Comfort and charm are what you will find at Fainting Goat Island Inn! Situated on the Susquehanna River, the rooms are themed, and the distinctive décor varies from vintage to Victorian and country comfort. Each room has a private or shared bath for larger parities needing two rooms and is filled with period furniture and unique pieces. The common areas include a sitting room and a bar. The grounds are filled with flowers, an expansive grassy lawn, and river views. While wandering outside, you can meet Miles, the patriarch of the fainting goat herd, and Porkchop, the potbelly pig. Located just off Route I86 and one mile from Tioga Downs Casino Resort, Fainting Goat Island Inn is convenient and an offers a unique lodging experience you won’t find anywhere else in the region.

It is such a wonderful place to stay that some former “guests” never left! As a former railroad hotel built in the late 1800s, Fainting Goat Island Inn has a lot of history and stories to tell. The guestbook is filled with rave reviews peppered with experiences that will send a shiver down your spine. Guests have reported being woken by the voices and visions of two women having tea in the Fainting Room. A child-sized chair has moved beside the bed in the Nubian room, gumballs have spilled onto the floor of an empty hall, footsteps have been heard on a staircase that no longer exists, and eyes have looked back from mirrors. According to a recent intuitive guest, the most active spirit is a little boy. There’s a story about a doll and a knife found in the ceiling and other chilling experiences that the owners are happy to tell on their haunted tour! In Summer 2019, the Fainting Goat Island Inn opened a new room, the Angora Room, whose occupants have told stories of more physical paranormal occurrences. Guest have reported feeling like someone was sitting on the bed with them or getting sheets pulled off in the middle of the night.

Fainting Goat Island Inn was voted the second best Haunted Hotel in the United States in a USA Today online reader poll in 2019 and will be featured on “Hotel Paranormal” (narrated by Dan Akroyd) on the Travel Channel in an episode titled “The Witching Hour.” You can see air times here.

You can find more spooky places to visit on the NYS Haunted History Trail.


1311 West River Road, Nichols, NY 13812




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