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.

Toast To The New Year

NewYearsChampagneRing in 2014 in true Brown Palace style with dinner, dancing, and fireworks! Enjoy live entertainment and specially crafted New Year’s Eve menu offerings at one of our many hotel restaurants, all in the prime location for viewing downtown Denver’s famous New Year’s Eve firework displays on 16th Street Mall.

Here’s a look at what to expect at The Brown Palace in the final moments of 2013…

Atrium Lobby

Afternoon Tea and cocktails will be available in the beautifully decorated Atrium Lobby beginning at 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with live entertainment from noon until 4 p.m.

The complimentary Atrium Lobby entertainment will continue the evening’s events with a solo pianist beginning at 4:30 p.m. Then, dance the night away to the sounds of John Kite and The Majestics from 8 p.m. until shortly after midnight. New Year’s Eve guests may enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and New Year’s Eve party favors.

New Year’s Day Afternoon Tea, cocktails and live entertainment in the Atrium will be offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Ship Tavern

On New Year’s Eve, Ship Tavern will be serving our regular a la carte menu for lunch (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. – 11 p.m.) accompanied by live entertainment including Hank Troy and Jazz and Blues artist, Wendy Harston. Of course, the Ship Tavern bartenders will be serving your favorite signature cocktails until 12:30 p.m.

The Ship Tavern New Year’s Day lunch and dinner schedule will remain on schedule as per usual (lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., dinner 5-11 p.m) with live entertainment from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Palace Arms

In combination with a New Year’s Eve accommodation package, a delicious four-course prix fixe menu will be offered at the Palace arms with the first seating beginning at 6 p.m.

Palace Arms will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday (January 1-2, 2014) and will resume normal hours on Friday, January 3, 2014.

Ellyngton’s Restaurant

Traditional breakfast will be available on the Tuesday, December 31st from 6:30 – 10 a.m.

Ellyngton’s will be celebrating the start of 2014 with its traditional Dom Perignon Brunch on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. Danny Showers will be providing live entertainment until 3 p.m. and reservations are required.

Churchill Cigar Bar

Kick back, relax, and reminisce on the wonder years of 2013 Great Gatsby style while enjoying a stogie in the Churchill Bar until 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

 

 

 

Leaf Peeping Day Trips Around Denver

The glowing gold aspens of the Colorado Rocky Mountains are the talk of the town during this time of year. The annual “Changing of the Aspens” sends locals and visitors straight to the hills for some of the best aspen-peeping in the country.  Usually beginning to change in mid-September, the colors typically don’t last long with the last of the leaves falling by the end of October.  With so many scenic routes right in our own back yard, Denver has the perfect vantage point for a fall foliage tour.

Fall Foliage

Here are a few spectacular routes and day trips to consider for a look at one of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking seasonal transformations:

Georgetown Loop Railroad: Get a taste of autumn in the Old West with a 75-minute locomotive tour through Georgetown and Silverplume. The Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park is located less than an hour west of Denver and offers amazing views of the rugged Colorado landscape.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest continuous paved road in North America. With more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road provides a stellar view of the golden aspen leaves and autumn mountain scenery.

St. Mary’s Glacier: Located just an hour west of Denver in Idaho Springs is a windy road boasting some of the state’s most beautiful aspen groves. The road ends at the St. Mary’s Glacier trailhead where you can opt for a short 45-minute hike through 3/4 mile trail surrounded by sprawling forests of glowing aspens.

Peak to Peak Scenic & Historic Byway: This 55-mile long route provides fantastic views of the Continental Divide and travels through six different  scenic attractions including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Eldora Ski Resort.

 

Things to do in Denver in March

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Wondering what to do in Denver while you’re staying at The Brown Palace? With March and warmer weather just around the corner, there are plenty of fun things to discover in the Mile High City. Let us help you with some ideas that you can do this month:

Professional Sports Events: Denver is home to NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. Be sure to catch one of the many games at the Pepsi Center this March.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: If the weather is not cooperating, don’t worry. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers great indoor entertainment for both you and your family and is sure to keep you occupied and intrigued for days. 

St. Patrick’s Day: If you are looking to celebrate the luck of the Irish, you are in the right town. Denver’s beer culture is rich and diverse and offers a great atmosphere to enjoy a glass of green beer or Irish-style lager. 

