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.

Things to Do in Denver: Summer Concerts at Red Rocks

Summer nights spent with a slight breeze, good friends, and music in the air is only complete at one place: Red Rocks.  Colorado’s legendary open-air venue, which has hosted historic acts from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac, brings performances that will have you dancing all night long.

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Thursday, May 30: Electronic trio The Postal Service will stop by Red Rocks along the way of their mostly sold out tour, which continues on to New York and Europe. Their debut album Give Up hits the ten-year mark this year.

Friday, June 21The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute isn’t just an admiration tour for the late icon.  This production brings together Jackson’s closest collaborators including his choreographer, principal dancer and recording engineer to re-create the legend’s most unforgettable concert moments.

Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17:  Throat granuloma nearly stole John Mayer’s voice, but the musical style shifter announced his Born and Raised World Tour after a three year hiatus.  “The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again,” he told Billboard in March.

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21:  This year at the Global Dance Festival, each night will highlight a different genre for the nearly 10,000-a-day crowd.  Friday will showcase experimental, psychedelic sounds, Saturday will cater to all those who love to dance and Sunday is the base-heavy conclusion.

Saturday, August 24:  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Reggae on the Rocks, which launched in 1988.  Legendary roots reggae artist Burning Spear makes his anticipated return, performing hardly any other shows this summer.

Things to Do in Denver: Art Exhibits

Denver has a lot to offer when it comes to arts and culture. From a diverse live music scene to exciting performing arts shows to numerous museum exhibits, there is always something going on. Here are a few art exhibits you should check out this Spring.

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

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Photo Credit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

When you visit this exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, you will encounter some of the Earth’s most awe-inspriing mammals, roam among saber-toothed cats and giant bears and ponder over some of the oldest human artifacts in existence. For more Ice Age fun, be sure to see the IMAX film: Titans of the Ice Age 3D. It ends May 27, 2013, so get your tickets now.

RED/YELLOW/BLUE (and Black and White): Clyfford Still as Colorist

Photo Credit: Clyfford Still Museum

Photo Credit: Clyfford Still Museum

Extended by popular demand until May 19, 2013, this large-scale exhibition explores the significance of color in Still’s art.  Clyfford Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists and is credited with laying the groundwork for the movement. Admission to the Clyfford Still Museum is $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, $6 for Students, $3 for Youth (Ages 6-17, and Free for Children under 5. Sunday, April 28 is a free entry day.

Spun: Adventures in Textile

Photo Credit: Denver Art Museum

Photo Credit: Denver Art Museum

Opening May 19, 2013, this highly anticipated exhibit at the Denver Art Museum is taking an unusual approach by presenting twelve exhibits throughout the museum all focused on the same theme. At the heart of the exhibit is Cover Story showcasing the newly renovated textile art galleries with pieces from many of the museum’s permanent collections. Textiles on view are from 24 different countries and span from Pre-Columbian period to the present. This exhibit is included in the general admission fee. Read more about all twelve exhibits here.  

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. 

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/

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!

Best Things To Do in Denver This Spring

Denver-attractions-4Springtime is officially here in Denver! While we might experience some late spring snowstorms, warm weather is on the horizon. Here are a few ways to make the most of springtime in the Mile High City.

Colorado Rockies Game – Major League Baseball kicks off in April and attending a ball game is the perfect way to start enjoying the warm weather in Colorado.

Denver Botanic Gardens – The Botanic Gardens features seven diverse gardens that highlight plants from Colorado and neighboring states.

Denver Parks – The City of Denver offers more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways. Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll through the park or a picnic with your honey, there is a park close by for you to enjoy.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater – If you’re going to a concert or just want to explore the 868 acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas, Red Rocks has you covered.

For more information on things to do in Denver, please visit: www.visitdenver.org

Palace Arms Named One of the Best Restaurants for Service on OpenTable

ImageWe are delighted to announce Palace Arms as a recipient of an OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award.  The Diner’s Choice Awards recognizes the 100 best restaurants for service in the United States based on guest feedback. The Palace Arms at The Brown Palace not only made the list, but was also singled out as one of the top ten restaurants on the list that provide the very best service experience.

Recently celebrating our 120th anniversary, we are also welcoming a new chef and new culinary offerings to Palace Arms under the leadership of Chef Justin Schreiber. Joining the team earlier this year from The Little Nell in Aspen, Chef Schreiber will continue to honor the award-winning outlet’s reputation, expanding on the special occasion dining experiences with modern touches.

For reservations or more information, please visit www.BrownPalace.com/Dining or call (303) 297-3111. 

Five-Course Heitz Cellars Wine Dinner on March 13 at Palace Arms

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With the winter chill top-of-mind, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with great friends, good wine and a sumptuous meal. Warm up by joining us at The Brown Palace for a five-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Justin Schreiber and his team, featuring wine selections and pairings from Heitz Cellar. The evening will begin in our lobby at 6:00 p.m. for appetizers, the first wine pick, and conversation with wine experts before continuing into our signature restaurant, Palace Arms, at 7:00 p.m.

Our menu includes gourmet dishes that pair perfectly with the five impressive Heitz cabernet sauvignon cellar selections. Reservations for the Heitz Cellar dinner may be made through the Palace Arms restaurant by calling( 303) 297-3111 or by visiting the restaurant’s page on Open Table.