Are you brave? If so, a night at one of Minnesota's most haunted hotels might just be the perfect getaway for you. The hotel in question, the Palmer House, is hosting ghost tours beginning in mid-October.

In case you didn't know, the Palmer House is located in Sauk Centre. I went there about a decade ago, as it had a reputation for being haunted even back then. It is so haunted that it has been the topic of a bunch of paranormal shows, like Hotel Paranormal and Ghost Adventures.

The second you walk in there, it's obvious just how haunted it is. It just has that haunted feel to it! It also made headlines recently, as a doll from the hotel was stolen and never returned to my knowledge.

The doll was a gift and looks like Slappy from Goosebumps. Aside from the fact that he looks scary, the Facebook post regarding the missing doll alluded to the fact that it might be haunted. Yikes.

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You may be safe without the haunted doll but you will encounter a whole bunch of other haunted items at the Palmer House, which you have a chance to visit with a handful of ghost tours.

The tours were just announced on Wednesday (October 12th), with the tours kicking off on Friday (October 14th). There will be a chance for you to attend the historical & paranormal tour every Friday and Saturday, at various times, throughout the end of the month. The dates are as follows:

  • Friday, October 14th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 21st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22nd from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for this tour are $25 bucks and the tour is about two to three hours long. Due to the haunted nature of the hotel, those taking the tour will need to sign a waiver before embarking on the tour.

According to the website, you will not only learn about the history of the hotel but also about the "unregistered residents" that still hang out there. You will also get to go into the basement, which is closed to the public. You should buy your tickets ahead of time as they do sell out.

When I went to the hotel years back, the basement was closed to the public and still is. It is apparently so haunted that no one is allowed down there, aside from tours like this. This was also a prominent part of the Palmer House episode of Ghost Adventures.

If you're wondering just why the hotel is haunted, it burned to the ground in June of 1900. It was the first hotel in the town and after it burned down, a different first-class hotel was built in its place.

The Palmer House is located at 500 Sinclair Lewis Avenue, a few hours from Duluth. As someone who has been there and has been back, I can tell you it is worth the drive for paranormal enthusiasts. Just make sure you aren't banking on a full night sleep because it is downright scary.

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