Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Wednesday World Travel - The Stanley Hotel

In the spirit of the season, I'll be focusing on scary travel destinations. For full disclosure, I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS actually go to one of these places. I am already a big wussy with an overactive imagination, so going to any of these places would just be asking to have a nervous breakdown. However, you're into that kind of thing, there are tons of cool places to go to have the daylights scared out of you. I could think of no better place to start than the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

image from Wikipedia

Located near the gorgeous Rock Mountain National Park, stands the hotel Stephen King based his novel The Shining on. It has plenty of hauntings, including the founder of the hotel, F.O. Stanley, who is said to still roam the billiard room, his favorite place during life.

image from the Stanley Hotel

Perhaps a run in with the ghosts in room 418. It likes to make strange noises, and sleep in the bed when no guests occupy the room.

Or you might see the mustached man in the window, looking out at the guests.

image from Flickr member Orbisonitrum

Then, if you need to settle your nerves, have a red-rum cocktail in the Stanley bar.

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