For more information on things to do in Denver, visit: http://www.denver.org/what-to-do

 

Denver Nightlife: Best Places for Date Night

Typically “date night” conjures up a host of restaurant and bar options, but what to in Denver, Colorado when you want to impress your date with something out of the ordinary? We have the scoop on some unique Denver nightlife activities that are sure to land you a second date.

Indie Dinner and a Movie

The Mayan Theatre is a Denver treasure and an esoteric place to take your date to the movies. The beautiful lobbies, archways, lavish screen curtain, and richly embellished Mayan murals set a romantic tone. The cinema is located in a hip part of South Broadway near plenty of divey restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops for a treat before or after your independent film screening.

On Broadway

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosts a high caliber mix of Broadway shows that are sure to impress. No matter what your date’s performance genre preference is, the Company offers classics, revivals, blockbuster musicals, and cabaret productions. Make a dramatic night of it, this is Broadway after all. Dress in your finest and spoil your date with a pre-fixed dinner menu that most of the nearby restaurants offer before the theatre.

Larimer Laughs

There is no better way to break the ice on a date than laughter, especially when you aren’t responsible for producing the comedic material. Comedy Works is Denver, Colorados top stand-up comedy club and has been a date favorite for over 25 years. The club is conveniently steps from Larimer Square, so you can keep the good times rolling over cocktails at a local Denver nightlife lounge.

Graceful Evening

A date night at the Colorado Ballet will not disappoint, this company is truly exceptional. From Swan Lake to the Nutcracker, performances rotate continually and are entrancing for men and women alike. The creativity, athleticism and graceful movement are a feast for the eyes. There are plenty of Denver restaurants near the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for an elegant dessert and glass of wine after the show.

These superbly unique Denver nightlife options are sure to give “date night” a whole new meaning.

Denver Nightlife: Top Five Theater Performances

We are always seeking unique ways to enjoy Denver nightlife, and an evening at the theatre is unsurpassable. These shows have incredible casts that will make you laugh, cry and dance in your seat. Purchase tickets soon as these short-season performances do sell out.

 

I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

In Theaters now to October 14th at the Garner Galleria Theatre

Everything you have experienced or wanted to know about dating, mating and marriage! A hysterical satire that explores everything from parents who talk baby talk, men who over-talk and women who pretend to listen, infidelity, and the injustice of lines for the ladies room. Four actors present the lives of more than 20 characters (husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, in-laws and children) as they tackle the act of dealing with the opposite sex. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is the perfect Denver nightlife date.

 

Oklahoma!

In theatre now to August 11th at the Central City Opera + special performances at the DU Campus on August 5th and August 7th

Step back in time into the territory now known as Oklahoma. Here is the beloved story of a handsome cowboy and a strong-willed farm girl. This love story has been told for decades and has won the hearts of people time and time again. There isn’t a better setting to see this gem than the old-world Central City Opera House. Hum along to favorite numbers like “People Will Say We’re In Love” and “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’.”

 

Jersey Boys

July 17th to August 11th at the Buell Theatre

Twelve million people worldwide have flocked to see this musical masterpiece. After a smashing success in 2008, Jersey Boys is visiting Denver for a second time! Jersey Boys is the Grammy and Tony Award Winning Best Musical about the hall of fame rock n’ roll group, The Four Seasons. Watch the inspiring story of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night”, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

 

The Book of Mormon

August 14th to September 2nd at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

This sold-out show is the winner of nine Tony Awards for the Best Musical of the Year. The New York Times claims “It’s the best musical of this century” and Vogue touts it as “The best musical of the last 25 years.” This Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone has swept the country. The Book of Mormon does contain explicit language, so it is best as a Denver nightlife experience for adults…if you are lucky enough to find tickets!

 

La Cage aux Folles

September 4th to September 16th at the Buell Theatre

Before there was The Birdcage, there was La Cage! This fall-out-of-your-seat hysterical Broadway production is the winner of three Tony Awards. La Cage tells the story of the owner of a glitzy nightclub in Saint Tropez and his partner who moonlights as a glamorous chanteuse. When the son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flamboyant pair, the bonds of family are put to the test. La Cage is a wild and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together and true to themselves. Fabulous Denver nightlife entertainment!

 

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, actually less than four days away, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to get mom something extra special. Here at The Brown Palace we have oodles of great gifts that are fit for the queen that your mother is. Here are a few last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas here at The Brown Palace.

