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The Carolina Inn Offers A Spooktacular Halloween Package

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (October 2014) – The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel voted one of America’s Top 10 Haunted Hotels by, invites guests to enjoy the spirit of its longtime resident ghost, Dr. William Jacocks.

A Spooktacular Halloween Package starts at $260 per night and features overnight accommodations for two, three-course dinner, Amenity Treat and Spooky Turndown Service.

The Carolina Inn is an extravagantly detailed historic hotel with a few more guests than the register displays through the years. It is said to be haunted by as many as 20 ghosts, most notably that of 17-year past resident Dr. William Jacocks, a physician with the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Built in 1924 by university trustee John Sprunt Hill, along with alumnus and local businessmen, The Carolina Inn was constructed to be a first-rate establishment accommodating visitors and graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill. The design combined classic elegance with Georgian style that was meant to mirror the facade of George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon.

In 1948, The Carolina Inn’s most memorable guest arrived – Dr. Jacocks – memorable because after more than 60 years, the good doctor still takes up residence at The Carolina Inn, even though his soul passed on almost a half century ago in 1965. Other past guests of the Inn are said to continue their stay at the establishment as well, supported by a multitude of evidence theorizing extensive paranormal activity within the property.

After retirement, Dr. Jacocks made the historic hotel his permanent home. He stayed in what is now room 256 for a total of 17 years before his passing. Jacocks is said to have been a kind, gentle man with a great sense of humor. It seems he brought his wits to the other side as he enjoyed locking guests out of rooms.

Guests that have stayed in his old room have claimed such oddities as the bath mat being rumpled, as if someone had gotten out of the shower recently, and the curtains being pulled wide open after having been closed the night before. The distinct aroma of flowers has been said to arise in the room, especially in the morning. A strange, loud “whizzing” sound was heard, not coming from anywhere near a ventilation shaft. Another guest reported his feet suddenly becoming enigmatically icy.

Guests, as well as the staff, have witnessed a finely attired, portly man walking the halls. He is said to be wearing a knit hat with a long blue coat over a black suit. He wanders the halls apparently seeking an unlocked door. He tries the knobs, rattles them to see if they are locked, then moves onto the next door. When guests from within the rooms open the door, he often gets scared and runs away.

In 1990, The Carolina Inn was renovated and Dr. Jacocks’ room 256 (formerly 252) became what is now portions of four separate rooms. Electronic doors were put in place to eliminate the mysterious locking of the room, a ghostly prank that went so far as to require a maintenance worker to use a ladder to break into the room. The electronic door locks didn’t help. Jacocks still manages to jam the locks now and again.

While most are thoroughly convinced that Carolina Inn is indeed haunted, none seem to feel any type of threat among the presence. A benevolent man in life, the good doctor is just as harmless now as he was then and rather seems to enjoy playing with the guests in his Carolina Inn room 256.

About The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel

Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel, features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2014 Four Diamond ratings, marking the 17th consecutive hotel honor and 12th straight restaurant recognition.  This is also the 14th straight year that Carolina Crossroads has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide. Follow us on Twitter: @CarolinaInn, Instagram: @TheCarolinaInn, Pinterest: #TheCarolinaInn, and Google+: TheCarolinaInn. Like us on Facebook: CarolinaInn.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 125 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.


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