I’ve been crowing on this blog about how Lisa and I were going to be staying at the Crescent Hotel, the most haunted hotel in America with Lisa – and we did! We got our first glimpse of the hotel on the way into town.
How pretty is that?
Want to take a peek inside?
One of the things that we learned on our tour was that during the off season the hotel doubled as a women’s college.
If you look on the wall, you’ll see a picture of Morris the cat, not the famous one – although he seemed to be famous at the hotel. He lived at the hotel for 21 years, and was referred to as the general manager. Morris is one of the spirits that haunts the hotel.
Grand and toasty cozy all at the same time. The plaque reads:
Although upon a summer day
You’ll lightly turn from me away
When autumn leaves are scattered wide
You’ll often linger by my side
But when the snow the earth doth cover
Then you will be my ardent lover.
This is where Lisa and I had a gritless breakfast. Seriously, GRITLESS. Which wouldn’t be so bad, but we were promised grits. However, I did enjoy my Rice Krispies. Although, this used to be in the hotel ballroom. I bet it was grand in it’s day.
Check out the front desk!
This is Jasper. Notice he is giving me the eye.
Let’s take a peek outside.
Morris’s resting place.
It was a great place to stay, and while it is GORGEOUS today, I imagine that it was really something in it’s heyday. Being in a beautiful place like this always makes me feel a little more creative. I don’t know if it’s that I’m away from home, if I’m in a beautiful location, or just the energy, but I scribbled down a lot of notes.
And now the ghost tour, which was really fun. We learned quite a bit about the history of the hotel, especially about the time it was used as a cancer hospital by Norman Baker, which was pretty horrible. For me there were three highlights of the tour, when we learned that Monumental Mysteries, hosted by my beloved Don Wildman filmed an episode there. That’s right, Don Wildman my reality tv boyfriend, stayed in the same hotel! Highlight number two, watching Lisa trying to get the guide to use the EMF meter on EVERY wooden post going down the stairs and not just on the ones he seemed to know would set it off. By the way, EMF meters were for sale in the lobby for $28. And this is the third, you can see a face in the picture I took of Norman Baker.
I was very excited until Lisa told me it was the reflection of another camera flash. Proving that while you can take the night nurse out of the hospital, you can’t take the night nurse out of the girl.
Be on the lookout for this segment on Monumental Mysteries on Thursday at 8am …set the DVR!
Oh and here is my Don as a Halloween treat.