You can get your ghost on at historic hotels that happen to be haunted, or stay at a hotel or B&B with a package deal with a Halloween twist.
Some hotels we have mentioned in the past have pressed pause due to Covid-19. Others have found ways to continue with Halloween fun.
With Covid-19 guidelines in place, the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, New York offers the Blaze Package through November 21. The package includes two tickets to The Great Jack Lantern O’ Lantern Blaze, a Hudson Valley walk-through display of 7,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns.
Two 19th century mansions– King Mansion and Biddie Mansion, plus a carriage house and a cottage make up the estate. Staying in one of Tarrytown House Estate’s 212 guest rooms is a visit to luxury. The King Mansion’s 10 guest rooms, also luxurious, have been restored to Georgian era of the mid-1800s. And, it’s been said that King Mansion is haunted. As the story goes, the ghost of Sybil Harris King is thought to roam the hallways of the 2nd floor, plus guests have seen orbs and shadows. King, the daughter of Benjamin Newtown Duke, co-founder of the American Tobacco Company, is said to have died on the second floor of the mansion.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast is a gem of a B&B. Built in 1870, this Victorian beauty has original its hardwood floors and stained glass windows. This once home of Mary Sellers Bancroft, the grandmother of American painter Maxfield Parrish has retained its historic authenticity while blending in contemporary tastes. The Cornerstone’s six guest rooms are upscale modern with a touch of Americana.
Located within walking distance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Zoo, the Cornerstone may have a bit of paranormal activity. A woman apparition with a scent of perfume has caressed people’s foreheads. Regardless of ghosts, guests can get discount tickets to the zoo and to the Eastern State Penitentiary . The Gothic style penitentiary opened in 1829 and closed in 1971, was once home to Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Night Tours are available through November 15.
Unfortunately, the Eastern State Penitentiary is not throwing its Terror Behind the Walls Halloween event this year so hotel package deals we’ve written about in the past are on hold. The Hampton Inn Convention Center Downtown and the Holiday Inn Express are two to check out in 2022. Both are good options for visiting downtown Philadelphia for their proximity to many of the city’s must sees. Or maybe some other hotels will jump on the prison visit paired with a hotel stay.
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The Liberty Hotel, located in Boston’s Beacon Hill, is usually a go-to place for Halloween fun with a Halloween costume party. Considering that the Liberty Hotel, built in 1851, used to be Charles St. Jail, it seems the perfect location for the season.
The building’s accommodations have dramatically changed since the last prisoner left in 1980. Although the Romanesque and Renaissance architectural details are mostly unchanged on the outside, inside the transformation of this AAA Four Diamond Award winner Liberty
Hotel is pure boutique. Contemporary luxury is the theme of each of the 298 guest rooms. Options range from superior king rooms, to superior doubles to suites.
Post courtesy of Jamie Rhein of Midwest Travel Writers Association. Photos courtesy of hotels.