Sep 172013
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I get this email from my husband, Chris, about a week ago with “Pub Tour 2012: The Naughty Pilgrims” as the subject line.  First of all I’m thinking to myself “isn’t is 2013?” – but since I am always confused, I double checked the calendar just to be sure.  Sure enough we are in the year 2013 (you know, in case you’re sitting there scratching your head just like I was).

Anyways here is what was in the email:

Pub Tour 2012
The Naughty Pilgrims
Meet Jenney Grist Mill 6 Spring Lane Plymouth
Cost $20

Hear amazing tales of early colonists and their misdeeds. Stop at some unique pubs to learn about the legends they hold. Discover why the John Carver Inn is believed to be haunted. Learn about witchcraft and superstitions in the 17th century.

Pretty cool, right?  If you have been around here long, you know that I love, LOVE haunted ghost tours and have dragged my poor, unsuspecting husband along on dozens of them.  We’ve been on haunted tours in Plymouth, MA (think pilgrims), Boston (actually I went on that one before I met Chris), Salem, MA (think witch trials), Barnstable, MA (Cape Cod) and tours in Providence & Newport, RI a few times each.  The Naughty Pilgrims Pub Tour was being run by Colonial Lantern Tours in Plymouth and since we’ve been on their haunted lantern tour about a dozen times and LOVED it, we thought this one might be kind of fun.  So, I emailed Chris back and told him to reserve our spots because well, who wouldn’t want to hear all about some pilgrim shenanigans.

He replies back with: “Hey, let’s make a night of it and book a room at The John Carver Inn“.  I quickly reminded him that the Inn is haunted and I also reminded him that he is even more of a chicken shit than I am when it comes to these sorts of things.  But he was pretty insistent, and who am I to argue with a night away without the kids?

So Last Wednesday was the day.  We dropped the kids off early, so we ended up arriving at the Inn nice and early.  We checked in and went up to our room.  Normally when Chris and I stay in a hotel and walk into our room and see this, we get all giddy.  Two separate beds are a huge treat, but not on this night.


They put us in room 311.   Guess what the most haunted room in the hotel is?  309.  So, we’re up on the 3rd floor of the hotel, all of which is supposed to be haunted, but we end up right next to the room with the most activity.  I knew I wasn’t going to get any sleep that night and I told Chris right off the bat that we were indeed sleeping in one bed that night.  He wasn’t happy, but it’s not like he gets a say anyways.

We decided that before we walked across the street for our tour, we’d snap some pictures to try to see if we could catch a ghost in action.





We left our stuff up in the room and went off across the street to meet up for the tour at the Jenny Grist Mill in Plymouth (pictures coming tomorrow). The tour ended up being pretty fun. Chris and I were the only ones signed up that day, so we got a private tour. We walked around to a few pubs in town while the tour guide told us about all the  naughty things the early settlers did. They were frisky back then, let me tell ya.

In an effort to delay our torture, after the Naughty Pilgrims Pub Tour (from 2012), we stopped at a bar along the way and played trivia.  We suck and came in dead last, but we had fun doing it.

By around 10 pm, we had to get back to the hotel so that we could get some sleep.  It was a work night after all.  But before we went to our room, we took a picture of the infamous room 309, which oddly enough was vacant that night.  There were people staying in room 307 on the other side, and of course we were in 311, but they didn’t put anyone in the haunted room that night.


As soon as we got inside the room, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.  I’m sure it’s just because I scared myself into thinking that monsters were going to get us in the middle of the night. Stories of other people’s experiences in the hotel include things floating, lights turning on & off spontaneously, the tv turning itself on & off in the middle of the night and slight “breezes” inside the rooms.  I informed Chris that we would be sleeping with the lights on and he actually thought he got a say….how cute.

Stupidly, I got this ghost meter app on my iPhone and even more stupidly, I thought it would be fun to use it inside the room. I had goosebumps, I swore I felt someone breathing on the back of my neck and my app was going nuts.   I kid you not, we weren’t back in the room for ten minutes when I told Chris that I had to get the hell out of there.

Mind you, I was actually part of a paranormal investigation team at one point and I’ve actually been in real haunted houses and this place scared me more than any of the actual haunted houses that I’ve been inside.

We went to the front desk and asked to change rooms.  We told them that we had just been on the ghost tour and they told us that the third floor was haunted & that we weren’t comfortable staying up there.  They laughed at us, but gave us a room on the second floor.  I still didn’t get any sleep and I swear I heard at least six or seven random knocks and noises from inside our room.

But we survived. And I swear to god that I’ll never stay at The John Carver Inn ever again.

And as a special treat, Chris is sharing his thoughts on our night that night:

I thought I was  going to be the chicken that night, but it turns out I was the brave one.  In Masshole Mommy’s defense, I did have a few drinks (and by a few I mean between 8-10) otherwise known as Liquid Courage.  It works for picking up women and dealing with ghosts.  Needless to say I slept good, but there was a few times that I almost jumped out of my skin. Once was when an old lady came out of her room door just as we were taking our picture in the mirror hall way.  Also I did get a little freaked out as we walked by some of the back alleys that we took on a ghost tour. You know from previous posts when myself and Masshole Mommy go on vacation, we like to get a room with two beds so that we each get our own bed.  Not this time. Masshole Mommy vetoed that idea.  The good aspect of the evening was that Masshole Mommy was extra snugly that evening.

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  40 Responses to “Our Night in a Haunted Hotel”

  1. How fun! I would love to do one of these tours! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yup, I so would have been the chicken shit that night and one bed would have so been in order. God bless you for even entertaining the idea, because pretty sure you would not have found me sleeping there that night or any other night!

