Join Dulles Town Center & Mix107.3's Jack Diamond to kick off the holiday season at the 2nd annual Tree Lighting Event!
Join Dulles Town Center & Mix107.3's Jack Diamond to kick off the holiday season at the 2nd annual Tree Lighting Event!
See Santa magically light up the tree in Center Court with the help of the crowd and enjoy Carolers and a holiday sing-along. There will be special appearances by the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents and Live music.
Activities and holiday arts & crafts for children outside of Four Seasons Salon & Spa
Free visits and photos with Santa* and much more! Don't forget to pick up your free magic wand in Center Court during the event to help us light the tree!
*Free visits and photos with Santa for the first 100 people in line beginning at 6pm on 12/1/17. Must be in the specified line for event Santa photos. Voucher coupons to be given to those in line. One voucher coupon per family. Must have voucher coupon to redeem to receive free photo package. Only includes photo package D. Please contact the management office with any questions: 703.404.7100. Subject to change.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one!
Hailed by The New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload" and "so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!," audiences around the country continue celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at this multi-million dollar live stage production.
Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, don’t miss snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions will leave you mesmerized. Experience this 2-hour theatrical phenomenon the Boston Globe proclaims "full-on sensory immersion in which Las Vegas meets family entertainment meets musical theater" and BroadwayWorld hails “The Perfect Holiday Gift…a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."
Opens at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on Wednesday, December 6th and runs through Saturday, December 9th
Visit CirqueDreams.com for more information.
The holiday season is in full swing here in NOVA, and here at Housewives In The City, we're connecting our readers to our favorite local businesses in our area. We're proud to present our First Annual Shop Local Holiday Guide!
There's two great area locations:
Join us for Nats Winterfest, returning December 16 and 17 to the Washington Convention Center. The Nationals' event of the offseason will again feature two days of fun!
Open to fans of all ages, guests can enjoy holiday and baseball themed activities and interactive events, meet and greet their favorite Nationals player and coaches, take a photo with Santa, enjoy their favorite ballpark concession, do any last-minute holiday shopping and much more! Activities include:
• Clinics with Nationals players and coaches
• Watch a Home Run Derby featuring the Nationals mascots
• Make a snow fort, participate in the steal home challenge and take batting practice
• Hear a winter or baseball-themed story, read by a Nationals player
• Participate in the Kids Press Conferences
• Sign up for 2018 season Jr. Nats Kids Club memberships at the Jr. Nationals Kids Club kiosk
• Ride down The Slider, a giant slide reminiscent of a sledding hill
• "Video Pitch," where fans can give virtual batters their best pitch
Tickets may be purchased in advance with prices increasing at the door. Visit www.nationals.com/Winterfest.
Admission for children 2 and under is free. Once inside, all attractions are free of charge (except purchasing items such as merchandise, food and beverage). Tickets must be purchased separately to each individual day.
The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, exhibits, activities as well as seasonal décor will be available throughout the day. Musical performances by U.S. Air Force Band High Flight and movie screenings will also take place during the festival.
Other highlights include chocolate sampling during a demonstration by Mars Heritage Chocolate and explore the Children’s Television Holiday display showcasing popular childhood characters such as the Howdy Doody marionette, and more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of treats at the museum cafe.
US Air Force Singing Sergeants Performances
December 2 & 3 at 12 noon, 1PM, 2 PM
Cooking Up History
Caribbean Holiday Traditions with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Guest Chef Jennifer Selman of Crown Bakery
December 2 at 1 PM
Coulter Plaza, 1 West
Sounds of Faith Musical Performances
December 3 at 3PM
Coulter Stage, 1 West
Warner Bros. Theater
Mars Heritage Chocolate “From Bean to Bar” program
December 2 & 3
Mars chocolate will be returning this year for chocolate demonstrations.
