We like to enjoy a bit of the shivers at Halloween without indulging in too, too much physical exertion or discomfort. If you’re like us, a list of Massachusetts’s haunted places, cunningly presented by Thrillist, may interest you. Lots of “haunted” places to visit, but many are also comfortable restaurants, B&Bs or adventure walks. Here are some of our favorites form the Thrillist list:
Dogtown between Gloucester and Rockport
Dogtown is an abandoned settlement between Gloucester and Rockport that may have been a refuge, and, later, a village, starting as early As the 1600s. Its early residents were widows of Revolutionary War soldiers, and it got its name from the deceased widows’ surviving dogs. What remains today is cellar holes and large boulders bearing moralistic inscriptions. Neat place for an eerie fall walk. Driving directions.
Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge
Somewhat similarly to the Concord Inn, above, the historic Red Lion Inn in the glorious Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts is often considered a some force tugging at the bed sheets and a man in a top hat who would disappear into a hazy mist. You can enjoy an overnight in cozy surroundings or a meal of classic, hearty New England cooking after a day of foliage explorations. Map.
Concord’s Colonial Inn in Concord
This very pleasant historic hotel, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking a beautiful downtown, is said to have served as a temporary morgue during the Revolutionary War. Dr. Timothy Minot used Room 24 as an operating room. People say they’ve seen apparitions at the hotel; you can enjoy it as a lunch or dinner stop during a fall foliage drive in New England. Map.
Hawthorne Hotel in Salem
A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Hawthorne Hotel is considered one of the most haunted in America, appropriately, since it’s in the heart of Salem, site of the notorious witch trials and of the annual Haunted Happenings. Some accounts say that Bridget Bishop, one of the first people executed in the trials, grew an apple orchard where the hotel now stands. Don’t be deterred from visiting; it is a beautiful, classic New England hotel, and dining here is delightful. Map