The West


Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort

Featherbed Railroad Bed and 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’ve 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 October and is decorated for Halloween. The innkeepers think the ghost may be the spirit of a former railroad worker.

 

 


 

Queen Anne Hotel

Queen Anne Hotel

San Francisco, California

The Queen Anne Hotel was built as a girls' finishing school following the Gold Rush, but 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 have confirmed the ghosts are friendly.

 

 


 

Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast

Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast

Idyllwild, California

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’s always protectively watching the house, and her presence is 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 played a couple of lighthearted tricks on Ian. On rare occasions, she has also played mild pranks on guests.

 

 


 

Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park

Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park

Groveland, California

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.

 

 


 

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The Southwest

Austin's Inn at Pearl Street

Austin's Inn at Pearl Street

Austin, Texas

The first official record of the Inn can be found in the 1914 Austin City Directory when it was the private residence of prominent 26th Judicial District Judge Charles A. Wilcox and his family. Wilcox and his wife, formerly Stella Snider, had five children, including twins.

During renovations when power was cut to this boutique hotel, lights were seen flashing off and on in specific rooms. Two subcontractors were allowed to stay in the home during some of the renovation process. During their two-week stay, they’d be awakened by lights and drawn to the main hall to see a beautifully draped woman in white carrying two “bambinos” from one room to another to coddle and lovingly rock to sleep. A glow about her is claimed to be seen, as the long-dead Stella Snider still roams the rooms and halls of the Inn today. There have been many spirits seen and living at the Inn throughout the years up to the present.

 

 


 

The Texas White House

The Texas White House

Fort Worth, Texas

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 awakened in the middle of the night feeling like 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.

 

 


 

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The Southeast

1872 John Denham House

1872 John Denham House

Monticello, Florida

Not only is this 130-year-old National Historic Register B&B certifiably haunted, but guests can also 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 and Restaurant

17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant

Savannah, Georgia

It's not surprising that four ghosts frequent Savannah's oldest inn and restaurant. Its most famous ghost, Anna, is said to have fallen in love with a sailor in the 1800s. Tormented by unrequited love, she threw herself from the top floor window, and it's said she still haunts Room 204. The B&B is also a stop on a haunted pub crawl tour.

 

 


 

1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant

1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant

Tryon, North Carolina

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 it! 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

Black Horse Inn

Warrenton, Virginia

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 gentlemen’s 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 on the Bay

Casablanca Inn on the Bay

Saint Augustine, Florida

This inn's haunted heritage began to take 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 Inn

Foley House Inn

Savannah, Georgia

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 she would be imprisoned for murder, she asked the boarder to help her conceal the body in return for free rent. On her deathbed, 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

Forsyth Park Inn

Savannah, Georgia

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.

 

 


 

Kehoe House

Kehoe House

Savannah, Georgia

Set in a restored 1892 Queen Anne–style mansion, this B&B is reputedly 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.

 

 


 

Inn on Main Street

Inn on Main Street

Weaverville, North Carolina

Innkeepers have heard pictures falling off walls, yet have 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.

 

 


 

Magnolia Mansion

Magnolia Mansion

New Orleans, Louisiana

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 are 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.

 

 


 

Penny Farthing Inn

Penny Farthing Inn

Saint Augustine, Florida

Ghostbusters, 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.

 

 


 

Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast

Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast

Mountain City, Tennessee

Several accounts of ghost encounters have been reported at the Prospect Hill Bed and Breakfast. Haunted experiences have included strange scents, actual ghost sightings and cold air spots. One ordinary businessman reported smelling peanut butter cookies baking in the middle of the night. A very sober man taking an afternoon bath said he smelled bourbon in his room, and a man who sees ghosts also felt/smelled rose-flavored perfume in the same room that had the liquor smell. A woman who claims to have psychic powers saw a young woman looking over her shoulder and into her suitcase to see what was in there as she packed.

 

 


 

The Twin Lakes Lodge

The Twin Lakes Lodge

Greensboro, North Carolina

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.

