Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions at The Brown Palace

With the New Year comes an opportunity to readjust priorities and make changes in your life to increase wellness, reduce stress, and smile more.  Keep your resolutions during 2014 with a few offerings from The Brown Palace.

Get More Alone Time

What better place to spend some quality alone time than wrapped up in a detoxifying sea algae wrap or submerged in an artesian bath infused with a luxurious blend of essential oils at The Brown Palace Spa. With six treatment rooms and a variety of custom spa treatments, the corner of tranquility and bliss is the perfect refuge to unwind and recover in the New Year.

brown palace 9Catch Up With Old Friends

Wine and dine with friends old and new at one of The Brown Palace’s six unique restaurants, gossip over Afternoon Tea in the Atrium Lobby, or enjoy a cigar at the Churchill Bar.

Eat Well

With so many dining options available at The Brown, there really is something for everyone on any occasion. Enjoy a Prime Rib Sandwich during a Broncos game at the Ship Tavern, indulge in endless pastries and champagne during Ellyngton’s Sunday Brunch (named one of the best brunches in Denver), or treat that special someone to date night at Palace Arms.

Try New Things

New year, new experiences! Try new things in 2014, like the Palace Caskcraft Beer Series now available at the Ship Tavern. Want to try something a bit more luxurious in the new year? Get pampered at the Brown Palace Spa with all natural ingredients made with honey from our rooftop bee colony.

Deck the Halls

Each year in December, we deck our halls with lights, garland, and bows to celebrate the season and extend holiday cheer for all to enjoy. Visitors from near and far join us for holiday tea, cocktails and time together with friends and family. Some guests just stop in to peek at the breathtaking decor. No matter the occasion, we love having people stop by to marvel at the traditional beauty we take pride in showcasing every year.

In celebration of the 2013 holiday season, here are a few magnificent photos of The Brown Palace decorations captured by hotel guests and passers by this December. And remember, we love sharing these photos. Please tag @brownpalace on Instagram and Twitter to share your images with us. Happy Holidays!

Instagram user @303quotes snapped this photo of the Atrium Lobby and The Brown Palace Christmas tree a few weeks ago.

Looking down from above on the Atrium Lobby, @prettywellorganized’s photo of the chandelier lights up the night.

@ktoldenkamp’s image of the holiday decor is a gorgeous depiction of the soft glow that radiates through the property during the holidays.

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

palace_armsOpenTable released its list of 2012 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. Out of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Palace Arms is the only Denver restaurant listed in the top 100.

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.

5 Favorite Desserts at The Brown Palace

Screen Shot 2011-11-03 at 5.27.53 PMYou might be able to curb your sweet tooth with a piece of fruit during the warmer months, but in the dead of winter, nothing but a dessert made with plenty of cream and sugar will do… well at least for us. Here are a few of our favorite desserts that are served right here at The Brown Palace.

Bourbon Bread Pudding at Ship Tavern 
This delicious bread pudding is a blend of caramel custard infused with bourbon layered with house-made croissants. Topped off with caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Apple Cobbler at Ellyngton’s 
Apple cobbler may become one of your favorite apple desserts once you try this one from Ellyngton’s. Our old-fashioned crunchy cobbler is a mix of roasted apples with rum raisins, and topped with almond streusel and cinnamon apple ice cream.

Bananas Foster at Palace Arms 
This classic dessert is prepared table side for two in Palace Arms. During the preparation you will watch your bananas being tossed bubbling pan of dark brown sugar, butter, rum and cinnamon and served to you warm over ice cream.

Brown Palace Coffee Creme Brulee at Ellyngton’s 
You’ll be wanting more after you give this a taste. Our Creme Brulee is a blend of rich and  creamy custard that’s infused with Brown Palace Coffee.

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Palace Arms 
This scrumptious take on the British steamed dessert includes finely chopped pecans, covered in a sticky toffee sauce and served with a side of Vanilla Ice Cream.

