I looked down at my laptop today to start writing this week’s blog, and it occurred to me - that it’s almost October - which hardly seems possible. If you are like me, you are trying to find as many fall activities that will keep you outside as long as possible this year. So, if you are thinking of doing a little leaf peeping, then you might want to head in the direction of one of these locales where you can pair your love for fall with a good adventure. Let’s turn up the dial on your typical pumpkin patch photoshoot, and get a little scared. Coincidentally both of our recommendations this week include “Salem” - yes, Salem, New Hampshire AND Salem, Massachusetts! Put on a sweater, socks, a scarf or cape, and don’t forget a mask and get rolling…
- Who doesn’t love a mystery? Mystery Hill or America’s Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire sure is one. In fact it’s one of America’s oldest archaeological sites and claims to be over 4,000 years old. This megalithic astronomical site is a short half mile hike through a pine filled forest leading to a maze of underground stone chambers, rock altars, stone walls and other strange artifacts. Now it’s true you’ll find megaliths scattered around New England, but this one is open to visitors and offers a museum filled with Native American and colonial artifacts. It’s also a great place to snowshoe in the winter. Kids love a mystery and you will too.
- New England’s Halloween season doesn’t hold back when it comes to terrifying visitors. Scare yourself silly in a haunted house, on a trail through zombie infested woods, ghastly boneyards and petrifying cornfields. For spine-tingling fun make New England your destination this Halloween season - Salem, Massachusetts might just be the perfect destination for your ghostly adventure:
- History & Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour There are many Salem tours out there but few are as compelling as this one, led by a local historian who brings alive the city's history at the time of day you choose. If you enjoy being scared, pick a nighttime tour led by lantern light. Visit the Burying Point, as well as modern-day practicing witches as your guide tells stories of the haunted history of Salem, Massachusetts.
- Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National Historic Landmark is a treasure of American history. Professional guides welcome guests year round for a remarkable journey that explores Salem's maritime history, architecture, the famous hidden staircase, and the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter.
Before taking off to see the sites, be sure to check the different websites for any potential scheduling changes due to COVID-19. Happy fall to you all.
Note: Early birds have already started to do some holiday shopping, don’t forget to check out Piper and Dune this season. Send us a note during checkout and we’ll wrap your items in tissue and cellophane.
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Chris and The Piper and Dune Family