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Pennsylvania's Odd and Unusual Hotels, Inns and more


Pennsylvania's Odd Inns - Historic, Haunted, Cabooses and more          

America's Oldest Hotel -  Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania

America's Oldest Hotel - Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Few properties can boast the historic significance of Bedford Springs Resort, located in the Allegheny Mountains of south Pennsylvania. For more than 200 years, the eight mineral springs located on the resort's property served as an important gathering place. Eventually, the resort would be the site of many significant moments in American history, hosting a long list of celebrities, wealthy clients, corporate magnates and dignitaries from around the world. To date, the resort has hosted 10 US Presidents, seven of whom visited during their presidency. The Native Americans first used the mineral springs for their curative properties, and in the late 1700's they shared the powers of the springs with a doctor named John Anderson. In 1796, Dr. Anderson purchased the 2,200-acre property on which the resort now stands.
  Complete Story and Photos

    

The Historic  Hotel Bethlehem

The Historic and Haunted Hotel Bethlehem
Restored to its original 1922 grandeur, Historic Hotel Bethlehem's floor-to-ceiling palladium windows provide dramatic views of the historic shopping district just outside our front doors. Seven large murals were painted by George Gray in 1937 to depict the history of Bethlehem. These beautiful murals currently adorn the walls of the Mural Ballroom. One of the larger murals retells the story of how Count Zinzendorf and other early settlers named the city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve in 1741. This event took place in a crude cabin on the site now occupied by our Award winning hotel. The Hotel Bethlehem has many friendly ghosts. These ghosts include May Yoho who was a singer and actress. May has been know to sing and dance in the hotel lobby. Or you may want to try Room 932. The room with a "Boo". Several friendly ghost like to visit this room.   
Complete Story  

   

Red Caboose Motel in Pennsylvania

The Historic and Family Friendly Red Caboose Motel 
What started as a dare has become a one-of-a-kind Lancaster County motel comprised from 38 fully restored 25-ton cabooses, 2 dining cars and 2 baggage cars. you can sleep in a real caboose in the heart of the Amish community and Lancaster County Strasburg Train Country! The Red Caboose offers a unique and fun lodging experience for families, couples, groups and train history enthusiasts. We also have a fantastic gift shop, restaurant, petting zoo and offer Amish buggy rides; all on site! The Red Caboose Motel is surrounded by Amish Farms, The Strasburg Railroad, The Railroad Museum, and the Choo-Choo Barn. Plus we are 2 miles from Sight & Sound, near Dutch Wonderland, and many more Lancaster County attractions. It all started in 1969 when Don Denlinger was dared to bid on 19 old cabooses being auctioned off by the Pennsylvania Railroad. To his surprise, he won them for $100.  Complete Story  

   

Frank Lloyd Wright Duncan House in the Winter

Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House 
The Duncan House is located near two other homes in Polymath Park that were designed by Berndtson in the Usonian-style for which Frank Lloyd Wright is known. The two homes designed by Berndtson are called the Balter House and the Blum House. It took many months to relocate the Duncan House to Polymath Park and reconstruct it, but it is recognized as a particularly magnificent example of the Usonian designs used by Wright. It can be argued that the Duncan House stands as the culmination of Wright's architectural career. The Duncan House can be toured and is also available for lodging. Tours of the Duncan House are by reservation only.
 Complete Story, Video and Photos

    

Haunted Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Haunted Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg, PA
The house is said to be haunted by no fewer than 14 ghosts. There used to be 16, but a couple of years ago, they conducted a "ghost release" ceremony and advised any spirits who wished to leave instructions on how to pass the veil. Only two took them up on the offer. In particular, the ghost they call "Mary" seems to be the main spirit. She is said to come to those in suffering or discomfort, and attempts to comfort them, often laying down on the bed with the visitor. There is also the ghost of a small boy who was killed by a horse & carriage in front of the house while playing, and the ghost of his distraught father has been seen as well. The sounds of rebel soldiers moving trunks in the attic are often heard, while footsteps and voices are heard with no human source. Complete Story  

   











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