Monday, August 3, 2015

The Stanley Hotel, Colorado

A Historic Hotels of America® built by inventor of the Stanley Steamer

The Stanley HotelThe Stanley surrounded by the natural beauty of Estes Park. (HHA)

What You’ll Find

For over 100 years The Stanley has lured guests to Estes Park with its combination of luxurious hospitality and natural beauty. The Georgian Colonial Revival style hotel was built in 1909 by inventor F.O. Stanley who invented the Stanley Steamer. Looking for a place to showcase his famous automobiles he founded The Stanley Hotel and opened to guests on the 4th of July 1909. Since that Independence Day, guests have come to expect their own unique experience at The Stanley. World-class hospitality and 35 acres (14 ha) of pristine Colorado land guarantee something for every visitor. From a full-service spa, to walking tours of the town, to a myriad of outdoor activities—opportunities are endless at this historic western treasure, known for its location “7,500 feet above ordinary.”
The hotel has been a member of Historic Hotels of America® since 2005 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The National Register of Historic Places is an official list of our Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Getting There

The Stanley Hotel is located in Estes Park, approximately 72 miles (116 km) northwest of Denver, at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The Denver International Airport is located an hour and a half southwest.

Make Sure You

Plan your excursion out to Rocky Mountain National Park. Opportunities to explore are endless, as over 400 miles (643 km) are open up to you and your family. Encourage the kids to become Junior Rangers in one of the programs designed for the youngest guests or take the whole family on a photography safari observing animals from elk to bighorn sheep to diverse species of birds.

Try This

Head to Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee National Grasslands. This national forest is a veritable choose-your-own-adventure of outdoor fun. Families can picnic or take scenic drives at their own speed, while the more adventurous types can try their hand at rock climbing or riding ATVs. The Arapaho National Forest was established by Theodore Roosevelt on July 1, 1908, renamed in his honor in 1932. The Pawnee National Grassland was transferred to the Forest Service from the Soil Conservation Service in 1954 and designated a national grassland in 1960.

Don’t Forget

Take the chance to explore the historic city of Boulder during your Colorado getaway. Delve into the bourgeoning art scene that offers events like the Boulder International Film Festival and the Colorado Shakespeare festival or ride your bike through the picturesque city.
Take a moment to pause and visit or stay the night at the historic Hotel Boulderado, a fellow member of Historic Hotels of America.

Did You Know?

The written word may be responsible for the continued existence of this treasured building. By the 1970s the hotel had gained a reputation for being faded and haunted. American author Stephen King however, reminded the public of its grandeur and sense of place by using the hotel as the inspiration for his bestseller “The Shining.” Guests today enjoy discovering the rich history of former guests and noted dignitaries who have passed through the hotel’s doors- some of which, perhaps inspired by “The Shining” paranormal experts say, have never left.

(source recreation.gov)
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