Each Christmas, David and I attend a delightful Christmas lunch at the grand historic Palliser Hotel in downtown Calgary. We both cherish lovely old things and days gone by, so we enjoy making these historic places part of our holiday season:
The Palliser sits in the shadow of the Calgary tower, on one of the oldest streets in Calgary. The hotel opened in 1914 and always hosts Calgary's most famous guests, including celebrities, rock stars, politicians, and royalty. This is where the well-heeled stay when they're in town, so you know lunch will be good...!
Today, the hotel was beautifully appointed for Christmas. I am so fond of wreaths (my favorite Christmas motif, if you hadn't noticed!). These windows are perfect:
The front lobby is very grand and delightfully sparkly for Christmas. A gingerbread replica of the hotel took center-stage in the lobby this year:
The ballroom was all ready for guests or a recital:
The main dining room is very inviting for Christmas lunch, which includes an amazing salad and breads table, clam chowder, turkey, prime rib, pork tenderloin, stuffing, cranberries and every other holiday dish you can imagine:
Meals are prepared by a team of 50 chefs and helpers, including wonderful pastry chefs who create a stunning dessert table each year:
My favorites are the yule log, flourless chocolate cake, and the German stollen (before I even start here, I am usually full already...)
I *adore* my coffee, but simply can't tolerate it (caffeine) due to migraines, so I enjoyed a rare splurge with a small pot of decaf!
After our meal, we wandered the hotel admiring all the glorious crystal chandeliers:
David's company Christmas parties were once held here, in the Crystal Ballroom:
What a charming place! I would love to stay here for a night or two...
We are heading out to Lake Louise, in the Rocky Mountains, tomorrow for the night, to stay at the beautiful Chateau Lake Louise, which is another Fairmont grand hotel. Stay tuned for more holiday hotel photos...