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Bowers Harbor Inn

Bowers Harbor, Michigan

The Bowers Harbor Inn is famous for its haunting. Before becoming a resort the house belonged to an elderly couple for many years. Because the lady became quite infirm the husband had an elevator installed. The lady became rather deranged before finally dying, preceding her husband by only a few months. After that the house lay empty for several years. From the time the Bowers Harbor Inn began operating, the employees have reported seeing the wife in a second floor mirror, light switches that turn off and on by themselves, and the elevator taking unrequested trips up and down. Several times the manager has closed the place down for the evening, turning all of the lights off and locking the freezer door, only to find every light in the building (including those behind locked doors) blazing away, and the freezer door unlocked and standing open. There are also unconfirmed reports by patrons of the fireplaces lighting themselves.

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Sarah says:

March 16, 2006, 10:26 am

I would like to see this for myself. I’m not saying i doint belive you but i have never seen a ghost and i would like to…

Sarah says:

March 16, 2006, 10:28 am

That would be so… cool that would be sooo….. fun.

Sarah says:

March 16, 2006, 10:29 am

I love that I’m going to see for myselfe……..

Bridjet says:

September 20, 2006, 7:18 pm

I think that that would be an interesting place to visit as long as the ghost are friendly!

Chad says:

September 21, 2006, 10:34 pm

I grew up in Traverse City but never visited this place. However, I have heard many stories. From doors slamming, inoperative (no power source) elevator running, faces in mirrors, lights turning on and off and glasses being thrown across the dining facilities, there are just to many stories to dismiss it.

Nolan says:

October 5, 2006, 11:10 am

Sounds creepy. I am a scaredy cat and probably would not like to go in there! But i guess it would be kind of fun.

Nolan says:

October 5, 2006, 11:11 am

Sounds creepy. I am a scaredy cat and probably would not like to go in there! But i guess it would be kind of fun. Bye

natalie says:

October 9, 2006, 9:54 am

wow

jerry says:

October 9, 2006, 4:39 pm

I make poop in my bed yesterday

jerry says:

October 9, 2006, 4:40 pm

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darkangel says:

October 9, 2006, 5:51 pm

this is awesome i live on what used 2 be a cemetery so thats awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!

Helena says:

October 17, 2006, 6:12 pm

It would be so cool and spooky to see a haunted house and ghost one day.But i dont think i would not….

Boni says:

October 21, 2006, 9:15 pm

I visited the hotel in the 1980’s for my cousins wedding. When we were walking outside on the grounds of the hotel – I swear that I saw an image of a woman in one of the upstairs windows. (I thought it was a ghost).

Andrea says:

October 23, 2006, 3:10 am

Really!?!…I live in Michigan and I think I will have to see this for myself.

Cindy says:

October 28, 2006, 10:33 pm

I believe in the Bowers Harbor Hauntings. I was visiting the Inn with two friends for dinner fall of 2004. I heard about the hauntings of the Inn before our visit. I and another woman were using the ladies restroom on the second floor. I was telling the lady about the hauntings. Just before leaving the restroom the door to the joining sitting room closed on us. During dinner the waitress asked what we were driving. She said that our lights were left on in the vehicle. My friend went to her car and found that not only were the head lamps were on but every light inside and out were on. The strange thing was it was still daylight when we arrived at the Inn. We never used the headlights.

Brad says:

March 19, 2007, 8:53 am

I have been to the Inn for dinner many times. It is an incredible place to watch the sunset while having dinner. I stopped on the stairs to look into the infamous mirror…while I was waiting for Genivive to appear….the main entry door flew open behind me. There was nobody at the door. It was enough to make me believe she was in the room. As far as I can tell she is friendly. Some of the staff members had specific stories, but others did not (just a feeling).

