July 13, 2011
Hotel, circa 1905, inspired Yuma to resurrect its dine-free-when-the-sun-doesn't-shine offer. (Photo by permission of Arizona Historical Society Yuma.)
Groups eat free in Yuma, Ariz., every day the sun doesn’t shine, beginning Aug. 1 and lasting for 12 months.
An officially sunless day, ‘Code Gloom,’ will be declared by a committee of Yuma Visitors Bureau staff, board members and meteorologists as of 5:00 p.m. and announced to the public, when hotels place a life-sized cutout of an umbrella-toting Yuma mayor Alan Krieger in their lobbies.
Participating hotels will then validate and date-stamp ‘free board’ certificates, which will be good until 5 p.m. the next day for a complimentary meal (or $10 discount) at participating restaurants representing a wide variety cuisines.
Groups must be checked-in by 5 p.m. or have a guaranteed reservation by 5 p.m. and check-in later that day. Groups also receive welcome bags.
This promotion commemorates Yuma’s centennial year. Annually, the city averages 350 days of sunshine.
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