My daughter is fascinated by the notion a hotel may have ghosts after overhearing a conversation about the Stanley Hotel in Colorado (of “The Shining” fame.) She has been begging me to take her to a hotel that claims to be haunted. Luckily, I received a list of four paranormal hotels that we just may have to check out together.
1. The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.
This property claims a ghost has roamed its halls for over half a century. She is referred to as the Pink Lady because of the flowing pink gown she wears. It is believed that this young woman was a guest in Room 545 in the 1920s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Main Inn’s Palm Court, 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 long-haired beauty in a pink gown. I’ve stayed at the Grove Park Inn (a gorgeous hotel) but never saw the pink mist.
2. La Posada de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M.
This hotel dates back to 1882 when Abraham Staab built it as a three-story Victorian mansion for his family. When Julia, Staab’s wife, died in 1896 at the age of 52, her presence continued to live on throughout the home. Today, the Staab House at La Posada de Santa Fe retains its original structure and is home to a cozy bar and Suite 100, which used to be Julia’s bedroom. To honor her, the hotel staff makes sure to invite her to parties held in the house and greet her when they enter her bedroom.
3. The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
One of the oldest resorts in America (built in 1766) has reports about the 14th floor in the resort’s oldest wing. As the story goes, in the early 1900s, a woman was set to be married at The Homestead but on the day of her wedding her husband-to-be ran out and never returned. The bride became so distraught that she took her own life. Now her spirit roams the 14th floor of the resort asking guests and staff for the time with hopes her groom will return. Whether or not you spot the bride, this historic resort is a must-visit.
4. Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H.
This resort claims the ghost of Caroline Foster roams the property. Visions of an elegant woman in Victorian dress are often spotted in the hallways of the hotel, but perhaps the most common sighting of the beloved Caroline is in room 314, where guests report seeing the vision of the woman sitting at the edge of their guest bed.