Great Escapes: Our guide to Cassadaga, FL

Planning a getaway? Check out Cassadaga, Florida, the psychic capital of the world.

A stone monument stands on some grass and reads "Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. Est. 1874. Camp closed from dusk till dawn.

Cassadaga, FL was founded by spiritualist Henry Colby.

Photo by Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons

If you love tarot cards and convening with the paranormal, we’re raising you a trip to Cassadaga, FL — from the town’s roots in Victorian-era spiritualism to its haunted “Devil’s Chair” structure where locals claim to have seen the red guy with horns himself, you won’t want to miss exploring this quiet Floridian town.

Why go?

  • The Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp community is comprised of psychics, mediums, and healers + it welcomes the curious for classes on metaphysics, spirit-seeking nighttime tours, and regular church services. Founded by spiritualist George Colby in 1875, the 57-acre camp is home to 55 households and is a location on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Take a historical tour and learn about Cassadaga’s history, architecture, and the spirits that call this community home, or enjoy a workshop on topics like expressing your soul craft.
  • Read more about this haunted location in LALtoday’s Haunted Florida series + check out Thrillist’s recommendations on activities — which include staying at a haunted bed and breakfast.

Act like a local:

  • Food: Sinatra’s Ristorante. Located inside Hotel Cassadaga, get the thick and creamy fettuccine alfredo.
  • Drink: Grapevine Wine Bar. Situated in nearby Victoria Park, this casual bar offers wine by the glass (or bottle) + beer and light bites.
  • Outdoors: Horseshoe Park and Fairy Trail | Convene with nature — and fairies, pixies + sprites — and stop to take a photo in front of the giant fairy wings toward the back of this horseshoe-shaped park.
  • Learn: Cassadaga Camp Bookstore. Deepen your understanding of mystical topics by perusing the largest collection of metaphysical books in the southeast.
  • Explore: C. Green’s Haunted History House & Museum | See haunted artifacts with ties to historic figures like H.H. Holmes + Lizzy Borden.
A beautiful screened-in patio overlooks a shining lake. Inside the patio, there are white beach chairs oriented around a small white table. Farther back, an in-ground swimming pool and hot tub occupy the back half of the patio.

Stay in this four-bed, two-bath dream house on the water.

Photo by Vrbo

Where to stay:

  • Vrbo: Stay in this recently renovated, four-bed, two-bath home with a screened-in patio, pool, and hot tub. (~$289/night)*
  • Airbnb: Our favorite thing about this three-bed, two-bath home is its cozy blue patio area lit with string lights. Bonus: in addition to the sleek stone shower, there’s also a bidet. (~$139/night)
  • Hotel Cassadaga: Bring your camera, because this Spanish mission-style hotel is known for its concentration of spiritual energy. It also has an in-house spiritual center for seances + a gift shop. (~$105+/night)
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