VANCOUVER, BC -- (Marketwire) -- 10/16/12 -- Over the decades, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' iconic properties have hosted the who's who of dignitaries, celebrities, state leaders... and even a few rumored ghosts.
For years, in fact, front desk agents at the Fairmont Empress -- one of the most celebrated landmarks in Victoria, BC -- have had guests report that a woman, wearing a historic looking uniform, was cleaning their room. The story goes that when the hotel first opened in 1908, it was customary for housekeepers to live in the 6th floor attic rooms. They all had balconies, and the maids could often be seen taking a break in the fresh air. Unfortunately, on a day when the balconies had been removed for repairs, a young maid named Lizzie McGrath stepped out and plunged to her death. Now, more than 100 years later, she can still occasionally be seen reporting to work at this legendary hotel.
Additionally, at the classic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, there have been numerous sightings of the lady in red. The elegant apparition is believed to be Jennie Pearl Cox who, along with her husband and daughter, was a regular at the hotel's luxurious social gatherings. In the summer of 1944, she was killed in a tragic car accident just steps from the hotel. She is believed to be the graceful ghost who has been seen floating along in the hallways of this hotel in Vancouver.
For guests who prefer to sip, rather than sight, their spirits, mixologists at Fairmont's Vancouver restaurants have a variety of hand-crafted cocktails ready for the spookiest time of the year.
Espresso Diablo - Herons West Coast Bar at The Fairmont Waterfront
Ingredients : (Serves 1)
1 oz Tequila
1 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Espresso
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
Shake all the ingredients together in a shaker. Pour into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with black licorice. Add a piece of dry ice for a smoking spooky look.
Lady in Red Cocktail from the 900 West Lounge in Vancouver, located inside The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Ingredients (Serves 1)
3/4 ounce Southern Comfort
3/4 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce Cranberry Juice
Champagne (to fill remainder of the glass)
Combine Southern Comfort, Grand Marnier and cranberry juice in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with cranberries.
ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS: Fairmont is in destinations as diverse as Jaipur, Kyiv and Manila in 2012, and is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com. Become a fan of Fairmont. Join our online communities at everyonesanoriginal.com, facebook.com/fairmonthotels, and twitter.com/fairmonthotels.
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