Another Year, Another Steer

Slugger & DenverLast Friday, January 24th, The Brown Palace welcomed Slugger and Denver to Afternoon Tea in the Atrium Lobby at the annual prize-winning livestock event. The Brown Palace has a long-standing tradition of welcoming livestock into the hotel thanks to the National Western Stock Show held in Denver each winter. The 2014 NWSS Grand Champion Steer and Reserve Bull walked the red carpet and posed for photos with Denver’s cow town fans and rodeo queens alike.

photo 2The grand champion steer, Slugger, was raised by 13-year-old Baylor Bonham of Newcastle, Oklahoma. The reserve bull was raised by Lauren May of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and was coincidentally named Denver.

True to form, the Brown Palace was jam packed with cowboys and rodeo queens sitting down to Afternoon Tea and reveling in the Western culture brought together by two of Denver’s oldest traditions.

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy one of the Wild West’s favorite annual events, we can’t wait to see you all again next year.

The Denver Broncos: Getting Back To Our Roots

Denver Broncos through the yearsIn 1959, Bob Howsam and Lamar Hunt met for the first time in the lobby of The Brown Palace Hotel to discuss the new football league that Hunt was forming.

It was here that Howsam agreed to own the Denver franchise in what would eventually become the American Football League. From only four franchises, the AFL grew to the point of merger with the NFL and the game football as it is known today. It was a royal beginning for the Denver Broncos!

Denver Broncos at The BrownAmong those who helped to lay the Broncos foundation include iconic ball players including Frank Bernardi, Chuck Gavin, Gene Mingo and Bob Stransky as well as assistant coach Dale Dodrill. So what does Gene Mingo remember most about his tenure with the Broncos? “The Broncos gave me my first chance,” he recalls in a past interview with The Denver Post. Mingo is responsible for the first punt return for a touchdown in the American Football League when he played for the Broncos in 1960. That same touchdown won the first-ever American Football League game, as the Broncos defeated the Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots) 13-10.

This Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. MST, the Denver Broncos will once again face off against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Sunday’s game marks the fourth post-season match-up between New England and Denver since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

If Sunday’s game is the last primetime showdown between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, it will certainly be one to remember as these football powerhouses faceoff for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.

A Wild West Tradition Returns to Denver this Month

Stock Show ParadeSpotting hundreds of Texas Longhorn cattle strolling through downtown Denver on a Thursday afternoon in mid-January can only mean one thing: It’s Stock Show time. Don’t have a cow, downtown will resume its urban chic vibe by the end of the day and there will be plenty more opportunities to wrangle your wild side in the coming weeks. 

The 2014 National Western Stock show is just around the corner, and The Brown Palace will once again invite the Grand Champion Steer to join us for an afternoon of local paparazzi in the Atrium Lobby.

Two of Denver’s most historic traditions will come together on Friday, January 24th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to showcase the 108th Annual National Western Stock Show’s Grand Champion Steer. After being led down a red carpet, the award-winning giant will be available for a complimentary close-up. This event is open to the public and does not require reservations.


The 2014 National Western Stock Show will be held January 11 – 26th with events held at the Denver Coliseum, Stadium Arena and National Western Events Center. For more information about this event, please call 303.297.3111 or email us at

Holiday Magic Around the Mile High

The Brown Palace takes great pride in showcasing our stunning spectacle of holiday décor each year. Matt Makens of 7NEWS calls The Brown Palace “a must do for the holidays,” and hundreds of hotel guests and Denver locals buzz about the breath-taking decorations that can be seen in the Atrium Lobby throughout the month of December. Some even include The Brown on their list of Denver’s most charming holiday displays. The Mile High City is a beautiful place to spend the holidays, and we’re honored to be included with some of the best of the best in holiday cheer.

Here are just a few of our favorite spots to bask in the spirit of the season:

Denver Zoo Holiday Lights – From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. every night through January 5th, families can “oooh” and “ahhh” over the 38 illuminated acres of lights and more than 150 animated animal sculptures at the Denver Zoo.

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Blossoms of Light (Denver Botanical Gardens) – Soak in the magic of more than one million colorful lights draped over the Gardens’ winter beauty while sipping warm drinks and tasty treats at the Denver Botanical Gardens now through January 1, 2014. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood just north of Cherry Creek, the Denver Botanical Gardens is a local favorite during the holiday season.

