In 2009 when I started my undergrad at Montreat college (and dating Taylor), I began hearing little tid-bits about The Grove Park Inn and the wonderful Gingerbread display they have every year before Christmas.
The Grove Park Inn is the most gorgeous resort and spa I have ever seen. It is nestled in the Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and built with large, shimmering stones (sorry to any geologists out there who know the name of said stones and are cringing at my lack of knowledge 😜). It has a large lobby with huge fireplaces on each end of the room. The fireplaces are so big you could stand in them (minus the fire, ya know).
The first time I went, I fell completely in love with the location, the architecture of the building itself, and those stinkin' adorable gingerbread houses. Many of them are genuine works of art. The detail is impeccable and impressively enough, every one of the houses are 100% edible.
Grove Park Gingerbread Houses
This year was special to me because I was able to share the experience with my mom and brother. I've been with Taylor and several friends over the years, but to get to welcome my family into that world and see them experience it for the first time made my heart happy.
I think that's what I missed the most during college. Throughout my life, I have always been able to share my friends, my hobbies, and my daily activities with my mom (and whole family). She loved my friends and my friends loved her, and we welcomed her to spend time with us. When I wanted to go to an event, my mom would come with me. We shared a lot together. So when my family was too far away for that to happen when I went to college, I craved it so badly.
Getting to share this part of my life with them meant a lot to me for that reason.
And as you can see from the pictures, it was amazing. I cannot imagine having so much talent with baking and decorating!
So if you are ever in the Asheville area around Christmas, you should definitely make the trip to see the gingerbread houses. It's totally worth it!