Haunted Spots on the Coast

Get spooked this Halloween at some of the coast's scariest hotels, inns, and lighthouses.

Haunted Inns by the Sea

Rest in peace at one of these historical accommodations and you might experience a little something unexpected to boost your spirits.

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Grande Colonial Hotel
Courtesy of Grande Colonial Hotel

Grande Colonial Hotel


This landmark boutique hotel, with its calming decor, is steps from the shore in quaint downtown La Jolla, and is the perfect spot to rub elbows with the stars—or at least their spirits. Visitors in Hollywood’s heyday included Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, and Groucho Marx—all of whom enjoyed this establishment’s discreet entrance. Some of these stars may have loved the luxury hotel so much that they’ve returned after their deaths to enjoy it. The partying here is so popular among the ethereal-and-famous set that the hotel instituted a ghost diary to document eyewitness accounts from staffers who’ve watched pans move across the kitchen and chased the sound of running footsteps only to find themselves in an empty room; 888/828-5498 or thegrandecolonial.com.

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