The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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T H E 1 1 1 GROUP G G R R O U P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E — S T A N L E Y H O T E L — ESTES PA R K , COLOR A DO Lovers of the paranormal will enjoy a trip to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The hotel has become famous for being the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's 1977 novel "The Shining." For many years, the hotel has embraced the paranormal and the role it plays as a part of its past. "A lot of people love the history and love the Stephen King component," said hotel spokesman Reed Rowley, "but it's more about our history and the Stanley family." The hotel hosts two tours where you can explore the haunted history of the hotel as well as the architecture and notable spots throughout the property. An interesting experience on the tours is seeing the rare Stanley steam cars; the hotel's original owner, Freelan Oscar Stanley, also co-founded the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, which manufactured Stanley Steamers. The other component of the hotel's ambiance is its connection to the Stanley family history. F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, came to Colorado seeking a respite for F.O.'s health but chose to make the most of rural life by creating a resort worthy of East Coast elite. The Stanleys subsequently played a big role in developing the Estes Park area and in the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Aspire Residences, 40 additional rooms in a separate building from the original hotel, brings this part of the family's history to the modern era. The rooms feature panoramic views of the surrounding national park and Lake Estes. There are now about a dozen buildings that make up the Stanley hotel property, including the Marys Lake Lodge and the Pavilion, an amphitheater and event space. W W W. STA N L E Y HOT E L .COM 3 Courtesy Stanley Hotel Courtesy Stanley Hotel Courtesy Stanley Hotel Courtesy Stanley Hotel THE STANLEY HOTEL SITS BENEATH ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. F.O. STANLEY'S COMPANY INVENTED THE STANLEY STEAMER. THE RANCH ROOM VIEW OF THE ROCKIES FROM THE STANLEY HOTEL PROPERTY

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