It doesn’t really matter what time of year you visit The Brown Palace but their decorations in December are a green and red feast for the senses. This year will be our third Christmas as Denver residents and one of the traditions we’ve established is a celebratory drink and appetizer at the Shipyard Tavern after perusing the holiday baubles and beauty of the Brown Palace’s lobby and stairwells.
Hello, beautiful. We meet again.
Photos don’t really do justice to the Christmas tree. I should have posed next to it for scale. It towers. This is where Ariana hosted my bachelorette party late last summer. Tea, cake, crumpets and fancy hats! Because of that special day, the lobby and high tea at the Palace will always have a special place in my little gray heart.
No strung light is spared; each archway and column is positively wrapped in glowing white. The tours at the Brown Palace are worth every penny and it’s thanks to their history-focused tour that Drew and I guide our own expert information sessions when friends and family visit us from out of town.
Above the elevators, observe a preserved mural of Colorado’s early travelers. If this is your view, turn around 180 degrees to see an updated interpretation of how Coloradans get around– car and air travel.
The Ship Tavern was inspired by Claude Boettcher’s extensive model ship collection. His wife, Edna, was very particular about the aesthetic of their various homes in Colorado and demanded that the ships be worked into the hotel somehow, as she didn’t want them in her parlors. Edna, I get it.
Raising a glass to you, dear readers. Happy holidays!