The Glen Tavern Inn is beautiful. It is a luxurious early Craftsman with an amazing lobby that beckons one back to 1911, the year it was built. I loved the original light fixtures, the dark, gleaming wood, the huge, stone fireplace, the tasteful furniture, and the overall ambiance of the hotel. I felt that I could sit for hours on the sofa and simply soak up the atmosphere, without feeling that anyone would mind that I had taken up residence there.
The hotel has long been rumored to be haunted by Wild West spirits, remnants of the days when the hotel’s third floor operated as a speakeasy and a house of ill-repute during the Prohibition. A crooked card dealer named Calvin, a french filmmaker and a murdered “lady of the night” are but a few of the spirits suspected of residing at the Glen Tavern Inn.
We all experienced paranormal activity: The EMF meters were at solid red in most areas of the hallway on the third floor, and oddly, by the window in the dormer. I am not sure whether this indicates ghostly activity or possible unsafe levels of electrical energy coursing through the hallways and some of the rooms (room 303 for sure).
There were odd taps and knocks that appeared to be answering questions directed at it/them, but then again, the pipes were always ticking for one reason or another, and the Glen Tavern Inn is very old. I did experience an impressive cold spot on the bed in room 303 that Layla also felt; just when Grant was about to measure the temperature, his meter died. Completely.
In the downstairs lobby, we took some pictures that revealed odd images on the digital camera–faces, figures, mists, orbs. Now, I can’t really say what was going on in that mirror, and I don’t claim that we captured ghosts on film . . . but something unexplained was happening. Watch this site for images; we’re still reviewing our material.
I would characterize the Glen Tavern experience as rather odd; even though my paranormal antennae didn’t register much, inexplicable noises, high EMF readings and equipment failure indicate at least the presence of something unknown. The mirror downstairs seems particularly suggestive of paranormal activity, even accounting for the vagaries of flash photography and tricky reflections.
The Inn has a long and storied reputation for hauntings, and the night we were there did not dissapoint in that regard. According to Eric who was working in the tavern the next morning, a couple had phoned the front desk claiming that a young girl had appeared in their room somewhere between 10:30 or 11:00 PM. The staff were unable to locate any missing children, and no one seemed to have lost track of their offspring. In addition to that interesting occurrence, Layla and Grant’s phone rang three times in the dead of night for no apparent reason.
Is the tavern haunted? Judging from what we have experienced there, it may well be; but I think we all agree that we need to return and spend more time in other reputedly haunted rooms. Our first experience there was sufficiently mysterious to merit at least one more visit. Even though it’s always challenging to separate fact from urban legend or hotel lore, I have come to trust my “sixth sense” about a place; and the Glen Tavern Inn is home to more than guests and staff. Just what that might be is the puzzle we are all anxious to solve.