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When you’re sleeping in a converted jail, who wouldn’t expect to encounter some kind of supernatural presence? The Jailhouse Inn occupies the same Federal-style building that once housed …

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When you’re sleeping in a converted jail, who wouldn’t expect to encounter some kind of supernatural presence? The Jailhouse Inn occupies the same Federal-style building that once housed the Newport County Jail. Now, it’s a chic b&b that balances old New England charm with modern amenities. Except for that little problem on the third floor... ghost stories abound in the Jailhouse, especially on the third floor, where guests have repeatedly reported a presence. Spooked out yet? Just tell your roommate that you’re awake because you drank too much coffee.

Say it with me: “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother 40 whacks...” now, the Fall River house where the notorious murders took place is the Lizzie Borden House Bed and Breakfast, where every stay comes with a side of intrigue. All of the rooms in the house are named after family members or key players in the murder investigation, which acquitted Lizzie herself in 1893, though the real killer was never found... or was she? if you’re curious but would rather not sleep with one eye open, daily tours of the house are available.

The Inn Bliss and the Architects Inn in Newport are sister hotels that share a supernatural dialogue. The Inn Bliss is a converted Victorian where the original owner of the house is reported to make herself known to new guests and show them around the property. Architects Inn, though, wants to make the rumors real. They host frequent Murder Mystery Weekends with the Marley Bridges Acting Company: guests book a weekend filled with intrigue and scandal, receive character dossiers in advance, and then dress in period costume for a fully catered weekend of crime solving.