  3. Okay, this is definitely not my kind of hotel. Haunted stuff freak me out!

  4. I want to stay there…. but my Hubs is the chicken and would change hotels at the move of a curtain.

  5. Is our next ghost adventure spending the night at the Lizze Borden House?

  6. Wow! Great post, you had me on the edge of my seat. You are braver than I am! Not sure I could have stayed in that hotel at all, let alone the 3rd floor! Yikes. I love that your ghost app was going crazy…..Yes! a Lizzie Borden house would make a great post too….:)

    • I am actually staying at the John Carver Inn right now and I am a LITTLE freaked out at the thought of this, because I am on the 3rd floor as well. Although I am in room 341, i am still sightly scared knowing I’m on the same floor.

  7. I had no idea that place was haunted. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. Yeah I would stay in the room. After blessing it with sage and spraying holy water everywhere lol..

  9. Brian and I stayed in a haunted hotel in Phoenix once. Scariest shit ever because we seriously saw and heard things that were out of the ordinary. It wasn’t until after we mentioned something to the front desk about the noises {classroom bells and kids running in the hallway} when they told us that the hotel used to be an old school room and there had been several tragedies – a teacher jumped out the window and killed herself.} It was insane. I told Brian he wasn’t allowed to pick the hotels anymore after that.

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  10. Pretty sure i’d not stay in a haunted hotel EVER!!!! We did a tour of the Mansfield Reformatory (where Shawshank was filmed),and I had to leave, it just felt creepy. My sister-in-law left with me, she thought it felt creepy too. They do overnight stays there now, no WAY I’d spend the night in that place.

  11. Totally cracking up. I love watching all the paranormal shows….but I never want to experience a paranormal experience myself!

  12. The picture of the hallway creeps me out, it just keeps going and going. I don’t know if I could have made it as long as you did. Once the hair on my neck stands up, my inner sissy takes over. I’d be thinking of the movie 1408 the whole time!

  13. That sounds like fun! I would love to do a haunted hotel stay some day. Maybe when the kids move out. They are big babies and won’t even go in a haunted house. Even the ones where it’s just spooky set up, nothing jumping out at you.

  14. Nope, Nuh-uh! You are both very brave — I would need an extra dose of that liquid courage to even think about spending the night there!

  15. Seriously? I’d need to be comatose for you to get me into that building. 8-10 doesn’t seem to qualify for the comatose level at all.

  16. Whoa! My son-in-law would absolutely love this post. I thought is was fun too. You are so fun and I am soooooo glad I found your blog!

  17. Yikes! You know what Robin, I am reading this at 3 am, and I am alone in the living room, the tv is on but I am not that brave person. So what I do, I scroll down directly right to the comment form because I am too scared to see whether you have ghosty pic there ha ha..will come back to check during the day 😛

  18. That sounds like a whole lot of fun!

  19. I know people who have worked there. It’s haunted as all get out. “Enough said. I think I’ll just stick to the pirate ship pool. 🙂

  20. There is absolutely no way I would have stayed there. I don’t do that stuff. I would have totally checked out of the hotel not just moved floors. No way! I think Chris’ s recap is cute!

  21. What a freaky experience!

  22. That looks like so much fun! I’ve never done anything like that before!

  23. I’ve always wanted to stay at a haunted inn! I bet you really did have something going on – the hairs on your neck standing up don’t happen for no reason! The ghost meter app could be accurate or not, but I think that the physical feeling can’t be discounted. I would have asked to move rooms too!

  24. Nope this chicken shit wouldn’t go, no way jose! I can’t do anything that is haunted, I get too freaked. But if you’re into that stuff cool. My husband would be all over it.

  25. I’d stay there, although I’m not sure if my chicken husband would though! LOL

  26. Lord I don’t think I so could be there.

    hehe I love the few drinks 8-10 .. lol

  27. I went on a ghost tour in New Orleans, it was cool. I’m not one of those who really believes it, but I don’t NOT believe it either. I wouldn’t go near that hotel, let alone sleep there LOL

  28. Those kinds of things interest me. I’ve never been on an actual guided ghost tour but would love to someday.

  29. You guys were brave! I enjoyed reading this post, thank!

  30. What a fun excursion! I would love to do that tour sometime!

  31. I honestly don’t believe in ghosts, but this sounds pretty exciting! I’d love to stay at a “haunted” hotel. 🙂

  32. You are way braver than I. I won’t even watch scary movies and I hate halloween.

  33. This sounds like a good time. I’m sure I would have been completely freaked out, my husband would love it. Might be a fun night away, thanks for the idea.


  34. Sounds like you guys had a nice time! I would have been freaked out too, so I feel for you!

  35. EEEEKKKKK I want to stay there and ask for 309! Seriously I might just do it >.< we are over due for a ghost tour by the way 😉

  36. I’ve tried alcohol as a solution to a lot of things but as liquid courage is a new one for me! I’ll have to try that next time I’m scared!

  37. We just stayed there last week on second floor. Had an eerie feeling and goosebumps at times.

  38. So we happened to stay there last night. A guy in the elevator informed me that the 3rd floor was haunted so I had to google it and found this. I looked at the pic and said hey that looks like the boat pic in our room. Well guess what room we were in?? Yep, 311!! We too heard random knocks, and some creepy cat meow sound. The other 3 girls I was with were screaming their heads off while I just laughed. They didn’t sleep much but ghosts don’t bother me. Thanks for the story. I totally am going back and requesting room 309, and bringing a ghost meter reader thing. 🙂