Archive for October, 2009

Murder Mystery Weekends

October 30th, 2009 by Mariah

Murder Mystery Weekend Getaways….

Murder most foul, but so darn fun….be sure not to fall asleep another night reading a worn out copy of Agatha Christie. How About a spine-tingling evening of murder & mayhem? If you’re a connoisseur of murder mysteries, then a murder mystery weekend at a charming bed and breakfast should satisfy your taste for intrigue.

There is nothing like a good old fashion murder and spending the night in a haunted mansion to bring romance back into your life. From Sherlock Holmes to Murder on the Orient Express, costumed sleuths will have the opportunity to solve even the most baffling of cases.

Here is a list of our favorite Inns that host Murder Weekend Getaways!

Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Saugatuck, MI.

The Harry Packer Mansion

Jim Thorpe, PA.

Brookview Manor B&B

Canadensis, PA.

The Stone Lion Inn

Guthrie, OK.

Huntington Hall Bed and Breakfast

Murphy, NC.

Happy Haunts from your Online Travel Guide

Books and Breakfast

October 26th, 2009 by Mariah

When you need a truly relaxing vacation, bed and breakfasts can provide exactly what you’re looking for. And for many people, their definition of relaxing includes plenty of time to read books! These bed and breakfasts with literary themes are at the top of our list of places to stay.

1. Readmore, Bed Breakfast and Books

Bellows Falls, VT.

The innkeepers collect and sell books, specializing in gardening books, cookbooks, biographies and technology books. Each guest room has books for sale according to theme. A gargoyle on the inn’s roof is reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

2. Alexander House Booklovers’ B&B

Princess Anne, Maryland

Each room at this Queen Anne Victorian offers a realistic interpretation of a famous author’s room in his or her time: Langston Hughes, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain and Jane Austen. There are no phones, televisions or computers, so guest will have plenty of quite time to enjoy a good book. There is a Booklovers’ Gift Shop on site.

3. Cushing Manor Inn

South Bend, Indiana

This literary inn is the only 4 Diamond Bed and Breakfast in Illinois and Indiana! Formerly known as The Book Inn, it features a shop of used books and a tea room perfect for reading. Originally built in 1872, the building is listed as an outstanding example of Second Empire architecture by the Indiana Historic Site Preservation Committee.

4. Prairie House Manor

De Smet, South Dakota

Located in the hometown of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, this building was originally the home of Banker Ruth from the Little House book The Long Winter. The local area has many Ingalls Wilder-themed attractions, including the Ingalls Homestead and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society.

5. White Whale Revisited

Barnegat Light, New Jersey

“A place where both books and people are enjoyed.” The B&B caters to booklovers with a full library, a shady back yard and hammocks. It’s located on the northern tip of New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, and one of the innkeepers is a writer!

Halloween Weekend Getaways

October 8th, 2009 by Mariah

With Halloween falling on a Saturday, this is a great time of year for a quick getaway to some of the scariest haunted houses around! All of the following areas offer top of the line Bed and Breakfasts and Boutique Hotels to make your Halloween getaway as relaxing (and creepy) as possible.

Many of the Inns are even known to have a few ghosts flying around when the moon is full.

1) Louisiana

With an average temperature of 68 degrees in October, A Halloween weekend getaway would be a perfect time to check out Louisiana’s beautiful historical Inns, and have a few SCREAMS along the way. Haunted New Orleans is by far considered by locals, visitors and paranormal investigators world wide as No. # 1 Haunted City in all the United States. Aside from haunted houses, New Orleans also features world famous Ghost Tours departing every evening.

Top Haunted Houses in Louisiana:

The House of Shock Horror Show, New Orleans

The Haunted Mortuary, New Orleans

13th Gate Haunted House, Baton Rouge

2) Texas

Texas boasts a warm 70-75 degree average in October, and lots of hauntings to peak any ghost hunter’s interest. Longhorn Cavern State Park, located in the Texas Hill Country, is now offering “Paranormal Tours” through the creepy caverns, and ghost tours are also available in larger cities such as Austin and Houston. Who knows, maybe you will run into the ghost of John Wayne!

Top Haunted Houses in Texas:

House of Torment, Austin

ScreamWorld, Houston

Nightmare on the Bayou, Houston

TERRORPLEX Haunted Scream Park, Mansfield

Thrillvania, Terrell

3) New York

In addition to the gorgeous foliage that can be seen all autumn long, New York has some of the wackiest Halloween attractions around. Jekyll and Hyde’s, located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, is the city’s only haunted restaurant and bar. Haunted hayrides and corn mazes make New York a more family friendly way to enjoy Halloween. However it also has its share of fright fests.

Top Haunted Houses in New York:

Bayville Screampark, Long Island

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses, Ulster Park (Hudson Valley Area)

Trapped In Purgatory, Staten Island

Blood Manor, NYC

Other famous haunted areas include:

Charleston, South Carolina

Savannah, Georgia

Key West, Florida

Salem, Massachusetts

Miami, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

San Francisco, California

Here at we want to wish everyone a safe and spooky Halloween. Happy Haunts!