Spa Treatments. Nothing says the greatest son or daughter than giving the gift of relaxation. Here at The Spa at The Brown Palace you can treat mom to a series of massages, facials, body treatments, manicures & pedicures, nail treatments, waxing services and salon hair care. Better yet if you are really cramped on time to find a gift, our spa has a wide variety of spa and beauty products that make the perfect gift. Please visit here for a full list of spa treatments and amenities and to make reservations.

Traditional Afternoon Tea. For an afternoon of relaxation for your mom to enjoy solo or with her lovely children, be sure to take part in The Brown’s longstanding tradition of afternoon tea. Afternoon tea offers an elegant setting to enjoy tea, scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches, all of which are artfully prepared by our culinary staff daily. You will also experience the soothing sounds of The Brown’s harpist or pianist. To ensure a spot at afternoon tea you can make reservations now. Open daily from 12-4pm in our atrium lobby.

Brown Palace Flower ShopMake mom feel like the best mom ever on Mother’s Day with a flower arrangement from The Brown Palace Flower Shop that will make all other moms jealous.  Whether is’s an orchid or a dozen roses, your mom will love the sight and smell of the flowers you give her. To order your arrangement today, please visit our Brown Palace Flowers Page.

For more information regarding reservations or for general inquiries please call 303.297.3111 or e-mail us at concierge@brownpalace.com.

Recipes from The Brown: Brown Palace Macaroons

As we wrap up another week here in Denver and prepare for the beautiful weekend ahead, we would like to present you with a recipe straight from our kitchen at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa: Brown Palace Macaroons. These macarons are perfect for a weekend treat as they are incredibly easy to prepare and still deliver amazing flavor. Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

Brown Palace Macaroons

Ingredients
1 lb Almond Paste
½ lb Confectioners Sugar (powdered)
½ lb Granulated Sugar
5 oz Egg Whites (lightly whipped)

Method
Using a small mixer blend the paste, sugars and small amount of egg whites until mix is smooth and free of lumps. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add remaining egg whites. Scrape sides of bowl well. Line a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a pastry bag, pipe mix to the size of a nickel onto parchment paper. Bake in 350-degree oven until lightly browned. Remove from oven, let cool and serve.

Valentine’s Day Planner – The Brown Palace

Valentine’s Day in Denver means romance is in the air. The options you have on how to spend this special day are endless. With that being said, here at The Brown we think you should take it upon yourself to make this year different than the others. One that will leave her (or him) speechless and feeling the love for a long time to come.

To accomplish this, allow us here at The Brown to pamper both you and your partner so you can focus more on each other as you spend the day as a couple. Just what would this entail you ask? Well it’s simple, follow this short guide to making this February 14 a Valentine’s Day to remember at The Brown.

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

Afternoon Tea. Share with one another the experience of The Brown’s longstanding Afternoon Tea tradition. Scones, tea pastries, and sandwiches are prepared daily. You will also be delighted to find out that Afternoon Tea boasts the soothing sounds of a a harpist or pianist every day.

Cocktails at Ship Tavern. With our wide variety of signature cocktails, micro-brews, and wines you can indulge in a few pre-dinner drinks that are sure to lead you into one romantic meal.

Dinner at Palace Arms. Considered as the crown jewel of The Brown Palace, our Palace Arms restaurant offers contemporary fine dining at its best. Dinner here is something that we feel everyone in Denver needs to experience at least once, so what better excuse to do so than Valentine’s Day?

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.

After a long day of celebrating at The Brown extend your stay to one of our luxurious rooms. Rates begin at $152/night and rooms include exceptional accommodations to all visitors. For more information regarding reservations or for general inquiries please call 303.297.3111 or e-mail us at concierge@brownpalace.com.

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

Denver Restaurants: Palace Arms at The Brown Palace in Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S.

OpenTable released its list of 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. and Palace Arms at The Brown Palace Hotel is among those sharing the honors. With the list of 100 restaurants coming from 34 states and over 10 million diner reviews, the Palace Arms was the only Denver restaurant to share list real estate with culinary icons like the French Laundry, Per Se and Le Berndain.

Known for its contemporary fine dining and its unique setting, the Palace Arms menu features signature items such as Colorado Lamb Loin and Bison Rossini as well as new twists on old classics. Palace Arms has also won the “Best of Award of Excellence” for its wine list quality and variety from Wine Spectator since 1990.