My mom and I were on our way to visit Norwich University in Northfield, VT, and wanted to do some sightseeing before the day arrived. My mom and dad used to live in Melrose, MA, so she knew her way around. We were visiting the House of Seven Gables and my mom asked the curator if he knew of any hotels in the area that would be nice to stay in. He suggested the Salem Inn, because of its history and supposed hauntings. Well, being who I am, I shrugged off the idea because I didn't believe in ghosts or the supernatural at that time. When we arrived at the inn, the innkeeper was very gracious and appreciative of our staying that night. The front "foyer" had a computer, a bird cage with some furniture around it, and some creaky stairs leading to the other floors. I forgot what room we were in, but it was on the very top floor. When we arrived in the room and opened the door, it looked very much like a bedroom. There was a queen sized bed, a lamp, a closet, and a window. Thinking that this was the entire room, my mom tried another door and found that it opened into an entire other area! This area featured a little kitchenette, a TV, a pull out couch, and a locked door that seemed to have stairs on the other side. We were hungry, so we decided to eat at one of the recommended restaraunts next to the ocean. It was delicious, but it was getting late, and we needed our rest. When we got back to the inn, I checked my e-mail and finally came back to the room. My mom was on the pull out bed and was watching tv, so I sat down to watch as well. A few minutes later, I thought I saw something come through the doorway, and all of a sudden I felt a cold breeze, and my body froze. My heart rate was skyrocketing, and I was actually a little scared. I've now learned that this is called a cold spot and is a sign of when a ghost is near you. Anyways, I went to bed. My mom turned off the television and all of a sudden started to hear a banging noise coming from the other side of the locked door. This continued to happen ALL night. She came into my room during the middle of the night and asked me if I heard anything, but then she told me that it had stopped when I woke up. Right when she went back to her bed, it started again and didn't stop. The next morning, we went to breakfast in the quaint little breakfast room in the basement of the main house. My mom still said she could hear the banging. What's even scarier is that she told me that she had had a dream that night that someone had their hand over her mouth and she could breath, and when she woke up she was grasping for air and her covers were 20 feet away in the corner of the room. Scary. Overall, the Salem Inn is a wonderful hotel to go to, especially if you want a little supernatural adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three elegantly restored historic homes in heart of downtown Salem. Just a few minute's walk to restaurants, attractions, museums and waterfront. We offer forty charming, unique guest rooms with private baths. Family Suites with kitchenettes are perfect for families or extended stays. Complimentary breakfast (including an omelet bar), sherry night cap, free wi-fi, and YMCA passes available. ... more less
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