From a bar where Al Capone used to hide out to a luxury hotel, Wisconsin has it own share of haunted spots. The locations below are all open to the public so you can have a meal or spend the night close to the ghosts.
Once a former Al Capone hideout and brothel, several people—a mix of employees and patrons alike—have reported seeing a little girl in the women’s room and various ghosts in the basement, too.
This 1920s-era bar, within a 150-year-old building, is so stoked about the haunted history that it invites people to book the room above for an overnight stay, in a room reportedly haunted by a woman. It can comfortably accommodate two people. Not ready to go quite that deep? You can also sign up for an hour-long haunted tour. To learn more, visit a dedicated website for the bar’s haunted history, including employees’ confessional tales about ghost sightings. For those going on the tour, there are two seasonal beers to sip on—Shakers Ghost Ale and Shadow People Lager—plus discounts on “Death in the Absinthe” cocktails. The bar also serves Cajun/Creole food.
In 2005 then-owner Carol Hirschi began reporting ghost sightings inside the mansion, including a 14-year-old sex worker, two sets of former owners, and members of the Brumder.
The Victorian B&B is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has six suites available to stay in, each decked out with historic furnishings.
Guests have reported strange sounds (such as knocking on the door or pounding on the headboard) in the middle of the night and also observed lights and electronic devices flip on and off—all thought to be the work of ghosts.
Naturally, to truly experience the ghosts you’re going to want to stay overnight, but if you lack the time or budget, consider dropping in for dinner, a spa treatment or a drink. Expect gorgeous Victorian décor (including one of the world’s largest collections of Victorian art) as this luxury hotel dates back to 1893.
Staff over the years has been convinced the hotel is haunted, due to unexplained movement of furniture, creaking ceilings, and breaking of glass bottles. A local FOX station checked it out with a ghost-hunting team. The verdict: it’s definitely haunted, with proof on camera.
On the outside, this 65-room Best Western hotel along the south shore of Lake Superior in far Northern Wisconsin doesn’t seem different than any other Best Western hotel. But that’s where the plot thickens. In rooms 312 and 314 have been the highest incidents of paranormal activity. A tall man wearing a top hat is also continually seen strolling the halls.
Also on site: Molly Cooper's Restaurant & Bar, and a whirlpool. All rates include a free continental breakfast. Biking and kayaking during the warmer months are right out the back door.