Colorado's historical, pop-culture-heavy hotel finds new ways to impress.
I had a blast when I visited Estes Park a little over 9 years ago. Seeing the beautiful snowcapped "fourteeners" was breathtaking while at Rocky Mtn Nat Park. It is just that rugged beauty of the mountains and the surroundings that had such an incredible beauty to them. That amphitheater with the pond as a backdrop is pretty impressive.
That is really cool that you stayed at the Stanley hotel. When I was there, I stayed at hotels elsewhere and outside of Estes Park. In hindsight, I wish I would've stayed at the Stanley. There is that kind of unique, rustic charm to many of these classic one off hotels. From the pics I've seen of it, the interior decor in the lobby and the rooms has kind of a homely warmth to them. It is quite a contrast to the more austere and cookie cutter interior decor and environment at the chain hotels that I routinely stay at for my work travels. Plus these kinds of hotels have quite a history to them that adds some appeal. I'm definitely planning on a future visit to Estes Park hopefully next year. And this time, I'll make sure to stay at the Stanley.
I have been to Estes Park once. It was in the mid 1970s. I went with the members of my rock band except the drummer. It was beautiful beyond belief. We climbed Longs Peak drove across the state to Mt. Elbert which was easier to climb. Then went to the Grand Canyon and took a picture of us standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona. A once in a lifetime trip. We were used to climbing mountains here in the East which were 5-8,000 feet. Staring down a 14er was daunting. One foot in front of other worked as a technique although starting the ascent at 3 am with flashlights was new to us. I heard it could really rain there but we were lucky. Seeing snowcapped peaks in summer was unique to a bunch of guys from New Jersey. Please continue to talk about the places that you go, I like to hear about them.