Planning on a trip to the White Mountains of New England to see the unique beauty of the area? Here are two inns with extra atmosphere to stay at.
The Beal House Inn was built in 1833 and is located in the heart of the White Mountains. The inn was recently bought and renovated by a new owner, Bill Sanders. The restaurant is the primary business of the Inn, but rooms are available for guests to stay in. Over the years reports of paranormal activity include slamming doors and footsteps at night on the stairs. Mr. Sanders was nice enough to write to me and relate the following:
"I have kept quite a few of the staff who were here and they tell me that [the previous owner] Mrs. Keller said she often saw pillows floating above the furniture and things of that nature. She even reported having conversations with whatever it was that was doing this. The staff tell me she was very much a no nonsense type of woman and that she relayed these experiences very matter of factly.
One of the staff members says that she and another waitress were fetching supplies and had unlocked a door in the upper hallway, as she pushed the door open, something shoved it back with great force. Other staff members say they feel uncomfortable in this hallway and several overnite guests who I have allowed to explore the Inn a little have mentioned this hallway (without knowing of any stories prior) as a place where they "felt something" or that it made them feel "weird". The same woman who had the experience with the door also refused to go into the basement alone. She reported seeing dark shapes and shadows moving just at the edge of the lighted area.
We have had several overnite guests at the Inn complain of noises and voices late at night in the room above them. In each case I knew that I had not rented the rooms out and on investigating I always found the rooms were empty and locked. The staff often complains of things disappearing from they place they were left, only to turn up again somewhere completely different in a day or two. Some of the staff simply won't go certain places in the Inn (the upper hallway, basement) and will send someone else. One staff member was on the job less that a week when he came to me and said he was quitting because he could not stand to be in the building and frankly did not understand how any of us could stand it."
The inn offers 3 suites, and 4 guest rooms. It is near many ski areas and Cannon Mt., Loon Mt. and Breton Woods are all within 10-30 minutes away. No children under 12, and one suite can take pets under 30 lbs. at a nightly charge. There is a full restaurant at the inn. Events can be hosted at the Inn or catered off-site. The Beal House is at 2 W. Main St., Littleton NH. Phone: 603-444-2661.
The Tilton Inn, Tilton NH (formerly the 1875 Inn)
Innkeeper Joanna Oliver was putting the finishing touches on her new acquisition in 2001 when a woman stopped by and talked about the inn's history. Distracted, Joanna paid minimal attention to the stories, one of which was about a girl named Laura. She died in a fire in the building when it was a rooming house in the 19th century. Laura was only 12 when she died. But Oliver remembered this conversation months later when a guest told her that she had seen a young girl sitting on her bed in the Samuel Sanborn room. There were no young girls at the Inn at the time. About a year later another guest was staying in the Mary Baker Eddy room which is close to the Samuel Sanborn room, and told Joanna that he witnessed a young girl leaving his room and she just disappeared. A motorcyclist staying at the Inn during the major annual NH event Bike Week in 2006 said he saw a teenage girl in his room. She then disappeared but in the hallway he saw her again.
In the summer of 2007 a woman was startled to see a young girl in her room when she came out of the shower. The thermostats in the rooms closest to the street are often inexplicably turned down from where the guests had set them. Located in the Lakes and White Mountains area of NH the inn contains the Onions Pub & Restaurant, and has 10 guest rooms. Th inn is a non-smoking area, and is pet friendly. The Tilton Inn is at 255 Main St., Tilton, NH (603) 286-7774.