Where to Go for Haunted Beds and Breakfasts

Alexandria Ducksworth
Feb 28 · 8 min read

Who doesn’t love beds and breakfasts? They’re cozy, intimate, and a little romantic. We all deserve this kind of getaway. However, you might be different. Perhaps you like your trips with a pinch of darkness, adventures with supernatural twists.

You may have heard of significant haunted hotels like The Stanley and The Queen Mary. Surely, there are several beds and breakfasts with ghosts floating around their bedrooms too. Fortunately for you, there are plenty to visit.

20 South Battery, Charleston, SC 29401

“The Stevens-Lathers House ” (by Wikimedia Commons)

Of course, the 1843 house turned B & B is in one of the most haunted cities in the south: Charleston, South Carolina. The Battery Carriage House was once a brothel, an apartment residence, and a college dorm. Check out Room 10 if you want to meet the house’s friendly ghost. Meanwhile, beware of Room 8. Apparently, a headless torso haunts the room. And he growls.

4069 W Lake Rd, Geneva, NY 14456

“Belhurst Castle” (via Wikimedia Commons)

A hotel built upon a Seneca Indian village is bound to have some spooks. Constructed in the early 1900s, Belhurst Castle resides near the picturesque Seneca Lake. Guests have reported their showers running on and off on their own. Ghost children tend to frolic around the premises.

Dick O’Brien, one of the castle’s former caretakers, still likes to sit in his favorite chair. He keeps an eye on the property even though he passed away years ago.

If you spot a woman in white around Seneca Lake, you may have seen Isabella. She was an opera singer who ran away to America with her forbidden lover. Authorities arrived at Belhurst to capture the couple. Isabella and her lover tried to escape through a secret underground tunnel, only for it to collapse. She escaped, sadly not the way she wanted to.

8393 Meetze Rd, Warrenton, VA 20187

“The Black Horse Inn” (Credits for image: Network Video on YouTube)

Four ghosts reportedly haunt Virginia’s Black Horse Inn. Fortunately, none of them are hostile, but still creepy nonetheless. One ghost likes to dance on top of the staircase, another keeps knocking down the Inn’s Christmas tree, a nurse ghost laughs in men’s ears, and the last one resides in the Burgundy Room. It likes to make its imprint on the bed, making its mark the room is still occupied.

3046 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208

“If Not Haunted, Brumder Mansion is Historic” (via TMJ4 News on YouTube)

German publisher George Brumder Sr. built the Brumder Mansion for his son and his family. Brumder Sr. had seven children and built a house for each and everyone one of them. Brumder Mansion is the only surviving building. It was once used as a pastors’ living quarters and a speakeasy.

The best times for ghost activity at the mansion is from August to December. Check into the George Suite for the chills. A childlike presence reportedly haunts the Maroon Suite. In the Gold Suite, an angry female spirit makes its presence known. She’s not fond of the room’s modern interior decorations.

109 CT-2A, Preston, CT 06365

“Poquetanuck Village Historic District New London” (by Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD on Wikimedia Commons)

Not too far from the Mohegan Sun Casino is Captain Grant’s 1754. Carol Matsumoto purchased the home in 1994 and wrote a book about the house’s ghostly activity.

Since the house’s establishment, there were rumors of ghosts roaming about. One customer in the Adelaide room witnessed a colonial woman looking at them while holding hands with her two ghostly children. If you spend a night in this room, you might see them too.

5 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401

“The Eliza Thompson House” (via Elisa.rolle on Wikimedia Commons)

The Eliza Thompson House was the first house built in Savannah’s Jones Street in 1847. It was named after Eliza Thompson as she managed the home after her husband’s death. While this bed and breakfast is reserved for adults, customers have complained about laughing children inside the building. Eliza Thompson’s military son, James Thompson, has been seen watching the streets from Room 132. A horse killed him after kicking him in the stomach.

If you’re planning on a romantic Savannah getaway at the Eliza Thompson house, take note of the ghosts roaming about, especially the kids.

1311 W River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812

“Ghost Hunting Team Investigates the Fainting Goat Inn” (via NewsChannel 34 on YouTube)

This 1850’s Railroad hotel is known for the owners’ adorable goats and its paranormal activity. Inn owner Marnie Streit fell in love with the property, not knowing about the spirits. She mentioned an unknown force has pushed her out of her bed. Wouldn’t you stay in the inn after this happened to you? It’s time to leave the premises immediately!

