Monday, September 7, 2015

Inspirations from a "Haunted Hotel"

Got a chance to finish the summer off with a trip to Colorado. Such a beautiful state.
Visited Manitou Springs and Estes Park and let me tell you, living in the midwest you really appreciate the scale and power of nature. While in Estes Park, I got a chance to visit the Stanley Hotel for the second time. It was much better this time because I gave myself enough time to enjoy it a bit more and even have a whiskey at the bar- unfortunatley the bartenders name was not Lloyd.

I was amazed that the Hotel embraced "The Shinning" commercialy.
The gift shop had books, hats and room 217 plaques (as well as keys for 1408)
The basement level had a nice little display and tour area for both the Kubrick film as well as the TV adaption. They actually planted a Hedge maze- (2015 it said) out front. That was not there the last time I was here. It was only about 3 ft tall, so it was pretty easy. Even the restroom was a bit creepy...thought I was going to run into Grady. I also saw posted the flyer for the Stanley Hotel Halloween mascarade ball. How awesome would that be...

All in all, it was a great way to start September. We will be returning to our big party this year after a few years of retirement- just can't seem to let it go. Time to get to work and start enjoying the best time of the year!

Next fall it looks like Sleepy Hollow and Salem for my inspirational trip so any suggestions or tips for that would greatly be appreciated!
The October Boy

Also, on a side note- The wife's phone camera flipped upside down while taking pictures in the mysteriously "fixed" itself after we left. Makes you think.....


  1. Hello October Boy.... Glad that you were able to go to the "Overlook" (Stanley Hotel).... we have heard much about it ... thanks for sharing these images as well...and a great Labor Day to you and yours....

  2. I'm also surprised that the hotel embraced "The Shining", but that's pretty cool! I got chills just looking at that typewriter. That place is such a movie icon that just looking at the rooms creeps me out. I was just reminded of some photography you might be interested in!

    Mostly empty rooms in The Overlook

  3. Great to see you back on line. You did not have much to say about Manitou - how did you like it? I am just a little partial to it myself.

  4. My apologies Lady M, If I'm not mistaken, you moved there a year or so ago?
    Manitou Springs is a very interesting town filled with lots of interesting people.
    Only had 2 days there- went up Pikes Peak and toured the Garden of the Gods.
    Very Beautiful country. Enjoyed walking around the downtown just people watching and eating way too much ( partial to the pulled pork at Suzy Q's)
    Did not expect the community to be as "artistic" as it was. Did not seem like a typical tourist town. All in all, for the short time we spent there, we really enjoyed our stay! Did not mean to snub the town from my post

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it - it is a great place to people watch. Not the typical tourist town. Come back for the coffin races sometime around Halloween - it's a great party.