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Salem: Morning Glory B&B

Phone: (978) 741-1703

Reviewed by: rkorchid from NH, review #3082

When: June 2011

Charming, restored Georgian Federal B&B in the waterfront district, ideally located for exploring historic Salem.

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We spent three delightful days here in June; if only the weather had been so delightful. There are three double rooms off a central living area on the second floor and a suite on the third floor. The building is a restored Georgian Federal. All the rooms are charmingly decorated in period style. Some have four poster or canopy beds or fireplaces.

But all the rooms have private baths, window air conditioners, and flat screen televisions. The bathrooms (equipped with hair dryers) are modern and immaculate. The common living area has a guest computer, microwave, coffee maker, and guides to area attractions. There is a fully furnished rooftop deck with harbor views and a garden sitting area. Ample parking is available for the four rooms.

The B&B is on a dead end street facing the parking lot for the House of Seven Gables. So it is a very quiet location. It is an easy walk to the waterfront and the historic district including all the witch related attractions and the spectacular Peabody Essex Museum. The tourist trolley stops across the street at the House of Seven Gables.

Breakfast is provided on the first floor with seating around a massive pub style table. Our mornings began with fruit cup and freshly baked breads which varied each day. There was also cheese bread, cereals, and granola. There were no hot dishes although we were offered home made baked beans one morning (this is New England after all).

Probably the best feature of the B&B is the warm welcome and friendliness of the hosts, Bob and Marcel.

In addition to being a fascinating destination on its own, Salem is a great place from which to explore the coast of north shore Massachusetts. The ferry (5 minutes away) and the train provide convenient access to nearby Boston.

We are going back for four days in September and plan to take the ferry into Boston for one day.

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