NC Ghost Stories: The Pink Lady

One of the most famous ghosts in the state can be found at the venerable Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Guests check in, but they don't always check out.


In the 1920s, a young woman wearing a pink gown died when she fell from an upstairs balcony. Did she lose her balance after drinking too much bootleg moonshine? Did she jump? Was she pushed? No one knows the answer; even her identity has been lost to time.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding her death, the ghost known only as “the Pink Lady” has been a fixture of the inn ever since. Most of the staff admit to catching glimpses of her, as have numerous guests over the last ninety years.

I hope she liked that dress, since she's been stuck in it for 90 years.


The Pink Lady is supposedly fond of children; one guest even recorded in his diary that she had played with his offspring. She  also loves childish pranks: tickling the feet of sleeping guests, opening windows onto the chilly mountain air, or turning the AC off and on. Unlike most ghostly encounters, no one seems to have had a frightening experience with her; some, particularly young women, claim that she has consoled them.

So if you are fortunate enough to stay the night in the Grove Park Inn and feel someone tickling your feet in the middle of the night, don’t worry. It’s probably just the Pink Lady having a bit of fun.

Posted October 24, 2011 by jordan in ghosts / 0 Comments