We were supposed to be working on a round-up of lovely places to stay that would be rich in history as well as comfort, but we totally got sidetracked with ghost stories and decided to just do a haunted (or those purported to be haunted) hotel round-up instead! Read on if you dare.
Whether or not you believe ghosts are real, you have to admit, some historic locations in this country just exude a bit of a creepy-when-the-lights-are-out feel, which can be kind of fun if you're into being scared! These ten hotels sprinkled around the country claim to have permanent not-so-fleshy residents year 'round (though some don't exactly advertise it). If you look for a little eerie along with your historic decor when traveling, these could be some spots for you:
1) The Myrtles Plantation — St. Francisville, Louisiana
2) The Stanley Hotel — Estes Park, Colorado (Inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining"!)
3) St. James Hotel — Cimarron, New Mexico
4) Crescent Hotel — Eureka Springs, Arkansas
5) Julian Gold Rush Hotel — Julian, California
6) Hotel del Coronado — Coronado, California
7) Joshua Tree Inn — Joshua Tree, California
8) Hawthorne Hotel — Salem, Massachusetts
9) Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast — Fall River, Massachusetts
10) Hotel Monte Vista — Flagstaff, Arizona
Do you have the guts to stay in one of these hotels on your next vacation? Or do you think the whole deal about ghosts is silly? Let us know if you've been to one of these spots and have your own ghostly encounter to share!
Images — 1: ShannonLane.com; 2: The Stanley Hotel website; 3: St. James Hotel website; 4: Crescent Hotel website; 5: Julian Hotel website; 6: Hotel del Coronado website; 7: Jerry G. from Yelp; 8: Hawthorne Hotel website; 9: Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast website; 10: Hotel Monte Vista website