So today was a beautiful trip to Estes Park, Colorado until… the sky opened up and the hail came out. I’ll take another up there so I can show you the beauty of the scenery! So, before the downpour began, we had an amazing drive the beautiful winding roads through the mountains. The red rocks stand out against the green trees making it well worth the trip. Estes park is a gorgeous area that sits about 7500 feet above sea level. It is an outdoor playground for anyone that loves, hiking, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, fishing, and heck you name it. The air is certainly different and at this altitude & it will take a minute to get used to the lack of oxygen.
We decided it was a day to introduce the little people to the ghosts of the Stanley Hotel (Stephen King’s inspiration for The Shining). The first time I made it to this hotel, I was so sad when I realized this wasn’t the actual location of the movie. That hotel is somewhere in Oregon (which is one place I will have to visit). This time, my sister, and my nieces took the trip with no ghosts to be found. They may have been napping. Although, we had to take the pic of the RedRum sisters. Now we can see the evil 😉 (my sister will love that).
I’ve been to the hotel twice. The first time I actually stayed at this location and had my first ghost experience. It’s been investigated and time and time again, spirits or energy have been found there. During my visit, as I walked up the main stairs I could feel something cold run from my wrist to my elbow. No one was near me and the cold went away as quickly as it came. I tried time and again to analyze what I felt, but there really wasn’t another explanation for what I felt. Boooooo-Creepy
So check out their website for all they have to offer. Ghost tours, a beautiful hotel stay, excellent food, your very own ghost experience, spa, conferences, weddings, banquet hosting, etc. http://www.stanleyhotel.com/
They have officially added the maze (well kinda). This wasn’t there the first time I went there, but due to popular demand, they added one in the front of the hotel. The technicality was that while in the movie it’s about a 12 foot high solid maze, and the one they added is about 2 feet high made of evergreen. It smells great, but such a disappointment when the movie is implanted firmly in your mind.
A few pics of the outside. I tried to convince my nieces that the ghosts lived in the room with the open window 😉 Their initial response when pulling up was, “it doesn’t look scary”. They have done an amazing job at keeping up the property. While the hotel is known for the movie is has a pretty cool history all it’s own.
Wiki discusses a bit of the history. The Stanley Hotel is a 140-room Colonial Revival hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies. It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century..
Stanley built on land that he had purchased from the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, an Anglo-Irish peer. Lord Dunraven first came to the area in 1872 while on a hunting trip. He illegally acquired up to 15,000 acres (61 km2) of the Estes Valley in an unsuccessful attempt to create a private hunting preserve. unpopular with the local ranchers and farmers, Dunraven finally left the area in 1884. Dunraven’s reputation was such that, when Stanley suggested “The Dunraven” as a name for his new hotel, 180 people signed a buckskin petition requesting that he name it for himself.
The Stanley Hotel was completed in 1909 and featured a hydraulic elevator, electricity, running water, telephones and a fleet of Stanley Mountain Wagons to bring guests to the hotel from the nearest train depot in Lyons, Colorado; all of this at a time when Estes Park was little more than a locale for hunters and naturalists. The presence of the hotel and Stanley’s own involvement greatly contributed to the growth of Estes Park (incorporated in 1917) and the creation of the Rocky Mountain National Park (established in 1915). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stanley_Hotel
Alright all, if you are out there traveling, enjoy the heck out of it. Until next time, Happy Travels! Jill Charpia