When you stay away from home, where do you look to lay your head at night? A nice hotel by the freeway with easy access in and out? Do you go cheap and stay as little as possible? Are you a bed and breakfast type? You want as much comfort as possible, right? But, maybe you’re the kind of person who looks for the haunted hotels and motels. You’d rather touch the paranormal by sleeping where they lived – or maybe where they died. If you’re okay with extra company that might keep you wide awake at night, you’ll love this list.
Here are some haunted spots you can add to your getaway list.
1. La Playa Hotel, Carmel
AKA: The Grand Dame of Carmel. Angela Ghiradelli, heir to the Ghiradelli chocolate fortune, married her love Christopher Jorgensen and moved into the original building. The couple left the area in the 1920s and this spot was turned into a hotel. Today a woman is believed to be haunting the hotel. Some believe it's the ghost of Angela while others believe it's the ghost of her cousin who drowned in Carmel Bay.
Camino Real, Carmel By The Sea
2. Glass Beach Inn, Fort Bragg
Originally built in 1920 as a private residence, this lovely B&B has nine rooms to accommodate guests. The problem is a particular chair. Those who sit in it are rumored to come to an untimely death.
726 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg
3. San Remo Hotel, San Francisco
Built in 1906 right after the San Francisco earthquake. This hotel housed the penniless and the starving artists, and was even a brothel for a little bit. Back then it was named "The New California Hotel." It was renamed The San Remo in 1922. The madame who owned it at one time is said to haunt room 33. She knocks on the door but when you answer it no one is there. Also, there's a little girl who has been seen roaming the halls. No one is sure how or why, so maybe you can ask her when you see her.
2237 Mason St
4. Napa River Inn, Napa
This building was originally built in 1886 as a feed and warehouse by Captain Albert Hatt whose son hanged himself. His ghost is believed to haunt the "Sweetie Pies" bakery which is now there. There have also been sightings of a woman in white who some believe to be the captain's wife.
500 Main St
5. Murphys HIstorical Hotel, Murphys
Built in 1856, the Murphys Hotel today hosts travelers touring the central Mother Lode region. There is apparently an "older” visitor who also resides at this historic 150-year-old hotel. Guests have said they've felt a presence immediately when they walk in and feel as though they’re being watched. To add insult to injury, a bookkeeper was shot at the hotel long ago and his body thrown over the balcony. He's been seen roaming the second floor.
457 Main St., Murphys
6. The Lodge at Noyo River
This is the view from one of the rooms. It's been sitting atop this bluff since the 1860s. History tells the story of a young honeymooning couple who were killed in a vehicle accident. Not long after, the cries of the groom were heard every once in a while crying for help. The bride has been seen by some in the gardens.
500 Casa Del Noyo, Fort Bragg
7. Groveland Hotel, Groveland
Built in 194, this adobe hotel was known as "The Best House on the Hill" during the the Gold Rush. This lovely hotel also has a resident ghost named Lyle. Lyle was a gold miner who died in his sleep. Since then the hotel has been victim to his friendly pranks: turning lights on and off, watching over guests as they fall asleep, or opening the oven door when the bread is done.
18767 Main Street, Groveland
8. The Cary House, Placerville
During the gold rush Placerville was known as Hangtown. The tree used for town hangings still has its roots beneath a bar on Main Street. Not far from where that tree once was stands The Cary House. Lots of famous folks have stayed there over the years, including Mark Twain. But room 212 is where a couple came to stay with their infant daughter. The husband died of influenza and the wife and daughter stayed in that room until money was sent by family so they could travel. People who stay in this hotel say they feel the presence of something there.
300 Main Street, Placerville
There’s not a lot of us who enjoy sleeping in a room while being watched. But, then again, you folks from Northern California are an interesting bunch. Share a paranormal stay you’ve experienced around Northern California. We’d love to hear!