Dec 2: 10-5 & Dec 3: 10-3
Throughout the museum
Theme – Red, White, and Blue
Holiday Merchandise and free gift wrapping
Main Store, 1 Center
Stars & Stripes Café, Lower Level
Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah
Join them for a free special holiday installment of our Sounds of Faith music series!
On Sunday, December 3, local Cantor and singer Arianne Brown will perform traditional
Hanukkah songs and share stories about the origins and traditions of the holiday. Hanukkah music recalls the holiday’s traditional lighting of the menorah in commemoration of the dedication of the Jewish temple in 165 B.C. Arianne Brown is the Cantor, a Jewish musician trained to lead a congregation in songful prayer, at local synagogue Adas Israel. Fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish, Cantor Brown is also an expert Torah and Megilah reader, pianist, composer, and theater director. Join us here at the National Museum of American History at 2:30 p.m. to see her performance and take part in a traditional Hanukkah activity. Sounds of Faith programming is part of the Religion in America initiative, made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. This program is part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival.
This year Fair Oaks Mall is offering many ways to make your Holiday Season extra special. There are three different Santa meet and greet opportunities- Santa Paws, Santa's Flight Academy, and Sensory Friendly Santa, so there really is something for everyone!
Fair Oaks Mall will offer pet parents a chance to celebrate the holiday season and visit with Santa . Visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events for dates and times.
Pet photos will take place at the brand new interactive Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set located in Grand Court West .
Please note that pets must be up to date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness.
Santa's Flight Academy
‘Santa’s Flight Academy’ Returns Exclusively to Fair Oaks Mall this Holiday Season
This Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole features state-of-the-art technology that transforms each child into a ‘Cadet’ and delivers a sneak peak of ‘Ferdinand ’ in theaters Dec. 15.
“It's incredibly special to see the beloved tradition of visiting Santa come to life through this unique and interactive experience,” said Teresa Truong - Chea marketing and sponsorship director , Fair Oaks Mall . “ Santa’s Flight Academy personalizes the journey for every child by placing them front and center as the hero who saves the day.”
As an elite flight crew member, the mission is to ensure Santa’s sleigh is prepared to deliver presents to children around the world. Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, the ‘Cadet’ will present their official badge and immediately be recognized by name on digital screens .
From there, children will be fitted for a virtual flight suit , navigate a flight course, inspect and power the sleigh all before takeoff . At the end of the adventure , each child will step inside the 22 foot tall sleigh for an enchanted snowfall dance party before meeting and receiving a gift from Santa.
As a special treat, the holiday set will showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand in partnership with 20th Century Fox . In theaters Friday, December 15 , the film tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
Santa’s Flight Academy will be available exclusively at Fair Oaks Mall from Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, December 24.
To help expedite the process, visitors are encouraged to create official flight crew badges online via the center’s website, or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Badges can also be created onsite at Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks.
A variety of photo packages , each including a complimentary Lovepop card , will be available for purchase . Santa’s Express Lane passes, allowing families to reserve a time block and avoid lengthy lines, may be purchased online http://www.santaexpresslane.com/ .
Fair Oaks Mall will host three toned - down visits with Santa for children with autism and other special needs at the brand new Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set located in Grand Court West. During each event, lights and music will be turned down to help create a calm environment for kids. Registration is required, so families can visit Eventbrite to reserve a spot. For more information on holiday events and promotions visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events.
Saturday , November 18 , 2017 , 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Sunday , November 1 9 , 2017, 8 :30AM - 10 :30AM
Friday , December 8 , 2017, 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Reserve your space now for the 6th annual Sensory Friendly Santa event at Fair Oaks Mall's Santa's Flight Academy! Fair Oaks Mall will create sensory-friendly adaptations to Santa's Flight Academy to allow for a softer environment with lower lights and sounds for children with special needs. This private event will be hosted outside of traditional mall hours and will allow your family to avoid the lines this holiday season.
This year, we'll be hosting 3 sessions. Space is limited. Each family that attends will receive $10 off their photo package during this special event.
