Monday, September 27, 2010

Glenwood Springs, Colorado By The Light Of The Moon: Stay at Lavender & Thyme Bed and Breakfast for Ghost Walks, Hot Springs & Hikes

Moonlight makes everything a little bit more magical and mysterious in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, especially in October when the town’s ghosts, including outlaw-turned-hero Doc Holliday, return from the grave to tell their tales courtesy of the local Frontier Historical Society and its Ghost Walk production. Mild moonlit nights are also surprisingly good times to see some of Glenwood Springs’ most popular attractions in a whole different light, like Glenwood Hot Springs and even the recently reopened and improved trail to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon.
The full moon on the 22nd adds an appropriately eerie glow to all things natural and supernatural this month. The Frontier Historical Society’s popular Ghost Walks to Linwood Cemetery, the final resting place of Glenwood’s pioneer settlers and famous former residents Doc Holliday and Kid Curry, begin mid-month and culminate on Halloween night. October visitors can also use the power of the full moon along with their own personal flashlights to illuminate the path to Hanging Lake, one of Colorado’s most exalted hiking trails, then turn in at Lavender & Thyme B&B for a cozy, restful sleep.

While daylight sees most of the action at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, nighttime, especially illuminated by the moon, is truly magical. Both children and adults are enchanted by the tendrils of steam that hover like silvery ghosts just above the surface of the pool on crisp autumn evenings. The phenomenon is caused when the warm mineral water comes into contact with the cool night air and creates steam. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is open every night until 10:00 PM, and admission has dropped to $13.25 for daytime visits and $9.25 after 9:00 PM for the value season, which runs until Memorial weekend.

Lunar lore suggests that October’s harvest moon is so named because it rose early and was bright enough to permit farmers to work late into the evening, allowing them to bring in the final harvest of the year. These days the harvest moon provides enough light to explore the landscape around Glenwood Springs on foot. Hikers are known to trek to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon by moonlight, although headlamps and flashlights are highly recommended. The newly improved trail is well marked, but hikers should allow for extra time to account for limited visibility. The trail climbs 900 feet over just 1.2 miles. At the top, enjoy the uncharacteristic quiet and the moonlight reflection.

The 11th Annual Ghost Walks hosted by the Frontier Historical Society are held the last three weekends during October, and this year the full moon falls over the middle weekend. Whether by moonlight or lantern light, visit the ghosts that haunt Glenwood’s pioneer cemetery on and around Halloween. They are familiar Western icons like gunslingers Kid Curry and John Doc Holliday. Other apparitions have less storied pasts but provide a peek of what life was once like for residents of Glenwood Springs. Listen carefully and keep an eye out for the phantoms of the town’s founding fathers, merchants, miners and ladies-of-the-evening as they recount the blessings and burdens of life in the 1800’s.

Tours leave promptly from the trailhead to Linwood Cemetery, located at 12th and Bennett in downtown Glenwood Springs, from October 15 – 31, at 7:00, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 7:00, 7:45 and 8:30 PM on Sundays. Because the Ghost Walks have been extremely popular, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale now. Call 970-945-4448 to purchase and for additional details see  Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress warmly. The trail to the cemetery is unpaved, making sturdy shoes a must.

The Ghost Walk Package at Lavender and Thyme Bed and Breakfast includes two tickets to the event and overnight accommodations for the weekend.  The Ghost Walk is sell-out every year, so we encourage you to make your plans for the date and time of your Ghost Walk adventure and your lodging reservation soon.

Ghost Walk Package Availability and Rates:
Ghostwalks are this year offered during three weekends in October:
October 15, 16, or 17, 2010
October 22, 23, or 24, 2010
and October 29, 30, or 31 (Halloween evening), 2010
There are four (4) walks per evening at the following times:
7:00, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 PM

Price: $ 240.00 per room for the weekend at Lavender & Thyme, which is two nights accommodation and two Ghost walk tickets.

Hope to see you in October in Glenwood Springs!

Peter Tijm

Innkeeper Lavender and Thyme Bed and Breakfast

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