Halloween is fast approaching and if you’re a fan of haunted houses, why not take your next vacation in a house that is actually haunted? Our EWR Airport parking company found nine lodgings that range from plantations to hotels to bed & breakfasts that offer more than just a long history:
Blue Moon Cottage
Where: Jerome, Arizona
This cottage in central Arizona is said to be occupied by its previous owner. Marcelena lived in the house for 65 years, but once she passed away, she decided not to leave. Guests have seen her sitting in her favorite chair by the window in the master bedroom and if the chair is moved, she’ll move it back. Prepare for a close encounter if you decide to rent – the cottage sleeps just two people in one bedroom and has one bathroom.
The Myrtles Plantation
Where: St. Francisville, Louisiana
This bed & breakfast outside of Baton Rouge is one of the most haunted homes in America. Built in the 18th century, the home has seen ten murders and is said to be haunted by twelve different ghosts. The most famous ghosts often seen by guests are a slave girl named Chloe and two of the children she’s said to have murdered. The home boasts several suites, garden rooms, cottages, and more.
Where: Rocky Bottom, South Carolina
Right near the border of North Carolina lies mountainous Rocky Bottom, South Carolina and a home that was built in 1925. The main log cabin and two smaller cabins are said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman named Nancy, who committed suicide in the home just two years after it was built. Over the years, guests have heard her crying and walking around along with turning lights on and off and opening and closing doors. Visitors can rent the main and bunk house or the trout stream house.
The Galloway House Inn
Where: Savannah, Georgia
This bed & breakfast mansion was built in 1895 and is said to still be haunted by its original owner. Guests have reported hearing doors close when no one was there, watching objects move on their own, and seeing a man at the foot of their bed, believed to be owner Richard Martin Lester. Lester committed suicide in 1926. The bed & breakfast features three guest apartments in addition to the owner’s apartment.
The Queen Mary
Where: Long Beach, California
Though not technically a house, The Queen Mary is still a haunted lodging. The ship used to sail for the famous White Star Line and in 1967, the city of Long Beach bought the ship and turned it into a hotel. Over the years, guests have reported seeing ghosts of small children by the pool, mysterious knocking sounds, and the famous “Lady in White” who haunts the front desk. The ship offers more than 300 staterooms and suites for guests to enjoy.
Where: Poquetanuck, Connecticut
This historic bed & breakfast dates back to 1754 and is filled with ghostly encounters. During the Revolutionary War, the family who lived in the home shared it with Continental Army soldiers and often took in slaves, which may be why guests often hear footsteps running down the hall and see ghosts in colonial period garb. In addition, there are two cemeteries next to the property, and many guests have claimed to see at least 10 apparitions with names that are on gravestones next door. The bed & breakfast features a main house, an adjacent house, and a newly opened short-term inn.
The Mayhurst Inn
Where: Orange, Virginia
Situated between Washington D.C. and Richmond, this restored plantation encompasses a number of buildings, some of which date all the way back to 1820. The main house was built in 1859 and was visited by Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson; the home used to be the site of a Confederate Army camp in 1963. Many guests have felt like someone was watching them and have seen windows open on their own. Guests can reserve one of eight rooms in the main house.
The Salem Inn
Where: Salem, Massachusetts
Know for its famous witch trials, Salem is a city often sought by haunted home lovers. The Salem Inn is said to be haunted by a ghost named Elizabeth. In fact, according to the innkeeper 7 out of 10 people who stay in room 17 encounter Elizabeth. Guests have reported her making noises in the closet, but if you leave some liquor on the table, she often quiets down. The inn features three houses built between 1834 and 1874 and offer several rooms per house.
Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn
Where: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Union Cavalry General Wesley Merritt created a headquarters out of this farmhouse. The property was actually used as a hospital for wounded soldiers and it’s believed that some of them never made it out. While there are no confirmed hauntings, the property has been investigated by several paranormal organizations and guests have said they’ve felt “strange happenings.” Guests can choose from 10 rooms in the farmhouse, a room in the historic barn, or the private cottage.
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