Trail of Lights (Chatfield Botanical Gardens) – Get out of town for a gorgeous view of the Colorado countryside in all its Christmas glory. The foothills of the Colorado Rockies provide a beautiful backdrop for the Trail of Lights at the Chatfield Botanical Gardens in Littleton, just 20 minutes south of downtown Denver.

Civic CenterDowntown Denver Grand Illumination – Downtown Denver is all ablaze stretching from Union Station in LoDo all the way to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park. Brightly colored floodlights light up the Capital Building each night in December for a traditional Denver display of holiday magic.


Traditions, Feasts and Decorations… Why We Love the Holiday Season!

Why spend the holidays with us at The Brown Palace? Let us count the reasons…

5. Whether you’re passing through Denver on business or hunkering down for a weekend of romance, The Brown Palace has a range of specials and packages perfect for every guest. From the Ultimate Romance Package to Breakfast in Bed, there is something for everyone this holiday season.

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4. Afternoon Tea is the ideal occasion for a holiday outing for the whole family. The longstanding tradition of scones, tea and pastries enjoyed over the soothing sounds of a harpist or pianist in the Atrium Lobby will create lasting holiday memories for years to come.


3. It’s the perfect place to treat yourself to a bit of pampering during the holiday season. The Brown Palace Spa offers the ultimate ‘Spa-Time’ experience seven day a week. A favorite for the cold weather during the holidays? Try the Colorado Hot Stone Massage or the Colorado Hot Stone Mani or Pedi!

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2. The Brown Palace is located in the heart of downtown Denver, right where you want to be for the best holiday shopping on 16th Street Mall and all of Denver’s holiday festivals and events in the downtown area.

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1. Because the holiday decorations at The Brown Palace are unmatched and absolutely stunning. Not to mention, the city is all ablaze with colored lights stretching from Union Station to the City and County Building now through the end of December.

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Ring in the New Year at The Brown Palace

New Year’s Eve is the ultimate night to celebrate, so why not ring in 2014, Brown Palace style? We are hosting several events to welcome the New Year including a night full of music, a special dinner, and package deals on overnight accommodations.

Come dance the night away to live music in the beautiful Atrium Lobby. For $99 a person, the celebration offers heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and party favors. Enjoy music from a solo pianist from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Then from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., John Kite and The Majestics will take over the stage while guests cut a little rug. There are four seating times available, so call today to reserve a spot as reservations are required.


If jazz is more your cup of tea, the Ship Tavern is also offering live entertainment. Hank Troy has the stage from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Jazz and Blues Singer Wendy Harston joins him starting at 10:30 p.m.  The Ship Tavern will be serving its regular al la carte menu until 11 p.m.

We would love for party-goers to stay the night with us after the celebrations. Book the special New Year’s Eve package deal for overnight accommodations, a bottle of champagne upon arrival and complimentary parking. Guests may also enjoy a four-course dinner for two in the luxurious Palace Arms. Plus, the package price provides entrance into the celebration in the Atrium Lobby to join in a night of dancing and a midnight champagne toast. Room prices start at $649, but are filling up fast.

The celebration doesn’t end at midnight! We’re offering a New Year’s Day brunch to refuel after that night of dancing. From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. come fill up with our Ellyngton’s Dom Perignon Brunch. The cost starts at $63.95 and Dom Perignon is available by the glass. Ellyngton’s will also be open for breakfast from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. We’ll also be offering our regular Lobby Tea and Cocktails from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

We hope you’ll join us as we ring in the New Year. Call today and reserve your room or seats for one of The Brown Palace’s events. We guarantee the celebrations will start 2014 off right!

A Palace Fit For A King

If you grow hair on your face, listen up! We’re calling all beards, mustaches and everything in between to tap into your manly side during No-Shave November. Gather your friends and watch the Manning/Welker combo crush everything in their path while enjoying a beefy Prime Rib sandwich and a fat stogie at The Brown Palace.

ship tavern cigarFrom limited-time micro brew packages to the “Great Gatsby” moments cultivated by a stellar Cuban cigar, The Brown Palace is the perfect place to kick back, have a drink, and enjoy the company of good people. Spark one up in the Churchill Bar while sipping a well-aged whiskey on the rocks or grab a bar stool and watch the game with friends at the Ship Tavern.

Looking for a solid man weekend in the Mile High City?

