I was recently in Boulder, Colorado and arrived in on a Sunday. I decided to stay in Estes Park as I had always heard that the Stanley Hotel was a wonderful place to visit! All I knew about the Stanley is that is was the inspiration for the fictional “Overlook Hotel” in the movie “The Shinning”. I had always thought that it may have been filmed here, but it was not. Unfortunately, there is no maze out front as well. But what makes this more of a famous spot is the possibility of hauntings by numerous ghosts! Now I do not believe in ghosts, but if anyone can prove otherwise, you never know!
I arrived late in the afternoon on this Sunday and it was a beautiful day. Rooms are not available until 4 PM, so I hit the Rocky Mountain National Park until my room was ready. I arrived back late…around 7 PM, ate dinner and went to sleep. I wanted to take some photos, but there were a few weddings going here this day and many people walking around taking tours. So I set my alarm for 4 AM and wanted to walk the hotel at its quietest and hope to see some ghosts! (to be continued…)
Info from the web: In 1903, F. O. Stanley, co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, came to Estes Park for his health. Stanley suffered from tuberculosis and came West at his doctor’s suggestion. The doctor arranged for the couple to stay in a cabin in Estes Park for the summer. Immediately, they fell in love with the area and Stanley’s health began to dramatically improve. Impressed by the beauty of the valley and grateful for the improvement in his health, he decided to invest his money and his future there. In 1909, he opened the elegant Stanley Hotel, a classic hostelry exemplifying the golden age of touring.
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