From a Victorian mansion to an English lighthouse, these six stays by the sea are both seasonably spooky and surprisingly charming.
Yachats, Oregon; From $174 per night
Constructed in 1892, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is the brightest light on the coast of Oregon and claims a rare clifftop location that makes it a hotbed for photographers, newlyweds – and spirits (not the kind involving a cocktail shaker). Legend has it that a woman by the name of "Rue" occasionally pays a visit to those who stay in Victoria's Room. Because it's sheltered from the elements, the lighthouse keepers once slept here, though it's unclear exactly who Rue is or once was.
New Orleans, Louisiana; From $115 per night
It’s hard to turn a corner in New Orleans without stumbling upon a cemetery, hotel, museum, or old mansion that’s said to have ghosts lurking inside. The Parks-Bowman mansion, a historic B&B in the Garden District, is one of those places. While the mansion has three rooms for rent, only one of them – the Haunted Bedrooom – is a ghostly hangout (a young girl in a yellow dress said to be from the 1890s). According to the Airbnb listing, the ghost is very shy and you probably won’t see her. The question is, are you willing to take the chance?
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Fisher’s Island, New York; From $835 per night
Ever dreamt of attending a Gatsby-era party? This Gilded Age mansion overlooking Long Island Sound was likely the site of many. Built in the late 1800s by Robert R. Fox – former owner of the island – the summer cottage is filled with period opulence and gorgeous sunset views. It’s also home to a rumored haunting: a 1920s film star and friend of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald named Amy Fay Stone. While she passed in 1953, she now benevolently hangs out in the dining room awaiting the next party. (Now that’s our kind of ghost.)
Savannah, Georgia; From $158 per night
There have been more than a few run-ins with this cabin’s resident ghost, Laura, over the years – so much so that the location is a frequent stop for area ghost tours. Laura is said to have lived in the old pine cabin (built in 1799) for more than 50 years. Today, guests report lights flickering, locked windows opening, and the smell of wood smoldering.
Charleston, South Carolina; From $250 per night
In the 1930s, shipping mogul John Doran enlisted European stone masons to build this English Tudor-style home in a prime Charleston location. Today, the home stands stately and well-kept, just two blocks from the marsh and boat landing and eight minutes to Folly Beach. It also may or may not be home to a ghost or two, according to the book Haunted Charleston, which claims past residents have reported seeing dim silhouettes of figures, as well as smelling the odor of heavy perfume.
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom; From $206 per night
The light, bright interiors of this Isle of Wight keeper’s cottage look anything but spooky. But St. Catherine’s Lighthouse has inspired many ghost seekers over the years. Three lighthouse keepers were killed during a raid here in World War II, and legend says there’s been the presence of unexplained footsteps and vanishing items ever since.