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Whitewater Rafting, LLC is opening for the summer rafting season at the end of this month. Here at the Affordable Inns we are excited to be offering our great package deal with them again this year. Two Nights lodging, 2 half day raft tickets , and 2 pool passes to the Hot Springs Pool starting from $229.90 + Tax ( based on availability ) ( maybe higher on weekends or holidays). Check out our other great packages on the deals page and call us at 1-800-292-5050.

 

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Ring in the New Year in Glenwood Springs, CO.

Ring in the New Year in Glenwood Springs, CO.

With Christmas already behind us, its time to start planning how you are going to blow off all that holiday stress. New Year’s Eve in Glenwood Springs is the perfect time to just relax and welcome 2016 with friends and family. Here is a list of our 4 favorite ways to spend NYE in Glenwood:

Hot Springs Pool

The Hot Springs Pool has been holding a New Year’s Eve Celebration for many many years. They offer a perfect alternative for families or folks not looking to welcome in the new year with a hangover. This alcohol free event includes party hat giveaways, noise makers, a New Years Eve count down to midnight and an annual swim pass giveaway. The pool opens it’s door at 9:00 am and will stay open until 1:00 am.

New Years Eve Holiday Vaudeville Show

This special theater show in downtown Glenwood Springs has grown in popularity and is sure to please young and old alike. This year they are offering new material special for the holiday season and have added two showings on New Year’s Eve, 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Be sure to call 970-945-9699 and make reservations, as this ticket is sure to sell out.

NYE Party at the Ironbridge Grill

Yes, this is typically a members only event but this year they have opened it up to the public. Iron bridge Golf Club and Mountain Community will be hosting and evening to include an upscale buffet dinner, all inclusive drinks, and a DJ to keep you dancing into next year. Tickets are $90 for members, $110 for non-members and $70 for those designated drivers who will not be drinking to make sure we all get home safe. Call 970-945-4300 for reservations.

Downtown Glenwood 

There are several bars in downtown Glenwood that are sure to be full of New Year excitement. See our earlier post r

egarding some of our favorites.

Whether you are looking for a family friendly affair, something more theatrical or just drinks with friends your sure to find a great time in Glenwood Springs. Don’t forget to book your room at the Affordable Inns, just a short cab ride from downtown Glenwood. Happy New Year!

Small Business Saturday is on November 28th, 2015!

Small Business Saturday is on November 28th, 2015!

If you’re one of those amazing people who has all their Christmas shopping completed by the week after thanksgiving, than chances are you have participated in Black Friday and are counting the days down till Cyber Monday. But according to forbes.com, Small Business Saturday very well could be the most important day to shop this holiday season.

Small businesses are defined as businesses who employee less than 500 people. According to the Small Business Administration, they account for 99.7% of all employer firms. Small Business have generated 64% of new jobs and paid 44% of the total United States payroll since 1995. According to a recent study, for every dollar you spend in a locally owned independent business nearly 44% stays in the community, for every dollar spent in a local chain store nearly 14% stays in the community, 0% spent online stays in the community. So let’s get out there and support the local business that support and employee our community.

Glenwood Springs has several shopping areas for you to enjoy. You can head to downtown Glenwood where there is a mix of local boutiques, souvenir shops and delicious independent restaurants. A few of our favorites include the Elizabeth Dean Boutique and Summit Canyon Mountaineering. There is also the Glenwood Meadows and Market Street Shops as well as the Glenwood Springs Mall.

Shopping small doesn’t just include clothing retailers, don’t forget about your local service providers as well. The Affordable Inns provides a value driven lodging choice that gives families an opportunity to have a mountain vacation for a fraction of the cost. Click here to book your room today or ask about gift certificates at 1-800-292-5050.

Hotel Colorado

26th Annual Festival of Lights in Glenwood Springs

On November 27th, 2015 the Hotel Colorado kicks off it’s Christmas season with the 26th Annual Festival of Lights. For those of you who have not had a chance to visit this historic Glenwood Springs landmark, it is a must do for your holiday season.

