Head to Virginia Beach this spooky season for haunted attractions, scary sites and more.
As a real-life haunted mansion, the hotel has had its fair share of celebrity “guests.” Muhammad Ali, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frank Sinatra and Al Capone are the marquee names that stayed at the hotel and legend has it Coors Beer founder, Adolph Coors, once stayed there too, but met a tragic end by jumping from a sixth-floor window in 1929. There are many accounts of a disappearing bellman who offers warnings of ghost sightings, the Crystal Ballroom piano playing by itself and even a lost cat meowing and scratching at doors.
If you are interested in searching for buried treasure, First Landing State Park is the ideal spot. This was one of the favorite lookouts of infamous pirate captain Blackbeard and the treasure is rumored to be there. The legend says if you get too close to the treasure along the beach, a headless specter will appear to guard the treasure.
Grace White Sherwood (1660–1740), called the Witch of Pungo, is the last person known to have been convicted of witchcraft in Virginia. Alive during the time of witchcraft hysteria, her neighbors frequently made accusations against her; to prove her innocence, Grace agreed to trial by ducking and was thrown overboard into Lynnhaven River. Onlookers gathered at Ferry Plantation were amazed when she surfaced and her survival reinforced the belief of her being a witch. She was then put in jail. After being released she lived out her life in peace but legend has it, she was buried under a tree on the Plantation and many who live by it report that, on clear nights, you can see the shape of a woman with long wet hair walking the banks of the river.
The Witch of Pungo isn’t the only spirit that haunts Ferry Plantation. Built in 1830, Ferry Plantation House is a three-story brick structure recognized as a City Landmark. The house is open for several events throughout the year, including Halloween. As many as 11 ghosts are believed to haunt the building, including a former resident named Thomas Williamson who worked as a painter; a slave named Henry; and a woman named Sally Rebecca Walke who still mourns the loss of her love.
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The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Disney Parks around the world shut down for months due to the global pandemic. Since then, most parks reopened, but with restrictions like limited capacity, no Fast Passes and more. Guests hoped they would bring back the beloved Fast Pass, allowing guests to skip long lines and head straight to the ride.
The St. Regis Punta Mita encourages guests to take a break from devices with the Disconnect to Reconnect experience. The offer promotes a digital detox, focusing instead on physical and mental wellness.
Before Disney Parks around the world shut down due to the global pandemic, guests were allowed to purchase and enter the parks with an Annual Pass. This ticket let visitors enter the parks multiple times a year, get discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Since reopening, Disney dropped the Annual Pass due to lower capacity and the reservation system. Recently, Disneyland Resort announced a new pass system for frequent visitors: the Magic Key Holder. There are a couple different levels for the passes, so make sure you do your research before purchasing.
Eastern State Penitentiary announced Halloween Nights, a new iteration of its Halloween celebration for 2021. From the creators of its Terror Behind the Walls, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary transforms abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into newly designed immersive environments, featuring large-scale video projections and other special effects. Sections of the complex will be open to the public for the first time ever.