The Green Committee: Sustainability at the Brown Palace

Each one of us produces approximately 4 ½ lbs. of trash per day, 90% of which can be recycled. To combat that shocking statistic, The Brown Palace has made a commitment to not only be the best hotel in Denver, but also be the best hotel for our Denver community. We’re raising awareness of sustainability in our guests and associates, reducing our consumption of water and energy, increasing our waste diversion rate through recycling and compost and creating a culture of sustainability in the way we live. The Brown Palace strives to go green by:

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  • Housing five bee colonies on the rooftop, which provide honey for spa products, local brews as well as substance for local plant life
  • Using our very own artesian well to provide water for the entire property
  • Utilizing natural day light to illuminate our lobby through the stained glass atrium
  • Recycling in guest rooms, donating excess amenities to charity, purchasing local and organic food and beverage items, installing low flow shower heads and toilets to reduce water waste and using biodegradable cleaners and products whenever possible

Humans are a wasteful species and it is solely our responsibility to take care of the environment and maintain our community for future generations. Even small contributions to sustainability can make a huge difference. Just by recycling one aluminum can, enough energy is saved to run a TV set for three hours! For a full list of our sustainability initiatives and ways to go green visit: http://www.brownpalace.com/Green-Initiatives

‘Palace Caskcraft’ Beer Series: Small-Batch Cask Ale Now at Ship Tavern

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The Brown Palace is teaming up with the Wynkoop Brewing Company once again to create a series of special edition, traditional cask beers using Wynkoop Head Brewmaster, Andy Brown’s creative expertise and ingredients from the hotel’s signature elements.  The first beer to debut in the “Palace Caskcraft” small-batch beer series will be a version of Wynkoop’s London Calling IPA with an added hint of lemongrass, a featured component of the Brown Palace’s namesake spa line. As the series continues, additional batch recipes will use infused honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives and water from the artesian well.

To parallel the Caskcraft Series, the Brown Palace purchased two beer engines for the hotel’s Ship Tavern to create its own house cask beers.  The stainless steel casks with old-fashioned hand pumps offer guests the authentic experience of enjoying cask-conditioned beers the way they used to be served when the historic hotel opened in 1890.

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In addition to the cask beer endeavors with Wynkoop Brewing Company, The Brown Palace is also indulging in Denver’s love for beer with a Signature Mircobrew Package, which offers luxe accommodations, signature glassware and apparel and, of course, Caskcraft beers at the Ship Tavern. “Cask-conditioned beers are a perfect fit for the Brown Palace and Ship Tavern,” says Wynkoop’s Marty Jones. “It’s a great match of timeless treasures.”

5 Wedding Destination Essentials

From Paris to Disney Land, you could get married anywhere. In fact, your wedding daydreams may have taken you all around the world since you first started imagining your perfect ceremony. When you picture yourself tying the knot against a backdrop of soaring mountains, a historic city and opulent elegance, there is no better place than The Brown Palace.

A destination wedding adds an extra element of glamour to your Big Day, but if your idea of something special happens to include unparalleled service in all of Denver, we have your five absolute essentials covered.

5 Wedding Destination Essentials

1. Personal Wedding Specialist

Although you may not call Denver your home base, our Wedding Specialist knows everything about the Mile High City and how to create the wedding of your dreams. Planning a wedding from afar isn’t the easiest thing to do, so your personal planner will take care of all the details. The only thing you have to worry about is walking down the aisle.

2. Keep Your Options Open

So you’ve chosen your destination, but handpicking your ideal setting isn’t over yet. You still need to celebrate, dine and dance the night away with all your guests in a space no less stylish than the location itself. Choose from over 13,000 square feet, including five unique venues at The Brown Palace. Each will be sumptuously decorated to encompass the picture of beauty and grandeur.

3. Luxury Wedding Package

Combining something old and something new, The Brown Palace is proud to offer elegant plated dinners on your wedding day and modern luxury rooms for your wedding night. Top it all off with white glove service, a glittering champagne toast, personalized floral arrangements and custom wedding cake. Borrow a handkerchief for those tears of happiness, and the mountain skies will be your something blue.

