It was exciting to drive MA Hwy-1A north into Salem and immediately encounter the Salem Diner. We had breakfast there at about 6:15am and it was fun. We ended up parking near the Salem Commons and walked around the park. There were people out for their daily walks, lots of people were walking happy dogs, and there was us. Everybody--and we mean everybody--was quick with a "Hello" and a "Good morning." We were in their space, yet we felt welcomed. We encountered friendly people during our entire visit to Salem.