By Indi Rooney
Halloween is around the corner and it got us thinking about all things spooky! Instead of hanging out on a boring beach or strolling through a loud casino, consider a ghostly getaway! Check out these spooky haunts. Check in… if you dare!
The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California has hosted celebrities, royalty, authors, U.S. Presidents and thousands of guests for generations. The hotel was built in 1888 by Elisha Babcock, Jr. and Hampton L. Story. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
You can take their guided Legendary Tour that will bring to life the resort’s heritage, history and most notorious phantom resident Kate Morgan.
Kate checked into the hotel in 1892 and never checked out. She was found dead on a hotel staircase leading to the beach. She had a gunshot wound to the head that was questionably deemed self-inflicted. It is said her spirit remains at the hotel and she loves pranks – such as turning on and off the television in her former guestroom. At least she is embracing new technology.
The Pfister in Milwaukee is considered by many to be one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. The hotel opened in 1893 and was one of the most luxurious hotels of its time. In fact, it houses the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world.
The hotel continues to be dedicated to the arts and has a robust artist-in-residence program that gives a lucky creative a working studio and the chance for the public to engage with the artist.
The Pfister is also home to some restless spirits. So much so even MLB wrote an article about it because ballplayers have some good Pfister ghost stories. From seeing apparitions to hearing footsteps in their room to pounding noises, these baseball players have strong opinions about the spooky guests of the hotel.
The Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington is known for world-class service and luxury décor. The historic Davenport Hotel opened in 1914 and underwent a major renovation in 2002. Visitors enjoy the genuine gold leaf around the lobby hearth and the eternal flame of the fireplace that is lit year-round.
It is said that the hotel is haunted by several ghosts, but the story of Ellen McNamara, a 68-year-old widow who crashed through a skylight onto a crowded floor, is the local favorite. It is said if you see her apparition and listen closely, you might hear her say, “Where did I go?”
The Mayflower Hotel first opened in 1925 in Washington DC. This historical hotel is said to incorporate more gold inlay than any other building in America apart from the Library of Congress.
The hotel hosted President Calvin Coolidge’s Inaugural Ball on January 20, 1925. However, the president did not attend because he was in mourning for his 16-year-old son who had died a few days earlier. Ever since on the anniversary of the inaugural ball, lights in the hotel dim and flicker at 10 p.m., which is when guests would have started arriving. Also, an elevator sits unmoving on the eighth floor and only returns to the ground floor at 10:15 p.m., which is the time that Coolidge should have arrived at the party. So maybe he’s present at the ball after all?
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