4. Sweet Dreams

Have all your dreams come true yet? After a perfect wedding celebration, you’ll be in need of a good night’s sleep. You and your dearly beloved are invited to spend a complimentary night in one of our deluxe rooms while your guests stay nearby with our special rates for them. Complete with modern in-room comforts amongst the classic decor of our landmark hotel, the sweetest dreams of all are yet to come.

5. Explore Your Surroundings

After all, you did travel all the way here. You will remember your wedding forever, and your destination should live up to that. Denver is not a place to disappoint. Boasting a vibrant downtown scene and bursting with rich culture, the city opens its arms to you from the front door of The Brown Palace. This is the perfect stepping stone to enjoying everything from hiking to live music, roller coasters to baseball games and skiing to picnicking.

Four Queen Bees Live On the Brown Palace Rooftop…

…And are given the royal treatment by dedicated beekeepers. With colony collapse disorder affecting the honey bee population, the Brown Palace decided to develop the Royal Bee Initiative in 2009 to do its part with helping in the preservation of the bee population and our beloved honey source.Rooftop Bees at the Brown Palace

With longer days and warmer temperatures, this is the time of year when the colony is growing rapidly. The queen will be reaching her greatest rate of egg laying, and the hive will be bursting with activity. In addition to caring for workers (female bees) and drones (male bees), the honeybees are also preparing to rear a new queen.

Each hive on the rooftop has a captivating name: V.I.Bee Sweet, Buzzingham Palace, The Buzzidential Sweet, and The Mile Hive City—chosen by a social media contest the Brown Palace hosted.  The surrounding nectar, pollen, linden trees and flora give the honey a discrete earthy, mint flavor, according to one beekeeper.  The estimated 400 pounds of honey to come from the royal bees will be collected for Brown Palace sweeteners and healing elixirs.

Here’s how you can enjoy the rooftop bees’ honey:

Afternoon Tea: Rooftop honey accompanies the Brown Palace’s daily tea.

Brown Palace Saison Rooftop Honey Beer: With another batch of a limited time only beer in the works, the Wynkoop Brewery will develop a rooftop beer sold exclusively at the Brown Palace and Wynkoop Brewery.

Brown Palace-Branded Lip Balm and Soap: The locally made, organic lip balm and soap are available at the hotel’s coffee shop and spa.

The Spa at The Brown Palace: Sweet nectar is used at the hotel’s spa.

Palace Arms’ New Chef Creates a Delightful New Menu

If you haven’t been to the Palace Arms since chef Justin Schreiber took over earlier this year, then you should make yourself a reservation.  The 36-year-old chef, who joined our team from The Little Nell in Aspen, continues to wow guests joining us for special occasion dining experiences with his modern touches. Dinner at the Palace Arms

Which of course leads us to the new dinner menu featured at the Palace Arms.  A few à la carte favorites are the Foie Gras,  Fresh Ricotta, Spring Beet Salad, Diver Scallops and Bison Rossini. A four course menu offers your selection of a tasty appetizer, soup or salad, an entrée and a delightful dessert.   Also available is the chef’s eight course tasting menu, which feature’s Chef Schreiber’s daily creations inspired by the offerings of the season. Be sure to end your captivating meal with sticky toffee pudding or bananas foster prepared table side.

The Colorado-based chef remains traditional in his approach, but the inspiring Denver food scene encourages a few twists here and there.   View the full dinner menu at http://www.BrownPalace.com/Dining and call (303) 297-3111 to make a reservation.

Make This Mother’s Day the Best One Yet

Being a Mom is a tough job, and she probably deserves more than just one day that’s all about her. With that being said, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to say thank you and show her how grateful you are to have her in your life. Here are some ways to make Sunday, May 12 a day to remember…

Dom Perignon Champagne Brunch at Ellyngton’s

A little bubbly makes every one smile. Choose from four tiers: just brunch, Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and Dom Perignon. Lavish buffet tables feature exquisite culinary creations from eggs and waffles to fresh seafood selections to freshly baked cakes, pies and pastries. There’s something for everyone at this Denver restaurant. Be sure to make your reservation now as tables book fast.

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Champagne Brunch featuring cakes, pies, pastries and a chocolate fountain.