Now through December 29, 2013, The Brown Palace is offering a signature brew-inspired package, complete with a tasting of hand-crafted beers at Ship Tavern. The “Mighty Micro-Brew Package” includes luxury accommodations in one of the Brown Palace’s comfortable suites, two signature micro beers of your choice from the Ship Tavern each night, and signature Brown Palace apparel that will look stupendous with that November Mountain Man beard you’ve been flaunting around the office all month.

Just want quick drinks or a bite to eat?

The Ship Tavern, one of the hotel’s renowned restaurants which opened after the repeal of Prohibition, offers a wide variety of delicious (and large!) entrees and seasonal draft beers. Some menu highlights include the prime rib sandwich or prime rib dinner (with potatoes and green beans), the Tavern Burger, and Brown Palace Cask-style beer (created especially for The Brown in partnership with Wynkoop Brewery).

No matter what the occasion, The Brown Palace has just what you need for unwinding after a busy day at work or a brew-inspired weekend on the town. Name your poison, we’ve got you covered.

The Denver Art Museum Brings Paris to the Mile High

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 9.26.43 AMStarting this Sunday, October 27, and lasting through February 9, 2014, The Denver Art Museum will open a trio of exhibitions focusing on French art from the late 1600s to the early 1900s. The exhibits explore changes in art and society during three pivotal centuries in art history. Guests will get a sense of the changes in French culture during the absolute monarchy of Louis XIV and all the way through the impressionist works of Claude Monet during the late 20th century.  Some big names to anticipate include Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir as well as a rare opportunity to view eleven works by Claude Monet at one time.

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In celebration of the Denver Art Museum exhibit, The Brown Palace is now offering an exclusive ‘Passport to Paris’ package in order to offer guests a luxurious resting place to contemplate and reflect about the masterpieces featured at the DAM. Enjoy a cigar in the Churchill bar, sip a French martini at Ellyngton’s Restaurant, enjoy afternoon tea in the atrium, all while you relish in the authenticity of The Brown’s iconic footprint in Denver’s history. Rates starting at $259 offer a one-night stay in the Brown Palace’s luxury guest suites, two VIP tickets to the Passport to Paris exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and a commemorative gift to remind you of your time spent walking through the streets of Paris a mile above sea level.  Let us take care of the details while you marvel in the magic of French art through the centuries.


“Staycation” at the Brown Palace this October

In Colorado and looking for the perfect weekend getaway or a spooktacular Halloween adventure? You don’t have to go far! Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the Brown Palace has everything you need for a good Halloween scare or a quick staycation to tide you over until the holiday season.

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Haunted Happy Hour – ONE NIGHT ONLY! (Friday, October 25, 2013)

What past personalities and incidents potentially haunt the 121-year-old hotel? Join hotel historian, Debra Faulkner, for a Haunted Happy Hour and see what you can detect – or sense – for yourself!

As part of this exclusive “spirited” offering, guests will enjoy a haunted reception with Halloween-inspired hors d’oeuvres and handcrafted cocktails, exhibition of The Brown’s reported sightings and captured phenomena, a private guided tour through the hotel’s most popular, spirited spots and an evening stay at The Brown Palace.

Calling All Colorado Residents!

It’s almost time for the holiday season and summer vacation is now a spec in your rearview mirror. Don’t waste your PTO on a long weekend right before the holidays. Look no further than your own backyard for the perfect staycation at one of Denver’s most iconic hotels. Colorado guests are invited to stay at the Brown Palace for a special room rate of just $189/night from Thursday through Sundays now until December.

Want to tool around the city during your escape but worried about parking? Worry not! This offer also includes 50% off valet services for Colorado guests. Don’t forget to tag your Brown Palace staycation photos with #BrownPalace on Instagram and your images could become our next “Photo of the Day” to be featured on Facebook and Twitter. 

Rooftop Honey Harvest at the Brown Palace

It’s that time of year again! Each fall, The Brown Palace harvests the hotel’s rooftop bee colonies for the season, providing honey that will be used for a number of unique products and ways for hotel guests to enjoy. The creations are signature offerings ranging from skincare products to spa treatments, culinary dishes and even happy hour cocktails. The honey harvested this year is already being put to good use! Here are a few of our favorite photos taken throughout the process and one of our favorite ways to enjoy the fruits of our labor – a specialty honey cocktail!

*A portion of the proceeds from all Bee Royalty signature products are donated to the Denver Beekeeper Association – helping support bee awareness & sustainability.

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The Brown Palace “Bees Knees” Cocktail

2 oz. gin

¾ oz honey syrup

½ oz fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail and enjoy!