11 Insane Gingerbread Houses You Should Visit This Holiday Season
THE WESTIN AUSTIN DOWNTOWN
If you find yourself in the Texas capital, you can actually dine inside this stunning edible structure, which can be reserved for parties up to 7 and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The historic luxury resort in Colorado Springs is famous for its tastefully over-the-top holiday decorations, and this year they've displayed their biggest gingerbread house ever to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Standing at 13-feet-tall, the house was created using over 475 lbs. of flour and 958 lbs. of sugar.
J.W. MARRIOTT LOS ANGELES
Most festive happy hour ever? This hotel in downtown L.A. is home to a full bar made out of gingerbread, which serves complimentary seasonal cocktail and cookie samples.
RITZ-CARLTON GRAND CAYMAN
The pastry team at this oceanfront island resort has built a life-size replica of Santa's workshop in the lobby, complete with chocolate elves and nine reindeer.
DISNEY'S GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT & SPA
ST. REGIS ATLANTA
In collaboration with candy company Sugarfina, the St. Regis has built their most elaborate gingerbread house ever, which also serves as a pop-up candy shop.
KEYSTONE LODGE & SPA
One house isn't enough at this resort in Keystone, Colorado, which uses 7,000 lbs. of chocolate to build an entire alpine village that replicates the hotel's Rocky Mountain setting.
GREAT WOLF LODGE
Book a stay at one of the indoor waterpark resort's 17 locations for some instant yuletide cheer. Guests can make a small donation to the Ronald McDonald House in order to dine in the life-size gingerbread house in the lobby.
THE GRAND AMERICA HOTEL
Located in Salt Lake City, this hotel has become known for its dazzling, two-story Grand Gingerbread House, which is held together by 350 lbs. of Rice Krispies. The resort is also known for its Holiday Window Stroll, featuring elaborate retail store displays.
MADISON SQUARE PARK
If you find yourself at this park in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood (home of the original Shake Shack location!), make sure to go inside its massive gingerbread house. The interior is filled with nutcrackers, a white icing fireplace mantel and peppermint window trim. There's even a toy train that travels through edible replicas of various U.S. landmarks.
RANCHO BERNARDO INN
The gingerbread house at this San Diego hotel just might be too sweet to eat: It's made with 1 ton of powdered sugar, 750 lbs. of granulated sugar, 1/2 ton of brown sugar, and 282 lbs. of molasses.