Perhaps the most popular advocate of its supposed paranormal activity is novelist Stephen King, who spent a night at the hotel in 1974 and left with the entire plot line for his thriller, “The Shining.”
According to a guide who took me on a tour of the hotel, King claims he was “haunted” by a possessed fire hose during his stay. The tour guide also shared accounts of doors slamming, beds shaking, lights flickering, and the voices of children floating through the hallways.
Stepping inside the hotel felt like traveling back in time. Patterned carpet fills the reception area, dark oak paneling covers the walls, and a grand staircase leads guests upstairs.
I wasn’t the only one eager to begin my stay. As the 4 p.m. check-in time approached, a line stretched the entire length of the first floor.
Instead of waiting in line, I toured the hotel’s property. Outside, I navigated through the hotel’s hedge maze, which was built in 2015. A maze is a key element in “The Shining,” and after years of guests inquiring about it, the hotel finally added one.
The property is comprised of four main buildings, including a concert hall built by Freelan Oscar Stanley for his wife. Today, it’s one of the hotel’s most “haunted” buildings, the tour guide said.
Back inside the main building, there’s a classic grand ballroom, named the McGregor Ballroom.
Of course, I wasn’t paying $359 a night for a lavish room — I was on the lookout for a potential ghost sighting. So as the sun set and only hotel guests remained, I explored the empty hotel.