Something sinister lurks in room 217, and yet it’s one of the most popular rooms. Room 217 of The Stanley Hotel is where the nascent scenes of the classic horror novel The Shining first played out in the mind of author Stephen King, who stayed in the historic estate overlooking the Rockies when it was nearly empty. A winding mountain road leads to the secluded, sprawling property, which was built in 1909 and has housed luminaries such as John Philip Sousa and Theodore Roosevelt—and allegedly a few ghosts. It’s understandable why the old-fashioned, New England–inspired building is a beloved haunt: every inch has been meticulously cared for, decorated with gleaming wooden floors, soaring ceilings, and traditional furnishings.
Before he died at sea, captain William Gonzales Grant erected a palatial manor in 1754 in the woods of southeastern Connecticut for his wife, Mercy Adelaide Avery. Over the next two centuries, family, Revolutionary War soldiers, and Civil War runaway slaves set up camp in the estate. With such history, Captain Grant’s, 1754 abounds with ghost-spotting potential, as guests say they’ve heard whispering voices during evening hours. During an included ghost-communication lesson, inn staff members help guests to connect with paranormal residents and give tips on how to speak to those beyond the grave.
Back in the early 1800s, farmer Nathan Phillips began taking weary travelers into his home, offering them a warm bed and a stable for their horses. But when an opportunistic horseman took advantage of Phillips’s hospitality, an altercation resulted in the death of both men and the innkeeper’s philandering wife. Today at The Lucerne Inn, the spirits in room 8—the site of the impassioned crime—are said to haunt the majestic, lakeside hotel, allegedly casting shadows on the walls at night and murmuring faintly behind close doors. Antique furnishings and panoramic country views recall the mansion’s idyllic roots and thankfully keep visiting ghosts content.
What You Get:
Groupon is offering you For $159, a two-night stay for two adults and up to one kid in a junior suite Or, for $189, a two-night stay for two adults and up to one kid in a honeymoon suite, or a two-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in an executive suite (room selection based on availability Included in all options: Bottle of wine