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Haunted History of Hermosa Inn

Oct 11, 2016

The Original Casa Hermosa with Lon MegargeeWith a history dating back to the 1930's, beginning with original owner Alonzo "Lon" Megargee's heyday in the Old West; celebrity guests, including John Wayne and Clark Gable; multiple owners; a fire in the 1980's; and a complete renovation making it the 43-room luxury boutique resort it is today, it's no wonder we have a few ghost stories.
"All of the spirits that guests and staff have encountered appear to be friendly, so many guests will often visit in hopes of having an experience of their own."
    Below are some of the ghost stories guests and staff have witnessed over the years - have you met any "visitors" when staying with us, dining at LON's or grabbing a cocktail at Last Drop? Share in the comments below.

Closing the Door Apparently Lon likes the doors shut. A maid actually quit after having doors shut on their own multiple times while she was cleaning the guest casitas.

A Pat on the Head A guest came into the restaurant to show her friends some of Lon Megargee's original artwork that hangs in Last Drop (the portion of the Hermosa Inn that was Lon's original art studio and residence). The host showed them the way, walked in the other room, had his hands full and when he came back to the guests (still with both hands full) the woman was looking up in the air. Our host asked what she was looking at, or if the roof was leaking from the rainy day, and she said "No, you just patted me on the head." He assured her that he did not, as his hands were full.

Cowboy in the Mirror Yet another maid quit her job at The Hermosa Inn; this time due to the reflection of a cowboy that appeared in the mirror behind her. When she turned around, no one was there.

Lady in Pink Multiple guests have asked "Who is that lady in the pink gown walking over the bridge by the pool?" While we don't know who she might be, a lady in a floor-length flowing pink gown (something not of this time period) does appear to guests in the late hours of the night or early mornings as she walks across the bridge.

Lon Did It Oftentimes candlesticks will somehow fall out of their candlestick holders and other objects seem to move on their own or be misplaced. Decorations on the host stand have been "pushed" off, and a host was talking to a guest at the bar when a bottle of tequila flew off the shelf and broke multiple glasses. The staff will often joke "Oh, Lon must have done that!"

Kids at Play One of the restaurant's evening dishwashers refuses to work alone at night because she has seen children of times past playing out in the parking lot upon leaving at 1 or 2 in the morning, in addition to seeing the Pink Lady mentioned above.

Spirits in the Cellar When workers were doing construction in the underground wine cellar of LON's, they had left various tools in disarray and went upstairs to get something. When they came back down, all their tools had been neatly placed in a row. There have also been accounts of doors opening/closing and lights going on and off.

The Night Watchman A reporter visiting from Germany asked about the night watchman we have on property upon checking out. He saw this "watchman" twice; once closing the doors of room 107 and once by the pool. Both times he studied the reporter, surveying his activities, but remained standing there. There is, however, no night watchman employed at The Hermosa Inn and no one was staying in room 107 during their stay.

To book a Hermosa Hauntings package during the month of October, which includes a guided ghost tour, call 602.955.8614 or visit HermosaInn.com. For more information, visit The Hermosa Inn, LON's and Last Drop online, or join us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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