12.16.2012

Decorating Tips from the Biltmore Estate Plus Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park Inn

I'm in Charlotte this weekend getting a glimpse of Christmas in North Carolina's largest city. We're staying in uptown at the Ritz-Carlton. I can't wait to give you more details about one of my State's most luxurious properties.

But in the meantime, I do have some photos to share with you from the Biltmore Estate.  Since early November, America's largest home, has been ready for the holidays.  On Skimbaco Lifestyle, I have the inside tips on what it takes to decorate this 250-room French Chateau.

The Biltmore Estate at Christmas

Visit Skimbaco Lifestyle for my story on the Biltmore Estate

And a few miles from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC,  Holiday lovers can view some of the best Gingerbread Houses in the nation. The Marketing Manager for NC's Restaurant and Lodging Association covered this event for my blog this year. Here's more from Carla Chirico.


Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

Grand Prize Gingerbread Winner is Ann Bailey from Cary, NC. 



Known for its historic charm and captivating panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Grove Park Inn & Resort has been, and will always be, about creating wonderful memories and experiences. One of those memorable moments are on display during the holidays - The 20th Annual Gingerbread Competition. It  started in 1992 with a couple of local folks who built gingerbread houses for the sake of the holiday spirit!



Now, the event is one of the nation's most celebrated events and an ultimate competitive contest. As the event grew, so did the caliber of judges. The panel of judges represents nationally renowned food, arts, and media professionals. The level of competition has attracted artistry and design professionals as well as garnered the attention of ABC's "Good Morning America." Since 1998, the show has broadcasted the Gingerbread Competition on Travel Channel and Food Network. The gingerbread houses sparks the same reaction in people of all ages - one of wonder, awe, and delight. The Gingerbread House display runs until January 2, 2013. To view the winners, please visit the link, http://www.groveparkinn.com/asheville-events

Asheville, NC is certainly a place to visit during the holidays.  And I'll give you a glimpse of Charlotte, and Raleigh when I return. 





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