New England’s ‘Haunted Hotels’

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Beal House Inn (TripAdvisor)

‘Haunted Hotels’ of New England

New England certainly has a history of spooky atmospheres.  The west coast’s many haunts are attributed to the violence and unrest of the gold rush and the good old age of cowboys, whereas the east coast has a certain “revolutionary world America” feel that seeps into every crack and bit of chipped paint in its many aging buildings; a feeling that many claim is actually spiritual energy left behind from those that passed on.  If this is the kind of thing you’re looking for in your next vacation destination, then I’d suggest looking into a few of these very special locations for a place to lay your head; let’s just hope that you bring it with you when you leave!

The Beal House Inn (New Hampshire)

First off is a quaint little rest stop in NH that was originally built as a farmhouse in 1883: the Beal House Inn.  Welcoming guests since 1933, those who inhabit the inn have been said to slam doors, stomp up and down the stairs, and carry on conversations in unoccupied rooms.  The owners claim the “ghosts” are all well and good and really don’t bother anyone, as long as you don’t mind the reported disembodied voices.

Captain Grant's Inn (Connecticut)

Captain Grant’s Bed & Breakfast (Connecticut)

Captain Grant’s Bed & Breakfast (Connecticut)

If you, in fact, enjoy the haunting sounds of apparitional discourse then Captain Grant’s B&B in CT has just the thing.  Opening in 1754, this bed and breakfast has acted as home to generations of the Grant family as well as housing Continental soldiers during the Revolutionary War and escaped slaves during the Civil War.  Reports claim that the ghost of a woman and her two children, complete with plenty of strange sounds and odd sensations, can be seen and heard throughout the old building.

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast (Massachusetts)

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast (Massachusetts)

Lizzy Borden Bed & Breakfast (Massachusetts)

Need something a bit more macabre, this infamous house turned bed and breakfast in MA has just the thing for you: Lizzy Borden B&B.  Each stay includes a full tour of the house and background on the Borden family murders that occurred in 1892.

Kennebunk Inn (Maine)

Kennebunk Inn (Maine)

Kennebunk Inn (Maine)

The Kennebunk Inn in ME boasts their longest (and most entertaining) guest is the spirit of a former nightwatchman who especially enjoys playing pranks on employees he finds less than desirable.  I sure hope he doesn’t mind millennials.

Deerfield Inn (Massachusetts)

Deerfield Inn – Cora Carlisle Room (Massachusetts)

Deerfield Inn (Massachusetts)

Finally, in MA there is a certain “Mischevious” kid-friendly ghost named Hershel that has been known to make a mess in Room 148 by rearranging the bedclothes and tossing magazines around like an angst-y teenager.  Where were his parents?

The moral of the story?  All throughout the country, with a little bit of research, you can easily find yourself at one of these humble haunts and if nothing else, you’ll at least have a good story to share with Art Bell on Halloween.

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W D King


Walter king is a sushi enthusiast. A cat lover. A star gazer. An ex-skateboarder, with the destroyed knees to prove it. A local boy raised in Hawaii. He spent much of his youth listening to art bell, infecting his brain with all matter of gray area thought provoking ideas like time travel, collective consciousness, and who can forget: Bigfoot. He's a loving husband and first time father. A movie junkie. A cliff diving, mud slinging, midday dreamer. He also kind of dabbles in indie film production, music production, and photography. He is survived by his unflinching whit and dry sense of humor.

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