New England is recognized for its rich history and story-telling. You don’t have to be a professional ghost hunter to appreciate an eerie tale over a mug of mulled cider. For those who are extra intrigued by the paranormal, you may fancy a stay at one of the haunted hotels in New England.
1. The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast
In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found brutally murdered in their home with a hatchet. If you’re so inclined, you can spend a night at the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, MA where the murders took place. If you’re not up for spending the night, you can book a tour of the residence instead. During the tour, you’ll be educated on the history of the home, and the famous murder case which remains unsolved to this day.
2. The Shanley Hotel
While not technically in New England, this hotel was too spooky to ignore. Built in 1845, the Shanley Hotel is known for its paranormal activity. The hotel has been featured on many reality television shows, including “Ghost Hunters”. There are several spirits said to linger and spook the halls of the Shanley Hotel. The hotel is not a luxury resort, but it’s worth exploring for the supernatural experience alone.
3. Captain Grants Inn, 1754
Captain Grants is an iconic inn full of rich history. If you’re looking for a scare, stay in the Adelaide room, as its rumored to be the most haunted. Explore the elegant grounds and stroll down to the old cemetery which dates back to the early 1600s. In the morning, enjoy the acclaimed country breakfast. Haunted or not, Captain Grants makes for a pleasant overnight stay.
4. The Chapman Inn
Built in 1865, The Chapman Inn is one of the oldest structures in Bethel, ME. The inn is “certified haunted”, reportedly by the ghost of Abigal Chapman who died at the young age of 16. Guests have mentioned hearing footsteps, music, and voices during their stay. Doors open and close by themselves, and cool drafts are felt even on the warmest days. Despite the draft, the innkeepers will warmly welcome you to a comfortable stay.
5.The Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970 | (978) 744-4080 | hawthornehotel.com
The Hawthorne Hotel opened in 1925 in the already spook-filled town of Salem, MA. Many visitors have reported the feeling of being touched, seeing lights flicker, or hearing voices. It’s rumored that the 3rd and 6th floors are the most haunted. This historic hotel is in a prime location if you wish to explore Salem. It’s an excellent place to stay and indulge in all the history the area has to offer. The hotel hosts an annual Halloween celebration, but be sure to get your tickets well in advance as it sells out quickly.
6. The Captain Fairfield Inn
Built in the early 1800s, this Kennebunkport Inn is allegedly haunted by the spirit of Captain James Fairfield. Many guests have reported seeing and sensing the Captain himself. Lucky for us, they suggest his spirit is friendly, as he happily welcomes visitors into his home.
7. The Red Lion Inn
The Red Lion Inn is a charming historical landmark in the Berkshires. If you’re looking for paranormal activity, stay in room 301. Many visitors report the sensation of being touched or tickled. Some guests have even felt the sheets being tugged on the bed while they’re trying to sleep. Since The Red Lion is pet friendly, bring your pup along to keep watch and warn you of any spirits.
Have you ever stayed at one of these haunted hotels? Were you spooked for the night?