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Sleeping With Ghosts in California

California. – Its long and rich history from Native Americans. to Spanish explorers, to the California Gold Rush. and the scandals of Hollywood. the Golden State has can’t help but to be haunted. Here, you will find dozens of hotels, inns, B&B’s and even some campgrounds where you can sleep with a ghost!

To see a spirit of California’s Gold Rush days, try the Sierra Nevada House in Coloma or the Groveland Hotel ; or if you’re looking for a celebrity ghost, spend a night at the Chateau Marmont or Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. On the other hand, if you’re looking for sheer numbers, try the Queen Mary in Long Beach, reportedly one of the most haunted hotels in the nation.

Benicia

Union Hotel In the heart of historic Benicia, the gracious 1882 Union Hotel is reminiscent of California’s colorful past. During the late 1800s, a young woman allegedly hanged herself in one of the rooms of this historic hotel. Today, this unfortunate soul reportedly continues to be seen in a window that faces the street and others heard her talking or crying. Union Hotel. 401 First Street, PO Box 874. Benicia, California . Continue reading

Ghosts of wartime spies haunt Welsh hotels

The decorous world of Welsh hotels has acquired a new mystique with the revelation that MI5 chose them, against countrywide competition, as a bolthole for its most valuable wartime spies.

Secret double agents, whose deception of the Nazis was so effective that several were decorated by the Abwehr secret service, were scheduled to join hikers and retired couples at such nooks as the Swallow Falls hotel in Betws-y-coed if a German invasion force landed on the Channel coast.

Masterminded by MI5’s “Twenty committee”, named because the Roman numerals for 20 form a double-cross, the plan directed agents to the Snowdonia spa, and similarly quiet hotels, in Llandudno and Llanrwst. The operation was codenamed hegira after the Arabic term for the prophet Muhammad’s enforced departure in 622 from Mecca.

“Seven agents were scheduled to check in to these unlikely hiding places,” said Phil Chamberlain, whose study of newly released papers on the episode will be published in next month’s History Today magazine. “They were codenamed Gelatine, Dragonfly, Tate, GW, Mutt, Stork and Snow. For Snow, who was the first important German agent to be turned, it would have been a homecoming – his real name was Arthur Continue reading

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