Ghost hunting season is upon us, although now that we think about it...ghost hunting season is all year round.

Ghost Hunting Professionals Visit the Hudson Valley

The famously haunted Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York is ready for paranormal professionals and ghost enthusiasts to check in.

This upcoming weekend the spooky hotel will welcome Chris Smith and Mike Goncalves of Travel Channels Tennessee Wraith Chasers.

Smith and Goncalves are highly regarded in the paranormal world. Their appearance isn't just a meet and greet opportunity, there is most definitely a ghost hunt involved. According to Haunted History Trail of New York State, The Shanley Hotel is welcoming guests on April 26-27 to not only meet The Tennessee Wraith Chasers, but the experience also includes "Q&A session with Mike and Chris, a thrilling ghost hunt through the shadowy corridors of The Shanley Hotel, and an overnight stay where the tales of the past come to life."

To meet Mike and Chris a ticket will run for guests $25 and for a "comprehensive package for two guests: includes the meet & greet, ghost hunt, and overnight stay" it'll cost $429.
You can find out more details about the event on the Haunted History Trail of New York State's website. 

Reported Hauntings at The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, NY

When I book a hotel I look for a pool and sauna, but if your amenities include an encounter with a ghost, it sounds like The Shanley Hotel is the place for you.

So what makes The Shanley Hotel one of the most haunted hotels in New York? They explain on their website that the hotel has been opened since 1845 and there have been so many guests to trek through the hotel that "A few of those guests have never left and still linger in the corridors waiting to greet newcomers and welcome back the returning guests."

Tragedy was around every corner throughout the hotel's early history, one story in particular is truly heartbreaking. The Shanley Hotel's website explains that back in the day a 3-year-old named Rosie lost her balance while looking in a well nearby. Rosie was the daughter of the Barber Peter Greger and they lived onsite at the hotel.

Many guests believe to have seen an apparition of a little girl and have allegedly heard her speaking to  them "from the shadows of the hallway."

Other experiences include fragrant smells of perfume believed to belong to Beatrice Shanley roaming the halls. Whistles, voices, footsteps, and shadow figures have all been caught on camera as evidence during different stays at The Shanley.

You can check out some of the evidence of the hauntings mentioned above on the Shanley Hotel website.

Who are The Tennessee Wraith Chasers?

According to The Travel Channel the Tennessee Wraith Chasers are "a serious team of paranormal investigators that doesn’t take itself too seriously." The paranormal group is made up of Chris Smith and Mike Goncalves who we mentioned above Steven McDougal (Co-Founder), Scott Porter (Historian), and Brannon Smith (Engineer).

You can learn more about their past investigations and where they'll be in the future on their social media accounts. The Tennesee Wraith Chasers have done several live ghost hunts on TV that you can rewatch on Apple TV or Discovery +. Follow them on Instagram to get the latest.

More Haunted Locations Around New York State

What's scarier than a haunted house? Probably trying to relax and get some fishing in, when you realize you're fishing on a haunted body of water. Guess what? We got some of those in New York State too:

15 Of New York State’s Most Haunted Fishing Spots

What makes fishing in Upstate New York during October even more thrilling? Halloween and ghost stories. Consider visiting some of the region's haunted spots, where folklore and history come together to create a truly eerie atmosphere. Where are those spots? Glad you asked:

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Maybe you don't believe in ghosts or places being haunted. If that's the case, take a look inside this Hudson Valley home that has been deemed LEGALLY haunted. Yes, you read that right!

Look Inside Hudson Valley, New York Home That's Legally Haunted

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If you're interested in checking out the most haunted places in New York State we have a list that might interest you as well...if you dare:

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