Oh, my, the National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn was amazing! My friend Susan invited me to tag along with her, her kids and grandkids. The inn is amazing in itself, but seeing it decorated for Christmas, plus the gingerbread displays makes it a wonderful outing. There is no charge for admission, but we did have to pay for parking.
I had to smile when I saw this cute little camper- brings back memories of our recent camper living adventure.
The gingerbread house display began in mid November, so by the time we got there, some of the entries were starting to dry out and shift a bit. I still love the bird houses, though, and look at those sweet cardinals.
I imagine a rock fireplace, cozy plaid flannel blankets, and hot chocolate inside the log cabin.
Not all of the entries were houses. This Christmas tea set is lovely.
Ack! How cute is the dog house!
I wonder how they engineer these gingerbread houses so they don’t collapse.
The filigree on this one is so intricate, though some had started to crumble and fall off the roof.
Isn’t the ice princess gorgeous? I don’t know if that’s really what she is called, but it seems appropriate. I’m guessing everything has to be edible, so I’m really wondering about those trees. Just amazing.
Santa made an appearance in the competition. How do you suppose that icy globe was made?
And Santa’s sleigh. I wish you could see the detail in this display, especially all the tiny toys.
The Grand Prize Winner
The winning gingerbread house at Grove Park Inn was in a glass case and I couldn’t get a good picture of it because of the glaring lights and mirrors. I think you can get an idea of all the amazing detail that is in it, though.
There were many more entries on display, with four age categories ranging from child to adult. In case you’re interested in making a trip to Asheville, NC, the gingerbread houses will be on display until January 3, 2016. I have a feeling some of them will be a lot worse for wear by the end, though.
Which entry in the Gingerbread House Competition is your favorite?