Sure to win the award for “best hotel for gingerbread cookie travel,” The Broadmoor’s 13 ½ -foot-tall gingerbread resort display is now up and accepting reservations for holiday’s favorite cookie to enjoy some R&R before ending up on Santa’s cookie dishes across the nation.
The historic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is wrapping up its centennial celebrations with the recent unveiling of its largest, grandest holiday gingerbread display ever, a 13 ½-foot-tall, 11×11-120-square-foot gingerbread replica of the original 1918 Broadmoor resort.
A holiday tradition since 1964, this year’s Broadmoor gingerbread display honors its heritage and celebrates 100 years of sweet memories. Inspired by the 1918 Broadmoor Hotel, which opened its doors June 29, 1918, the Broadmoor’s gingerbread display has been a longstanding tradition for families who visit the resort during the holiday season.
While the actual 1918 building took 13 months and 600 Italian artisans to complete, this year’s gingerbread display took over 10 master pastry chefs and two carpenters over 220+ hours to create this year’s cookie creation, plus four months of planning.
Thirty-four years ago, the resort debuted its first gingerbread display: a much smaller, but detailed Hansel and Gretel house made up entirely of gingerbread and a sugar wafer roof covered with snow icing. Since then, the property’s army of pastry chefs have cooked up some pretty ambitious gingerbread creations (like a near full-size steam engine in 2016 and a 13 ½ foot tall chapel in 2017 which if consumed, would have cost you 3,798,114 calories – we counted). This year is no exception with the recent unveiling of its centennial celebration masterpiece, it’s largest to date.
Led by The Broadmoor’s executive pastry chef Adam Thomas, this year’s gingerbread resort includes the following ingredients:
This year’s display may make for a great getaway for gingerbread travelers, but The Broadmoor invites all to enjoy its 2018 winter wonder and holiday happenings and celebrate the last month of its centennial year.
Here’s to the next 100 years of delicious memories and traditions.
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