photographs, the Peabody Essex Museum and moko. (c) Hans Neleman Body Politics — Visions […]


McIntire Fireplace in the Pierce Nichols house

Review of Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style at the PEM

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Categories: art, history, tourism

Samuel McIntire is one of the reasons that Salem has been, and continues to be, a beautiful historic seaport city that people flock to year after year. With this being the 250th anniversary of the birth of Salem’s renowned architect and woodcutter, Samuel McIntire, a multitude of events (including the summer walking tours and Christmas […]


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Photos of the Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

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Categories: art, business, community, events, photos, seasonal, tourism, weather, winter

Salem’s 6th Annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival went pretty much as predicted with the weather playing a major role in its outcome. This year it was warm with intermittent snow and rain. Even through the poor weather conditions we were able to grab some photos. You can blame mother nature for […]