Snow or not, you can enjoy a winter wonderland in Evansville. Each weekend through February, the Downtown lot known as NoCo Park transforms into a quaint ski lodge complete with a cozy chalet, colorful gondolas, and heated “igloos.” You’d be forgiven if you find yourself humming a cheery rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Snow.”
Mount NoCo is the latest brainchild of Central High School graduate Nicole Pinedo, who has owned the property at 163 S. Third Ave. since July 2020. Building on NoCo Park’s growing collection of themed events, Mount NoCo offers a curated menu and cocktails served under strings of lights and beside a faux fireplace.
“We found that pairing food and an exhibit was the recipe for success,” Pinedo says.
For $40, patrons can choose between eight-seat igloos, three-person gondolas, or a table in the 20-foot-by-40-foot lodge-style chalet tent. Each reservation includes a shared charcuterie board, entree, cocktail, and hot chocolate. Brighten up your Instagram feed with photos against the set’s festive decor, which Pinedo built herself with help from assistant Natalia Jimenez. Parking sponsored by Sterling Industrial is behind the south side of the building.
Mount NoCo may exude ski lodge glamour, but it’s also family-friendly. Discounted children’s tickets include an entree and beverage, and the open-air fire pit is the perfect spot for roasting s’mores together. You’ll have to leave one family member’s home, though: Pets are not permitted at Mount NoCo.