Estes Park, Colorado, June 4-6, 2012
About the Venue
The Stanley Hotel, http://www.stanleyhotel.com, is a historic landmark hotel in a spectacular mountain-view location, offering old-world charm matched with the latest of modern amenities. Located at an elevation of 7,500 feet (2,286 meters) and within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, it was built in 1907-1909 by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile (which is on display in the hotel lobby). It inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, and served as a location site for several movies (including Dumb and Dumber). It hosted many US presidents, royalties, and celebrities. We were able to obtain a very good deal for the rooms for workshop participants ($179 per room, per night). Many believe that the hotel is haunted (the most cases of ghostly activity were reported for the ballroom in which we will have our banquet dinner). The block of rooms for our conference includes room 217, which is believed to be the most haunted guest room (Stephen King got the idea for The Shining after staying in room 217). The popular Stanley Hotel Ghost & History Tour is included in the workshop package.
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Estes Park, http://www.estesparkcvb.com, an hour from Fort Collins or Boulder, and hour and a half from Denver International Airport, is one of the most beautiful resort towns in the US, with numerous galleries, shops, and restaurants, along with majestic nature and abundant wildlife.
Rocky Mountain National Park, http://www.nps.gov/romo, established as NP in 1915, is one of the most visited national parks in the US. The bus tour of the park on the third day (included in the workshop package) will feature (preliminary plan) a drive along Trail Ridge Road (the highest continuous motorway in the US), visits to Continental Divide, to the "Land Above the Trees" [reaching 12,183 feet (3,713 m) above sea], with a lot of snow (and sun) in June (see http://www.rmnp.com), a visit to the Alluvial Fan http://www.rmnp.com/RMNP-Areas-HorseshoePark-AlluvialFan.html, a drive (and brief stays) through lowland meadows (with herds of elk) and aspen groves, and a lunch at Bear Lake, one of the most photographed spots in Colorado.
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The shuttle transportation from Denver International Airport to Estes Park (Stanley Hotel) and back to DIA (the shuttle takes about 1h 40 mins), as well as the food during the entire workshop and the banquet dinner (in a haunted hotel ballroom), is included in the workshop package.
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