Something Really Scary

I admit it:  I haven’t been able to get very excited about Halloween since I became too old to trick-or-treat.  But I have found a much more interesting—not to mention authentic—alternative to all those temporary startle-fests they call “haunted houses” that crop up in cities across the U.S. every October.

I’m talking about the real deal here.  Places where things your rational mind can’t quite explain—call them ghosts, spirits, apparitions, whatever—literally do go bump in the night. 

Earlier this year I stayed at a couple of lodging establishments that have long histories of well-documented paranormal activity.  A friend of mine and I started at New Orleans’ Bourbon Orleans Hotel, a former antebellum ballroom and convent turned upscale hotel in the heart of the French Quarter.  For more on the hotel’s long history of hauntings, click here and scroll down to item number 3.

From the Crescent City we headed about an hour upriver to The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, a historic bed-and-breakfast some experienced ghost-busters have called the most haunted home in the U.S.  You can find the full story about our extraordinary experience there on the Xperiences page of but, for now, let’s just say it was something less than a restful night.

If a trip to New Orleans—a city some claim to be the most haunted place in North America—doesn’t fit into your schedule this fall, you can find a long list of equally scary overnight accommodations around the U.S. on the “Great Places To Sleep With A Ghost” page of Bed&


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