My boyfriend and I took a mini-vacation last week - one night in Concord, two nights in Salem. After thoroughly researching B&Bs in Salem, this one was my #1 pick for its history and authenticity. It did not disappoint in the least!
The B&B is like an interactive museum -- which is more fun than it sounds! Kay, the owner, is an avid antiques collector and, after hearing her talk about her wonderful collection, she even (inadvertantly) got my boyfriend and I spending more hours than planned in the area antique shops! Kay herself is quite a character, loves to chat, but will respect your own schedule at the same time.
Other great things about the place:
-Robin, who does a fantastic job with the day-to-day of the B&B (Kay is rather elderly now). Don't forget to tip when you leave!
-SO close to the shore, Pickering Wharf, museums, Salem Common, the historic district... me and b/f didn't drive anywhere the whole time we were in Salem.
-The peaceful patio in the back. Surrounded by flowers, trees, and shrubbery, you're still in the middle of town. It's very special.
-The friendly and adorable cat, Sabrina.
-Free, off-street parking. When it was time for us to leave the room, we still had a few hours to wander around before leaving Salem, so Kay lent us a parking tag for the car so we could park on the street for free!
We were truly sorry to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The home was converted to a restaurant and inn in 1945 by the Hallers. Current owner Catherine Gill, affectionately known as Kay, purchased the inn in 1962 and has proudly served as innkeeper and caretaker during 49 years . Making us Salem's oldest running Bed&Breakfast! Upon entering the home one is immediately enthralled by the sheer number of antiques and collectibles that cover most every conceivable nook and cranny. Antique pottery next to historic English puppets, laced with cross-stitch art works, majestic portraits, antique toys and so much more. A life time of Kay's world travels and collecting. It is an eclectic feast for the senses. The home itself is a living museum where guests can take a step back in time as they touch and see, feel and explore and get a true sense of the history and romance that abounds throughout the entire home. Our goal is focused on providing you with an enjoyable and memorable experience and not merely a comfortable place to relax and rest your head. We may not be Salem's most modern inn but we are the most unique! Our suites are furnished with period four poster canopy beds and decorated with genuine antiques. There are no velvet ropes here! If history and ambiance is what you seek than the Daniels House is the place to stay. Come and meet your hosts Kay Gill and Robin McDonald. Enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast of fresh baked muffins, juice, cereals, coffee, teas and pleasant conversation. Child and pet friendly. Thank you for visiting and hope to meet you at the Inn.Owner and operator for over 49 years Kay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stephen Daniels House Hotel Salem