Best Of 2012: Restaurant for a Wedding Reception
There's no more romantic setting for a post-nuptial celebration than a stately Victorian manor house built in 1876 (incidentally, the same year Colorado became a state). On the outside, ivy climbs and balconies beckon, from which the bride can unfurl her veil or toss her bouquet. Inside, woven rugs, carved wooden stairway railings, glowing fireplaces and fine dining in every room, including the master bedroom, help guarantee that the Briarhurst further appeals to those given to flights of fancy and formality. So it is that this elegant fixture wins this category for the seventh consecutive year. — Pam Zubeck
Have a prix fixe four-course meal in the cozy castle, perfect also for periodic murder mystery dinners. Savory items include decadently prepared game meats like red deer with mushroom duxelle; sweets include well-executed classics.