If you're one of those couples whose quirky online dating profiles included "ghouls" under the lists of your favorite things, this is the list for you!
Whether you had a Halloween-themed wedding, met at a seance, keep voodoo dolls of your exes, or are just endlessly fascinated by all things paranormal, you might opt for a potentially very spooky honeymoon at a haunted hotel.
As large as the United States is, there are tons of options for luxurious properties that also happen to be rife with reports of incredibly mysterious goings-on. Nighttime pitter-pattering across the floor, doorknobs twsiting by themselves, phantasms in old-fashioned clothing, even luggage that unpacks itself...while these literal haunts might not be for the faint of heart, they're perfect for ghost-hunting honeymooners looking for an experience as uncanny as it is unforgettable. Here are seven of the most haunted, and the most luxurious, that you should check out:
Queen Anne Hotel - San Francisco, California
Ever hear of a lady called Miss Mary Wake? If not, you just might be able to meet her in person at the Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco. The only catch? She's dead.
In case it wasn't obvious, Miss Mary is the ghost said to inhabit the halls of this gorgeous Victorian-style hotel. The hotel was built in the 1800s as a boarding school, and Miss Mary was the headmistress and teacher there. She didn't die there, but rather left after the school closed down. No one knows where she went, but it appears that she is back -- and still caring for visitors as if they were her beloved students. Hantings are especially prevalent in the room 410, where she kept her offices, and visitors have reported their luggage unpacking itself, pillows being placed back on beds when they fall on the floor, and even hands tucking in their covers at night. Eerie as that is, we're relieved she seems to be one of the nicest ghosts we've ever heard of!
The Beal House Inn - Littleton, New Hampshire
We like this one because, according to owners and staff, the ghosts here are benevolent rather than wicked. We aren't sure how they came up with that conclusion, as the anxiety-inducing hallways, objects moving by themselves, loud voices conversing in locked-off rooms, and slamming doors at night doesn't sound so nice to me. But for a honeymoon in New England to satisfy the ghostbuster in you, this is definitely one to check out.
Hotel Chelsea - New York City, New York (Closed for renovations)
Known as one of New York City's most haunted buildings, the Hotel Chelsea is the place where punk rock legend Sid Vicious, of Sex Pistols fame, is said to have murdered girlfriend Nancy Spungen by stabbing her in one of the rooms. Guests report seeing ghastly apparitions resembling the pair wandering the hotel at night. However, Nancy Spungen isn't the only famous person who died here. Poet Dylan Thomas passed away here as well, and among other famous people who stayed here at different times, the list is long: Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, just to name a few.
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
This Arkansas hotel has several resident ghosts: a stonemason who died in an unfortunate accident on the job,a cancer patient in pepetual search of her room keys, and other mysterious apparitions who appear to come from a time when the hotel was a cancer hospital run by charlatan radio personality Normal Baker. With no medical training he ran the hotel as his "clinic," leading to a number of unfortunate deaths before Baker himself was arrested and imprisoned for fraud. As a result, this hotel is known as one of America's most haunted places.
Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, California
Honeymooners, meet Kate Morgan. She's a very nice gal, and that's a good thing -- because she'll be tagging along for your honeymoon at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. Kate died at the hotel at the tender age of 24, allegedly awaiting a man who promised to meet her there. He never showed up and heartbroken Kate shot herself and took her own life. To make matters even more macabre, however, there are rumors that the bullet found did not match the gun Kate used on herself. What really happened we'll never know, but guests insist they see signs that Kate never fully left. Disembodied voices, footsteps, china flying off the shelves, sudden dramatic temperature changes, flickering lights....the list goes on and on.
Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville, Louisiana
Okay, so this list is fun, but this one really gives me the heebie jeebies. This hotel built on an old plantation has some of the most unsettling reports we've come across of some really creepy happenings. This place is considered one of the most haunted places in the US, and the stories speak for themselves: handprints appearing on mirrors, a young girl in old-style clothes and other figures who show up in photographs, footsteps up the stairs...the list goes on and on. The property, of course, has a morbid past, with everything from slavery to shootings occurring here in the earlier days of its history. According to the host of a 2002 Unsolved Mysteries segment, the TV crew even experienced inecplicable difficulties with their equipment while filming here. Whether or not you're a ghost buff, a stay here might be enough to turn you into a believer.
The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
Husbands, please resist the temptation to stick your head through the door and yell "Hereeee's Johnny!" before entering your room --it might offend the ghosts, not to mention annoying your new wife, who might ghost on you if you don't control yourself. In all seriousness, though, this place is seriously creepy. There are countless stories of encounters here with allegedly otherworldly people who have passed to the other side. Former guests, perhaps? Theories abound, but your guess is as good as ours.