Nestled beside the foothills of the Green Mountains, Salem is a place where agriculture and the arts flourish side by side. This rural community is home to the Battenkill Valley Creamery, whose reputation has been carried by and wide by the thousands of cyclists who participate in the annual Tour of the Battenkill. With dozens of farms, many dating back to the Revolutionary era, Salem has embraced the performing and visual arts as well.
Dining and Shopping
The Historic Main Street district is home to many restaurants, cafes, antique shops and galleries.
Salem is home to a a number of first class arts organizations. The Historic Salem Courthouse hosts art openings and performances throughout the year. The Salem Art Works is a nonprofit art center and sculpture park. This 120 acre facility offers workshops, residencies as well as the Cary Hill Sculpture Park. The Georgi Museum and Community Park’s nine acres sit along the BattenKill. Besides exhibits and concerts, the grounds are a favorite location for weddings. The North Main Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on Main Street.
Parks and Recreation
There are many public access points for fishing along the Batten Kill, famous for flyfishing brown trout and brook trout.The Cary Hill Sculpture Park has an extensive trail system though it’s grounds. Just a few miles over the state line in Vermont is the Merck Forest and Farmland Center, a nonprofit educational organization. It’s 3,000 acres include an extensive system of hiking paths and old farm roads, a working farm and camping opportunities. It’s largest meadow provides a breathtaking view of the Salem countryside.