Bay View may seem rather quiet during winter months, but make no mistake, the neighborhood's winter residents know how to celebrate.
"We are excited. We will be having the biggest dinner we have had in a long time," said Terrace Inn co-owner Mo Rave.
New Year's Eve celebration on Monday, Dec. 31, in Bay View. Rave and his wife, Patty Rasmussen, have been in the innkeeping business since 1988, when they became owners of the Khardomah Lodge in Grand Haven. In May of 2004, they also became the owners of the Terrace Inn.
"This will be our eighth New Year's celebration, in keeping with the Bay View tradition," Rave said.
"This year's event is different. We have expanded it. There will be two different seating packages. The first seating is more family-orientated, and it includes a sleigh ride and an earlier dinner. The sleigh holds 14 people and is drawn by two strong Belgian draft horses," he said.
The second seating will be later in the evening and will include dinner, music and dancing.
"In years past, New Year's Eve has centered around jazz music. This year the music is blues. We will have the Jon Archambault Band playing. There will be lots of dancing until midnight," Rave said.
The Jon Archambault Band includes Jon Archambault on lead guitar and vocals, Dan Chrystler with rhythm guitar and vocals, Matt Marsh on bass and vocals, and Greg Vadnais playing drums. They combine elements of blues, jazz, funk, classic rock and roll, and instrumental music.
"I'm looking forward to bringing in the New Year with our friends at The Terrace Inn in Petoskey. We're going to have great music, great food and a great time. Get your friends together and come join us for a Big Blues Party," Archambault said.
Samples of the band's music is available online at www.jonarchambaultband.com.
Last year, Tim Nixon went to the Terrace Inn for New Year's Eve with a group of about six others.
"The service was great. The jazz band played softly in the background so we could still have conversation. I really enjoyed the ambiance. With the wooden dance floors and long, large windows, you really felt like you were in another century. You could see the cold outside, yet it was so warm inside. It was a lovely way to end the year in anticipation of a great new year," Nixon said.
Guests will have a variety of dinner options including beef Wellington, planked whitefish, chicken cordon bleu, and portobello mushroom ravioli. There also will be appetizers, soup or salad, and finally a dessert. The early seating dinner and sleigh ride package will offer sleigh rides from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and serve dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and $30 per child, plus tax and gratuity.
The dinner and live music package will serve dinner from 8-9:30 p.m. and music from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. The cost is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Sleigh rides can be added to this package for an additional $10 per person. There also are lodging and dining packages available.
These celebrations are open to the public and require reservations. More information is available at The Terrace Inn at (231) 347-2410 or online at www.theterraceinn.com.