Sleeping With Ghosts in
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- Its long and rich history from
Americans, to Spanish explorers, to the
Rush, and the scandals of
Golden State can't help but to be haunted. Here, you will find dozens of
hotels, inns, B&B's and even some campgrounds where you can sleep with a
see a spirit of California's Gold Rush
days, try the
Sierra Nevada House in Coloma or the
Groveland Hotel; or if you're looking for a celebrity ghost, spend a
night at the
Chateau Marmont or
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. On the other hand, if you're looking
for sheer numbers, try the
Queen Mary in Long Beach, reportedly one of the most haunted hotels in
– In the heart of historic Benicia, the gracious 1882 Union Hotel is
reminiscent of California's colorful past. During the late 1800’s, a
young woman allegedly hanged herself in one of the rooms of this
historic hotel. Today, this unfortunate soul reportedly continues to
be seen in a window that faces the street and others heard her
talking or crying.
401 First Street, PO Box 874,
Beverly Hills Hotel –
Presiding majestically above Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Hills
Hotel has been welcoming royalty, legends, world leaders and
luminaries to its luxurious accommodations since 1912. Its bungalos are said to be haunted by several ghosts including
Rachmaninoff and Harpo Marx.
Beverly Hills Hotel,
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210, 310-276-2251 or 800-283-8885.
Campground - For many years this area was considered sacred by
the Esalen Indians and today stands as a commercial campground. According to employees and guests the ghost of an Indian wearing a
corn mask has been seen between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. near the cabins.
Brookdale Lodge – Sitting
beneath the stately giant redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains,
the Brookdale Lodge has been serving customers since 1890.
In the early 1920's, the beautiful dining room with the natural
brook running through it was built and a feature of
Ripley's Believe It or Not
served to make the Brookdale Lodge world famous. In the 1940’s
the lodge became home to a number of gangsters and other shady
characters. At this time a number of secret passageways
and hidden rooms were installed throughout the
lodge. It was during this time that buried bodies under the floor
began to circulate and a six year old girl drowned in the dining
room creek. Today, this historic lodge is haunted by dozens of
specters from the past as the little girl is seen running through
the lobby, ethereal voices and music are heard throughout the
lodge, the sounds of ghostly diners in an otherwise empty dining
room, a ghostly woman seen walking over the brook as if supported
by a bridge removed long ago, and more. Brookdale Lodge,
9, P.O. Box 903, Brookdale,
La Playa Hotel –
Often called the Grande Dame of Carmel, the original building served as a
home for Christopher Jorgensen and his bride Angela Ghirardelli, heir to
the San Francisco chocolate fortune. After the couple left the area,
it became a hotel and in the 1920’s a second building was constructed.
Today a woman is said to haunt the hotel, who is thought to be Angela
Ghirardelli or her cousin who drowned in Carmel Bay.
La Playa Hotel,
PO Box 900, Camino Real at Eighth, Carmel, California
93921, 831-624-6476 or 800-582-8900.
Banning House Lodge
- Located on the isthmus of Catalina Island at Two Harbors, the lodge is
perched on a hilltop with sweeping views of both Isthmus Cove and
Catalina Harbor. The Banning House Lodge was built in 1910 as the summer
home for the Banning Brothers. It has since been renovated into a
charming 11-room lodge. A ghostly figure dubbed the "White Lady"
has often been spotted here. Others have reported the smells of
tobacco and fish that reportedly come from the spirit of an old
fisherman. Near here is the spot where Natalie Woods drowned and
she is also said to be seen close by.
Banning House Lodge, 1
Banning House Rd. (Tremont St.), Avalon, California
90704, 310-510-2800 or 800-626-1496.
Sierra Nevada House Hotel –
Built in 1850, the hotel
served to house the numerous prospectors flooding to Sutter’s Creek in
search of gold. Like most hotels of this era, it also served as a saloon
and a brothel. The hotel remained in operation until it was destroyed by
fire in 1902. However, it was soon rebuilt only to burn down again in
1925. For a final time, the building was reconstructed and continues to
stand today as a true piece of the Old West. Today, a number of spirits
are said to haunt this historic building. A playful spirit is said to
move tools and equipment around in the kitchen, bar staff speak of
strange noises coming from the upper floor and shot glasses sliding
across the bar by themselves. A "not so happy” ghost that shot his lover
in Room 4, is said to continue to lurk there.
Sierra Nevada House,
835 Lotus Road,
PO Box 457,
Fallon House Hotel and Theater
- Remaining since the days of the California
Gold Rush, the Fallon Hotel was built
by an Irish stone cutter in 1859. Original owner, Owen Fallon
expanded the hotel in 1863 by purchasing an adjoining building and later
the Gunn Saloon. These three buildings became Fallon’s Hotel. Today, visions of the Gold Rush era are often seen in this historic
building. Though smoking is not allowed, guests can often smell
the odor, along with that of whiskey. A female apparition is often seen
in Room 9, and in the theater lights seemingly turn on and off of their
own accord and shadow images are often spotted.
Fallon House, 11175
209-532-1479 or 800-532-1479.
Hotel Del Coronado – Rising from
the water’s edge on the island of Coronado, this historic hotel has long
been visited by the rich and famous. Considered one of America’s
most beautiful resorts, The Del, as the hotel is known by locals, was
built in 1888, by Elisha Babcok and H.L. Story, who dreamed of building
a seaside resort that would be "the talk of the Western world.” The
399 room grand resort cost over a million dollars to build, a staggering
amount at the time. One of the Del’s most often seen ghostly
guests is a woman named Kate Morgan who allegedly committed suicide on the beach
in 1892. Ms. Morgan has often been spotted in the room that she
stayed in – 3327, and upon the grounds of the resort. In another room,
#3519, a maid supposedly hanged herself here and this room is also said
to be haunted. Other
strange phenomena includes objects are tossed about guest rooms as
people sleep, the sounds of disembodied footsteps, and mysterious
temperature changes. The
Hotel Del Coronado,
1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, California
92118, 619-435-6611 or 800-HOTELDEL.
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