The Stanley

How cool is this??

The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO

My parents are in town visiting and driving me crazy (like all good parents do) so yesterday we took a little day trip up to Estes Park. We went hiking (to tiny Gem Lake) and it was absolutely gorgeous. Saw a huge herd of elk, some deer right on the trail, and lots of not very wild little ground squirrels. 

After we climbed back down the mountain, we popped over to The Stanley Hotel for some light refreshments. Squeee! I just finished listening to the superb audio version of Stephen King’s The Shining and so it was extra uber-special to visit the hotel that inspired the story. It was definitely creepy and cool, and I could totally see everything King was thinking. This is a heavy place – you can feel it in the air. The elevator was exactly as he described and gave me the chills. The gift shop had an entire section dedicated the the book and movies, and apparently the hotel runs the two movies 24/7 on one channel. I didn’t even know there was a miniseries movie made in addition to Kubrick’s phenomenal film – and it was filmed at The Stanley. Cool!

Non-guests are not allowed out of the public parts of the hotel (aside from the lobby areas/grounds, there’s a fancy restaurant, but also a nice little cafe in the basement). So I’m working on getting Husband to take me there for some anniversary or something sometime. Just before we left I peeked into the big dining room, billiard, and music rooms. When I approached the music room, I heard a piano playing, which made my hair stand up for a second because I read that people sometimes hear music playing when no one is in there…but then I recognized the tune as “Mad World” by Tears for Fears and saw someone very human playing for a group. LOL.

Anyway, it’s sooo cool when you can visit a real location from one of your favorite books and I highly recommend a visit to Estes Park to anyone visiting Colorado. It’s a very reasonable drive from Denver, there’s tons to do, and everything is so beautiful. 


2 thoughts on “The Stanley

  1. That is DEFINITELY cool! the second I saw that picture, I was like, “Now where have I seen that hotel before?” The miniseries is much more in line with King’s book– but Kubrik’s version is SO MUCH creepier. I stayed at a hotel that had a lobby just like the one in the movie last year for vacation and had a hard time sleeping!

    1. 😀 Netflix had the miniseries! I can’t wait to see it – moved it to the top of my queue! I think the book and Kubrick’s movie can each stand independently. I can’t wait to compare!

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