St. George Island FL hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in St. George Island Florida USA. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of Florida. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your St. George Island Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Queen Mary in Long Beach and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Feral parakeets, feral Burmese pythons, river otters, muskrats, roseate spoonbills, dolphins, rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers), green turtles, loggerhead turtles, white-tailed deer, raccoons, pelicans, marsh rabbits, endangered North Atlantic right whales, opossums, gopher tortoises, hawksbill turtles, American flamingos, rare American crocodiles, feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise, leatherback turtles, bald eagles, Florida softshell turtles, black bears, manatees, feral nine-banded armadillos, alligators and bobcats are among the wild animals of Florida.
Myths, Legends, Ghosts, Folklore, Monsters and Scary Stories in Florida
The phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; 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 smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; and mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; and the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
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); 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 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); the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; 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 phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; and the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
Ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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"; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; and strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
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