11 Haunted Hotels In Minnesota
Halloween is just a few days away and that means we are all in the spooky spirit. Maybe you love celebrating the best season ever by going to a haunted house or you love going to an actual haunted house with real ghosts.
Thankfully, there is no shortage of either right here in the Northland and beyond. We have not only a bunch of haunted attractions, from the Haunted Ship to the Haunted Shack, but we also have places that are reportedly haunted.
One of the most haunted places in the state is in the Northland, along Minnesota's North Shore. The Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing is supposedly one of the most haunted places in all of Minnesota and in downtown Duluth, a ghost was caught on camera at the St. Louis County Depot.
Branching off from just our neck of the woods, there are many other very haunted places, including many haunted hotels that have more guests than the ones that formally check in if you know what I mean.
There are so many haunted hotels that have interesting histories. Most are historic places and all of them for the most part have a unique history that makes them filled with ghosts and spirits that will make sure you know you're not alone. Plus, all of them are open and just waiting for you to come see for yourself.
11 Haunted Minnesota Hotels You Can Stay At
Big Winnie Store, RV Park and Campground - Bena
This RV Park and campground is famously haunted and one look into the history of the place and it's easy to see why: it is a historic landmark that used to be the meetup spot for fur trappers, loggers and the like and is on the grounds of an old prisoners of war camp. According to a local news outlet, people who stay there hear breathing, the power goes out and there is the sound of boots walking on the floor.
Chase On The Lake - Walker
Want to spend a relaxing weekend on the water with ghosts? This popular resort is so haunted that they even hold paranormal tours inside come October. There are a few rumors as to why it is haunted with the most popular theory being it used be the site of a morgue during the Indian Wars.
Hotel Lanesboro - Lanesboro
Formerly known as Mrs. B's Historic Lanesboro Inn, one look at this place and it's pretty obvious you aren't alone here. So who would haunt this quaint hotel? Legend says it is haunted by a few famous people, including Doc Powell and Buffalo Bill. There are two rooms that are famously haunted but the hotel as a whole has seen paranormal activity, like shadow figures, ghosts sitting on beds, furniture moving and that's just a few examples.
Old Jail Bed & Breakfast - Taylors Falls
Wonder why this spot is named one of the most haunted hotels in Minnesota? It used be a jail and a funeral home. That speaks for itself but so do some online reviews, with some hotel goers reporting things that can't be explained. A young boy and woman are two common ghosts that haunt the property.
The Anderson House Hotel - Wabasha
This is the oldest hotel in Minnesota, according to their website. It was established in 1856 and a long piece on it being haunted was published in the Winona Daily News [paywall]. Details on just who or what haunts the spot are mum, mainly because the hotel is also famous for something else: renting out cats to keep you company during your stay!
The Historic Grant House Hotel - Rush City
According to a former owner, he had over thirty different haunted experiences during his time at the hotel and then some, one of which include a spatula flying through the air. The hotel has been around since 1880 and also offers ghost tours playing on the fact that it is indeed haunted.
St. James Hotel - Red Wing
The St. James Hotel is incredibly historic and is said to be haunted, especially by one former owner of the hotel named Clara. She married the owner, Charles, and is said to have run the hotel with an iron fist. Legend has it that the hotel is also haunted by other ghosts who slam doors, one former employee that died on the job and the ghost of a child.
The Kahler Grand Hotel - Rochester
This hotel is just steps away from the Mayo Clinic, which helps put this into perspective a bit. Local legend says the hotel is haunted by a woman named Hellen Voorhesse, who was visiting the hospital in 1977 only to disappear without a trace. She is said to have been murdered and haunts the hotel to this day. People also hear weird noises and sudden temperature changes.
The Palmer House - Sauk Centre
The Palmer House is one of the most famously haunted hotels in the country, let alone in Minnesota. It has been featured on Ghost Adventures and Hotel Paranormal. It was built on top of a former hotel that burned down from a fire. It's so haunted that the general public is not allowed in the basement and there are a handful of rooms in which the spirits reside, including Room 11.
The Thayer - Annandale
The Thayer is one of the oldest hotels in the state. It burned down in 1894 and was rebuilt into what it is now, with guests like Al Capone. Even the hotel itself acknowledges some ghosts roam the hallways, hosting ghost tours and mentioning such on their website. They even have a suite, named Crystal's Haunted Suite, that they encourage people to stay in if they want paranormal experiences with a ghost that slowly shuts doors in the room. There's also Miss Lilly's Room, named after the ghost that haunts the staircases.
Water Street Inn - Stillwater
The Water Street Inn is located in a very historic area in Minnesota. Those that have stayed here in the past have reported paranormal encounters, like one woman who said she kept smelling an odor and the television turning on by itself. Yikes.
An honorable mention goes out to the Calumet Inn, which is another famously haunted hotel in Minnesota. However, as of earlier this year, they are closed until further notice and possibly forever.