Spent 3 nights at the Amelia Payson in June of 2008 and had a fantastic stay. The B&B is situated on a residential street, just a block away from the large park in Salem and walking distance from everything in Salem. It is also not too far (walking distance) from the Commuter Rail station. You can take the commuter rail from Boston.
We only had breakfast once because we spent one morning in the Salem Hospital (great vacation!), but the breakfast we did have at Amelia Payson was very good, consisting of fresh cooked waffles, fresh fruit and friendly conversation with others staying there and the owners.
We really enjoyed walking around Salem at night time when the tourist crowd dies down. We found Cafe Gulu-Gulu, which had great coffee and dessert and two friendly Boston Terriers. We also really enjoyed the Indian restaurant (Passage To India), In A Pig's Eye Restaurant and the Salem Beer Works. We rented a car for a day and took a drive to Marblehead, which is a cute town. If you like driving around and looking at houses, this is the place to go!
Overall, we really enjoyed Salem. It was a nice change of pace from the few days we had in Boston and the Amelia Payson House made everything better and even more relaxing.
Don't forget to say "hi" to the Basset Hounds Lucy and Ethel a few doors down. They like to sleep in the sidewalk and not move for ANYTHING!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A little bit about us...Celebrating 27 years as innkeepers, Ada & Donald invite you to their 1845 Greek Revival home. Guest will not only enjoy the grace and charm that is tradition at a true Bed & Breakfast Host Home, but will also appreciate our convenient Historic District location; just steps from all of Salem's limitless activities. Forget about your car, a five minute stroll finds the Witch Museum, the National Park Service Visitor's Center, the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, and all the shops, restaurants, whale watching & harbor tours located at Pickering Wharf Marina. Amtrak train service and/or passenger Ferry to Boston is just four blocks away. ... more less