An Asheville Holiday Event: Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn takes edible art out of the kitchen and to the extreme! Entries to the 20th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition bring plenty of holiday cheer in these sugar-and-spice (and everything nice!) creations. The gingerbread houses will be on display from November 20, 2012 through January 2, 2013, with public viewing open Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The winning entries will travel to New York City for an appearance on Good Morning America; this is your chance to see the imaginative architectural wonders in person.

Triumphs from Christmas Past
Last year's winner was an Old-Lady-Who-Lived-in-a-Shoe-style Victorian boot with three levels of indoor scenes and a weathervane on top. In 2010, the Grand Prize went to a cast of Christmas characters including Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty. An ornate bird cage, a castle, and a carousel have also taken the Grand Prize spot in years past. What do they all have in common? Except for the base, all entries must be constructed entirely of edible materials.

A Jolly Sleigh-full of Prizes
Contestants from all over the country will bring their culinary gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a professional panel of experts at The Grove Park Inn this holiday season. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the artistry of the entries, and by how many there are! Categories include Adult, Teen, Youth, Child, and new award of $1,000 will go to the competitor who traveled the farthest distance. Chosen from over 200 entries, the Grand Prize Winner will receive over $7,500 dollars in cash and prizes. All total, The National Gingerbread House Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes!

The Legendary Grove Park Inn Is an Asheville Landmark
Grove Park Inn has been hosting the The National Gingerbread House Competition for twenty years, and has stood as one of Asheville's treasured historical monuments for a century. The 2013 milestone 100-year anniversary of the resort's opening kicks off this holiday season, evident in the gorgeous decorations that adorn the grand lobby and giant fireplaces. A visit to the Grove Park Inn is a fine way to spend an afternoon during your holiday getaway in Asheville, North Carolina.

A Place to Call Home for the Holidays
This holiday season, Carolina Mornings wants to give you the gift of a home-away-from-home for spending time with your loved ones. The area's premiere provider of luxury mountain cabins, Carolina Mornings offers a delightful array of services that are designed to make your vacation perfect, including personalized concierge service, Christmas tree delivery and decoration, and discount packages for area attractions. Call a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to reserve the mountain cabin of your dreams and make this a holiday that everyone will treasure!

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