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I’m Scared Of Ghosts – Grove Park Inn

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So, as I mentioned we stayed at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville for Torrance’s work conference this last weekend.

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Way cool hotel for sure. It is up in the mountains on some crazy windy ass roads. All I really knew about it was it was an old hotel that they had preserved the “old” area and then built on a new area. And it is in the mountains and has a really popular spa (seriously, expensive and books months in advance).

And yes, it is a little creepy-ish. The whole weekend basically included nonestop “The Shining” jokes and references.

And actually, at the very end of our 2-hour-long car ride there, Torrance starts talking about the Pink Lady Ghost. Great. As many of you know (and especially Torrance – he knows, that ass) I am a huge wuss and dont like anything scary, creepy, haunted, etc.

Well apparently there is a little “haunted” aspect to this hotel, back in the 20’s they say a woman in a pink dress fell a few floors to her death inside the hotel. They had some “ghost hunter” people come out after a bunch of guests and employees throughout the years said they felt/saw/experienced creepy stuff going on. And they did a bunch of tests (or whatever it is they do) and found that most of the “paranormal activity” is in/around a specific room in the old part of the hotel – which is said to be the room she stayed in, and also the 3rd floor where she died. 

For me, this was like Torrance telling me while I’m standing in line for a rollercoaster that that rollercoaster was having mechanical problems and broke down the day before.

So I was all creeped out, and not in a good way. I was like “great, if we are even around that room or on the 3rd floor I will be all weirded out the whole time.” And was basically just hoping we would be far away or in the “new” part of the hotel, far away from all that nonsense.

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Anyway, upon checking in they give us our room keys and number and tell us where to go to get there. And when we get on the elevator it is an OLD SCHOOL elevator. So i assumed this meant we were in the “old” part of the hotel (which turns out we were). Like it has to have an elevator operator and it is kinda weird and open on the sides and just really old. It fit about 5 people – me and Torr, his dad and his dad’s wife, and the elevator operator – and it was crammed.

So we get off on our floor, and Torr’s dad continues on up to their floor and we decided to put our stuff away and meet them back down in the lobby in 10 minutes.

So when we got back in the lobby his dads wife tells me, “right when you guys got off the elevator operator told us you were right under the haunted room – which is room 545.”

Lucky me.

So that meant we were sandwiched between the creepy room and the creepy floor (3rd floor).

And it is a really old hotel so it creaked and made all these crazy noises all night. Yeah, I didnt get any sleep basically. And Torrance made fun of me.

After staying up until 2am Friday night drinking, Torrance insisted we go check out the creepy room and confirm it was of course, right above us. The above picture is him standing in the doorway trying to “feel the ghost.”

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The room was pretty cool too, very old feeling to it (which added to the creepiness for me, naturally).

But, overall the hotel was super awesome and we want to go back sometime on our own so we have more time to explore and do stuff. The lobby is amazing, it has GIANT stone fireplaces and tons of sitting areas. So cozy, reminded me of a lodge for sure. And they have a ton of cute shops and “lookout” areas with amazing views all throughout the hotel. (Unfortunately I failed as a photographer and didnt get any cool lobby pics).

Grovepark2 Also I suck again because I didnt take any pics of us dressed up for the formal dinner on Saturday night.

As a side note, can I just say that their breakfast buffet was amazing? It was two giant rooms and had everything you could ever want plus a super fresh- ingredient omelet bar. I opted for eggs and fruit since I was being healthy and all.

Okay, but back to dinner – his company always puts on a nice dinner with entertainment for the awards show – and this year they combined a few groups, so rather than about 75 employees it was about 300 employees (and all the guests). So the awards took way longer than usual and they didnt feed us until AFTER which was like 9:00 so I was hangry the whole time.

After all that nonsense though, they hired some magicians/illusionists for the entertainment and it was actually pretty cool. Torr doesnt like that kind of stuff but it definitely kept me entertained.

So yes – I ate lots of good food, saw some cool stuff, and was jumpy about ghosts all weekend – but it was definitely fun!

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  • Do you believe in ghosts/hauntings/paranormal stuff?
  • Are you one of those weird people that likes creepy stuff/places/scary movies?
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  1. ah! It does look so creepy!!! I am such a realist I have a really hard time believing. If it cannot be explained in hard proof I am a huge skeptic. My mother on the other hand LIVES for ghosting/haunting/paranormal. She would go in a heartbeat. She LOVES it. Then again, skeptic me, doesn’t want to find the proof and just wont go. Better be safe than sorry!!

    January 15, 2014
    • Haha that is so funny. I just fear it too much! Torrance is the same as you though – a skeptic who needs proof. That is why he doesnt like the magician/illusionist too is such a logic person he has to try and find out how it works!

      January 15, 2014
      • I totally get that! I can’t just sit back and “enjoy”. I feel the same way about psychics or clairvoyants. Some people leave and they immediately believe, I think they are told something and then they search for it

        January 15, 2014
  2. I love scary stuff like that-we’ve stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, of Shining fame. That would have been cool!

    January 15, 2014
    • Ahhh that is crazy you stayed there! How cool, though I would have of course been stressed out the whole time haha!

      January 15, 2014
  3. I love ghost stories! There’s an big old hotel in Banff not too far from me (it’s called the Banff Springs Hotel) that’s supposedly haunted. It’s old, big, and beautiful (very The Shinging-esque). I’ve gone for dinner there with my parents when they were staying there. I talked to one of the staff and he said the ghosts are of a woman who died in a fire on her wedding day and of a bellhop who died in the 70′s, but still helps people with their bags.

    January 15, 2014
  4. I have been dying to go to Asheville for a while now.. and this just makes me want to go even more. It seems like such a cool city! I go on ghost tours whenever I can find one.. and I’ve gotten my boyfriend hooked on them now too. I go back and forth.. I love hearing ghost stories and stories about people going to psychics, but I’ve never experienced anything myself, so I don’t know.

    January 15, 2014
    • That’s kinda how I am. When I was like 14 I had a crazy Ouija board experience that scarred me for life. Wether it was really or coincidence, I dunno – but I was already such a wuss that that little incident made it even worse!

      January 15, 2014
  5. I’ve been dying to read this. I’m sad you didn’t see an actual ghost!! I would love to stay in a hotel like that…just not in the scary room. I LOVE GHOST STORIES!

    January 17, 2014

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