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Margaret Tobin “Unsinkable Molly” Brown

Despite what you may have heard from spurious sources, Margaret Tobin Brown, the “Unsinkable Molly” of Titanic fame, did not build nor own the Brown Palace. And though she shared a surname with the hotel’s founder, she was no relation to Henry Cordes Brown. She did, however, frequent the Brown Palace on several occasions, including the immediate aftermath of the Titanic disaster, when she held her press conferences here and stayed in a sixth-floor corner suite. One year, the generous Mrs. Brown decorated a small Christmas tree for the Front Desk. A few days before the holiday, she personally handed out small gifts to every doorman, bellman, housekeeper and server. She had, in her own words, “a heart as big as a ham.”

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.

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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.

“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.

October Seasonals

Photo courtesy of 303 MagazineWith the arrival of fall, our beer mood adjusts as well. The lime-infused summer beers are behind us as we shift into autumnal seasonals to warm our souls and prepare us for the colder months ahead. Colorado is home to some of the best micro-breweries in the country, all boasting their version of pumpkin ales and fall seasonals. You really can’t go wrong when sipping a fall varietal in the Mile High. Here are some of Colorado’s seasonal suds that are sure to warm you up from the inside-out.

Fall Seasonals on tap at the Ship Tavern:

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver, CO) – Colorojo Double Red

The dark, double red beer is a medium-bodied amber ale brewed with rare American hop varietals. The caramel, sweet malt, pine and toffee aromas leave a big autumn taste with a bittersweet finish.

Wynkoop Brewing Company & The Brown Palace (Denver, CO) –Traditional Palace Caskcraft

In partnership with Wynkoop Brewing Company, this customized version of the London Calling IPA was created for the series of special cask beers for the Ship Tavern. This traditional cask brew uses lemon grass and spice notes to create an “extra special bitter” British-style amber ale.

Other Colorado seasonal brews to try:

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, CO) – Rumpkin

Pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels. This is the first member of the Annual Barrel-Ages Series and is brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm and spiced with nutmeg cinnamon, and ginger.

Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, CO) – Oktoberfest

Toasty malt flavors dominate up front, and noble hops lead to a spicy, clean lager finish.

Ska Brewing Company (Durango, CO) – Autumnal Mole Stout

Three varieties of chile peppers (Ancho, Guajillo and Hatch Green chiles) combined with cocoa nibs and spices make this southern Colorado ale as important to fall as football is to Sunday.

Epic Brewing Company (Denver, CO) – Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Pumpkin pie beer? Yes, really. This fall beer features the beer as much as the pumpkin and tastes like a chocolate cake with pumpkin spices.

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.

4th of July Colorado Style: Red, White & Blue

Don’t let the lack of fireworks in Colorado during the dry summer season hinder your Independence Day adventures! Grab your water shoes, hats, sunscreen, a cooler and a few cold ones and you’re ready for a shin dig—Colorado style.  Here are some great red, white and blue activities the whole family can enjoy this Fourth of July.

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Early riser? Join Michael Franti on Wednesday, July 3rd for a special ‘Yoga on the Rocks’ workshop to get your blood moving. Not-so-early riser? Come out to Red Rocks Amphitheatre a bit later on the 3rd for Michael Franti and Spearhead live in concert. On the Fourth of July, grab your best buds and boogie to the classic sounds of American jam band favorites, Blues Traveler and Moe. Continue the weekend with the Avett Brothers for a two-night run on Friday and Saturday and wrap up the holiday weekend with Josh Groban and the Colorado Symphony on Sunday, July 7th.

White Water Rafting

Escape the scorching summer heat and embark on a white water rafting adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping and discover the beautiful Arkansas River Royal Gorge near Canon City. This excursion is perfect for all skill levels. Book your trip here.

Enjoy unrivaled scenery of the American West and head to Glenwood Springs to raft down the Colorado River. There’s no fire ban here, so you might even catch some stellar fireworks!  Book your adventure here.

Boating on Lake Dillon

What’s an American holiday without water sports? At an elevation of 9,000 feet and surrounded by 25 miles of majestic peaks, Lake Dillon offers fun for the whole family. Boat rentals ranging from sailing lessons, runabouts, fishing boats, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and paddle boating are sure to keep your crew entertained all day.  With no fire ban in Summit County, there’s sure to be a spectacular fireworks show!

Summer Day Trips in the Mile High City

Although packed with plenty to do day and night, Denver is only the beginning of all that Colorado has to offer. When you begin to look for something beyond the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, you might be amazed how much more you find to explore.

