Spend Valentine’s Day at The Brown Palace

RomanceLove is in the air this Valentine’s Day and there is no better place to spend the holiday than at The Brown Palace. Whether you’re treating your sweetheart to drinks, dinner, a weekend getaway, or all of the above, we’ve got the perfect solution to light the fire this Valentine’s Day.

Flowers.

One of the more obvious romantic gestures, flowers on Valentine’s Day is a must. Stop by the Brown Palace Flower Shop and pick up a bouquet for that special someone.

Cocktails.

Start off the evening at the Ship Tavern for Happy Hour. With a wide variety of microbrews, specialty cocktails and wine, pre-dinner drinks are a perfect way to get the evening started off on the right foot.

Date Night.

Take advantage of the romantic Valentine’s Day Package from the Palace Arms and treat your sweetie to a night on the town. Available on February 14th and 15th only, enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner at the Palace Arms along with a bottle of champagne, complimentary parking, and an evening stay in one of our luxurious, romantic suites.

Weekend Escape.

Extend the romance for a weekend getaway or Sunday Brunch with one our limited time Valentine’s Day Specials. Available until February 17th, indulge in chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne while tucked away in a romantic Brown Palace suite. Enticed by those delicious chocolate covered strawberries and champagne? Join us for Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sunday Brunch for two at Ellyngton’s the morning after your romantic evening stay.

Affairs of the Heart Tour.

Let hotel historian, Debra Faulkner, show you around the property and enlighten you with all the juicy details of various love affairs that have taken place at The Brown Palace over the past century.

For more information on Valentine’s Day Specials and Packages available at The Brown Palace, please call 303.297.3111 or email concierge@brownpalace.com.

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.

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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!!!

Kitchen Talk: Five Dishes You Won’t Want to Miss

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 3.14.28 PMWith multiple restaurants and a wide variety of menu options and dining atmospheres, The Brown Palace really does have it all when it comes to eating out in downtown Denver. Romantic date nights, special occasions, happy hour, afternoon tea, and Sunday Brunch are just a few of the unique offerings available for guests.  Here are some of our favorite selections from the Brown Palace kitchen:

Prime Rib (Ship Tavern) – With two different ways to enjoy this signature dish, you really can’t go wrong. The open-faced sandwich on light rye with au jus is a local favorite.  Or, try the slow roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, French beans, au jus and horseradish for a mouthwatering, robust entree.

Signature Black Bottom Pie (Ship Tavern)  – A 40-year-old recipe that has stood the test of time. This slice of heaven keeps it simple but delicious with a dark chocolate coated, classic pie crust filled with vanilla crème and finished with a luscious whipped crème topping.

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Sunday Champaign Brunch (Ellyngton’s) – Ellyngton’s Sunday brunch buffet spread is a lavish and delicious way to spend a Sunday morning. From fresh waffles and omelets made to order to a grilled meat and seafood station, salads, sushi, pastries and delectable cocktails, this award-winning brunch is just as opulent as the surroundings. Diners can choose from four options: brunch only, Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and Dom Perignon.

Diver Scallops (Palace Arms) – Colorado might be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love our seafood! Scallops are cooked to perfection and served with buttermilk fried sweetbreads over dirty rice mixed with blackeyed peas, okra, Tasso ham gravy and kale. This dish is a melt-in-your-mouth entrée you won’t want to miss.

Caesar Salad – Simple but delicious! Enjoy a classic Caesar with romaine, parmesan cheese, croutons and house-made Caesar dressing.  Enjoy as a part of the four or eight course tasting menu or as a delicious lunchtime snack with the addition of grilled chicken or salmon.

Now Through September, It’s The Summer of Serendipity!

Get away from it all in grand style! The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa has teamed up with Frontier Airlines for The Summer of Serendipity.

The Summer of Serendipity

This summer, one lucky grand prize winner will receive round-trip airfare for two, a 2-night stay in a suite at The Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Orlando, Fla., and 50,000 Marriott Rewards points. 

Too excited to wait for the grand prize? You’re in luck; monthly prizes will also be up for grabs! The Summer of Serendipity winner for the month of July will be chosen tomorrow and notified via email to claim their prize.

This month, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Wynkoop Brewery complete with a micro-brew sampling plus a $50 Wynkoop Brewery gift certificate, an overnight stay at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa including dinner for two at Ship Tavern with two pints of cask-style beer from the Palace Caskcraft series, two logo t-shirts and two logo glasses and 10,000 Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns® miles.

The Summer of Serendipity will continue through the end of September with a new winner chosen at the end of each month. August and September prizes include tickets to a baseball game, a couples massage, dinner for two at one of Denver’s finest restaurants and much, much more. Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous prizes all summer long. Click here to enter for your chance to win!

‘Palace Caskcraft’ Beer Series: Small-Batch Cask Ale Now at Ship Tavern

Caskcraft

The Brown Palace is teaming up with the Wynkoop Brewing Company once again to create a series of special edition, traditional cask beers using Wynkoop Head Brewmaster, Andy Brown’s creative expertise and ingredients from the hotel’s signature elements.  The first beer to debut in the “Palace Caskcraft” small-batch beer series will be a version of Wynkoop’s London Calling IPA with an added hint of lemongrass, a featured component of the Brown Palace’s namesake spa line. As the series continues, additional batch recipes will use infused honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives and water from the artesian well.

To parallel the Caskcraft Series, the Brown Palace purchased two beer engines for the hotel’s Ship Tavern to create its own house cask beers.  The stainless steel casks with old-fashioned hand pumps offer guests the authentic experience of enjoying cask-conditioned beers the way they used to be served when the historic hotel opened in 1890.

