Choice Travel Awards Contest in the Best Haunted Hotel Category
Fainting Goat Island Inn, in Nichols, N.Y., has been nominated by USA Today for their 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards Contest, competing for the Best Haunted Hotel in the United States. Readers can vote for their favorite haunted hotel at 10Best.com until Aug. 19, 2019.
Fainting Goat Island Inn is a unique place to stay. The Inn was originally built as a railroad hotel and the current owners have restored it from a private home back to its former glory as a place for travelers to stay overnight.
Fainting Goat Island Inn is not your average Inn. It is a welcoming place, full of charm and interesting characters, including fainting goats, as the name suggests. Other interesting “guests” that have made themselves comfortable at the Inn include two spectral ladies that have been spotted having tea and overheard having a conversation. A child-sized stool has moved on its own, and gumballs jump out of a candy machine on occasion, backing one intuitive guest’s claim that the most active spirit is a young boy.
The guestbook is filled with praise for the Inn and peppered with stories of sightings and noises, with some guests reporting that they heard footsteps on a staircase that no longer exists. Guests who dare ask the owners to tell their chilling story about a doll and a knife that was found in the ceiling. Eerie Voices Paranormal Society claims to have confirmed ghostly activity at recent visit.
Despite the ethereal guests, Fainting Goat Island Inn enjoys a reputation as a wonderful place to stay. Situated along the Susquehanna River, the property has an expansive lawn that is filled with beautiful perennial gardens and quirky lawn decorations.
Animal lovers will enjoy meeting their Pyrenees Mountain Dogs and Porkchop, the potbellied pig; and everyone likes to watch the goats frolic in their pen. The accommodations are comfortable and the décor is distinctive, taking you back in time with period furnishings and delightful touches such as the antique phonographs in each room.