The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center: Denver’s Perfect Getaway Destination

By Ron Stern, The Daily Meal

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center is one of south Denver’s iconic AAA-four-diamond properties. Operated by the Destination Hotel luxury brand, the Inverness is located in Englewood’s Tech Center, close to downtown Denver and a short drive from the international airport. Travelers will find an inviting atmosphere with comfortable rooms, spa services, an 18-hole championship golf course, and an array of dining options for every taste.

Ideally situated facing the Rocky Mountains, the property’s recent renovations have transformed many of the interior spaces to convey a Western ambiance. As you enter the lobby, you will notice the bright, open, colorful, and airy feeling with artwork adorning the walls featuring some of Colorado’s best artists. Guests can relax in the comfortable gathering areas with seasonal décor like the Christmas tree and a cozy fireplace nook.

Sometimes, the best vacations are ones where everything is included on site, and such is the case here. There are five dining areas, including two that have been completely remodeled. You can grab some finely roasted coffee and a muffin in the morning at Elevate Coffee Bar, enjoy the Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Garden Terrace (voted “Denver’s Best Brunch” by Westword newspaper), or play pool and throw some darts in the Spotted Dog pub.

The Fireside Bar & Grill is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The open seating arrangement includes areas around the illuminated bar and large, comfortable chairs and couches in a lounge with a warm fireplace. The staff is friendly, well-trained, and happy to be there, as evidenced by how long they’ve worked at the establishment. Rudy Lopez, for example, has been serving guests here for 13 years, loves meeting new people, is proud of the quality of food offered, and often recommends items that he thinks the guests will enjoy.

Warm, house-made bread with salted butter arrives while you are enjoying a libation or appetizer such as candied bacon ($5) or the Rocking with Ranch Fried Cheese Curds ($9). Sandwiches include the Fireside Bison Burger (Lopez’s favorite) or a popular entrée such as the Palisade Peach Local Duck Breast with blistered corn mashed potatoes and farmer’s vegetables ($24).

If you are fortunate enough to be visiting during Thanksgiving, then you simply must make a reservation for their lavish Thanksgiving Brunch ($57.95 per person). This is a multi-room, extensive holiday buffet and sells out quickly. The 2016 menu included more than 70 items and featured seafood, small plates, salads, egg dishes, various meats, and desserts galore.

This isn’t a day for skimping, and you can try everything on the menu like the cider brined tender turkey breast, strawberry rhubarb pancakes, ancho roasted jumbo gulf shrimp, and molasses mashed yams. If you still have room for dessert, try the orange vanilla crème cake or chocolate pear tart, or go for the individually prepared apple cranberry pie flambé with cinnamon vanilla ice cream. Read Full Article