1. The highest paved road in North America

At 14,240 feet high, the summit of Mt. Evans might seem like a difficult trek. Fortunately, the scenic highway that winds up the side of this mountain allows a simple, though daring, route to the top. The weather can be unpredictable on a fourteener (mountains in Colorado that reach over 14,000 feet in height), but the views as you drive up are unlimited. Wildlife, like bighorn sheep amongst Aspen trees, surround you on all sides. Echo Lake is also along the way, providing a place to stop and admire the mountain scenery.

2. Summer exhilaration for everyone

Keep your adrenaline running high by jumping on one of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park’s roller coasters or cool down in a water slide. Their classic rides are fun for the entire family, so you can stay the whole day, too. Easily accessible from downtown by Denver’s light rail network, Elitch Gardens has all the fun of a major amusement park mixed with local Colorado flavor. 

3. A different type of garden

More than a rocky landscape, Garden of the Gods is a unique park showcasing sandstone formations that tower 300 feet in the air. From picnikers to rock climbers, anyone who loves being outside will appreciate the the natural beauty at this National Natural Landmark. Easy walking trails and moderate hikes take you into the park for a close-up look, while photography buffs find inspiration around every corner. Just one hour from Denver, a trip to Garden of the Gods would not be complete without stopping in Colorado Springs to enjoy a bite to eat downtown or picking up some postcards to remember your trip.

4. The golden days

If you are looking for less action and more relaxing, visit the nearby town of Golden, CO in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Home to Coors brewery, the world’s largest single-site brewery, you can take a tour and experience the history, process, and taste of Coors beer. It sits on the same creek from which Coors was originally made and continues to be made to this day. After your tour, enjoy one of Golden’s restaurants along Clear Creek and revel in the peace and quiet of a Colorado mountain town.

5 Beautiful Hikes in Colorado

5 Beautiful Hikes in ColoradoLooking for a daytrip, an easy hike, or an outdoors workout? Colorado has it all to offer, and some of the most beautiful views there are to experience can be found at the end of a great Colorado hike! Here are a few of the best hikes for Colorado visitors to try:

  1. Red Rocks- Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Denver, Red Rocks is a majestic amphitheater bordered by gigantic beautiful amber-colored rocks. Multiple trails (medium difficulty) surround the venue winding through a fortress of boulders that provide photo opportunities left and right. Pack a lunch and find a shady spot to enjoy an afternoon picnic between the rocks. Most loop trails take under an hour to complete.
  2. Boulder Falls- Visiting Colorado without a daytrip to Boulder would simply be ludicrous. The city sits below its’ notorious “flatirons” which are a sight to see themselves. The hike to Boulder Falls is short and sweet, in fact just 100 yards in length. The 70 foot waterfall found at the end of this trail is magnificent. While you’re in Boulder, try one of many medium difficulty hikes at Chitaqua National Park. The drive to Boulder is roughly 45 minutes, so visit Pearl Street for some afternoon shopping as well. Many street performers take stage on Pearl Street on the weekends.
  3. Lookout Mountain- If you’re looking for a simple hike to experience an array of Colorado wildlife, Lookout Mountain is your spot. Hikers often catch a glimpse of deer and other animals on the simple loop trails around Lookout Mountain. Take your kids to the Nature Center where they can learn about animal fur, tracks and tree bark. The drive to Lookout Mountain is roughly 30 minutes.
  4. Chicago Lakes Hike Near Mt. Evans- This trail is surely a day-long challenge to conquer. After a 6-mile hike, you will experience breathtaking views and you can stop at a few lakes along the way! We recommend rising early for this hike as it will take you 5-7 hours to complete!
  5. Manitou Incline- Fair warning, the “Incline” is a difficult workout, but a rewarding one! The hike gains over 2,000 feet in elevation over a span of about one mile. Remember to bring plenty of water! At the top, hikers can see over all of Colorado Springs- a deserved reward. This destination is just over an hour south of Denver so spending the day in the springs is a good idea!

The Best Way to Celebrate Rockies Opening Day

ImageThere is no doubt that the Colorado Rockies’ Opening Day will have the city of Denver buzzing this coming Friday. This year the Rockies will open up baseball season in Colorado with a match up against the San Diego Padres at 2:10 pm MST on Friday, April 5th. On game day make your way downtown to enjoy the pregame celebration near Coors Field. Don’t forget to wear your black, white and purple!

After the game, come visit us at The Brown Palace for a meal or drink in one of our restaurants. With many dining options to choose from, we are sure to help you finish the day right.

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