Sandi says:

June 28, 2007, 10:06 am

Having lived in the Inn, (my mother was a part owner),I can verify the hauntings, as many different things occurred while we were there. Genavieve was never harmful, just mischievious. It has lent for many stories and fond memories!!

cara says:

July 26, 2007, 3:25 pm

Ok, I am going to the Bowers Habor Inn for dinner next weekend and I am definately NOT going to go to the bathroom…not even if i have to! I love ghost stories but i am the biggest baby after having to live in a haunted place for a year…so i dont really want to experience any strange occurances when i am alone. As far as eating dinner around a bunch of people and having something happen…im game! but i DONT want to look into a mirror and have a face starring back at me CREEPY!!!!!!

Zoe says:

August 11, 2007, 1:16 am

This isn’t completely true. I have been to Bowers, and after hearing of it being haunted, I asked one of the waitresses if it was haunted. She said it was, but there is a different legend behind it, and the ghost does different, but similar, things.

According to the waitress, the ghost was originally a woman who lived in the house that was previously Bowers with her husband. The husband grew ill, and required special care. He hired a nurse, who ended up being his mistress. When he died, he left his mistress all of his possessions and money. The only thing he left for his wife was the house. Out of despair and jealousy, the wife hung herself in the elevator.

The ghost supposedly throws things off of counters, and causes power outages. No one has claimed to see her in the 2nd floor mirror, as far as I know, because
the elevator is located, or at least permanently stopped, on the 3rd floor.

I myself have been to Bowers and seen the elevator. It really is creepy looking, partially because it’s so old and non-functional.

lafekken says:

August 17, 2007, 9:15 pm

I have been to BHI and it is beautiful!
When we were there Prom was going on during dinner.
I went upstairs to use the ladies room. It was empty and I did my “business”, but when i tried to flush the toilet it wouldn’t FLUSH!
A group of chatty prom girls came in and I felt like I had to hide out in there until the rest room was empty to avoid an embarassing situation.
As I waited, for what seemed like forever, at the stall door for the girls to leave the toilet behind me made a LOUD flush.
Is it possible for a toilet to flush like that?
I think it was Mrs. Stickney playing a silly trick on my nerves.
****
I think Traverse City State Hospital is the scariest place in the area.

Kat Tedsen says:

August 22, 2007, 11:06 am

We are writing a book that will include Bowers Harbor Inn (Haunted Travels of the Michigan Vacation Guide). We conducted an overnight investigation a this amazing restaurant (not a resort) this past May (2007) and came up with some surprising results.

Our research has revealsed that most of the old story behind the haunting is *wrong*. The truth, however, may be even more intriguing.

BTW the Ladies Room the faucets turning on by themsselves and toilets flushing on their own are not paranormal. Actually, we discovered it is a water pressure problem and poor seals … a very natural cause. There are, however, other events that we encounted and videotaped that cannot be explained so easily.

This other other haunted investigations and ghost stories will be detailed in our “Haunted Travels” book ( October 2008). You can check out our Myspace page for updates (www.myspace.com/storyteller586) or our website, http://www.hauntedtravelsMVG.com

Kat

Kat Tedsen says:

August 22, 2007, 11:09 am

We are writing a book that will include Bowers Harbor Inn (Haunted Travels of the Michigan Vacation Guide). We conducted an overnight investigation a this amazing restaurant (not a resort) this past May (2007) and came up with some surprising results.

Our research has revealed that most of the old story behind the haunting is *wrong*. The truth, however, may be even more intriguing.

BTW the faucets turning on by themsselves and toilets flushing on their own in the Ladies Room are not paranormal. Actually, we discovered it is a water pressure problem and poor seals … a very natural cause. There are, however, other events that we encountered and videotaped that cannot be explained as easily.

This along with other haunted investigations and ghost stories will be detailed in our “Haunted Travels” book ( October 2008). You can check out our Myspace page for updates (www.myspace.com/storyteller586) or our website, http://www.hauntedtravelsMVG.com

Kat

kellie says:

September 3, 2007, 9:15 pm

Ive ben here.
and i actaully caught that ghost on camera.
i go every year and every year something wierd happens.
i went to put the picture on my computer
and as soon as i did it
the computer crashed.

:/

Alexis says:

October 2, 2007, 8:04 pm

i am going there four my birthday during halloween!!!

