If you can access very limited transient docking at Pickering Wharf, that is a fun part of town and well protected. Otherwise you are relegated to the outer harbor mooring field, administered by Hawthorne Cove Marina. This field is wide open to the NE, so with any NE wind it's rock and roll. Limited WiFi coverage. Limited transient dinghy access. Upon leaving marina, neighborhood is fairly grim and without resources.
Dock hands very helpful - especially Aaron. Great marina close to the happening place of Salem. Highly recommend
Marina is nice and personnel were very helpful. Erin, Dock Master was great!
Perfect. Staff was very friendly and work boat came to meet us and guide to mooring
Good, reliable launch service from mooring field. Helpful staff. Nice lounge with big screen TV. Showers (one each, men's and women's) adequate but poor ventilation and no A/C leaves bathhouse stuffy on a hot day.
We were led to our mooring by the work-boat crew. Launch service was excellent. The bathrooms / showers were super clean. If and when I return to Salem I will surely try to stay at Hawthorne Cove.
Very close to everything we had a great time and will come back
The staff were most polite and courteous, though not entirely well trained. They helped us to tie up but offered no direction or even a question about electrical hook-up. We found the marina in need of refreshing or an upgrade of docks. The transient boaters are placed longitudinally (facing the land) on the western dock and, accordingly, they are subject to the regular swell and wave action from the large and active harbor. Hence, for much of the night the transient boater is somewhat rolling alongside the dock.
Great location close to town. Friendly staff. Will be back for long weekends.
Hawthorn Cove Marina is beautiful ! Safe, friendly , amenities are great and location is perfect ! Walkable to so much in downtown Salem , MA , showers , laundry , everything fresh , clean and beautiful !
Friendly and helpful staff, clean bathrooms and shower, easy walk to Salem sites. Mooring field is in the inner harbor near day marker 2, large dinghy dock area.
Friendly service - very accommodating
The folks at Hawthorn-Brewer were great. Extremely accommodating. Can't wait to go back.
Folks at Hawthorne Cove Marine were very accommodating and friendly. Bathrooms and showers were very clean. Great place to stop and an easy walk to Downtown Salem.
Very accommodating, clean facilities and friendly staff.
last minute decision to go to salem. Perfect mooring. lots of room. Friendly staff - lots of interesting things to do both on land and water. Would recommend. Friendly marina folks. Just pick your day according to weather/wind. Salem is open to the north and a big north wind could make this a little messy.
Very helpful and polite staff. Guided us through the shallow entrance.
Great marina..friendly staff....convenient location
Friendly, helpful staff. Stayed on a guest mooring which appeared to be rigged very nicely. Launch service was quick and it's included in the rate.
This is my third or fourth time overnighting at this marina, and it's always a pleasure. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the facilities are pleasant and clean, and the location (right in the historic district of zany Salem, and steps from the Salem ferry if you want to hit downtown Boston) is really hard to beat.
When leaving the dock the next morning at 6:10 am, we were on the middle face dock, we went aground about 30 feet off the dock. Extremely disappointed no one advised us of this when we arrived the previous day. I had to inch us off slowly to deep water, it was a hard grounding not mud or sand. I will be checking my props and gutless bearings when I do a haul out inspection. My recommendation, do not use this marina!
Nice marina, friendly staff, beautiful bathroom and laundry facility is a plus! Location close to downtown and easily accessible. We will return.
Everything just as planned. Couldn't ask for more.
We loved the marina. Great staff, really clean bathrooms, very nice laundry area, & a cozy seating area inside with a game of checkers. They have a big tent outside with tables and chairs, coffee, doughnuts, muffins in the a.m. It was quiet and walking distance to some sites. If places were far to walk we used Uber to get around. We had great fun and will be back for sure.
Great town to walk around, fast launch service. Grace was awesome!
Clean, friendly and polite. Had a great overnight there.
Great staff, great launch service, great location. Lots of activities within an easy walking distance.
Everything about stay was good, except launch was in terrible shape. Handle to assist getting on and off launch was loose and a hazard.
Great place to stay on the transient dock. Easy walk to Pickering Wharf and other local restaurants and shops. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. We had a great time.
Nice little marina with good facilities and friendly, helpful staff. Just far away enough from the main town to be quiet and peaceful at night, but only a short walk to all the action. Make sure you look carefully at the depth chart when approaching especially at low tide (very shallow on port side approach outside channel).
Cannot say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff were. We were out on a mooring, and the launch was quick and friendly, even with our circus and lots of back and forth with our teenagers.
Great Marina. Great community. Great location. Great staff.
Previously known as a Brewer Yacht Yard facility, Hawthorne Cove Marina is now proudly owned and operated by Safe Harbor Marinas after the two companies merged in 2017. Hawthorne Cove Marina's wonderful 'North Shore' location offers a convenient and friendly atmosphere for boaters.
In the heart of historic Salem, next to the House of the Seven Gables, Hawthorne Cove Marina is only a short walk to Salem’s museums, restaurants and attractions. Whether staying for the season, or visiting for a few days, visitors will appreciate Salem’s colorful history and rich maritime heritage.
Hawthorne Cove Marina offers slips and moorings for seasonal and transient boaters, plus winter storage and a full range of services - making the boating experience worry-free year-round.