Tips for Planning your Winter Vacation to Denver Colorado

There is no place more magical to spend your winter vacation than Denver, Colorado. The city lights up with a winter wonderland for merry visitors of any age. Located under two hours away from a dozen world class ski resorts, the Mile High City is an alluring cosmopolitan après ski destination. Due to the popularity of this winter destination, it is best to plan your vacation early. Here are some tips to make the most of your winter visit:

Come Fly Away

Flights become more expensive as the ski season approaches, so start searching flights as soon as you know your vacation dates. Denver International Airport is a hub for some airlines that do not appear on large search engines like Expedia or Travelocity, so visit the Southwest Airlines directly to compare deals.

Winter Hibernation

Fine Denver, Colorado hotels are at capacity in the height of the season. There is nothing more festive than a stay with us at The Brown Palace during the holidays – the grand illuminated tree and festive swinging music in the Atrium lobby, oh my. Book your room in advance, we fill quickly!

Feast

The Denver, Colorado culinary scene is creating national buzz with some of the country’s most progressive chefs gravitating here to open their own masterpieces. Book a table under the twinkling lights of a favorite staple on Larimer Square one night. Venture to one of the many hot new restaurant croppings in LoDo (Lower Downtown) or up the road in the trendy, young neighborhood of LoHi (Lower Highlands) another night. Check 5280 for a list of all Denver, Colorado restaurants and the best newcomers. If your vacation falls over Thanksgiving or Christmas, be sure to indulge in the decadent champagne brunch at Ellyngton’s with the entire family. Remember to book all of your dining reservations well in advance, you will be surprised how quickly restaurants book up!

Make Merry

A winter vacation should be an exuberant one, so take advantage of Denver nightlife. Denver, Colorado is a premier host to some of the season’s most festive theatre performances. Check the Denver.org for showtime schedules of The Nutcracker, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and more. If you are a sports fan, enjoy a Nuggets home game from the beautiful club level at the Pepsi Center.

Now that you have the run down on wintery Denver activities, start planning your trip to ring in the holiday season with us in the Mile High City!

Girls’ Day Out: Spa Treatments and Tea Time in Denver

Enjoy a spot o’ tea and tasty treats at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

From Broadway theater productions to chic cocktail lounges, the Denver nightlife scene has plenty to offer—but what about during the day? Plan a special girls’ day out with two indulgent events at The Brown Palace on Thursday, September 20.

The fun starts with “A Day in the World of Tea,” which takes place in our opulent Atrium lobby. Here, you can sip a lineup of exotic, aromatic teas and speak to experts about each tea’s origin and distinct flavor profile. Nibble on an array of tea time snacks, such as decadent pastries, delicate finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones served with rich Devonshire cream. Two seating times are available (11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and tickets cost $32 per person. Call 303-297-3111 to reserve your table.

After filling up on house made pastries and flavorful teas, meander over to The Spa at The Brown Palace for an afternoon spa event, which takes place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Nate Dakar, one of the founders and owners of the premier Sonya Dakar skincare company, will be in our spa introducing a new MicroVenom sunscreen, which harnesses the latest advances in anti-aging technology. Guests who purchase $150 or more in Sonya Dakar skincare products will be eligible for a raffle and free gift. But why stop with shopping?

As part of the event, we also will be offering a special Express Microdermabrasion treatment, which uses our DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System to remove dead and damaged skin cells for a smooth, radiant complexion. Each treatment will be followed by an application of MicroVenom to protect new skin from the outdoor elements. Treatments cost $65 and will be available on a limited basis. Book your treatment by calling 303-312-8940, and plan for a day of girly fun and spa pampering with your friends.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa Joins Marriott International’s Autograph Collection

We are delighted to announce that we have become the 35th independent luxury hotel to join Marriott International’s Autograph Collection (link: http://www.autograph-hotels.marriott.com/). And we are certainly in exceptional company as The Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, and Turnberry Isle Miami are among the Autograph Collection’s growing roster of members. As the most iconic luxury hotel in Denver, we are thrilled to add to that prestige.

