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– Nestled in the heart of the southern
desert at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, this Moroccan style inn
was built in 1924. The breakfast inn today actually consist of two
historically renowned villas. Allegedly it is haunted by the wife
of a former owner who has been seen walking along the road on the
anniversary of her death. Other strange occurrences include cold
chills on extremely hot days and clothes that have been rearranged while
guests are gone from their room.
257 S. Patencio Road, Palm Springs,
House Hotel – Known as the
"The Jewel of Placerville," the
Cary House Hotel has been catering to
guests since 1857 when it was known as the finest hotel in gold
country. Today, it continues the tradition of old time
hospitality and service. It is also said to be one of the
city’s most haunted sites. One of the ghosts is said to be a
man named Stan, a former Cary House
desk clerk who'd been stabbed to
death when he reportedly made a pass at the wrong person.
Today, this impish ghosts allegedly likes to pinch people’s behinds.
Room 212 is said to host the spirit of an old horse and wagon
operator who died in the room. While you’re there beware of
the old elevator as it has been known to make unmanned trips up and
down the four story building.
Cary House Hotel,
300 Main Street,
– Occupying an entire city block in the heart of downtown Riverside,
the Historic Mission Inn began as a modest two-story
12-room adobe boarding house built in 1876 by Christopher Miller.
In 1880, Miller’s son Frank purchased the building and surrounding
property and began to add on to it. Over the next several
decades the hotel was expanded with court yards, a chapel, and
additional wings. Today, the historic inn is said to be
haunted by the original Miller family. Guests have described
beautiful singing coming from empty rooms, reports of large blue
lights floating in the air, being touched and pushed by ghostly
hands, numerous accounts of equipment misbehaving, and more.
Apparitions have been seen in the hallways, floating near the
ceiling in the Dining Room, and near the storage building behind the
3649 Mission Inn
951-784-0300 or 800-843-7755.
- Paso Robles
Inn - During the 19th century the Paso Robles region
, known for its mineral hot springs, became a popular stop for
travelers along the Camino Real trail. In 1889 the Paso Robles
Inn was built to accommodate the many people passing through.
Fully restored to its former glory, the inn continues to carry on
the century old tradition of serving travelers with 30 of its
100 guest rooms outfitted with
hot spring spas. Mysteriously, the phone at the front desk
continuously received mysterious calls from an empty Room 1007 on a
regular basis. On one occasion, the phone even called 911.
Staff believes these phone calls come from a former 1940’s night
clerk who found a fire in the hotel. He quickly took action,
ringing the alarm and helping to get the hotel evacuated.
However, in the process, Emsley died of a heart attack.
Paso Robles Inn,
Street, Paso Robles,
93446, 805-238-2660 or 800)-676-1713
Horton Grand Hotel
- In the
heart of San Diego's Gaslamp District, The Horton Grand Hotel is a
restoration of two separate hotels opened in 1886 - the Grand Horton
Hotel and the Brooklyn Kahle Saddlery Hotel. Both hotels once sat in
San Diego’s infamous red-light district. The hotel is now said to
be haunted by a 19th century gambler by the name of Roger A.
Whittaker. When he was caught cheating at cards, he ran from the
game hiding in an armoire in Room 309. However, he was quickly
found and shot by the other gamblers. Today his restless spirit is
still said to lurk in Room 309 and along the stairway to the room.
Guests have encountered unknown hands shaking the bed, lights that turn
on and off by themselves, doors mysteriously opening and closing, and
the sounds of cards being shuffled
Horton Grand Hotel,
311 Island Ave., San Diego,
619-544-1886 or 800-542-1886.
Morena Campground – Located 63 miles east of San Diego on the remote
eastern slope of the Laguna Mountains, Lake Morena is surrounded by
thousands of acres of chaparral covered hills, huge old oak trees and
large rock formations. Within the remote confines of this park, at
least one campground is allegedly haunted. Across from the
campground near boulders that lie beneath a grove of wooded trees, the
apparition of a ghostly young woman in a long white dress has been seen
several times. Sometimes she has been seen pacing before she
vanishes, other times, she is reported to just stare at you before
disappearing. She has also been heard to be laughing and singing
in the distance. Other campers have also heard heavy footsteps
around their tents which do not fade as if someone
were walking away, but simply seem to "lift”
and disappear. Lake Moreno County Park
directions: From San Diego, take
I-8 east to Buckman Springs Road and turn right for four miles to Oak
then west three miles to Lake Morena Dr. and the park
U.S Grant Hotel
– In 1910 this luxurious hotel opened after costing nearly two million
dollars to build. Fully renovated today, it allegedly hosts a
ghost who walks the hallways. At other times, this spirit has been
known to enter guest room, making all kinds of strange noises.
U.S Grant Hotel,
326 Broadway, San Diego,
Hotel – Opened in 1890 as Miss Mary Lake’s School For Young Ladies,
the school catered to the wealthy young women of San Francisco.
However, the school didn’t last long and closed around 1896. Over
the decades the building changed hands numerous times until 1980 when it
was renovated and reopened as the Queen Anne Hotel. Apparently, Mary Lake
is reluctant to leave the hotel and lurks about the fourth floor.
Most commonly she is seen as a misty figure, but has also been known to
unpack visitor’s luggage, replace dropped pillows back on the bed, and
occasionally even tuckes guest into bed.
Queen Anne Hotel,
1590 Sutter Street at Octavia, San Francisco,
94109, 415-441-2828 or 800-227-3970.
San Remo Hotel
– Just after the San Francisco fire destroyed most of the city, the San
Remo was built in 1906. Originally called the New California
Hotel, its small rooms and affordable pricing attracted numerous
immigrants, sailors, and penniless artists. In 1922, the hotel was
renamed the San Remo where full course dinners began to be served and
liquor was served in coffee cups during Prohibition. Today, the
hotel has been renovated with modern amenities but continues to maintain
at atmosphere of an earlier era. It is also said to be home to a
couple of resident ghosts. Allegedly, the hotel was once owned by
a Madame and was run as a brothel. This mysterious "painted lady”
is said to haunt Room 33, knocking on the door, but disappearing when
someone answers. A little girl has also been spied roaming the
hallways and trying to get into Room 42.
San Remo Hotel,
2237 Mason Street, San Francisco,
94133, 415-776-8688 or 800-352-REMO
The Santa Maria Inn
- A Central Coast landmark since 1917, The Historic Santa Maria Inn
blends the style of an old English country inn, the elegance of a bygone
era and the gracious hospitality of the Santa Maria Valley.
Catering to hundred of visitors over the decades, some of them seemingly
choose to stay at this historic inn. Ghost stories abound here of
mysterious footprints, a piano that plays by itself, and music coming
forth from disconnected speakers. One legend tells of a sea
captain and his mistress who stayed in the hotel long ago.
Murdered by his mistress, the captain continues to appear at the hotel.
The inn is also allegedly visited by Rudolph Valentino, who likes to
knock on the door of Room 210. I this room, an invisible presence
has also been known to recline on the bed. The
Santa Maria Inn,
801 South Broadway, Santa Maria,
93454, 805-928-7777 or 800-462-4276.
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