Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel is located in Estes Park, CO and served as the inspiration for Stephen King's book, "The Shining."  I never read the book, but I did see the the first movie with Jack Nicholson and it scared the bejesus out of me!  I loved some of those lines he had and how he delivered them... "Little pig, little pig, let me in..." or "Heerrrre's Johnny!"  Of course they used a different hotel in that movie than this one, but it's kind of cool to know that this was the inspiration.

Here's a little more about the hotel from their website:

"When precisely the strange events began happening at the Stanley Hotel has never been documented, but interesting occurrences are a part of the history of this beautiful hotel.

Miss Elizabeth Wilson was the chief housekeeper at the Stanley Hotel in its very early days. On the evening of June 25, 1911, during a storm, she was involved in an explosion that took place as she was lighting the acetylene lanterns that were the back-up system for the hotel’s electricity. Miss Wilson was shot down in the explosion from what is now Room 217 to the floor of the MacGregor Room. She was not killed, but her ankles were broken. From the 1950’s on, it has been reported that she might take special care of people that stay in 217. Sometimes guests staying that room encounter extra housekeeping services, including having their things put away or unpacked.

All of the rooms in the hotel have had out-of-the-ordinary experiences reported, including having items moved from place to place, as well as lights turning on and off. If you stay on the fourth floor, you just might get to hear the children of long ago running up and down the halls, laughing and giggling. Sometimes guest will be tucked-in at night, as that was the duty for the nannies to perform for the young children.

(The founders) F.O. and Flora Stanley are said to still spend time at the hotel. It is not unusual for guests and staff to catch a glimpse of F.O. walking the lobby, or hear Flora still playing her beloved piano in the Music Room. Remember, they loved and took pleasure from the hotel, and maybe they still do!"


  1. You do not know how jealous I am of this shot, me and the Empress have been wanting to visit this place for years, well done

  2. Thanks, Wiz! It is a pretty cool place! We would've liked to have spent a night there but just didn't have time. Maybe another! Thanks again for dropping by!


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