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.

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.

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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 concierge@brownpalace.com.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions at The Brown Palace

With the New Year comes an opportunity to readjust priorities and make changes in your life to increase wellness, reduce stress, and smile more.  Keep your resolutions during 2014 with a few offerings from The Brown Palace.

Get More Alone Time

What better place to spend some quality alone time than wrapped up in a detoxifying sea algae wrap or submerged in an artesian bath infused with a luxurious blend of essential oils at The Brown Palace Spa. With six treatment rooms and a variety of custom spa treatments, the corner of tranquility and bliss is the perfect refuge to unwind and recover in the New Year.

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Wine and dine with friends old and new at one of The Brown Palace’s six unique restaurants, gossip over Afternoon Tea in the Atrium Lobby, or enjoy a cigar at the Churchill Bar.

Eat Well

With so many dining options available at The Brown, there really is something for everyone on any occasion. Enjoy a Prime Rib Sandwich during a Broncos game at the Ship Tavern, indulge in endless pastries and champagne during Ellyngton’s Sunday Brunch (named one of the best brunches in Denver), or treat that special someone to date night at Palace Arms.

Try New Things

New year, new experiences! Try new things in 2014, like the Palace Caskcraft Beer Series now available at the Ship Tavern. Want to try something a bit more luxurious in the new year? Get pampered at the Brown Palace Spa with all natural ingredients made with honey from our rooftop bee colony.

Deck the Halls

Each year in December, we deck our halls with lights, garland, and bows to celebrate the season and extend holiday cheer for all to enjoy. Visitors from near and far join us for holiday tea, cocktails and time together with friends and family. Some guests just stop in to peek at the breathtaking decor. No matter the occasion, we love having people stop by to marvel at the traditional beauty we take pride in showcasing every year.

In celebration of the 2013 holiday season, here are a few magnificent photos of The Brown Palace decorations captured by hotel guests and passers by this December. And remember, we love sharing these photos. Please tag @brownpalace on Instagram and Twitter to share your images with us. Happy Holidays!

Instagram user @303quotes snapped this photo of the Atrium Lobby and The Brown Palace Christmas tree a few weeks ago.

Looking down from above on the Atrium Lobby, @prettywellorganized’s photo of the chandelier lights up the night.

@ktoldenkamp’s image of the holiday decor is a gorgeous depiction of the soft glow that radiates through the property during the holidays.

Toast To The New Year

NewYearsChampagneRing in 2014 in true Brown Palace style with dinner, dancing, and fireworks! Enjoy live entertainment and specially crafted New Year’s Eve menu offerings at one of our many hotel restaurants, all in the prime location for viewing downtown Denver’s famous New Year’s Eve firework displays on 16th Street Mall.

Here’s a look at what to expect at The Brown Palace in the final moments of 2013…

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Afternoon Tea and cocktails will be available in the beautifully decorated Atrium Lobby beginning at 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with live entertainment from noon until 4 p.m.

The complimentary Atrium Lobby entertainment will continue the evening’s events with a solo pianist beginning at 4:30 p.m. Then, dance the night away to the sounds of John Kite and The Majestics from 8 p.m. until shortly after midnight. New Year’s Eve guests may enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and New Year’s Eve party favors.

New Year’s Day Afternoon Tea, cocktails and live entertainment in the Atrium will be offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Ship Tavern

On New Year’s Eve, Ship Tavern will be serving our regular a la carte menu for lunch (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. – 11 p.m.) accompanied by live entertainment including Hank Troy and Jazz and Blues artist, Wendy Harston. Of course, the Ship Tavern bartenders will be serving your favorite signature cocktails until 12:30 p.m.

The Ship Tavern New Year’s Day lunch and dinner schedule will remain on schedule as per usual (lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., dinner 5-11 p.m) with live entertainment from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Palace Arms

In combination with a New Year’s Eve accommodation package, a delicious four-course prix fixe menu will be offered at the Palace arms with the first seating beginning at 6 p.m.