Amanda says:

October 7, 2007, 2:19 pm

A few years ago my family decided to go to Bower’s Harbor in for dinner. My sister and I went to find the bathroom and took a small “detour” on the way back. We found the elevator in which Geneivieve hung herself and decided it would be a good idea to go inside of it. Once inside, we shut the gate, decided it was creepy, and tried to get out. However, the gate would not open. As the elevator was located away from the resturaunt, no one was coming by to assist us. Eventually, I ended up lifting the gate off of the track to get us out. Let me tell you, it was kind of a scary experience.

Dawn says:

October 26, 2007, 12:59 pm

I grew up in Traverse City as well and had a long career in Food & Beverage. I have know several managers of the Inn as well as many employees. Just about all who worked there for any peroid of time had experiences that could not be explained. One of her favorites is re-lighting all of the candles after they’ve been put out for the night. She plays with the music system. I don’t believe that the mirror that she had made to make herself look slim still exsists, but many sightings of her in it when it did.
There is a particular window on the second floor that she is seen in often. I have heard that she is very active in the ladies room as well. I’ve been in it and had my hair stand on end but that could be out of expectation. The property is beautiful, as well as the view and the menu is good.

Grillz says:

December 4, 2007, 11:36 pm

My cousin-in-law is in a band and had to play at Bowers Harbor Inn. That night his band and him got to see the elevator. He decided to make fun of it. Well when he was getting ready to play his guitar it wouldn’t play. He checked it for damage nothing was wrong with it. The next day he checked it again. Guess what? It worked. Do you think that Genivive was upset and decided to punish him? Anyways, I thought it was pretty cool!

Lisa says:

December 17, 2007, 1:03 pm

Back in 96′ our old cheerleading coach always read ghost stories to us on our way to games. Our favorite was always of Bowers Harbor Inn, which is aobut 40 minutes from our school. At the end of the cheerleading season she suprised us by having a dinner set up there. We had all heard the stories of Gennevieve hanging herself in the elevator shaft as well as her face appearing in a gilted mirror in the ladies bathroom.

After dinner, a few of us girls decided we needed a potty break. Now, from what we were told while there, the ladies bathroom used to be Genevieve’s sitting room. The gilted mirror was still in the bathroom at the time. We didn’t see any faces, but we did manage to get locked in the bathroom (the lock is on the inside) for about 10 minutes while toilet paper rolled around by itself on the floor…. creepy stuff, I am now a believer!

Lucy says:

December 17, 2007, 1:06 pm

You have the location wrong. There is no such place as Bowers Harbor in Michigan. Bowers Harbor Inn is actually located in Traverse City, MI on old mission penninsula.

Erica says:

January 27, 2008, 6:45 pm

Ive been to Bowers Harbor Inn with my class 2 years ago. Our teacher thought it would be cool to surpise us with a visit to a haunted place. Of course me being who i was, was super excited. I ended up going into the bathroom to have the light shut on me.. which is really bad becuase im scared of the dark.. when the lights came back on the door wouldnt open. after about 5 mins my friend came and opened the door. saying she felt as thought i needed her. We went back to the table.. as i was still shaking i saw a fork fly off the table and hit the wall. Then the clock proceded to chime about 5 times.. mind you it was around 7:20 when it went off.. till this day I’m not sure if i would like to go back… the food was delicious though…if your thinking about going.

kellie says:

February 18, 2008, 11:55 pm

Ive ben there so many times. I go there every year during the summer.
I took a picture of the elevator once, and I didnt see anything on the picture when I took it.
I came back downstairs to my family and reviewed the pictures and I found the woman standing right next to it. I showed the manager and no one could explain it any other way.
I downloaded the picture onto my computer when I got home, and as soon as I put in on the computer, it crashed.
It also got deleted off my phone.
=/

Tom says:

August 26, 2008, 5:10 pm

the infamous mirror broke a few years back. it used to be a convex mirror used to make the highly obese woman look skinnier. The alleged sightings in the “2nd story mirror” have ceased since the original mirror mysteriously hopped off the wall and shattered. The original frame is still intact but the convex glass has since been replaced. it is no longer housed on the staircase landing but behind the podium on the left-hand side of the staircase on the ground level.

