“From casual fare to fine dining in Denver, our eclectic offerings have been satisfying presidents, prime ministers, film stars and celebrities alike since 1892.”
Brown Palace website
My wife is from Denver so I’ve been making trips there for the past few decades, but not until last month did I eat at the Ship Tavern in the historic Brown Palace Hotel located in downtown Denver. (The hotel has been in operation since 1892, and guests over the years include the Beatles and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.)
Not only was the Rocky Mountain trout good at the Ship Tavern, but the photo above was the view from my seat overlooking the Trinity United Methodist Church across the street.
About a mile away is one of my favorite bookstores—The Tattered Book Cover Store. The independent bookstore (with other locations in the Denver area) first opened in 1971, and in 1974 Joyce Meskis took ownership of the store. The economics of owning an independent book stores has changed over the year and the Tattered Cover has thankfully adapted and survived over the years and I’m always glad to visit one or more of their stores when I’m in town.
My new find on this last trip to Denver was the Rockmount Ranch Wear store (not far from the Tattered Cover downtown). Though Denver started as a western town western wear is not quiet as in vogue there as you think it might be. But Rockmount’s motto is, “The West is not a place. It’s a state of mind.”
On their website they have a long list of celebrities who’ve worn Rockmount Ranch Wear including Bob Dylan, Cary Grant, Robert Redford, Bruce Springsteen, June Carter Cash, Don Henley, Matthew McConaughy, Bonnie Raitt, and Elvis.
In the store they have a signed guitar by a musician who came far from the old west in Liverpool, England—Paul McCartney. The same guy who once stayed at the Brown Palace when he was with the Beatles. (No conformation if he ever ate at the Ship Tavern.)
Here’s what the Brown Palace, and the corner window I shot the above shot, looks like from the outside looking in.
P.S. Tomorrow I’ll round out my posts on Colorado with Quentin Tarantino’s recent film The Hateful Eight spending 6 months in production in Telluride, Colorado.