Traditions and Inspirations

I thought I’d share a little about the last trip my husband and I took. We celebrated a milestone anniversary and instead of going to Branson, MO, our usual destination, we went to Estes Park, CO.

Why there, you ask? There aren’t any ski slopes, although the town is on the outskirts of a national forest. No, besides being tucked into a beautiful valley, the big draw to Estes Park is the Stanley Hotel. Never heard of it? Hmm. Ever heard of Stephen Kings’ book, THE SHINING? Yep. It was his stay at said hotel, in room 217 that inspired that story. In case you’re wondering, yes, the hotel is possessed by Spirits.

Here’s a picture taken of the front of the hotel the night before we left.

While the Stanley’s were alive, the ladies gathered in the Music Room to plan their days’ activities while the men went out hunting or whatever. (Remember, it was a different era back in the 1920’s and ‘30’s.) Mrs. Stanley loved to play the piano, and sometimes late at night people can still hear her playing.

We didn’t happen to encounter any spirits during our stay. Doesn’t mean they weren’t there. Of course, we weren’t in room 217 – the most haunted room in the hotel – or on the 4th floor where guest can still hear children running up and down the halls.

Completely refurbished, the Stanley is a beautiful hotel. (Check out the lobby, complete with a Stanley Steamer automobile.)

If I wrote paranormal, I would definitely go back for more ‘ghostly’ inspiration. Want to go with me?


Linda Trout