This past week my husband and I visited a place I’ve wanted to experience for a long time: Salem, Massachusetts! October 10th marked our 2 year wedding anniversary, which felt like the perfect reason to escape the Southern heat and immerse ourselves in some of the dreamy gloom that New England has to offer this time of year. I had high hopes as we headed off on our trip, and Salem did not disappoint. We stayed in the attic apartment of a big, gorgeous home that was built by a guy named Nehemiah Buffington in 1785. The home is nestled right in the middle of the historic McIntire District of Salem, AKA one of the most charming neighborhoods I’ve ever visited. Within the first hour of our stay, we’d taken an evening stroll down Essex Street, passing vast, ornate old homes one after another, and I’d decided that I must have lived in New England in a past life. The moody atmosphere, cobblestone streets and opulent windows and doors that adorned each dwelling made me feel like I was somewhere I might never want to leave, even though I’d just gotten there… More on our trip to wonderland later, for now: photos!