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Halloween 2011: Ten B&Bs where you can sleep with a ghost

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More adventuresome than a masquerade ball or costume party for Halloween 2011 may be a weekend spent at a haunted Bed and Breakfast Inn.

For travelers intrigued by eerie apparitions and things that go bump in the night,™ offers its top 10 list of haunted bed and breakfasts where you can sleep with a ghost. B&Bs and inns across the country report ghost sightings, unexplained noises and moving objects, and hair-raising stories for travelers who enjoy paranormal experiences.

More than 15 percent of adults say they have seen a ghost in their lifetime and another 44 have visited a house that was allegedly haunted, according to an online survey conducted by While more than a third (37.1%) of adults would like to visit a real-life haunted house, one in four (27.5%) would like to spend the night in one.

Of the nearly 50 haunted B&Bs on the site, editors have selected their top 10 most intriguing B&Bs where you can sleep with a ghost:

Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast Resort , Nice, CA: At this B&B, guests stay in one of nine former railroad cabooses. A number of guests have told the innkeepers that at night they have seen a man in striped pajamas either walking around the Celebrations caboose room or sitting on the bed. Due to visits from this ghost, a few guests have actually asked to move their rooms. The innkeepers think the ghost may be the spirit of a former railroad worker.

1872 John Denham House , Monticello, FL : Not only is this 130-year-old National Historic Register B&B certifiably haunted, but guests can also explore another dimension during October Teen and Parent Ghost Hunting Weekends. Enjoy a ghost tour and seminar and learn hands-on skills for ghost tracking, plus how to record orbs and vortexes in audio, video, photographic and temperature formats.

Foley House , (Diamond Collection), Savannah, GA:
Legend has it that this house was owned in the late 19th century by a widow who rented rooms to travelers and boarders. One night, a boarder who she thought was suspicious, attempted to strangle her. She grabbed a candlestick, beat him over the head, and ran to another boarder's room for help. Returning to the bedroom, they discovered the man was dead. Fearful that she would be imprisoned for murder, she asked the boarder to help her conceal the body in return for free rent. On her death bed, she told friends what happened, but never revealed the location of the body. In 1989, during a renovation, human remains believed to be the boarder that Mrs. Foley murdered were found in a wall. Today, locals refer to this person as "Wally." Some have reported hearing the door of the room where the man was killed suddenly open then feeling a rush of air.

Kehoe House B&B , (Diamond Collection) Savannah, GA: Set in a restored 1892 Queen Anne-style mansion, this B&B is reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of the twin Kehoe children who may have died while playing in one of the house's fireplaces, which is now blocked. The inn's website speaks of many reported sightings of the ghosts and the sound of children laughing and playing in the dead of night.

Penny House Inn , (Diamond Collection), Eastham, MA : Home to the "Goodnight Ghost" along with other playful spirits, ghost stories from this inn are well documented. One ghost named Charlotte loves to turn the music up full blast in the inn's on-site spa, so care is taken before every treatment to turn the music down.

Captain Lindsey House , (Diamond Collection), Rockland, ME :
Captain Lindsey is still hanging around here, along with 35 other spirits, according to what he told the "spiritologists" on their recent visit to the inn. Included in the band of happy ghosts is the Captain himself, along with T. B. Severence, the 41-year-old who purchased the inn in 1857; a dominant spirit named Ensign; a 5-year-old named Jeffrey and a 4-year-old named Emmy. The majority of the spiritual activity takes place in the parlor, where glasses of water slide across tables, and doors have been known to slam on their own.

1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant , (Diamond Collection), Tryon, NC
: Several psychics have visited the inn and said an "energy vortex" is present. People hear voices – the head chef hears a man greet her many days with a "Good morning!" Once, a salad plate spun around and shot across a table and broke, and utensils and furniture have been reported as moving right before employees' eyes. A former innkeeper reported his dresser was moved in front of the door while he slept and all the clothes were taken out and strewn about the room. In the morning, he accused an employee of sneaking into his room and wreaking the havoc! Late one night, two employees heard something pounding on the inside door of the locked walk in-cooler. Of course, it was empty when they looked inside.

Inn at Herr Ridge, (Diamond Collection), Gettysburg, PA: The former tavern here served as an impromptu field hospital for the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Battle of Gettysburg. Innkeeper Steven Wolf said that someone once ordered a beer, but no one was there. Odd occurrences regularly happen, including mysterious whispers, calling the names of the employees, cold spots, glasses and silverware flying off tables, even knives and forks falling blade or prongs-first into the floor. Occasionally, computers type gibberish on their own, extinguished lamps re-light, and unexplained crashes occur in the kitchen. Wolf attributes much of the activity to the "house ghost," Frederick Herr, who purchased the tavern in 1828.

Black Horse Inn , Warrenton, VA : Three ghosts have been accounted for in this former Civil War hospital. The first is a woman believed to have been a nurse in the hospital, who is inclined to laugh only in gentlemen's ears. The second ghost is known to the whole community as "The Dancer" because his shoes are heard throughout the night as he dances at the top of the stairs. A male ghost makes an impression on the comforter in the Burgundy Room. The Ghost of Christmas tipped over the Christmas tree -- breaking all the ornaments -- several years so now the tree is wired to the corner of the room.

Green Mountain Inn , Stowe, VT :
"Boots" Berry, a tap dancing ghost and former local hero, can still be heard dancing on the third floor of the inn during severe winter storms. The son of the inn's former horseman and chambermaid, Boots was born in Room 302 in 1840, and he grew up in the inn. One morning, Boots bravely stopped a runaway stagecoach, saving the lives of the passengers. His heroism turned to too many congratulatory drinks, and Boots neglected his duties at the inn. He was dismissed and ended up in jail where he learned to tap dance, earning his nickname. Once out of jail, a storm hit the town, and a little girl became stranded on the roof of the inn. Boots went to the icy roof and lowered the girl to the ground. Just as she reached safety, Boots slipped and fell to his death. The roof he was standing on when he fell was the roof of Room 302.

Several haunted B&Bs are part of's Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns that offer private bathrooms, 24-hour access to service or staff, free Internet, flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival, and maintain a 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 consumer review rating on


The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis should be on this list. One of the most haunted places in the country. And, if you just love history, as well, it's a great place to stay. Highly recommend it.

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