Salem is quickly becoming a New York Hemp Hub. Castetter Sustainability Group is partnered with six farms in the area who are diversifying their crop this year with the addition of hemp. Salem is a great community with a lot of character and a deep history of agriculture!
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1. Spend a night at the Bunker Hill Inn
We would stay at this B&B just for the complimentary breakfast! Wake up and chat with other guests over banana bread, fresh fruit, and Lauren’s homemade whipped maple butter. (Try this!) Annie the dog will politely ask you for food under the table; we very unfortunately are not allowed to feed her. Lauren can point you in the direction of a ton of great things to do in Salem. (We chose the cafe/gift shop owned by a famous children’s book author and a Vogue fashion photographer!)
After breakfast, you can spend a peaceful morning sipping coffee and watching the woodpeckers and hummingbirds enjoy their own breakfast at the neighborhood birdfeeder.
2. Visit Lakeside General Store
Lakeside General Store is a breakfast/lunch spot and gift shop. We did not stop to eat here but we hear the sandwiches and baked goods are amazing!
Lakeside is owned by Palma Kolonsky, a world-renowned fashion photographer, and Joe Troiano, the author of the well-known children’s book series Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Joe wakes up before the crack of dawn to make fresh bread and ground beef for the day! If you take the time to visit Lakeside, you’ll have to sample the fresh baked goods and send us your thoughts.
3. Pull over and say hi to some cows!
Nothing says New York farm country like rolling hills dotted with cows. These friendly beasts will attempt to lure you off the road like cow sirens. Beware! If you do attempt to pet these cows, steer clear of the electric fences. I found this out the hard way…
4. Pop into Gardenworks
Start by taking a stroll through 50 yards of gift shop. Every item here is sourced from local artisans. We enjoyed listening to Meg tell each item’s story, she put a lot of care into her collection. We’ve included a few of our favorites!
After perusing the shop, you can accompany Layla the dog over to the field and check out the hemp plants. If you venture a little further, you may even discover the secret wooden bridge over Black Creek. If you happen to visit Gardenworks on a weekend you should absolutely take the time to enjoy lunch in their open-air garden café.