This year they feature holiday dancers, singers, and symphonies playing all your favorite classics to kickoff the tree lighting ceremony. Their website claims that over a million Christmas lights bring this hotel to life. This event is free to the public and starts at 4:30 p.m. Rumor has it that a very special person might make an appearance, so have your Christmas lists ready!

If you are unable to make it tonight, don’t cross it off your todo list yet. It’s still worth visiting any time during this holiday season as the tree and light display in their courtyard are truly spectacular. Not to mention you can wander inside and view the dazzling lobby displays while sipping on a holiday cocktail from Polo Wine and Martini Lounge or a delicious coffee from Legends Coffee and Gift Shop.

Don’t forget to book your vacation package today at the Affordable Inns for the best value in Glenwood this holiday season!

Winter on the Mountain kickoff party November 21, 2016

Winter on the Mountain kickoff party November 21, 2015

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and temperatures dropping in the valley, you may be wondering what your going to do to entertain the kids this holiday season when the sun goes down. Wonder no more as the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has come to the rescue!

The kickoff party for this season’s Winter on the Mountain starts tonight, Saturday, November 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Activities will be numerous and it’s sure to be an amazing evening. A few highlights include:

  • Santa visiting with guests in the warming hut near the fire pits
  • Complimentary spiced cider for all
  • Appearance by the Coca-Cola Bear who will be handing out souvenirs
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Lighting of the musical christmas tree will happen at 7:00 p.m.
  • Live music in the Lookout Grille from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This year The Caverns have truly outdone themselves by hanging 500,000 lights around the park! Thats nearly 35 miles according to their website and one of the largest light displays in all of Colorado. Their “Winter on the Mountain” festivities kick off tonight but will run through February 28, 2016. Also open during the winter season will be the Eagle Zip Ride, Alpine Coaster, 4D Theater and Cavern Tours.

A winter funday pass costs $40 per adult and $35 for kids 3-12 years old and include; park admission, tram ride, unlimited turns on the Alpine Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Laser Tag, 4D Movie Theater and two different walking Cave Tours.

So bundle up and head out to the Glenwood Cavern Adventure Park for a fun start to the winter season! Don’t forget to book your room less than a mile away at the Affordable Inns.

slide5 Since our last post the seasons have changed, yes we have been that busy. The bike path thru Glenwood Canyon washed out from high runoff and has since reopened with a new bridge. I would like to go on, but I got to go. We have changed our package specials a little so check them out!

Glenwood Farmers' Market  Gift certificates are available for any of our package getaways. Any thing mom is into or to just get time with dad. A romantic dinner and swim package , or a relaxing spa retreat. If it is excitement she wants check out the Cavern Adventure Park with many thrill rides or a raft package on the Colorado River. Call us for more information 1-800-292-5050.

Biking in the fall The bike path thru Glenwood Canyon is open for the season. Unless it has to be closed due to spring runoff in the Colorado River, which is not unusual. You can call 511 from anywhere  in the state or visit www.coloradodot.info/ for road conditions , including bike path closures. Beautiful weather today temperatures in the 70’s a great day to be outside doing anything , but work.

Rafting We here at the Affordable Inns are once again offering our great rafting package. It includes a half day ( 3 hours ) trip with Whitewater Rafting company, and your choice of 2 dinners or 2 pool passes or both ,and 2 nights lodging. Our friends at Whitewater Rafting are having their 40th anniversary this year and are offering 40% off their short trips that are booked in the fourth month. You can use the trip anytime during the season, but must book and pay in April. They are starting runs on May 1st. The short trip is about 1.5 hours and is a easy trip for beginners.

sunlight Aspen mountain is going to open for April 26-27 and May 3-4. That will make this season one of the longest in the ski areas history 155 days with the lifts running. And how great was the snow, 300 inches or so, that is 25 feet!