Last year, we organized the monthly Paranormal Pub series at the Mission Theater, co-sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, as a way to help promote our annual UFO Festival (coming up on May 12-15 at Hotel Oregon). Along with UFOs, aliens, abduction experiences and more, the Paranormal Pub series focuses on “other topics and phenomena not currently part of consensus scientific knowledge and belief” – like ghosts!
On Sun., April 24, our Paranormal Pub series is pleased to offer “The Northwest’s Most Haunted Places,” presented by historian and paranormal investigator Rocky Smith. Will he focus on any of our hotels, pubs or breweries? Maybe. You’ll have to come by to find out.
And have you seen a ghost while at work or as a guest? Let us know.
Rumors abound that several of our places are haunted. And who’s to say they are or aren’t? (Are.) We may just be keeping spirits alive through music, artwork and history.
The White Eagle, for example, has long been included on lists of Portland’s most haunted spots, while Edgefield even made it onto a national list of “Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels.” As you may know, we began keeping “ghost logs” so that our guests who have, well, baffling or questionable or unexplainable experiences with the otherworldly can write it down for us.
Here are just a few of the fantastic notes from our the ghost logs – sure, some may say that it’s just the Hammerhead talking, but there really seems to be something to this.
“Sensed a middle aged/elderly woman standing over the bed. Struggled to wake up. No one there.”
“I was doing housekeeping about a month ago and I was standing at the foot of the bed when suddenly I felt ‘something’ firmly grab my ankle and not let go until I jumped away. I looked under the bed and there was nothing. Freaked me out a little.” – As noted by hotel staff
“I felt a quick breeze and the strongest sweet scent came over me. It smelled like flowers, kind of perfume-like. . . . I lay in bed for an hour and saw shadows dancing on the walls, the ceiling and the window. Spirits were flying around the room – it was a great encounter.”
“A woman informed us at check-out that she awoke to someone standing over her. That afternoon housekeeping reentered the room after cleaning it to find pillows tossed about. Then we had [another guest feel a] tap-tap on her chest in the middle of the night.”
“I was taking a shower then all of a sudden I felt a hand grab my butt. I screamed and grabbed my towel to dry off and get my clothes on. Right as I spotted my shirt, it flew up in the air!” — (Hey, not cool! Can the manager please speak to the ghost in question? Thank you.)