You Can Dine in a Real-Life Haunted House
As Halloween approaches, get some thrills and chills over an unconventional meal
If your idea of getting into the spirit this Halloween involves the paranormal, a haunted house might be the perfect way to celebrate the season. While there are plenty of staged corn fields and old mansions brimming with cobwebs, ghastly characters, and spooky sounds to experience in any city, a legitimate haunting isn’t so easy to find.
An unconventionally spooky setting can be found at The Grant House, set on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver National Historic Reserve, outside of Portland. The two-story log cabin on Officers Row is named for a famous guest, President Ulysses S. Grant, and has worn many hats in its 169 years of service, including the first army headquarters in the Northwest, an Officers’ Club, a library, a museum, and (allegedly) a brothel. These days, the Eatery at The Grant House is a renowned dining destination, known as much for its menu of super-fresh seafood and local produce as for its otherworldly residents.