Register your family:
Saturday, November 18: https://sensorysantanov182017.eventbrite.com
Sunday, November 19: https://sensorysantanov192017.eventbrite.com
Friday, December 8: https://sensorysantadec82018.eventbrite.com
About Santa's Flight Academy: Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Now through December 24th in Center Court. For more information about Fair Oaks Mall, visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com.
The Embassy of Sweden invites the whole family to participate in a day of creativity, imagination, and fun. Enjoy theatre, workshops, crafts and film screenings, swap toys with new friends and partake in a Swedish fika. Whether you join us for a few hours or for the whole day, come to play, perform, or take in a performance designed to engage kids and parents alike. Read more about our activities below.
The event will take place in House of Sweden, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Free admission and no registration required.
10:10 am - Imagination Stage
11:00 am - Guji Guji
12:00 pm - Imagination Stage
1:00 pm - Imagination Stage
2:00 pm - Guji Guji
Available all day (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Retoy – swap toys with new friends and meet founder and CEO Soledad Pinero Misa
Quiz – take an interactive “quiz tour” together, with questions for both kids and parents
“Swedish Fish Pond” – find a surprise among the fish
Crafts & Painting – bring your creativity and imagination!
Story Time in “Room for Children”
Film screening – to be announced
Traditional Swedish Fika
Guji Guji by Boulevardteatern
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
One of the highlights of the day is the children’s theater piece Guji Guji by the acclaimed Boulevardteatern performing group, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is on a United States tour. Based on the popular book by Chih Yuan Chen, Guji Guji is a tale about differences and similarities, love, friendship, and thinking for yourself. With performances starting at 11 am and 2 pm, participants will have two opportunities to see Guji Guji at House of Sweden. Boulevardteatern will also perform Guji Guji at other venues during the Kids Euro Festival.
Best for ages 3-8, but all are welcome!
"So good, I keep forgetting it´s a children’s show"
"A tribute to Chih Yuan Chens book /../ and an accolade to imagination, humor, and the unlimited art of mime."
- Minst En Gång i Veckan
Read more about Guji Guji and Boulevardteatern here.
You and Me Song Circle with Imagination Stage
10:10 am, 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm
Imagination Stage theater offers an interactive workshop designed for children to experience a step into the world of music and theater! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist explores a Swedish children's story with your family through song, movement, and instruments. This workshop is a perfect opportunity for children to broaden their musical horizons and interact with each other. Three workshops will take place during the day at 10:10 am, noon, and 1 pm. Charge your vocal cords and follow on a trip with entertaining storytelling!
Best for ages 0-5, but all are welcome!
Read more about Imagination Stage here.
RETOY – Toy Swap
Available all day
Developed with children in Sweden, Retoy’s toy swap activities give children a chance to experience sustainable consumption in a fun way. The Retoy activity is based on swapping toys with each other. Using the power of play, children gain awareness about how everything and everyone in the world are interconnected.
We are also very happy to announce that Soledad Pinero Misa, founder and CEO of Retoy, will be present at our family day! Soledad will be available to answer questions about Retoy, children’s rights, sustainable development, and much more. Don’t miss out on meeting a fantastic social entrepreneur.
Read more about Retoy here.
Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest cultural festivals for children in America. This popular annual festival features free, family-friendly performances, concerts, movies, and workshops that provide a flavor of European arts and culture. More than 85 activities, designed for children age 2 to 12 and their families, will be presented by the 28 Member States of the European Union in collaboration with more than 20 local and national cultural institutions.
Read more about Kids Euro Festival here.
WHEN: November 4, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington D.C.
Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown is pleased to announce its 14th annual tree lighting ceremony in the hotel’s Courtyard and lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Filled with tiny white lights and shimmering Christmas trees, the courtyard becomes a glittering crystal garden the perfect venue for a holiday celebration.
