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Ghosts haunt the Holly Hotel. In a frock coat and top hat, John Hirst trails phantasmal cigar smoke through the inn he operated 121 years ago, and the hotel's petite mistress Nora Kane sometimes hovers near the piano, taking musical requests from living patrons. Skeptics may scoff, but none can deny that the century-spanning establishment's long, strange history lends itself to supernatural speculation. Built in 1891 as a railroad hotel on Battle Alley (so named for the drunken brawls common among wayfarers), the three-story Queen Anne–style building put up countless country-crossers in those turn-of-the-century boom years. It also saw a raid by Carrie Nation, two fires separated by 65 years to the hour, time served as a transient boarding house, and a monumental two-year renovation.
Three stories tall again, newly renamed, and sporting the warm, dark oak and Axminster carpeting of its wonder years, the Holly Hotel was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the red-brick manse keeps its footing firm between past and future. The menu's signature dishes such as the beef wellington in veal-thyme reduction and the steamed Scottish salmon have gone unchanged since 1979, and every afternoon owner Chrissy hosts a Victorianesque tea party served on antique china. At the same time, the chefs employ an improvisational culinary method on the list of daily specials, rendered from fish, game, and other ingredients flown in fresh from across the world. The onsite comedy club features locally and nationally known jesters on weekends, offsetting the Victorian gas fixtures, stained-glass windows, and velvet wingback chairs with a healthy dollop of modern mirth and a cyborg wait staff.