Ghostly Getaways from Historic Hotels of America®
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 4, 2010 – Looking for real-life ghost stories? This haunting season, Historic Hotels of America® invites you to spend some time with previous guests who have checked-in, but refused to check-out.
From spooky hotel tours and spirited stories, to real life hauntings and paranormal pirate ship cruises, some members of Historic Hotels of America have hauntingly great getaways in store for real live guests.
Many Historic Hotels of America cater to their spookatular visitors with ghoulishly fun packages and tours. Below are a few of the ghostly getaways; however for even more fall offers, visit www.historichotels.org or call 1-800-678-8946. Please note that all packages are per night and subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply.
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Spirits of the Crescent Package
Since 1886, guests of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa have been reporting unexplainable experiences with what are commonly known as ghosts. You may never experience a close encounter with an appropriation at what may be one of the most haunted hotels in America, but you won't know until you've tried! Starting at $199, the one-night package includes accommodations in a premium guest room, breakfast for two in The Crystal Dining Room, two ghost-tour tickets, DVD of the hotel's spooky Ghost Hunters episodes and two ghostly t-shirts. Valid October 1 – December 29, 2010 with rates starting at $289 on Friday and Saturday.
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jekyll Island, Georgia
A Spirited Weekend at Your Favorite Haunt
Known for its occasional mysterious visitors from the past, The Jekyll Island Club Hotel may be the place for spirited encounters with railroad magnate Samuel Spencer, financier for J.P. Morgan; a bellman from the 30's or others who find the Club to be their favorite haunt. Starting at $795 per couple for the weekend of October 29-31, The Spirited Weekend at your Favorite Haunt package includes a historic area tour, dessert reception with a palm reader and crystal ball interpreter, daily breakfast buffet, Tour of "Your Favorite Haunt," reception with a tarot card reader and angel interpreter followed by a group dinner buffet, and accommodations for two nights including room tax. Rates are based on double occupancy with clubhouse or traditional room. Deluxe and suite upgrades available for an additional fee. Resort fee extra. Third adult in the room, add $231. Subject to availability. Certain restrictions may apply. Weekend requires a minimum of 12 packages to be sold 30 days prior to event or hotel reserves the right to cancel said event. Cancellations within 14 days of event forfeits 50% of package.
Ghost Stories Package
Delve into the eerier side of Savannah's past with the Mulberry Inn's "Ghost Stories" package. This special offer includes overnight accommodations at the Mulberry Inn in the heart of Savannah's historic district and tickets for each adult to a Creepy Crawl ghost walking tour in one of the most haunted cities in America. The walking tour will lead you on a spine-tingling, one hour journey detailing the stories of restless spirits in several local pubs. Rates start at $159 per night and are valid through November 15, 2010.
Admiral Fell Inn
Urban Pirates Swashbuckling Adventure
The Admiral Fell Inn invites you to climb aboard the "FEARLESS" pirate ship for an hour-long interactive adventure in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Learn how to talk, sing, dance, tie ropes and play games like a true salty dog. The Urban Pirates Swashbuckling Adventure package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast, two passes to either Urban Pirate's Family Adventure or Adult Bring-Your-Own-Grog-Party Cruise (additional people can be added on to the package) and your very own pirate gear. Rates start at $210 and are valid through October 31.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
An Evening with Dr. Jacocks
Dr. William Jacocks, a physician with the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, retired to Chapel Hill and lived at the Carolina Inn from 1948 until his death in 1965. He was a kind, gentle man who liked riddles and jokes. Today he still seems to enjoy teasing guests who stay at the Inn. If you dare, share the Inn with Dr. Jacocks the night of Halloween. Starting at $209, An Evening with Dr. Jacocks Package includes accommodations for one night and dinner for two at Crossroads Restaurant for a total value of $100. Rate does not include tax and service charge. Valid for October 31, 2010 only. Based on availability.
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
Wicked Good Fun Package
Hey, it's scary out there, so why not join the fun? Go deep into the night in historic Charleston with a stay at the Francis Marion Hotel and choose any one of four different walking tours lead by the city's premiere tour company, Bulldog Tours. After your frightfully good time, relax in your guest room with luxurious European bedding and peruse your copy of the Francis Marion's own ghost story with our signature Spooky cookies. Starting at $199 per night, the Wicked Good Fun Package includes overnight accommodations, two tour tickets per night, Francis Marion's Ghost Story and turndown with spooky cookies. Taxes and parking are not included.
Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand® Hotel
Ghost Tour and Dinner Package
Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand® Hotel, invites travelers to do their own ghost hunting during the month of October. Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 7 and continuing through Thursday, October 28, 2010, guests enjoy a one-hour ghost tour of the historic hotel followed by a delicious three-course dinner. The tour begins at 6:00PM and is followed by dinner at 7:00PM. in Bernardo's Restaurant, located on-site at Hotel Galvez. Advance prepaid reservations are required for the dinner. Priced at $35 per person, the public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package.
Room with a Boo
Charles Pfister, founder of the Pfister Hotel, still visits to ensure that his guests are well cared for at his century-old "Grand Hotel of the West." A "visitor" has been spotted surveying the lobby from the grand staircase, strolling the minstrels gallery above the ballroom, and passing through the ninth floor storage area. He is always described in roughly the same terms: "older," "portly," "smiling," and "well-dressed." Upon seeing a portrait of Pfister, witnesses swore that it was the man they had seen. If this visitor is Charles Pfister, then he is a most welcome guest indeed. Starting at $186, the Room with a Boo package includes overnight accommodations, "Boo" berry pancake breakfast for two in Café Pfister and a copy of the keepsake book, Milwaukee Ghosts by Sherry Strub. Rates are based on double occupancy.
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