The McCrea House is a New Jersey jewel. In fact, this charming Victorian was rated one of the top 8 places to visit in our state. It was built in 1878…so, umm...hang on, I’m about to do some "Shannon math" here so bear with me. Yep, that’s 143 years ago! It's original where you want it to be and updated in just the right ways too. According to their website, it "boasts a private cottage, gardens and patio, spacious suites and three elegant guest rooms, fine antiques, cozy fireplaces, jacuzzis, queen-sized featherbeds, and soaking tubs." I'm leaving out the most interesting amenity though...this place comes with a very different kind of ghost - not a scary presence but rather a welcomed, friendly feline that's lived there for over a hundred years.

Guests at the McCrea swear they have felt the cat's presence and even seen physical signs too. Reports of hearing something prowling through the rooms and hallways at night are common. In addition, guests have also said they’ve heard faint meows, felt an invisible cat jump on their lap, and have heard it jumping up on dressers!

The owners say some rooms are active and others are not so you seem to have a choice if you want this extra perk. I personally think this is an excellent opportunity for the ghost novice to wet their feet. It’s compelling but not scary (as long as you don't rent the movie Pet Cemetery you’ll be just fine). Here's a thought, why not bring some cat food in a dish and see if any of it is gone when you wake up?  I'm sure you can have some fun with your kids with this one. Can you tell I’m all about the ghost-kitty? If you've stayed here and had an experience I'd love to hear from you! Email me at: Shannon@943thepoint.

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