Haunted Getaways for Fall

written by | Posted on October 17th, 2012

The Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica.
Photo by: Jim Smith/The Jamaica Tourist Board

Ghost stories aren’t just for kids anymore. This fall, your client can take a haunted trip or tour in some of the “most haunted” destinations across the globe.

Apple Vacations has over 40 destinations with “haunted” history,  but two in particular stand out among the “most haunted”—the Tower of London in England and The Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The Tower of London may be deemed as the most haunted building in England because of its history as a palace, prison and place of execution. This is where King Henry VIII staged his executions, so it is said the ghosts of Lady Jane Grey, Guy Fawkes and Anne Boleyn haunt the site. Book your clients a room at one of Apple’s featured hotels, such as the Victorian Gothic-style Hotel Russell overlooking Russell Square, or the more modern Thistle Kensington Gardens, which overlooks Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

The Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica, meanwhile, is a Georgian mansion perched atop a hill with views of the ocean and, was owned by Annie Palmer in the early-1800s. Palmer, whose four husbands died mysteriously, was murdered in her bed in a slave uprising in the 1830s, but is said to be seen walking the halls of the house. For your clients, Apple features Montego Bay resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort located on the island’s historic plantation area, or the all-inclusive Iberostar Rose Hall Beach.

For more information on Apple Vacations, contact (800) 517-2000 or visit applevacations.com.

The state of Vermont will also be enticing travelers with a haunted getaway with the launch of Haunted Highways, a collection of ghost stories and lodging packages across the state.

“The state launched the Haunted Highways program to literally ‘bring back from the dead,’ our haunted happenings in a jovial, spirited way during Halloween season,” says Megan Smith, commissioner of tourism and marketing in Vermont. “With classic tales of lake captains to haunted covered bridges, these stories spookily connect key sites that Vermont’s visitors know and love.”

Vermont’s easily navigated highway system connects the haunted locations, making it simple for travelers to go from one site to the next.

Through November, certain hotels will be offering midweek packages starting at $60 pp dbl. For example, Forty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast in Brattleboro will show guests places such as the Retreat Cemetery, where ghost sightings have been reported. Rates start at $159 per night dbl through Nov. 30.

In Wilmington, The White House Inn will be hosting a special seance and haunted tour with dinner on Oct. 27. The inn is said to be haunted by the presence of the baroness who originally lived there. Rates for a 2-night stay through Nov. 30 start at $349 dbl.

To find out more about Vermont’s Haunted Highways, visit vermontvacation.com. For reservations at Forty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast, visit fortyputneyroad.com. For The White House Inn, visit whitehouseinn.com.

For clients looking to explore an American city known for its haunted heritage, Salem, MA, is the place. Since Salem is the site of the 1692 witch trails, visitors can learn more at the Salem Witch Museum, which is open year-round and offers group tours.

For your clients interested in staying in a historic hotel, the Hawthorne Hotel is located in the heart of historic Salem and was built by the city’s residents in 1925. The hotel is offering the Explore Salem Package for $243 plus tax through Nov. 4, which includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, two entrees for the price of one at Nathaniel’s restaurant, and tickets for two to two featured museums, including the Witch Museum.

For more information on Salem, visit salem.org. For reservations, visit hawthornehotel.com.