Palace Caskcraft

In addition to the cask beer endeavors with Wynkoop Brewing Company, The Brown Palace is also indulging in Denver’s love for beer with a Signature Mircobrew Package, which offers luxe accommodations, signature glassware and apparel and, of course, Caskcraft beers at the Ship Tavern. “Cask-conditioned beers are a perfect fit for the Brown Palace and Ship Tavern,” says Wynkoop’s Marty Jones. “It’s a great match of timeless treasures.”

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.

Thanksgiving at The Brown Palace

This Thanksgiving, allow us at The Brown Palace, to treat you to a truly magnificent Thanksgiving feast. We will be hosting a brunch at Ellyngton’s, a late afternoon meal at the Ship’s Tavern and finally a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Palace Arms. Get familiar with each of the special menus and we’ll look forward to seeing you come November 24th!

Elly’s Thanksgiving Brunch

  • Eggs & Waffles. A wide selection of breakfast breads, meats and traditional dishes including; Eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes, cheese blintzes and omelet’s prepared to order.
  • Carving & Action Station. Herb rubbed prime rib, roasted natural turkey, porchetta style loin of pork, pumpkin gnocchi, seared Rocky Mountain trout, sweet potatoes and whipped Idaho potatoes.
  • Salad Station. Greek bow tie pasta, cranberry pecan Waldorf salad, five bean salad, antipasto board with grilled vegetables, Caesar salad, multiple cheeses with artisan breads and house made fruit compotes.
  • Seafood. Jumbo shrimp, oysters, shellfish salad, house cured Alaskan king salmon, a smoked seafood selection and citrus crème fraîche.
  • Sushi Station. The sushi station will offer a wide array of rolls and nigiri including; California rolls, spicy tuna, vegetarian rolls, Ahi, king salmon, unagi and shrimp.
  • Dessert. Pear frangipane tart, pumpkin pie, white chocolate raspberry torte, sweet potato pecan tart, chocolate fountain with exotic fruits, pumpkin cheese cake, pecan pie and cherries jubilee.

Ship Tavern Thanksgiving

  • Starter. Creamy parsnip soup with blue cheese and crème fraiche -OR- Smoked salmon and a poached egg muffin with a prawn and sweet pepper dressing.
  • Entrée. Traditional roast turkey with sage and apricot stuffing -OR- Seared Atlantic halibut with butternut squash, risotto and lemon beurre blanc.
  • Dessert. Pumpkin tart topped with cinnamon Chantilly -OR- Sweet potato pecan pie.

Palace Arms Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Course #1. Egg (Cauliflower, sweet potato, bacon and herbs) -OR- Acorn (Griddle Cakes, escargot, multi grains and huckleberry.)
  • Course #2. Smoked pheasant soup -OR- Heirloom Colorado squash.
  • EntréeColorado Bison “Rossini” (Truffles, foie gras, brioche and Swiss chard) -OR- Mero (Brussel, Yukon potatoes, maple and bacon) -OR- Organic Turkey “Hot Brown” (Cornbread, pemeal, cranberry, friend green tomato and mint julep.)
  • Dessert. Pumpkin Pie (White chocolate, meringue and cranberry) -OR- Apple Pie (Paté, streusel, sphere, pistachio and caramel.)

To make reservations, visit www.brownpalace.com, or call 303-297-3111, or 800-321-2599.

Live Music in Downtown Denver: Meet John

From smooth tunes to upbeat numbers that will want to make you sing along, John Kite shares his gift of music with the guests of The Brown.  For the past 24 years, he has been one of the resident pianists at The Brown Palace Hotel. Serving guests from all over the world, you can hear John playing in the Atrium lobby during afternoon tea on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 – 4 p.m. and evening cocktails in the lobby on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.   Looking for a late night drink?  Come to Ship Tavern restaurant, Wednesday through Saturday nights, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. for some great numbers

Talk Like a Pirate at Ship Tavern

Ahoy matey!  Today, September 19th, is Talk Like A Pirate Day, and if ye’ be a true scurvy dog, you’ll want to celebrate this day with the rest of your crew at Ship Tavern for some rum, whiskey, or whatever yer pirate heart may desire.

Home to the region’s best prime rib that will curb the appetite of even Black Beard himself, Ship Tavern serves lunch and dinner in a vintage pub atmosphere. An excellent choice for sports viewing or swashbuckling, the Tavern features exceptional micro-brewed beer and wine selections.

And if ye’ be homesick for the high seas, you’ll feel right at home with our nautical decor, where you can admire the many ships that line our walls.

We be serving up hearty meals this afternoon and evening, so head on down to Ship Tavern and grab a bite….or else we’ll make you walk the plank.

Denver Weekend Entertainment at The Brown Palace

Ah, we’ve made it to Friday!  Another glorious weekend sits before us, and what better way to enjoy it than by kicking back underneath a grand atrium listening to the smooth & sultry sounds of jazz piano?  Playing classic jazz, standards, and whatever else inspires them, John Kite’s Jazz+ will be filling the lobby of The Brown Palace with sweet melodies.  Join us on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and sip wine, beer or cocktails with mouthwatering appetizers like our truffle-parmesan fries or calamari.

Afterwards, take a stroll through the lobby to Ship Tavern, where the entertainment will continue….this time, of a slightly more lively nature.  John will be keeping the songs a’playin’ and the good times rolling, as patrons can participate in an impromptu sing-a-long to favorites with a martini or signature cocktail in hand.

While Denver is a playground for those seeking entertainment on the weekends, good times can also be found without even leaving The Brown Palace.  So bring your song requests, order your favorite drink, relax and enjoy!  Happy Friday!