Just a half-mile walk from the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is Miramont Castle, an ornate, Victorian history museum run by the Manitou Springs Historical Society. The castle began in the 1890s as the home of a French Catholic priest, Father Jean Baptiste Francolon, and was later recognized in 1977 as a national landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. While the museum hosts tours throughout the year, one of the best times to make a visit to the castle is during the upcoming holiday season when they host Victorian Christmas tours and Victorian Christmas Tea in the Queen’s Parlour Tearoom.
They pull out all the stops for Christmas, lavishly decorating the castle with modern and historic decor and offering refreshments of warm cider and fresh cookies to guests. Beautifully adorned Christmas trees are lit, and garland is hung throughout the house.
Tours are self-guided and last about 45 minutes to an hour. Admission is $12 for adults (13-59) and $11 for seniors (60+). Christmas tours will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, November 29 and continue through Sunday, December 1, with the last tour starting at 3:30 p.m. each day.
The Victorian Christmas High Tea requires reservations with a credit card and will occur the same days as the Christmas Tours, with teas beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $37.50, and traditional Victorian or fancy attire is recommended, although neither is required.
While you’re there, make sure to make a stop in the gift shop for a memento of your visit or for a special holiday gift for a loved one. The gift shop offers vintage candies, teas, books about the castle and local history, as well as a room full of unique Christmas ornaments.
So schedule in some break time during the busy holiday season and come visit us at Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast. We are nestled in the history of Manitou Springs and would love to share that rich history with you during the holidays or anytime! Book a room today!