Ghosts are like a fine wine; their boo only gets better with age.
The same can be said for the historic homes where they reside. These houses have seen people come and go, while some guests have decided to stay forever. They spend their days and nights walking up and down creaky stairs, crossing rooms in a shadowy veil, and floating objects in mid-air. It’s probably because they have endless time on their translucent hands. You might slam a few doors, too.
On your next getaway to a haunted bed and breakfast, you can raise a toast with your fellow guests before listening to the innkeepers tell bone-chilling stories of past guests who never left. Or, perhaps you would prefer leaving the comforts of the inn in the dead of night for a sip and a scream at a local winery. Either way, you can expect a weekend of full-bodied frights.
Inn at Herr Ridge—Gettysburg, PA
Originally built as a tavern in 1815, this inn became a field hospital that cared for wounded soldiers during the Battle of Gettysburg. You can tour nearby Adam’s Country Winery and spend the day tasting their varied selection of wines. Upon return to the inn, savor dinner in their private dining room where you may be joined by ghosts of the soldiers who still remain.
Azalea Inn & Gardens—Savannah, GA
Savannah holds the distinction of being one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. There are numerous tours that will take you on an exploration of the city’s darkest corners. Azalea Inn & Gardens has its own frightening stories to tell, which you can hear while enjoying the complimentary wine and appetizers. These tales include instances of phones and alarms going off at night, and rooms, warmed by a crackling fire, turning ice-cold.
Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn—Mountain City, TN
The dearly departed at the Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn apparently have a taste for freshly baked peanut butter cookies and muffins, as well as bourbon. Past guests have reported these smells wafting into their rooms. If you’d like to swap ghost stories with other oenophiles, make your way to Watauga Lake Winery, a mountain vineyard situated at an elevation of 2,350 feet.
The Old Bridge Inn—Jeffersonville, IN
With its location in the heart of Southern Indiana’s wine country, this inn will put you in close proximity to some of the best wines in the region. (In fact, the innkeepers can help curate a wine-tasting weekend.) It will also get you up close and personal to their resident ghost and former owner, Dr. Charles Hancock, who is a direct descendant of John Hancock.
Green Mountain Inn—Stowe, VT
You can stay in the comforts of the Green Mountain Inn and enjoy their weekly winter wine and cheese parties, or head out to the family-owned Grand View Winery, which offers a selection of wines grown from Vermont fruits. Staying in Room 302? Then you may hear the faint sound of tap dancing on the roof. It’s only Boots Berry, who was born in that very room in 1840, and who fell to his death trying to rescue a little girl stuck on the roof.
Inn At Aberdeen—Valparaiso, IN
Enjoy a wagon ride through Anderson’s Vineyard and Winery as part of your day-long guided wine-cellar tour. When you return to the inn, see if you can uncork the inn’s ghostly mystery. Previous guests have reported the presence of a little girl who they claim moved objects and turned on fireplaces while they were still in the room.
Ghosts are in season, so make your way to a haunted B&B for a ghoulish getaway. They will be serving up paranormal Pinot Noirs and blood-curdling Cabernet Sauvignons all weekend long.
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About The Author: Rich Rodriguez is the Director of PR & Marketing for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.
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