Day 1: Arrive in Salem and check into your hotel, your base for the next five nights. Since 1626, when the first settlers arrived, Salem has become a destination for over one million visitors annually. A walking city, known as an American historic treasure, it is filled with beautiful historic buildings, lovely shops, inns and restaurants. After a dinner of exceptional, seasonal cuisine, Jean Moss, your host and guide, will introduce you to Ipswich in the 17th century.
Day 2: Begin the day with a very knowledgeable and charming local historian. You will learn about the rich history of Salem's 17th century and enjoy a walking tour of several historical sites, including the famous witch memorial.
In the afternoon we take a short drive to Danvers to visit the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, the 17th century property associated with the Salem Village Witchcraft of 1692. After a tour of this beautifully restored property, we return to the hotel to rest our feet and enjoy a light refreshment in the Tavern. We will enjoy a delicious seafood dinner on Salem's beautiful waterfront.
Day 3: This morning we drive to neighboring Ipswich. With more 17th century houses than any town in America, Ipswich is a living history museum. We begin the day with a guided walking tour, seeing many of the oldest homes. We end the morning with a private tour of the 1677 Whipple House, one of the finest examples of First Period architecture.
We enjoy our lunch in a 17th century inn, restored to look much as it did 300 years ago. In the afternoon we participate in a unique event. As part of the town's 375th Anniversary celebration, we can assist an architectural historian in the building of a replica of a 17th century Ipswich house. We'll learn about First Period American architecture from an expert and sympathize with the early colonists who had so many challenges to face.
Tonight we enjoy an entertaining cooking class and prepare our dinner with authentic 17th century recipes. You'll be surprised how delicious our creations will be. And remember--the fork had not yet been invented!
Day 4: We begin the day with a scenic drive along the "Gold Coast" of the North Shore to our destination of Gloucester, America's oldest seaport. We have a tour of a fascinating 40 room oceanfront "cottage", Beauport, a national historic landmark filled with 300 centuries of authentic furnishings. We then enjoy our lunch aboard a three-masted schooner as we sail around Gloucester Harbor, hearing tales of the old seafaring days.
In the afternoon we tour the beautiful Cape Ann peninsula, stopping to explore the most picturesque, quintessentially New England fishing village of Rockport. This evening is a gastronomic New England dinner overlooking the ocean.
Day 5: Today we visit the 17th century town of Newbury, headquarters of Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive heritage and preservation organization in the nation. Their expert guides will take us through two of their 17th century properties, teaching us about daily life as it was for the Puritans who settled this community in 1635.
We have lunch in the historic seaport of Newburyport and free time to explore on our own. On our way back to Salem we visit the historic Crane Estate in Ipswich with its 59 room Stuart style mansion overlooking Ipswich Bay. We end the day at Appleton Farms, established in 1635 and thought to be the oldest continuously working farm in the country. Tonight is our farewell dinner at an elegant and historic dining establishment in Salem.
Day 6: This morning we visit the Peabody Essex Museum, America's oldest continuously operating museum, for a talk and tour of their 17th century collection. Our tour ends with lunch at the hotel.
- 5 nights in Salem's landmark Hawthorne Hotel - in the heart of downtown Salem (Historic Inns of America)
- All breakfasts (5), 3 lunches, and all (5) gourmet dinners
- Escorted by Jean Moss, Owner of Olde Ipswich Tours and local historian
- Private tour with expert guide of the First Period (1625-1725) Rebecca Nurse Homestead, associated with the Salem village Witchcraft of 1692
- Guided tour at the Peabody Essex Museum of the 17th Century collection and the Phillips Library, a major resource for New England life and culture
- Cooking Class: prepare and enjoy a 17th century New England seafood feast
- Sail the 65' schooner Thomas E. Lannon in Gloucester Harbor - America's oldest seaport and the first settlement in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
- Learn about 17th century architecture and historic preservation; visit private homes built in the First Period; see a replica of a 17th century timber-frame, one room house being built in Ipswich
- Visit Appleton Farms, established 1638 - one of the oldest continuously working farms in the USA
- Learn about archeological digs taking place today in Ipswich
- All tips and taxes.
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