On New Year’s Eve, lots of folks love to dance the night away, pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, and count the last seconds until midnight arrives. Then they throw confetti around and generally get rowdy and have a good time. Party on!
New Year’s Eve is on Tuesday of next week, so make plans now to attend one of the following New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Pikes Peak region. Included are New Year’s Eve parties, some of the restaurants offering special menus for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and hotels where you can stay while you party 2013 away.
Although most overnight accommodations book early, there were still a few rooms available as of this writing, and as one of the hotel owners mentioned, there are always cancellations. So even though New Year’s Eve is only a week away, you might still be able to secure a reservation for the night and make the arrival of 2014 a truly unforgettable experience.
Recently, the Woodland Country Lodge opened an expansive patio bar featuring live music and a spectacular view of the forested hillsides above Woodland Park. Now the new indoor section of the patio bar, the Lodge Pub has been completed and is open for business. On New Year’s Eve, the Woodland Country Lodge is offering a New Year’s Eve Party package with live music at the Lodge Pub provided by The Key of Joy. 719-687-6277.
The Key of Joy, self described as a “lyrical rock duo” plays a wide variety of music in addition to original material written by singer/songwriter Loren Joy. Joy and her husband Mason Bassuk are accomplished musicians. Joy sings and plays guitar and keyboards while Bassuk backs her up on drums and vocals. The couple already has two CDs, and a third one is currently in production. The Key of Joy plays an eclectic selection of jazz, rock and country with, according to Joy, an emphasis on “lyrical fusion.” www.keyofjoy.com.
In Cripple Creek, the Imperial Hotel and Midland Depot Restaurant have undergone extensive renovations. All the rooms have been completely remodeled, including a brand new private bath in each room. Period furniture and artwork grace the hallways and each unique room. The historic Imperial Hotel looks charming and absolutely spectacular!
The Midland Depot Restaurant, located inside the Imperial Hotel, is offering a special New Year’s Eve Dinner for Two featuring Prime Rib and Jumbo Shrimp. 719-689-2561.
Also located in the Imperial Hotel, is the Gold Bar Room Theater. This was the place to see the famous melodramas produced by the Mackin family as recently as the 1990s. On New Year’s Eve, the Gold Bar Room Theater is hosting local Elvis tribute artist, Dennis Thornberry, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 1-800-224-6037 or www.coloradoelvis.com.
The Cherub House Bed & Breakfast in Cripple Creek invites you to step back in time to relive the Victorian elegance of the 1800s in this lovingly restored Victorian establishment. Guests at The Cherub House will be pampered with hot and cold appetizers, a bottle of champagne and desserts and a freshly prepared breakfast in the morning. The Cherub House is located in a quiet part of town, but is just a short distance from all the gaming action on Bennett Avenue. www.cherubhouse.com. 719-689-0526.
The Hotel St. Nicholas, housed in a historic multistory brick building dating back to the 1800s, sits perched on a hillside overlooking Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek. Guests will appreciate the turn-of-the-century charm combined with modern amenities. www.hotelstnicholas.com. 719-689-0856.
Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs will host a special New Year’s Eve celebration, including dance music by The Martini Shot, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, a buffet later in the evening, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and the chance to watch the countdown to midnight on the Stargazers’ 42-foot wide screen. 719-476-2200.
At the Historic Ute Inn, revelers can ring in the New Year with live music by the popular band, One Eleven. Patrons can count on drink specials, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 719-687-1465.
In Green Mountain Falls, the place to party is the popular Blue Moose Tavern. Live music will be provided by Out to Dry and the band is scheduled to begin playing at 8:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. There’s no cover charge, just come out and play!
Ralf’s Grill & Saloon in Cripple Creek
The casinos in Cripple Creek each have their own unique style, and a party atmosphere prevails no matter what day of the year you visit. Welcome the arrival of 2014 with some games of chance. Each casino has special New Year’s Eve promotions to ensure that you have a memorable evening out on the town. The casinos also have overnight accommodations available for their guests.
For dining options to celebrate the arrival of 2014, consider the following established and well known restaurants in the Pikes Peak region.
Tabeguache Steak House in Woodland Park serves top quality meats from Ranch Foods Direct. For a classic American steak dinner, or for the beef lover in your party, Tabeguache Steak House is sure to please. Reservations are recommended. 719-687-8536.
Reservations are always advised at the Mucky Duck, a popular eatery in Green Mountain Falls. With casual yet elegant mountain lodge ambience and an extensive menu, the Mucky Duck is sure to provide a selection to suit everyone’s palate. The Mucky Duck will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 719-684-2008.
Lake George Café & Pizzeria will be serving a Champagne Breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, New Year’s Day 2014. 719-748-0168.
McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub in Divide is well known for fine dining with the ambience of an Irish pub. With an eclectic menu with many items that reflect the Irish heritage of restaurateur Tracy McGinty, this popular eatery is sure to exceed your expectations for a memorable New Year’s Eve dinner. 719-686-7703.
Remember to include safe transportation in your plans. For carefree celebrations, consider Teller Cab for your transportation to and from your party destination on New Year’s Eve. 719-687-8222.
In Cripple Creek, the city operates a shuttle service to take you around town for just a buck a ride. The shuttle is free if you’re over 65 or disabled. And for New Year’s Eve, the shuttle service will be serving both Cripple Creek and Victor until 2:00 a.m. 719-689-7711.
In addition, each of the casinos in Cripple Creek offers free on demand shuttle service to patrons of the casinos.
These are but a few suggestions for things to do in and around the Pikes Peak region on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Whether you are out and about, or cozying up by the fire at home, celebrate the arrival of 2014 in mountain style!