Hotel Discounts for Active Military Members at The Brown Palace

With Veterans Day coming up, people across our beautiful country are coming together to appreciate our land of the free, home of the brave—and to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our courageous service men and women. Here at The Brown Palace, our gratitude extends beyond Veterans Day. We like to show our appreciation year round by extending a special package to our heroes at home.

Whether you’re coming back from deployment and want to enjoy a romantic night with that special someone or are just looking for a fun night on the town in Denver, you can enjoy special perks and discounts when you show us your active military ID.

Package Includes:

  • 10% off room rate
  • Guaranteed upgrade to next available room category
  • 15% discount in all restaurants and spa with military ID

To book, please call 303-297-3111 or 800-321-2599.

The Brown Palace Hotel Announces 25th Annual Champagne Cascade to Celebrate Our Veterans

We are excited to host our 25th annual Champagne Cascade on Sunday, November 11th at noon. During the event, a master swordsman will use an antique Napoleonic saber to sever the bottle necks of Moet & Chandon Champagne bottles that will be poured into the uppermost glass of the two-story, 6,000-glass pyramid. In addition to kicking off the holiday season, this year’s toast will honor U.S. veterans, offering several ways for the community to thank the servicemen and women this Veteran’s Day.

The legendary event will feature live jazz music and an afternoon of entertainment in The Brown Palace’s stunning open Atrium.  The event is open to the public to watch the famous champagne pour from the balconies of floors four through seven.

For prime viewing access on the Mezzanine level and unlimited champagne, beer, wine, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a VIP experience is available for $75 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and the organization’s Service to the Armed Forces program.  To make reservations for VIP viewing, please call (303)294-3618 or visit www.brownpalace.com to purchase a ticket.

Joining the guests on the Mezzanine level and addressing the crowd before the pour will be the honored guest of The Brown Palace and the American Red Cross, General Victor E. Renuart Jr. General Renuart is the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, stationed out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. and also acts as the Chair of the National Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Committee.

Guests joining the celebration can also express their gratitude to veterans through the Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Special holiday cards will be available in the lobby of The Brown Palace throughout the event to send seasonal greetings to veterans and current members of the military serving at home and overseas.

“The brave members of our armed forces are always a focus of The Brown Palace’s community giving efforts,” said Marcel Pitton, General Manager of The Brown Palace. “The American Red Cross does amazing work for our armed forces and veterans and we’re proud to partner with them to support their Service to the Armed Forces program and give back to those who have served our country.”

The American Red Cross has provided humanitarian support to the United States military, veterans and their families under a trusted symbol for more than 130 years. Through the Service to the Armed Forces program, the Red Cross provides emergency communications, supports military and veteran health care facilities, and provides social services to more than 2 million military members – including National Guard and Reservists – 23 million veterans and their families.

“Although the Red Cross provides support and services year-round for the armed forces, veterans and their families, Veteran’s Day and the holidays provide a special time for us to join with local residents in expressing gratitude to those who have served our country,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Region. “We’re so pleased to be welcomed by The Brown Palace to this premier event and to have the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ together with The Brown Palace and its guests.”

The American Red Cross provides these services through employees and volunteers who are stationed alongside the military, across the country andaround the world. Although the Red Cross provides these services as part of its Congressional Charter, the Red Cross is not a governmental agency and relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors to fulfill its mission.

3 Must-Do Summertime Denver Activities

Summertime will be in Denver, Colorado before you know it. But don’t wait till it’s here to start planning your summer vacation outings in the wonderful Mile High City. To help you make the most of your 2012 summer, take a look at these events and activities that will make it impossible to leave or resist a trip to Denver.

