What is the holiday season without gingerbread? In all forms and fashion, there is plenty of gingerbread to be found in Virginia.
— GRAND GINGERBREAD DISPLAYS —
Some of Virginia’s Most Beautiful Hotels for the Holidays incorporate vast gingerbread displays, so that list is a good starting point.
- The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond – Santa’s Workshop
- The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner – Life-Size Gingerbread House (don’t miss their beautiful gingerbread cookies, too!)
- Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke – Life-Size Gingerbread House
- The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs – Scracth-made Gingerbread Village
- DoubleTree by Hilton, Charlottesville – Large display complete with the University of Virginia Rotunda and a bust of Thomas Jefferson
- Hyatt Regency, Reston – See the “making of” video!
— GINGERBREAD SPA TREATMENTS —
The term “smelly feet” will take on new meaning when you indulge in a gingerbread pedicure. Delight awaits with two special seasonal treatments from The Spa at Massanutten Resort: Gingerbread Crème Sugar Scrub & Massage or Gingerbread Crème Spa Pedicure.
— GINGERBREAD LIBATIONS AND EDIBLE CREATIONS —
Hardywood Park Brewery in Richmond is well known for their Gingerbread Stout. In fact, it sells out almost immediately, with a few cases held back for restaurant distribution. Another must-have seasonal brew from Hardywood is Christmas Morning, a blend of their Gingerbread Stout with Brazilian and Sumatran coffee beans. YUM-O! Like the Gingerbread Stout, Christmas Morning sold out first thing, but is available in select restaurants. Their Facebook page advised on Monday, 12/15, “Keep a look out on Trinkin, Twitter and Facebook as a handful of cases will reach distribution this week.”
That being said … Hardywood will be releasing their Rum Barrel Gingerbread Stout this Saturday, December 21, from 2 to 9 p.m. RSVP
Dinner at Clyde’s in Vienna is a special treat any time, but maybe have dessert the next time you go. Order the Gingerbread Crème Brûlée, which they recommend pairing with Angostura 7 Year Rum.
While the little bakery in Stuart is called Gingerbread Creations, the owner certainly does deliver some beautiful, tasty confections to match the name. If you find yourself in the area, stop in to pick up a bag of gingerbread men, trees, or candy cane-shaped cookies. If you’re lucky, she may also have a batch of Virginia gingerbread cookies!
At Just Cupcakes in Virginia Beach, you’ll find Caramel Gingerbread cupcakes on the menu this time of year.
Frozen custard cakes are available at The Dairy Godmother in Alexandria. Ask for the Eggnog on Gingerbread version!
Stay the night at the The Dinsmore House Inn in Charlottesville and request the Gingerbread and Pumpkin Pancakes.
How might Martha Washington or George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, made gingerbread? We know! Get an adaptation of Mary Ball Washington’s recipe for Lafayette Gingerbread from Mount Vernon to try in your home this holiday season.
Union Station Restaurant & Bar in Harrisonburg has a seasonal cocktail called Autumn Harvest. It includes vanilla vodka, Kahlua, gingerbread syrup, cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Maybe have something to eat with it, too.
Just looking for a yummy coffee? Try the Gingerbread Creme at Can Can Brasserie in Richmond. It’s a latte with gingerbread syrup, whipped cream, and a gingerbread cookie, of course.
The Inn at Kelly’s Ford in Remington also offers a Gingerbread Latte, but there’s includes some strong stuff, for those who need more than caffeine. Their recipe calls for Bailey’s Irish Cream, Cafe Lolita, Butterscotch Schnapps, a shot of espresso, and steamed milk.
How does a Gingerbread Martini sound? Here are a few places to order one:
More sweet tooth news! Little Washington Winery in Washington has gingerbread truffles that will melt in your mouth. Ask for pairing advice!
— GINGERBREAD THEATRICS —
“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Love that old nursery rhyme? Hear it and see the funny antics when you attend The Gingerbread Chase at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg this weekend. It promises to be a fun one-hour special for children and adults alike.
Did we miss something uniquely gingerbread that you love? Leave a kind comment to let us know!