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Weekend Getaways from Salem, MA

There is so much to see and do just a short road trip away from Salem, MA.

Weekend Trips from Salem, MA

Salem, MA, is one of the most intriguing places to visit in New England. Its historic buildings, arts and culture, and of course the infamous witch trials, make it a draw for travelers year-round. If you live in the area, it’s always fun to be a tourist in your own exciting town. But it’s also fun to plan a weekend trip from Salem, MA, for a change of scenery. There is so much to see and do, and it only requires a short road trip. Whether you’re hoping for a quiet weekend in the country or an inspiring getaway full of arts, culture, and gourmet adventures, you’re sure to discover something incredible on your weekend escape.

Short Day Trips from Salem, MA


Even though it’s just a quick 5 miles around the harbor, Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a great place for a weekend away from Salem! Enjoy seeing the other side of the harbor and visit the Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. With just under 1 mile of trails through the thicket, it’s a beautiful place to see migratory birds. On warm summer days, a visit to Devereux Beach is a must. Enjoy the pristine sand and gorgeous ocean views!


Just about 40 minutes north of Salem is Ipswich, Massachusetts. A coastal town, Ipswich has an adorable waterfront area filled with galleries, boutique shops, and cafes. It’s a fantastic place to spend an afternoon wandering through the waterfront area, checking out the boats and stores! Enjoy spending some time in the Ipswich Museum and see vintage vehicles from the 1800s as well as many other local historical items.

Longer Excursions from Salem, MA

Martha’s Vineyard

Possibly one of the most well-known places in Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard is about three hours away from Salem and is the perfect weekend trip. Drive south and then take the Woods Hole-Vineyard Haven Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Lambert’s Cove Beach is a must-see, as well as the iconic East Chop Lighthouse. There’s nothing quite like ordering a delicious, fresh lobster roll to-go and enjoying it while taking in the incredible ocean views along the coastline.

Cape Cod

About 100 miles south, Cape Cod is one of our favorite weekend getaways from Salem. Wander through the quaint, coastal shops and appreciate the views of the lighthouses. It’s the best place in Massachusetts for some fresh seafood! The beaches are beautiful and especially enjoyable in the summer. President John F. Kennedy Museum is a must, and be sure to take time to sit and watch the sailboats moving along the coastline.

Best Places to Stay

When it comes to a weekend trip away from Salem, the hardest decision you’ll face is where to go! The easiest decision, though, is to stay at a Select Registry bed and breakfast. With luxurious accommodations and our world-class customer service, we work hard so that you can relax on your vacation. Enjoy our many amenities as well as a delicious, homemade breakfast every morning of your stay with us. Browse our current selections of properties below.

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