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Travel by: October 31, 2005
Halloween is just around the corner, which means pumpkins and trick-or-treaters galore. But there's an eerie side to this annual festival too! To make the 31st extra creepy this year, we've rounded up some ghoulishly cheap rates at three spooky hotels across the US: Colorado's infamous Stanley Hotel, where The Shining was written; the Red Garter B&B, a former bordello in Arizona that’s now a haunted inn; and historic ghost-friendly Ancestors Inn in upstate New York. Rates start at only $85/night, with hair-raising fun included.
Blood-curdling overnight at Colorado’s haunted Stanley Hotel
Built in 1909, the Stanley Hotel boasts a spectacular Colorado mountainside location, old-fashioned rooms with impressive vistas, top-notch amenities, and an award-winning restaurant. What makes this place truly unique, however, is the presence of otherworldly residents. Flora Stanley, the first owner’s long-deceased wife, can still be seen and heard, late at night, either tinkling the piano keys in the music room or wandering around the lobby. Plus, the entire fourth floor (once the servants’ quarters) teems with strange after-dark commotion: if you stay in room 418, you might hear children playing outside your door, but find nary a soul in the hallway. Indeed, it's no wonder that Stephen King was inspired to write his famous novel, The Shining, here (the movie version stars Jack Nicholson), in room 217.
You can investigate the scene yourself this Halloween, and save a bundle to boot. The hotel is running an excellent bed & breakfast package starting at just $119 (based on double occupancy) for a standard room; deluxe suites cost just $189.
Meet Eve, the resident ghost of Arizona’s Red Garter B&B
If you want to hang out with the spirits in a more intimate environment, book a night at the most haunted inn in Arizona: the Red Garter B&B. Frommer’s writes, “The Wild West lives again at this restored 1897 bordello, but these days the only tarts that come with the rooms are in the bakery downstairs.” During the bordello times, a steep flight of steps known as the ‘Cowboy's Endurance Test’ led to the girls upstairs. It would seem that one of the ladies never left! Eve, as the owner calls the resident ghost, returns to haunt the inn. A number of guests have reported strange night-time activity: some have felt the bed shake, heard someone climbing the stairs, or felt a touch on their arms.
So why not go and meet Eve in person this Halloween? If you’re brave enough, the B&B has a number of available rooms on October 31! They start at just $85/night and run up to $120 for larger rooms. As a special perk – book a room online and receive $25 off these regular room costs!
Get spooked out at Ancestors Inn upstate New York
For ghost-seeking East Coasters, the spookiest choice is Ancestors Inn in Liverpool, New York. This charming place has a couple of mischievous, but friendly, ghosts. Apparently, the inn’s original owners, Hannah and George Bassett, don’t like their one-time home to be photographed, as guests' cameras have mysteriously disappeared (and reappeared) here, and film has comes out blank when developed. Plus they're known to rattle doorknobs at night, to make sure everything is locked up safe and sound.
Intrigued? Book yourself into the Inn this Halloween and pay as low as $85/night, with a delicious breakfast thrown in. We’ve checked availability on October 31, and there are plenty of units left. Rates run between $85 and $115/night, depending on the room category.
Add taxes and service charges to the prices quoted above.
Actual ghost sightings not guaranteed!
The Booking Details
For The Stanley Hotel deal, see http://www.stanleyhotel.com/specialoffers.asp or call 1-800-976-1377 and mention ShermansTravel.
For Red Garter B&B, visit http://www.redgarter.com/ or call 1-800-328-1484 and mention ShermansTravel.
For Ancestors Inn, visit http://www.ancestorsinn.com/ or call 1-888-866-8591 and mention ShermansTravel.
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