Families will take the chill off with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies as they listen to the award-winning Georgetown Visitation Madrigals perform holiday classics. Children will enjoy decorating holiday cards, members of the United States Marine Corps Reserves will perform a presentation of colors, and Santa Claus and Rudolph will make a special guest appearance. All families are welcome to take a photo with Santo in his Winter Wonderland Suite. Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly, hosts of 94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy Show, will serve as the masters of ceremonies.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will benefit The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program, a non-profit organization that collects toys throughout the holiday season and delivers them to needy youngsters. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated. Additionally, monetary donations are accepted on the organization’s website, www.ToysForTots.org.
The newly renovated Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, at 2401 M Street, NW, is convenient to the finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. Close to two metro stations, it is five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport. At 413 rooms and luxury suites, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers a wealth of facilities while maintaining an air of tranquility insured through the design of intimate spaces, plenty of natural daylight, and a cascade of plants both inside and out.
Historic Hotels of America® has inducted more than 300 historic hotels. Many of these legendary places are reported to have some spirited guests who continue to roam the halls of these historic hotels long after they should have checked out. These ghosts represent all ages, males and females, hired help to wealthy patrons, numerous professions, and others suffering from broken hearts to broken fortunes.
If you are interested in a stay in a historic hotel with a paranormal twist, here is the Historic Hotels of America Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2017 along with some of America’s best hotel ghost stories:
Concord’s Colonial Inn (1716) Concord, Massachusetts
Due to the hotel’s age and role in the Revolutionary War, the Inn has been rumored to have a few resident ghosts. Many wounded patriot soldiers were taken to Concord’s Colonial Inn, which served as a hospital during the war. The most famous and sought-out spooky guestroom is 424. The room was once the operating room of Dr. James Minot, who had a practice in the inn during the Revolutionary War. Many guests who’ve spent the night in the infamously haunted room have reported some strange activity.
Admiral Fell Inn (1770) Baltimore, Maryland
The Admiral Fell Inn is no stranger to ghost stories. Guests have often reported seeing floating sailors and disappearing butlers knocking on their doors. A hotel manager is also said to have heard a loud party after the hotel was evacuated during a hurricane. This comes as no surprise as parts of the building dates back to the 1770s when it was a theater and boarding house where seamen, immigrants and “ladies of the night” would pass through.
The Red Lion Inn (1773) Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Ghostly rumors continue to swirl at the inn which has seen the likes of many paranormal investigators and mediums. The fourth floor, in particular, has been said to have the most activity. Both cleaning staff and guests have claimed to see a "ghostly young girl carrying flowers" and "a man in a top hat." It has been said that guests have awoken to the feeling of someone standing over them at the foot of the bed. Cold spots, unexplained knocks, and electrical disturbances have all been reported. Guestroom 301 is also known to be a haunted hot spot.
Hanover Inn Dartmouth (1780) Hanover, New Hampshire
Dartmouth College ghost stories include the tale of nine fraternity brothers who perished in 1934. More than one Dartmouth student has come face to face with a room that isn’t there and a party of those young men and their dates. Ghosts may also haunt Baker Library, Panarchy and the Inn.
Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
This hotel was opened by Harvey Parker and he was involved with the operations of the building until his death in 1884. Over the years, many guests have reported seeing him inquiring about their stay—a true “spirited” hotelier even after his death.
The Sagamore (1883) Bolton Landing, New York
The Sagamore has its own American ghost story. Opened in 1883 as a playground resort for summer residents of Millionaire’s Row, this rambling historic hotel sits on a 6 million-acre state park is rumored to accommodate a ghost or two. Stories persist of the ghost of a silver-haired woman wearing a blue polka-dot dress descending from the second floor to the Trillium, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Many people know of the most of famous "guests who check out but never leave" at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. They include Michael, the Irish stonemason who helped build the hotel in 1885; Theodora, a patient of Baker's Cancer Curing Hospital in the late 1930s; and "the lady in the Victorian nightgown", who likes to stand at the foot of the bed in Room 3500 and stare at guests while they sleep. These are only three of the dozens upon dozens of spirits that guests and visitors have reported encountering in this historic hotel in the Ozark Mountains.
Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
A maid, known as “Mrs. Clean” reputedly haunts the hotel. Paranormal researchers once asked why she stayed, and the maid, whose mother, grandmother and great-grandmother also worked at the hotel, said she was picking up after housekeeping to ensure high standards.
Jekyll Island Club Resort (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
This hotel has a rumored bellman with a cap and suit like the ones we see in movies of the 1920s, a far different look from actual bellmen who greet you at this historic hotel today. This bellman, from post WWI days, is very particular about delivering freshly pressed suits to bridegrooms. He has been seen, mostly on the second floor of the club building, knocking gently on a guest room door and announcing his purpose. Many guests, who had not ordered these services, have inquired about the mysterious bellman.
Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina
This 1891 hotel also keeps a “Ghost Log” in the lobby for its guests to peruse (and add to when they have their own encounters to share). Pay attention to notes regarding Room 318, where Laura Green died. Laura was the daughter of the inn’s founding family and she was jilted at the altar. Reports are that she and her would be groom continue to be seen on the third floor.
The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Countless visiting athletes and celebrities have seen hauntings by the ghost of this hotel’s original owner. It is rumored that Charles Pfister still roams the halls to ensure that his guests are well taken care of at his century-old “Grand Hotel of the West.”
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Honolulu, Hawaii
On February 28, 1905, the untimely death of Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University, made headlines everywhere. Stanford, who was vacationing in Hawaii following a strychnine poisoning attempt on her life, died in her room at the Moana. There have been reports that the ghost of Stanford still frequents the hotel, whose beautiful ocean vistas brought her short-lived peace. Guests and hotel staff have said that they’ve seen her walking at night trying to find her room.
Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods (1902) New Hampshire
Known affectionately by staff members as “the princess”, Caroline Foster, was a long-time inhabitant of the hotel. Princess Caroline Foster’s ties to the resort go back to its inception when her husband, railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney, built the grand resort in 1902. Incorporating special accommodations for his wife, construction of the resort included an indoor swimming pool and a private dining room for Caroline known today as the “Princess Room.” A prominent figure at the resort since its opening, many guests who have visited continue to report sightings of the regal Caroline. Visions of an elegant woman in Victorian dress are often spotted in the hallways of the hotel, there are light taps on doors when no one is outside and items suddenly disappear and then reappear in the exact place they were lost. But perhaps the most common sighting of the beloved Caroline is in room 314, where guests report seeing the vision of the woman sitting at the edge of their bed.
The Seelbach Hilton Louisville (1905) Louisville, Kentucky
Legend says two lovers were to be married at the hotel in 1907, but the groom met an untimely death on his way to the wedding. His then distraught bride threw herself down the elevator shaft, falling fell ten stories to her death. The bride is said to continue to haunt the halls of this historic hotel.
Boone Tavern Hotel of Bera College (1909) Berea, Kentucky
The historic Boone Tavern Hotel attracts ghosts hunters by the score with its three-day ghost hunts, and some guests report seeing the apparition of a young boy in their photographs. In the hotel basement, the voice of a boy named Timmy can sometimes be heard.
The Stanley (1909) Estes Park, Colorado
The inspiration for Stephen King’s book, “The Shining,” The Stanley has lots of haunting appeal, especially when guests tour the creepy underground tunnel that runs beneath the hotel. But that’s not the hotel’s most haunting aspect. The hotel’s original owner, F.O. Stanley is known to haunt the hotel. He and his wife have been seen dressed in formal attire on the main staircase and in other public areas, and Flora’s piano occasionally echoes in the ballroom.