Each Autograph Collection hotel possesses its own distinct identity and appeals to discerning travelers who are looking for a creative experience that only an independent hotel can deliver. Joining Autograph Collection allows us to further showcase our renowned legacy and extraordinary personality.

Through the partnership, we will gain access to Marriott International’s global sales and marketing channels, including the award winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program. Our Managing Director, Marcel Pitton, explains “By tapping into the powerful distribution channels of Marriott International, while allowing The Brown Palace to continue to trade upon its iconic name and history, we believe that the Autograph Collection affiliation positions The Brown Palace perfectly for future success.”

We will continue to be operated by Quorum Hotels and Resorts, whom we have been affiliated with since 1987. Together, the Quorum leadership and Autograph Collection affiliation will highlight our individuality while offering our guests the benefits of the Marriott International platform.

To celebrate, we are awarding 1,000 Marriott Rewards Bonus Points for guests booking reservations between September 12th and December 5th, 2012. Visit www.marriott.com for more details.

We also invite guests to enter for a chance to win a series of signature giveaways. Prizes include weekly package experiences, 120,000 Marriott Rewards points in honor of our 120th anniversary, and an ultimate grand prize. Each weekly giveaway is inspired by signature Autograph Experiences such as Artistic Getaways, Culinary Delights, and Luxury Redefined. Our grand prize winner will be able to dream up their own luxury Denver vacation experience. For the opportunity to enter and win visit: www.brownpalaceautograph.com.

We want to take a moment to thank our loyal guests for their patronage over the years. We look forward to making the experience even more special though this exciting partnership!

Cocktail Recipe with Honey Infused Bourbon

The best cocktail in Denver, Colorado is one that combines elements of Colorado pride: bourbon and honey. We searched far and wide for premium bourbon for The Brown cocktail recipes and settled on one distilled in the highest distillery in the United States at 9600 feet, Breckenridge Bourbon. Next we infuse the bourbon with honey from our prized rooftop bee colony for 24 days in hand-crafted barrels of White Oak from Missouri. Join us at The Brown for one of our honey infused bourbon cocktails or mix this signature recipe in your own home bar.

Palace Manhattan

2 oz Honey Bourbon

1/4 oz sweet vermouth

1/4 oz simple syrup

3 dashes orange bitters

Bourbon soaked cherries

Muddle one bourbon soaked cherry. Add all other ingredients with fresh ice in a rocks glass. Stir 25-30 times. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a bourbon-soaked cherry.

Cheers to the best cocktail with American pride!

The Brown Palace & Wynkoop Brewing Co Craft a Taste of Denver Colorado

We are thrilled to celebrate our 120th Anniversary with the debut of the highly anticipated 1892 Artesian Lager. Crafted by Wynkoop Brewing Company in honor of the Brown Palace’s historic anniversary, this beer is is a tribute to Denver, Colorado and the tradition of micro-brewing. This limited-edition retro beer is brewed with water from the Brown Palace’s underground aquifer. The goal of the partnership between The Brown and Wynkoop was to create a beer that echoes the early beers that were served in the Brown Palace’s first years. Colorado brewers have long boasted about the state’s natural water, so this craft adds a niche, local story to the tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1892 Artesian Lager showcases one of the Brown Palace’s finest hidden treasures. In 1888, Henry C. Brown had a well drilled 780 feet deep on the site of his early Denver, Colorado grazing land. Four years later, the Brown Palace Hotel was built at that site and the water from the well was used to supply the hotel. Today the well continues to provide water to Brown Palace and guests drink straight from the aquifer by taking a sip from the hotel lobby water fountain. The pressure gauge for the well can be found just outside the entrance to Ship Tavern.

