B&B Holiday Tour survives near-blizzard
A major snowstorm huffed and puffed but could not completely blow away the 15th annual Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour Dec. 6.
Braving single-digit temperatures and several inches of snow, dozens of advance ticket-buyers showed up at the 11 establishments on this year's tour. “They kept tromping through the snow,” reported Joanne Karlson, president of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). When they got inside, “they slipped their boots off and enjoyed the decorations.”
The sunny news for the OCCHS, for which the event is a major fundraiser, is that it earned roughly $1,300. “Deducting costs (advertising), we netted roughly $1,000 for the last event of the year for us,” said OCCHS Treasurer Dave Hughes.
Most of the income was from the sales of about 125 advance tickets, he noted. Fewer than five hardy souls bought tickets on the day of, he said.
These included a couple who was staying at the Old Town GuestHouse (also a stop on the tour). “It was snowing and there wasn't a lot to do,” Karlson said. “Then they heard about the Bed & Breakfast Tour and decided to go.”
In less stormy years, the tour has netted an annual average of $1,500, but Karlson will gladly take this year's result. “Considering the weather, it went pretty well,” she said.
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