The Best Ice Cream in Salem, Massachusetts

Visitors to the Witch City might be surprised at the number of ice cream shops not just in Salem itself, but on the way to Salem. New Englanders take ice cream seriously. We’ve even got our own terminology for our favorite treats in Massachusetts. We call...

The Best Coffee Houses in Salem, Massachusetts

Travel may broaden the mind but caffeine expands it. Salem has no shortage of “coffee shops” that are really lunch counters where the brew is–at best–an afterthought. The Witch City is rich in excellent bakeries (to be covered in another...
Mistress Firebrand Shoe Giveaway

Mistress Firebrand Shoe Giveaway

Mistress Firebrand is about an actress on the New York stage during the American Revolution. To celebrate the book, we’re giving away a pair of plain undecorated American Duchess “Georgiana” shoes to a lucky winner. You can decorate them to look like...
H. P. Lovecraft’s Summer Home

H. P. Lovecraft’s Summer Home

I read Lovecraft at an impressionably young age, so when I first began working in Salem at the former Essex Institute, now the Peabody Essex Museum, where Charles Dexter Ward was, “very kindly received,” I recognized not just names and places from the...