The Omni Grove Park Inn (1913) Asheville, North Carolina
For nearly half a century there has been the belief that there is a ghost who roams the hallways of the main inn. She is referred to as the Pink Lady because of the flowing pink gown she wears. It is believed that this young woman was a guest in room 545 in the 1920s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Palm Court, five floors below. No records exist that support any of these claims but it may have been hushed up to avoid negative publicity. Reports of her sightings still occur, some say they just see a pink mist, others a full apparition of a young long-haired beauty in a pink gown.
La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shot to death in 1867 in the hotel lobby, John P. Slough, Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, is said to have never left. Meanwhile, a distraught salesman, who jumped into the hotel well after losing a card game, has been seen emerging from the fountain by visitors and guests alike.
The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (1924) San Antonio, Texas
This hotel, known as “the official hotel of the Alamo” has known to have ghosts haunt the halls. At one time, the hotel housed a medical facility, which had a morgue and a psychiatric ward on site. Reports of unexplained noises, apparitions, and the feeling of being touched have been reported by guests. The floors with the most paranormal activity that have been reported are the seventh, ninth, eleventh and twelfth floors.
Francis Marion (1924) Charleston, South Carolina
In the early 1930s, New Yorker Ned Cohen was visiting his Southern lady friend in Charleston. Whatever happened was never clear, but he was found face down, body smashed in the middle of King Street facing toward the old Citadel’s parade grounds. Today, visitors hear eerie and unexplained sounds at night, all too familiar to the bell staff and room attendants walking the halls. Sounds of rustling silk drapes, rattling windows, and an unexplained vision of a man questioning either himself or the witness. Some see the image in shirt sleeves, others just feel his presence throughout the hotel.
Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts
The city of Salem is notorious for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 and is prone to hauntings and spirits of its own. The hotel has ghost stories of its own, mostly attributed to the sea captains who were returning to their gathering place. In particular, rooms 621 and 325 have had reports of lights turning off and on and a general uneasy feeling throughout the rooms.
The Hollywood Roosevelt (1927) Hollywood, California
This historic hotel is haunted by multitudes of ghosts including the most famous, Marilyn Monroe. She has been said to haunt the full length mirror that was once in her suite. Room 928 is believed to be haunted by the restless spirit of Montgomery Cliff, the film and stage actor best known in the film Red River in 1948.
Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
Guests and staff alike numerous times have seen a little girl, wearing a long, cream-colored dress and black, shiny shoes, running by the open doorway, bouncing a red ball before her. There have been many times when guests have asked, “Little girl, are you lost?” and the hallway has been completely empty.
The Don CeSar (1928) St. Pete Beach, Florida
Thomas Rowe met his beloved Lucinda in the 1890s when Rowe was studying in Europe. Lucinda's parents forbade the relationship and the forlorn Rowe returned to America. For years his letters to her were returned unopened. In 1925, Rowe built the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa. The lobby of the hotel included a replica of the courtyard and fountain where Rowe and Lucinda used to meet. Although the fountain no longer exists, employees at the Don CeSar tell tales of seeing a couple who suddenly appear walking hand-in-hand in the hotel and then disappearing.
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC (1930) Washington, DC
During the Shoreham’s early years, three people died unexpectedly in suite 870. At that time the apartment was occupied by one of the hotel’s owners, Henry Doherty. Juliette Brown, the family’s housekeeper dropped dead mysteriously one night at 4 am. Doherty’s daughter and wife also perished mysteriously in the same suite. During its vacancy there were claims of mysterious noises, doors slamming shut and furniture moving—many of which happened around 4 am, the time of Juliette’s death.
“The best guest comment a hotelier likes to hear is we don’t want to leave or we can’t wait to come back,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “At many historic hotels across the USA, hoteliers have told us that they have former guests that never left and these ghosts are visible only to some guests, most frequently at night, and even more frequently during the fall and winter. Or, as I understand, they checked in and never checked out.”
About Historic Hotels of America®
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has more than 298 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated historic hotels. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.
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