Some people love scary movies, they love scary places, they just love to be scared. Me, I’d rather not…but you know, whatever floats your boat. At the same time though…the idea of a ‘haunted hotel’ has always been interesting to me. Maybe because of my binge watching ‘haunted’ shows during the Halloween season…or just the idea that history can persist. North Carolina has a number of places to stay that might also give you a fright!
1. The Grove Park Inn
The most famous haunted hotel, and NC ghost, is of course the Pink Lady at the Grove Park Inn. A possible suicide, or a possible push, caused a damsel to fall to her death. Her spirit still lingers throughout this beautiful hotel to this day. But word on the street is that she is a very friendly, kind-hearted ghost.
2. Green Park Inn
Blowing Rock is a quaint town but the Green Park Inn is hiding something terrible on the third floor. A woman who died in the Inn seems to be stuck here forever. Reports of strange occurances and ghostly sightings occur on the third floor. For a bit of a less spookier ghost encounter, the Inn also offers murder mystery weekends!
3. The Carolina Inn
The Carolina Inn has plenty of southern antebellum charm, which is probably why 20-year resident, Dr. William Jacocks never wanted to leave. His playful spirit is said to haunt his former residence, Suite 252. Guests have frequently had issues with getting locked out of the room..to the point of the installation of an electronic lock that still seems to malfunction.
4. 1889 White Gate Inn
White Gate is an AAA-four diamond bed and breakfast, but it also houses a mysterious spirit and former owner, Mrs. B. Each room in the cottage is named after American authors, and Mrs. B preferred Robert Frost. In 1928, while owning the property as a private residence, she passed away. Mrs. B continues to tidy up rooms, closing and opening drawers and also enjoys sitting in the garden.
5. The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa
This fabulous lakeside inn has been visited by famous faces, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Franklin Roosevelt. Aside from the glitzy reputation it was also a convalescent home for wounded soldiers in the 1940's and the site of a murder in the 1930's. The spirits still remain there to this day. Staff have reported hearing their name called in a gravely voice and strange apparitions have been seen with both the eye and captured on camera.
6. The Winds Resort Beach Club, Ocean Isle
Not everything is perfect in paradise. A ghost named Sam is said to haunt one of the cabins after he died there of a heart attack. Staff and guests have reported cold spots, windows opening, and even apparitions of Sam himself.
7. Brunswick Inn, Southport
The Brunswick Inn dates back to the mid-1800's, so it's sure to have some lingering history. A man named Tony who was a riverboat harpist was said to have drowned in 1882 while on a visit. His spirit still lingers through the halls and he likes to play tricks on staff and guests.
8. Balsam Mountain Inn
The Inn has two haunted rooms, 205 and 207. Guests have reported footsteps, jiggling door knobs, and noise in the hallway. Better yet, in each room there are logs where others can write about their weird occurrences in the room.
9. Asheville Seasons Bed and Breakfast
This quaint BnB is haunted by a ghost named Grace, a relative of a former resident. She tends to keep to her room, and her dog has been said to even make an appearance. Some have reported that Grace has crawled into bed with them and hugged them. Sounds friendly.
10. Harvey Mansion Historic Inn, New Bern
Built in the 1800's, it is one of the last remaining buildings in town. In this Inn, the ghosts come with period piece attire included. A woman in a ballgown has been said to glide through the dining room.
Aside from the haunts, these are all actually beautiful hotels, Inns, and B&B’s to spend a weekend at. But still…you might see a ghost or two!