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Mindy Bianca

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Nemacolin’s Gingerbread House Goes Vintage

FARMINGTON, PA (November 21, 2017) – It's that special time of year again at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The stockings are hung, the lights are strung, the trees are sparkling, and most importantly, the sweet smell of gingerbread is taking over the resort.

The Nemacolin pastry team and the carpentry team have combined efforts again this year to bring the magic of the holiday season to life with a gingerbread house large enough to walk into. The gingerbread house will call the Chateau Lafayette – one of three hotels on the 2,000-acre property – home again this year, as the sweet creation will be on display in the lobby from Thanksgiving until the New Year.

This year, the structure takes on a new identity as a vintage toy store called The Gumdrop Toy Shoppe, a different design from last year’s bakery-style house. Measuring 12 feet tall, 14 feet long and 12 feet deep, the structure includes sweet gingerbread bricks, icing mortar, and candy details. The interior of the house will be complete with vintage-style wooden toys, a rocking horse, train table, fireplace, Christmas trees and shelves filled with antique toys on display.

“I look forward to brainstorming a new design with the team, especially now that the house has been taken to such a large scale,” says Scott Tennant, executive pastry chef at Nemacolin. “I had a vision to take the design old-school this year, and thought a vintage-style toy shop would fit with the Nemacolin style.”

The carpentry team began working on the foundation of the house in early October. The team builds the house in a warehouse on property, labels each piece of the house with a number, deconstructs the house to transport it to the Chateau, and rebuilds the structure to last through the holidays. The pastry team then takes over and works late into the nights to have the house complete by Thanksgiving Day. The project will take approximately 600 hours to complete, from the start of construction until the final candy detail.

“The look on guests’ faces as they enter the lobby and see the gingerbread house is something I will always enjoy,” says Chris Bird, resort operations manager. “It’s as if we just brought all of their holiday dreams to life. They just can’t help but walk into the house and take pictures of it. And I am talking about adults as much as the children.”

Santa’s elves will visit the gingerbread house every weekend to assist guests in decorating their own gingerbread cookies. Nemacolin welcomes all guests – including those not registered at the hotel -- who want to visit the gingerbread house and enjoy the lights and decorations that grace the property.

The resort’s annual “Light Up Nemacolin” on Friday, November 24 is a great time to visit and take in the holiday décor as the resort kicks off the holiday season with live carolers, holiday-themed food and beverages, games, and a visit from Santa himself.

For more information about Nemacolin, visit or call 866.344.6957.


Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July 2017, the property opened Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.


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