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SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

Exploring Salem: A Literary Trail, Witches on Trial, the Peabody Essex Museum

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Program #1571RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 17, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Each of the 89 rooms are individually furnished and tastefully appointed with 18th century style reproduction furnishings to reflect their own New England charm and character. There is a lovely fireplace in the lobby. A National Trust Historic Hotel. www.hawthornehotel.com

Contact info:
On the Common
Salem, MA 01970 USA
phone: 800-729-7829
web: www.hawthornehotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, private baths.

Facility amenities: Nathaniel's Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, valet and laundry service, seven meeting & function rooms, full formal ballroom, exercise facility, gift shop, parking available, complimentary morning coffee service, complimentary local phone calls

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Please consult Hotel for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, October 13 - Registration and Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: 4-5PM arrival to hotel for registration.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel. All dinners are served at the hotel's restaurant, which has an excellent reputation for fine continental cuisine.

Evening: Following dinner, there will be an orientation and introductions.

Lodging: Hawthorne Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Each of the 89 rooms are individually furnished and tastefully appointed with 18th century style reproduction furnishings to reflect their own New England charm and character. There is a lovely fireplace in the lobby. A National Trust Historic Hotel. www.hawthornehotel.com

Contact info:
On the Common
Salem, MA 01970 USA
phone: 800-729-7829
web: www.hawthornehotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, private baths.

Facility amenities: Nathaniel's Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, valet and laundry service, seven meeting & function rooms, full formal ballroom, exercise facility, gift shop, parking available, complimentary morning coffee service, complimentary local phone calls

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Please consult Hotel for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 14 - Introduction to Salem/ Lecture and guided walk on...
Introduction to Salem/ Lecture and guided walk on the history of witch trials/ Salem witch museum

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hawthorne from 7:30-8:30AM.

Morning: Introduction lecture to Salem followed by a visit to the Salem Witch Museum for a very different and entertaining view of the Witch Trials. This program is a sound and light interactive show and is surprisingly authentic. Museum consultants give their view of some current theories on the origins of the superstitions about witches and why the early Christian religious leaders came to persecute many innocent victims.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Discover what you didn't know about the history of the 1692 Witch Trials, with a local Salem historian who is an expert on the Witch Trials. Following the lecture, our guide will treat us to a leisurely walking tour of historic sites central to the witch trials. We'll see the Salem's Witch Memorial and a 17th century burial ground that guarantees goosebumps.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel.

Evening: Lecture on 17th century New England.

Lodging: Hawthorne Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Each of the 89 rooms are individually furnished and tastefully appointed with 18th century style reproduction furnishings to reflect their own New England charm and character. There is a lovely fireplace in the lobby. A National Trust Historic Hotel. www.hawthornehotel.com

Contact info:
On the Common
Salem, MA 01970 USA
phone: 800-729-7829
web: www.hawthornehotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, private baths.

Facility amenities: Nathaniel's Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, valet and laundry service, seven meeting & function rooms, full formal ballroom, exercise facility, gift shop, parking available, complimentary morning coffee service, complimentary local phone calls

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Please consult Hotel for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 15 - Private docent led visit to the Peabody Essex Mus...
Private docent led visit to the Peabody Essex Museum / Learn about the First American Impressionists and their connection to the North Shore and Cape Ann through a lecture and guided walk

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hawthorne from 7:30-8:30AM.

Morning: We start at the Peabody Essex Museum for an exclusive private docent led visit before the museum opens to the public. Explore the Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China. Learn about the beginnings of this museum dating to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem ship captains who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The society’s charter mandated the establishment of what we today would call a museum. With this in mind, society members brought home to Salem a wide-ranging collection of objects from the northwest coast of America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and India. By 1825, the society moved into its own building, East India Marine Hall, which today contains the original display cases and some of the very first objects collected. The museum today contains objects merged from different organizations over the past 200 years, including the Essex Historical Society, the Essex County Natural History Society, and the Peabody Academy of Science. Each of these groups contributed artwork and artifacts from its collections: natural specimens, ethnological objects, books and historical memorabilia. Today the Peabody Essex Museum houses more than 840,000 works of art and culture featuring maritime art and history; American art; Asian, Oceanic, and African art; Asian export art; two large libraries with over 400,000 books, manuscripts, and documents; and 22 historic buildings. *Work has begun on the museum’s renovation and expansion project, part of a comprehensive $650 million Advancement Campaign to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people’s lives. Upon completion of the building expansion in 2017, PEM will rank among the top 10 art museums in the nation in terms of gallery space and total endowment and in the top 15 in annual operating budget. Due to these renovations the libraries and some exhibits will be not available for viewing

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon, we have a fascinating slide show and lecture by Salem historian Jim McAllister on the first American Impressionists, who called Cape Ann/North Shore home. These artists were drawn to this area for its natural beauty, the clarity and distinctions of the seasons, and the quality of light in the landscapes. The works of Theodore Wendel, Winslow Homer, Arthur Wesley Dow (teacher of Georgia O'Keefe), Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper and many more will be discussed.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel.

