Our moms said we would come back and stay at this hotel. And we did. Here we are at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Many say this hotel is haunted. Movies have been made here. And we love it here. Come on humans. We ducks climbed the stairs and are waiting for you on the porch.
It is time to register for the night.
We walked up one flight of stairs to our room. This area at the top of the stairs is very light. We loved the mirrors, the chandelier, and the beautiful window.
The sitting or reading area is also very pleasant. We admired this lamp standing on an old pump.
The humans had appointments with Madame Vera.
We liked this psychic. However, the humans won’t tell what she told them. Isn’t this a calm feeling area?
This small conversation area can be seen from our room and is just outside the back door of our wing. We think plants and fire pits are comfortable and soothing. We think it is time for lunch. Here is our table.
The weather was so nice and sunny, outside seating was our preference. The view of this fountain was nice.
We love the sound of cascading water. Stevie, Soapy Smith Duck’s dog, is with us. Stevie knows that the container contains lunch treats for her.
The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. Although the original movie was not filmed at The Stanley, Stephen King later produced a mini series of The Shining, that was filmed here at this hotel. This is the doll house that was used in the TV mini series.
Many movies have been filmed here, including the comedy, Dumb and Dumber. As you can see, the natural setting of this hotel is film worthy and the hotel itself, rumored to be haunted, is also beautiful and photogenic. In the lobby we liked this 1910 Stanley Steamer, Model 60.
Freelan Oscar Stanley (F.O. Stanley) and his twin brother, Francis Edgar Stanley owned Stanley Dry Plate Company which produced plates for photography and later the owned Stanley Motor Carriage Company which produced the Stanley Steamer. This is the bar of the Stanley Hotel, which has been in films, including Dumb and Dumber.
On previous visits we have enjoyed lunch here at these tables.
This hotel opened in 1909 as a guest house for F.O. Stanley’s wealthy friends from the eastern part of the United States. F.O. Stanley was diagnosed with tuberculous in 1903. The recommended treatment at that time was relaxation and clean air. Like many with TB, F.O. Stanley spent summers in the Colorado mountains. The public restrooms have old elegance.
When the Stanley Hotel opened in 1909, it featured a hydraulic elevator, dual electric and gas lighting and was the first hotel in the west to have telephones in every room. In the evening we enjoyed a performance by Aiden Sinclair of Illusions of the Passed.
We did not take photos during the performance. The show was very good. If it was magic, is appeared very real. Ghosts of the past were called and answered by causing bells to ring. If you visit The Stanley, we recommend this show. However, on our next visit we will take the evening ghost tour. Many believe the hotel is haunted and say they have seen ghosts. Primarily ghosts of happy children on the fourth floor. Soapy and his mom took the tour a few years ago, but will all hope to go again. We ate a leisurely breakfast on the front porch while enjoying this view.
Later we walked around the hotel grounds and saw this bronze elk.
It did make us smile. October, 2014 we were here and the lawn of The Stanley was a temporary home to a herd of elk.
In the fall, the elk often roam all over town and then return to the nearby Rocky National Park. Before leaving for Denver, we took one more photo, showing Lake Estes and the fabulous Colorado Rocky Mountains.
We hope you visit here soon and also enjoy the spectacular views.
This is such a creative blog. Love it.
A very fascinating write up about the Stanley Hotel from it’s beginnings. A telephone in every room would have been such a luxury at the time. And love the little details about the filming that has taken place there.
Amazed with the connection with the Stanley Steamer (I love antique cars). That is a beautiful car on display. In that era there were a lot of what is known as carriage companies (my local town even had one up in Canada). The name Stanley Steamer is still very well known.
Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Thanks for your kind words. The Stanley Hotel has a fascinating history and is beautiful. The setting in Estes Park is just perfect for it. You would love to see the Stanley Steamer in the lobby. Hope you get to Colorado soon to enjoy it. Thanks for reading and commenting.
I would indeed really love to see that Stanley Steamer! 🙂
Hope we see you there soon. It is a good reason to visit Estes Park and Colorado.
Lucky you! I have visited the Stanley several times and have eaten lunches there. My favorite lunch was on the patio. My dream is to someday spend a night.
It was fun, but probably won’t happen too often. Thanks for reading and commenting
That’s a bit fancy, Ducks. Lucky you!
It was fun. Much different than our usual road trip hotels. But we love it all. We just want to see so many places and things. Thanks for reading and commenting.