Most of my life, and especially after the driving years began, I held a disdain for the snow. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking how a diehard New Englander could possibly be unappreciative of what usually feels like the longest season of the year in these parts. But, I know I’m not the only one here who felt this way. That all changed when I saw the Salem, Massachusetts area in the snow. Salem is the most magical, most beautiful city to live in scenic-wise in the winter, in my humble opinion. This historic place takes on an otherworldly snowglobe-like feeling once those flakes start sticking to the scenery.
These days, no longer in college, I’m lucky enough to live close to downtown and the snow does not stop us from being able to walk around in this winter wonderland in close proximity to our favorite bars, restaurants and shops. It’s fun to sit inside a cozy spot, imbibing in a few drinks, maybe playing some darts, as the snow falls outside. However, the real fun lies in walking around the Salem Common. The Common is beautiful no matter what time of year, but it is absolutely heavenly on days when the snow is coming down. On these days, I will just run around it with the excitement of a child, observing the beauty and trying to unsuccessfully capture it in a photo, because no picture really does it justice. It is one of those scenes where you just have to stare long enough so you can remember it in your mind’s eye rather than on your phone.
The trees on the side of the Common closest to downtown have beautiful white lights that add to the ambiance. Combined with the lights coming off of the wreaths on the windows of the historic Hawthorne Hotel, a prettier picture can’t be found. Last night, Nick and I just walked and stared in wonder. Nick took a couple pictures, which with an older phone and low light aren’t the greatest, but at least they are something! They are a memory of the happiness we felt last night, being with each other and feeling lucky enough to live in such a place.
If you ever get the chance to spend time in Salem, Massachusetts in the winter, I highly recommend it. There are still lots of fun activities going on; this weekend is Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival, and during Christmas there is Holiday Happenings, although I can’t always guarantee snow will be here during the holidays (but it’s still gorgeous around the area). Even last year, when New England had the snowiest winter on record and everyone was sick of it, Nick and I stayed at a hotel in Salem on Valentine’s Day (we hadn’t moved to our apartment yet) and it was still breathtaking, with feet on feet of snow! This winter, I really don’t want that much snow again, but I don’t regret what we do have. Each season is a God-given gift, and I don’t want to take any of them for granted!
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