This draft-only beer is perfect for summer drinking with light flavors of blonde malts andoats, slight sweetness, and restrained hops. Clear and filtered, this beer has an attractive straw color, white head, and champagne-esque effervescence. 1892 is fermented with lager yeast at a slightly warmer temperature than modern-day lagers, to mirror the early days of Denver, Colorado’s brewing history.

This is the second beer Wynkoop has crafted for the Brown. Last fall they used honey from the Brown Palace rooftop beehives to create Rooftop Honey Saison, a Belgian-style saison that will be brewed again this fall.

 

1892 Artesian Lager is only available on tap at the Brown Palace’s Ship Tavern and Wynkoop Brewery and is sure to be the highlight of this summer’s Denver nightlife. Stop by and taste Denver, Colorado history.

Denver Activities for the Perfect Vacation

Culture

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The fourth largest museum in the United States is a top pick of Denver activities for families. Museum visitors can step into space simulators, wonder at dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies, and view amazing fossils, gems and minerals. The museum also showcases IMAX films and one of the best planetariums in the country.

Denver Art Museum

The contemporary architecture at the DAM is as outstanding as the works inside. The museum is comprised of two buildings – one a titanium structure of peaks and shards by Daniel Libeskind and the other, a fortress by Italian architect Gio Ponti. The museum housed some of the world’s most impressive Native American and Western works. Other collections include European masters and traveling exhibits.

Clyfford Still

This is the perfect example of what a single-artist museum should be. Most single-artist museums have to make do with leftovers, while the Clyfford Still Museum houses 94% of his works – a gift to the city on behalf of the artist by his widow. Clyfford Still is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century and an originator of the Abstract Expressionism movement. Marvel at over 2,400 works of art.

Coors Brewery Tour

This is largest brewing site in the world, and it still uses the same fresh Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors employed in 1873. Brewery tours are complimentary. Visitors will walk through every step in the brewing process and finish with a free, ice cold Coors. Of all our Denver activities, this is the only one that allows you to “Taste the Rockies.”

Day Trips

Boulder Hiking

Boulder is just a 40 minute drive north of Denver, Colorado and offers some of the best front range hiking in Colorado. There is a rich variety of terrain to choose among. The Boulder Falls has breathtaking tight canyons and rushing waterfalls; Flatirons Vista is a flat loop through meadows and pines that is a runner’s dream; Sanitas is a scenic, steam hike convenient to town. No matter which hike you choose, refuel at one of Boulder’s many charming outdoor patios. Hiking is definitely one of the most popular of Denver activities.

Quick Ski Trip

It is perfectly feasible to wake up in Denver, Colorado, hit the slopes, and be back downtown in time for an après cocktail. Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Winter Park are close mountains that offer runs for every level skier, from beginner to advanced. No Colorado ski day would be complete without a chili or hot chocolate at the mountain’s cozy lodge-style restaurants. Day passes are available to purchase at the mountain and shuttle or ski train services run daily from Denver during the ski season.

Central City and Black Hawk

Once called the “Richest Square Mile on Earth,” these two historic mining towns have come back to life. Just 34 miles west of Denver, Colorado, Central City and Black Hawk are now home to 30 casinos. The towns are famous for having some of the best-preserved Victorian architecture in the Western United States. Hit the Black Jack table and then visit the historic Central City Opera House, which hosts an extraordinary summer Opera series. There are also plenty of mine tours in the place where hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of gold was once panned.

Entertainment

Larimer Square

This posh city block of Western buildings hosts a variety of fashion and decor shopping, night clubs, Comedy Works, charming cafes and some of Denver’s hottest restaurants.

Farm-To-Table Dining

Denver Colorado leads the national charge of organic, seasonal fine cuisine. Potager and The Kitchen are just two of the progressive, local restaurants that serve exceptional cuisine in gorgeous but industrial settings.

Red Rocks

This famous amphitheater is carved from monumental red rock and is a mecca to music fans around the globe. This 9,000 seat arena has hosted everyone from the Grateful Dead to the Beatles and U2. Seeing a show here is truly a moving experience. On days there are no concerts, there are other Denver activities.  Visitors can check out the Performers’ Hall of Fame or hike the surrounding trails.

