For an authentically scary experience, check out one of these last three hotels in part two of our Spooky Autumn Getaways series!
The Stanley Hotel
Built in 1909, this hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s 1980’s movie, “The Shining”. Set on a serene and beautiful backdrop overlooking the Rocky Mountains, this hotel will have you in awe in more ways than one. The original owners of the hotel, Freelan and Flora Stanley, were made famous by their Stanley Steamer motor company. The clientele at The Stanley was very high end, with guests ranging from Theodore Roosevelt to the Emperor of Japan. It’s location in Estes Park, Colorado is ideal for those wanting an authentic Rocky Mountain resort with a touch of elegance.
It is said that after the passing of Freelan and Flora Stanley, their spirits remained at the hotel, keeping a close eye over the day-to-day operations. Freelan has been seen in the administration offices and in the main lobby, while Flora is often heard softly playing the piano in the ballroom. If you are brave, request rooms 217 or 418, both of which are said to be the hub of most of the paranormal activity. Room 217 is the site of a tragic accident in 1911, where housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson was caught in an explosion caused by a gas leak. In addition to nearly dying, she painfully broke both ankles. After her death in the 1950’s, strange happenings said to have occurred in room 217, including doors opening, lights turning themselves on and off, and beds making themselves. Stephen King stayed in this room during his stay. Room 418 is said to be haunted by the ghosts of small children. The bedding often shows impressions of small kids that had been sitting or playing on it, and audible laughter has been reported. Stephen King reported seeing a child come out of the room crying for his nanny.
The Myrtles Plantation Bed & Breakfast
Located on a supposed Tunica Indian burial ground in St. Francisville, LA, the stately southern architecture would not strike you as containing one of the most haunted homes in America. With it’s gorgeous wrap-around porch and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder the supposed spirits never leave. This home claims to have some of the strongest paranormal activity in the country. Built in 1796, the home was built by General David Bradford, otherwise known as “Whisky Dave”, due to his actions in the Whisky Rebellion. After his passing in 1808, the home was passed down and sold multiple times. One of the owners, William Drew Winter, was shot by a stranger on the front porch in 1871. It is said he attempted to make it up to the second floor, but died on the 17th step. His last footsteps are often heard climbing the stairs. In the bed & breakfast, there are multiple rooms to choose from, each named after a previous owner of the plantation.
There are supposedly 12 ghosts that actively haunt the residence. Guests claim to hear voices, and the grand piano playing the same chord repeatedly. There are also claims of apparitions that appear looking out windows that are seen from the exterior of the home. Objects are moved or thrown across the room. It is also said that a previous owner’s wife and children are seen in the reflection of the hallway mirror, trapped inside. The most famous sighting is of the legendary slave girl named Chloe, who experts claim is just a myth. She was made famous by this photo, seen in between two buildings:
This intimate bed and breakfast isn’t for the faint of heart, but is a must see destination!
Close to all the action in New Orleans, Hotel Provincial is the perfect spot for those wanting to add an additional touch to their New Orleans vacation. Built by Lieutenant Louis Boucher de Granpre in 1975 thanks to a land grant given by King Louis XV of France, this hotel is comprised of five buildings that have five different histories. The buildings have had different purposes throughout their existence, from Civil War hospitals to hardware stores. Some have burned down and been rebuilt. In 1958 the Dupepe Family bought a few of the buildings to create the hotel, and expanded into the other buildings until the last one was purchased in 1969.
Due to the hotel combining so many different histories, owners, and commercial uses, the hauntings at the property tend to be fairly broad. Most commonly, you will hear of moans and groans of suffering soldiers that were treated there. Blood stains appear and disappear on bedding. Radios also turn themselves on to specific stations. Building 5 is said to be the most haunted, with guests getting the creepy impression of being closely watched at all times.
If you are looking for that feel good shiver down your spine this upcoming Halloween, be sure to visit one of these 6 hotels in our Spooky Autumn Getaways series – they are sure to not disappoint!
Photos courtesy of The Stanley Hotel, The Provincial Hotel, and the Myrtles Plantation Bed & Breakfast.