Palace Arms will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday (January 1-2, 2014) and will resume normal hours on Friday, January 3, 2014.

Ellyngton’s Restaurant

Traditional breakfast will be available on the Tuesday, December 31st from 6:30 – 10 a.m.

Ellyngton’s will be celebrating the start of 2014 with its traditional Dom Perignon Brunch on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. Danny Showers will be providing live entertainment until 3 p.m. and reservations are required.

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Kick back, relax, and reminisce on the wonder years of 2013 Great Gatsby style while enjoying a stogie in the Churchill Bar until 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!

“Going Green” For Every Season

We are proud to announce that we received the Good Earth Keeping Award from the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association at a recent luncheon at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  CHLA first recognized sustainability efforts by hotels in 2008 and now five years later, the commitment and innovative approaches to greening only strengthens.

In an effort to raise awareness of sustainability with guests and contribute to the Denver community’s efforts to reduce waste, we formed a committee to “green” the property and create a plan to maintain future sustainability efforts for the 120-year-old hotel.  The committee outlined goals to be achieved by 2015 including: an 80% waste diversion rate through recycling, and composting; reduce electricity consumption by 15%; water consumption by 16% through facility updates and awareness training with staff and more.

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The rooftop bee colonies contribute to sustainability efforts on property by protecting the balance of the eco-system, the Artisan well provides the water supply on property, guest cards are made from biodegradable material, cloth hand towels are stacked in public restrooms, and all rooms have recycling an reuse programs. Plus, all used in-room amenities are donated and kitchen cooking oils are returned to the vendor to turn old oil into bio-diesel. Overall the waste management practices save a projected 1,008 trees, 27,000 gallons of gasoline, 414,000 gallons of waters, 215,000 kilowatts of energy and 146,000 pounds of carbon emissions this year alone!

We are thrilled to continue sustainability efforts and support the Denver community in reducing waste and going green.

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.

10 Reasons a Brown Palace Weekend Getaway is the Perfect Choice

1. Heritage

We’ve been open every day since Aug. 12, 1892. Many changes have taken place over the years, but one thing remains the same – the grandeur and grace of one of Denver’s most elegant hotels.

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2. Afternoon Tea

…Where drifting pinky fingers are encouraged. Enjoy a pot of properly brewed tea and scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves, savory tea sandwiches and a decadent selection of tea pastries.

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3. Appointed Comfort

In-room amenities, exquisite furnishings, stunning décor and our quintessential setting create the perfect blend of modern convenience and traditional elegance.

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4. Sunday Brunch

Freshly carved meats, salad stations, sushi stations, fresh seafood, eggs and waffles, cakes, pies, pastries, oh and a lot of champagne. Need we say more?

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5. Location

At the corner of 17th and Broadway in the heart of downtown Denver, The Brown Palace offers close proximity to some of the city’s best restaurants and entertainment.

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6. Culinary Genius

Experience Colorado’s thriving culinary and beverage scene at any of the hotel’s six dining venues including Palace Arms, Churchill Bar, Ship Tavern, and Ellyngton’s Restaurant. Just drinks? Visit Brown Palace Tea & Coffee or sip cocktails in the Atrium Lobby.

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7. Holiday Magic

Downtown Denver is truly magical during the holiday season. Don’t wait for a special occasion, make your own!

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8. The Royal Bee Initiative

From new signature products and honey treatments in the spa to inventive cocktails, sweet recipes, handcrafted beer and one-of-a-kind bourbon, The Brown Palace is taking the sustainability to a whole new level with innovative offerings that incorporate the honey from its own rooftop bee colonies.

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9. Spa Bliss

Spanning two floors in an area that historically featured Turkish baths, the Brown Palace spa has pampered guests with its natural spring water drawn from the hotel’s own artesian well since opening its doors in 1892.

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10. Romance

Love is in the air with special packages perfect for couples seeking a romantic, luxurious getaway.

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