Washington School House, Park City, Utah
Washington School House has delicious and festive amenities for guests to enjoy during this holiday season.
- Holiday Turndowns – gourmet array of turndown sweets that are freshly baked by the property’s in-house pastry chef. The winter seasonal series of delectable goodies vary each night and includes ginger white chocolate scones, almond snowflake cutouts, red velvet cake pops, grapefruit mint shortbread, S’more bark and classic chocolate chip cookies and milk.
- Moose on the Loose – Martha the Moose is visiting to keep an eye on all guests throughout December and will report back to Santa. Think Elf on the Shelf but way cuter! So for guests, the challenge: as we know moose like to wander, everyday his position changes and guests must locate his daily perch before his departure. So they can wake up every morning Dec 1-24 to scope out his location. Take a photo and Tweet, Facebook or Instagram it to collect a festive treat the staff is carefully guarding on his behalf. #mooseontheloose @WSHparkcity
- Holiday inspired dining – Private Chef and private dining at the Washington School House, a great way to enjoy a hearty mountain breakfast and holiday inspired aprés ski fare, of course surrounded by holiday decorations tastefully curated to make guests feel they are truly somewhere special this season.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Amelia Island, FL
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has THE world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship. At 17 feet long,12 feet high the ship dominates the lobby and fills the air with gingerbread.
Every year the team adds a character crew member whose wardrobe is made totally out of individual pieces of color fondant. The recipe for creating this ship includes 1,200 pounds of sugar and 3,000 eggs and requires eight pastry chefs logging over 350 hours to create over 600 pieces. The crew of eight chefs begin at 8 am and work through the day until it’s complete. It’s unveiled the day of Tree Lighting on November 26 which attracts about 1,800 locals and guests.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans | New Orleans, LA
The holidays are upon us and The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has plenty in store to provide guests with some holiday cheer. The property is decked to the nines with impressive decorations throughout the entire hotel including:
- Enormous Gingerbread Village: Featuring edible replicas of several iconic River Road plantations
- Santa’s Incredible Edible Toy Shop: Displaying edible fondant toys on the gingerbread shelves inside the “brick” shop that was created with 540 pounds of gingerbread and 92 pounds of frosting
- Elegant Curley Willow Tree: The hand made tree stands 30 feet high in the lobby with hand blown glass ornaments and thousands of lights
- Garlands Galore!: Over 2,100 feet of light-up garlands with English bows
- Countless Christmas Trees: Over 30 trees throughout the property with thousands of lights and more than 3200 unique ornaments
- Giant Christmas Tree: The courtyard features a 45 foot Christmas tree with a 16 foot base
- Flowers and Wreaths Aplenty: Over 65 wreaths and 400 poinsettias
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Naples, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is creating a Swiss-inspired gingerbread house this Christmas, something that is an annual tradition at the beach resort. This year’s Swiss-inspired house will be located in the hotel’s grand lobby. The gingerbread house is exactly 12 feet 8 inches tall. Other than one metal frame that holds the house together, the house is made completely from ginger bread bricks and sweet accoutrements. From idea conception to completion with the placing of the last gumdrop on the mailbox, this project takes approximately 6 months to create.
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester | Westchester, NY
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is decked out for the holidays and ready to celebrate with their annual Gingerbread House displayed in the lobby of the hotel. Each year the hotel selects a Historic Hudson Valley landmark to feature and this year four Chefs and five engineers spent over 195 hours creating a replica of The Union Church of Pocantico. This is a historic church located in Pocantico Hills, New York built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1921. It is a one story neo-Gothic style building with fieldstone foundation, walls and a slate covered, highly pitched gable roof. The large house can’t be missed when entering the luxury 146 room Westchester hotel, made with 83 pounds of baking flour, 35 pounds of sugar, 19 pounds of butter and 19 pounds of whole eggs plus many more ingredients and candies to decorate every details of the church such as the incredible stained glass windows.
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