Toasting to Miners at the Teller House in Central City, Colorado
Perhaps most famous for “the face in the barroom floor,” a painting on the floorboards of local legend Baby Doe Tabor, the Teller House in Central City, west of Denver, opens in conjunction with holidays and performances at the Central City Opera. Upstairs, people are rolling their eyes with culinary delight in the renowned Kevin Taylor restaurant, while I sit downstairs sipping house wine on a stool at the spectacular bar. Still kept up in 1800s period décor, the Teller House was once the finest hotel in the state, the sidewalk outside its doors paved with silver bricks. I always feel a nostalgia here that is not my own, while the ghosts of miners, outlaws, wealthy gamblers and brothel women wander restlessly, doubtlessly wishing they could still taste the corporeal pleasures of fine food and whiskey.