The Westin Austin Downtown has upped the gingerbread house ante this year with a Texas-sized gingerbread house. The perk? People can actually eat inside of the structure. The house can be reserved for parties of up to 7 as an extension of the hotel’s restaurant, Stella San Jac.
The gingerbread house is made of real gingerbread and royal icing, with a bit of wooden structural support. The undertaking was a group effort: the hotel’s engineering team and front office manager designed the structure, the culinary team made the gingerbread and candy, and the sales and front desk teams decorated the inside.
The gingerbread house will be on display at the hotel through the end of December. To make a reservation, visit The Westin’s website. Because it is the season of giving, ten percent of the gingerbread house’s food and beverage sales will be donated to Back on My Feet Austin, which combats homelessness through running programs.
Nearby, the Four Seasons is known for constructing an elaborate gingerbread village each holiday season. If this is the beginning of a gingerbread-building war, we’re all for it.