Beneath a grand ceiling of stained glass, the soft ringing of teaspoons as they hit saucers echoes through the atrium lobby of Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel. The sound of Afternoon Tea is coupled with melodious piano being played for guests, enriching the ambience that permeates the historic walls. Built in 1892 by Henry C. … Read more The Brown Palace: Denver’s Historic Gem
Central City, 35 miles west of Denver, may be known best to outsiders as a gambling town, but the casinos aren’t the only attractions. The Central City Opera House, built in 1878, offers a historic and cultural experience. Welsh and Cornish miners, who brought cultural heritages to the gold-mining town from their homelands, built the … Read more Central City Opera House: Something to Sing About
Perched atop a hill overlooking the stunning scenery of Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel holds court as one of Colorado’s most notable historic hotels. The sprawling, stately hotel, built in 1909, was the inspiration for Stephen King’s scary book “The Shining.” The author got the idea for his novel while staying in Room 217, where … Read more The Stately Stanley: Estes Park’s ‘Shining’ Hotel
The tiny community of Tabernash might not be among your first choices of Colorado vacation spots because the list of tourist amenities it does not have far outweighs the attractions it does, other than the Colorado-class views, of course. For instance, among the things the town lacks is a motel, a definite impediment for the … Read more Tabernash: What Kind of Car Would Jesus Be Driving?
On a hill overlooking tiny San Luis in southern Colorado, a series of statues lines the trail from base to crest. It’s the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross and the trailhead begins on the town’s Main Street. San Luis, Colorado’s oldest town (settled in 1851), is a quiet burg with few other attractions, … Read more San Luis Shrine: Stations of the Cross Sculptures
The Rockies disappear in the rear-view mirror. Ahead, Interstate 76 stretches mile after monotonous mile on a northeasterly sweep toward Nebraska. Grandeur is scant. Wheat waves, cattle graze and the loftiest point visible is often the next town’s water tower. The unpretentious plains of northeastern Colorado seem an unlikely place to find a scenic and … Read more South Platte River Trail: Northeastern Colorado’s Historic Byway