As a Boston-haunt junkie who has been working on a collection of ghost stories called "Campus Haunts: School Spirits of the Northeast," I've always been amazed when local hotels, theatres and colleges avoid the idea that their establishment could possibly be a hotspot of paranormal activity.
One B&B owner I chatted with over the weekend says ghosts "scare customers away." Go figure.
The recently refurbished Omni Parker House, apparently the most haunted hotel in New England since opening its doors in October of 1855, has seemed to tiptoe around its supernatural history. However, I smiled when I noticed last week that the marketing crew started pushing its "exclusive haunted travel" package via the Google adwords text box on my blog under the headline "Haunted Boston Hotel."
The deep-link section here explores the various sightings of the misty apparition of the hotel's founder, Harvey Parker, who has reportedly been seen roaming the 10th floor annex. While they mention the close encounter of the Parker kind, they do stress that he hasn't been around lately. The last sighting was apparently two decades ago.
However, there's a slew of other stories:
* Elevators are always called to the third floor (the floor Charles Dickens occupied) without a button being pushed or a guest waiting for the elevator.
* In a room on the 10th floor, guests have reported the sound of a rocking chair that kept them up all night. There are no rocking chairs in the hotel.
* Bellmen have reported bright “orbs” of light floating down the corridor on the 10th floor then disappearing.
Click here for the Omni Parker House's spirited backstory.