New England traditions at the Salem Cross Inn’s Fireplace Feasts


The Fireplace Feast guests eat like a New Englander from the past, but with modern comforts and conveniences. “[Guests] get to truly experience part of history, blending old with the new”…

Written by Chelsea E. Dill, Published December 14, 2016

Salem Cross Inn, located in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, has recently been featured in the WordsBY online publication, in the Arts & Culture Section. The article is a wonderful retelling of one of our most famous and beloved traditions, the Fireplace Feast. Click here to read the article, and make sure to purchase tickets to one of our Feasts before they fill up, and learn what all the hubbub is about!

Salem Cross Inn New Year’s Traditions

The Salem Cross Inn has had a long-standing history with New Year’s Eve. We have always enjoyed being a part of a holiday that brings people together with the hope of new beginnings. It is a night where we bring together some of our traditional experiences such as mulling apple cider and our classic dinner menu with the nation’s traditions like dancing the night away and counting down until midnight. Throughout the year we have the luxury of watching so many people start new traditions in their lives. From weddings, parties commemorating significant life moments, birthday and holiday dinners, and all the moments in between. New Year’s Eve is the final night of the year where we can reflect and wrap together the year that has gone by and start to admire the year that is about to greet us.

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Part of the American tradition is at 11:59 a glass ball; being made up of 32,256 LEDs it weighs 11,875 pounds, starts it descent to represent the ending of the year. This tradition started in 1904 and since then the celebration has continued to get larger every year. Today people travel from all over the world to go to Times Square to watch the festivities. It is estimated that over 1 billion people watch this symbolic event. Whether you are celebrating with us in West Brookfield, Massachusetts or in Times Square itself everybody knows and loves this historic traditional moment in America.


Your New Year’s Resolution

At the beginning of every year many people use this time to make a new start and make goals for the upcoming year. Part of a resolution is to improve either their personal life or improve their community somehow. This tradition helps people to have a clean slate and rethink what they personally want to work on in the coming year. Many people make resolutions to spend more time with their friends and family, and with the Salem Cross Inn’s New Year’s Eve Holiday celebrations you can commemorate 2017 over an incredible meal surrounded by family and friends.


The Salem Cross Inn invites you to welcome the New Year with our family. We are still accepting reservations for our main dining room where guests will be able to order off the main menu as well as the special Chef Features. You can contact us for your reservation by calling 508-867-2345. On behalf of the entire Salem family, we would like to wish you and yours a joyous and healthy 2017.

Winter Holiday Traditions at Salem Cross Inn

Image of Winter Holiday DecorationThe holidays are always a time for continuing traditions, but also for making new ones. At the Salem Cross Inn, this is something we feel we do best. While offering numerous events for everyone in the family, we have been honored over the past 55 years to have so many families choose us to spend their holiday season with. Whether it’s the warmth of our atmosphere, the comfort of our food, or the creativity behind our ‘Deck the Hall’ series we take pride in having something for everyone.

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The Hexmark and the Salem Witch Trials

image of Salem Witch Tirals image branded on a sandwichWest Brookfield and the Salem Cross Inn lie about ninety miles from the well-known “Salem Witch Trials.” An often talked about, well-known, “New England” thing, the Salem Witch Trials have sparked both controversy and Halloween spirit throughout our state.  The Salem Cross Inn has a little piece of the original “spirit ward” right on our front door.

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Eating Locally Grown Vegetables

Eat Your Vegetables!

Heirloom Vegetables“Eat your vegetables!” You probably remember hearing this dreaded saying from your parents when you were a kid. Back then, eating vegetables seemed like the worst chore you could possibly ever encounter. The truth is, vegetables are key essentials to our diet and overall health. Now that we have come to grips that eating vegetables are needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, does where you get them from really matter? The answer is yes. Organic growers don’t use chemical pesticides, and local growers cut down on the farm’s carbon footprint because their crops travel far less to get to you. Buying locally grown vegetable and other foods create a stronger local economy as well has a healthier community. Let’s face it, we appreciate our food more when it’s fresh and knowing exactly where it came from.

Fresh from the Garden Straight to Your Plate

While they are many reasons to eat locally grown food, freshness is probably one of the top. Eating local food provides you with a fresher, healthier, and tastier meal. It’s short transit time from farm to plate allows the food to incur less spoilage and lose fewer nutrients. The fresher the produce, the better it tastes, and the more nutrients it supplies to your body. When fruits and vegetables are picked, they instantly lose their optimal nutritional value. Soon after the produce is picked, key vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B begin to decrease. Temperature changes as well as artificial lights and exposure to air can have a significant negative impact on the nutritional value of the crop. The longer food sits, the less nutritious it becomes. Buying local ensures that you are getting the produce at its peak while providing the most nutrients. After experiencing local food, you will find new appreciation for each season’s deliciously fresh food.

Locally Grown Food has Many Benefits

Eating locally grown food not only benefits the health of a community, but also the economy. The New Economics Foundation in London performed a study which indicated a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. The money spent at food producers and local farms remain in the local economy and create more local jobs.

Bringing the Community Together

Finding a restaurant that incorporates local food in their dishes can sometimes be difficult. At Salem Cross Inn, eating local and providing the best ingredients in your meals is something we take great pride in. We truly believe that eating locally grown food creates a better community by connecting people to the farmers that provide them with the freshest and healthiest food. With our farm-to-table concept at Salem Cross Inn, our food is prepared fresh each day while incorporating heirloom vegetables, and herbs which are grown in our very own gardens.

For more information on eating local food at the Salem Cross Inn, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to answer any questions that you may have.

American Beef: How the Polled Hereford Came to America

A brown and white Polled Hereford cow.Here in Massachusetts, over 100,000 acres of land are dedicated to cattle farming alone. At Salem Cross Inn, our rolling hills and picturesque farmlands create some of the most beautiful views, and makes a perfect home for our Black Angus and Polled Hereford cattle. We are proud to say that of all the registered Polled Herefords in the state of Massachusetts, we own half! Our Polled Herefords’ pedigrees originate from Herefordshire, England.

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The History of Father’s Day

father and son having fun on sunset beachFather’s Day is quickly approaching! Let’s take a moment to understand the history of  Father’s Day, a nationally celebrated holiday. Father’s Day is observed every year on the third Sunday in June, and is considered to be an American holiday as it is rarely celebrated anywhere else in the world. Father’s Day is a day of gift-giving and expressing appreciation to all of the fathers nationwide, but how and when did this national holiday get its start? [Read more…]

Agriculture in the American Colonies

Agriculture in the first American colonies was much different than agriculture today. New to North America, the colonists had to make the best of the tools and crops they had brought with them from England, and work very hard to survive in a new environment. [Read more…]

The History of Mother’s Day

mothers day lettering with branches, swirls, flowers and quoteWhile mothers and motherhood are celebrated in different ways all across the world, Mother’s Day in America commonly falls on the second Sunday in May each year. [Read more…]

When Should I Plant Spring Vegetables?

Close up of hand holding a beet by the stalk outside in a sunny garden.As springtime inches closer and closer, it is difficult for us not to dream of warm sunshine and bright, colorful flowers swaying in the breeze. With these warm thoughts come the daydreams of spring and summer gardens. Every year, our garden gives us plentiful amounts of delicious seasonal vegetables and herbs. While we may have to wait a bit longer for the first seeds to sprout, here are a few quick tips that you can use at home to help make your spring garden a success! [Read more…]