December 23, 2016
The holidays are filled with fun in the Poconos. At Skytop Lodge, the premier family resort in the Poconos since 1928, the holidays are a time of gathering together and celebrating traditions. Although there are a number of holiday traditions we enjoy, the sweetest tradition at Skytop Lodge is our life-sized gingerbread house.
Sugar and Spice
Once we start assembling our life-sized gingerbread house, there is no denying that Christmas is just around the corner. Guests often ask what it takes to make this huge holiday treat every year. The answer is a lot of sugar, spice, and everything nice.
More precisely, we use 124 pounds of brown sugar, brown sugar to be precise, along with 5 pounds of ginger, 2.5 pounds of allspice, and 2.5 pounds of cinnamon in our life-sized gingerbread house. The house is also held together by 315 pounds of royal icing and then decorated with 250 pounds of candy.
How Long Does it Take?
The gingerbread house at Skytop Lodge is months in the making. We make more than 3,000 pounds of gingerbread each year and that takes time. Since the project takes around 300 hours of labor to complete, we need to get started in September if we are going to have the house ready for visitors and guests by Thanksgiving. Although it is definitely a lot of work, the delight and joy this annual Skytop tradition brings to our guests and staff is worth it.
Once the smell of gingerbread fills the halls, it truly starts to feel like the holidays at Skytop Lodge. In the nearly 90 years since we first opened our doors, we have been honored to become a family tradition of fun in the Poconos that continues to be passed down through generations.