Cool autumn nights put a chill in the air. But that might not be the only reason you find yourself shivering, especially if you’re staying in a spooky hotel.
Visit one of America’s most haunted hotels and stay overnight — if you dare. Slip between the sheets, and you might feel a cold goodnight caress from a ghostly hand or hear a disembodied voice crooning in a dark corner. Whether you want to stay in a hotel, lodge or a bed and breakfast, click through to learn more about these creepy destinations.
Crescent Hotel and Spa
- Location: Eureka Springs, Ark.
- Estimated nightly rate: $180
Who doesn’t want to relax and recharge at an elegant hotel? But this fall, get a dose of terror before you get a massage at the Crescent Hotel and Spa.
This haunted hotel doesn’t have to make up stories for its Flickering Tales immersive experience. A former hospital, it abounds with haunted places and stories of doctors, nurses, patients and even a construction worker who fell to his death.
But the creepy factor isn’t the only reason to stay at the Crescent. Surround yourself with Victorian charm, from the elegant hand-painted lobby and sprawling verandas to the manicured gardens and green spaces dotted with Victorian cottages.
- Location: Manchester Village, Vt.
- Estimated nightly Rate: $197
President Abraham Lincoln never got to visit the presidential suite at The Equinox that was constructed especially for him. At least, not in his lifetime. His wife visited the hotel in 1864 and had made plans to return with the president — but he was assassinated months later.
The Lincoln connection continues long after the president’s death. Mary Todd Lincoln visited regularly. Robert Todd Lincoln, their son, built his estate, Hildene, nearby. And their granddaughter’s home is now part of The Equinox. Some guests still report seeing Mrs. Lincoln in the hotel’s south wing.
Fluted columns greet you at this luxury haunted hotel, where you can pamper yourself in a spa, play a round of golf or swim in the elegant indoor pool. Participate in a variety of summer and winter sports, including fly fishing, falconry, snowmobiling and skiing within a few miles of the resort. Or, check out free things to do, like taking a leaf-peeping drive or visiting a maple syrup farm.
Jerome Grand Hotel
- Location: Jerome, Ariz.
- Estimated nightly rate: From $155
Clinging to a 50-degree slope overlooking Arizona’s Verde Valley, the Jerome Grand Hotel is one of the best historic sites you can visit in the state.
The hotel began its life as the United Verde Hospital in 1926. Travelers who have stayed there say it’s not unusual to hear disembodied coughing or wheezing coming from a dark corner. About 9,000 people died in the hospital before it was abandoned in 1950, reports azentral.com.
During your stay, dine with a view at The Asylum, a restaurant now inhabiting the former hospital’s admittance area. Enjoy a 50-foot-per minute ride up the 1926 Otis Elevator, possibly the first self-service elevator in the country. Or, wander the steep and uneven streets of the former mining town of Jerome, which is now an artists colony.
- Location: New Hope, Pa.
- Estimated nightly Rate: $180
With a history dating to 1727, you’re sure to find plenty of stories — and ghosts — at the Logan Inn. It’s rumored that eight or more ghosts haunt the premises, including soldiers from as far back as the Revolutionary War, according to HauntedRooms.com. Gaze into the mirror in Room 6, and you just might find more than your own face gazing back at you. A man and children are among those you might see.
Hunt more ghosts on a Saturday night walking tour through town from June through the third weekend in November. Or, partake in a special monthly dinner featuring author and spiritual medium, Edward Tabbitas.
At day’s end, relax in fully modern rooms with a colonial flair. Enjoy your own private bathroom, WiFi, TV and other 21st century modern amenities contrasting with hardwood floors and upscale antique furnishings.
- Location: Estes Park, Colo.
- Estimated nightly rate: From $237
If you want to visit a location from your favorite movie, plan a trip to this haunted hotel. The Stanley Hotel might be best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, “The Shining,” but it has ghost stories all of its own. Take the story of chambermaid Elizabeth Wilson, for example.
Elizabeth survived a gas explosion blast in the infamous Room 217, according to the Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Despite two broken ankles, she continued her career until her death in the 1950s but is believed to have never left. She might fold and put away your clothing when you’re out of the room or try to push you out of bed if you’re sleeping with someone you’re not married to. Take a Night Spirit Tour to get introduced to Elizabeth and other spirits of the hotel.
