Grand Ridge FL hotels. Reservations for hotels in Grand Ridge Florida USA. Florida national parks, state parks, state forests, national forests, wildlife, sightseeing and/or attractions. Ghosts, hauntings, monsters, folklore, cryptozoology, myths and legends of Florida. Alerts, anecdotes and tips for vacationers and business travellers.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Grand Ridge Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau and the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Legends, Myths, Monsters, Ghosts, Scary Stories and Folklore in Florida
Ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; and the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); and spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night", are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; and spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Sights/Places to See and Attractions in Florida
The romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; Sanibel Island; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Gatorland; Pensacola; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; St Petersburg; and the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum, are among the attractions of Florida.
America is one of the largest, most most varied and most interesting countries in the world. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Lake Tahoe, Skagway, Minneapolis, Seattle, New York, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Honolulu, New Orleans, Kansas City, Detroit, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, Chicago, Sitka, Washington DC, Houston, Miami, Boston, St Louis, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, Anchorage, Savannah, Juneau, Dallas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Atlantic City and Albuquerque. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The Appalachians, the Adirondacks, Mount Rainier National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Mount Rushmore, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Route 66, the Everglades, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, rodeos, Niagara Falls, Yosemite National Park, the Disney resorts, the California coastline, the Florida Keys, the Ozarks, the Grand Canyon and the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.
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