Last week I got to knock a major item off my bucket list: staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The bonus part was that this trip was with my sisters Kira Shay and Megan Vaughn and spanned over my birthday. I couldn't have asked for more or for better company.
It was a wonderful week that began with a beautiful scenic drive up to Glenwood Springs, Co and a stay at the historic Hotel Colorado. (This is the hotel where Theodore Roosevelt had the Teddy Bear named after him.) Though the hotel itself was grand and glorious, stuffed to the brim with history and stories, I can't say that the stay at this hotel was comfortable. The rooms were stuffy and it was humid when we arrived. (Not humid for the locals, but this Arizona gal was uncomfortable.) I sweated the whole night and didn't sleep very well.
It was a small blessing though, as I was awake enough to experience my second run in with the paranormal in my life. As I drifted in and out of dozing, I kept feeling the sheets being pulled from me in bed. At first I thought a breeze from the window had blown under the sheets - but no - the sheets kept being pulled from the corner tip of the fabric just under my arm. This happened two or three times throughout the night. I wasn't afraid when this happened though; it was more an annoyance.
The next morning when Kira woke up I asked her, "So did our friend visit you last night too?"
"Yeah," she said. "What did he do to you?"
"You first." (Because I'm a chicken like that. . .)
Kira said that she heard a heavily assented male voice muttering over her bad all night. She told me it felt like he was leaning over her, but she couldn't make out what he was saying at all.
We both asked Megan and Matt about their experience, but apparently they had no activity in their side of the suite that night.
For the next two nights we stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Sadly, we didn't know that the Stanley was more than just the main hotel. They have a brand new hotel just down the road called the Aspire as well as multiple condos you can book. (When we booked our stay we thought the Aspire was just the name of the Suite type we selected. We didn't know it was a separate building.)
We ended up in a Suite in the Aspire. Though we were bummed we didn't get to stay in the main hotel, it all worked out in the end. As guest, we still got to go and explore the main hotel and grab a ton of photos.