Minnesota’s Haunted St. James Hotel
It’s not often that a hotel embraces its haunted past. Many hotels will rebuke the lore of ghost sightings and paranormal activity. Red Wing, Minnesota’s St. James Hotel embraces it. Ask for the haunted rooms and they’ll direct you to the 3rd floor. Room 310 is Clara’s room, the ghost of Clara Lillyblad who owned the hotel from 1932 to 1972.
The hotel was erected in 1875 during Red Wing’s wheat-trading boom and was one of the most modern hotels of its time. Sitting blocks from the steamboat docks and train depot, the hotel was a hub for business owners and travelers alike. Several of those guests appear to have stuck around a bit.
Haunted Hotel Rooms & Floors
- 3rd floor is where most of the hotel’s ghost sightings have taken place.
- Room 310 is Clara’s room.
- The basement is said to be haunted and some have reported seeing faces staring back at guests.
- All floors may be haunted by the ghost of a worker who fell to his death during the building of the hotel. He also has been seen on the grand staircase of the Saint James in his overalls.
- All floors have seen an spirit that slams doors, cold spots, whispering voices, and the cries of children at many times during the hotel’s history
Suggestion for Your Haunted Stay
When reserving a room, ask for the haunted rooms. The hotel will make accommodations to try and make your stay as spooky as possible.