Monday, June 17, 2013

Boston Trip Part 2

Day 2 of my Boston Trip started with a road trip to Salem!

We parked in a lot next to St. Peter's Episcopal Church so we stopped inside to check it out. They were actually having a service so we didn't stay too long. This really nice lady tried to get us to stay, but we told her we were short on time (which we were, we had to leave no later than 2:00 to get back to Boston in time to get ready for the concert that night). She gave us a brochure that had information about the church, as well as the bulletin for that day's service. If we had more time, we would have stayed to check out the service. It wasn't very crowded, but everyone seemed really nice. 

We only had a few hours to spend in Salem, so we stopped by the visitor's center to see what were the "must see" places in town. We met this really nice gentleman named Bob who drew on a map of the best places to see. It saved us from wandering around wasting time (and seeing some really cheesy witch museums- which he confirmed were NOT worth the price of admission). 

Bob- super nice guy!
Our first stop was the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. There are 20 granite "benches" with the names of those who were executed for being a "witch". Across from the memorial was the cemetery where most of those involved in the witch trials are buried. It's the second oldest burial ground in the United States. 

I really enjoyed walking around Salem, it seems like a neat, peaceful little town. I really wish we had more time to spend there.

There were a lot of places we didn't have time to tour, like the Custom House and the Friendship, but we went by them anyways.

We were able to go by The House of Seven Gables, which is a mansion that was built in 1668 and was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic The House of Seven Gables. I'm just going to go ahead and confess I've never read it. But maybe I should. We didn't have time for the tour, but the nice ladies at the front desk gave us a "visitor's pass" so we could at least look around the outside of it.

The most important stop of our trip was at Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companiewhich is America's oldest candy company. Sadly it was too hot to buy any of the chocolate (we were afraid it would melt), but I did pick up some mints. 

This nice guy took our picture by the harbor.
We met this cutie during our walk around Salem, his name was Sampson. 
We made a quick stop at the Witch House, which is the only remaining structure that has ties to the witchcraft trials from the 1600s. Jonathan Corwin was the trial judge and he lived here. Next time I go to Salem, I'll take the tour inside!

We continued on to Chestnut Street, which is a registered national historic landmark. There were some beautiful homes there! There was one called The Phillips House which is one of the mansions you can actually go in and tour.

We stopped for a quick lunch before heading back to Boston. We wanted to rest for a while before heading out to see New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and 98 Degrees!!

Thanks to Jodi for letting me borrow a dress...and shoes...and jewelry, for the concert! :)

On our way to meet Jodi's cousin for dinner, we went by TD Garden (the arena where the concert was being held) and just randomly saw Nick and Drew Lachey (from 98 Degrees) getting into a van. Nick waved at us.
Nick Lachey
Dinner before the concert
After dinner, we headed to TD Garden. Our seats were pretty much at the top of the arena, but we didn't care! :) I wonder if Joey could see us?? Yes, 25 years later, I'm still all about Joey McIntyre (don't judge). :)

The three pictures on the left are ones I took. The better other ones I stole borrowed from each band's Twitter and Facebook pages.

I didn't take this video, but this was the night we were there. NKOTB and the crowd singing "Sweet Caroline".

During the concert we met these two guys who were sitting next to us. They were funny and they knew ALL the songs from New Kids on the Block. We actually hung out with them for a while after the concert. Jodi and I didn't get back to her place until 3am. Good grief, I can't remember the last time I was out that late, I'm DEFINITELY not as young as I used to be! I was so ready to go to sleep!
New friends we met at the concert.
Stay tuned for part 3 of my recap!!



  1. I watched an episode of Ghost know that crazy show where the 3 guys run around antagonizing ghosts for no apparent reason? They were in Salem on one of the episodes they aired Saturday and they were at the witch house. I thought of you when I watched it.

  2. Lucky you! Boston and New England in general are SO much fun!

  3. I've never been to Salem, but it looks so fun! Oh, shirtless Donnie Wahlberg... mmm....