Thornewood Castle Inn Named Top Haunted Bed and Breakfast In U.S.

When went looking for ghosts among its clients, it had plenty of places from which to choose. The world's largest online B&B directory and reservation network scared up its Top 10 list and named Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens, Lakewood, WA, its No. 1 spookiest B&B., of course, highlights the castle's notoriety as the set for Stephen King’s ghostly television mini-series "Rose Red," which aired in 2002. Then the Web site notes, "In real life, guests have reported their share of chills and plenty of orbs have been recorded on guest photos taken here."

Owner Deanna Robinson confirmed the ghostly encounters today.

"People who see ghosts and tend to have those experiences, see them here. Those who don’t, don’t," she said.

Robinson once allowed a ghost-hunting group, The Evergreen Paranormal Group, to conduct an on-site investigation. The result?

"They say it's like a vortex" for spirits, Robinson said. "Like a train station with lots of (spirits) popping in and popping out. It's filled with a high energy that’s described as angels...We don't have screaming in the night or anything like that."

If you need a place to sleep – or ghost hunt – this Halloween, Thornewood still has several rooms available for $304-$507 per night.

Thornewood Castle took three years to build – 1908 to 1911 – to the exacting specifications of Chester Thorne, chairman of the board of National Bank of Tacoma and one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma. His dream mansion, designed in a Tudor/Gothic style, features more than 27,000 square feet of living space and 54 rooms, including 22 bedrooms and 22 baths.

Thorne served as a director of and an officer of many corporations incorporations including the Pacific Cold Storage Co., Pacific Alaska Navigation Co., Pacific Steamship Co., Alaska Coast Co., Tacoma General Hospital, Annie Wright Seminary, Rainier National Park Co., and Tacoma Savings Bank & Trust Company.

Robinson says she has occasionally sensed the presence of Thorne ever since she made her office in the part of the mansion where he hung out.

Where else does say you can find ghosts?

Texas White House, Fort Worth: The ghost here is believed to be the husband of the only family who ever lived in the house. He died here and now haunts his old bedroom (now the Lone Star Room). Interestingly, the ghost sightings occur only when a single woman is staying in the room.

Grand Avenue B&B, Carthage, Mo.: While the "no smoking" rule is in effect for all guests, the former owner is exempt. A ghostly whiff of his trademark cigar smoke wafts through the rooms when he visits here.

Honeybee Inn B&B, Horicon, Wis.: It's believed that a lumber baron named Coton is still hanging around with his female companions. His beloved rocking chair, where he died, rocks by itself, and a woman in a long skirt has been spotted too.

Penny Farthing Inn, St. Augustine, Fla.: Spirited occurrences include midnight tugs-of-war with the blankets, and glasses leaning over and clinking on sherry bottles. One guest described a young lady in his room when he awakened. A few days later, the owners’ daughter described a strange lady in the dining room – identical to the guest’s description.

Inn on Main Street, Weaverville, N.C.: Innkeepers have heard pictures falling off walls, yet never find anything that has fallen. Doors open and close with no one there. Strangely, all ghostly happenings occur on New Year’s Eve.

By The Side of The Road Bed and Breakfast, Harrisonburg, Va.: When the innkeeper went to turn off the basement light, something grabbed her hand, yet nothing was there. Just about every day footsteps are heard in hallways, and doors unexplainably open and close.

Manchester Inn, Ocean Grove, N.J.: Check in to room 316, and ghosts may literally pull your leg. It's been known to happen here, when a guest felt a tugging at her pants leg several times.

Cornerstone B&B, Philadelphia: A floral scent precedes sightings of a ghostly female shape. Innkeepers claim she is an ethereal presence, and her signature perfume always occurs as she gently taps the foreheads of guests.

Inn at Jackson, Jackson, N.H.: Jason, once the inn’s trusted workman, committed suicide, yet returns to check on repairs at the inn. Guests have been awakened by hammering noises, primarily on the second and third floors.


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