  1. Toyota Elephant Passage: This one of a kind experience will open June 1st at the Denver Zoo.  Occupying 10-acres on the southern edge of the Denver Zoo, Toyota Elephant Passage ( is the largest bull elephant habitat in the world). The expansive $50-million complex will allow you to explore and discover the rich history of animals in Asian culture and their complicated relationship with humans. In short, it’s Denver’s newest must-see!
  2. Colorado History Museum: On April 28th, the doors of the History Colorado Center will open to tell the stories of colorful Coloradans with fun, family-friendly activities inside a beautiful new building in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. The opening exhibits highlight the courage, persistence, triumphs, tragedies and character of the men and women who created Colorado.
  3. Summer concerts at Red Rocks: No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two or five — trips out to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, located just 15 miles from downtown Denver. 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule. There is no doubt that a concert at Red Rocks is a must-do this summer.

For more information Denver or to make your own reservations at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa please call (303) 297-3111 or e-mail us atconcierge@brownpalace.com.

A $2 Million Dream

History is something that The Brown Palace does not lack. After 4 years of construction, $1.6 million in design and $400,000 more in furnishings for the hotel, it is was and continues to be one of the most magnificent hotels in the world. In 1892 The Brown Palace was fitted with the following furnishings:

  • The furniture was solid white mahogany, antique oak, and cherry wood.
  • The chairs and sofas were covered in silk.
  • The carpets were Axminster, Wilton, and Brussels.
  • The curtains were made of Irish Point, Cluny, and Brussels.
  • The china consisted of Haviland, Limoges, and Royal Doulton.
  • The silver was Reed and Barton.

Each of the 400 rooms in The Brown boasted these furnishings and were evenly divided by price: 100 at $3 a night, 100 at $4 a night, 100 at $4.50 a night, and 100 at $5 a night. In each of these rooms guests were provided with their own fireplace and were given kindling and coal per request.

But the grand spectacle of The Brown Palace was the 300-mile panorama of the Rocky Mountains that awaited each guest who stepped foot into the 8th floor dining room. The room was two stories high, with stained glass in fruit designs above each window and onyx wainscoting.

This spectacular design was finished just in time for The Brown to host its first guests ever, the 25th Triennial Conclave of Knights Templar, on August 12, 1892. These guests were treated to a formal banquet which entailed a 7-course meal at $10 a plate and over 227 wines, mineral waters, and champagne.

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.

Presidents’ Day Weekend Activities in Denver

Did you know that every U.S. President has visited The Brown Palace Hotel since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama? That’s pretty impressive if you ask us. Now with Presidents’ Day right around the corner, have you decided on how you are going to spend this 3-day weekend?

If you’re still unsure about how you are going to celebrate this holiday and your time off, have no fear, we at The Brown Palace have taken the luxury of outlining a few ways to occupy your Presidents’  Day weekend.

Washington Park. Get out and get a little exercise this Presidents’  Day weekend. Wash Park boasts a 2.6-mile jogging path, soccer fields, 2 playgrounds, a basketball court, horseshoe court, 10 tennis courts and a lawn bowling green. As temperatures are looking to get warmer leading up to Presidents’  Day, you have no excuse to not take advantage of this gorgeous park located in the heart of Denver.

Stay at The Brown. Honor this nation’s great leaders by staying in one of our hotel’s suites named for their presidential residents: Eisenhower Suite, Reagan Suite, and Teddy Roosevelt Suite. If you can land the Eisenhower Suite look for a dent in the fireplace mantel. This dent marks where President Eisenhower hit a wayward golf ball while practicing in the room.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens. On Presidents’  Day, Monday, February 20, the Denver Botanic Gardens will once again be offering free admission to all of their gardens to Colorado residents. Get together with your friends or family, to take a leisurely stroll around these beautiful and flamboyant gardens which offer up a few of Denver’s most spectacular art exhibits.

Westword Artopia. On Saturday, February 18 Denver’s Westword Magazine will be hosting their annual Artopia celebration. Westword’s Artopia will feature Denver’s finest musicians, culinary creations, local fashion and art at 5 different venues on South Broadway. All guests must be 21 or over.

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