About this listing
Wake up to beautiful sunrises and the sound of the ocean from this oceanfront 2 room Victorian apartment in quaint Salem Willows neighborhood. This basement apartment is half above grade, and has full sized windows making it is bright and cheerful. It has been recently renovated offering an equipped kitchen, new bath and a good sized bedroom w/queen bed & two comfy chairs.
The apartment comfortably accommodates two people and consists of a nicely equipped kitchen, a good sized bedroom with a queen sized bed and a recently renovated bathroom with a heated floor. There is also an IKEA futon chair that opens out to a single futon bed if you don't want to share the bed.
All bed linens and towels are provided as well as all cooking and eating utensils.
There is a flat screen TV with cable and also WiFi access.
One parking space available.
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
Because we live on the property, we greet our guests at check-in and inform them about the apartment and about the many great activities in Salem and the surrounding areas. There are also several vacation brochures available in the apartment.
We are available for more questions during their stay, but in general, we respect our guests' privacy and only interact upon their request.
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 light house, several small beaches, fishing pier, game arcades, kiddie rides, kayak rentals, stand-up paddle board rental, and lots of great fast food including the best popcorn you'll ever taste are just some of the attractions 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.
Arriving from Boston Logan Airport:
Besides renting a car and fighting the traffic, there are several options for getting to Salem.
1. Take the MBTA from the airport to the Wonderland Station in Revere and hire Uber or a taxi from there.
2. Take the MBTA from the airport to North Station to get the train to Salem Depot. However you have to switch trains at Government Center. It takes about 25 minutes to get to Salem. The house is 2.5 miles from the station. Uber/Taxis are an option from there.
3. The Boston to Salem fast ferry runs from May through October. Check the Internet for schedule and prices. It's about a 20 minute walk to the house from the ferry.
The sightseeing trolley stops nearby the house 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/Uber are also readily available.
Many guests opt to walk the 1.5 miles to town.
The train station also has buses to Boston and trains to Rockport, Gloucester and Newburyport.
Salem is a great home base to explore the area from just south of Boston to Southern Maine.
Other things to note
Salem is an ideal location from which to explore many of the surrounding areas such as Boston, Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, Marblehead, Gloucester, Rockport, and Newburyport Mass. In addition, it is accessible for a day trip to southern New Hampshire and southern Maine, as well as Plymouth Plantation which is south of Boston, and Providence RI which is about an hour away.
It is not that convenient to drive to Cape Cod for the day, however there is a daily, seasonal ferry that runs from Boston to Provincetown, on Cape Cod.
Salem offers many things to do and see, and not just in October. Here is a partial list of Salem's year round events. 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.
February -Salem So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival
March - The Salem International Film Fest (all doc film festival)
April - Restaurant Week
May - Massachusetts Poetry Festival
June- Salem Arts Festival, North Shore Pride Parade
July - Fourth Of July Horribles Parade, Fireworks
August- Maritime Festival, Salem Heritage Days, Salem Free Jazz & Soul Festival, Antique and Classic Boat Festival
October- Halloween Haunted Happenings
November- Fall Restaurant Week
December- Historic Salem Christmas House Tour, Holiday Happenings- Tree Lighting, Santa Visit, Holiday Walk, and New Year's Eve Events
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 us (text or call) within 24 hours of your arrival with an ETA. If there is a change PLEASE contact us with the new ETA. We are happy to accommodate you with late check-in, but we must stay in touch so we can arrange our schedules accordingly.
If you don't call or text and we 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 PM.
You are welcome to enjoy the yard and ocean. Sunrise and sunset are, of course, beautiful to experience.
My husband and I purchased our 1886 home in the Salem Willows area a few years back and have been lovingly "restovating" it ever since, meaning we used many building materials and fixtures salvaged from other buildings.
There is a fully equipped two room apartment in the basement, that is half above grade. It's full sized windows let in plenty of light and give a direct view of the ocean. Because thousands of tourists visit Salem every year, back in 2012, we decided list it on Airbnb and have loved it.
We have since added two other properties to Airbnb, that we help manage.
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 currently teach "Let Your Yoga Dance," an energetic and joyful conscious movement class. I am also a Marconic Quantum Recalibration Practitioner which is a powerful new energy protocol.
I adore tea and brew a pot of whole leaf tea every afternoon.