We are in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park is about 48 miles from our campground in Grand Lake. You drive across the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park to visit Estes Park. I am sure we will be making this breathtaking drive more than once while staying in the area. Our first stop was the Nepal’s Indian Restaurant. We had lunch there our last visit, we made sure to go back again today, it was delicious as usual.
After lunch we enjoyed touring the town. We dove over to see the Stanley Hotel and saw a huge elk right on the lawn near the hotel. This town is blessed with beautiful mountains that peak to more than 14,000 feet and lots of wildlife all over town. They also have a lot of unique shops, you don’t see any chain stores in this incredible town. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. I am also pasting information about the Stanley Hotel below, it is a very interesting hotel.
The Stanley Hotel is a 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies. It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the rich and famous, including the RMS Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities. The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Stanley Hotel also hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, inspiring him to write The Shining. Parts of the television mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there, whereas Stanley Kubrick's cinematic adaptation The Shining was filmed at another resort hotel, the Timberline Lodge in Oregon (besides Elstree Studios in England).