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Cabin of the Month - Braeside Cabin

Our featured lodge this month is Braeside Cabin, "the best little guest house in Estes."  Located 3 miles from the south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park,  it is within walking distance to YMCA and a great Italian dinner at Dunraven Inn. 

                  Braeside Cabin exterior view

This cabin is a well-kept secret - and well worth discovering.  It is a classic cabin for two with charming knotty pine interiors and is open ALL YEAR long.  What's special about Braeside Cabin is that it allows pet owners to bring along their pets at no extra charge (you're only charged if your pet "redecorates").  Pets can be left unattended in the cabin, crated if the owner thinks it is necessary.  Warm up by the wood burning moss rock fireplace.  You will find a fully equipped kitchen and a full bath with a shower/tub.  All the amenities you need at a very reasonable price.  

Their current Winter Special from Nov 2, 2014 to May 7, 2015 - Sunday through Thursday, stay one night and get the next night FREE!!  (Weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are excluded)  Experience a quintessential Rocky Mountain Cabin!! For more information, please check out the Braeside Cabin Detail page.

                  Braeside Cabin wood burning fireplace

The Shining Hotel

The Shining Hotel

Forget Casper; the real friendly ghosts live in The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Perched majestically beside the mountains since 1909 the hotel has a long, haunted history. Besides inspiring the setting of Stephen King’s novel and consequent blockbuster, The Shining, the hotel has had rumored ghost stories of its own for over a century.

The haunted theories date back to 1911 when the hotel’s chief housekeeper, Ms. Elizabeth Wilson, was blasted through the floor of room 217 during a lantern explosion. Her fall was not fatal, however, room 217’s guests have reported strange additional maintenance being done to their room for decades. It is almost as if Ms. Wilson is still there tidying up and taking care of her guests. In other rooms, guests have reported hearing children laughing and playing outside their door only to open it and find nothing there. The ghosts of the original builder, Freelan Stanley, and his wife have reportedly been spotted hovering in different locations around the hotel. A piano is often heard though no one is playing it. Sometimes the lights flicker, or footsteps fade leaving guests wondering about supernatural presences.

It was also in room 217 that Stephen King commenced writing The Shining. During his stay there, King reported hearing phantom children yelling down the hallways. He sensed the ghostly ambiance of The Stanley Hotel and brought one of the greatest horror stories in history to life from it.

Stanley Kubrick, the director of The Shining, followed in King’s footsteps in 1980 and based the film’s famous Overlook Hotel off of The Stanley Hotel. The film production built a life sized model of the Overlook Hotel in London and supplemented by filming in various locations in California, Montana, and Oregon. 17 years after Kubrick’s critically acclaimed film came out, King hired a new director to film the story more accurately to his novel. This second, lesser known film adaptation was filmed inside The Stanley Hotel exactly as King envisioned it should be.

Stephen King believed in The Stanley Hotel’s unique environment strongly enough to conceive his own twisted, horror story in the midst of it. The Shining is yet another remarkable development to add to the hotel’s rich past. Hundred year old ghost stories can be hard to refute, especially with one of America’s greatest writers believing in them.

Today, The Stanley Hotel is not threatened by sinister spirits like other establishments that lay claim to haunting. Rather, there are frequent tales of paranormal housekeeping. Guests may find their things packed, unpacked, or rearranged in unexpected ways. Sometimes, guests wake up and discover that someone folded their blankets or tucked them in while they slept.

Whether the ghosts are real or not, The Stanley Hotel is a special, historical place where curious people can find out for themselves.