Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's really difficult to say which more dramatic, watching the tree go up, or watching the tree come down. The Tree Team starts at the bottom pulling off ornaments and lights, then takes a chainsaw to the empty branches. They then work their way up the tree. The branches are composted, and the trunk is chopped into firewood, as we try to be as "green" as a hotel as possible.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The mirrored effect you see in this photo is actually the reflection of the Mezzanine off the top of our highly polished piano.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The seasonal spirit that is so evident in our lobby and throughout the hotel also comes into each guest room by way of our Norfolk pines, which replace the fresh flowers in the rooms and suites for the month of December.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This poinsettia keeps an eye on both the Historic Section and the North Wing from its vantage point, making sure to greet guests with seasonal cheer.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Next year, I will need to make a point of counting how many Christmas trees we have around the hotel. There has to be close to a dozen! Here's one done up in blue lights with silver touches.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Sometimes Mother Nature doesn't want to cooperate and give us a naturally snowy white Christmas. So we took matters into our own hands in the Events Center by hanging plenty of snowflakes to ensure a white Christmas no matter what the weather.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The very top of our Christmas tree is just below our lobby's stained-glass ceiling canopy. Lovely to see the glass glittering while the tree lights twinkle!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I could not have taken this photo if it wasn't for one of my fellow employee's tipping me off to it, and I'm so glad she did! Those icicles are in no way artificial, that's the real thing hanging off the arch and planters. Click here for a reminder of what this arch looks like during the summer months.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I've been waiting all month to share with you how we decorate the top half of our Christmas tree, and here it is! We have to use long poles attached with hooks at one end. As one member of the Tree Team put it, "The hardest part every year is getting that first ornament onto the tree. Once the first gets on, the rest goes a lot easier."
Monday, December 19, 2011
Everyone who climbs up or down our cantilevered cherrywood staircase is confronted with an amazing view of the tree in the lobby against the spectacular ceiling and Mezzanine.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Between the garlands, Santa, candy canes, and extra information on our tree, our Front Desk is looking especially festive this time of year!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Not even Boulder's largest living indoor tree would be complete without some candy canes on its boughs!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Some of Santa's reindeer are keeping a close eye on our Mezzanine in between holiday parties this season.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Here's a couple in "Pleasantville" trotting off to the Vaudeville Theatre -- or maybe that's the Leaning Vaudeville Theatre, judging by the angle!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
You'll need to look very closely at this photo of our Christmas tree to see the wires on either side keeping it steady. This is one of our safety precautions for having a 28' tree in our lobby, as the wires are connected to nearby pillars, which anchor the tree.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Peacocks, pheasants, and owls, oh my! That is the theme of the four Christmas trees located in the atrium of the North Wing at the Hotel Boulderado. Here is a closeup shot of one such peacock, ready to wish our guests a happy holiday season!
Monday, December 12, 2011
The same song always pops into my head whenever I look at our tree ornaments . . . "Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head!"
Sunday, December 11, 2011
This is potentially one of the most dramatic moments I captured during the tree decorating process. Yes, that is a real piece of fabric that is being fluffed and coaxed to wrap around the tree -- no shortcuts here!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
In addition to Ed, this is the other new feature in "Pleasantville," our miniature village found north of the Front Desk here at the Hotel Boulderado -- the Fire House!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Granted, the lobby gets most of the attention during the month of December because that is where the big tree is. But the decor and spirit can be found in all areas of the hotel. The atrium in the North Wing gets some special attention with bows, garlands, and four "regular sized" trees, each with their own theme.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I snapped this shot while the Christmas tree was being decorated. I wonder if they picked the ornaments based on how well they hang between the rungs of our ladders for decorating ease?
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Here it is, in all its splendor and glory! Our 2011 Christmas tree is a 28' white fir from New Mexico.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This antique photos is on display in a couple of places around the Hotel Boulderado, and what you are seeing is a drill being performed by the Boulder fire department in the early 20th century. This was a common for many of Boulder's earliest community events, for the fire department to show off their efficiency and speediness with which they could fight fires.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Each year in the lobby, the Boulderado staff sets out some very beloved Christmas decorations, which collectively are known as "Pleasantville." You can find "Pleasantville" just north of the Front Desk, near the cash register. There a couple of new additions to "Pleasantville" this year, and pictured here is one of them. This is Ed, and Ed has a funny way of moving around "Pleasantville" without telling anyone. Next time you're in the lobby checking out the decor and the tree, stop by "Pleasantville" and see if you can find Ed.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Baby, it's cold outside! I'm glad it snowed this morning so you can see the hotel like this. If you look very closely, you can see some of the Christmas lights still glowing in the early morning light.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The bottom half of the tree is decorated using our three tallest ladders. Stay tuned for a special "behind the scenes" photo in December that shows how we decorate the top half!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Here you can see three members of the Tree Team discussing their strategy for placement of ornaments and ribbon to make the best Christmas tree ever.
