Thursday, November 10, 2016

New England Day 4- Salem, Massechusetts and Madison, Connecticut

Jack scored us tickets to Hamilton on Broadway.  It was amazingly lucky and we were just beyond ecstatic.  I got him the soundtrack for his birthday and we have been listening to it non-stop since then and have become a little obsessed.  The tickets were released last-minute by the venue (they hold back 10 tickets each show and then release them a day or two before) instead of a third-party seller and they were SEVEN rows back, in the aisle!!  Tuesday night we had a hotel booked in Martha’s Vineyard, but with the ferry schedule and Manhattan traffic, we decided it would be best to get a hotel on the mainland and closer to the city.  I randomly found a hotel in a little beach town called Madison in Connecticut that we booked the last room in, and we said goodbye to Nonantum in Kennebunkport.  Breakfast was at a little sea shanty of a place called the Wayfarer.  I had fresh Maine blueberry pancakes and Jack had lobster benedict.  Wow was it good. 

One of the things I was most excited for on this trip was our visit to Salem, Massachusetts.  When I was a little girl if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said “a witch.”  I love all things spooky, magic, and Halloween.   Honestly, I should have reigned in my expectations a little because they were on a high from a lifetime of anticipation and that made the city less than awesome to me.  Salem is pretty rundown, and though the main street is pretty cute and small-townish the rest is big and not very picturesque.  We did see some cool things though!  The “Witch House,” which is the only building in town still standing that was directly involved in the Salem witch trials, belonged to Judge Corwin, who is one who convicted the women as witches and sentenced them.  It was actually really neat, and what made it even cooler was the fact that as soon as I walked into the house my camera on my phone stopped working.  We took a photo with it out front, but then inside it went blurry and froze the entire time we walked through the house.  When we got back out front I checked it again and it was totally fine!  Spooky :) 

We also saw the Salem Witch Museum, the House of the Seven Gables (the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorn’s book), the Bewitched statue, Pickering Wharf, and Old Burying Point cemetery, where there was a memorial for the women and men hung as witches (and one man who was pressed to death, meaning they put rocks on his chest until he died.  Jack is always interested in sites that hold significance in movies, so we visited some of the buildings from Hocus Pocus.  Allison’s house (the Ropes Mansion), Max and Dani’s house, the high school, and the City Hall where the Halloween Party was filmed.

The drive from Salem to Connecticut was, once again, amazing.  The highways are lined with forest instead of buildings and billboards and there pull-offs to gas stations along the way.  Our hotel, the Madison Beach Hilton Curio, was my favorite of the whole trip.  It looked like an enormous beach house and because ours was the last room available it was the handicap accessible room so it was extra big and had a balcony with stairs that went directly down to the hotel’s private beach.  The beach was in a quiet little cove, was lined with beach chairs and had piles of seashells, small islands right off the coast, and in front of the pathway was grass with wild rabbits roaming around.  They would hop back through the picket fence and into the long grass if you got too near.  The water was warm and we waded around for a while before dinner.

Dinner was in town at an Italian place called Café Allegre (I hadn’t scheduled a restaurant since this town was impromptu).  The chef had photos on the wall with Giada, Rachel Ray, and Bobby Flay.  We ate calamari, lobster bisque, and chicken parmesan.  We grabbed ice cream at Ashley’s nearby (mocha oreo for me and ginger molasses for Jack), and got back to the hotel in time to watch the sunset on the beach.

 The House of the Seven Gables

My absolute favorite hotel.  The Madison Beach Hilton Curio

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