8 Haunted Hotels Off the Ghostly Path
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Fans of paranormal travel have heard of The 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark., supposedly one of the most haunted hotels in the country, or The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining.
Those hotels are so well known for their spooks that Halloween bookings are hard to come by. However, there are plenty of lesser known haunted hotels off of the ghostly path if you're still looking for a haunted getaway on Halloween.
Here are a few:
1. Omni Mt. Washington Resort , Bretton Woods, NH: Railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney built the grand resort in 1902, and it is rumored that his bride, Princess Caroline Foster, never left the property, although she has been dead since 1939. Many guests who have visited continue to report sightings of the regal Caroline. Visions of an elegant woman in Victorian dress are often spotted in the hallways of the hotel, there are light taps on doors when no one is outside and items that suddenly disappear and then reappear in the exact place they were lost. But perhaps the most common sighting of the beloved Caroline is in room 314, where guests report seeing the vision of the woman sitting at the edge of their guest bedthe same custom-made four-post bed Caroline shared with her husband.
2. La Posada de Santa Fe , Santa Fe, NM: This building has a rich history dating back to 1882 when a Abraham Staab, a merchant on the Santa Fe Trail, built it as a three-story Victorian mansion for his family. When Julia, Staab's wife died in 1896 at the age of 52, her presence continued to live on throughout the home. Today, the Staab House at La Posada de Santa Fe retains its original structure and is home to a cozy bar and Suite 100, which used to be Julia's bedroom. To honor her, the hotel staff makes sure to invite her to parties held in the house and to greet her when they enter her bedroom.
3. 1905 Basin Park Hotel , Eureka Springs, Ark.: The Basin Park Hotel was built in 1905 on the site of the old Perry House, smack dab in the middle of the Eureka Springs historic downtown and right next to Basin Spring. The Perry House was considered to be a fine hotel in its day, but it was lost to a fire in 1890. Some of the more frequent undead guests include a woman in period clothing who floats down the third-floor hallway, and a tall, thin man with a brown beard wearing a tan suit and hat seen in both The Barefoot Ballroom (top floor) and Room 519.