Monday, November 28, 2011
This advertisement for ladies clothing dates back to the Victorian era. To view it here at the Hotel Boulderado, head to the west side of the third floor of the Historic Section, where you will find it in a display case with other period items.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Our Christmas tree will arrive this week, so we have pulled all the decorations, accessories, and tools in preparation. We have a dozen jumbo tubs filled with ornaments, not to mention the HUGE tree stand we need to anchor our lobby tree.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I just love this soft blue feather fan we have on display right now -- makes me wish there were more social occasions I could attend with a fan like this!
Friday, November 25, 2011
We have been getting ready with some garland and Christmas lights to make the lobby feel more festive. Can you believe the pair of hands you see in this photo have been wrangling our Christmas decorations for the past 23 years?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving! These turkeys are ready for roasting and will be ready for our guests to enjoy at our annual Thanksgiving Buffet.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and our catering department is hard at work inside the kitchen and out in preparation for tomorrow's buffet. Even the salt and pepper shakers are lining up to march!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The next time you are in the lobby at the Hotel Boulderado, look up and really study the panels of the stained-glass ceiling. If you look long enough, you will start to notice that the color and clarity of the "center squares" are quite different from the rest of the ceiling. Rumor has it that the glass used in the center squares were from the original stained-glass ceiling.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Our annual Christmas tree will be delivered and decorated next week, so to celebrate I thought I would share a photo from the 1920s of a Boulderado Christmas lobby. This photo gave us the idea in 1988 to bring back the larger-than-life Christmas tree, which usually ranges in size from twenty-five to twenty-eight feet tall. Click here to learn more about our Christmas tree, and how it could help you win an overnight stay at the Hotel Boulderado!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
In a follow-up to yesterday's post, this black-and-white photograph shows the damage done to our lobby's original stained-glass ceiling in 1959. That Halloween, an early season snow storm hit Boulder and dumped heavy, wet snow across the city. The weight was too much for the skylights built into the the Hotel Boulderado's roof, which had been installed to allow the bright Colorado sunshine to stream through the stained glass into the lobby. One of the skylights broke, and the snow and debris fell through the canopy to the lobby's floor. Luckily, it was about 7:00am when it happened, and most of our guests were still sleeping in, so there were no injuries. I'm sure, however, that whoever was working behind the Front Desk that morning found this to be a very unique "wake up call."
Saturday, November 19, 2011
This is my absolutely positively FAVORITE photo of the Hotel Boulderado that isn't available to the public, and I'll share why. This innocent looking photo is the only color photograph we have of the original stained-glass ceiling. You aren't able to see more because by this time, the ceiling had been damaged and the glass was waiting to be taken down.
Friday, November 18, 2011
I've decided to show you some old photos from the hotel's collection over the next couple of days. This photograph, provided by June Howard, is of the hotel's south entrance from the early 1960s. There are two items in this photo of the hotel that no longer are there -- the stone portico structure over the south entrance, and the neon sign on the roof.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This is another photo I can't take credit for. Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, a Boulderado employee, took this the west side of the Historic Section and focused in on the fire escape that dates back to the 1920s.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Guests who are familiar with our Events Center will recognize the Foyer pretty readily. The Foyer is a pre-function area available for guests who book the Ballroom or Executive Boardroom. The Foyer also leads to our only outdoor space, the Plaza.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
One thing the Victorians absolutely loved was patterns. Something they loved even more was combining patterns. The Hotel Boulderado, having been built and opened during the Victorian era, strives to keep decor that would pleased the Victorians. Which is why you can find multiple patterns in one place quite a bit. Here, I found three different floral patterns all in the same place -- the west area of the Mezzanine.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I've passed by this fan dozens of times through the last year or so, but it wasn't until I look a very close look at the detailing that I realized there is a figure playing the trumpet on this blue fan in our displayed collection.