I planned a surprise birthday party this past weekend for my husband, John, at Brook Forest Inn, a glorious inn drenched in mountain sunshine and rich with history. The theme: Lords and Ladies, a nice nod to our wedding at Colorado’s Renaissance Festival in Larkspur almost 24 years ago.
Linda, our master planner, created a devious, twisting plot, and we were joined by some close friends who caught the spirit and came dressed for medieval fun.
Who was the murderer? The victim, Lord Littledagger, could not speak the name. Death tends to limit one that way. The Gypsies were mischievous, devious and … assassinous? Duchess Mora of More concealed much in her purse, and the Countess of Cleavage, did she have secrets stored in her plunging neckline? There were many moments of mystery, confusion and hilarity as we toured the inn, gathering clues and daggers.
The Inn, a romantic Victorian bed and breakfast, dates back to 1913 and is set in the midst of a lush forest not far from Denver. The lobby, bar, dining and guest rooms are all beautifully decorated, reflecting lacy Victorian opulence and charm.
The romantic in me would love to rent one of the captivating suites for a summer getaway. The writer in me would enjoy hosting my critique partners for an inspirational weekend writing retreat, taking full advantage of all those outdoor decks and benches.
The mother in me thinks this would be a great place for a wedding for one of our daughters. Above all, the wife in me is delighted to have found such an entertaining way to surprise my husband on his special day.
Learn more about the murder mystery dinners at http://www.thebrookforestinn.com