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Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: O/T - Salem, MA
Like was said, depends on what kind of stuff you like.
I'd definitely go to Quincy Market and grab a bite to eat, definitely go to the North End and have some good italian food, and be sure to go to Mike's Bakery in the North End for some great Italian Pastry also. You can park at the Aquarium parking garage and pretty much walk to these attractions, but it's not cheap, like $20 for a few hours. Have fun with the construction, it was a nightmare the last time Jeepchick and I went into the North End for dinner.
Coming from Hartford, you'll want Route 84 North/East, all the way until it ends at the Massachusetts Turnpike, (aka Route 90, "the Pike", "MASSPIKE", etc.)
Take the Pike Eastbound into Boston (this is a toll road, probably cost you approx. $1.50 to get into Boston from Route 84). Look at a map from there to get yourself to Salem. 84 and the Pike are highways in good condition for the most part - it won't be a bad ride.
There are also some really good classic Irish taverns in the area of Quincy Market, if you happen to like a drink or 2. I would reccomend the Black Rose. They usually have some good Irish entertainment, and it's a fun hopping place usually. Other area pubs are good too.