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.

Denver Beer Festivals

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 5.00.46 PMCraft beer is king in Colorado and The Mile High City is undoubtedly the place to be for beer-lovers this fall. Denver’s beer mecca is home to hundreds of microbreweries and brew pubs, each with its own unique take on ales, stouts, lagers and everything in between. As the fall season approaches, so is Denver’s beloved “Beer Season” and everything that goes along with it. From keg bowling to brew tasting, here are some of the city’s best beer festivals to celebrate the thriving local beer culture.

16th Annual Brew at the Zoo (Sept 13): Get wild at the Denver Zoo this Friday with more than 40 of Colorado’s best breweries, complimentary appetizers, music and dancing at the 16th Annual Brew at the Zoo. Proceeds from this event will benefit Denver Zoo’s Red Apple Fund for Lifelong Learning, a program designed to support Denver Zoo education programs.

44th Annual Oktoberfest Denver (Sept 27-29 & Oct 4-6): Attracting more than 350,000 attendees over the six-day festival, USA Today and Maxim call this event “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “one of the country’s biggest and longest running traditions.” Held in the Ballpark Neighborhood of downtown Denver on Larimer Street (between 20th St. & 22nd St.), this beer fest includes classic Oktoberfest-themed events like stein hoisting, the long dog derby, keg bowling, the Dashustlehoff 5K, a bratwurst eating contest and of course, live music.

Denver Beer Fest (Oct 4-12): From the Western Slope to the Kansas-Colorado border, this festival brings together suds from all corners of the state for a week of micro-brew appreciation leading up to the Great American Beer Festival. Presented by Visit Denver, The Denver Westword and the Colorado Brewers Guild, this week-long celebration showcases Denver’s booming beer culture through local Denver area events leading up to the big one (GABF) beginning on Thursday, October 10th.

And last but most certainly not least…

Great American Beer Festival (Oct 10-12): As America’s most prestigious craft beer festival and competition, this big kahuna event hosted by the Brewers Association is one you won’t want to miss. With more than 2,000 different American beers entered by 500+ domestic breweries, attendees are invited to taste drafts from 83 beer-style categories and participate in the nation’s top industry event of the year. GABF takes place at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, just a stone’s throw from the Brown Palace.

Game Day at the Brown Palace

Your fantasy team has been drafted, you’ve set your line up and your lucky jersey is pressed and ready for Thursday’s game. It’s finally time for NFL football and what better place to kick off the regular season than at the Brown Palace, the place where it all began.


The Brown Palace Hotel lobby has seen it’s fair share of history including a piano performance by Billy Joel, debutante dancing, fashion shows, and the formation of a Mile High favorite, the Denver Broncos. Bob Howsom and Lamar Hunt met in the Brown Palace lobby for the first time in 1959 to discuss a new football league that Hunt was forming.  By the end of the evening, Hawsom agreed to own the Denver franchise in what would eventually become the American Football League.

If you can’t get tickets to Thursday’s big game, watch the Broncos dominate the Ravens at the historic Ship Tavern, the vintage Brown Palace pub located right in downtown Denver on the corner of 17th and Broadway. Enjoy some of Denver’s best microbrews alongside our delicious Prime Rib sandwich and celebrate a Bronco victory after the game with cigars and whiskey in the Churchill Bar. Watch the first game of the 2013 NFL season amongst Denver’s finest gentlemen in the historic building where champions are born. GO BRONCOS!!!

Local Musicians in the Mile High City Featured Every Sunday at ‘Jazz in the Park’

The Mile High City may be known as the gateway to the Rockies, but when summer rolls around, you can find most Denver locals soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a Colorado micro-brew on the patio. For Sunday evening entertainment, City Park Jazz is a staple summertime activity for Denverites and a perfect way to enjoy the city’s eclectic local music scene.

City Park JazzFun for the whole family, City Park Jazz is always a highlight of the summer months. Arrive early on Sunday evening to snag a spot on the lawn near the bandstand pavilion. Enjoy many of our local food trucks or bring a picnic of your own.

