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.
4.Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel, Virginia City, Nev.: A popular spot for ghost hunters, the Silver Queen is the scene of several scary tales. Hotel employees tell of a woman who came to the hotel in the 1800s to meet her lover but he never showed. Devastated, she killed herself and their baby. The hotel has a frightening picture of the bathroom where this took place, and there's an orb over the bathtub that shows a baby's face.
5.Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC: The ghost roaming these halls has been reported for over for over half a century. She is referred to as the Pink Lady because of the flowing pink gown she wears. It is believed that this young woman was a guest in Room 545 in the 1920s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Main Inn's Palm Court, five floors below. New reports of her sightings still occur, especially by young children. Some say they just see a pink mist, others a full apparition of a young long-haired beauty in a pink gown.
6.Renaissance Casa de Palmas, McAllen, Texas: Built in 1918, this hotel was the social meeting place in the area in its early years. Many current and former employees, especially the housekeeping staff, as well as guests, have seen Miss Roxy who was a former employee at the hotel. Guests have reported sightings around the area where her office was (third floor). Others have seen her bustling around the lobby late at night when no one else is around.
7.The Omni Homestead, Hot Springs, Va.: This hotel is one of the oldest resorts in America (built in 1766) and has a long history including reports from the 14th floor located in the resort's oldest wing. As the story goes, in the early 1900s, a woman was set to be married at the resort, but on the day of her wedding her husband-to-be ran out and never returned. The bride became so distraught that she took her own life. Now her spirit roams the fourteenth floor of the resort asking guests and staff for the time with hopes her groom will return.
8.The Walnut Street Inn, Springfield, Mo.: At least four different guests have been visited by spirits, usually in the form of an old lady, dressed in long white Victorian clothing and with her hair up in a bun. She has spoken to one guest and has been seen looking out the west window at 9 a.m. in the morning. What's more, she's been felt sitting on the bed beside a guest and has moved furniture several feet during the day. The inn recently welcomed paranormal groups from Kansas City and St. Louis to join local investigators to film and record her movements and voice. Their conclusion? She is not shy.
--Written by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for MainStreet