Winter is coming and we’re not talking about The Game of Thrones. No, we’re talking about the time of year when the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the weather is cooler. In Salem, it’s a time of blustery days, soaking rains, and perhaps even the occasional snow storm. This time of year can be a wonderful time to head for the coast to watch wild waves while avoiding the summer crowds. If you don’t mind the rain, hikes at Silver Creek Falls can be rewarding–the falls are impressive with all the rain and the crowds are greatly diminished. Or head to the mountain for snow fun of all kinds. It is also prime time for wearing cozy sweaters, sitting by the fire, drinking cocoa, and–you guessed it–reading a good book! If you need some good winter-themed reading material, check out our WU Reads Reading Guide.