Toast to the Holidays and Benefit the Boy Scouts of America this Sunday at the 26th Annual Champagne Cascade

DSC_0103thumbThis weekend marks the kickoff to the holiday season at the 26th annual Brown Palace Champagne Cascade. This year’s event will honor the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, offering guests several ways to support the organization for their continued service to the community.

Beginning at noon this Sunday, November 3rd, honored guest of The Brown Palace and The Boy Scouts of America, Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman will assist with pouring the champagne into the uppermost glass of the two-story, 6,000-glass pyramid. For prime viewing access on the Mezzanine level and unlimited champagne, beer, wine, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a VIP experience is available for $100 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Boy Scouts of America. Following the festivities guests can look forward to live jazz music and an afternoon of entertainment in The Brown Palace’s stunning open Atrium.  The event is open to the public to watch the famous champagne pour from the balconies of floors four through seven.  To make reservations for VIP viewing, please call (303) 294-3618 or visit www.brownpalace.com.

Guests joining the celebration can also partake in helping the Boy Scouts of America with their service by bringing non-perishable food items and donating to the “Scouting for Food” drive, an initiative that supports more than 100 food banks throughout the Denver Metro area.  Any guest donating a food item will be entered to win several Brown Palace experiences, including brunch in Ellyngton’s, lunch in Ship Tavern and an afternoon enjoying the hotel’s signature tea service.

With more than 2.7 million members and more than 1.1 million volunteers that make up the Boys Scouts of America, The Brown Palace is honored to partner with the organization as they give back to the community this winter season.

“The Boy Scouts of America are an important organization for the youth of our country,” said Marcel Pitton, Managing Director of The Brown Palace. “The Scouts help mold the youth into future leaders while also giving back to the community. We’re proud to support their efforts as they continue to educate and inspire our next generation,” he continued.

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!

 

Raise Your Glass for the 26th Annual Champagne Cascade

Completed PyramidKick off the holiday season at the 26th Annual Champagne Cascade on Sunday, November 3rd in the Brown Palace Atrium.

With the swift swipe of an antique Napoleonic saber, a master swordsman will sever the necks of Moet et Chandon champagne bottles. Once opened, the bubbly is carefully poured into the uppermost glass of a 6,000-glass pyramid towering two stories high in the hotel’s stunning atrium lobby.

More information on the fundraising efforts associated with this event will be released later this month including detailed information about the organization and the connection to the Brown Palace.

The Champagne Cascade, which starts at noon, is open to the public on floors four through seven and will feature live jazz and entertainment. Exclusive VIP tickets will be available for purchase and offer views from the mezzanine level and include unlimited champagne, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

To make reservations for VIP viewing, guests can visit www.brownpalace.com to purchase tickets.

Game Day at the Brown Palace

Your fantasy team has been drafted, you’ve set your line up and your lucky jersey is pressed and ready for Thursday’s game. It’s finally time for NFL football and what better place to kick off the regular season than at the Brown Palace, the place where it all began.

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The Brown Palace Hotel lobby has seen it’s fair share of history including a piano performance by Billy Joel, debutante dancing, fashion shows, and the formation of a Mile High favorite, the Denver Broncos. Bob Howsom and Lamar Hunt met in the Brown Palace lobby for the first time in 1959 to discuss a new football league that Hunt was forming.  By the end of the evening, Hawsom agreed to own the Denver franchise in what would eventually become the American Football League.

If you can’t get tickets to Thursday’s big game, watch the Broncos dominate the Ravens at the historic Ship Tavern, the vintage Brown Palace pub located right in downtown Denver on the corner of 17th and Broadway. Enjoy some of Denver’s best microbrews alongside our delicious Prime Rib sandwich and celebrate a Bronco victory after the game with cigars and whiskey in the Churchill Bar. Watch the first game of the 2013 NFL season amongst Denver’s finest gentlemen in the historic building where champions are born. GO BRONCOS!!!

Kitchen Talk: Five Dishes You Won’t Want to Miss

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 3.14.28 PMWith multiple restaurants and a wide variety of menu options and dining atmospheres, The Brown Palace really does have it all when it comes to eating out in downtown Denver. Romantic date nights, special occasions, happy hour, afternoon tea, and Sunday Brunch are just a few of the unique offerings available for guests.  Here are some of our favorite selections from the Brown Palace kitchen:

Prime Rib (Ship Tavern) – With two different ways to enjoy this signature dish, you really can’t go wrong. The open-faced sandwich on light rye with au jus is a local favorite.  Or, try the slow roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, French beans, au jus and horseradish for a mouthwatering, robust entree.

Signature Black Bottom Pie (Ship Tavern)  – A 40-year-old recipe that has stood the test of time. This slice of heaven keeps it simple but delicious with a dark chocolate coated, classic pie crust filled with vanilla crème and finished with a luscious whipped crème topping.

