The Golden Hotel
800 Eleventh Street :: Golden, Colorado :: 800.233.7214 :: 303.279.0100

Summer is here – it is a great time to enjoy all that Golden, Colorado has to offer. 

Don’t we always find ourselves saying how fast the time goes?  Don’t we find ourselves at the end of the season saying that we can’t believe summer is already over?  So why don’t we just take some time to relax and enjoy?  Here’s what you do- put it on your calendar NOW!  Just schedule some time to enjoy Golden (make a weekend out of it- there is so much to do!)

Golden is a quaint historic town.  It captures the “small town” feel and hospitality, with the opportunity to do just about anything you can think of.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll?  Why not walk along scenic Clear Creek?  Enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and you might even see some hang gliders soaring off the top of Lookout Mountain.   Prefer a scenic drive- then head up Lookout Mountain in your car and take in spectacular views from the top.

Enjoy museums?  Golden has 10!  Art & Theatre- There are options for these as well.  Shopping, Dining, Breweries- yep, they have them too.    You can golf, enjoy a water park or a picnic in one of their many parks.

Recreation…where to begin?  Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, tennis (and the list goes on).

Events more of your thing?  There is always something happening in Golden!  Car cruises, farmer’s markets, Arts Festival, Movies in the Park, Street Fairs and more.

What else can we say?  Golden is a great place- spend some time here and enjoy all it has to offer.

 

This Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day – the perfect day to show Dad just how much you care and how much you appreciate him.  It’s the day to have Dad relax, take it easy and truly just enjoy the day.  A day to receive home – made cards from construction paper and presents he can wear, show off or use with pride.  A day to spend with his family and friends and remember what is important in life.

But did you ever wonder when this tradition began, or who started it?
It really makes complete sense to have such a day (as we know how hard our Dad’s work), but who can Dad’s across the country, enjoying their day of honor, thank for this?

 

The idea of Father’s Day originated back in 1909 in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Louise Dodd and the first unofficial Father’s Day celebration was held there on June 19th, 1910.  In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge was in favor of making a National Father’s Day, but it wasn’t until 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the proclamation making the 3rd Sunday of June Father’s Day. Six years later, in 1972, President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a national observance and so the tradition began.

 

We like to pay homage to our Fathers and give them a day away from the grill, so let us do the cooking for them!  Celebrate with us and enjoy, alongside our regular menu items, Father’s Day Steak & Eggs – 6oz Tenderloin, 3 eggs cooked to order, hash browns and two pancakes.  For  dinner? A Dad’s Surf & Turf – 12oz NY Strip & Bourbon Glazed Shrimp Skewer, loaded baked potato & sautéed garden vegetables; served with garden salad or soup of the day and paired with Dad’s choice of beer.

 

We will also give away a round a golf for four at Foothills Golf Club, so Fathers drop your business card off at our host stand for a chance to win – you do not need to be present to win.

 

Father’s Day fun facts…The top gifts on Father’s Day are greeting cards, followed by neckties and the official flower of Father’s Day is the rose.

 

I wanted to learn more about wines, so I asked one of our restaurant managers, who just happens to be a Sommelier, to give me some basics.  Following is what I learned and I thought I would pass it on…

Sauvignon Blanc is an aromatic white grape variety. The wine it produces usually has aromas of green fruit, elderflower, green bell pepper, and asparagus.  Most often they are high in acid, medium bodied and almost always dry. This varietal grows the best in cool climates such as The Loire Valley in France, Bordeaux in France, The Andes Mountains in Chile and the Marlborough region of New Zealand. In fact some of the best Sauvignon Blancs on the market right now are coming out of New Zealand and Chile.

Okay- ready to learn more, I asked what items on the Bridgewater Grill menu, our in-house restaurant, would go well with the Sauvignon Blanc.  She recommended the 80401 Salad, Grilled Salmon, Pork Chop, and Shrimp & Crab Primavera.  If enjoying the wine at home, she thought pairing it with poached or lightly grilled salmon, fruit salsas with low acid (mangos, papaya, kiwi) and butter greens would be a nice complement to the wines.

A couple of Sauvignon Blancs on the wine list in the Bridgewater Grill…

Haras Sauvignon Blanc Chile

 The Haras winery is located in the Andes Mountains of Chile. The vineyards that these grapes are grown on have been around for over 600 years. The Matte family estate is not only a winery but a horse breeding farm as well, hence the horse (or horseshoe in some cases) on the label.

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

The Villa Maria estate is the most awarded winery in New Zealand. This winery was founded in 1961 by George Fistonich, who ran this winery solo, until the early 1970s when he employed his first partner. Not only does the winery make their own wine, but they export varietals to over 50 countries around the world.

 

 Amber Morris, Restaurant Manager / Sommelier