Historic Hotels of America Announces the 2017 Top 25 Most Magnificent Gingerbread Displays at Historic Hotels in the United States of America

These historic hotels have *sweet* events throughout the holiday
season for all ages to enjoy

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#historichotelsofamericagingerbread–Historic Hotels of America® has some of the best hotels to
celebrate the holiday season and see some of the most spectacular (and
delicious) gingerbread
houses
. Gingerbread houses originated more than five centuries ago
in Germany. Historic Hotels of America members are keeping this long
celebrated annual holiday tradition alive. From life-sized gingerbread
houses to exact replicas of historic hotels made up entirely of
gingerbread and hotels where you can make your gingerbread creation come
to life, these are the top 25 historic hotels to see (and make)
gingerbread houses. These gingerbread creations were hand selected from
over 35 nominations. To see all of the historic hotels with gingerbread
creations visit HistoricHotels.org.
As many of the 2017 gingerbread houses and displays are still under
construction or in final days of decoration, judges relied on the 2016
final gingerbread creations in determining the finalists of the Historic
Hotels of America 2017 Top Most Magnificent Gingerbread Displays at
Historic Hotels.

Can you imagine a recipe that requires 920 eggs, 612 pounds of
all-purpose flour, 315 pounds of royal icing, 250 pounds of candy, 153
pounds of honey, 153 pounds of molasses, 124 pounds of brown sugar, and
more? This is just a partial list of the ingredients required by Skytop
Lodge for its gingerbread house. One historic hotel’s recipe requires
more than 16,000 gingerbread bricks, another historic hotel’s recipe
uses more than 1,650 pounds of candy, another historic hotel’s
gingerbread village is set on top of a 2,000 pound slab of granite, and
another historic hotel uses more than 25 gallons of icing. The 2017
Gingerbread houses are still under construction and decorating with
hundreds of hours of work the norm. The tallest historic hotel
gingerbread house is higher than 25 feet (or a full-size two-story
house). One gingerbread house is 23 feet wide. The heaviest gingerbread
house weighs more than 1,500 pounds (includes gingerbread, icing, candy
decorations, and more). You and 11 friends can enjoy a private dinner
inside one lavishly decorated and edible gingerbread house. A very
full-sized Santa with gifts for a small town could deliver presents
using a historic hotel’s full-size gingerbread Santa-Sleigh.

Here is a listing of the top five historic hotels with the largest
gingerbread houses:

French
Lick Springs Hotel
(1845) French Lick, Indiana
French Lick
Springs Hotel creates a large scale gingerbread house each year with a
different architectural style. This year’s Tudor style home will feature
edible exposed beams, multiple gables and lattice work. The gingerbread
house is known to be the largest in the Midwest measuring in at
six-by-eight feet. The house is constructed with two different types of
gingerbread: blonde (made with honey) and regular (made with molasses).
The shingles on the roof will have six different shades of “French Lick
red.” Outside of the wood frame, everything on the house is edible-
chocolate. Rice Krispies treats, fondant and sculpted sugar are among
the decorations. This gingerbread house requires 400-500 hours to
construct and will make its debut during the French Lick Springs Hotel
Tree Lighting on November 17.

The
Jefferson Hotel
(1895) Richmond, Virginia
Each year, the Palm
Court Lobby of this historic hotel features a large scale gingerbread
house composed of hundreds of pounds of gingerbread. Last year’s
gingerbread display was a full-sized Santa’s sleigh that was six feet
tall and weighed approximately 900 pounds. This season’s display will
include over 200 pounds of gingerbread, 500 pounds of royal icing and an
abundance of candies to adorn the magical Christmas village. The holiday
festivities will kick off on November 27 with a tree lighting ceremony,
music, and refreshments. Throughout the season, visitors to The
Jefferson will be delighted by the holiday performances by area musical
ensembles performing in the Music at Midday concert series.

The
Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
(1907) San Francisco, California
Starting
on November 25, this historic hotel transforms into one of the world’s
most beloved holiday destination featuring a two-story, life-sized
gingerbread house in the hotel’s lobby. The talented culinary and
engineering teams at the hotel have joined forces to meticulously plan
construction of this year’s enormous gingerbread house, which will be
even larger than last year complete with a private dining space for up
to 12 people. Holiday tea or a meal can be served with this unique and
festive backdrop if booked in advance. Once complete, the impressive,
edible abode will stand more than 25 feet high, 35 feet wide and 10 feet
deep and will feature more than 10,250 homemade gingerbread bricks,
1,650 pounds of candy and 3,300 pounds of royal icing. The gingerbread
house is inspired by the Victorian design of several San Francisco
homes, such as the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square.

Hilton
Chicago
(1927) Chicago, Illinois
In 2016, the six foot display
gingerbread hotel replica at the Hilton Chicago was installed prior to
the Lights Festival. It took 300 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of powdered
sugar, 30 pounds of egg whites, 14 pounds of ginger, eight pounds of
cinnamon and 16,000 gingerbread bricks (and more than 250 hours!) to
make this gingerbread replica a reality. Three pastry chefs worked
tirelessly to create this masterpiece for all to enjoy. It is located
near the lobby level elevators and was on display throughout the holiday
season. This year, the pastry team will be adding a Chicago skyline and
“L” installation to amplify the Chicago holiday spirt.

Skytop
Lodge
(1928) Skytop, Pennsylvania
This year, Skytop Lodge will
be creating a gingerbread house with a Willy Wonka theme. The Executive
Pastry Chef, Christa Kuhar’s inspiration was the chocolate factory from
Willy Wonka. The gingerbread factory that is currently in production
will feature chocolate fountains, cocoa pods, cocoa beans and weigh in
at over 1,500 pounds.

Here are the other remaining historic hotels with extraordinary
gingerbread creations for viewing this holiday season:

The
Omni Homestead Resort
(1766) Hot Springs, Virginia

Hanover
Inn Dartmouth
(1780) Hanover, New Hampshire

The
Willard InterContinental, Washington DC
(1847)

Mohonk
Mountain House
(1869) New Paltz, New York

The
Peabody Memphis
(1869) Memphis, Tennessee

Palmer
House®, a Hilton Hotel
(1871) Chicago, Hilton

Wentworth
by the Sea
(1874) New Castle, New Hampshire

The
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
(1876) Riverside, California

Moana
Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
(1901) Honolulu, Hawaii

The
Plaza
(1907) New York, New York

The
Omni Grove Park Inn
(1913) Asheville, North Carolina

Omni
William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh
(1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The
Broadmoor
(1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado

The
Drake Hotel
(1920) Chicago, Illinois

La
Fonda
(1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Omni
San Francisco Hotel
(1926) San Francisco, California

The
Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
(1927) Honolulu, Hawaii

The
Settlers Inn at Bingham Park
(1927) Hawley, Pennsylvania

The
Wort Hotel
(1941) Jackson, Wyoming

“The tradition of gingerbread fairy-tale houses reportedly started in
the United States more than 200 years ago with the German immigrants to
Pennsylvania. Today, one of the world’s largest gingerbread houses is
created and baked (in parts of course) at the Skytop Lodge in
Pennsylvania. Across the country, 12 people can dine in the more than
life-sized gingerbread house at the Fairmont San Francisco,” said
Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director Historic Hotels of America and
Historic Hotels Worldwide. “Run, Run as fast as you can! You can’t
catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.
is from the famous fairy-tale,
The Gingerbread Man. This holiday season, run, run as fast as you can
and catch the most magnificent gingerbread houses and displays at many
historic hotels.”

About Historic Hotels of America®

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for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest
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Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in
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Senior Manager,
Marketing Communications
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202-772-8338
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