|The Grand America Hotel decorates their windows for Christmas.|
We had a room at the Grand America Hotel, which is known for luxury. The rooms and hotel are indeed luxurious, but that also means you miss the coffee makers, clothesline, and do it yourself kinds of services that come with a cheaper hotel. Since we hadn't made previous reservations, we couldn't partake of the Tea with Santa event, even though we saw the Santa and Mrs. Claus as we checked in. That was a disappointment, but the concierge said it books up almost immediately every year. Something to think about if you plan to go there during December. There were free chocolate chip cookies in the lobby that almost made up for that loss. There was also a harpist playing Christmas carols that anyone was welcome to enjoy. The hotel looked incredibly festive.
The lobby floor is amazing- much more than a hotel. There's a toy store, decorated windows for the holidays, gelato and pastry store, life size gingerbread house made of edible goods (I wanted to bite this in a bad way), and a spa with access to a higher floor swimming pool that has views of the courtyard and mountains. Ahhhh..... what fun to explore!
|Can you believe every piece is edible?|
|This sign says how many days it took and who baked it|
|Inside the toy store are interactive picture frames of monsters|
|And what a cool piano that plays music while you step...and candy dispensers too. Pure Magic!|
|A pair of owls were keeping eyes on me|
|The tropical birds were huddled together to stay warm, I suppose|
|Are those really pelicans?!!!|
|One of the finest fossil shells with rock crystals inside|
|Omar loved digging in the fossil pit|
|I had never seen a skeleton of such a large bear-like creature|
|rock art from generations long gone|