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Salem?

Postby The Resident Expert » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:30 pm UTC

Looking over the Ts website, and you can take a train from Boston to Salem. My girlfriend and I are planning on going on the Saturday before the meetup. Might anyone else be interested? It is a two hour train ride, so bear that in mind.
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:56 pm UTC

I assume you mean Salem, MA, not Salem, NH? The one-way train ride is only a half hour long. There is also a ferry between Boston and Salem.

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Postby The Resident Expert » Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:31 pm UTC

Wow, my third post on the XKCD forum and I did my math backwards. :oops:
I did not know about the ferry at all, however, so that's really good to know. And that counts as off-season, so it's cheaper, too!
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Postby Bakemaster » Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:23 am UTC

If you're going to see the witches, I have some bad news.
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Postby Azrael » Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:27 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:If you're going to see the witches, I have some bad news.


Salem is good. For food. And beer. (Hmm, maybe we'll head to Salem Beer Works for lunch today!) And loads of crazy people around Halloween.

But don't really expect much else. The museum might be nice if you hadn't been dragged there a score of times between school field trips and out of town college and RL friends who expect it to be tremendously awesome or something. If you're lookin' for quaint New England coastal that is accessable by train, try Gloucester or Rockport (end of that same commuter rail line, 1:10 from North Station, $7.75 each way)

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:00 pm UTC

The pier area, around Pickering Wharf and the House of Seven Gables, has lots of history.

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Postby The Resident Expert » Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:27 pm UTC

Well, I haven't seen the museum, so it will be new to me. I'm not expecting anything amazing, but a few historical markers and a good beer would do me well.
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:36 pm UTC

By "the museum" do you mean the Peabody-Essex museum, as opposed to the tacky and schlocky Witch Museum?

See also: Salem Maritime National Historic Park

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Postby Azrael » Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:40 pm UTC

Peabody Essex is amazing. Witch museum is tacky.

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Postby The Resident Expert » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:27 pm UTC

The maritime park looks interesting. I worked on the construction of the SV Denis Sullivan, Wisconsins Flagship, as well as the Challenge, a life-size replica of an 1800s Great Lakes Schooner built inside of the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee.
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Postby Sprocket » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:21 pm UTC

why not just take your flying machine?
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Postby The Resident Expert » Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:37 pm UTC

No autogyro parking.
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Postby hendusoone » Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:25 pm UTC

Azrael wrote:Salem is good. For food. And beer. (Hmm, maybe we'll head to Salem Beer Works for lunch today!)


Yes. Very very yes. I love that place, especially the week up to St. Patrick's Day, when they have their Irish Cream Stout.

Azrael wrote:If you're lookin' for quaint New England coastal that is accessable by train, try Gloucester or Rockport (end of that same commuter rail line, 1:10 from North Station, $7.75 each way)


But make sure you get on the right train, otherwise you'll end up in Newburyport, the OTHER end of that same commuter rail line. Though, that may be a bad thing. Ipswich is wonderful this time of year.
EDIT: Of course, the 1:10 train is the right train, if you're riding on a weekday. For more schedules on this particular line, hit http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=NBRYROCK
EDIT AGAIN: Silly me... there is no 1:10 train to Gloucester/Rockport. There's a 12:20 or 2:20 weekdays, or 12:15 or 2:15 weekends.

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:13 pm UTC

Newburyport is also a fine place to visit, with a lovely downtown and riverfront.

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Postby DefianceFalcon » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:58 am UTC

I'm all for it.
If you're less historically inclined, the Salem Willows is generally good for some immature fun (SkeeBall!), but I can't remember how late in the year it stays open.

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:48 am UTC

But you might need a taxi to get there; it's too far from downtown Salem to walk. Maybe the tourist trolley goes there.

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Postby DefianceFalcon » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:38 am UTC

Both trolley tours stop there, once an hour or so. But tickets are 12 bucks, valid all day.


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