Zeb the Duck and Chanel the Bear Enjoy Lunch at the Ship Tavern

I, Zeb the Duck, and Chanel the Bear, took our moms to lunch.   We went to the Ship Tavern at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel.

Denver's Brown Palace Hotel

Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel

The statue in front is dedicated to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, held in Denver every January.   During the Christmas Season the Brown Palace has elegant decorations.

Elegant and festive

Elegant and festive

High tea is being held now.   The Brown Palace has several dining options.

Ellyngton's looks good, but not for us today.

Ellyngton’s looks good, but not for us today.

Ellyngton’s was tempting, but it was not our main reason for coming today.   The Brown Palace, built in 1892, is Denver’s second oldest hotel.   The Oxford Hotel, completed a year earlier, is the oldest.   The Brown Palace was one of America’s first fireproof structures.   That is impressive, but we were not here because of fires either.    We wanted to eat at Ship Tavern.

Here it is!

Here it is!

We, a duck and a bear, did not know humans made reservations for lunch.   We did not make reservations.   The lady said we could make a reservation for less than an hour from now.   The extra time allowed us to explore.   Outside we saw this sky bridge.

A sky bridge

A sky bridge

The bridge connects the Brown Palace to what was built in 1959, as the Brown Palace West.   It is now the Holiday Inn Express.   Chanel and I wanted to walk through the sky bridge.   We entered from the Holiday Inn Express side.

Walking in sky bridge

Walking in sky bridge

This is a pretty walk.   There is a service tunnel under the street, but we could not go there.  Entering the Brown Palace, we liked overlooking the high tea.

Overlooking high tea

Overlooking high tea

The stairway has many red poinsettias.   These flowers, from Mexico, are very festive.   Why did Chanel and I want to go to the Ship Tavern?   In 1935 when prohibition ended in the United States, Charles Boettcher, the hotel owner at that time, decided to celebrate and had the Ship Tavern built.   Mr. Boettcher had a large collection of model ships.   His wife said he had too many.   So, many of the ships are now on display in Ship Tavern.   It is time and we are ready to enter Ship Tavern.

Let's go inside Ship Tavern

Let’s go inside Ship Tavern

We must stop to admire this ship at the entrance.

Ship at entrance

Ship at entrance

The restaurant is not large, but it is famous for the best prime rib in Denver.   But, we just want sandwiches for lunch.   Ships are displayed on the walls.

Ships displayed on walls

Ships displayed on walls

We love these ships.   Our moms liked their lunch and we all liked Ship Tavern.   So many ships.

We like ships

We like ships

Each is perfect and we enjoyed Charles’ ship collection.   If you are in Denver and want to have a great meal, remember Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace Hotel.   We might see you there.

Zeb the Duck Admires Christmas Decorations at the Governor’s Mansion

Yesterday, I, Zeb the Duck, visited the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion in Denver.  This was the last day for the free tours to view their Christmas decorations.    This mansion was built in 1904 and became the residence of Colorado’s governors in 1960.   The public is allowed on the first floor.   The Governor’s family lives on the second floor.   There is also a third floor.   There are people waiting for the tour.

Entrance to Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion

Entrance to Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion

We are going there to wait also.   Inside, much of the furniture is antique and everything is beautiful and great quality.    This lamp was purchased in China.

Lamp from China

Lamp from China

The tapestry is antique and the table is decorated for Christmas.

Antique tapestry

Antique tapestry

Wow!   This is a great staircase.

Great staircase

Great staircase

And so Christmasy.  The first room we view is the drawing room.   The decorating theme this year is to represent colors of Colorado.   This drawing room is decorated in blue.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

All the ornaments on the tree are shades of blue.

Drawing Room with blue theme

Drawing Room with blue theme

The packages beneath the tree are wrapped in blue, and even the bear playing the piano is blue.     This chandelier once was in the White House in Washington D.C.

Beautiful chandelier

Beautiful chandelier

It was sold and put in this house.   Isn’t it fabulous?   At least two first ladies of the United States were interested in having the chandelier back in the White House, but so far Colorado has not been willing to sell it.   I, Zeb the Duck, liked this mirror that reflects the staircase.

Mirror reflecting staircase

Mirror reflecting staircase

Again, beautiful Christmas decorations on the table.      This perfect room was not originally included in the mansion.

A beautiful addition

A beautiful addition

It is a great addition.  The huge windows looking out to the park like back yard make this perfect for relaxing or entertaining.   This is how this addition looks from outside, across the street.

This beautiful room from outside. It is really big

This beautiful room from outside. It is really big

It is huge.   And speaking of huge, this mansion has 26,000 square feet of floor space.   That is a lot of house to clean.   Next we viewed the formal dining room.   The theme for this room is majestic.

Color is purple and theme is majesty

Color is purple and theme is majesty

Purple is the principal color for Christmas.   Over the fireplace is a picture of mountains, representing purple mountains.   There is also a picture of Queen Elizabeth, her majesty.   The purple lights on the Colorado Marble fireplace are stunning.    Each room had a guide, or docent to explain things to us.   The dining room was explained by our friend, Connie.

Our friend Connie in the Formal Dining Room

Our friend Connie in the Formal Dining Room

We were so happy to see her, and she did an excellent job of telling us about the formal dining room.   Thanks Connie.   Our last room was the bar and gift shop.

Tree in Bar and Gift shop

Tree in Bar and Gift shop

Another beautiful tree.  The story behind this ship is rather cute.

Ship in bar and gift shop

Ship in bar and gift shop

The second owner of this home, Mr. Boettcher, collected these ships.   He had several, and his wife finally said “no more!”   At that time, Mr. Boettcher was building a tavern at Denver’s Brown Palace hotel.   He moved all but one of his ships to the tavern, and named his new establishment, Ship Tavern.   We think that is a very nice story.   He was a clever man, and his wife was also happy.   As we left through the side door, we thought this looked like another great place to be in the spring.

I would be here in the spring

I would be here in the spring

We enjoyed our tour of the Governor’s Resident at the Boettcher Mansion.   There are various events and tours during the year.   We think you would enjoy visiting here also.