After Rocky Mountain National Park, we headed to downtown Estes Park to refuel. Andrea had never eaten elk or buffalo before, so we went to Penelope’s Burgers and Fries, where burgers made from those animals are available.
“Not bad,” we decided. Honestly, I didn’t think the burgers tasted much different from the beef variety, but they were tasty. Penelope’s also had a lot of vintage car memorabilia on the walls worth checking out.
After that and doing some window shopping, we went to another icon of Estes Park: the Stanley Hotel. The Stanley Hotel’s claim to fame was being the inspiration for the hotel in the Steven King thriller/movie The Shining, along with being in other movies like Jim Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber.
The Stanley was also a lovely place to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate by a fireplace. It was an excellent way to cap off a fun day in the region.