August 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Colorado trip – Estes Park

We next drove to beautiful Estes Park just outside of Rocky Mt. National Park with its flower lined streets, a  creek running through town, elk and deer wandering through front yards, lots and lots of funky shops and of course the famous Stanley Hotel.  We had the best time wandering around this cute little town!

Beautiful flowers everywhere

Elk walking around in yards!

Magnificent Stanley Hotel

Of course we had to stay a night in the magnificent Stanley Hotel.  It was built by Freelan Stanley, co-founder of the Stanley Steamer automobile.  The hotel opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the rich and famous, including the Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theadore Toosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities.

Steven King wrote “The Shining” after staying in the hotel and hearing that it was haunted.  Rumor has it that ghosts apparently frequent room 217, the ballroom and upstairs on the 4th floor.  We didn’t hear or see any signs of them while
we were there but a friend of Karen’s informed her that during her stay she heard children playing up on the fourth floor at around 11 in the evening.  The fourth floor was closed during this time and when she questioned the proprietors about it they explained that the children ghosts can be heard quite often.   We did watch a bit of “The Shining” on TV while we were there.  There’s a channel that shows it 24/7 at the hotel.

Stanley Hotel lobby

And having drinks on the front porch was delightful!  It kind of made me feel like we were stepping
back in time.

Enjoying drinks at the Stanley!

Next post – Rocky Mountain National Park!


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