Happy Wednesday dear Park Journey readers. Today we've got a look at one of our favorite places to visit, the Winchester Mystery House. Over the past few months we've experienced all 3 major tours of the house and today we're going to talk about each one.
We hope you enjoy!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Back in May we did the Mansion Tour, you can find that entire report here.
And this past weekend we did the Candlelight Tour and the extended Explore More tour. All three are definitely worth doing and below we're going to tell you why.
Your tour begins in the waiting area, a nice shady area to enjoy a refreshment and prepare for the wonders you are about to see.
One of the many bizarre rooms and walkways in the house
Because the house has undergone so many changes through the years, some rooms are dedicated to showing off what was in rooms that no longer exist.
Some really tight squeezes
Some rooms remain un-repaired from the 1906 Earthquake
Explore More Tour
Next up is the Explore More Tour. I think this is probably our least favorite of the three tours that we've done. Not that the other two aren't amazing (because they are) but this one takes you deep into the belly of the house (literally) and is a much more intimate tour which we appreciate.
The grounds are simply beautiful
At the beginning of the Explore More Tour you get to actually walk through the front door. A rare treat.
Our amazing tour guide
During the Explore More tour it seemed we got to spend a lot more time in individual rooms just exploring, exploring more. =)
One of my absolute favorite rooms in the house
Last and certainly not least is the Candlelight Tour. This truly unique experience isn't anywhere close to a traditional "haunt" (in a good way), that's because there is nothing traditional about Sarah Winchester's House.
The house looks amazing all lit up for Halloween
Ghostly shadows on the house ... I mean "Greggly" shadows on the house. =)
You all see her up there right? =)
The Candlelight Tour really is exactly what the title says. It's a tour of the house, by candlelight. But instead of showing you the bizarre nature of the house like the other tours, this one concentrates more on the paranormal residents of the house.
There are a couple of "scares" throughout the tour, but nothing extreme or in your face. Which for us was a nice change of pace.
At day or night you can explore the rest of the grounds
We've loved our three visits to the house this year, and we will definitely be back for more exploring soon. It's quickly becoming one of our favorite places and when you visit you'll see why.
Make your plans to visit this Halloween season before it's all sold out, because it's selling out fast.