Grove Park Inn

Gingerbread Houses & The Grove Park

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!)

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One of the largest Christmas trees is located in the lobby near the large Gingerbread House Hot Chocolate Stand.

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!)

This photo of the Grand Prize Winning Gingerbread House ‘The Three Ghosts” is via the Grove Park Inn’s website as the glass surrounding it made it even more difficult to photograph.

Now for a few of my favorites…

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So many Chrimstas trees, with so many ornaments, I would not want to be the one to put up all this decor!
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We stopped in the shops along the Vanderbilt wing before heading across the lobby to the Sammons wing…

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.)

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This next one was one of my absolute favorites from the show…

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The view from our room… we still had about an hour till dinner and needed to drop off our bags. You can see some of the remaining snow.

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.

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Vue 1913

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.

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Grove Park Inn

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.

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View from the patio outside of the Grove Park Inn Spa…

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.)

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The outdoor eating area of Edisons is normally filled with people, but no outdoor seating during the colder months… perfect for photo ops though!

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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I went with the Fish n Chips which featured a delicious Grouper.
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Bibb & Bleu for mum
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Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes for Ashley.
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Pulled Pork Sandwich for Mike
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Peach Cobbler a la mode for dessert.

Christa | theavidpen

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