meet the innkeepers
The Salem Inn began more than 30 years ago, when Dick and Diane Pabich purchased the 1834 home of Captain Nathaniel West and converted the West House (7 Summer Street) into a bed and breakfast. Since then, the Pabichs bought and renovated two additional historic homes in Salem, the Peabody House (15 Summer Street) and the Curwen House (331 Essex Street), expanding the inn to more than 40 rooms.
The proud parents of three adult children, their love for Salem is a family affair. Along with their son, David, and his family, the Pabichs have spent the last three decades helping revitalize the Salem community through various real estate development projects as well as philanthropic efforts. This includes the recent installation of a Freight Farm at Salem High School to teach students about hydroponic agriculture and good business practices. The creative side of the family lies with their daughter and talented artist, Jill Pabich, whose beautiful piece of artwork can be found in the Peabody Essex Museum.
Diane and Dick are often on-site at the inn. Join them for a glass of wine or sherry and Dick will proudly tell you his wife was one of seven women first admitted to Boston College’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1959--an honor other women would have to wait 11 years to receive. Diane also has a creative side. She painted a number of the paintings you’ll find hanging on the walls of the inn.
As you walk through the inn, Diane will point out the antiques meticulously refinished by her husband. She speaks warmly about the hours of work Dick has spent restoring the unique furniture in each guest room.
Diane and Dick, along with the rest of the Salem Inn staff are immensely knowledgeable and proud of the inn’s heritage. They’ll be happy to answer your questions about each home, or Salem’s maritime history and can also offer you a wealth of knowledge of the best restaurants in town.