Recently I was lucky enough to travel with a dear friend, Chip Coffey, to Colorado. Estes, Colorado to be exact and we stayed at the Stanley Hotel of The Shining (Stephen King) fame. I learned a few things on this trip, like The Stanley Hotel was named after Mr. F.O. Stanley, the man who built it, and who designed the Stanley Steamer automobile. Had no idea. And that The Shining, the movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick, did NOT please Mr. King, so there was a mini series of the same name done subsequently. The Shining was filmed at a hotel in Washington State, with interiors shot in London, England, and the series was actually filmed on location at this hotel.
It is very haunted. And there is a pet cemetery on property (see photo) that gave Stephen King the idea for the book/movie of the same name. The trip was so much fun, and best of all, it snowed for a day which was awesome since we didn’t have a winter in Georgia. The big elk leisurely grazing through the front lawn was pretty neat, too. All in all, glad I went, and would love to go back.
Oh, and the new owner of the hotel is going for a Guinness Book of Records for the largest selection of whiskey in the world. Anyone with a passion for this brown liquid should take note!!! You might even get a glimpse of Mr. Stanley’s ghost bellying up to the bar late in the evening seeing that everyone is having a grand time!