There’s no denying that America has long been fascinated by the macabre. From blockbuster horror flicks to the time-honored tradition of recounting ghost stories around a flickering campfire, most of us love a good scare every now again. But when it comes to the most chilling tales, real life is oftentimes more frightening than fiction.
Don’t believe us? Then we dare you to spend the night at one of these allegedly haunted hotels – actually, make that a double-dog dare. From untimely deaths to sightings of ghoulish apparition, each property comes with a storied past and a few patrons that should have checked out a long time ago.
While guests and staff report these otherworldly residents year-round, they become especially active this time of year, with Halloween lurking just around the corner. Whether you’re a die-hard believer or steadfast skeptic, these hotels are guaranteed to get you into the spooky spirit.
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The Chebeague Island Inn
This 21-room property is tucked away on Chebeague Island, located just 10 miles off the coast of Portland, Maine. According to local lore, an island resident by the name of Charlie frequented the inn’s bar during the early 1900s. One evening, after a quarrel with his wife, he checked into a room and set out to drink his worries away. After a couple rounds, he headed back to his room, but not before tossing a lit cigarette beneath the inn’s porch. A fire soon erupted, burning the property to the ground, and Charlie perished in the flames. His spirit reportedly still haunts the grounds, and the inn has kept his memory alive by renaming it “Charlie’s Bar” in his honor.
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The Grove Park Inn
It’s believed that the ghost of a young woman has been haunting the halls of this Asheville, North Carolina hotel for nearly a century. The events surrounding her untimely end unfolded in room 545, but nobody knows exactly what happened. What we do know is that she jumped (or was pushed) from a window, and plummeted five stories to her death. She has since been nicknamed the Pink Lady, as countless guests have reported seeing a rose-colored mist in and around the now-notorious room. To this day, young children claim spotting a beautiful, long haired woman wearing a flowing pink gown, wandering throughout the property’s guest suites, bathrooms, corridors, and even in the lobby.