Wynkoop Brewing Releases 1892 Artesian Lager for Brown Palace’s 120th Anniversary

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The limited-release 1892 Artesian Lager is a custom-made, retro-minded beer brewed with water from the underground aquifer that supplies the Brown Palace’s water is officially tapped and available as of 11 a.m. July 24th.

“We wanted to do something very special for our 120th,” says Mark Shine, sales director for the Brown Palace, “and having another Denver icon create a special beer for us was a great way to do that. The beer gives us a unique way to share a piece of our history with the people of Denver.”

“Colorado brewers have been touting the state’s water for over 150 years,” says Wynkoop’s Marty Jones. “We’re adding our chapter to that longstanding tradition while showcasing the Brown Palace and one of its many treasures.”

Wynkoop enlisted the help of Longmont, Colorado’s McDonald Farms to truck 800 gallons of water from the hotel and deliver it to Wynkoop, where head brewer Andy Brown brewed the beer.

The draft-only beer is fermented with a lager yeast at a slightly warmer temperature than modern-day lagers, to mirror the early days of Colorado’s brewing history.

It is brewed with American two-row malts and US-grown, pilsner-style hops. For a contemporary twist, the beer’s grain bill included flaked oats, flaked barley and several other grains and oats that provide body and aroma.

“Our goal,” Brown says, “was to create a beer that echoes Colorado’s early beers and the beers that were served in the Brown Palace’s first years. It’s a cross between a late 1800s steam-style beer and a modern cream ale.”

Highly sessionable and designed for summer drinking, 1892 Artesian Lager is a
crystal-clear filtered beer with a straw color, a substantial snow white head, and champagne-like effervescence. It has subtle flavors of blonde malts and oats, a delicate sweetness, and restrained hops. It’s a very quaffable 4% ABV.

“We wanted a beer that left room to highlight the hotel’s water,” Brown says, “and it has a slight mineral character that does that. It also has an especially creamy head for such a light beer.”

With its delicate flavor, 1892 Artesian Lager also gives Wynkoop a chance to highlight a particular side of its craft. “This is a very unforgiving beer,” Brown says. “So it allows us to showcase our skills in making very clean beer in small batches.”

This limited-release beer is available on tap at Wynkoop (on the guest taps upstairs) and the Brown Palace’s Ship Tavern.

This is the second beer Wynkoop has brewed for the Brown Palace. Last fall Wynkoop brewed Rooftop Honey Saison, a Belgian-style saison that was crafted with honey from the Brown’s rooftop beehives. Wynkoop will brew that beer again this fall.

In 1888, Henry C. Brown, the namesake of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, had a well drilled on the site of his early Denver grazing land, which was bordered by 17th Street, Tremont Place and Broadway. In 1892, the Brown Palace Hotel was constructed at that site and the water from the well was used to supply the hotel.

Today the well continues to provide water to Brown Palace guests. A water fountain in the hotel lobby provides attendees a drink straight from the aquifer. The pressure gauge for the well can be found just outside the entrance to Ship Tavern.

The well is 780 feet deep, about as “tall” as the nearby Republic Plaza.

It All Starts Here: Meeting Planning Tips From The Brown Palace

ImageWhether you are a local Colorado business or a corporate guest, there is no more iconic establishment to plan a meeting than at The Brown Palace. We met with the Mary E. Hawley, the Palace’s Senior Catering Manager of 38 YEARS (!), to give us the scoop on expert meeting planning in Denver, Colorado.  

