B&Bs and Inns Where You Can Sleep With a Ghost
If you are intrigued by eerie apparitions and things that go bump in the night, consider staying at these B&Bs known for their ghostly happenings. Many B&Bs are in historic homes, some of which have friendly spirits still lingering from the past. For a truly spooky Halloween, book a stay at one of these haunted inns!
West & Southwest
Midwest & Great Lakes States
Outside the U.S.
WEST & SOUTHWEST
Albert Shafsky House B&B Inn, Placerville, CA: Albert Shafsky built his home in 1902, and according to the innkeepers here, he’s still hanging around. Shafsky sometimes locks guests out of their rooms and leaves pennies in strange places. An apparition fitting his description has even been seen standing at the foot of one guest’s bed.
Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast Resort, Nice, California: At this B&B, guests stay in one of nine former railroad cabooses. A number of guests have told the innkeepers that they have seen a man in striped pajamas at night either walking around the Celebrations caboose room or sitting on the bed. Due to visits from this ghost, a few guests have actually asked to move their rooms. The Celebrations caboose is renamed the Haunted CaBOOse for the month of October and is decorated for Halloween. The innkeepers think the ghost may be the spirit of a former railroad worker.
Prince Solms Inn Bed & Breakfast, New Braunfels, TX: In the early 1900s, a young woman clad in a wedding dress waited for her groom to arrive for their wedding at this inn. He did not appear, and despite a search, he was deemed to have disappeared. The woman vowed to reside at the inn until he came and stayed on staff for the next 20 years until her death in the late 1920s. In 1930, a man arrived by horseback in search of a woman, and when he climbed the stairs to find her, innkeepers reported seeing the woman waiting in her wedding dress. The couple embraced, then disappeared. No one ever came to claim his horse. Since then, there have been numerous sightings of a woman in her wedding dress.
Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco, CA: Built as a girls' finishing school following the Gold Rush, the headmistress apparently hasn't given up her role. Dozens of accounts speak of "Miss Mary Lake" appearing briefly in a mirror or being noticed as a hot or cold spot. There's even an odd report of Mary tucking in a napping traveler with the blanket snugly tucked all the way around the bed. Celebrity psychic Nancy Bradley and paranormals have verified that the building is haunted and confirm the ghosts are friendly.
Red Garter B&B, Williams, AZ: This B&B has a resident ghost, Eve. This 1897 Victorian bed and breakfast, once considered the rowdiest abode on Williams' Saloon Row, operated as a bar and bordello until the 1940s. Innkeeper John Holst is pretty sure that one of the women of the night never left. A few guests have felt the bed shake, heard someone going up and down the stairs, or felt something touching their arms.
Strawberry Creek Inn B&B, Idyllwild, CA: According to the California Paranormal Investigators group, the main house--and one room in particular--is inhabited by a shy yet protective female figure named Jane, Janet, or Jade (she's a bit vague on that subject). She appears to have been a Native American woman who was connected to the land prior to the house being built there in the 1940s (the San Jacinto mountains, where the Strawberry Creek Inn is located, was where the Cahuilla tribe of Palm Springs escaped the heat of the desert summers). While she doesn't like to make herself known, she is always watching the house protectively, and her presence can be felt by those sensitive to such energies. In fact, it's not just the house she feels the need to protect; she has a big crush on Rodney (one of the innkeepers) and has assigned herself as his guardian. Oddly, she doesn't seem to mind sharing Rodney with his partner Ian, although she has chosen to play a couple of lighthearted tricks on Ian. On rare occasions she has also played mild pranks on guests.
Texas White House, Fort Worth, TX: The ghost here is believed to be the husband of the only family who ever lived in the house. He died here and now haunts his old bedroom. The ghost sightings occur when a single woman stays in the room. Two women have awoken in the middle of the night feeling that someone was lying on the bed beside them when no one was there. A third woman reported that she felt a presence in the corner.
The Groveland Hotel, Groveland, CA: An old gold-miner named Lyle was found dead with a box of dynamite under his bed here, yet he still prefers to hang around. Although a recluse in life, Lyle's spirit tends to the playful. He particularly dislikes women's cosmetics on 'his' dresser and has been known to move such items to a nearby sink. Lyle is a great tease who likes to tinker with lights and water and move items around desktops.
Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, WA: So ghostly is this B&B, it served as a set for Stephen King’s miniseries Rose Red in 2002. While nothing scary has occurred, guests have reported invisible presences, the sound of footsteps, and apparitions. The ghost of Chester Thorne has been seen here, and according to lore, if you stay in Thorne's old room and ask for his help with financial matters, he will give you a hand. Thorne's daughter Anna is often seen sitting at her bedroom window. The house is said to sit atop a fairy mound, and fairies are often reported in the gardens. Plenty of orbs have also appeared in guests’ photographs here.
MIDWEST & GREAT LAKES STATES
Inn at 835, Springfield, IL: One guest reported hearing a warm and friendly voice saying, "Well, hello there." No one was around. Another event included a single book being placed in the middle of the room multiple times. Another time, wallpaper peeled off the wall, only to be perfectly repaired by the next morning. Every now and then, there are reports of the sound of a lid being removed from a crystal candy dish and then replaced. The elevator delivers guests to random floors, though repeated inspections prove it to be in perfect working order. Reportedly, Bell Miller, the former owner, was so proud of her 1909 dream home that she apparently never left.
Inn at Aberdeen, Valparaiso, IN: Featured in the book Haunted Hoosier Trails, guests report seeing a little girl ghost, often observed late at night on the master staircase. She has been noted to "mess with the guests' stuff" or turn on the fireplace in their rooms. The Indiana Ghost Trackers investigated the inn and reported that Sarah Ritter, an original inhabitant, and her two children died in the home. The Ghost Trackers detected the presence of a young girl and a male. A door repeatedly opened behind them when the girl's presence was felt during the Ghost Trackers' stay.
Old Bridge Inn, Jeffersonville, IN: Recently, a candleholder lost for four years earlier reappeared in the middle of a guest room. Guests have reported floating objects, canes being picked up and twirled around, tea cups floating across the room, and several candles being raised up then down on their own. Two women reported seeing a welcoming bearded gentleman in the dining room. From photos, they determined that he may have been the son of the property's longtime owner, Dr. Hancock. A small ghost dog named Buttons has also been seen.
Stone Lion Inn, Guthrie, OK: If you’re lucky, a gentlemanly ghost may doff his derby hat to you. Guests have seen a ghost dressed in formal attire; he’s recognized by the scent of his cigar smoke. Besides the unknown gentleman, the original owners’ daughter also haunts the inn. At eight, she was ill with whooping cough, and the family’s maid supposedly overmedicated her with cough syrup. The ghost girl will creep into guest rooms between 2 and 2:30 a.m. to pat inhabitants on the cheek. She disappears soon after they awake.
1872 John Denham House, Monticello, FL: Not only is this 130-year-old National Historic Register B&B certifiably haunted, guests can explore another dimension during October Teen and Parent Ghost Hunting Weekends. Enjoy a ghost tour and seminar and learn hands-on skills for ghost tracking, plus how to record orbs and vortexes in audio, video, photographic and temperature formats.
17hundred90 Inn, Savannah, GA: As Savannah's oldest inn and restaurant, it's not surprising that four ghosts frequent this B&B. It's most famous ghost, Anna, is said to have fallen in love with a sailor in the 1800s. She threw herself from the top floor window tormented by unrequited love, and it's said that she still haunts room 204. The B&B is also a stop on a haunted pub crawl tour.
1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant: Tryon, NC: Several psychics have visited the inn and said an “energy vortex�� is present. People hear voices; the head chef hears a man greet her many days with a "Good morning!" Once, a salad plate spun around and shot across a table and broke, and utensils and furniture have been reported as moving right before employees’ eyes. A former innkeeper reported his dresser was moved in front of the door while he slept and all the clothes were taken out and strewn about the room. In the morning, he accused an employee of sneaking into his room and doing this! Late one night, two employees heard something pounding on the inside door of the locked walk in-cooler. Of course, it was empty when they looked inside.
