With fires burning and soft holiday music playing in the background, four McCloud inns served Christmas cookies and beverages as visitors strolled through their historic buildings during a three-hour walking tour Saturday, Dec. 9.
The event was one of many on the schedule in McCloud. Upcoming events include:
-- Children's Christmas Party for children under 12 and their parents, Dec. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Mercantile Great Room on Main St.
-- Italian Christmas Rusta Bonfire, outdoors at the Old Mill Distillery on Main St. Dec. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. An evening of outdoor bonfire, rustic Italian food and more.
-- Annual holiday potluck on Dec. 16 at the American Legion Hall on Broadway Ave. for members and guests. Bar opens at 4 p.m., dinner at 5:30.
-- Dinner with Dickens on Dec. 23 at McCloud Hotel & Sage Restaurant, featuring carriage rides, dinner, and Bennett Gale's original adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," a one-man show. Call 530-964-2822 for more information.
-- New Years Eve Party Dec. 31 at McCloud Hotel & Sage Restaurant and the Shasta View Lodge.
During the innkeepers tour, drinks of the season were offered at McCloud Mercantile Hotel, McCloud Hotel and Sage Restaurant, McCloud Guest House, and McCloud River Inn included hot chocolate, hot apple cider and eggnog.
McCloud Mercantile Hotel showed off its Mercantile Room, which featured a children and family theme of gift-wrapped picture frames, little antique skis and toys. A decorated candle-lit table was topped with snacks.
McCloud Hotel and Sage Restaurant at the top end of Main Street displayed six Christmas trees and featured a 50-year collection of Dickens' village.
McCloud Guest House, celebrating 111 years in operation, had decorative rustic Christmas details throughout the lobby with cinnamon and spice aromas.
McCloud River Inn, built in 1903, added holiday touches to its featured rooms such as swags and lights over the fireplace, Santa Claus shaped pillows and holiday soaps and towels in the bathrooms.
The only thing missing was the snow outside.
After completing the tour, McCloud resident Rimona Gale said, “This is the first time I have been on this tour. All the inns really went all out to create a warm and welcoming whimsical holiday feeling. It was a nice opportunity to become better acquainted with the local inns.”