The nice thing about being Part 2 of the trip recap is that I don’t really even have to tell you guys anything because Meg pretty much already summed up the trip. Basically, Salem and the nearby town of Marblehead were everything we wanted them to be. Autumn foliage, charming houses lined up against the rocky coast, readily available and free apple cider (important!), readily available albeit expensive caramel apples (more important!), lots of Halloween crazed people, slightly terrifying lobster dinners, and witches. So actually we didn’t see any witches even though our hotel was supposed to be pretty haunted. But we learned all about them and it was terribly interesting and actually really sad. I won’t get into that right now because I started out taking about how I didn’t need to say anything and yet I’m still talking so I will just stop. Here are some of my favorite images from our trip taken on my Mamiya 645 with Portra 400.
Oh and also….Happy Halloween!!!! If you are looking for some Halloween music, check out this playlist Meg made a couple of years ago. It will be on repeat in my office today.
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Well our Salem trip is over and that is sad. I call this part one of our recap cause Colleen will be sharing her angels film photos once they get developed. In the meantime, I thought I would share mine. I did have some trouble narrowing them down as I am sure you will notice. I am very happy to report that it was a truly delightful weekend that exceeded expectations. I was a little worried that the masses of people I anticipated would ruin some of the charm of our trip but we very cleverly managed to avoid the hubbub when we wanted to. We got there on Friday morning and were able to get some of our tours and things in before it got very crowded and I definitely recommend that if any of you plan a trip to Salem in October, you manage to be there at least one weekday. The difference from Friday to Saturday crowds was huge. One of our best trip decisions was staying in the Hawthorne hotel right in the middle of the historic district. It was very traditional and cozy and they had complimentary apple cider available for us in the lobby any time we needed a fix. Which was often. I would guess Colleen in particular had no less than 7 cups of cider over the course of the weekend. So if anyone was concerned about our cider quota, you can rest your worries. I could also see the water from my room on the 5th floor which was an added bonus. We were located right next to a big park (which was used in filming for Hocus Pocus) and they had carnival concessions with caramel apples and fried oreos. We mostly wandered around for the weekend but did check a few key items off of our to-do list which occupied time between random explorations…
We checked out Pickering Wharf and the pretty ship.
We toured the House of Seven Gables which Nathaniel Hawthorne based his famed novel off of. It even had a secret passage that we walked through.
Corey cutely annoyed Colleen by grabbing at her nose while they stood in front of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.
We saw the Old Burying Point Cemetery which was beautiful and creepy.
We checked out the Witch House but opted not to go in since we had just toured two homes from that period the day before.
We roamed around Allison’s house (from Hocus Pocus) which had a beautiful garden in the back. I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkins.
We walked down Chestnut Street which has all the fancy old homes and big trees with leaves that were satisfyingly autumnal colors.
We found another part of Salem harbor near a big park and enjoyed the view.
It just so happened to be right near Max and Dani’s house (another Hocus Pocus locale).
Then we drove over to neighboring Marblehead and were quite glad that we did. Cause it looked like this…
We pretty much spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the perfect fall atmosphere.
If anyone is planning a trip and looking for some more specifics, just let me know and I would be happy to help. I really can’t imagine a more ideal place to be in the fall than New England and Salem in particular.
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Colleen and I traveled to Seattle for my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. We had never been there and not only was the wedding just lovely but so was the entire trip. It was one of those trips where everything just seemed to work out perfectly and Seattle is a beautiful and also very friendly city. I probably didn’t take quite as many pictures as I usually do and unfortunately in our effort to be polite to the photographer, we left our cameras and took none of the wedding which we were kicking ourselves for because it was gorgeous. But I did take some and Colleen took some on film which she will also share when she gets them developed in a few weeks.
The hotel we stayed in the first night was close to the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, which is a residential area that contains Kerry Park. Right before we went to dinner one night, I remembered that I had read there was a good view of the city from here. Was there ever. A pencil skirt may not have been the best choice of attire for hiking up the insane hill we had to walk up to get there. Nevertheless, we made it and the view of Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the distance on a clear day was truly stunning. If anyone is ever looking for a hotel in Seattle, I highly recommend the Maxwell Hotel for its good location, charming shuttle driver, and free pineapple cupcakes. It was a real winner. Colleen and I went running on Friday morning back up in this area and found some more insane views of the water and the city while running. Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous houses that we were running by.
We went to Pike Place Market on Thursday and walked around a bit as well as had a delicious lunch on the patio at The Pink Door thanks to a recommendation from our friend Brynn at Dandy and Fine Parties. Colleen and Corey also got some gigantic cookies which I should have gotten as well but happily helped myself to.
On Friday we took a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The view of the city from the ferry was amazing. When we got there, Corey popped into the local police station to trade police patches with them (apparently this is a thing?) and we all got to meet the chief of police and deputy and chit chat for a bit. I told y’all Seattle was friendly. They basically offered Corey a job. So that was nice. Colleen is strongly considering this as long as she gets to live in a house on the water at Bainbridge Island.
Pioneer Square was another of our favorite areas of town. We took the Underground Tour and ended up getting a hilarious and very knowledgable guide so it ended up being really great.
The rehearsal dinner and nightcap was at the space needle and we could ride up and down the elevator to the top at our leisure which was seriously cool. If you look at the part of this picture that looks like a fire, those are the fireworks from the baseball game. Probably my best/stupidest comment of the whole weekend was when we were looking out at the city and I asked Chris where the space needle was. I blame it on the three hour time change.
Chris, who is not a coffee drinker, tried his first double shot espresso from Starbucks. When in Seattle…espresso and flannel. It is safe to say he was not a fan. I have some pictures with even more hilarious facial expressions but I was laughing so hard that they are blurry.
Colleen and I actually got a pretty good picture of ourselves taken before the wedding. If you know our history, this was newsworthy.
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