 

 


 

Fleur De Lis Mansion

Fleur De Lis Mansion

New Orleans, Louisiana

Paranormal investigators Maria Pinheiro and Michael Bill, with New Orleans Ghost City Tours, investigated Fleur De Lis Mansion and discovered a spirit who goes by “Bill” or “Billy,” depending on his mood. They experienced and gathered evidence in the Fleur De Lis Suite, the River Suite and the Royal Suite through video and audio recordings. Billy can be mischievous, and he enjoys the occasional prank, like pulling covers down on sleeping guests or pulling out a dining room chair, much to the chagrin of housekeeping.

 

 


 

Mayhurst Inn

Mayhurst Inn

Orange, Virginia

The spirits of children reside at the Mayhurst Inn, primarily haunting the Magnolia room, Madison room and the School House. These ghosts like being the only kids on the block, so to speak, and don’t appear if a living child is on the premises. Playfulness is a theme to the Mayhurst interactions; windows may pop open, or you may hear knocks on the door. Guests have awoken to interactions such as a young girl brushing her hair or children looking to play.

 

 


 

Collins House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Collins House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Marion, Virginia

Two friendly spirits live at the Collins House Inn. The Marion Paranormals have surveyed the inn and validated their presence. The L.P. room is where guests experience the "bump" in the night. You may hear a knock on the bathroom door at 3am, or notice your items have moved from where you last placed them. Are you exceptionally in tune with the paranormal? Some guests report feeling a tightness in their chest when approaching the L.P. room, and others cannot even go up to the second floor (including the resident dog).

 

 


 

Aunt Dot's Bed and Breakfast

Aunt Dot's Bed and Breakfast

Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi

Before it was Aunt Dot’s Bed and Breakfast, it began as a home in 1840. Bedrooms in the back of the house were originally built as slave quarters, and guests have felt ghostly presences there. The previous owner, Aunt Dot, felt ghostly presences while living in the home, and since passing away she’s also seemingly decided to stick around. She’s been emitting positive feelings regarding the maintenance of her past home of 60 years.

 

 


 

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The Midwest

Inn at Aberdeen

Inn at Aberdeen

Valparaiso, Indiana

At this inn, 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.

 

 


 

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The Northeast

Borland House Bed & Breakfast

Borland House Bed & Breakfast

Montgomery, New York

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

Inn at Herr Ridge

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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, someone 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

Baladerry Inn

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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) and have taken spooky pictures, and some guests report ghostly encounters. Several ghost tours are offered in Gettysburg.

 

 


 

Mary-Penn Bed and Breakfast

Mary-Penn Bed and Breakfast

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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 guests from time to time have claimed to encounter friendly spirits.

 

 


 

Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast

Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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, 1754

Captain Grant's, 1754

Poquetanuck, Connecticut

Visitors to this historic 1754 inn are told when they arrive that if they hear a 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’s through the TV turning on and off or the shower curtain continually falling down. One guest even had her ChapStick levitate out of her purse on a recent visit.

 

 


 

The Emerson Inn

The Emerson Inn

Rockport, Massachusetts

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

The Salem Inn

Salem, Massachusetts

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

Nichols Guest House B&B

Seekonk, Massachusetts

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, ensuring that guests know that friendly spirits remain.

 

 


 

Inn At Jackson

Inn At Jackson

Jackson, New Hampshire

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 floors. The water also mysteriously turns on and off in Room Two.

 

 


 

Brass Lantern Inn

Brass Lantern Inn

Stowe, Vermont

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

Green Mountain Inn

Stowe, Vermont

"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.

 

 


 

Made INN Vermont

Made INN Vermont, an Urban Chic Boutique Burlington Bed and Breakfast

Burlington, Vermont

Elizabeth the ghost was found by a psychic medium staying at the inn. If you have intuitive abilities, be prepared for chitchat. Elizabeth doesn’t have many opportunities for casual conversation and may take full advantage of finding an open ear. When Linda, the B&B owner, looked up the records of the home, there were no signs of Elizabeth to be found. Regardless, Elizabeth enjoys Room 903, per the medium, because it was once (and still is) her sitting room. It seems likely that a ghost who’s known for hanging on may not be apt to accept changes to the house. So it’s no surprise that she’s annoyed that her beloved 130-year-old wallpaper has been removed, but she appreciates the restoration of the historic woodwork.

 

 


 

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