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Gingerbread Memories from The Grove Park Inn

November 23, 2009

One of my favorite Christmas memories is of a trip to The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC to see the gingerbread houses made for the Food Network Gingerbread Contest. The sheer splendor of The Grove Park is amazing enough but when you throw in an ounce of celebrity and enough gingerbread to feed all of Santa’s elves … you’ve got yourself an unrivaled holiday spectacular! 

And let me tell you … it did not disappoint.   We had an unforgettable, wonderful time!

It all started with caroling and hot chocolate with the Grove Park Bear.

We sang all the classics and everyone got a souvenir booklet of the songs to color and hang on the tree at home (we still have one!)

 We toured around the grand hotel and stopped to check out the amazing view of Asheville … the mountains are simply spectacular, but obviously, not everyone was impressed by the view.

We checked out the unbelievable gingerbread houses and even got to stop into the Food Network studio to watch some gingerbread houses being built. This was totally cool … we couldn’t believe we were right there while they were taping … we didn’t stay for the whole thing (some of us were a little “restless”), but we got to see a lot of it & it was so, so unforgettable!

This was one of the most super-fun things we’ve ever done and I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to visit The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC if you ever have the chance.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to say that I am soooooo thankful for how much better the quality of digital photography is now, as compared to when these photos were taken four years ago!
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