1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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As host to a wide variety of spirits, 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has earned the moniker “America’s Most Haunted Hotel.” It is said that after the skeleton frame of hotel had been constructed in the 1880s that one of the Irish stone masons plunged to his death in what is now guest room 218. “This room proves to be the most spiritually active room in the hotel and has attracted television film crews for decades because of the quantity and quality of the ghost sightings reported,” Taylor says. “Throughout the history of the hotel, employees have referred to this entity at ‘Michael.’ Guests have witnessed hands coming out of the bathroom mirror, cries of a falling man in the ceiling, the door opening then slamming shut, unable to be opened again. The intrigue of this activity had drawn guests to specifically request the historic accommodations of guest room 218 for the chance of experiencing something.” Here are 12 haunted wedding venues that will give you chills.
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston
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In the early 1930s, New Yorker Ned Cohen was visiting his Southern lady friend at the historic Francis Marion Hotel. Whatever happened was never clear, but he was found face down, body smashed in the middle of King Street. “Today, visitors hear eerie and unexplained sounds at night, all too familiar to the bell staff and room attendants walking the halls,” Taylor says. “These include sounds of rustling silk drapes, rattling old windows without the wind, and an unexplained vision of what may be a man questioning either himself or the passerby. Some see the image in shirt sleeves, others just feel his presence. Even though Ned Cohen’s body is buried in Cooperstown, New York, everyone at the Francis Marion knows his spirit resides here in Charleston,” says Taylor.
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Honolulu
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On February 28, 1905, the untimely death of Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University, made headlines everywhere. “Stanford, who was vacationing in Hawaii following a strychnine poisoning attempt on her life, died in her room at the Moana Surfrider,” Taylor says. “There have been reports that the ghost of Stanford still frequents the hotel, whose beautiful ocean vistas brought her short-lived peace. Guests and hotel staff have said that they’ve seen her walking at night trying to find her room.” Here are 12 things you probably never knew about Halloween.