Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Houses

Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC

Hi friends! Do I have a treat for you today! My dear friend, Sharon, and I took a tour of the annual Gingerbread House Display at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville this evening. What an amazing display of talent we saw.....and here's the best part....you don't have to travel! You can relax in your armchair and follow us around as we bring the display to you. We've definitely got you covered!

Just look at the intricate work that went into this poinsettia design! Everything that is used in the gingerbread displays must be edible. Looking at this photo, it's hard to believe that this isn't a real poinsettia flower isn't it?!

The gingerbread display is part of an annual competition held at the Grove Park Inn (now known as Omni Resorts The Grove Park Inn). There are four divisions in the contest: child, youth, teenager and adult. There is no way to show pics of all of the wonderful gingerbread houses on display, but I have several that were my favorites to share.

The Gingerbread Competition actually began in 1992 as a way for Asheville community members to display gingerbread houses they had built. Now, 24 years later, it is a national competition that has been noticed by Good Morning America, The Travel Channel and The Food Network. You may have seen something about this competition on one of these shows. 

The Grove Park Inn is such a beautiful building and an historic landmark here in Asheville. So much history exists within these walls.

This giant tree in The Great Hall is always so beautifully decorated. In addition to the gingerbread houses there are many decorated trees to enjoy, as well, on the tour.

I was so happy to spend time with Sharon as we took in the sights and sounds of the season at The Grove Park Inn.

It is difficult to choose a favorite gingerbread house out of all the beautiful displays, but I find myself drawn to this one.

Sharon really liked this reindeer display. I thought it was pretty, also. 

Several gingerbread houses were whimsical in nature.

And so many had detail that just blew me away! Look at that gingerbread horse!

Looks like you could just walk right in the front door, doesn't it?!

And one final house that displays the "reason for the season" the birth of Christ. 

Such an enjoyable evening made even better because it was shared with a friend!

Hope you enjoyed the tour! What special holiday happenings are you enjoying this season? Hope you'll share!

Until Next Time,

Linking With:
Marilyn's Treats Wonderful Wednesday


Karen said...

This is just incredible! Those are truly amazing designs. That carnival ride, just incredible! It's hard to believe everything used is edible because they are so beautifully created! What a fun, fun way to spend an evening and such a Christmassy thing to do! I can tell by the looks on your faces that you were enjoying every minute! Thanks for sharing your evening and the beautiful creations!

Sharon said...

It was an enjoyable and memorable visit to the Grove Park Inn with you, and your photos capture perfectly the beauty of the gingerbread creations! Viewing your blog this morning allowed me to revisit our time there with the amazing sights and smells of gingerbread.

Unknown said...

Hi Debbie, I was fortunate to attend the Grove Park Inn's gingerbread house competition one year and it was fabulous! The artwork is just unbelievable! Thanks for bringing back my memories of that trip! The Grove Park Inn is a great place to go over the holidays! Blessings, Janet

Anonymous said...

My best friend from college and I visited the Grove Park Inn this past summer, and enjoyed a long and lovely cocktail hour with lots of delectable appetizers out on the terrace overlooking the Asheville skyline at sunset. It was absolute perfection! It looks like you all had a wonderful fall visit too! Merry Christmas to you and yours! --G

Unknown said...

Thank you for your appreciation of my entry. (Mine is the moon and Santa) I also need to thank you because I was discouraged from ever entering the competition again but after seeing someone actually liked it...well, I am determined to try again. Thank you so much

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Audrey: I'm so glad you read my post and saw your gingerbread house displayed. It was truly beautiful and I hope you continue to use your creativity and talents!! Merry Christmas 2017!