Although the City Park Jazz series kicked off in early June, there is still plenty of time to catch this season’s local talent. Sam Mayfield brings the blues this Sunday, July 14, followed by The Ken Walker Sextet on July 21. The sextet is a favorite in the Denver jazz club circuit drawing in local fans with their unique, upbeat sound. Walker, a faculty instructor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is no novice to live performances with appearances at both the Telluride and Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festivals.

Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a solid show of late afternoon sunshine and snazzy tunes with great friends. Grab a few of your favorite Colorado brews or a bottle of vino and join the Denver community for Sunday Jazz in City Park.

Summer in the City: 16th Street Mall Happenings

Summer in the City: Skyline Market Get ready for a summer in the city!  The Skyline Market in the heart of Skyline Park opened on Arapahoe between 15th and 16th streets last Friday.  This is Denver’s new definition of a market—a food experience that offers artisanal products, ready-to-eat food and a farm fresh experience all in one.  The new market provides a variety of options for downtown workers, residents and visitors to enjoy different experiences, entertainment and culture that you won’t find elsewhere.  Stop by between 11AM and 7PM for a beer and wine garden and a chance to shop the market with a local chef.  In addition to live music during the lunch hour and happy hour, Skyline Market will feature pre-made food items, chef demos, cooking demonstrations, fresh market foods and flowers.  Also enjoy a special dinner prepared by one of Denver’s best chefs.

More changes are coming to 16th Street Mall.  Four blocks will be reinvented to create sub-districts as a gathering place where people can stay and enjoy art, culture, nature, entertainment, retail and food.  The blocks between Curtis and Welton will be home to irreplaceable street food and shopping options all summer long from 11AM to 6PM.  Between Welton and California expect to see a number of tent events—a flea market of continually rotating, eclectic merchandise.  From California to Stout, six to eight local food vendors will offer ethnic and diverse cuisines as well as lounging areas with tables and chairs to enjoy outside dining.  The block between Stout and Champa will host food and merchandise vendors and various special events, product introductions and sampling opportunities.

We’re excited for a great summer in the Mile High City!

Things to do in Denver in March


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. 

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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.

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

ImagePlanning a corporate meeting of any size can sometimes be overwhelming. With the help of our talented group of meeting planners, we can create the meeting that you are looking for especially  with our new customizable experiential add-on program. We sat down with The Brown Palace Director of Group Sales, Julie Dunn, to help you in planning your next meeting.

1. What are some tips you have for someone planning a meeting at The Brown Palace?

Share as many details as you have about the meeting with us, so that we can ensure that you and your attendees have an unforgettable experience.  We are here to help you every step of the way and the planning process is a collaborative effort. 

2. What are some benefits of having a meeting at The Brown Palace?

Whether your meeting is for 10 or 100 people, the service, accommodations, cuisine, and meeting space are all amazing, which means you will have a one of a kind experience.

3. How far in advance should you start planning your meeting?

As soon as you decide that you are going to have a meeting and you have the details for it, start planning it.  That way, you secure the dates that you would like and you can budget time to plan your meeting, without feeling “stressed” and having to do things last minute. 

4. What is your favorite meeting amenity at The Brown Palace?

I love the meeting space, it is so flexible.  Each room is beautiful and unique and the windows accent all of the space. We pride ourselves in making sure each attendee and meeting planner has a great and memorable experience at the hotel.  This summer, we are providing unique experiences that you can add to your meeting with our “It All Starts Here” meeting promotion.  

We are also giving away keys to the city with “The Brown Palace Keys to The City Sweepstakes”. By entering this 12 week giveaway you’ll have a chance to win some special Brown Palace and Denver experiences as well as a chance to win the grand prize of a luxury weekend in Denver. This grand prize includes, a three day and two night stay at a luxurious suite inside The Brown Palace, two roundtrip tickets courtesy of Frontier Airlines, dinner for two at Palace Arms and a soothing couples massage. Every week will bring new prizes. The earlier you enter, the more chances you have to win. Enter “The Brown Place Keys to The City Sweepstakes” here.

For more information or to plan your next meeting at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa please visit us online here or call 303-297-3111, or email us at