401 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

“Welcome Sign For Farnsworth House Inn” (via Wikimedia Commons)

Gettysburg was part of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles in history. It’s a perfect reason why so many ghosts still wander, especially at the Farnsworth House. During the war, Union soldiers broke into the house and killed all the Confederate soldiers stationed inside.

Besides the Civil War ghosts you may see, there’s an unruly spirit who loves messing with the kitchen staff. In the Sara Black Room, you may encounter the female spirit the room is named after. If you stare at the room’s antique mirror long enough, Sara may appear.

4049 Root Rd, Gasport, NY 14067

“Graestone Manor Bed and Breakfast” (via Haunted History Trail)

It seems like every room in Graestone Manor has its own story to tell. Horse lover and trainer Curtis Root built Graestone in 1865. His ghost frequently appears in his former bedroom, known as the Green Room. One hint of his presence is the lingering scent of cigar smoke. In the Kids’ Room, a young boy appears to young guests late a night wanting to play.

The Travel Channel named Graestone Manor as one of the “Most Terrifying Places.” Current owners Robert and Heather Reese purchased the house in 2017. So far, the bed and breakfast has received great reviews despite its haunting history.

18767 Main St, Groveland, CA 95321

“The Groveland Hotel” (via by Almonroth on Wikimedia Commons)

Spend the night in Room 15 to meet the ghost miner Lyle. During the California Gold Rush, Lyle spent his time at the Groveland Hotel with dynamite under his bed. He liked to have things in a particular order. Hotel guests would discover their belongings have been moved around, especially makeup in the bathroom.

Groveland used to be a gambling joint and a ranger’s station before settling down into a hotel. The place is not too far from Yosemite and all of its natural beauty. While you’re there, take advantage of your stay before Lyle scares you out of the place.

100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

“Henderson Castle” (via Wikimedia Commons)

Frank Henderson built Henderson Castle in 1895 but died before its completion. Guests have seen Frank’s ghost and wife, a spectral dog, and a soldier from the Spanish-American War. Don’t mind them; you should check out their food!

230 2nd St, Fall River, MA 02721

“The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum” (via Wikimedia Commons)

The fact the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum is haunted is no surprise. This hotel is a pure haven for ghost hunters and true crime fans.

In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted for the brutal murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother Abby Borden. The bed and breakfast has been featured in Ghost Adventures, Dead Files, and Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural.

If anything, spirits may wander in this hotel because they know the real killer. Lizzie, from beyond the grave, is still trying to keep them silent

7747 US-61, St Francisville, LA 70775

“Myrtles Plantation” (via Wikimedia Commons)

In 1796, General David Bradford established Laurel Grove. Over time, it was re-named Myrtle Plantation. One of the most famous ghosts of this bed and breakfast is the slave Chloe. Legends mention fellow workers killed the slave after she murdered the owner’s family.

Now, some sources say Chloe has never existed. If that’s the case, who is the mysterious woman wearing the headwrap? If you see her while you’re dining on some fine shrimp and grits, ask her.

792 Mentor Ave, Painesville, OH 44077

“Lutz Tavern in Painesville” (by Nyttend on Wikimedia Commons)

Rider’s Inn was once used as part of the Underground Railroad. John Rider’s third wife, Suzanne Rider, reportedly haunts this bed and breakfast. Check into Room 1: Suzanne’s Suite. No worries, she is known as a friendly ghost. Suzanne is still the kindly hostess as she was while alive.

8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

“Thornewood 02” (by Joe Mabel on Wikimedia Commons)

If you ever watched Stephen King’s Rose Red (2002), you may recognize the building known as Thornewood Castle. Chester Thorne built the house from 1908 to1911. He hired Native Americans to help with construction. They left behind wishbone charms around the property to keep evil spirits away. Nonetheless, guests have still seen spirits lingering around the castle. People who have visited this place have noticed unscrewed light bulbs and heard parties where there were none.

Overall, Thornewood Castle is a luxurious bed and breakfast. It’s the perfect getaway for all the seasons, especially during the winter holidays. While you’re there, make sure you’re prepared to see a ghost or two.

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