Tom says:

August 26, 2008, 5:12 pm

oh and the food is absolutely fabulous by the way. one of the best places in Grand Traverse County in my opinion

Josh says:

August 28, 2008, 11:09 pm

Lucy, the Harbor on Old Mission Point there is a Harbor that is known as Bowers Harbor. There is no town or city by that name you are right. There is a Winery (great wines and great people).

Dennis says:

September 2, 2008, 4:09 am

My wife and I go to the Bowery (the restaurant in the old servant’s quarters) every year on our anniversary. The first year we went they had a flyer explaining the story of Genevive, but we have never seen anything out of the ordinary. My wife has been in the elevator, which freaks me out. Supposedly the room on the top floor facing south is Genevive’s room. We have taken photos, I even went as far as bringing my voice recorder last year to catch an EVP, but so far nothing special has happened. We will still go there whether we catch a ghost or not.

Natalie Lynn says:

October 8, 2008, 1:23 pm

Yes, I would say the upstairs bathroom is active–I had an experience there about 5 years back. I was there with my teenage niece who was calling Genevieve’s name over and over to see if she would appear in the bathroom mirror. Suddenly there were five VERY loud bangs on one of the metal stalls as if to say “stop!” It worked – we got out of there as fast as we could! I called the Inn soon afterwards and and they said it sounded like something Genevive would do (and they hoped I would return even though this had happened).
A couple of years ago, my sister, who is a ghost hunter, was investigating on the second floor and felt as if something had gone right through her–it was so strong, it almost took her down. I would say that if you are looking for Genevive, you might try the second floor where she used to spend a lot of her time before she died.

maegen says:

October 27, 2008, 6:41 pm

this place is really expensive to go eat, but its really haunted i swear. ive been there many times. if u ever go there u will c when u go to the elevator or the girls bathroom

Bob says:

November 29, 2008, 8:55 pm

Whom ever doesn’t beleave this I must say that you stink! I havn’t heard the freezer thing, but I have heard about the glasses and the mirors. And, some times, when the employees put the chairs up and the table stuff away for the night, they come back the next morning to find wine poared in the cups and the chairs in positions as if someone had been sitting in them

Josh says:

February 17, 2009, 11:07 am

I don’t believe in ghosts. I think that the human phyche can produce all sorts of sights and sounds. Because these feelings and thoughts are generated at the deepest parts of our brains they seem as if they were real. Creating a memory that is vivid and concrete to the individual. I do however like the excitement of suspending reality and being enveloped by the posibility of such occurances. Just as the excitement of rollercoasters or skydiving. Adrenelin rushes are awesome sensations.

Bryan says:

March 12, 2009, 2:44 am

Febuary 14th, 2002 my father was getting married to his second wife, Kathy. I was 15 years old. They decided to have their reception at Bowers Harbor Inn. I have lived in Traverse City most of my life and this was my first and only visit to this place. During the reception while eating dinner my aunt went to the bathroom.

I remember sitting next to my half brother. We heard my aunt screaming in the other room. The bathroom door was a typical swinging bathroom door that led into a room with stalls. This door had no lock and no latch, simply would swing shut behind whoever entered.

My uncle tried to open the door but it would not budge. Finally it opened, my aunt was terrified. She said the lights had gone out and the door would not open. This is my experience of the haunting of Bowers Harbor.

sydney says:

July 23, 2009, 1:03 pm

Well i have ben then fo i dare i was all alone when i was sleeping a REALLY COLD gust of wind woke me p i looksed up fon out that i was in te elavator when ifell asleep on the kitchen floor and i saw a werido note in the cornor saying GET OUT NOW OR ILL HANG YOU!! i tok all my stuff ranout the door te note dtill in my hand and i looked a the note and my hand was bleed it creeped me out every time i went thre with m friends i alwayssawa E OUT NOW !! notes somewhere yet i still go there and still find notes but im not scared

Brandon says:

August 24, 2009, 10:41 am

We just went there Saturday August 22nd. We walked into the Restaurant (lower floor) which no body was in there at the moment and started looking around. We were finally greeted by a member of the wait staff who informed us that “yes, there was such a legend” but sadly he pointed out that the mirror from upstairs was brought down stairs AND the special glass was replaced with normal glass. Nothing like taking the haunt out of the place??!?!?!! Not satisfied with this we snuck upstairs after they left and found the bathroom and the Elevator. We tried our best provoke the ghosts, taunting her calling her fat and other such things to see if she would show. I even stepped inside the elevator (not sure how a fatty like Geneive could fit in that small thing) and started taunting her. My sister preteneded to hang herself while in the elevator… We then went into the Womans room and found a giant mirro in the sitting area of it. This was still not the type that made you look thinner, but none-the-less my sister kept posing in it and we were snapping pictures left and right…NOTHING happened. Oh well something are best left to the imagination…right?

waasd says:

August 24, 2009, 4:06 pm

for this story, it is all in your minds!

Travis says:

December 13, 2009, 11:36 am

i got burned by the fireplace catching on fire myseriously

Kathleen Tedsen says:

February 10, 2010, 11:38 am

We’re authors and paranormal researchers. One of cases we investigated for our recent book, Haunted Travels of Michigan, was Bowers Harbor Inn. We spent months researching the Legend of Genevieve. We also had the opportunity of conducting an overnight investigation with a team that we’ve worked with on a few investigation. Some interesting video and audio were captured.

The elevator in the home wasn’t only used by Jennie. Her husband, Charles, was an invalid (confined to a wheelchair). The elevator was the only way he could get to their bedroom on the top floor.

BTW, Jennie died before Charles, not after … and she didn’t hang herself in the elevator!!!

Inspite of that, there is something unusual/paranormal going on at Bowers Harbor Inn. Don’t know if it’s Jennie, Charles or the original owners of the first farmhosue, but there is something.

jessica says:

August 5, 2010, 5:44 pm

well me and my fam were there the other night. i didnt really see anything but i did feel very strong energy in the hallway and the dark room. its very scary stuff. i was shaking so bad i was about to cry. and b.t.w dont go in the room on the left by the boys bathroom when its dark because u will get the **** scared out of you.

SF says:

September 8, 2010, 1:07 am

I just visited the Bowers Harbor Inn (now the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery) for some beer/dinner this Labor Day weekend (2010) with no prior knowledge of its history.

My boyfriend and I went upstairs to go to the bathroom and as I waited for him, I noticed an unused room by the staircase. I love old buildings and their detail, so I went over to the room to check it out and as I stepped further in, I had a feeling of fear and panic come over me and immediately had to run back out to a group of people waiting by the bathrooms. I was pretty shaken by this feeling wishing my bf would get out sooner. As I stepped closer to the people, I realized they were on some tour of some sort about the history of the house. As I listened, I caught the part of the story that the room I had stepped in was a previous lady owner’s bedroom that haunts the building and this lady occasionally makes her presence felt to other ladies…pretty freaky!

I’ve been into plenty of old homes/buildings and have wandered into rooms even floors by myself and haven’t really ever had a feeling like that. Is the ghost real? All I know is what I felt is real..that feeling of my hairs standing on end and having a sense of panic.

ELizabeth says:

September 24, 2010, 10:32 am

Does this haunted house cost anything to go to?

K2msu says:

October 16, 2011, 7:24 am

When I visited the Inn with my husband, I went to use the ladies room. I entered the stall and locked the door. A minute later or so, the door the stall flew open! No one was in the bathroom except for me. My heart was pounding, and at the time, I didn’t know about the ghost, but learned about it at dinner. Wild!

Mandy says:

December 4, 2011, 10:50 pm

My husband and I took our kids to The Jolly Pumpkin. I believe that is the new name. Great restaurant. Our waitress took us on a tour of the former lumber baron’s home. Go to their website. The story is there. She became very I’ll and obese. Hence, the elevator. The baron was fooling around with the nurse. The wife found out and hung herself in the elevator. We are Michigan natives and love this place. In northwest Michigan. Beautiful area and full of great history and stories.

loxxi Lu says:

December 4, 2011, 11:48 pm

go to hell for that!!!! Halfsense……………

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