  1. What are some tips you can provide someone planning a meeting at The Brown Palace? Plan as far in advance as possible and have the details of the meeting necessities ahead of time.  For example: Agenda breakouts, transportation, etc.
  2. What are some benefits of planning a meeting at The Brown Palace? Our seasoned team of staff – from Housekeeping to Culinary and Banquet – allows you to focus on the meeting topics rather than fretting about the service.
  3. How far in advance should you start planning your meeting? If it is an annual summit, you should begin to plan the next as soon as the last event is over. For isolated meetings, begin planning (or at least booking) as soon as you are aware of the need.
  4. What is the most common question you receive from parties interested in planning a meeting at The Brown Palace? Since you are an old hotel, are you able to accommodate the needs of my group? Our answer is “of course!”
  5.  What is your favorite meeting amenity at The Brown Palace? Undoubtedly, bakery items. We are about the only Denver, Colorado hotel with a full service bakery.
  6. What recommendations do you have for people planning a meeting at any hotel? Know your budget and understand the expectations of the group.
  7. Finally, is there anything else you would like people to know about planning a meeting at The Brown Palace? All of our meeting space (except the Ballroom) has natural light, which keeps your group awake. Meeting space is located in one area and one level of the Hotel.

Planning for Summer time vacation to Denver

It is summer time in Denver which means it’s time for all the Denver summer festivals! There is always something going on in the Mile High City, and this summer is no exception. Checkout our favorite new and annual festival events taking place this summer season.

1. Juneteenth Music Festival

  • When: June 16 – June 17, 2012
  • Where: Five Points, Denver
  • The Denver Juneteenth Celebration is one of the largest in the nation and includes a parade, live entertainment, vendors displaying a variety of food, arts and crafts and other merchandise.

2. Denver PrideFest 2012

  • When: June 16 – June 17
  • Where: Downtown Denver
  • The Denver PrideFest is recognized as one of the top 10 pride events in the country as a celebration of community, heritage, family and culture. It is produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado and has over 250,00 people attending every year.

3. Cherry Blossom Festival

  • When: June 23 – June 24, 2012
  • Where: North Denver
  • Now in its 40th year, the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese culture and heritage. There will be entertainment on the outdoor stage as well as shopping and exhibits inside the Denver Buddhist Temple.

4. Colorado Black Arts Festival

  • When: July 13 – July 15, 2012
  • Where:City Park
  • The Colorado Black Arts Festival showcases the talents of local, regional and national African Americans in art and culture. This family friendly event will feature three stages of jazz, blues, reggae, gospel and traditional African drum and dance.

5. Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

  • When: July 28 – July 29, 2012
  • Where: Sloans Lake Park
  • The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) is unique to Colorado and celebrates Pan Asian culture and art. Along with dragon boat racing, this two day festival will be filled with performing arts, cultural cuisine, a market place of arts and crafts and many vendors.

To make the most of your stay in Denver and to have the best experience possible, take advantage of some great new package deals that the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is offering this summer.

  • Girl’s Spa Special
  • Cost: $249 per person

This package includes an overnight stay for two and a 50-minute massage at the Spa with aromatherapy and choice of massage oils. It also includes an appetizer from The Atrium Menu and a martini from the lobby martini cart.

  • The Gentleman’s Classic
  • Cost: $249 per person

This package is for the guys. It includes an overnight stay in a luxurious guestroom, and “Introduction to Cigars” course, your choice of cigar and a Colorado whiskey or port wine. Guests will also receive a Custom Brown Palace golf shirt.

  • The Brewery & The Brown
  • Cost: $299 per Person (Fridays and Saturdays, May 25 – September 3, 2012)

This package is perfect for those microbrew enthusiasts. It includes an overnight stay, six beers from the Wynkoop Brewery, two Wynkoop pint glasses, a bar of Rail Yard Ale Soap and a $50 gift card to use at the Wynkoop Brewpub.

Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards Survey 2012!

Attention all jet-setters, puddle jumpers and vagabonds! Have you visited The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa lately? How about anytime in the last the year? Well if you have, do us a favor and click here to vote in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards Survey 2012!

This quick survey allows you to vote for 2012′s best hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines and travel organizations.