March 23, 2015

J.L. Bowen’s News: CRW Retreat and Stanley Hotel Tour

This weekend, I was at the Colorado Romance Writer’s Retreat at the Amberwood Mountain Lodge in Estes Park. It was a beautiful place and I actually wrote 6000 words this weekend.

From left to right: Jessica, Alice, J.L., Amy, Susan, Maggie, Jessica back row. Front row: Jean, Sue, Maya.

From left to right: Jessica, Alice, J.L., Amy, Susan, Maggie, Jessica back row. Front row: Jean, Sue, Maya.

After the retreat, four of us went to the Stanley Hotel and went on a historical tour which was actually a ghost tour. Our guide was Red Bob and he’s an elementary teacher when he isn’t taking people on tours. He was funny and made us laugh. One of the most haunted places is the Music Hall.

Stanley Music Hall 2

Amy, Sean and Jessica

Amy, Sean and Jessica

J.L. Bowen at the Music Hall

J.L. Bowen at the Music Hall

Stanley Music Hall

Stanley Music Hall

The mirror below is supposed to be a portal for spirits in the basement of the music hall. In the basement, there were two homeless people who died: Paul and Lucy. On the previous tour, Red Bob said that Lucy slammed the door, but she didn’t do this to us.

Stanley Portal Mirror

Stanley Portal Mirror

 

On the stage, people are supposed to experience paranormal phenomenon. The rich affluent came to the music hall when it was built including, the Roosevelts.

Ivory Billiard Balls

Ivory Billiard Balls

Stanley Pool Room

Stanley Pool Room

 

In the main lodge, we went to the billiard room where Red Bob asked all the women to sit on a bench. Back in the days, women were supposed to wear long dresses and sit quietly while their men played pool. Since the billiard balls were made of ivory, the floor had cork underneath the carpet. In the corner, Mr. Stanley would make his presence known by the smell of cherry cigar. And guess what? We did.

It was a great tour and if you have a chance, visit the Stanley!

 

 

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