Black Horse Inn, Warrenton, VA: Three ghosts have been accounted for in this former Civil War hospital. The first is a woman believed to have been a nurse in the hospital, who is inclined to laugh only in gentlemens' ears. The second ghost is known to the whole community as "The Dancer" because the tap of his shoes is heard throughout the night as he dances at the top of the stairs. A male ghost makes an impression on the comforter in the Burgundy Room. The Ghost of Christmas has tipped over the Christmas tree -- breaking all the ornaments -- each year for the past three years. The tree is now wired to the corner of the room.
Casablanca Inn, St. Augustine, FL: This inn's haunted heritage began to take its shape during the early 1930s when it was a boarding house. A widow who ran the boarding house would stand watch on the balcony, swinging a lantern back and forth to warn rumrunners when government revenuers were in town. The widow has long been dead, but anglers and shrimpers passing through the inlet say they often see the swinging lantern atop the Casablanca Inn.
Foley House, Savannah, GA: Legend has it that the house was owned in the late 19th century by a widow who rented rooms to travelers and boarders. One night, a boarder who she thought was suspicious attempted to strangle her. Unable to scream, she grabbed a candlestick and beat him over the head. He fell to the floor and the widow ran to another boarder’s room for help. Returning to the bedroom, they discovered the man was dead. Fearful that she would be imprisoned for murder, she asked the boarder to help her conceal the body in return for free rent. On her death bed, she told friends what happened, but never revealed the location of the body. In 1989, during a renovation to expand the inn, human remains were found in a wall. The remains are believed to be the boarder that Mrs. Foley murdered, although they were never identified. Today, locals refer to this person as "Wally!" Some have reported hearing the door suddenly open in the room where he was killed followed by a rush of air.
Forsyth Park Inn, Savannah, GA: The spirit of a heartbroken young girl haunts this historic inn. As the story goes, Aaron and Lois Churchill adopted a child named Lottie after being unable to conceive their own. Eventually, Lois’s younger sister Anna came to live with them, and she and Lottie became close. When Lottie discovered a romantic tryst between Anna and her father, Aaron, she poisoned Anna in an attempt to save the family. As Anna died, it was revealed that she was actually Lottie’s mother. Upon discovering she’d killed her own mother, Lottie went insane and spent the rest of her life in an insane asylum. Lottie’s ghost is actually a happy one; visitors report a child’s laughter and footsteps echoing in empty rooms. Some claim they’ve spotted Lottie on the staircase, while others claim to feel her presence near the courtyard fountain.
Inn on Main Street, Weaverville, NC: Innkeepers have heard pictures falling off walls, yet never found anything that has fallen. Doors open and close. Guests report seeing and hearing a kindly woman, and encountering the spirits of guests who had been patients of the doctor who lived and practiced medicine here.
Kehoe House B&B, Savannah, GA: Set in a restored 1892 Queen Anne-style mansion, this B&B is reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of twin Kehoe children who may have died while playing in one of the house’s fireplaces (now blocked up). The inn’s website speaks of many reported sightings of the ghosts and the sound of children laughing and playing in the dead of night.
Magnolia Mansion, New Orleans, LA: This inn is hauntingly romantic. Many guests tell of haunted happenings, such as hearing footsteps pacing out in the hall on stormy nights. There are reports of the tinkling of an old-fashioned music box, or the sound of child's laughter, and even seeing small child's handprints left in the bathroom rugs or tubs (no children allowed, so whose prints are these?). The spirits are happy ones, yet sometime mischievous. Guests have documented that in the middle of the night they hear something moving in their room and wake up to find pillows stacked at the foot of their bed, and their personal items, like shoes or cameras, moved around while asleep. One woman had the sheet pulled up over her, and her cheek was stroked by a "spirited" visitor lovingly referred to as "The Caretaker" as her husband slept. Account after account in the inn's guestbooks recount chance meetings with polite and friendly ghosts. Many guests have captured photos of orbs and apparitions. Want an encounter with the inn's friendly ghosts? You must make your intention known upon entering.
The Marshall House, Savannah, GA: The Marshall House opened in 1851, and its famous hauntings have been featured several times on the Travel Channel. It was used as a hospital three times in the past; twice during Savannah's 19th century yellow fever epidemics, and once by the Union Army during the Civil War, making it prime territory for ghostly happenings. Ghosts have been reported in the hallways and in some rooms.
