For those looking to enjoy a night on the town this New Year’s Eve, several area inns and hotels are enticing patrons to stay the night.
Holiday Inn-Downtown Johnstown, Quality Inn and Conference Center (formerly Ramada Inn) in Somerset and Seven Springs Resort near Champion are offering packages including rooms to entice revelers to have a safe and happy New Year.
“Having the chance to have a great meal, be entertained and have the opportunity to be safe and stay overnight at the hotel is something that should be on the top of the list when it comes to ringing in 2014,” said Melissa Radovanic, corporate Director of sales and marketing for Crown American Hotels, which operates the Holiday Inn at 250 Market St. in Johnstown.
Radovanic said people will be delighted at the amenities the city has to offer.
“Being in the heart of downtown Johnstown on New Year’s Eve is a magical feeling,” she said.
The hotel will offer a wide array of dinner specials designed by Harrigan’s Cafe & Wine Deck sous chef Joseph Rocker. Dinner specials range in price from $21 for chicken marsala to $32 for a beef and shrimp combo meal.
The ballroom celebration will swing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30, and admission is $25.
The evening will include a live Times Square broadcast, party hats, noisemakers and a midnight champagne toast.
For anyone who purchases a dinner or joins the ballroom celebration, the Holiday Inn is offering a special room rate of $89.
Along with the food, patrons will enjoy an evening of hometown music.
The Frank Filia Duo will play from 6 to 10 p.m. in Harrigan’s. Beginning at 9 p.m., Flood City Brass will be in the ballroom.
Radovanic said The Frank Filia Duo and Harrigan’s mesh so well because Filia’s smooth sounds just add to the classy atmosphere that Harrigan’s provides.
“Flood City Brass is a phenomenal local band with high energy that will have everyone up and out of their seats,” Radovanic said. “They are a very talented group of musicians. Both of these groups are gems in our community.”
Seven Springs Resort
The New Year’s Eve holiday brings a variety of ways of welcoming 2014 at Seven Springs.
For those wanting to put on the Ritz, the resort will open its grand ballroom for a Smokin’ Hot New Year’s Eve celebration, New Orleans-style.
If Mardi Gras style isn’t to a person’s liking, the resort will offer a New Year’s Eve Family Snow Tubing Party and more casual celebrations in the resort’s Foggy Goggle and Matterhorn Lounge.
Smokin’ Hot New Year’s Eve will feature the sounds of Ted Hefko’s New Orleans Jazz Band, who will provide the spirit of New Orleans from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as people celebrate another year gone by in true Mardi Gras style. Guests can enjoy dancing, party favors and a traditional midnight toast.
“Guests will be welcomed with hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet seated dinner with a menu designed by our executive chef, Sandro Marcato,” said Anna Weltz, communications manager at the resort. “New Year’s Eve is a magical night to celebrate the year past, welcome in the new and make a wonderful memory at Seven Springs.”
After the jazz band finishes, guests may continue to dance the night away to the sounds of Pittsburgh’s hottest touring disc jockey, DJ Digital Dave. He will provide music from 6 to 8 p.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 a.m.
Although the Smokin’ Hot party is not black-tie, cocktail attire is required and attendees must be at least 21 years old Tickets are $235 per couple and $135 per person.
Some rooms remain available for a New Year’s Eve lodging package.
Individual tickets only are available only through ShowClix and may be purchased online or by phone at 888-71-TICKETS from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The snow tubing party will take place from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the snow tubing park. Between runs, families may gather by the bonfire to warm up and enjoy pizza, hot dogs, fountain drinks and hot chocolate. Tickets are $37 for those 12 and older and $32 for ages 4 to 11.
A limited number of tickets are available for the parties in the Foggy Goggle and Matterhorn, which are for guests 21 and older.
At the Foggy Goggle, Hank D., one of Pittsburgh’s favorite DJs, will provide dance music from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $65 each.
DJ Nugget will be in the Matterhorn Lounge from 10 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Tickets are $35 each.
Robert Sipel, general manager of Somerset’s Quality Inn, will welcome merrymakers from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a New Year’s Eve package for $109. That includes a room for two, a buffet dinner in the lounge, two drinks per person, party favors and a free breakfast on New Year’s Day.
“We wanted to offer an affordable and fun evening for our guests,” Sipel said.
Music will be provided by DJ Last Chance.
For patrons attending only the party, admission is $10, with an additional charge of $5 for the buffet.
Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.com/Tom LavisTD.