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The busiest and most expensive time of year is Halloween week, followed closely by the rest of October; it's not unusual for the whole city to be sold out months in advance. The Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby St., at Pickering Wharf (tel. 888/337-2536 or 978/740-8788; www.salemwaterfronthotel.com), is a large, modern establishment with an indoor pool. Double rates in high season start at $179, which includes Wi-Fi and parking.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.