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Sunday Champaign Brunch (Ellyngton’s) – Ellyngton’s Sunday brunch buffet spread is a lavish and delicious way to spend a Sunday morning. From fresh waffles and omelets made to order to a grilled meat and seafood station, salads, sushi, pastries and delectable cocktails, this award-winning brunch is just as opulent as the surroundings. Diners can choose from four options: brunch only, Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and Dom Perignon.

Diver Scallops (Palace Arms) – Colorado might be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love our seafood! Scallops are cooked to perfection and served with buttermilk fried sweetbreads over dirty rice mixed with blackeyed peas, okra, Tasso ham gravy and kale. This dish is a melt-in-your-mouth entrée you won’t want to miss.

Caesar Salad – Simple but delicious! Enjoy a classic Caesar with romaine, parmesan cheese, croutons and house-made Caesar dressing.  Enjoy as a part of the four or eight course tasting menu or as a delicious lunchtime snack with the addition of grilled chicken or salmon.

The Aspens May Be Changing, But Your Skin Doesn’t Have To

It may only be the end of August, but fall is right around the corner and you’ll be trading your swimwear for a cozy winter jacket in no time. As Denver temps begins to fluctuate in anticipation of the fall season, it’s time to start thinking about adjusting your skin care routine before winter wrinkles get the best of you. Here are some tips on making the adjustment from summer glow to fall radiance.

Stay Hydrated.
A Mile High mantra to say the least, staying hydrated is of utmost importance to maintain good health in our arid climate. Especially in the colder months, the air can drain the moisture from your skin leaving you dry and itchy. Drink plenty of water and green tea to keep your skin hydrated and flush toxins from your body. Not to mention, it’s a perfect excuse for afternoon tea at the Brown Palace! Here’s a trick: If your watch (or anything, really) leaves an impression in your skin after staying in place for twenty minutes, you are not well hydrated. Drink a glass of water or two.

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Exfoliate and renew.
Sun, salt and chlorine have spent months wreaking havoc on your skin. Start the fall season off fresh and treat yourself to at least one good facial or full-body exfoliation treatment to buff off the old and bring in the new. Maintain the benefits by doing a gentle exfoliation once a week.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Eating a well-balanced diet and establishing a regular exercise routine is a year-round commitment you should take seriously for every seasons. A healthy, active lifestyle is the foundation for beautiful skin and will keep you feeling great all year long. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help reverse summer damage and boost your skin’s defenses against environmental aggravates. Include seasonal produce in your diet like pears, apples, pomegranates and oranges to boost antioxidant protection.

Re-up your skin care regime.
Adjust your skin care routine for winter and stock up on rich winter skin care products, especially your daily moisturizer. First, wash with warm water and a pH-balanced daily cleanser, follow with a toner that does not contain alcohol (the alcohol dries out your skin) and finish with a complex daily moisturizer.

Pucker up.
Nothing is worse than cracked red lips in the fall and winter months. Find an ultra-luxurious lip balm you love and stock up for the season. Put one in your handbag, desk drawer and center console to ensure you are never without a quick fix for your lips.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa: A Trip Advisor GreenLeader!

Heading out to Denver and searching for your best bet to “go green” in the Mile High? TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the most environmentally friendly properties to call home during your next trip.

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As one of Denver’s oldest hotels, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is thrilled to add the title, “TripAdvisor GreenLeader” to the trophy case for continued commitment to sustainability in our community. The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program identifies hotels and B&Bs that are committed to green practices like recycling, water efficiency and alternative energy.

The Brown Palace was awarded the Gold Level GreenLeader award for using energy saving practices in areas of energy, water, food and beverage, purchasing, waste management, education and innovation.

For a full list of sustainable energy initiatives practiced daily at the Brown Palace, visit our listing on TripAdvisor.com and click on “GreenLeaders Gold Level” in the side bar to the right of the listing or see our recent blog update on sustainability at the Brown Palace.

Now Through September, It’s The Summer of Serendipity!

Get away from it all in grand style! The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa has teamed up with Frontier Airlines for The Summer of Serendipity.

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This summer, one lucky grand prize winner will receive round-trip airfare for two, a 2-night stay in a suite at The Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Orlando, Fla., and 50,000 Marriott Rewards points. 

Too excited to wait for the grand prize? You’re in luck; monthly prizes will also be up for grabs! The Summer of Serendipity winner for the month of July will be chosen tomorrow and notified via email to claim their prize.

This month, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Wynkoop Brewery complete with a micro-brew sampling plus a $50 Wynkoop Brewery gift certificate, an overnight stay at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa including dinner for two at Ship Tavern with two pints of cask-style beer from the Palace Caskcraft series, two logo t-shirts and two logo glasses and 10,000 Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns® miles.

The Summer of Serendipity will continue through the end of September with a new winner chosen at the end of each month. August and September prizes include tickets to a baseball game, a couples massage, dinner for two at one of Denver’s finest restaurants and much, much more. Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous prizes all summer long. Click here to enter for your chance to win!