The Stanwood Hotel and Saloon is situated on a crossroad before taking the bridge to Camano Island just west of Arlington, and is infamous for its paranormal sightings, but over the years and after a few renovations, the Stanwood is seen as another quality hotel along the Western Washington coast.
The amenities of the Stanwood Hotel are modern but the look and feel is of a past period, a bygone age, a testament to another time that remains welcoming with slight updates to the decor and the relaxing advent of Wi-Fi.
The word saloon brings images of the Old West to mind, and the Stanwood Saloon fits the bill. You’ve most likely seen this sort of watering hole present on television… think Paint Your Wagon, Butch Cassidy or maybe Red Dead Redemption 2 but with the added benefit of modern civility and karaoke competitions.
But what sort of sinister force still occupies these storied walls, behind the billiard balls, electronic dart boards and those iconic swinging doors?
“It’s actually been quiet recently,” says part-owner Marilyn Guthrie. “We renovated in 2006 and have five small rooms available that were said to have been haunted. There were a number of paranormal types and ghosthunters around when we were restoring the building, but most of that ghostly activity is gone.”