The haunted hotel opened in 1909 as one of the first luxury hotels west of the Mississippi to have electricity as well as running water. Updated through the years, the hotel offers modern comforts and stunning views.
The Queen Mary
- Location: Long Beach, Calif.
- Estimated nightly rate: From $109
The Queen Mary enjoys a reputation as being one of the most haunted places in America, and the former ocean liner and troopship embraces it. Take a daytime Haunted Encounters Tour, or venture out after dark for Dining with the Spirits, a Paranormal Ship Walk or a Paranormal Investigation complete with electronic ghost-hunting equipment.
For an autumn treat, head for The Feast, a haunted maze onboard running from Sept. 28 through Nov. 1, reports the Los Angeles Times. The maze recounts the story of a World War II chef who was cooked to death in his own oven.
Get a taste of what luxury sea travel was like in the 1930s when you spend the night on board. Operational portholes, gleaming wood paneling and period artwork wrap you up in comfort and style.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
- Location: Fall River, Mass.
- Estimated nightly rate: $220
When Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother were found brutally murdered in their home in 1892, Lizzie herself became the prime suspect, according to Atlas Obscura, a travel guide.
This wasn’t the only tragedy in the family. Just next door, her great uncle’s wife threw three of their children down a well, leaving two dead, before she took her own life, according to the Haunted Travels USA website. The two murdered children are among several ghosts who reportedly haunt the Lizzie Borden House, an otherwise charming bed and breakfast.
Take a complimentary tour of the house when you book an overnight stay. Sleep in one of the murder suites, but be aware that your room must be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two suites on the third floor can be exempt from this requirement.
- Location: Abiquiu, N.M.
- Estimated nightly rate: $159
Cattle rustlers hid their stolen goods on the land in Abiquiu, N.M., and they didn’t want people snooping around the place. To discourage trespassers, they spread the word the land was haunted by evil spirits. It was called “Rancho de los Brujos” — or “Ranch of the Witches” — and then Ghost Ranch.
Rumor has it those who ventured onto the land — occupied by the Archuleta brothers in the 1880s — tended to vanish, their belongings added to the brothers’ wealth. A fight between the brothers over the location of buried gold received in payment for a stolen herd ended with the murder of one brother and the hanging of the other, according to the website Only In Your State.
The Ghost Ranch exchanged its bloody past for education and a place of retreat. Stay overnight at the lodge for your own getaway, or participate in one of the educational retreats. You won’t find ghost tours in this stunning 21,000-acre ranch with picturesque adobe structures flanked by breathtaking vistas. But take a hike on the ranch’s Box Canyon Trail and you’re sure to hear sounds that could be the whistling of the wind in the canyon, screams of wild animals or voices from the past.
The Myrtles Plantation
- Location: St. Francisville, La.
- Estimated nightly rate: $175
Apparitions such as a slave girl standing between buildings and a girl in Antebellum clothing staring out the window of the main house are just two of the testaments of haunting at the Myrtles Plantation. The apparitions could be manifestations of the home’s troubled history, which include a story of Chloe the slave girl who served the children of the main house a poisonous pie. Her fellow slaves hanged her and threw her body in the Mississippi River, reports the Huffington Post.
Stay in one of the beautiful mansion suites and sleep in a four poster bed in luxurious surroundings. But don’t be surprised if a jingling chandelier or levitating bed wakes you in the night.
The Lemp Mansion
- Location: St. Louis
- Estimated nightly rate: From $180
The Lemp family pioneered modern lager beer in the St. Louis area. The Lemp Mansion, built in the 1860s, was near their successful brewery, home not just to the Lemp family but to a string of tragedies as well. By 1901, the brewery’s heir apparently died under mysterious circumstances, setting off a decades-long series of family suicides in the mansion.
Today, you can snuggle up in lavish suites named for various family members who inhabited the mansion throughout the years — and possibly still do. Unwind in a modern Jacuzzi tub in some suites or sit back in rooms with period furnishings, hardwood flooring and crystal chandeliers.
All hotel rates were pulled in September and are estimates for stays in that last week in October. All rates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date rates, please visit the hotels’ official websites.