Pamper Her at The Spa

After enjoying a nice family brunch, send your mother to the spa to relax and rejuvenate. This is one treat she will surely appreciate. From massages to facials to scrubs and wraps, you can’t go wrong with whichever treatment you choose to pamper your mom. Visit the spa to book now.

Treat Her to Afternoon Tea

No matter how you spend the day with your mom in Denver, afternoon tea in the historical atrium lobby is the prefect way to unwind. Indulge in scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches while enjoying the soothing sounds of the harp or piano. This too books fast, so make your reservations today. 

EGG-citing Things to do in Denver for Easter

UntitledIt’s that time of the year, the Easter Bunny is leaving baskets full of treats, egg hunts will ensue and Easter brunch will be devoured. If you haven’t already made plans for the holiday, here are some ideas of what Denver has to offer for the occasion.

Easter Brunch

Start the morning off right and enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny himself at Ellyngton’s located here at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. Easter brunch includes: waffles, eggs cooked to your liking, champagne and a delicious dessert station. For more information or to make a reservation please visit brownpalace.com

Egg Hunts

The Capital Hill United Neighborhoods is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at the Tears-McFarlane House located at 1290 Williams St., on the northern edge of Cheesman Park. The festivities begin on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit chundenver.org

The Bunny Trail Eggventure at the Children’s Museum is a great Easter activity for the entire family.  For more information about the festivities, visit mychildsmuseum.org

We hope you have an Egg-traordinary Easter!

Valentine’s Day Brunch at Ellyngton’s

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Make this Valentine’s Day special with a sweet treat at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. This year we are very pleased to offer a “Chocolate Valentine’s Day Brunch” at Ellyngton’s. This brunch is a great opportunity for you and a loved one to come and enjoy together.

We will be offering a great menu including different stations offering: Eggs and Waffles, Carvings, Salad, Seafood and Sushi. To end the meal, we will have an amazingly delicious Dessert station to feed your sweet tooth. Brunch at Ellyngton’s will make for a memorable time together.

For more information on Ellyngton’s or The Brown Palace, please visit: http://www.brownpalace.com/

What to Do for Valentine’s Day at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

roses-roses-29610910-1920-1200Figuring out how to surprise your sweetie with a memorable Valentine’s Day can be challenging! Here at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, make it easy to pamper both you and your partner this year for Valentine’s Day. Follow this short guide to making this February 14 a Valentine’s Day to remember.

The Spa at The Brown Palace.  With our wide variety of signature spa treatments, you and your honey will just melt into relaxation. This year we are offering a special “Chocolate Couples Retreat” spa package. You and your partner will enjoy a chocolate scented 50 minute Swedish couples massage and a 25 minute Relaxing Plunge for two served with chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne.

Dinner at Palace ArmsConsidered as the crown jewel of The Brown Palace, our Palace Arms restaurant offers contemporary fine dining at its best. You can sit back and enjoy the selections from the chef’s eight course tasting menu and perfectly selected wine pairings from our in-house sommelier.

Flowers. Stop by The Brown Palace Flower Shop and choose from a variety of elegant and fresh floral arrangements for your special someone. Flowers are one the easiest ways to the heart and our arrangements would leave anyone feeling special.

Affairs of the Heart Tour. Join historian, Debra Faulkner, on a historical tour featuring the romantic rendezvous that have taken place at The Brown over the years including President Ike and Mamie Eisenhower and the affairs of Isabelle “Sassy” Springer.

We look forward to having you and your partner make this Valentine’s Day in Denver one to forever remember.

The Brown Palace Welcomes Michael Wright as Executive Sous Chef

We are very proud and excited to announce the promotion of Michael Wright to Executive Sous Chef at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.

From the age of 15, Chef Wright’s passion for food put him on a successful culinary path that lead to his most recent promotion to Executive Sous Chef here at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. He began his career in kitchens of local restaurants in Minnesota and went on to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in 2004. After graduation, Chef Wright joined The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa team as an intern. Since then, he’s learned all aspects of the dining experience at The Brown Palace by working as banquet chef, Chef Tournant, and most recently as the chef at Ellyngton’s.

“I’ve learned through my years that you can learn something for yourself with every person that you meet,” said Wright. “Respect all of your ingredients and use them to the fullest.”