The Brookdale Lodge

The Brookdale Lodge

     The Brookdale Lodge was built among the towering redwoods in the beautiful mountains of Santa Cruz California in 1870. It is famous for the creek that runs right through its cavernous Brook room. It's also known for its many ghostly residents, including Sarah Logan, a little girl who may have drowned in the brook. In its heyday, the lodge was THE place to be for the country's elite. Stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, May West, Tyrone Power, and many others frequented the ritzy hotel. It also has a bit of a shady past, with gangsters such as Al Capone hiding out in its secret rooms and halls. Yes, this haunted hotel even has secret passageways and at one time, a tunnel that went underneath it!

     The Brookdale Lodge closed its doors in 2011, but reopened in 2015 just as big and fabulous as ever. Sarah Logan still haunts the guests, asking them where her mother is. Ghostly voices can still be heard talking as if sitting down to dinner. And the faint sounds of big band music can still be heard on some nights when the lodge is quiet and no one is around. If you're staying at the Brookdale Lodge, don't be surprised if you're touched by one of its various resident spirits, since they seem to enjoy physical contact as well. 

     This episode features a very special interview with Brookdale Lodge expert and ghosthunter, Maryanne Porter from Santa Cruz Ghosthunters. Sit back and relax as she tells you of her own spooky encounters at the lodge. You'll be sure to enjoy one of our spookiest episodes to date. 

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Episode 17 Ghostly Escapades at Brookdale Lodge

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Haunted Santa Cruz California

Haunted Santa Cruz California, a book by Maryanne Porter

Haunted Santa Cruz California, by Maryanne Porter

The Haunted Brookdale Lodge

The Haunted Brookdale Lodge, by Aubrey Graves

The Haunted Brookdale Lodge, by Aubrey Graves

History of the Brookdale Lodge

History of the Brookdale Lodge book by Aubrey Graves

History of the Brookdale Lodge, by Aubrey Graves

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Entrance sign to the Brookdale Lodge

Entrance sign to the haunted Brookdale Lodge in Santa Cruz California. Haunted  hotel Spirits

Entrance sign to the Brookdale Lodge in Santa Cruz, California

The Brook room

The stunningly beautiful Brook room at the Brookdale Lodge, ghosts spirits drowning indoor brook

The stunningly beautiful Brook room at the Brookdale Lodge

Maryanne Porter in the Brook Room

Maryanne Porter poses in the Brook room of the Brookdale Lodge ghosts spirits drowning indoor brook

Maryanne Porter poses in the Brook room of the Brookdale Lodge

Maryanne Porter

Maryanne Porter of Santa Cruz Ghosthunters conducts a ghostly tour at the Brookdale Lodge

Maryanne Porter of Santa Cruz Ghosthunters conducts a ghostly tour at the Brookdale Lodge

Maryanne Porter in the Mermaid Room

Maryanne Porter looks into the pool from the Mermaid room of the Brookdale Lodge ghosts drowning

Maryanne Porter looks into the pool from the Mermaid room of the Brookdale Lodge

The James Dean mural at the Brookdale Lodge

The James Dean mural at the Brookdale Lodge haunted spirits hotel apparitions ghostly spirit

The James Dean mural at the Brookdale Lodge

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio frequented the Brookdale Lodge

Virginia Bruce

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Virginia Bruce, star of Jane Eyre frequented the Brookdale Lodge

William Boyd

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Among the many stars who frequented the Brookdale Lodge was William Boyd, Hopalong Cassidy himself

Sarah Logan

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Depiction of Sarah Logan, who haunts the Brookdale Lodge

Maryanne Porter

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Maryanne Porter doing research at the Brookdale Lodge

Adolphe Menjou

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Silver screen icon Adolphe Menjou was often seen at the Brookdale Lodge

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Janet Gaynor

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Actress and painter Janet Gaynor was a staple at the Brookdale Lodge

Al Capone

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Gangster Al Capone hid out at the Brookdale Lodge

Alfred Hitchcock

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The man who invented creepy cinema, Alfred Hitchcock haunted the hallways of the Brookdale Lodge

Bob Hope

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Comedian and actor Bob Hope kept 'em in stitches at the Brookdale Lodge

Newspaper article

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Newspaper article about the suicide of a waitress at the Brookdale Lodge

Clark Gable

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Rhett Butler himself, Clark Gable went with the wind to Brookdale Lodge

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Bob Hope Takes a Look at the Brookdale Lodge

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Article written about Bob Hope and the Brookdale Lodge

Amilia Earhart and Fred Noonan

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A celebration of the lives of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was given at the Brookdale Lodge by their relatives

Tom Keene

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B Western actor Tom Keene parked his horse at the Brookdale Lodge on more than one occation

Grace Bradley

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Grace Bradley lit up the halls of the Brookdale Lodge just as she did the silver screen

Hedy Lamarr

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One of the most beautiful and intelligent starlets of old Hollywood, Hedy Lamar chose Brookdale Lodge as one of her favorite hangouts

President Herbert Hoover

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President Herbert Hoover took a break from running the country at the Brookdale Lodge

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Katherine Hepburn

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Queen of the silver screen, Katherine Hepburn graced the Brookdale Lodge  with her presence

Ripley's Believe it or Not

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The Brookdale Lodge was even mentioned in Ripley's Believe it or Not

Ghostly apparition in the Brookdale Lodge

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In this video, paranormal Investigator Jim Owen captures an amazing ghostly apparition in the bathroom at the Brookdale Lodge. Footage thanks to Maryanne Porter of Santa Cruz Ghosthunters

Brookdale Lodge Uncovered Documentary Trailer

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Trailer for the UK documentary, Brookdale Lodge Uncovered

Front View of the Brookdale Lodge

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Front view of the beautiful Brookdale Lodge

Pool at the Brookdale Lodge

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Pool at the Brookdale Lodge in previous years