Every December at the Grove Park Inn, there are gingerbread displays throughout the Vanderbilt and Sammons wings. Both guests and visitors can see the gingerbread displays (not all of them houses) that have been painstakingly created in the children, youth and adult categories. This year there was also a large ‘gingerbread’ house in the lobby of the Grove Park where you could order up a cup of hot cocoa to drink while you walk (or enjoy in the lobby if you can find a seat!)
We decided to check out the Gingerbread after we’d checked in on Friday afternoon, since we knew there would be more crowds during the weekend. (This ended up being the smartest idea because the crowds were at their peak when we went to the Spa on Saturday and lunch on Sunday!)
Now for a few of my favorites…
Some of favorite houses (and the location for our first nights dining, Vue 1913 were located in the Sammons wing. (We’d originally planned a meal at the Sunset Terrace, but found out that its only open seasonally and the weather was far too brisk for eating outdoors.)
This next one was one of my absolute favorites from the show…
During this stay at the Grove Park Inn we stayed in the historic part of the inn, which meant taking one of the old fashioned elevators. Thankfully our elevator had an attendant 24 hours a day.
At Vue1913, we requested a table by the window so we could watch the sunset while we ate (along with the snow that remained on the golf course below us.
I went with a variation of the Heritage Chicken (dairy allergies here) and mum gave the Beet Risotto with Cauliflower a try. The chicken was the best of the food that we had while on the trip.
During a visit to the Grove Park Inn, spending a day in the spa is a must. (For those not staying at the Grove Park Inn Spa Day passes can be purchased the day of your planned visit on Monday-Thursday. Friday-Sunday is reserved for Inn guests only.)
Since it was absolutely freezing out (see the ice on the water fall?!) we decided to spend the majority of our day in the relaxing room at the spa both before and after our scheduled pedicures. They have snacks in the relaxing rooms, and you can also stop in at the Cafe in the spa if you’re looking for a sandwich, salad or smoothie (just to name a few possibilities.)
Before heading out on our last day at the Grove Park Inn, my sister Ashley and her husband Mike joined us at Edison’s for a bite.
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