Evening: After another delicious Hawthorne dinner, we enjoy an entertaining lecture.

Lodging: Hawthorne Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Each of the 89 rooms are individually furnished and tastefully appointed with 18th century style reproduction furnishings to reflect their own New England charm and character. There is a lovely fireplace in the lobby. A National Trust Historic Hotel. www.hawthornehotel.com

Contact info:
On the Common
Salem, MA 01970 USA
phone: 800-729-7829
web: www.hawthornehotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, private baths.

Facility amenities: Nathaniel's Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, valet and laundry service, seven meeting & function rooms, full formal ballroom, exercise facility, gift shop, parking available, complimentary morning coffee service, complimentary local phone calls

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Please consult Hotel for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 16 - Lecture on Nathaniel Hawthorne & "Hawthorne Trail...
Lecture on Nathaniel Hawthorne & "Hawthorne Trail" guided walk. Visit to the House of Seven Gables and then lunch followed by an exploration of Salem Maritime Historic Site.

Note: Depending on group size different houses may be visited at the Salem Maritime Historic Site.

Breakfast: Breakfast served at Hawthorne from 7:30-8:30AM.

Morning: Today we travel back to the times of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem's most famous native son. In the morning we hear an entertaining lecture on Hawthorne's life, the times he lived in, his writings and his relationships to Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Peabody and poet Jones Very. We go for a guided walking , tracing Hawthorne's footsteps on his first date with Sophia Peabody, following their courtship and marriage. We see the houses where Hawthorne lived and wrote, where he courted Sophia, and the cemetery where his ancestors are buried. We will also visit sites that appear in, or are otherwise related to, his writings, including the House of the Seven Gables. The house, also called the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, was built in 1668 and was owned by Hawthorne’s cousin, whom he frequently visited. It was where our Nathaniel Hawthorne was inspired to write his famous novel. Our guide points out all the nooks and crannies that appear in Hawthorne’s best-selling mystery. If you haven’t read this novel recently, this tour will make you want to! Also on the property are lovely seaside gardens and the original house Hawthorne was born in, which was transported to this site. The House of the Seven Gables’ campus constitutes its own national historic district on The National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses more than 2,000 artifacts and objects, more than 40 framed works, 500 photographs and glass plate negatives, and more than 650 volumes in the research and rare-book library.

Lunch: Lunch in downtown Salem.

Afternoon: After lunch we take a guided tour of the stately Federal-style Custom House, a Salem Maritime National Historic Site, where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked for three years and whose employees he describes in unflattering terms in the opening chapter of “The Scarlet Letter” after his firing. Hawthorne's office in the Customs House is restored to look exactly as it did when he worked there as Surveyor of the Port of Salem. Walking down Derby street and along Derby Wharf, we picture ourselves in Hawthorne’s Salem and can climb aboard the magnificent tall ship Friendship of Salem, a recently launched replica of the ship that was built in Salem 200 years ago. We can also visit the elegant Georgian style Derby House, built in 1767 as a wedding present for Elias Haskett and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby, who lived here for twenty years, raising their seven children here during the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Dinner: Dinner served at The Hawthorne.

Evening: Lecture: Local Color of Salem

Lodging: Hawthorne Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, October 17 - Farewell Breakfast, final discussion and check-ou...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hawthorne Hotel from 7:30-8:30AM.

Morning: After our farewell breakfast, we enjoy an entertaining lecture before departing for home.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Salem, Massachusetts
MarbleheadKnown as the yachting capital of the world, Marblehead is a beautiful little town with shops, beaches, cafes and a lighthouse.
NewburyportA beautiful city on the ocean. Fun shops and good food. Historic 18th century buildings, movie theater, antique shops, Plum Island beach and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge
For additional information, visit: www.newburyportchamber.org/
RockportA quaint fishing village with shops and cafes, art galleries and dramatic views of the rocky coastline. Visit a house made entirely of paper, Halibut Point State Park and Bearskin Neck.
Visitor's Bureau17 Peabody Square, Peabody, MA 01960 Tel: 978.977.7760 Fax: 978.977.7758

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