Ghosts linger due to things they left unfinished in life, and often have passed on without fixing their creaking stairs, changing flicker-prone light bulbs, or removing the ghostproofing from their front doors. Learn from spectral slip-ups with today's Groupon to The Spirits of Ellicott City Tour at 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two admissions to the ghost tour and pub crawl (a $40 value).
- For $36, you get four admissions to the ghost tour and pub crawl (an $80 value).
The Spirits of Ellicott City’s local guides, garbed in anachronistic costumes, lead revelers on a three-hour tour, which divulges the supernatural lore surrounding up to four historical watering holes. Groups gather in the cozy confines of a predetermined start site, usually The Wine Bin, to meet their knowledgeable guides. Tours that start at The Wine Bin enjoy a complimentary pre-tour pour. Once an old fire station, the wine merchant reportedly plays host to a series of spectral firefighters, responsible for ominous noises and ghostly warnings about playing with sparklers. A stop at The Diamondback Tavern reveals tales of mysterious faces seen in windows and ghostly sightings by local police, and guests at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company may find themselves seated under the site of a man’s grisly hanging. At Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant, groups descend to the cool depths of the wine cellar to experiment with different types of ghost bait at its dimly lit tables or peer into an ancient open cistern.
Guides point out sites of interest as groups stroll between the rotating roster of tour stops, and ghost guru Paula often injects her tours with eerie legends from the locals. Guests may also meet one of the restaurant’s owners, who can divulge personal supernatural experiences. As midtour surprises and sightings often occur, participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and headshots for phantoms to autograph. Some stops offer drink specials for the tour, and all adventurers must be 21 or older.