Holiday B&B Tour Dec. 2

       The 13th Annual Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour Sunday, Dec. 2 won't be the first time for the Old Town GuestHouse, 115 S. 26th St. But it will be a new experience for Don and Shirley Wick, who bought the inn from its original owners, David and Kaye Caster, two and a half years ago.
       “We're excited,” said Shirley. “It should be a lot of fun.”
       Although only 12 years old (making it by far the newest structure on the tour) the three-story, eight-guest-suite structure is “historically representative” in that it was built in the same Federalist brickwork style as the rest of Colorado City, Don said. The facility has received repeated four-diamond ratings from the American Automobile Association (AAA).
       The tour time frame is 2 to 6 p.m. The other Westside B&B will be Andy & Pat's Our Hearts Inn, 2215 W. Colorado Ave., owned by Andy and Pat Fjedelem, which has been a tour regular for years.
       In all, there will be seven inns this year. The eighth stop will be the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., for which the tour is a fundraiser. The center will stay open an extra hour, till 7 p.m.
       Other inns will be the Cascade Mountain Lodge, Cheyenne Canon Inn, Onaledge Bed & Breakfast, Red Crags Bed & Breakfast and Rockledge Country Inn.
       Tickets can be purchased in advance at the GuestHouse, Our Hearts, the History Center and the Holden House, 1102 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (which will not be part of the tour this year). Tickets are $10 a person, if purchased in advance, or $15 at the door. Participants get to see the insides of the different B&Bs, partake of refreshments and enter a gift drawing featuring donations from Old Colorado City merchants and B&Bs.
       Imaginative ornamentation is a traditional part of the B&B Tour, to which the Old Town GuestHouse will be no exception. The main floor will feature a 15-foot-tall Christmas tree, and there will be decorated chandeliers and a snowman in each room. At the same time, Don said he and Shirley will try to avoid a “sensory overload” for Christmas visitors and guests. “This is supposed to be a restful stop,” he noted.
       Another option for GuestHouse visitors from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. will be to meet Margaret Johnson, who will be signing copies of her children's book, “The Seven Magical Tooth Fairies.” Sale proceeds will go to the Old Colorado City Branch Library.
       To handle the tour people (200 or more are expected), there will be guides on each of the GuestHouse's three floors. “So people who want to ask questions can,” Shirley said. “It's also a safety precaution.”
       The Casters have told them that the event can be pretty exhausting, but the Wicks think they're ready for the throngs. For one thing, about 25 percent of their trade comes from the Colorado Springs area. “This is a great opportunity to show the place off,” Don said.

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