Colorado had achieved statehood a mere 16 years before The Brown Palace Hotel opened its doors in the booming “Queen City of the Plains.” The Brown has undergone changes, of course, but it has never lost its edge as Denver’s grandest hotel. It is celebrating its 125th birthday with a galaxy of events from August 10 to 13, a couple of them FREE.
Come to the Brown on Friday the 11th to witness the dedication of a “mile high marker” on the Grand Staircase, joining the State Capitol in commemorating Denver’s nickname as the Mile High City in marking the elevation. Venture up to the second floor to see artifacts from the early years in a temporary exhibition curated by the hotel’s historian, Debra Faulkner. Check the full schedule here of free and paid events for days and times. Also, there are prizes, drawings, special events and happy hours in the spectacular atrium lobby. You just have to be there at the right time. 321 17th St., Denver, 303-297-3111.