Three of America’s Most Haunted Hotels Are in Upstate New York
Would you ever spend the night in a haunted hotel? You can bet your bottom I'm outta there as soon as the sun goes down, but for those seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush (and the very real scares of their life), these hotels are prime overnight locations.
10Best.com compiled a list of America's best haunted hotels, and three of the ten were right here in upstate New York.
Fainting Goat Island Inn in Nichols landed at #2 on the list. As wonderful and normal as it looks on their website with resident goats and a potbelly pig named Porkchop, guest experiences tell a different story, according to the Haunted History Trail.
A child-sized chair has moved beside the bed in the Nubian room, gumballs have spilled onto the floor of an empty hall, footsteps have been heard on a staircase that no longer exists, and eyes have looked back from mirrors.
Haunted tours of the inn are available for free as long as there's availability. But, if you're feeling a little more dangerous, room rates range between $80 to $110 per night.
Belhurst Castle in the Finger Lakes also made the list at #6. Again, it looks beautiful from the pictures on the website, although one room in particular has blue floral wallpaper that gives me the heebie-jeebies.
According to the Haunted History Trail, there have been a number of deaths on the grounds of Belhurst Castle throughout its history, which certainly explains the variety of spooky things guests and staff have witnessed over the years.
Staff have witnessed many haunted activities - from showers turning on and off in guest rooms, to bottles and glasses flying around the bar, even coming in to see tablecloths tied to the chandeliers. Guests report hearing the sound of a soft lullaby being sung in the middle of the night, or the sound of children playing and screaming in the room next to them - most commonly reported by pregnant women. Others hear the sound of furniture being moved above them, coming from the room that once housed the roulette wheel and gambling tables when Belhurst was a speakeasy and gambling casino.
You can not only stay in one of the rooms at the Belhurst, you can also dine in one of two restaurants or try to relax in the spa and salon named after one of the ghosts that has been known to roam the castle.
The Sagamore Resort is a gorgeous resort on the edge of Lake George. It also made the list of haunted hotels at #9. According to the Haunted History Trail, most of the ghosts at the resort were guests who vacationed there when they were alive and still continue to vacation there today.
A room on the second floor is occupied by a former hotel maid from around the 1930s-1940s who was caught having an affair with a hotel guest and was fired. She went back to the room to inform the guest that she had been fired, and while she was there the guests’ wife returned. The husband had confessed the affair to his wife; the wife wrestled the maid to the floor, pulled a pillow off the bed and smothered her. The husband was stunned at what he had witnessed and the guests packed and left immediately. The maid was not found until the following morning, and it was assumed that she had a heart attack or some sort of spell. The maid still resides in the room waiting for those guests to return - her anger has trapped her. She is not able to leave the 2nd floor, but does move up and down the hallway.
Ghost tours and ghost hunting at The Sagamore Resort are available by appointment only.
With the long line of history in New York, I'm honestly not surprised that some of the country's most haunted hotels are right here in our state. Here's the full list in case you want to take your ghost hunting to the next level:
- The Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nev.
- Fainting Goat Island Inn - Nichols N.Y.
- 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa - Eureka Springs, Ark.
- Bourbon Orleans Hotel - New Orleans
- The Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville, La.
- Belhurst Castle - Geneva, N.Y.
- Hotel Sorrento - Seattle
- The Marshall House - Savannah, Ga.
- The Sagamore Resort - Lake George, N.Y.
- The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colo.