20 Haunted Houses You Can Actually Stay In from 20 Haunted Houses You Can Actually Stay In
20 Haunted Houses You Can Actually Stay In
20 Haunted Houses You Can Actually Stay In
Staying at a spooky place is certainly a different kind of adventure. America has its fair share of ghostly and frightening lodgings. There are haunted houses — like the fabricated kinds designed for entertainment when Halloween comes around each year – and then there are haunted houses — houses and various other sites that many believe are inhabited by otherworldly beings.
Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Big Sur, California
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It may look like a charming old cabin in the woods, but you may encounter the ghost of its founder, who is referred to as Grandpa Deetjen, according to the inn’s staff. Some guests have said they have heard footsteps and even a door slam. Thanks to her stay at the hotel, American Horror Story, hotel’s set decorator now believes in ghosts.
Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts
Lizzie Borden was tried and acquitted of the axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. The gravely tale has been one of huge speculation for over a century. The home where the murders took place was converted into a B&B in 1996. Guests have experienced more than a few strange encounters. There are multiple accounts of the Borden family still taking up residence in the home. Are you brave enough to stay a few nights?
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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This old hotel has a grand history of many unexplainable and mysterious happenings. When they first purchased the hotel in 1997, Marty and Elise Roenigk knew they were inheriting a “confused association with the paranormal.” But instead of ignoring it, they hired two certified mediums to “read” the building. Their findings, combined with an uncanny amount of sightings that had been recorded over the hotel’s history, eventually became the basis for what was developed into the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours that take place nightly.
Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana
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The mansion is known as one of America’s most haunted homes. It is a former antebellum plantation that dates back to 1796. The building is thought to have been built on top of an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground, which may explain why it is haunted. Several ghosts are reportedly living there, and they include former slaves, their owners and their children. Some can still hear the last footsteps of the former owner who died on the stairs.
La Posada de Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Once upon a time a rich, happy family lived in The Staab House, which is now part of the La Posada Resort and Spa. They didn’t live happily ever after, unfortunately. The family’s seventh child died soon after birth. The mother felt into deep depression and stayed in her room for years until her death in 1896. Her spirit supposedly still roams the house. Visitors have said they’ve seen her and that they’ve felt unexplained cold spots on their bodies. The second floor of the Staab House is no longer used for guests, but you can have a drink at the bar on the first floor.
Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, New York
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Ghost hunters from all over the country visit the resort. It has even been featured in the popular show Ghost Hunters. Once a year you can go “hunting” all night. Focus your search on rooms on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors. They are known as the hot spots for paranormal activity. Don’t be scared if you see children or furniture moving.
Kehoe House, Savannah, Georgia
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Several of the children in the Kehoe family had died in the house. Guests who stay at the Kehoe House have reported all sorts of haunted events happening to them, according to Ghost City Tours, including seeing ghosts of children. They, however, don’t interact with guests; they just play and laugh. Guests have reported feeling someone touching them while they sleep.
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts
Considering Salem is the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, it’s no surprise that hotels and houses there will be haunted. This hotel, however, was a hotbed for seemingly unexplained activities such as human-shaped spirits, flickering lights, faucets turning on and off. Rooms 612 and 325 are reportedly some of the most haunted in the entire hotel.
The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri
The Lemp Mansion continues to play host to the tragic family, a dynasty of rich beer brewers. Four members committed suicide, after the death of the son Frederick. One of the ghosts seen is “the monkey faced boy,” who is believed to be William Lemp’s illegitimate son, who had Down Syndrome and was kept in the attic. Over the years, the house was transformed from the stately home of millionaires, to office space, decaying into a run-down boarding house, and finally restored to its current state as a fine dinner theatre, restaurant and bed and breakfast, according to Legends of America.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old world charm and ghost stories. It was the original inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You can go on an evening tour to a few darkened spaces to witness the “active” phenomena and spirit folklore surrounding the 100+ year old hotel. People have said they heard noises that sounded as if people were partying even though the ball room was empty. If you go, book room 401, which is said to be the most haunted.
RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
The Queen Mary, or “Grey Ghost,” was built as a luxury cruise liner in the 1930s and was one of the fastest and largest of its time. After hosting some of the most famous and important people of the era, the ship was repainted, stripped of luxuries and transformed for use in World War II. After transporting troops back and forth overseas, the ship was turned back into a cruise liner at the end of the war, but was never the same. About 50 people had died on the ship, and the spirits that are said to haunt the ship range from sailors and crewmen to women and children.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
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NOLA is pretty well-known for its not-so-lively residents. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel was originally opened in 1827 as a ballroom, then later as an orphanage. In the late 1800s a yellow fever epidemic broke out causing the death of many children. The hotel has reportedly had many incidents of paranormal activity including reports of ghostly children playing and laughing as well as deceased entertainers enjoying the ballroom.
Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Rumors of haunting go back a long time, according to the hotel’s site. Perhaps the most popular one, featured on Unsolved Mysteries, is about the rocking chair in room 305. It is by far the most active room in the hotel. Disturbing sounds of an infant crying in the basement have been heard many times. Staff have witnessed a transparent couple dancing in the Cocktail Lounge. Also, many people have reported a polite attendant assisting their ride in the elevator despite it being self-service.
The Seelbach Hilton, Louisville, Kentucky
The legendary is known for the Lady in Blue. On a cold winter day in 1987, a hotel chef was making brunch. He looked out toward the elevator and saw a lady with long dark hair wearing a long blue chiffon dress walk into it. But the doors were still closed. Just a few minutes later, a housekeeper from the second floor said she saw the same lady. In both reports the doors to the elevator were never open. An old newspaper article states that a lady fitting the description was supposed to meet her husband at the hotel but he was killed in his way there. She threw herself down the same elevator.
Hotel Chelsea, New York City, New York
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New York’s most infamous hotel and a muse to artists for more than a century, is currently closed for renovations, but it’s expected to reopen in 2019. The most famous story about the hotel is when the death of Nancy Spungen, who was the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. She was found stabbed to death in the bathroom. He was arrested but died from overdose before the trial. Many instances of cold and hot spots, gushes of wind in rooms with closed windows, personal items being moved, strange sounds of doors have been reported.
Malaga Inn, Mobile, Alabama
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The historic hotel, popular with tourists around Mardi Gras time, is said to be the most haunted building in Alabama. There is supposedly a woman in white pacing on the balcony of Room 007. Guests have also said they have seen swinging chandeliers, lights that turn on and off by themselves, and furniture that unnervingly moves on its own.
The Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco, California
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The entity of Mary Lake wanders around, keeping an eye on her "guests." The most common occurrences are unexplainable cold spots and the sighting of a misty apparition of Mary Lake, according to Haunted Houses. She was the Head Mistress in charge of teaching 100 well-to-do girls upper-class etiquette.
Battery Carriage House, Charleston, South Carolina
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Known as “Charleston’s most haunted inn,” it is reportedly home to several ghosts. Guests and employees have had odd encounters such as a headless torso in rooms 8, a ghostly congregation in room 3, and a man who wanted to sleep with the guests in their bed in room 10.
Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah, Nevada
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The hotel opened in 1907 and its guests were mainly silver miners who worked in the area. It was closed for renovations and reopened in 2011. The most famous guest who never left is the Lady in Red. The story goes that she was killed in her room - 512. Why is still debated. Some guests say she likes to whisper to them and to ride the elevator.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia
You can go an on overnight tour - go on a ghost hunt from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. This long-abandoned Civil War-era mental institution was left to deteriorate when it was forced to close in 1994. The courageous people who have visited since say the building is now haunted and the current owners offer ghost tours year-round. Plus, in October guests are invited to the asylum for seasonal festivities such as the Asylum Ball and Zombie Paint Ball.