Penny Farthing Inn, St. Augustine, FL: Ghost busters, guests, and the innkeeper have said that plenty of playful spirits hang around here. Occurrences include midnight tugs-of-war with the blankets, and glasses leaning over and clinking on sherry bottles. One guest described a young lady sitting on the daybed in his room when he woke up. A few days later, the 4-year-old daughter of the owners asked if the lady in the doorway of the dining room was a guest; the little girl described the lady she saw exactly as the guest had.
Twin Lakes Lodge, Greensboro, NC: One guest reported a woman with a long flowing dress floating over the lake one night. Dismissing these visions as a dream, he awoke the next morning to find wet footsteps on his suite's otherwise dry deck, coming up over the railing and to the window. Another guest said the woman in the white flowing dress hummed to her at her bedside.
Borland House, Montgomery, NY: In the second chapter of her book, “Back Into the Light,” author and ghost investigator Linda Zimmermann tells of her team’s experiences here. There was enough ghostly activity to fill eight pages with tales and photos of ghostly sightings, though she said none of the spirits were harmful.
Inn at Herr Ridge, Gettysburg, PA: The former tavern here served as an impromptu field hospital for the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Battle of Gettysburg. Innkeeper Steven Wolf said that someone once ordered a beer, but no one was there. Odd occurrences regularly happen, including mysterious whispers, calling the names of the employees, cold spots, glasses and silverware flying off tables, even knives and forks falling blade or prongs-first into the floor. Occasionally, computers type gibberish on their own, extinguished lamps relight, and unexplained crashes occur in the kitchen. Wolf attributes much of the activity to the “house ghost,” Frederick Herr, who purchased the tavern in 1828.
Baladerry Inn, Gettysburg, PA: This B&B sits at the edge of the Gettysburg Battlefield and served as a field hospital of the Union Army during the war. Supposedly, the ghostly history still lingers; paranormal investigations have found dozens of EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), taken spooky pictures, and some guests report ghostly encounters. Several ghost tours are offered in Gettysburg.
Mary-Penn B&B, Gettysburg, PA: With the history of the famous Civil War battle fought here, it’s no wonder that Gettysburg is one of the better known haunted destinations. A paranormal group recorded horse noises and voices in their basement, and from time to time, guests have claimed to encounter friendly spirits.
Cornerstone B&B, Philadelphia, PA: A sweet, floral scent precedes sightings of a ghostly female shape at Cornerstone. Innkeepers claim she is an ethereal presence, and her signature perfume always occurs as she gently taps the foreheads of those at the inn. Some claim she's a resident angel; others feel she's a ghost.
Captain Grant's, Poquetanuck, CT: Visitors to this historic 1754 inn are told when they arrive that if they hear the loud knock at the door, they can answer if they like, but nobody will be there. Those who stay at the Adelaide Room are sure to have some contact with the mysterious woman and her two children who once lived there, whether it is through the TV turning on and off or the shower curtain continuously falling down. One guest even had her ChapStick levitate out of her purse on a recent visit.
Penny House Inn, Eastham, MA: Home to the "Goodnight Ghost" along with other playful spirits, ghost stories from this inn are well documented. One ghost named Charlotte loves to turn the music up full blast in the inn's on-site spa, so care is taken before every treatment to turn the music down.
Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport, MA: Guests have shared photos of shadowy figures in the doorways, and staff tell stories of a dark shadow of a man seen at the left side of the building. Lights have been known to go on and off, too; perhaps it’s the spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a former guest here.
The Salem Inn, Salem, MA: While spirits fly throughout this town made famous by its Colonial witch trials and spellbound attractions, stay in room 17 and you may just meet a female ghost, known as the “former scorned lover.” Guests have experienced everything from images of the woman in the room to the sensation of her sitting on them, unable to get up out of bed.
Nichols Guest House B&B, Seekonk, MA: Legend tells us that the original owner of this 200-year-old Colonial home took his own life. There are shadows and strange sounds in the night, and lights mysteriously flicker on and off ensure that guests know that friendly spirits remain.
