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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Travel Tuesday - Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition

Travel Tuesday - A blogging prompt from Geneabloggers.com. Do you have images, quotes or stories about trips your ancestors or family took during their lives? Or have to ventured out on travels to your ancestral homeland as part of your genealogy research? Travel Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Susan Donaldson of Family History Fun.

This year, during Jenny's Christmas visit, I took Mom, Jenny, Brett and Ryan to Asheville, NC. Brett took this photo of Jenny and Ryan at the deli we had lunch at. Jenny is one of my nieces and her boys are our grand nephews. My sister and I married brothers and her two children were like our own (we didn't have children). So Jenny is like a daughter to us. Her husband is in the Air Force and they are stationed in Illinois where he is an Air Force Recruiter. We hate that they live so far away from us but they are fortunately close to his large family.

We went to the Grove Park Inn Resort for the Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition. It's so nice on any day but they really decorate it for Christmas. I wanted to go on a weekday so it wouldn't be so crowded and I was right. It was still pretty busy despite it being Monday. The Inn has the original main building and then two huge modern wings. The lobby floor has shops, bars, restaurants and meeting rooms throughout the 3 sections. The main lobby is wide open with huge fireplaces on either end. The fireplaces are so big that you can stand up in them. I took a photo of Jenny standing in the one that wasn't lit. Off the main lobby is the terrace restaurant that looks over their terraced garden to the golf links and a gorgeous mountain view. It was raining on Monday so we didn't get to enjoy the mountain view. You pull up to the front doors and there is parking in terraces below the inn. It can be a steep walk back up to the hotel so I paid for valet parking. For the gingerbread competition (maybe for the Christmas season) the parking was $10 in the terraces but valet parking was $15 + tip. Since it was raining, we had the children and it was normally a steep walk, I paid for the valet parking. I don't remember having to pay for parking when we visited it last Spring. We parked in the terraces then and walked up. There are also outbuildings and one has a classic car museum.

Anyway, I took lots of pictures.

They have a huge porch.

One of the 2 huge fireplaces.

One of many little upscale shops.

My mother, Jenny's grandmother and the boys great grandmother, Eleanor.

Brett in Santa Claus' big rocking chair.

Jenny standing up inside the fireplace.

Someone offered to take this picture of all of us but, unfortunately, it was badly out of focus. The lighting in the main hall is atrocious for photographs anyway.

The other huge fireplace across the lobby. There is a bar at this one. Notice the big logs they have in the carts?

It looks likes such a small fire but you saw the size of the wood in the carts. Besides, it wasn't that cold outside. Rainy, gray and brisk but not cold.

Brett liked the sleigh but he did NOT like the reindeer and we couldn't get a picture by the reindeer.

Mom taking a break with little Ryan. He fell asleep soon after this was taken.

The back of the Grove Park Inn showing it's covered terrace restaurant.

It's hard to tell but there are patios with two gas fire pits lighted along with an indoor and outdoor pool.

One of the bars and lobbies in the newer wings.

One of the many themed trees throughout.

The 2012 National Gingerbread House Competition™ took place on Saturday, November 17, 2012, and the gingerbread houses will be on display from November 20, 2012, through January 2, 2013. The gingerbread entries were strewn throughout the lobby level of the two modern wings. Once you are on the lobby level, there were no steps to see the gingerbread entries (for those who are handicapped, there are elevators but no need to use them for the lobby level). Contestants from across the country bring their culinary gingerbread masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn. Community viewing days for the public wishing to view the National Gingerbread House Display are 7am-12 midnight, Monday-Thursday. Excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New year's Day.

Winner in the teenage class.

Adult class gingerbread entries.

I liked the brickwork on this one and the clear sugar windows.

The Twelve Days of Christmas represented in this one.

A cat looking in the dressing mirror.

My personal favorite, Not A Creature Was Stirring Not Even A Mouse. The details were exquisite.

1 comment:

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

These photos are awesome...I really need to visit this hotel, I think my family would love it!

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