About this listing
Wake up to beautiful sunrises and the sound of the ocean from this oceanfront 2 room Victorian apt in quaint Salem Willows area. This recently renovated apt offers an equipped kitchen & bath a good sized bedroom w/queen bed & fold out single futon.
This charming apartment consists of a fully equipped kitchen, a good sized bedroom with a queen sized bed and an IKEA futon/chair that folds out into a single bed and a renovated bathroom with a heated floor. All bed linens and towels are provided as well as all cooking and eating equipment.
There is a flat screen TV with cable and also WiFi access.
One parking space available.
Salem offers many things to do and see, and not just in October. Here is a partial list of upcoming events in 2015. You can also visit the web sites for the Chamber of Commerce's Main Streets and Destination Salem Events as well as the City of Salem's website for more information.
2/6 - 2/15 Salem So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival
3/5 - 3/12 The Salem International Film Fest (all doc film festival)
3/15 - 3/19 & 3/22 - 3/ 26 Restaurant Week
4/26 Run/Walk For HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)
5/1 - 5/3 Massachusetts Poetry Festival
6/20 North Shore Pride Parade
7/4 - Fourth Of July Horribles Parade
7/17 - 7/19 Salem Arts Festival
7/31 - 8/2? Maritime Festival (check dates)
7/31 - 8/9? Salem Heritage Days (check dates)
8/15 - 8/16 Salem Jazz & Soul Festival
8/22 - 8/23? Antique and Classic Boat Festival
10/1 -1 10/31 Halloween Haunted Happenings
11/8 - 11/12 & 11/15 - 11/19 Fall Restaurant Week
11/28- 1/1? Holiday Happenings- Tree Lighting, Santa Visit, Historic Salem Christmas House Tour, Holiday Walk, and New Year's Eve Events
The apartment has it's own private entrance. Guests are welcomed to sit out or enjoy a meal in the yard overlooking the water. Please note that there are large boulders abutting the sea wall, so young children must be well supervised.
Interaction with Guests
I greet my guests face to face prior to check-in, which sometimes means having them stop by my workplace which is about 1 mile from the house. I enjoy telling my guests about the apartment and about the many great activities in Salem and the surrounding areas.There are also many vacation brochures in the apartment.
I am available for more questions during their stay, but in general, I respect my guests privacy by not bothering them.
Located about 1.5 miles from downtown Salem, the house is situated in a quaint Victorian waterfront neighborhood. It's about a 30 minute walk or 5 minute drive to many historic sights and Halloween activities.
The Historic Salem Willows amusement area, one of the oldest in the country, is one block away. A fishing pier, game arcades, kiddie rides, kayak rentals, stand-up paddle board board rental, lots of great fast food including the best popcorn you'll ever taste are just some of the amenities the area has to offer. (Note that The Willows businesses are only open April-Nov)
There are also many beautiful places to walk in the Willows and Winter Island Park areas. Four neighborhood beaches are also within walking distance.
We are 2.4 miles from the commuter train station. Then a 25 minute train ride to Boston.
The sightseeing trolley stops nearby from April-November. The trolley is good for one day of getting around Salem. It costs @$15 for one day unlimited hop on and off, and includes a tour.
Taxis are also readily available.
Many guests opt to walk the 1.5 miles to town.
The public transit station with buses and trains to Boston and trains to Rockport, Gloucester and Newburyport is 2.5 miles away. It's about a 25 minute train ride to Boston.
Other Things to Note
There numerous road a bike races throughout the year. Check the internet for more info
Please note: There is a 3 night minimum stay for holiday weekends.
Upon booking, guests MUST provide their cell phone number. You also must contact me (text or call) within 24 hours of your arrival with an ETA. If there is a change PLEASE contact me with the new ETA. I am happy to accommodate you with late check-in, but we must stay in touch so I can arrange my schedule accordingly.
If you don't call or text me and I have to contact you, you will have to write on the chalkboard "I am sorry for not contacting my host" 500 times! No exceptions!
Sorry for the strictness, but this has been a problem in the past. Please understand that we are not a hotel with 24 hour staffing.
We want you to feel comfortable and enjoy yourself so guests are free to come and go at as they wish. However, in consideration of our neighbors, we only ask that you be mindful of loud noise after 11:30PM.
You are welcome to enjoy the yard and ocean. Sunrise and sunset are, of course, beautiful to experience.
Wunderschönes Haus. Der Blick auf die Bucht grandios. Für uns drei ( mit 15 jähriger Tochter) etwas knapp, dafür hielten wir uns sehr viel draußen auf. Dale war supernett und hilfsbereit.
Danke Dale , wir fühlten wir uns wie zu Hause
This was an unexpectedly magical vacation for me, in large part because of Dale and her amazing home. Peace and serenity breezed through the open windows carrying a fresh scent and a calming sound.
Dale is very warm and personable and yet she gives you your space and privacy. She's also very organized which eliminates guesswork and stress.
The apartment is clean, organized, and well-equipped for a substantial stay. I arrived late and tired, so I was thrilled to see that she had a coffee maker, coffee, and condiments for a few cups of Joe in the morning. Every morning, I'd start the day by making coffee and then enjoying it in one of the pink chairs, while basking in the sounds and smells of the ocean.
Dale has complied an information folder including things to know about: the apartment, the area, tours, and her own personal restaurant reviews! She is quite knowledgable about Salem and it's history, both of which I found interesting and helpful.
I'm hoping to return next year and spend lots of time in one of those pink chairs just soaking up the peaceful nature.
Dale, you're a warm and wonderful hostess and I thank you very much for a great experience. It was just what the doctor ordered! Sara from LA
Dale and her husband were both very warm and welcoming. The apartment was clean and nicely decorated and the view is lovely. The location is very close to downtown, which is great if you are looking to visit the many museums and shops there. I would highly recommend this apartment!
Dale and John were gracious and accommodating hosts. Dale provided a lot of helpful information including her own rating system for area restaurants. Their location is perfect - on a quiet, shady street and right on the water with breathtaking views, but still a quick drive to downtown Salem. The accommodations were as described and pictured - pleasant and well appointed and equipped with sunny rooms despite being partially below ground level. A very positive experience.
The perfect place to visit Salem: Beautiful appartment, with a splendid view, and a wonderful host! Dale, thank you for everything!
Dale's home is just wonderful. It's like described. The small cozy flat is equipped with everything you need. Dale is also very helpful.
The yard and the oceanview is just amazing.
You May Walk within a Minute to the next Beach.
Just Great, would come again.
About the Host, Dale
My husband and I moved back to Salem Willows a few years ago and purchased this unique 1886 home. We have been working on it ever since. I have dubbed the work on the house a "restovation" as we used many building materials and fixtures salvaged from other buildings. Our goal was to have it live modern but look old.
There is a two room apartment in the basement, that is half above grade and has a beautiful view of the ocean. Rather than rent it out yearly, we decided to rent it seasonally, and get the chance to meet new people.
I am, as my son calls me, a "creative whirlwind" who loves to do many things, including, filmmaking and screenwriting, oil and acrylic painting, cooking and baking, gardening, beading and knitting. I was a tour guide at the Salem Witch Museum and love talking about Salem's rich history. Traveling is also high on my list.
I love tea and brew a pot of whole leaf tea every afternoon.