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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!

Glenwood Springs is where you want to spend you December free time.

Glenwood Springs is where you want to spend your December free time.

Here is a list of the top 5 things to do this winter in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

  1. Ski at Sunlight Mountain Resort – Located just 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs is one of the best kept secrets in Colorado. Sunlight Mountain Resort is perfect for value conscience adventure seeker. With 700 skiable acres and a 2,000 foot vertical drop, Sunlight offers an amazing day on the slopes with spectacular views at a fraction of the cost of the big resorts. Best of all, 75% of its terrain is rated as either beginner or intermediate (20% beginner, 55% intermediate), making it a perfect mountain for families or less experienced skiers. All of it’s 67 trails lead back to the lodge where you can enjoy the down-home environment. Tickets start at $60.00 for adults and just $45 for kids ages 6-12, compare that to the price of Aspen/Snowmass which start at $139.00 per adult. Relax and catch the shuttle to and from Glenwood or enjoy the free parking at the base of the resort.
  2. Hit the hot springs – Glenwood has long been famous for natural hot springs, drawing the likes of Doc Holliday, Unsinkable Molly Brown and even 2 US Presidents. There are now 2 options to choose from – Glenwood Hot Springs Pool or Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Both are located right in the middle of town, close to all the action. If you’re looking for a more intimate setting than try the newest pool, Iron Mountain Hot Springs which features 16 small soaking pools. If you traveling with family than the historic Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is might be more your speed, in operation since 1888. The “big pool” is 405 feet long and 100 feet wide and kept at an average temperature of 90 degrees, the “hot pool” is 100 feet long and kept at a therapeutic temperature of 104 degrees. Both offer day passes for around $20.00 that allow you to come and go.
  3. Glenwood Cavern Adventure Park – Explore the caves, ride the alpine slide, swing over the cliffs, and enjoy this year’s “Winter on the Mountain”. With so much to do up at the Glenwood Caverns you may have to plan multiple days to fit it all in. Ride the tram and take in the beautiful views before arriving at the Caverns Adventure Park where the experiences are varied and always family friendly. Winter FunDay Passes start at $40.00 and include the ride up on the tramway, entrance to the park and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Laser Tag, 4D Motion Theater, and two cave tours: the King’s Row Cave Tour and the Fairy Caves Historic Tour.
  4. Glenwood Vaudeville Revue – In case you were wondering Vaudeville dates back 100 years and is a combination of separate acts including comedy, song and dance. Glenwood’s Vaudeville Revue is enjoying it’s 5th year. You can arrive an hour before the show starts to enjoy dinner and the rag-time piano entertainment. Once the family friendly show starts it last 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission. Tickets start at $24.00 for adults and $16 for kids under 12. Their dinner menu includes items for some of Glenwood’s favorite restaurants. Enjoy an evening of entertainment in the heart of downtown Glenwood sure to please young and old alike.
  5. Eat, Drink and Repeat – Downtown Glenwood has a plethora of restaurants and bars for you to enjoy. Located near the Colorado River in downtown Glenwood is the 7th street railroad district and more restaurants than most small towns dream of. The Pullman named by Esquire magazine as one of the best new restaurants in 2011 is a foodies paradise. Looking for some local craft beer, than the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub might be more your speed. Opened in 1996 in the Hotel Denver they have been serving up award winning beer and pub food for nearly 20 years. Other popular restaurants include Slope & Hatch, Smoke Modern BBQ, The Lost Cajun, Grind and many more — enough to fill up a whole weekend of eating.

Book your room today at the Affordable Inns and enjoy one of the Best Small Towns in America for a fraction of the price of those mega resorts. When you stay at the Affordable Inns you support a family owned business while saving your hard earned dollars so you can enjoy all the adventures Glenwood has to offer. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

Hot Springs Pool will be open on Thanksgiving Day 2015.

Hot Springs Pool will be open on Thanksgiving Day 2015.

The Glenwood Springs Pool will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Shop will also be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Grill, Spa of the Rockies, Athletic Club and Business offices, however, will be closed for the day.

The next scheduled closure for the pool is January 16, 2016.

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