What are you doing New Year’s – New Year’s Eve?

Bottle-of-champagne-and-two-glassesIt’s time to make reservations for New Year’s Eve! Plan to stay at Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast & Alpine Hideaway Cottages on Monday, December 31stand enjoy some extra beverages and munchies that evening.

If you are looking for a quiet way to celebrate 2018’s passing, we have just what you’re seeking. If you want to plan introspectively for 2019, we can provide a secluded cottage for your “first night” of 2019.  If you want to toast to the New Year, we provide a bottle of champagne in each guest room on this special night.

Our typical social hour turns into a special occasion on New Year’s Eve!  In addition to our usual wine and craft beer, we add a varied selection of appetizers on New Year’s Eve. The early evening event takes on a real celebratory atmosphere as you meet the other guests and learn more about your innkeepers! Join us for this special social hour!  

You may have your own traditions or activities to enjoy for New Year’s Eve. Here are a few other traditions from around the world that you may want to use to close 2018 and ring-in 2019.Green-grapes-for New-Year's-Eve

Eat something special: In the southern US states, eating Black-eyed peas are a tradition that is believed to bring prosperity in the new year; In Dutch homes, eating something in the shape of a ring (such as a donut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune; In India and Pakistan, eating rice promises prosperity; In Spain, people eat 12 green grapes 12 seconds before midnight to bring good luck in the new year.Fireworks-sparkling-on-New-year's-Eve

Make Some Noise: In China, firecrackers were thought to destroy the forces of darkness; In Thailand, guns were fired to scare off demons; In early American colonies, pistol shots rang out through the air; Still today Italian church bells ring, drums are played in Switzerland, and in America, party horns and sirens may be heard to bid farewell to the old year.

Give a Gift on New Year’s Day: In Rome, gifts of coins or gilded nuts marked the start of the new year; Eggs, a symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians; Early Egyptians exchanged earthenware flasks; In Scotland, shortbread, silverware, and coal were traditionally exchanged for good luck.Glass-cup-with-mulled-cidar-or-Wassail

Raise a Glass: Champagne is the favored beverage around the globe; In Holland, enjoy some hot. Spiced wine; Drink a cup of “Wassail” (the Gaelic word for “good health”) is still a popular drink in parts of the UK.

Make your plans for New Year’s Eve at Steels Tavern Manor B&B & Alpine Hideaway Cottages. You can plan to stay at the inn or your cottage or, if you like a NYC-style “drop”, venture in to Lexington for a midnight sparkling ball drop. Whatever your Shenandoah Valley New Year’s plans are, enjoy the start of a new year filled with hopes for good health and good fortune.

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