Chapman Inn, Bethel, ME: Young, female voices can be heard in guestrooms. Footsteps are heard when no one is there, and a black cat has been seen on numerous occasions exiting the room through a solid wall. So prevalent are the ghost sightings that the innkeepers have added a Come Meet the Spirits page on their website. One guest described a woman who appeared before her in room, then disappeared through the wall. Paranormals have investigated and found that at least two entities still live in the house.
Captain Lindsey House , Rockland, ME: Captain Lindsey is still hanging around here, along with 35 other spirits, according to what he told the "spiritologists" on their recent visit to the inn. Included in the band of happy ghosts is the Captain himself, along with T. B. Severence, the 41-year-old who purchased the inn in 1857; a dominant spirit named Ensign; a 5-year-old named Jeffrey and a 4-year-old named Emmy. The majority of the spiritual activity takes place in the parlor, where glasses of water slide across tables, and doors have been known to slam on their own.
Carriage House Inn, Searsport, ME: Stories abound about the ghosts seen in the windows of this 1874 Victorian mansion. An expert on the paranormal verified there are at least two entities living here, both of whom experienced untimely deaths. The resident beagle shuns certain rooms and avoids the haunted staircase where someone died. The sounds of soft whispers, music, knocking, the smell of cigar smoke, and a feeling that "someone walked into my room" are common discussions at the breakfast table. The East Coast Ghost Trackers have done three extensive investigations here and believe without a doubt that the inn is spiritually inhabited and authentically haunted.
Notchland Inn, Harts Location, NH: A frequently seen apparition is believed to be Nancy Barton, who died on the property in pursuit of her forlorn lover. One guest reported the name "Abigail" was written in the steam on the mirror in their bathroom when no one had taken a shower in that room for several hours. Another guest woke up after an afternoon nap and noticed that someone had brought fresh flowers into the room. When he went into the bathroom, he found someone had written "Happy Anniversary" on the mirror in lipstick. He went back into the bedroom to find the flowers gone. He turned back into the bathroom, and the writing on the mirror had disappeared.
Inn at Jackson, Jackson, NH: Jason, once the trusted workman at the inn, committed suicide as a young adult, yet he returns to check on repairs at the inn. Guests have been awakened by a hammering noise, and the staff has caught glimpses of movement as they check on rooms, primarily on the second and third floor. The water also mysteriously turns on and off in Room Two.
Brass Lantern Inn, Stowe, VT: Inn guests who've seen paranormal activity vary the details slightly, but they always hear the noises coming from the same guest room. Some report hearing people arrive late in the night, speaking loudly, and talking about the good time they just had at a party. Yet in all cases, no guests were staying in the guest room or even in a nearby room.
Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, VT: "Boots" Berry, the tap dancing ghost and former local hero, can still be heard dancing on the third floor of the inn during severe winter storms. The son of the inn's former horseman and chambermaid, Boots was born in Room 302 in 1840, and he grew up in the inn. One morning, Boots bravely stopped a runaway stage, saving the lives of the passengers. His heroism turned to too many congratulatory drinks, and Boots neglected his duties at the inn. He was dismissed and ended up in jail where he learned to tap dance, earning his nickname. Once out of jail, a storm hit the town, and a little girl became stranded on the roof of the inn. Boots went to the icy roof and lowered the girl to the ground. Just as she reached safety, Boots slipped and fell to his death. The roof he was standing on when he fell was the roof of Room 302.
The Plough Inn, North Yorkshire, England: Interesting occurrences have been reported at The Plough Inn over the years, many attributed to the ghosts of landlady Mrs. Gladys Saxton, and 17-year old-maid, Margaret Harrison. Both died in a fire at the inn in 1945. One couple was woken in the night by someone ‘plumping up’ the pillows. Another guest found that his car key had mysteriously bent in half during the night. A number of guests have reported seeing a woman in long black clothes patrolling the upstairs corridor. The young daughter of one of the inn’s staff refused to enter one of the bedrooms saying “I don’t like it. It doesn’t feel nice. It’s scaring me.” One couple saw orbs of light in their room during the early hours.
Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Ireland: This castle outside of Dublin is probably better known as the site of nuptials between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, but that's not what makes Castle Leslie a little spooky. The castle has been in the Leslie family for over 300 years, and a number of long-deceased aunts and uncles have been spotted, and there's even a ghostly dog named Punch that calls from time to time.