12 Days of Christmas celebration among events planned for Olive Ann debut

The Olive Ann Hotel opens for businesses Dec. 1, with several holiday events to follow that month. A ribbon-cutting will be held Dec. 13.

GRAND FORKS – A multi-day, 12 Days of Christmas-themed celebration will be among the events hosted by the Olive Ann Hotel when it opens next month.

The boutique hotel’s doors will open Friday, Dec. 1, with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting set for Dec. 13. The 79-room hotel is already fully booked for Friday and Saturday nights, General Manager Cory Blegen told the Herald, with back-to-back weddings planned for both nights.

“It’s very overwhelming excitement,” Blegen said. “It’s crunch time, but we’ll be ready.”

Opening alongside the hotel will be several new venues at the 14 N. Fourth St. location, including a Crisp and Green and a new event space known as the Landing, which will feature a full bar and catering options.

The Landing supersedes a proposed basement speakeasy that was being discussed at the time of the hotel’s groundbreaking, said Allison Johnson, director of marketing for 322 Hospitality Group, which owns and operates the hotel and businesses within.

“What we have on the Landing is more on-brand for the guests and more what we want to offer here,” Johnson said.

Cocktail lounge Skies 322 is already open in the same building, while Blegen said 322 Hospitality Group is preparing a Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea to be ready the first week of December.

Johnson said the hotel will punctuate its debut with a 12 Days of Christmas celebration beginning on Dec. 25, which will offer guests a variety of Grand Forks-specific events to engage in, including movie nights and a New Year’s Eve celebration.

“Being the only boutique hotel in Grand Forks gives us the opportunity to create niche experiences for our guests,” Johnson said.

She said the hotel has established a business relationship with neighboring Lotus Yoga and the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association, and is stocking the hotel’s minibars with spirits and snacks from area businesses.

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