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High Spirits: The best in haunted travel tips

To hell with Holiday Inn and Applebees. These haunted hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and pubs ooze character and are often a better value than the chains. This isn’t paranormal investigation. It’s where to go to feel the kind of atmosphere where you can believe anything can happen at any moment. And get a pint and a great bacon cheeseburger in the process. Pick a category below, or browse by region to the right and start exploring the macabre side of travel.

So you want to sleep with the spirits? Looking for a room with its own ghost? The bogeyman under the bed? What hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts give the most chills for the buck? Wanna sleep like the dead? Haunted accommodations can be found here …

I like spirits of all sorts, and luckily there is a plethora of haunted pubs, inns and restaurants where you can indulge in both. Whether you’re looking for top shelf spirits, or you’re more of a fish and chips and pint type of traveler, you’ll find a bit of both in here.

The haunted house is the bedrock of gothic horror. Luckily, historic homes that are open to the public often have their own ghosts. With others you can be content standing outside in the dark of night, peering up at the darkened upstairs corner window. Public buildings of the past aren’t without their own charms, and quite often their own spirits.

Some towns and cities are more haunted than others. From the free for all weirdness of Salem, to the genteel southern charm of the ghosts of Charleston, South Carolina, a spooky town can keep you entertained for days. Herein is a guide to some of the creepier towns, villages and cities that make for curious destinations.

There’s nothing like being in the depths of a haunted woods, unless it’s being lost in that same woods at night. A guide to spooky hikes and trails, along with that staple of 1970’s stoner drives, the haunted road. Tramping through the forest of Sleepy Hollow looking for the White Lady of Raven Rock, or seeking out Mary of Sweet Hollow Road, and wherever else my feet or wheels take me.

“Out, out, brief candle,” were the words put into the mouth of Lady Macbeth when she spoke on death. Death is the ultimate misery, the ultimate curiosity and it’s something we all face. Some run, some embrace the thought. You find us loitering in cemeteries on moonlit nights. These are places where death has stained the landscape black.

We needn’t always wander alone in search of chills. From the over the top, ghastly thrills of Horseman’s Hollow, to the more traditional Legend of Sleepy Hollow recanted in the very same Old Dutch Church, to the horrors of our fellow man in Cry Innocent in Salem, there are plenty of opportunities to sit back and be entertained. Or if you’re feeling energetic, how about a ghost walk?

Southern Entrance Stones to the Great Circle at Avebury It’s January, and I should be in Britain. I holed up in Avebury village the past two Januarys, a stone’s throw from the largest stone circle in England. It became my church, where I go to rekindle my soul. But the road sometimes takes weird twists - Click to read more

The southern entrance stones to the Great Circle at Avebury. Click here to view more images from the Avebury Word Heritage Site or to order art prints from The Wytchery It’s 1972 and I’m eleven years old, hanging out in the Carmi Public Library, which is about the only place I’m allowed to hang out. I - Click to read more

Southern entrance to the Avebury stone circle and henge. Click here to view images from Avebury “The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared. Sympathies that lie too deep for words, too deep almost - Click to read more

The Cove in Avebury World Heritage Site. Click here to view more images from Avebury or to order a print from the Wytchery It’s about 11 p.m., January 12, 2016. I’m sitting on the ring stone near the southern entrance of the great circle of Avebury henge. It’s fucking cold. I’m fucking drunk. Still. How - Click to read more

Standing Stone of the Inner Southern Circle at Sunrise, Click here to view more images of Avebury circles and henge, or to order a print from the Wytchery A year to the day from this morning, I awoke at sunrise to find Avebury blanketed in snow. I hadn’t been that excited to see snow since - Click to read more

Barrows atop of Overton Hill near Avebury. Click here to view more images or to order fine art prints Heading east on High Street from the center of Avebury, you find yourself at the beginning of a dirt track leading uphill. This was once the road which led from Marlborough to Bath, and the ruts - Click to read more

Barrows on Overton Hill, Avebury Circle, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Devil's Den Dolmen. Click here to view more images or order fine art prints from the Avebury World Heritage Site It is naturally the subject of many legends in the district, and few, we imagine, of the people about would care to find themselves too close to it at the solemn hours of midnight, though one - Click to read more

Along the river Kennet, with Waden Hill on the left. Click here for more images from around Waden and Silbury Hills, or to order prints Things got a little hazy after the walk along Overton Hill and amongst the barrows. I finished the walk with a couple of drinks at the Red Lion. And then - Click to read more

View of Baden Will and the River Kennet near Avebury

Haunted hotels, bed and breakfasts with ghosts … there are countless places to spend a spooky night across the country. Let’s face it, ghosts don’t appear on schedule and usually not at all. So if you’re spending the night someplace spooky, it should be somewhere full of stories, comfort and ideally, a well stocked bar - Click to read more

Yorktown Ghost Stories: Colonial era ghosts still haunt the streets of this landmark village of the American Revolution post image

 Nelson House, c. 1730, Colonial National Historic Park, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia. Click to see more Yorktown pictures from History and Haunts The Nelson House is an imposing edifice by anyone's standards. Three stories tall and on a hill overlooking the York River, the house was believed to be for a time, the headquarters of British - Click to read more