Finger Lakes Hotel Named #1 Best Haunted Hotel by “USA TODAY”

Fainting Goat Island Inn on The Haunted History Trail of New York State. Photo Credit: @AmityPhotos.

The Fainting Goat Island Inn in Nichols, New York, part of the Haunted History Trail of New York State, has been named USA TODAY 10Best’s #1 Best Haunted Hotel, leveling up from its second-place win in 2019. Selected by travel experts, the contest pulls together the top 20 nominees in its category nationwide, then polls readers to determine the best of the best each year.

The Fainting Goat Island Inn is known for frequent supernatural occurrences, ranging from sightings of moving objects and eyes looking back from mirrors to sheets pulled off the bed in the middle of the night and the sound of voices. The Inn has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Paranormal Hotel and the livestream paranormal investigation series Scared and Alone. Guests can stay overnight in the haunted Inn or embark on ghost hunts and haunted tours when available.

“Our Trail encourages thrill-seekers and curious visitors to embark on paranormal journeys throughout New York State, and we’re thrilled to have one of our stops voted as a top destination in the nation,” says Kelly Rapone, administrator of the Haunted History Trail. “The Fainting Goat possesses the charm and comfort you’d expect of an Inn, with an intriguing history that pulls guests further into its mystique. We can’t wait for visitors to experience all that the Inn has to offer!”

The Haunted History Trail is home to more than 80 authentically haunted locations across New York State. Experiences include historical tours, opportunities to “dine with the spirits,” psychic and medium readings, ghost hunts, overnight stays and more. The Trail is also home to the largest collection of haunted and Halloween events statewide, with nearly 500 events that range from guided ghost walks and themed Halloween parks to historical haunted tours and paranormal investigations.

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About the Haunted History Trail of New York State

The Haunted History Trail of New York State is the only state-wide ghost tourism initiative in the United States. It was created in 2013 by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with tourism promotion agencies across the state.

The Haunted History Trail of New York State features over 80 haunted locations found within almost every region of New York State. Guided ghost tours, paranormal investigations, haunted dining and overnights are available on the trail, with many of the attractions tying back to New York’s local history. For more information, visit:

“This project is supported through the Tourism Matching Funds program, administered by Empire State Development and I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism.”

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