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The Ghost of Sister George Beckons Believers and Non-believers to the Inn and Spa at Loretto
Unexplainable activities and ghost sightings are a reminder of their rightful place in Santa Fe’s 400-year old history
Sister George at the Inn and Spa at Loretto
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is built on the site that was formerly the Santa Fe Opportunity School, a school for the physically and mentally challenged children of the city. Sister George and several other nuns ran the school as part of the Sisters of Loretto, the Catholic order that also built the famous Loretto Chapel. In the late 1960s, a devastating fire destroyed nearly the entire school grounds, except the Loretto Chapel and Sister George’s Opportunity School building.
In the early 1970s, the property was sold and the Inn and Spa at Loretto was built. In 1976, Sister George died and many say she returned to the school’s former property after her death. Billie Frank, former concierge at the hotel and owner of The Santa Fe Traveler, recalls “At one point when the fourth-floor was closed for renovation, the front-desk kept getting calls from that floor. I thought this was strange, but had no explanation for it. Then, one day, someone told me about Sister George’s affinity for phones and it all made sense.”
“In the Loretto Chapel gift shop, there is a sizeable wall display of crosses,” said Vannessa Schulz, a sales associate in the Loretto gift shop. “Each night we would lock up the store and all of the crosses were perfectly in place. We would return in the morning and the crosses would be lying neatly on the floor. Since none of the crosses were broken, we knew it was Sister George having some fun at our expense.”
Ghostwalkers Package Details
Many argue that spirits roam freely among us each day; we just need to believe and be open-minded about their existence. The Inn and Spa at Loretto’s Ghostwalkers package gives guests the venue, tools and tips necessary to cultivate a ghost encounter. While Sister George is the focal point of this ghost hunt, the package highlights a total of five ghosts, located within walking distance from the Inn.
With this package, guests will receive a one-night stay in a room that has had reported paranormal activity in the past. To enhance the experience, guests can request candlelight only lighting in the room at no additional charge. Additionally, guests will receive a Ghostwalkers self-guided map, which directs guests to other ghostly venues around town. Given that for many, seeing is believing, the Inn will also provide an expert tip sheet for sighting ghosts in Santa Fe, such as timing, specific places to go, etc. The Inn will also arm each guest with two, publicly-verified, ghost hunting applications that can be easily downloaded onto most phones. Each package will also include the Santa Fe Ghosts (Mystery, History, & Truth) book as a take-home souvenir.
One-night stay in a Sister George ghost friendly room
Two passes to The Loretto Chapel
Ghost spotting expert tip sheet
Two downloadable ghost hunting applications
Santa Fe Ghosts (Mystery, History, & Truth) souvenir book
Oct. 1, 2011 – Oct. 31, 2012
Total package price starting at $150
To book a Ghostwalkers package and to learn more about the ghosts of Santa Fe, please visit www.innatloretto.com or call (866) 582-1646.