This week I thought it’d be fun to Haunt Jaunt to some of the places noted for their fabulous fall foliage. And what better place to start with than New England? Moreover, what compliments any jaunt to New England better than staying at one of their famed B&Bs?
I used BedandBreakfast.com’s “Dead and Breakfasts” list to compile the following sampling of some Spooky Stays you can find in New England. (This is just some of them. They listed even more than this!)
Also, listed below are links to fall foliage maps as well as links to some other noteworthy sites having to do with fall foliage in New England. (Including a link listing haunted places you’ll find there.)
- Captain Grant’s – (Poquetanuck, CT) Apparently guests are advised upon check-in that they can answer any knocks heard at their doors, but don’t expect anyone to be there. Book the Adelaide Room for the best chance of experiencing activity.
- Deerfield Inn – (Deerfield, MA) The Deerfield Inn’s so accepting of its ghostly guests it even named several of their 101 different martinis after some of them! Rooms 41, 43 or 48 are said to be most active.
- Penny House Inn & Spa – (Eastham, MA) A ghost named Charlotte haunts the spa, and the “Goodnight Ghost” (along with some others) haunts the inn. (Judging by his name, I’m thinking he handles the turn-down service in the rooms…)
- Birchwood Inn – (Lenox, MA) One of the ghost stories involves a cat transforming in a female apparition. They encourage you to pack some catnip if you stay here!
- Thaddeus Clapp House – (Pittsfield, MA) The spirit that lingers here is thought to be a member of the Clapp family who once inhabited the home.
- Emerson Inn by the Sea – (Rockport, MA) Ralph Waldo Emerson was once a guest here, but no one’s sure if it’s his shadow that’s often seen lingering in doorways or hanging around the left side of the building.
- The Salem Inn – (Salem, MA) A haunted town needs a haunted inn and what more fitting room (other than perhaps 13) to be haunted besides room 17?
- Chapman Inn – (Bethel, ME) Rooms 7 and 9 are the ones you want to check into for your best chances to sleep with a ghost. The inn embraces its ghosts so much it reserved a “Come Meet the Spirits” page on its website, which details some of the inn’s history and evidence collected by a paranormal investigator.
- Captain Lindsey House – (Rockland, ME) Captain Lindsey is purported to have informed “spiritologists” that he and 35 other spirits haunt the premises. The parlor appears to benefit most from their activity.
- Golden Stage Inn – (Proctorsville, VT) The spirit often appears as an apparition wearing a traveling cloak and long brimmed hat. They’ve named him George. (Note, this is a good every season kind of inn to know about. Close to ski resorts in winter. In summer it’s all about touring the area on your bike, or golfing. Then fall brings leaf-peeping. Spring’s got to be also fabulous…and maybe not as crowded as other seasons?)
- Green Mountain Inn – (Stowe, VT) Spend the night with the ghost of “Boots” Berry in room 302 –but only if you don’t mind his tap dancing waking you up. (And up the chances of encountering him by timing your stay during a winter storm. He died in that room during one!)
FALL FOLIAGE MAPS
- Weather.com’s Fall Foliage Map
- Yankee Foliage’s Peak Map
- Best Places for Fall Colors Map
- AccuWeather.com’s Fall Foliage Map
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
Note: Many of the state sites include recommended routes for self-guided leaf-peeping driving tours.
- Article about Fall Foliage Scenic Drives in New England – Six of the Best by Cliff Calderwood
- Best Places for Fall Colors Blog
- The Foliage Network
- Maine Foliage
- Massachusetts Fall Foliage
- New Hampshire Foliage
- New York Fall Foliage
- Rhode Island Fall Foliage
- Vermont Foliage and Vermont Fall Foliage
- US Forest Service Fall Colors
- Yankee Foliage’s Ghost and Haunted Places in New England