Steve Jobs Has a Strange Connection to the Hotel from 'The Shining'

The apple co-founder tied the knot with his wife Laurene Powell at a small Buddhist ceremony in a National Park

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When Steve Jobs tied the knot with his wife in 1991, he chose a venue with a unique — and creepy — film history.

The late Apple co-founder said ‘I Do’ with Laurene Powell during a small ceremony officiated by a Buddhist monk at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park on March 18, Business Insider recently pointed out.

The California resort, which has since been renamed the Majestic Yosemite, was used to film many of the interior scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic horror film The Shining, which was adopted from a novel by Steven King’s novel and stars Jack Nicholson,

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While the exterior shots of the 1980 release’s fictional Overlook Hotel were actually captured in Oregon at the Timberline Lodge, famous scenes such as Danny tricycling through the hotel and the shot with the man in the bear suit, were filmed at the Ahwahnee. The double-height lobby and check-in area will also be instantly recognizable to film buffs.

The potential creepiness did not deter Jobs and Powell, who after they married, went on to have three children — a son Reed, born in 1991, and daughters Erin, born in 1995 and Eve, born in 1998. (Jobs passed away in October 2011 of pancreatic cancer).

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In fact, since its film debut, the four-star resort, which landed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and is acclaimed as a National Historic Landmark, has welcomed many famous guests, both before and after The Shining was released.

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In 1983, Queen Elizabeth II stayed in the hotel’s Mary Curry Tresidder Junior Suite (currently $531/night), which was once a private bedroom, but was turned into a guest room with a four-poster canopy king bed in 1970, according to the National Park Reservations website.

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John F. Kennedy stayed in the hotel’s Presidential Suite while he was still a senator. The suite is outfitted with a parlor, balcony, fireplace, pull-out sofa, flat screen TV and a separate bedroom with a king bed, TV, telescope and full bath.

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Multiple outlets report that President Barack Obama also visited the remote resort over Father’s Day Weekend in 2016 with his family, enjoying morning workouts at the Yosemite recreation center and hiking a nearby falls, including Happy Isles, the Fresno Bee reported.

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Since it was erected in 1927, the resort has provided an oasis in Northern California, offering 99 rooms in the main building as well as 24 supplemental cottages. The hotel also hosts backpacking, hiking, and family adventures through Yosemite National Park.

The grounds also feature an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and a lounge/bar, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room, and a sweet shop.

Reservations at the resort start at $376 for a standard room without a promised view of the park, while featured rooms (with a balcony and a view) start at $500/night.

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