Valentine’s Day spooks at the Menger

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Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Wine and dine with unsettling apparitions.

By Adriana Ruiz

Spend an evening mingling with paranormal apparitions while savoring a romantic meal by candlelight.

Sisters Grimm invites everyone to join them for their Valentine’s Dinner and Ghost Tour Thursday Feb. 14 and 15 at the historic Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza.

Sisters Grimm is the brainchild of Lauren Swartz, who offers ghost tours of the Menger and downtown sites.

The event will offer guests a three-course meal at the Colonial Restaurant in the hotel, a 35- to 45-minute tour of the hotel and a 90-minute, 1½ mile tour of downtown.

Locations noted on the tour include Alamo Plaza, San Fernando Cathedral and Holiday Inn Express, which in the 1870s was the county jail and later became a Comfort Inn.

Swartz said the nighttime tour takes guests through the 155-year-old historic building and recalls gruesome tales that have led some to believe the hotel is haunted.

Swartz said although ghost sightings are rare during the tour, there have been some instances where guests have seen something unusual.

“Seeing a ghost is rare, but people should take cameras because they might pick up something that your eyes don’t see,” Swartz said.

The apparition most often sighted is Sallie White, an African-American chambermaid who often argued with her common-law husband until one night he shot her three times in the back.

She died two days later at her home three blocks away.

Swartz said Sallie was such a valued employee that the hotel paid for her funeral. The original funeral receipt is framed on the hotel wall.

Swartz said guests can expect to learn about history and enjoy a nice meal for $61.95 per adult.

Children are not allowed and reservations close at 3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information and reservations visit: or call Swartz at 210-638-1338.


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