Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO
Dani pulls a "Here's Johnny!" in front of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.

This hotel served as the inspiration for the book and, later, the film The Shining.  Stephen King wrote the book after staying here and brought director Stanley Kubrick to see the place when he was going to adapt the novel.

This is one of the dining rooms in the place (there are many; on the day we visited, there were five weddings!).

Contrary to popular belief, the hotel was not used in the original film.  The exterior shots were of Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood in OR and all the interiors were in a studio in London, England.

Here is one of the bars.

You might be interested to know that the 1997 remake of "The Shining" was, in fact, filmed here.  Of course, so were scenes from "Dumb and Dumber," which is even scarier!

The Aspen Lodge in Estes Park, CO
I thought this place was like a miniature version of the Great Northern Lodge from Twin Peaks, although we're geographically closer to South Park elementary than the Packard saw mills.

Here I ponder who killed Laura Palmer and, more important, where can I get some cherry pie?

You can't see her in this shot, but Dani's wearing loafers and a mini-skirt as she dances to a soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti while the guests give her odd looks.

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