Halloween travel: America's most haunted hotels

From New England to the Deep South, haunted hotels thrill travelers. Photo: Omni Grove Park Inn

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2013 — Just in time for October and in anticipation of Halloween, we have rounded up some of the country’s most haunted hotels.

Santa Fe, New Mexico is ripe with ghost stories, but none is more profound than La Posada de Santa Fe.  This atmospheric resort has rich history dating back to 1882 when a Santa Fe Trail merchant, Abraham Staab, built it as a three-story Victorian mansion for his family. After Julia, Staab’s wife, died in 1896 at the age of 52, the house became her home in the afterlife.  She has been known to haunt her old bedroom, now Suite 100 at La Posada de Santa Fe. To honor this benevolent spirit, the staff always invites her to parties held in the house and is sure to greet her when they enter her bedroom. 

Known affectionately by the hotels staff as “The Princess,” Caroline Foster is a long-time inhabitant of the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.  Although she died in 1939, her link to the property goes back to its inception, when her husband, railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney, built the resort in 1902. Guests report sightings of the regal Caroline in Victorian dress in the hallways of the hotel.  Some guests have been awoken to tapping on their doors when no one is outside.  The most common sighting of the regal Caroline is in room 314, where guests report seeing the vision of the woman sitting at the edge of their guest bed, which just happens to be the same four-post bed Caroline shared with her husband.

The 100-year-old Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina has had a ghost dubbed the Pink Lady roaming its halls for over half a century. It’s believed that this young woman clad in a flowing pink dress was a guest in Room 545 in the 1920s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death 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 longhaired beauty in a pink gown.

Built in 1766, Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, is one of the oldest resorts in America.  It’s 14th floor, which is located in the oldest wing of the hotel, has been known as ground central of paranormal activity. In the early 1900’s, a woman was set to be married at the resort, but her husband-to-be ran out on the wedding day.  The bride became so distraught that she took her own life.  She is believed to be the spirit that roams the hallways and enters some of the rooms of the resort.





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