When in the Black Mountain and Asheville area, a great Christmas tradition is to tour the creations of sugary confections at the National Gingerbread House Competition held each year at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Yes, there is actually a national competition and for many of the participants its serious business. A $10,000 cash prize is on the line and an appearance on one of the national morning news shows.
Of course there are entries from all age groups including youngsters using the traditional candy canes and sugar sprinkles. But then there are those who plan a year in advance with the precision of architects and engineers to build their masterpieces. Everything except the tray underneath must be edible. The cost is $10 to park at the Grove Park, but otherwise no charge.