While you might think of escaping to a B&B to have a low-key New Year’s eve with your special someone, these six inns are all turning up the heat and throwing New Year's Eve blowouts that you won't want to miss! From black-tie soirées to murder mystery parties, there's nothing low-key about these fantastic affairs.
Collin’s House Inn, Marion, VA
To Susan and Mike, the new owners and innkeepers at the Collin’s House Inn, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the past year and toast to new beginnings. Owning and operating an inn has been a dream of theirs for many years; just five months ago they realized that dream by moving from Minnesota and purchasing The Collins House Inn in Marion, Virginia. Along with starting many new traditions since taking over the inn, the innkeepers are shaking up southwest Virginia this year by throwing a New Year’s Eve party. The party consists of a five-course catered dinner from the Four Seasons Restaurant complete with activities between courses including dominos in the game room, strolls around the neighborhood, and much more. At midnight guests can expect noisemakers, mistletoe, chocolate covered strawberries and of course, a champagne toasts! Can’t make the New Year’s Eve party this year? The innkeeper’s plan to throw similar soirees throughout the year, including a Valentine’s Day party.
Garden Gate B&B, Millersburg, OH
A cheerleader, mechanic, nurse, flight attendant and full cast of characters gather on New Year’s eve at the Garden Gate B&B (or the “millionaire’s house”) only to discover “the millionaire” has been murdered and one of the party guests did it! This New Year’s Eve murder mystery progressive dinner is played out in rounds starting with introductions and appetizers and ending with desserts and the big reveal of who done it. After the case is cracked, the innkeeper passes out awards for best actor, best actress and best costume and each couple gets a bottle of champagne to toast at midnight. Late checkout and breakfast are offered the next day so the cast can get their beauty sleep. The inn will host ten guests for the dinner. Don’t fret if you miss this one; the innkeepers throw many murder mystery parties throughout the year.
The Gateway Guesthouse, Austin, TX
Get down with your friends at the Gateway Guesthouse in Austin, TX at their annual Grecian New Year’s Eve Party. The party features a six-course authentic Greek dinner and wine pairings, prepared by Chef Bess Giannakakais. Cocktails start at 6pm followed by dinner, plenty of Greek dancing and good times. Dinner courses include lamb, moussaka, or Greek lasagna, assorted desserts and much more. Guests staying overnight are invited to ring in the new year at midnight with a toast of bubbly in the inn’s luxurious spa. And last but not least, don’t forget a delicious, hearty and gourmet breakfast to start off the year on the right foot the next morning. Can’t make the party but made a resolution to be a master chef in 2014? Gateway Guesthouse offers cooking classes throughout the year.
The Mercersburg Inn, Mercersburg, PA
Thirty-six lucky guests will be wined and dined at the The Mercersburg Inn’s annual New Year’s Eve black tie affair. The party features an exclusive five-course chef’s dinner, wine and dancing. The dinner features delights such as duck terrine, truffled wild mushrooms in a duck consommé and herb roasted game hen. After dinner, the DJ will serve up tunes from the decades including 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Watch the ball drop in Times Square with a champagne toast and finger foods in the inn’s Great Room. Late check-out and a three-course breakfast the following morning featuring bacon and cheese quiche and banana coffee cake to soak up the fun. The Mercersburg Inn also offers other great packages throughout the year including ski, spa, and romance packages.
River’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, Antonito, CO
The River’s Inn is hosting a two-night 1920s’ style “Murder at the Four Deuces” murder mystery party beginning New Year’s Eve. Attendees are assigned a character prior to coming to the inn and are encouraged to dress in costume and stay in character during their stay. The party kicks off on New Year’s Eve with cocktails, introductions and hors d'oeuvres followed by a three course dinner, including roasted pork with garlic mashed potatoes and the inn’s famous dessert, bread pudding with white chocolate Grand Marnier sauce. The next day more clues are revealed over breakfast, lunch and an elaborate dinner and the mystery is finally revealed the following morning. All meals and props for the murder mystery are provided by the inn. Interested in opening a B&B in the new year? The River’s Inn innkeepers host week long Bed and Breakfast School boot camp for aspiring innkeepers throughout the year.
York Harbor Inn, York Harbor, ME
For over 30 years, the York Harbor Inn has been celebrating New Year’s Eve with a party package that includes a two night stay at the inn, a welcome gift and an all-night cocktail party on December 31. The party includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, an elaborate dinner, a live band for dancing, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. About 125 guests attend the party every year, and one in four are repeat guests from previous years. Some guests have been coming to the party since it started. The brunch buffet on New Year’s day features delights such as prime rib, chicken pot pie, french toast and eggs benedict. The inn also offers a Valentine’s Day dinner and winter wine tasting packages.
By Candice Pederson