Spring Arrives! 
A fresh new season in Salem

Top: the promise of spring at Maitland Mountain Farm in Salem, MA.
'The Healer' at Life Alive Salem; Metal Gear Ray at Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Spring Tour Update

We enjoyed our winter Tours immensely – thank you to all our lovely guests who joined us!   We also thank our wonderful Tour Partners who made us easily forget the cold.  Many restaurants are changing their menus to reflect the seasonal change, so its a perfect time to visit them and see what's new.  As for spring  Food Tours, our dates are filling up quickly. Please visit our reservations page for upcoming Tour dates.  We are also thrilled to welcome our newest Tour partners – A&J King Artisan Bakers and Harbor Sweets.  We look forward to sharing more about these outstanding shops in the coming months.  

Did you know? Our Tours can also be booked privately, a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, special spring occasion, or a new move to Salem area. We also have gift certificates

Photo:  Having fun on a Food Tour at Salem Wine Imports with owner Eric Olsen

Back to Salem's Roots
Maitland Mountain Farm

When the greenhouse door swung open, the eye-popping green hue and warm air  took my breath away.  Heaven, I thought. It was exactly what my senses, done with this winter, were ready for.   Lettuces of all varieties, many ready for picking, greeted my eyes as I made my way along the rows. Maitland Mountain Farm in Salem is a small family farm with big heart.  Their organic produce – including herbs, garlic, edible flowers, horseradish, cucumbers,  and more – is happily used by local restaurants and shops. And their spicy pickles send pickle lovers into a frenzy. You can catch them on Thursdays later spring at the Salem Farmers Market as well as find some of their products now at Milk and Honey Green Grocer and Salem Spice. But for now, we thought we'd share a little green to help shake off the winter.  Thank you to Peter, Holly, Andy and everyone at Maitland!   Click here to see all the photos

Taste, walk, rest… 

at Salem's B&Bs

Salem is home to some renowned bed and breakfasts and hotels.  Warm, comfortable places that invite you to relax and leave rejuvenated.  Of course, our favorite 'view' is in their kitchens – where delicious breakfasts await.   This month we feature Northey Street House Bed and Breakfast.   Photos: Breakfast at Northey Street House.  Owner Flora's capable hands whip up a beautiful frittata, muffins, and fresh fruit for guests. More photos click here

Tour Partner Spotlight

Life Alive Salem, 281 Essex Street 

Salem has a 'fast food' restaurant that clearly redefines the term.  Life Alive in Salem welcomes you as you enter with a friendly and knowledgeable staff in a  beautiful and relaxed setting. Then your warm meal comes and every bite of their organic fare is one to savor. Warning: you will want to return, and dish addiction is a frequent problem.  We also sing praises for their vegan Brindled Hound Chocolates – made right here in Salem.  Christina and Val and staff make everyone feel right at home. Shown here: various warm bowls, smoothies, and coconut chocolate treats.

From the pens of our guests:

"Salem Food Tour is amazing! …The partner restaurants and shops were very nice and knowledgeable and the food was outstanding! This Salem Food Tour is a MUST DO!!" – Cristen N. via Facebook 

"Thank you again for everything! Kirsten and I had an amazing experience on the tour, and the tour really made my trip to Salem." – Scott H. via email

Connect. Eat Local. Shop Local. Happy Spring! 


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